The Buying Process

Decide to Buy



Purchasing a home is probably the biggest financial decision you will ever make. Whether this is your first purchase or you are moving on to a different home that better meets your needs, this decision must be made carefully

1.1 Why Do You Want To Buy? Are you tired of paying rent? Have you outgrown your current home? Would you like a larger yard? Would you rather live in a different area? Do you want to shorten your commute? Having a clear sense of your reasons for buying will help you choose the right home.

1.2 Has Your Income Grown Home ownership can be a very good investment. As you pay down the principal part of your loan, you are building equity over time in addition to any market appreciation on your property.

1.3 Can You Afford To Buy? Experts recommend spending between 33-40% of your income on housing. The tax benefits of home ownership can provide a considerable advantage over renting.




Preparation



2.1 Build your 'Green File'.A green file contains all your important financial documents. You'll need it to secure financing for your home. The typical green file should contain:

  • Bank accounts
  • Investments
  • Credit card
  • Auto loans
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Tax returns for two years


2.2 Check your credit rating. Your credit score will have a huge impact on what type of home you can buy, and at what price. Anything above 620 is considered good. A premium interest rate may mean a lower interest rate on your mortgage. Check your credit rating with a credit reporting agency such as Equifax , Experian or Trans Union.
2.3 Be Careful With Your Finances.Now is not a good time to make sudden career changes or large purchases. You want to approach home buying from a position of financial stability.




Choosing A Real Estate Agent



3.1 Buying a home. This process requires making many important financial decisions, understanding complex issues and completing a lot of paperwork. It helps to have an expert in your corner when undertaking such a large purchase. Our real estate agents can guide you through the process, and they also can get you access to listings before they hit the general market.

3.2 Choosing an agent. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a real estate agent:

  • Look for a full-time agent who has experience completing transactions similar to yours.
  • Interview a few agents: Are they familiar with the area you are interested in?
  • Ask how much time the agent will have for you, and if they have a licensed assistant.
  • Ask about their credentials and education: A good agent will continually strive to improve and gain knowledge of the latest real estate trends.
  • Does the agent return your calls promptly? Time is money when attempting to buy a home.
  • Ask for a list of homes they've sold or a list of references.
  • Choose an agent who listens attentively to your needs and concerns. Pick an agent with whom you feel comfortable.




Go Shopping

Once you've got those preparations out of the way, it's time to find the home of your dreams.

4.1 Take a Drive. Get to know the neighborhoods you are interested in. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to live in the area. Start getting a sense of the homes available in those neighborhoods.

4.2Narrow your search. Select a few homes that interest you the most and have your real estate agent make appointments to visit them. Ask your real estate agent about the potential long term re-sale value of the homes you are considering.

4.3 Time to Buy. Once you've picked out the house you want to buy, your real estate agent can help you make an offer that the seller will accept. A good agent will investigate the potential costs of maintenance and repairs on the house.




Escrow, Inspections, & Appraisal

The hard part is behind you, but there are a few more steps before you can move in to your new dream home.

6.1 Final Inspection. A few days before you take over the property, we'll do one last inspection to make sure everything is in order.

6.2 Utilities and Services. You will have to change the utilities and services of the house over to your name. Your real estate agent will assist in this process.

6.2 Closing Escrow. When your transaction is nearly completed, the title company will provide you with a "closing statement" that details all of the financial details of your home purchase. We will go over this with you to ensure its accuracy. At the last step in the buying process, the title company will have you sign the final documents, including loan documents ("deeds of trust"). When everything is complete, the title company will record the transaction for you at the County Assessor's Office, and you will become the official new owner.




Moving In

The hard part is behind you, but there are a few more steps before you can move in to your new dream home.

6.1 Final Inspection. A few days before you take over the property, we'll do one last inspection to make sure everything is in order.

6.2 Utilities and Services. You will have to change the utilities and services of the house over to your name. Your real estate agent will assist in this process.

6.2 Closing Escrow. When your transaction is nearly completed, the title company will provide you with a "closing statement" that details all of the financial details of your home purchase. We will go over this with you to ensure its accuracy. At the last step in the buying process, the title company will have you sign the final documents, including loan documents ("deeds of trust"). When everything is complete, the title company will record the transaction for you at the County Assessor's Office, and you will become the official new owner.