Home Buying Process Explained

Home Buying Process Explained

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Are you tired of renting and not being able to take advantage of the many benefits of owning your home? Perhaps you don’t know where to start? The first time you purchase a home, it may seem like a daunting task. You may be getting dragged in different directions with people telling you different options or routes but rest assured once the process is laid out in front of you, it is a step by step process that if done with the correct amount of communication necessary, can be a smooth transaction for you, the seller, and the rest of the people that are involved.

Things to keep in mind before starting off

                For many people, purchasing a home will be one of, if not the biggest, purchase you will make in your life. You can call the Sonya Shastri Team so we can give you a general idea of the amount of total costs that you will need including down payment, and closing costs. Along with that, you will need to make sure your credit score is as high as possible. That means staying on top of current bills, no major purchases, not canceling credit cards as the better your credit score is the lower your interest rates will be.

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Mortgage Lending

                Once you have started that, it’s time to begin looking for a mortgage lender to get a mortgage pre-approval. It is a smart idea to shop around to see which loans are available, the qualifications needed, the down payment amounts, and at what current interest rates are. During this time, you should be forming a solid idea what you are looking for in a house, amenities that you may seek, one or two stories, etc. Once your loan is approved, it is time to choose a realtor!

                With your realtor, it is wise to take the time to sit down and explain what features you would like to have in your dream home. The Sonya Shastri Team can provide helpful information on homes and neighborhoods that you may not know about. Once you communicate your needs, our team can show you homes that exactly match your criteria. Once you find the house that you like, next is making the offer!

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Submitting offer and closing

                When you make an offer on a home, you submit all your paperwork that you have gathered and include any contingencies opt-outs. Contingencies may include appraisal, inspections etc. Once the offer is accepted, a home inspection is conducted a few days after. Your mortgage lender will arrange an appraisal to provide an estimate of value on the home you will be buying. Once the appraisal is complete, you do a final walk-through to make sure nothing has changed since your last visit. The last major step will be the escrow company to do the final paper work, also known as the closing process and the distributing of funds is made. After closing and the change of title is recorded, you are ready to move in!

For buying or selling a home in San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and other East Bay cities, please reach us at 925-997-7653.

Article contributed by Luis Ayala of The Sonya Shastri Team.

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