Our Guide For Buyers
What makes us different is that we sit down with our clients and really get to know them. Our team will talk with you to figure out your particular criteria for a home and then create a search for properties that best fit those specifications. We’ll do the basics like scheduling appointments for showings and monitoring the market as new listings become available. And we’ll keep you in the loop along the way.
We know this city and we are confident in each move we make. Whether you’re looking for a simple starter home, moving to the neighborhood of your dreams, or ready for city life in a downtown condo; Steve Volkers Group is expertly equipped to get you there.
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Why Use a Realtor®
There are several benefits to using a professional Realtor during any real estate transaction. These are just a few...
A real estate agent should be more than just a person who unlocks doors for you. A great real estate agent provides guidance by explaining possible scenarios, interpreting the market and suggesting strategies for negotiating a contract. Their words of wisdom might not always be exactly what you hope to hear but a little honesty goes a long way.
Peace of Mind
Your agent has "been around the block" and has plenty of experience with this fast-paced market. By working with an agent who is familiar with multiple offer situations, you are already at an advantage when you decide to move forward in presenting, or accepting, an offer. Negotiations can be tricky so let your agent's confidence ease your mind.
A great agent or brokerage will have a solid relationship with a local real estate attorney. We always hope that you experience a smooth transaction and never have to worry about the advantages of having a legal professional on your side. However, you should set yourself up for success early by committing to a dependable real estate agent who will get you legal guidance if a transaction you're involved in ever goes sour.
We're not going to lie, the buying process can get stressful. But having an agent that you can trust, and bond with is sure to give you some additional confidence and reassurance when you need it most. A great professional friendship will not only help to create a more enjoyable transaction but, also, a higher level of commitment on both sides.
The Buying Process
Define your goals, research your options, and make your plans!
Buying a home is a big step and it’s important for you to be prepared. We’re here to support you through the process and provide you with the tools you need to succeed.
We’ll be there every step of the way!
Step 1: Email the pre-approval letter to your agent.
Step 2: Review and sign the Agency Disclosure & Buyer’s Agreement.
Step 3: Determine your criteria such as location, budget, size and must-haves. (fenced-in backyard, garage, etc.)
Step 4: Schedule showings, attend open houses and talk about each home with your agent.
Step 5: Make an offer. This usually includes the purchase agreement, pre-approval letter and earnest money deposit, or EMD.
Step 6: Negotiate with the expertise of your agent.
Step 7: Once the offer has been accepted, send a notice to the lender and schedule the inspection and appraisal. (within 10 days)
Step 8: Discuss any potential post-inspection negotiations with your agent.
Step 9: Closing, which usually happens 34-45 days after the accepted offer.
Step 10: Get your keys and move in!
You’ve Got Questions...We’ve Got Answers
Where do I start?
We know getting started can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. It’s our job to be your support and we truly love our job. Give us a call or fill out a buyer’s form online for a more detailed consultation.
Where can I find the best information about neighborhoods when looking for my new home?
Honestly the best insights will come from your buyer’s agent. We’re well-educated on the nuances of various neighborhoods but we also know of any homes that might be available before they show up online. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest and best information.
When working together, do I have to pay you to find my home?
No. Our paycheck comes from the seller of the property you decide to purchase.
How do I find a lender?
We can’t stress enough how important it is to work with a reputable lender. It can make your break your transaction and experience. We work with the best lenders in the area and will happily facilitate an introduction.
Do I have to have a down payment to buy a home?
This is actually a financing question that you will go over with your lender during the pre-approval process. It all depends on the type of loan and your qualifications.
Do you work for the seller when negotiating the price?
No. As soon as you sign the buyer’s agreement and start working with us, we have only YOUR best interests at heart.
What do I do about utilities?
You will want to transfer everything over a few days before closing. We will send you a list so that you can check them off as you go. And don’t forget to change your address with USPS.
Is there anything else to keep in mind before moving in?
Everyone has a different level of cleanliness - what feels clean to you may be different for the seller. We recommend planning on a few days to clean and prepare your home before moving in.
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Yay! Your offer has been accepted!
You found your home and your offer was accepted. Congratulations, you’re under contract! Now comes the waiting period...which can be difficult and lots of questions can arise during that time. We are always available for those inquiries but, in the meantime, we have put together a quick list of what NOT to do.
Here's what NOT to do once your offer is under contract!
Once your offer is accepted and you are officially under contract, the ball is pretty much in your lender’s court. They’re going to start processing and underwriting and will ask for lots of documentation along the way. Your pre-approval is based on your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) among other things. However, they will check your credit and DTI again a few days before closing. So, there are a few things you should steer clear of during this time period.
DON'T: Buy furniture, household goods or other large purchases on a credit card.
DON'T: Buy a new car or open any new lines of credit
DON'T: Co-sign any loans for anyone
DON'T: Miss any loan payments
DON'T: Change jobs
DON'T: Shift finances around - keep things as close as possible to what they were when you were pre-approved
A note about closing costs
As you approach the end of your home purchase journey, the finish line is the official closing. A lot of moving pieces have to line up before owning the home. Things like loan funding, inspections, appraisals, title clearance, recording the change of ownership with the county, insurance coverage and the list goes on. Once we get an offer approved, we will work with your lender and title company to create a total estimated closing cost and plan.
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