Buyer FAQs

Following are some common buyer questions. Steve and Carolyn have the answers. Don't hesitate to contact them at any time with additional questions - they're always available to assist.

We've only looked on the internet - where do we go from here?
Give Steve and Carolyn a call. The internet is a fantastic tool but sometimes does not give you the most accurate up-to-date information. Steve and Carolyn invite you to sit down with them and set up your very own search criteria after discussing with them your motivation and what you really want in a home. They will then enter you into their internet-based search program. They want to be able to provide you with the best information regarding listings that best match to what you're looking for. From that point on your home hunting process begins.

When is the best time to start looking?
When you start to contemplate a move. Steve and Carolyn would be happy to set up your search criteria in their search program as early as you want so that you can start getting educated on what properties are available in your price range, etc.. Some of their clients have started the process a year or two prior to actually getting serious about their house search. Steve and Carolyn are here to work for you - whatever it takes to be of assistance!

Do we need to contact a lender before we meet?
This is very helpful because just like having a kid go through a candy store and then telling them they can't have any, it is not a good idea to look at homes and later find out they are not in your price range.

What other costs are involved?
Steve and Carolyn strongly recommend that you get inspections of the house you decide you would like to purchase. Inspections range in price depending on the sale price of the home. You will also be responsible for title company fees for items such as your title insurance policy, survey, and closing fees. Your lender will also charge for various items such as appraisal fee, credit report, etc… Steve and Carolyn's fees are free to you, however! Our services are paid by the seller.

How long does it typically take to close on a home?
In today's market, it is best to allow at least forty five days to close. It can be done quicker, if need be, but it is safer to allow sufficient time for all parties to be able to have time to process all items that are needed for a property to transfer hands.

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