For Buyers

Purchasing a Home

Become An Educated Buyer:
Educated buyers are able to make informed decisions creating a stress free and enjoyable
home buying process. I always tell homebuyers "buying a home is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to find the right home!" I have always been dedicated to patiently searching to find clients the right home that fits their lifestyle and what they are looking for!

Here’s what you can expect from me:

Absolutely no fees or costs to you as my buyer.
Access to property listings based on a variety of search parameters, only available on the REALTOR® MLS.
Access to a database of expired listings that may reconsider selling.
Proactive prospecting in your desired area to locate potential sellers with homes that
match your criteria. Homes that are not actively for sale on the market now but may be considering selling.
Access to For Sale By Owner homes that match your criteria. 
Up-to-the-minute access to the best deals on the market, including brand new MLS listings, newly price reduced properties, current bank power of sales, new home options, private sales and deals under contract that have fallen through.   
The most current real estate market information that may impact your buying decision, including mortgage changes, statistical sales data on median house prices, sales and months of inventory, local area market changes, trends and much more. 

All About Home Inspections & How They Work:

Aside from a financing condition or getting a mortgage arranged, a home inspection is the next most common condition used on an offer. So you’ve found a house you love. Great backyard, gleaming hardwoods, and the kitchen of your dreams. But what about the furnace? The wiring? Leaks in the basement? Before you buy, have the home inspected; no matter how experienced you are as a homeowner, it’s the best way to make sure you really know what you’re getting into.

A home inspection will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. The inspector will determine the condition of the house you’re thinking about buying, and let you know if there are any problems. (And the great thing is, the inspector doesn’t care if you buy the house or not, so you can be sure he or she is being objective, even if you’re not.) If you have to make an offer before having a home inspection, make it conditional on a satisfactory inspection.

If there are any problems, you have three options:
1. Walk away.
2. Use the results to negotiate a better price.
3. Give the seller a chance to fix the problem.

What happens during a home inspection?

The inspector meets you at the home you’re thinking of buying, and takes about 2-3 hours to carefully inspect the entire house for structural, mechanical or other issues. He or she examines everything from the roof to the foundation and everything in between, including heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, insulation, roof, windows and doors, walls, ceilings, attic and basement. You can accompany the inspector as he or she goes through the home – it’s a good way to get to know the home quickly, and will give you a head-start in your home care “learning curve.”

The inspector then prepares an inspection report that outlines problems (breaking them down into major repairs that need to be done right away and areas that will need attention in the future, with accurate cost estimates for each), highlights good points, and gives you an idea what kind of maintenance you’ll need to do to keep the place in good shape. Make sure you ask for a detailed report that’s written in a narrative style. Never accept a verbal report or one that’s just a checklist.

How much does it cost?

Most inspections cost between $300 and $550. Think of it this way: a few hundred bucks could save you thousands in home repairs. It’s a pretty small price to pay for significant peace of mind.

How do I find a good inspector?

Look for a reputable, qualified company that has been in business for a while, can provide references from previous customers, is fully insured and offers guaranteed inspections. Inspectors should be licensed in building-related fields such as contracting, architecture or structural engineering. I can recommend a reputable, objective inspector at your request, or you can find one by asking friends or by looking online in a simple search.

When you’ve fallen in love with a house, it’s hard to see any faults on your own. Make sure the decision is a good one, and get it inspected so you can be sure you stay in love – for years to come.

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