Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Real Estate Lingo for North Shore Homebuyers

If you are gearing up to buy a North Shore home for the first time, or it’s been awhile since you have bought, you may need a quick real estate lingo 101 course. As your North Shore real estate agent, I am here to help! Here’s a rundown of the most common words you will hear as a buyer, so when you go to purchase a home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Evanston, Glenview, Riverwoods, Bannockburn, and other North Shore communities, you’ll feel knowledgeable and prepared!

Real estate agent – This is the professional who will help you purchase a home. I am an agent on Chicago’s North Shore. I will help you find homes for sale in the area, I will help you set up showings to see the homes, I will help you negotiate a price and contingencies, I will help you understand the paperwork, I can offer suggestions for other professionals you need help from, etc.

Appraiser/appraisal – Once you have your offer accepted on a home, you will have an appraisal done. Usually the bank with your mortgage loan will require this to secure financing. It’s a professional analysis used to determine the current value of the home. The appraiser is the person who completes the appraisal.

Home inspection/inspector – A buyer should have a home inspection done on a home before closing. This will allow you to know of any issues with the home, such as with the foundation, electricity, plumbing, etc. The inspector is the person who completes the inspection. If a lot comes up, you can back out if there are too many expensive issues, or you can try to renegotiate the price.

Closing costs – There are costs involved in completing a real estate transaction. These costs include title insurance, financing costs, taxes and more. Ask your mortgage lender for a complete list of closing cost items and an estimate of how much they will cost. Buyers need to be prepared to pay these.

Down payment – This is how much money you have to put down on the house upfront. Down payments are usually between 3 and 20 percent of the price of the home, depending on what type of loan you take out. Ask your lender what options are available to you.

Mortgage rate – Interest rates for mortgage loans fluctuate, but the lower yours is, the less you’ll pay over the long run. The interest rate gets added to your monthly mortgage payment over the lifetime of the loan. Right now, rates are very low, which is great news for buyers!

Pre-approval letter – This is a letter from a mortgage lender, proving that you do qualify for a mortgage loan for a specific amount. It is smart to get this before beginning your home search, so you have proof for the seller that you can afford their home.

Credit score – Everyone has a score between 300 and 850 that shows how good or poor your credit history is. The higher the number, the better it looks to mortgage lenders. It proves how likely it is you can and will pay back your mortgage debt.

Janie Bress
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