When you imagine your dream home, what do you see? Size, location, lifestyle are all factors when envisioning your perfect home and all of those are important in how you feel once you walk through that front door. Having the right agent makes all the difference in finding that perfect home. Taylor Properties has over 800 local agents serving the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania regions.
Look online, at magazines and newspapers for houses you might be interested in. Make a note of those homes you see and how long they stay on the market. Also, note any changes in asking prices. This will give you a sense of the housing trends in specific areas.
Real estate agents can provide you with helpful information on homes and neighborhoods that isn’t easily accessible to the public. Their knowledge of the home buying process, negotiating skills, and familiarity with the area you want to live in can be extremely valuable. And best of all, it doesn’t cost you anything to use an agent – they’re compensated from the commission paid by the seller of the house.
One of the most important steps in buying a home is getting financing. Before you even start searching for your dream home, talk to our in-house lender, Heritage Financial, to determine what you can afford and learn about what types of loans are available.
Start touring homes in your price range. Take notes on all the homes you visit. You will likely see a lot of houses! It can be hard to remember everything about them, so you might want to take pictures or video to help you remember each home.
Upon a home inspection, your agent will provide you with improvements needed within your home (if any). This way you'll know what you are getting into before you complete the purchase. Knowing what work has and has not been done to your home is important information to have in the buying process. Your main concern is the possibility of structural damage, which can come from water, shifting ground or poor construction.
You’ve found your dream home, your offer has been accepted, the financing is in place, and the inspection is complete. Now, there’s just one more key step in the process — closing! Prior to the closing date, expect to review the list of fees and the terms and conditions of the contract. In addition, you'll need to know the amount that you'll need to bring to closing. Need help? Have questions? Contact our in-house title company, Heritage Title, today.