Steps to Buying a Home

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Whether you’re buying a $80,000 home or an $800,000 home, my buyer clients receive my full attention, extended availability, access to top service providers as well as my expert and honest advice. I believe it’s my job to not only find you the perfect home, but also to educate you throughout the entire process so you know you’re making the best short and long term financial decisions.

My job as a buyer’s agent

  1. First, download my buyer checklist. This list contains the steps you need to follow to buy your dream home.
  2. Send an email to so we can set up a search for you on the MLS and begin sending you homes that fit your search criteria.
  3. Check out this estimate of buyer’s closing costs. This is the approximate amount of cash you will need to have available on the day of closing in addition to your down payment.

Lastly, read my blog posts that detail each step of the real estate estate transaction for buyers:

Step 1:    Find a Realtor

Step 2:   Get Preapproved for a mortgage

Step 3:   Download my homebuyer’s checklist

Step 4:   Find the home of your dreams

Step 5:   Time for showings

Step 6:   Make an offer

Step 7:   Schedule the home inspection

Step 8:   Set up homeowner’s insurance

Step 9:   I have an accepted contract. Now what?

Step 10:   Your earnest money check

Step 11: Give notice to your landlord (only applies to buyers who are currently renting)

Step 12:  Spend money carefully until closing

Step 13: Schedule the closing on your calendar

Step 14: What is the TRR/inspection period?

Step 15: Tips for attending the home inspection

Step 16: Read the inspection report

Step 17: The appraisal

Step 18: Hire movers and start packing!

Step 19: Hook up your utilities

Step 20: Do you want a home warranty?

Step 21: Secure your new home

Step 22: What is “Clear to Close”?

Step 23: Attend the final walk through

Step 24: Attend the closing

Step 25: Wrap things up

AFTER CLOSING: File for Homestead Exemption!


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