Home Buying Process Step by Step

home buying process

Step by Step Home Buying Process

Buying your first home is exciting but the home buying process can also be stressful. Or maybe you are on your second or third home but it’s been awhile since you’ve been through the process. Do your research, rely on trusted experts like Regina Real Estate Shop and ask lots of questions.

Step 1 – Interview and choose your REALTOR®

Start assembling your team of experts. Here is a link to 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR® as your buyer’s agent.

Step 2 – Choose your mortgage specialist (broker vs. bank)

and get pre-qualified. Mortgage specialists will help you find out all you need to know (Credit scores, what steps to take if you have bad credit, costs involved, different options available, how much down payment do you need, etc)

Step 3 – Have a sit-down appointment with your experts

to review forms and costs involved and to discuss wants, needs, time frame and realistic expectations. Don’t skip this step! Buyers are excited to view houses but if you and your REALTOR ® haven’t fully discussed what’s important to you then you may just be wasting time.

Request A Buyer Consulatation Meeting

Step 4 – Start viewing homes

until you find the right one. Home buying is a process of elimination. According to a 2015 Report from the National Association of REALTORS ®, the average # of homes looked at before buying is 10.

Find A Home

Step 5 – Make a good offer

with favourable terms, and get it accepted. In any market there can be multiple buyers for the house you like so if you want the house – resist the urge to Lowball! Your REALTOR® will provide you with the pertinent facts and comparable sales information to help determine market value. Here are some tips on writing a good offer.

Step 6 – Work to uncover information

and satisfy conditions of your offer.  Financing, home inspections, and disclosure, are all common in our market.  Do your due diligence!  At this point, you will have all the information to determine if you want to go ahead with a firm sale or if you will not proceed with that house.  If you don’t proceed here then it’s time to return to step 3.

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