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Purchasing Your New Home in Prescott

For a lot of people, buying a home is a stressful event. But with a bit of advance planning, it's not all that complex. So that you'll know exactly what to expect, I like to give my buyers a road map; these are my nine steps to purchasing a home.

Should you have any questions about any of this information or if you're ready to get started, just contact me: (928) 308-5086 or by email.
 
Step 1 – Get Ready to Purchase a Home
Before you begin looking for a home, there are many things you should consider. It's likely that you'll want to form a checklist of items you need, get a feel for what neighborhoods and school districts you want to live in and start planning your budget. Ensuring your mortgage payment is less than or around 1/3 of your monthly income is a good rule of thumb.
 
Step 2 – Contact a Prescott Realtor®
That's where I can help. I'll book a time to get together so we can talk about your real estate needs and get an idea of your future plans. We'll talk about neighborhoods, school districts in the Prescott area, the mortgage and housing industries, and any additional economic factors that could potentially affect your purchase today or in the future.

In addition, I'll help you facilitate the loan process. There are some very good mortgage professionals in Prescott that I am happy to recommend, so you'll be in great hands.  They will help you choose which type of loan is best for you, as well as help you get approved.
 
Step 3 – Begin House-Hunting
After our first meeting, I'll start finding available homes on the market that suit your needs. I'll take a sneak peek of many of the houses and reject those that aren’t the right fit, and then we'll schedule appointments to tour the homes at a time that's convenient for you.

As we tour, I'll identify good features and bad ones. And I'll ask you to tell me about things you like and dislike. It's pretty common for buyers to amend their wish list as we view homes, and some items become more important than others. If that happens, I'll go back through the listings once again and narrow it down to the home of your dreams.
 
Step 4 – Get a Feel for the Market
My knowledge of the Prescott area housing market is an indispensable advantage in your search. I'm conscious of all the neighborhoods and school districts, and I will communicate what districts are “hot” and demand immediate action and the ones that are “cool” and allow for thoughtful analysis.  As we view homes, I'll let you know if the asking price has room for negotiation, or if I believe the home is “priced to sell.”

Be on guard and make sure you ask your agent lots of questions, as any real estate agent will tell you they know the housing market.  If the results don’t match the claims, call me at (928) 308-5086 or e-mail me, and I'd be happy to answer your questions. My market knowledge will keep you a step ahead throughout the entire process.
 
Step 5 – Find the Ideal Home
I'm certain we'll find the home you’ve been waiting for in Prescott. When we do, I'll thoroughly create your real estate purchase offer. The offer will be tailored to suit your needs, including some contingencies, such as obtaining financing, finishing the home inspection, and a clean title.

Upon submitting your offer, you will need to submit “earnest money.” This is a cash deposit given to a home seller to secure an offer to purchase the property, and it's most often put towards the cost of closing. If your offer is accepted by the seller, we should close about 30 to 60 days after. This allows plenty of time for your mortgage financing.
 
Step 6 – Negotiate
A lot of contracts don't close on the beginning offer – it's very common to receive a counter offer. But don't let it discourage you. We'll discuss whether or not to accept the counter offer, present our own counter offer, or reject the seller's offer and go on.

Market conditions will play a large role in how aggressively we negotiate the contract. We'll also work within your financing constraints. And at the end of the day, we'll compose a deal that works well for you.
 
Step 7 – Obtain Your Loan
Once the deal is finished, you'll begin working with your mortgage lender to close the loan. It won't take long at all if you're already pre-approved, but you'll need to stay in close contact with your mortgage lender. And I'll sort out all the property information your mortgage lender needs to close the loan.
 
Step 8 – Close the Deal
You'll get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) of closing costs from your lender within three days of taking your application. The estimate is formed from the loan amount, and RESPA requirements dictate that it has to include all closing costs and be within a precise range of accuracy. I'll examine the estimate and let you know if it all looks all right.
 
Then we'll close on your house. This should occur at a title company or escrow office and is most often a smooth and relaxing affair.
 
Step 9 – Move In
You made it!  It's time to move into your new home and enjoy.  And if you need anything, just contact me at (928) 308-5086 or send me an e-mail.

 
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Brian Howell
Brian Howell

HomeSmart Fine Homes and Land
140 N. Montezuma Street
Suite 201
Prescott, AZ 86301
Cell: (928) 308-5086

Why Choose HomeSmart?

Why Choose HomeSmart?

Timely Tip

Autumn is the second busiest season in the real estate market. If you're looking to buy a home, here are 3 valuable pieces of info:

  • The busy part of the season is from mid-September to mid-November. Most people like to be in their new home by the holidays, so this 2-month span has the most activity. 
  • Make sure you're pre-approved.  Since this busy season is so short, you'll need to move quickly. Getting pre-qualified for a loan is essential to closing on your dream home. 
  • Guess what? Your dream home is someone else's, too. Be prepared to make an aggressive offer to give you the advantage over other potential buyers.