Buying Real Estate

Purchasing a home is a big part of the American dream. In fact, it is typically the largest purchase that one will make in their lifetime. There is much to consider when proceeding into homeownership and I can assist you through the course of action. Aside from financial considerations, there are many steps to finding your perfect home that myself and my expertise can guide you through. Below is a list of considerations to be sure you are addressing in the process.

Pre-Approval: The very first step in your home search should be getting pre-approved with a reputable mortgage broker. It is imperative to not only find out what you can afford with a bank, but you will also need a pre-approval letter to be submitted with your offer to purchase real estate when that time comes.

Research Neighborhoods: There are so many great places to live in the Pacific Northwest area but which is best for you? Do you need to be near public transit? Do you need to commute to work? What do you like to do in your spare time? All areas differ in what they offer. Make sure you are doing the appropriate investigating to hone in on the place that is right for you. I can be a great resource for information in these areas and can provide you with answers or point you in the right direction.

Ask Questions: In the home buying process, I am your best advocate. Home ownership can be an exciting process as you are on the road to being the master of your domain. Don’t forget to ask questions about the process, neighborhoods as well as about any home you are interested in. Some questions may seem obvious but may not be at the top of your radar when you are previewing properties. Area amenities, why the seller is moving and age of systems are all great things to be asking.

Home Inspection: Home inspections are very important. Regardless of the age of property or whether it is a condo or single family, it is key to have a professional inspection of the home. This can help you have a better idea of what to budget for in the way of repairs and prioritize any monetary investments you will need to make.

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