Buying a house can be a wonderful or not so wonderful experience. Through the years that I've been involved in Real Estate, I've met several individuals and couples who have phoned and later met with me that truly did not know, "How to Buy a House". In fact, many people think it's simply about touring houses first and then doing whatever else is necessary to make the purchase happen. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Here in a simple format are several steps to follow to make your purchase happen. Send me an email or even phone me if you want me to elaborate more on each of these steps.
1) Know your Credit Score - Click here to discover how
2) Find a lender and get your Pre-Approval - Here is an interesting article worth reading on this subject.
3) Find a Realtor® - You will need guidance in this process. You will need someone you can trust to prepare paper work, show you houses, supply phone numbers of trusted vendors and work with all contingencies.
4) Use the internet for your Fairfax Homes For Sale search. Look for houses ONLY in your price range.
5) Drive by some of the houses you like without your Realtor® so as to "fine tune" your search. Perhaps you should park your car and walk the neighborhood.
6) Ask your Realtor® to show you some homes - perhaps a tour of six or seven. If you believe one might be what you are looking for, ask for a second, even third walk thru.
7) Have your Realtor® assist you in making the offer.
8) Stay on schedule with all of your contingencies. Remember to write down ALL of your appointments in my Complimentary eCalendar and Personal Planner from above.
9) Expect there to be some bumps and allow your Realtor® to absorb them. Real Estate transactions are seldom "smooth sailing". There is almost always a surprise or two.
10) Don't be nervous on the day of your closing. Instead, learn from it and allow it to be an experience to personally grow from.
11) Immediately have your house re-keyed before move in. I don't care how nice the sellers were, you do not know who might have keys to the house. When purchasing a new house, this is often done for you automatically.
12) Move in and begin making your new house your new HOME.
David L. Burrows, Realtor®
Envirian of Warrenton
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Phone: 540.349.3075 x119
Burrows' Thoughts worth considering: "One reason to have a Home Inspection by a Professional Inspector is not only to discover possible defects, but to help the new home owner to understand the need for proper maintenance on the items the Inspection brings to the purchasers attention."
Interested in Some Great Reading on selling your home? Take a look at these articles on my website: Selling Your Home: Where do you begin?
Seller Guidance: I would encourage you to employ a Realtor®® to help you sell your home. When your agent or another agent is showing your house, go away and let them do your work for you. I also urge you to utilize my FREE SELLERS TOOLKIT before selling your house.
Buyer Guidance: I would encourage you to really check out anything and everything you are told by a well meaning seller. Employ the services of a Buyer's Agent to help you discern what you read and listen to about the area you are thinking of calling home. I would also urge you to get my FREE BUYERS TOOLKIT before heading out on the journey to find your new house.
Try this link to help you find your next home: Fairfax Homes For Sale When you land on the main page try one of our custom searches listed on the bottom of the page. No registration is necessary for the Fairfax MLS general search on my site. If you check the box to receive automated updates sent to your email, you will be required to give us your sname and a valid email address.
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