Buying Real Estate
What is the first thing I should do when considering a home purchase?
Purchasing a home is usually the largest single purchase a person will ever make in their lifetime. Whether it is your first home or final home, there are many things to consider and having a great Realtor can make all the difference in the world. Real estate transactions are much like a symphony - there are many participants and it can be very complicated. Your Realtor is like the conductor - not playing any individual instrument but responsible for the final outcome of the piece and knows every part and nuance. If you consult a Realtor in the beginning of your search, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that can make your purchase a nightmare. As Realtors, we have connections with many professionals in the industry and we know who will take care of our clients. We only refer professionals of the highest caliber because we trust that they will treat our clients with the same attention to detail as we do ourselves. Selecting a Realtor should be your first priority even if you don't plan to buy for quite a while. We can help you successfully navigate the sometimes stormy waters of the real estate industry.
How do I get the best deal on a home?
There is no simple answer to this question as every transaction is unique but there are common parts to every transaction. The purchase price of a home can be dependent on many things including: seller motivation, buyer timeframe, home condition, multiple interested buyers, competition with other available homes, etc. It is the combination of these parts that help determine where the seller and buyer ultimately agree on the price. It is your Realtor's job to factor all these components and advise you on the price you offer for the home. Then it is also your Realtor's job to successfully negotiate the price for your desired home to your satisfaction. The best deal on a home will be had when your Realtor can do all of this and you are SATISFIED!
When is the best time of year to buy a house?
The historical trend is that more homes are sold during the summer months than any other time of year but that does not necessarily mean that it is the best time of year for you. If you purchase a home during the slower times of year you may be able to negotiate a lower price on your home (due to seller motivation) but with the caveat of less homes available to consider. The simple fact is that the best time to purchase a home is when you are ready. If you find the right home, the time of year shouldn't matter. It is our job as your Realtor to help you negotiate the best possible deal for the home. If the right home is not available, then we will patiently wait with you and search for your home.
How important is a home inspection if I plan a remodel?
A home inspection can be a very pivotal point in the home purchase process. By this time, you should already know if you are approved for the loan you need so the inspection is the last major hurdle to overcome. The best home inpsectors are sometimes referred to as "deal killers" - they are incredibly thorough and are able to find physical defects in the property that can make you re-think your decision. We feel that it is much better to cancel an escrow and find a more suitable home, than to have a client regret a purchase due to factors that should not have been missed. We want to be your Realtors for life, not just once. Even if you plan a major remodel of a home after you purchase it, anything short of a complete rebuild should have a detailed home inspection. The Realtor you choose is usually a direct link to your home inspector, thus it is crucial to have a good Realtor that can refer you to an outstanding inspector.