Buying a pre-existing home and buying a brand new home have many of the same procedures. In both instances, the buyer pays money to show serious interest (earnest money in a transaction on a pre-existing home and a deposit for a new construction home), due diligence occurs (inspections and appraisals), the finances are completed (either a loan is secured or cash is transferred), and final documents are signed at closing with a title company that acts as the third party. However, some things are different, and there are some things you need to know in order to compare the two options.
See my list of pros and cons of buying a new construction home.
An appraisal and an inspection are both important steps in the process of buying a home. Though similar processes, they have different reasons for being performed and different impacts on the purchase.
Read on to discover the difference between an appraisal and an inspection.
Applying for your first mortgage (or even your second or third) can be daunting. Your lender will ask you to provide several documents to start the process. Knowing what you need ahead of time and having the information readily available will speed along the process and reduce stress.
Read on to see what documents you will need when applying for a mortgage.
Whether you are looking for a vacation home, a place to retire, an investment property, or a short-term or permanent residence for your family, I can help you find the perfect place!
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Why Hire a REALTOR
Whether you are buying, selling, or both, it's important to have someone in your corner who knows the market and knows the business of buying and selling homes. For both buyers and sellers, your agent will not only treat you ethically according to our stringent Code of Ethics, your agent will also offer professional advice and an objective point of view, will handle paperwork and other minutiae, and will negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal you can get.
Read more to see why you should always hire a Realtor®.
Moving is a lot of work, even if you are just moving across town. But moving from one city to another, and especially one state to another, can be downright overwhelming. Read on to see all my tips for moving to a new city or a new state.
Once we have established our buyer-to-agent relationship and discussed your needs and wants, your first step, if you haven't already done so, is to get pre-approved for your home loan. Without a pre-approval, you cannot make an offer on a home. If you cannot make an offer when you find the home you like, you need not begin searching.
Planning ahead can help make your move less stressful for your furry friends. Update their tags with their new address, and request their vet records from the vet. Keep one week's worth of food and any medications, plus those vet records, with you during the move.
Buying an investment property requires careful thought and an ability to see both short-term and long-term potential. If you're interested in learning about investment properties - whether to buy, fix, and flip, or to rent out long-term - I can help!
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Whether buying or renting, here are some suggestions on things to do before moving in
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Carolyn Barnes, Your REALTOR® & Katy Expert