Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tips for a Smooth and Efficient Home Buying Process on the North Shore!

A few weeks ago, I talked about the spring North Shore Real Estate market and gave some tips for navigating the home buying or selling process.  Today, I wanted to hone in on ways to ensure the home buying experience is as seamless and efficient as possible.

As you know, the spring market is teaming with activity and you’ll want to be prepared to move on a home before another buyer snatches it up.  If you’re hoping to find and be settled into your new North Shore home before the gorgeous summer season begins, here are a few key tips for making it happen.

1.  Start Your Search Online- Instead of spending your time searching for open houses or for sale signs, get online to streamline your search.  There are many great homes in the North Shore which you can view on my North Shore website
2.  Get Pre-Approved- Finding the home of your dreams and then shopping for a loan is a risky move, as most home sellers won’t even look at an offer that’s not accompanied by a pre-approval letter.  Getting pre-approved ensures you know your exact budget and can save you from a bidding war if many are vying for the same home.
3.  Prioritize Your Housing Needs- Finding a home fast means being flexible.  The longer the list of requirements, the harder it will be to find a home.  Keep your list short and to the point.  Focus on the key elements you’re looking for and let the extras fall as they may.
4.  Find a Great Agent- This may seem easy, but finding an agent that truly knows the North Shore Real Estate market and can show you properties that are right in your price range and meet your style and needs can be challenging.  Of course, I’d love to help you in your home search and know that my experience and proven success will make the home buying process an easy one.  Bottom line?  Do your homework and really research local North Shore Real Estate agents.  
5.  Negotiate Repairs- If an inspection reveals that the home you want to buy requires repairs, taking the responsibility off the seller can help you close the deal quicker. After obtaining estimates, ask the seller for a credit rather than asking them to complete the repairs themselves.
6.  Have Cash Ready for Closing- You don’t want to be scrambling for funds at the last minute, so be prepared for this important date. A day or two before closing on your North Shore home, you’ll get the final settlement statement, detailing the terms of your loan and all the closing costs. 
7.  Have a Plan B- Because not every transaction goes smoothly, be sure you have a property or two as a backup; you don’t want to have to start from scratch!
As a North Shore Real Estate agent, I understand that the entire home buying process can seem overwhelming at first, but these tips should help the process feel more manageable and create a streamlined approach. 
I’m always here to answer any questions you have concerning buying a home or living on the North Shore.  From finding your dream home to signing the contract; I’ll be with you each step of the way!
Contact me today to get started! 

Janie Bress
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