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For Buyers

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It's probably your biggest investment

Buying a home is a significant financial decision, and it’s important to approach it with careful planning and consideration.  I help you see every home as an investment and help you seek out those properties that not only work for your family now, but in the future and also down the road when it is time to sell.  I belive there can be no better way for a family to build wealth than in real estate.

Here’s what they had to say…

“My wife and I cannot say enough about Rachele. She was absolutely amazing at not only helping us find every single thing we were looking for, she has gone above and beyond with helping us fully relocate. “

– Jake and Natalie (buyers)

how it works

THE buying PROCESS

01
Determine your budget

Before you start looking at homes, determine how much you can afford to spend on a home. This should include not only the cost of the home, but also other expenses like closing costs, property taxes, and homeowner's insurance.

02
Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can give you a better idea of how much you can afford to spend on a home and can help you move quickly when you find a home you want to buy.

03
Choose the right location

Consider the location of the home and the surrounding community. Look for factors like proximity to work, schools, shopping, and transportation.

04
Find the right home

Look for a home that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Consider the size, condition, and features of the home, as well as the potential for future resale value.

05
Make an offer

Once you've found the right home, make an offer that reflects the fair market value of the property. Be prepared to negotiate with the seller to reach a mutually acceptable price.

06
Due Dilligence

Hire a professional home inspector to examine the property and identify any potential issues or necessary repairs.

07
Close the deal

Once your offer has been accepted, work with your lender and the seller to finalize the details of the sale. This will include a title search, appraisal, and obtaining homeowner's insurance.

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What makes working with me different?

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I can set up an email search to send you properties as soon as they hit the market.  I can also send your listings that are “coming soon” that don’t show up yet on Z*llow or other search engines.


Learn More About Buying

Want to learn more about buying real estate in Happyville, USA? Check out these articles and videos.

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Have Questions About Buying?

Check out our FAQs for buying real estate in Happyville, USA.

Yes, a home can depreciate in value over time. While real estate is often considered a sound long-term investment, the value of a home can be affected by a number of factors that can cause it to decrease over time. Some of the factors that can lead to a decrease in a home’s value include:

  1. Economic conditions: Changes in the local or national economy can impact the value of a home. For example, a recession or a downturn in the housing market can cause home values to decline.

  2. Location: The value of a home can also be impacted by its location. Homes in desirable neighborhoods or areas with good schools and amenities are typically more valuable than homes in less desirable areas.

  3. Age and condition: As a home ages, it may require more maintenance and repairs, which can impact its value. Homes that are in poor condition may also be worth less than those that are well-maintained.

  4. Environmental factors: Homes located in areas prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes or flooding, may be at risk of damage, which can impact their value.

  5. Changes in the surrounding area: If the neighborhood or surrounding area experiences significant changes, such as increased crime rates or the closing of local businesses, this can also impact the value of a home.

It’s important to keep in mind that while a home’s value can decrease, it can also increase over time. Factors such as renovations or improvements, changes in the local economy, and shifts in the real estate market can all contribute to an increase in a home’s value.

Whether an older home is as good a value as a new home depends on a variety of factors, including the condition of the home, its location, and the specific needs and preferences of the home buyer. Here are some factors to consider when comparing older homes and new homes:

  1. Price: Older homes may be less expensive than new homes, particularly if they require repairs or updates. However, new homes may come with higher purchase prices due to the cost of construction.

  2. Maintenance: Older homes may require more maintenance and repairs than new homes. This can add to the overall cost of owning the home, but it may also be an opportunity to add value to the property.

  3. Energy efficiency: New homes are often built with energy-efficient features that can reduce utility costs and improve the overall sustainability of the home. However, older homes can also be retrofitted with energy-efficient upgrades.

  4. Location: The location of the home can have a significant impact on its value, regardless of whether it is new or old. Homes in desirable neighborhoods or areas with good schools and amenities may be more valuable than homes in less desirable areas.

  5. Charm and character: Older homes may have unique architectural features or historical charm that can make them more attractive to buyers. Newer homes may lack these features, but they may offer more modern design and amenities (and they don’t have that new home smell).

Ultimately, the decision between buying an older home or a new home comes down to personal preference and individual circumstances. Homebuyers should consider their budget, lifestyle, and priorities when making this decision. An older home may be a good value for someone looking for character and charm, while a new home may be a better choice for someone who values modern amenities and energy efficiency.

The short answer is YES!! and why wouldn’t you?

  1. Representation: A realtor can provide you with representation and advocate on your behalf during the home buying process. This can be especially helpful if you are not familiar with the local market or if you have little experience with real estate transactions.

  2. Negotiation: Even though you are buying a new build, there may still be room for negotiation on things like upgrades, closing costs, or other terms of the sale. A realtor can help you navigate these negotiations and ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.

  3. Builder contracts: Builder contracts can be complex and filled with legal jargon. A realtor can help you review the contract and ensure that you understand all of the terms and conditions.

  4. Building process: A realtor can also help you understand the building process and keep you informed about any updates or changes. They can also attend meetings with the builder and provide you with advice and guidance throughout the construction process.

While it is possible to buy a new build without a realtor, working with a realtor can provide you with valuable support and guidance throughout the home buying process at no additional cost to you.  The builder pays our commission with no additional cost to you.

In most cases around 30 days, but the length of time it takes to process a loan can vary depending on a number of factors, including the lender, the type of loan, and the borrower’s financial situation. Here are some general timelines for different stages of the loan process:

  1. Pre-approval: This is the initial stage of the loan process, where the lender will review your financial information and credit score to determine if you qualify for a loan. Pre-approval can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

  2. Application: Once you have been pre-approved, you will need to complete a loan application. This typically involves submitting additional financial information and supporting documents. The application process can take several days to a week.

  3. Underwriting: After your application has been submitted, the lender will review your financial information in more detail and assess your ability to repay the loan. This process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

  4. Closing: Once your loan has been approved, you will need to sign a number of documents to finalize the loan. This can take several hours, and you will typically need to schedule a time to meet with the lender and sign the documents in person.

The amount of money you need for a down payment and closing costs to buy a home can vary depending on several factors, including the purchase price of the home, the type of loan you are using, and the location of the property. Here is some general information to give you an idea of what to expect:

  1. Down payment: The down payment is the amount of money you pay upfront when purchasing a home. The minimum down payment requirement can vary depending on the type of loan you are using, but typically ranges from 3% to 20% of the purchase price. For example, if you are purchasing a $300,000 home and making a 10% down payment, you would need $30,000 for the down payment.

  2. Closing costs: Closing costs are the fees associated with finalizing the home purchase, including fees for the loan, appraisal, title search, and other related expenses. Closing costs typically range from 2% to 5% of the purchase price. Using the same example as above, if you are purchasing a $300,000 home and the closing costs are 3% of the purchase price, you would need an additional $9,000 for closing costs.

It’s important to keep in mind that these are just general estimates, and the actual amount you will need for a down payment and closing costs will depend on your specific situation. Some loan programs, such as VA or USDA loans, may require little to no down payment, while other programs may require a higher down payment. It’s also possible to negotiate with the seller to cover some or all of the closing costs. 

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