Compare Listings

Phase One

Outlining Your Objectives

What is your motivation to buy?
What price range are you considering?
What is your timeline to move?
Do you need to sell?
What’s on your top ten list?
What are your ideal features and “non-negotiables”?
What are you looking for in a neighborhood?
e.g. walkabilitiy, proximity to restaurants, school district

 

Planning and Preparation

Discuss objectives and process
Select a lender and begin loan approval process
Obtain loan approval letter
Sign exclusive buyer-broker agreement

 

Understanding the Market

Analysis of active, pending and sold transactions
Personal timing and seasonal considerations
Market forces; suppy v. demand

Phase Two

Finding Your Home

Browse and review online listings
Notification of new and off-market properties
Preview properties during caravan for clients
Attend open houses
Set up private showings

 

Offers and Negotiation Strategies

Learn about the Purchase Contract
Discuss multiple-offer strategies (as needed)
Offer presentation and highlighting buyer strengths
Negotiate to optimize price and terms
Review property report and anything affecting the title
before making an offer
Acceptance of offer/counter offers

Phase Three

Escrow Process

Notify escrow of acceptance and send fully executed contract
Wire initial deposit to escrow per terms of agreement
Notify lender to begin the loan and order appraisal
Sign and return opening package of escrow instructions
Contact insurance agent regarding homeowners coverage
Provide escrow with vesting (title) information

Inspections and Disclosures

Schedule all desired home inspections and contractors,
including termite report
Review all disclosures and reports
Provide list of scheduled maintenance plans
Approve or negotiate repairs based on the inspection reports
and contractor’s estimates
Review and approve preliminary tile report
Meet dealines and remove contractual contingencies
Schedule final walk-through prior to close of escrow

Phase Four

Closing

Review closing statement from escrow
Meet with escrow to sign loan documents
Arrange to wire the down payment and closing cost
Transfer utilities and services to new location
Closing, key delivery and celebration

Working Together Again

Staying in touch
Second homes and investment properties
Providing resources and introductions
Referrals, testimonials and reviews
Continuing relationship through service to maintain
the home’s value