STEPS IN THE HOME BUYING PROCESS 

The home buying process can seem like a daunting endeavor. However, rest assured that with the right real estate agent—one with years of experience—the journey becomes smoother and more manageable. An experienced real estate agent brings a wealth of knowledge, guiding you through each step with expertise.

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Speak with a Lender

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Hire a Real Estate Agent

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Shop for a Home

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Make an Offer

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Due Diligence

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Pre-Closing & Title

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Closing Day

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STEP 1

SPEAK WITH A LENDER

In the home buying process, the initial step often involves pre-approval (or pre-qualification). This is where you assess your financial situation and obtain a preliminary loan approval from a lender.

Getting pre-approved or pre-qualified by a lender before actively searching for a home is a crucial step in the process. It provides you with a clear understanding of your budget, strengthens your position when making offers on properties and generally helps streamline the home-buying process. Understand the difference between pre-approval and pre-qualification here. 

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STEP 2

HIRE A REAL ESTATE AGENT

Work with a licensed real estate agent who can help you find properties that match your criteria, provide guidance on the local market, and assist in negotiations. Learn more about how you can benefit from hiring an experienced Realtor.
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STEP 3

SHOP FOR A HOME

Search for Homes:

Prioritize your home preferences, considering factors like location, size, style, and amenities desired. Utilize your real estate agent’s listings and explore online platforms.

Confirm that the website you use displays all Multiple Listing System (MLS) listings to ensure comprehensive property visibility. Explore ChristineTatro.com for a complete MLS list and stay updated with Automatic Email Alerts.

Visit Open Houses & Schedule Showings:

Attend open houses for initial property impressions. Schedule private showings for a more detailed exploration.

Evaluate Homes:

Assess each home’s condition, layout, and features, considering potential modifications or repairs. Remain open to possibilities, as a property’s true appeal may become evident during visits.

Request Additional Information:

If necessary, have your real estate agent gather more details from sellers, such as disclosures, inspection reports, and relevant documents.

Embrace the Process:

Recognize that the home shopping process is vital. Take your time, seek guidance from your agent, and ask questions to make informed decisions.

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STEP 4

MAKE AN OFFER

The Offer and Negotiation stage in the home buying process marks the pivotal moment when a prospective buyer submits a formal offer to purchase a property. This initiates a dynamic process of negotiation between the buyer and seller, involving discussions on crucial aspects such as the purchase price, contingencies, and other terms outlined in the offer.  The seller can respond by either accepting the offer, presenting a counteroffer, or rejecting the proposal. Negotiations may encompass multiple rounds, addressing various factors like inspections, repairs, and closing details.  This phase requires effective communication, compromise, and the expertise of a real estate professional to reach an agreement that satisfies both parties.

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STEP 5

DUE DILIGENCE:

After an offer is accepted, the buyer typically has a specified period to conduct home inspection, appraisals and surveys needed to close the sale. This allows them to assess the property’s condition and address any concerns.

Resolution of Issues:

If issues arise during inspections or due diligence, negotiations may resume to address repairs or adjustments to the purchase agreement.

Begin the Title Search and Title Insurance:

A title search is conducted to ensure there are no outstanding liens or legal issues with the property’s title. Title insurance is then obtained to protect the buyer and lender from potential title defects.

Finalizing the Agreement:

Once both parties agree on the terms, a final purchase agreement is drafted, and both the buyer and seller sign the contract.

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STEP 6

PRE-CLOSING & TITLE:

Final Loan Approval:

The buyer’s mortgage loan goes through the final approval process. This may involve providing additional documentation to the lender.

Title Search and Title Insurance:

A title search is conducted to ensure there are no outstanding liens or legal issues with the property’s title. Title insurance is then obtained to protect the buyer and lender from potential title defects.

Insurance Coverage:

Securing homeowner’s insurance is a requirement for most lenders. The buyer must provide evidence of insurance coverage before closing.

Addressing Contingencies:

If any contingencies were outlined in the purchase agreement, such as repairs or specific conditions, the buyer ensures that these are addressed and satisfied.

Final Walk-Through:

The buyer typically has the opportunity for a final walk-through of the property shortly before closing. This ensures that the property is in the agreed-upon condition.

Closing Disclosure Review:

The buyer receives a Closing Disclosure, which outlines the final loan terms, closing costs, and other details. This document must be reviewed thoroughly before closing.

Funds for Closing:

The buyer needs to prepare the necessary funds for closing costs. These can include the down payment, closing fees, and other expenses.

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STEP 7

CLOSING DAY:

Also known as the settlement, this stage brings the buyer and seller together to complete the transfer of ownership. 

At the closing, the buyer reviews and signs various legal documents, including the mortgage agreement, deed, and Closing Disclosure. Simultaneously, the seller signs the deed, transferring possession. The buyer provides funds for the down payment and closing costs, typically via certified check or wire transfer. Once all documents are signed, funds exchanged, and details resolved, the keys are handed over, symbolizing the official conclusion of the real estate transaction and the beginning of the buyer’s homeownership journey.

Buying or selling a home in NH?

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