Home Buying Guide

Buying your new home is suppopsed to be an exciting adventure! When working with Barbie of Beach Life With Barbie, you’ll find it to be exhilerating!

Here’s her home buying guide that will help you understand the process – from the steps you should take at the beginning through signing the contracts and closing on your new home. While there are a lot of details involved, taking the right steps and making informed decisions will make your purchase go smoothly as possible.

Define Your Goals When Buying A Home

Before beginning your home search, make sure to have clearly set goals: desired neighborhoods, type of home, must-have amenities, etc. As you get into the market, you may need to be flexible on some of these requirements, but starting with a best-case list will be helpful. Do you want an oceanfront home in Atlantic Beach? Or a luxury home in an oceanfront condominium in Jacksonville Beach? Either way, you should have goals in mind and writing them down is helpful when you start the process.

Examine Your Finances Before Buying Your Home

Before purchasing a home, it’s important to make sure you have your finances in order. We suggest making a detailed budget and ensure that you have savings and reserves in place to support your home purchasing goals.

Get Pre-Approved Prior To Making An Offer

I can help you find local mortgage lenders – and guide you as you’ll find differences in rates, fees, and customer service. Finding the right mortgage lender is important and is a service we happily provide. Check thier reviews as well to make sure you’re choosing someone with a track record of satisfied borrowers.

At this point, when buying a home, pre-approval is a good idea. You’ll have more power as you submit offers and negotiate with sellers if you are already approved for a mortgage. We can help you use estimated closing costs to validate you have enough money set aside for this process.

Hire a Real Estate Professional – Like Us!

Take some time to do some research here! And you’re, already here… so….

You have a good grasp of the type of property you’re looking for and the purchase price you can afford. If you’re shopping with a spouse, make sure both of you agree on the agent. Home-buying can be a storm and you want a good captain that you’ll both trust!

Search for Homes & Make Sure You See The House in Person!

Work with your agent to search homes that meet your goals and criteria. You’ll also want to make sure you view homes in person – pictures are awesome, but can sometimes be misleading! Don’t get frustrated if you don’t find a home immediately – each showing gives you a chance to learn more about what you can get in your area at your price point. You’ll find a place to call home.

Make an Offer and Negotiate

When buying a home, and you’ve found the home you’d like to buy, it’s time to make an offer. Here’s where a good agent earns their money – showing you the home is the easy part. Shepherding you through offer and closing is where we shine!

Things happen, sellers can counter your offer, inspections can reveal possible repairs, and you can suddenly find your budget at risk and maybe even question if this is the right home for you. Above all, stay calm and continue to communicate with everyone involved – especially your agent. Be sure to know this is a BIG process, and it’s stressful, that’s why I use the phrase Compassion, Community, and Contracts. It smart to have compassion for yourself and the process, and I offer that to you as well and will remind you of this during the home buying process. I’ll encourage you to check your budget, assess your emotions, and talk to your buying partner to make the next right steps.

Secure Your Financing

You’re almost there – remember, your lender wants to ensure that this is a good move for everyone, so they may ask for more information about income, the condition of the house, or your credit history, etc. Providing accurate and timely responses keeps the process moving and gets you to your desired outcome the fastest.

Closing When Buying A Home

The timing for closing can vary, but the average is 45 days. Typically, within 48 hours prior to closing, you’ll do a final walk-through to check that all agreed-to repairs are completed and that the home is in the expected condition. We will help you through this process.

You can expect to meet with your lender and me, to finalize the paperwork. There may also be attorneys present, the seller’s agent, a representative from the title company, and the designated closing agent. During the closing all paperwork will be finalized, including: the deed, title, financial/funding, closing statements, insurance, contract, etc.

At this point, you’re done with everything and you will be ready to move into your new home!!

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