Buying a Home in Northern Virginia & D.C.: Step by Step Flowchart

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

To the uninitiated, the homebuying process can seem daunting.  For first time homebuyers, it can be like learning a whole new language: what's PITI? (principal, interest, taxes, and insurance)  How about an ARM? (adjustable rate mortgage), what does DOM mean? (days on market).  People living in the Washington D.C. area with the abundance of government employees and military may be used to acronyms and abbreviations, but real estate truly has many of its own.

Even those who have bought and sold homes before may not remember all of the steps in the sometimes lengthy process.

To make things easier, I have created a graphical representation of the home buying process which I explain thoroughly to all of my clients at our initial meeting.  My wife loves flowcharts and I think it helps to explain the process in an sequential, organized fashion.  I've known many of my clients to take this flowchart and post it up on their fridge so they can follow along as they move down the path to purchasing a home.

 

SEARCH FOR A HOME IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA OR D.C.

To discuss your home search, give me a call at 703-626-0715 and I'll help you move along the flowchart towards finding and purchasing your new home. 

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Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
Brian - This is very informative, which is what I've come to expect from your blogs.  It is a great tool.  I think that a seller version of this would be even more impactful because it could be used to show sellers that we don't just stick a sign in the lawn, take some photos, put their home on MLS and wait to cash our checks!  Thanks for the ideas.  I may create my own version that is applicable for my market.  I've subscribed to your blog.
Aug 13, 2007 12:56 AM #1
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Irene Robertson
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NY
Thuis is a terrfic tool. I may have to make something similar for myself.
Aug 13, 2007 01:41 AM #2
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Dale Campbell
Virginia Real Estate - Mechanicsville, VA

Brian:

This is cool!  I have to make one of these too.  Thank You!!

Sep 25, 2007 01:35 AM #3
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate

I'm glad I clicked through a couple of links from one part of your blog to the next and here I am...Love the flow chart.   You are full of great ideas!  Thank you for sharing.  AND if any of your clients are ready to head over the mountain towards my direction, Clarke/Frederick County, Va, I promise to treat them well! 

Sep 29, 2007 09:58 AM #4
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Scott Flanders - Northern Virginia Title & Escrow

I looked through your flow chart determined to find something you had missed.  I couldn't do it.  Well done.

Jun 11, 2008 06:46 AM #5
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