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First Time Home Buyer Tips:

Thinking about making your very first home purchase? Have no fear! We work with many first time home buyers and we can effectively lead you through the process. There are many ways to get the process started and sometimes the task of knowing where to get started can be daunting.

  • Our first step is usually to meet with you face to face or on a call to learn more about what you may be looking for and outline appropriate timeline expectations depending on your situation.
  • If you will be obtaining a loan you will need to be pre-approved by a lender prior to shopping. Having a relationship established with a lender is one of the key components to getting to the finish line. If you need recommendations on local lenders you can speak with, we would be happy to give you a few names. Meanwhile, keep saving for that down payment!
    • In preparation for your appointment with the lender please remember these few tips:
      • DO NOT: Open any new credit lines or close any credit card accounts without first talking to your mortgage professional, this can have adverse credit consequences.
      • DO NOT: Make any large purchases or purchase a car, etc. without first talking to your mortgage professional.
      • DO: Collect your last two years’ tax returns, W2s or 1099s, last two months’ bank statements, last two months’ paystubs, any other asset account statements. Your lender will have a list of additional documents, but this will be a good starting point.
  • Get setup on our website to receive automated listing alerts for homes that match your criteria. We can take care of this for you in a matter of minutes once we have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in a home.
  • Be open minded. When you begin looking at homes, make sure to keep an open mind. Some homes show like model homes and others not so much. Remember that you are not going to be living there with that occupant’s belongings, so look past any clutter or cosmetic features that can be easily changed with a little elbow grease.
  • Discover neighborhoods you like. Drive around and explore areas at different times of day, take a walk in the areas you like, and visit any nearby parks, this can give you a good feel of the area and what the neighborhood has to offer.
  • Discover neighborhoods you like. Drive around and explore areas at different times of day, take a walk in the areas you like, and visit any nearby parks, this can give you a good feel of the area and what the neighborhood has to offer.
  • Do not delay. The market in many areas and price points is very fast paced. If there is a home you are interested in, it will be important that we get you in to see it promptly, we will also inquire with the listing agent to find out if the seller will be reviewing offers on a particular day.
  • We can show you ANY house that is for sale, we are not limited by homes that our company has listed.

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