Finding the right home is more than simply choosing a house. Buying a home means securing a lifetime of memories filled with the richness of friends and loved ones. Homes are a reflection of our tastes, desires and values and selecting the perfect one is essential. Sharp Real Estate Services has years of experience in assisting our clients in selecting the right home every time.
Buying a home is a serious endeavor; it’s a lifetime investment that should never be done on a whim, which is why our staff works so hard to make sure that all T’s are crossed and all I’s are dotted throughout your real estate experience, from our initial meeting through the closing of your new home.
There are several steps to home ownership that your Sharp Real Estate Services agent will walk you through:
1. Get Pre-Approved
Know your budget before going shopping. It is essential for potential buyers to secure a pre-approval for a loan. At Sharp Real Estate Services, we have a network of lenders who are happy to assist you in this process. The pre-approval will signal to sellers that you are a serious buyer and will help you to gain the advantage when bidding on a home. There is no cost or obligation for a pre-approval and the procedure is simple.
2. Find Your Perfect Home
Once you have secured a pre-approval, it is time to shop for your new home. First, we will examine every angle and discuss all of your expectations and needs that may have an effect on your home purchase. After we find a handful of homes that you love, we can begin the viewing process. This is one of the most exciting steps to home ownership, as you and your Sharp Atlanta agent will tour the homes and neighborhoods that match what you are looking for. Nothing helps you narrow down your property choices quite like seeing a house up close and in person.
3. Make an Offer
Getting the right price for your home is essential to the home buying process. This is where we really do our homework. Our team of experts will research prices for recently sold homes in the neighborhood and consider the length of time the home has been on the market. From there, we will construct an offer price. We will then create a written offer and submit it to the seller. This offer will include a proposed closing date and spell out the terms of the offer.
4. The Home Inspection
When we create an offer for a home, we specify that our price is based on the contingency that the home will pass inspection. The due diligence process allows us time to research the property thoroughly and to ensure that the seller has disclosed all pertinent information about the condition of the home. A certified inspector will then inspect the home’s interior and exterior to give you a full picture of the home’s condition. We will work with you through every step of this process.
5. Negotiate Repairs
We will negotiate on your behalf to have any repairs done in a timely fashion. Because the sellers are on their way out of the home and more than likely focusing on packing and other necessary chores, they may or may not decide to pay for the repairs that need to be done. Depending on your preference and the competitiveness of the market, we can negotiate the sales price to offset costs for repairs after purchase.
6. Final loan processing
The final step in the home buying process is loan processing. At this point, the loan officer will conduct the final underwriting. They will also review the appraisal and make sure that the seller has made any necessary repairs. We are experienced in this process and we will take steps to make sure you can enjoy your new home in less time.
7. Walk Through Prior to Closing
Before we close on your home, a final walkthrough will need to be performed to ensure that everything in your new home is up to par and in working condition. This assessment will help you find any issues that may have come up since the last time that you visited the property, such as damage from a large storm or appliances that may have stopped working. If we do find repairs or issues that need to be tended to, we will contact the seller in order to help reach an agreement that is favorable to all parties.
Your Sharp real estate professional will be there with you through the closing process, and will be available to answer any questions you have even after your move-in. Take a deep breath and enjoy the home of your dreams!
Whether you are buying your first home of your fifth, buying a home is an exciting experience. We enjoy helping our clients create new memories through home ownership and take pride in delivering world-class service.
When it comes to finding the best properties for sale in the metro Atlanta area, our agents have the passion, expertise and experience to get you on the path to home ownership.
Contact Sharp Real Estate Services when you are ready to begin your home search. We look forward to meeting with you, and helping you find a home that you will love for years to come.