Public Service Announcement: NOW (November and December) is a great time to buy a house. Though inventory is low, your competition is distracted. Here is how to prepare for this time of year and any time you are thinking of purchasing a house or condo.
When you are getting ready to buy a home, it’s important to make sure you have the right team in place to get the job done. Having a group that is ready, willing, and able to work seamlessly on your behalf is imperative. It isn’t enough to just have your agent at your side (although we will be more than happy to help you assemble this team when the time comes) you’ll need a squad. Fortunately, we can help with all of this, we have a team to choose from, or you can do your own thing. Either is great, but here are the members you should have at the ready.
Lender – Getting pre-approved with a lender is one of the most important steps you can take to make yourself buyer-ready. The lender you choose should have a reputation for being a problem-solver and for getting the transaction to close. Someone local that specializes in the current market, someone that is available to take calls and texts, and who wants you to be successful is extremely important. We have a number of lenders that we trust and are happy to share.
Appraiser – Although the appraiser will be assigned by the lender, doing a great job of choosing your lender is a good indicator of the strength of the appraiser in terms of getting the job done in a timely manner and utilizing great local data to make sure your investment is a sound one.
Inspector – You are able to choose the inspector who will be conducting the inspection on your home. You want to find someone who is thorough, provides you with a written report and photos, charges market rate, and who can be scheduled within a few days of your offer.
Escrow – Escrow makes sure that all the documentation is correct, timelines are met, and all the details are adhered to in the transaction. They will also make sure all parties sign the correct forms and that all monies are distributed correctly. In our market, the buyer usually requests the escrow company in the purchase and sale agreement.
Title – Title will review the property history, verify legal description matches what is being sold, make sure the seller has the right to sell the property, identify other possible lienholders, identify easements, codes, covenants and restrictions, and more. You want to make sure the title company has a reputation for identifying all potential problems.
The more team members you can secure up front, the better. Often, once you make an offer, things can get fast and furious in a hurry. During the transaction is not when you want to be checking online reviews of an inspector and hoping for the best. Do your vetting up front.
We have several great candidates for all these categories and would be happy to help you find team members to meet your needs. Let us know if you would like to start building your team now and I will send you some referrals. Contact us anytime and we can help get you started.