When should we start physically looking at homes? How early is too early?

Reblogger Heather Fitzgerald
Real Estate Sales Representative with REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc.

The Christiansen Team has a great article here!  This is a good start for you First Time Homebuyers in Indianapolis.  If you are not ready credit wise, it is great to get hooked up with a strong lender that can help guide you to a point where you could be ready to purchase your first, or second home.  You want to be able to qualify so you can start your own home search!  If you need lender contacts give us a call to assist you with this.

Great article!!

Original content by Amanda Christiansen

I got a call last week from a really nice couple that is considering buying a home in the Fort Wayne area.  They are first time home buyers, and they didn't have a clue where to start, so they called me.

That's the perfect place to start!

After asking them a few qualifying questions I found out that they weren't working currently with a Realtor, and that they did talk to a lender and got pre-approved for a mortgage.  

I also found out that they weren't going to be ready to actually purchase a home until September of this year.  

Since most of the homes that are currently on the market are going to be long gone by the time they are ready to buy, I recommended not physically viewing homes until late July to early August.  

I found out what they wanted in a home and the area that they wanted to live in, and I got them set up through our MLS to receive emails when homes that matched their criteria became active.  I encouraged them to keep an eye on the market and I will send them reports on homes sold in their desired area.  

I went on to explain the time frames for different types of loans...

FHA Loan:  This is the most common type of loan that most buyers use.  It normally takes 30 - 45 days to close these.  

Conventional:  I've had conventional loans close in 15 days, but I like to write them for 30 days just to make sure we have enough time.  

USDA:  This is a 100% loan for rural areas around Fort Wayne, and these normally take 60 days to close.

VA:  This is a loan for our veterans, and they normally take 30 - 45 days to close.

Since they are FHA buyers, looking at homes in late July or early August gives us enough time to find the right one and close it in September.  


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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

IMHO * a new home search - whether to buy or rent - needs to start ONLINE to get the idea of prices, amenities, drive-times, schools, etc.....ALL of those can be done without actually going inside which may well disappoint the shopper when they can no pull the trigger on the GREAT new home when they need to

Feb 25, 2013 06:55 PM #1
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks so much for the re-blog Heather!  I appreciate the kind words here.  :)                                                                     

Feb 25, 2013 07:58 PM #2
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