A complimentary guide when looking to buy a home.

The Home Buying Process

Buying a home is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This step-by-step first time buyer’s guide will help reduce the stress of buying a home and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.


Step 1: Analyze Your Needs in a Consultation

  • What is your life plan for the next three to five years? This will directly impact your search and selection of properties.
  • Develop a “Needs List” vs. “Want List”- Prioritize.
  • Loop in our Lender so you can better understand the actual numbers and be comfortable with your monthly housing payment.

Step 2: Obtain Financial Pre-Approval

  • It is smarter to start the process with a budget.
  • A Pre - Approval letter must be submitted with any offer.
  • Being prepared allows you to take advantage of a hot property.

Step 3: View Properties and Refine Your Focus

  • Experience your Neighborhoods of Interest- Take a walk, go to brunch, grocery shop, get dinner.
  • Evaluate the selected properties with your goals and financials in mind.

Step 4: Decision To Purchase... Submit an Offer

  • We provide an analysis of comparable properties to determine market value.
  • We will advise on market trends in your specific neighborhood.
  • We review and draft the offer for your signatures.
  • Initial earnest money deposit due (usually a check around $1k to $2k).

Our goal is to provide you with the most personalized service that is designed to help you buy your dream home.

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Step 5: Negotiation Process

  • Develop a strategy together.
  • It is our place to find out as much as possible about the seller’s motivation to ensure the most effective offer.
  • Our depth of experience allows us to “read” the situation and help craft the appropriate responses.

Step 6: Offer Accepted and Contract Signed... Executed Offer


Step 7: Kicks Off – Due Diligence

  • Inspection by licensed home inspector.
  • Attorney review and approval of contract.
  • Review HOA docs and financials (for condos and townhomes).

Step 8: Complete Mortgage Application Process

  • You will work with lender to promptly provide all documentation in order to complete loan process.
  • Appraisal is ordered.

Step 9: Balance of Earnest Money is Due

  • As per terms of the contract, can be up to 5% of the purchase price.

Step 10: Attorneys Coordinate Closing and Title Documents


Step 11: Secure Homeowner’s Insurance and Schedule Activation of Utilities and Change of Address


Step 12: Lender Issues Clear to Close


Step 13: Wire transfer Remaining Funds due to Title Company


Step 14: Final Walk-Through of the Property

  • Ensure that the property is in the same condition as when the offer was submitted.
  • Test all appliances to ensure that they are all in working order.
  • Make sure any repairs that were negotiated during attorney review, were completed.

Step 15: Closing

  • You go to the title company and sign all lender documents, the signed package is sent to the lender and once approved, closing is complete.
  • You get the keys to your New Home!

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Our goal is for you to enjoy your new home and the process getting there. Let us be your guides, we’ve been down that road before, we got you covered.