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Buying A Home & Buying For Seniors

Step 1: Decide to Buy

The decision to purchase your first home is one of the biggest and best choices you could ever make. After all, a home is the largest - and most emotional - investment most people will face in their lifetime. So, how do you know if it's the right time for you to buy?

There is never a wrong time to buy the right home. The key is finding the right buy and taking the time to carefully evaluate your finances.

A home purchase is an important step that can provide many advantages. Purchasing your own home is a great investment that can deliver several financial benefits - equity build up, value appreciation, au

tomatic savings plan - not to mention a new sense of pride!

Start looking at your options today. You don't have to know everything. An experienced agent will help you through every step of the process.

Step 2: Hire Your Agent

When you're looking for a real estate professional to help you, know that above all else, good agents put their clients first. This is your dream, and your agent is your advocate to help you make your dream come true.

 (This is me and my Broker, Shane Mask, handing me an award for Multi-Million Dollar Production in 2017!)

A great real estate agent will:

  1. Educate you about the current conditions of the market.
  2. Analyze what you want and what you need in your next home.
  3. Co-ordinate the work of other needed professionals throughout the process.
  4. Guide you to homes that fit your criteria and budget.
  5. Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal possible.
  6. Check and double-check paperwork and deadlines.
  7. Inform and discuss with you, and suggest solutions to solve any problems that may arise.

Step 3: Secure Financing


    To make the financing process as painless as possible, ask your agent to introduce you to the preferred financing consultant. This professional will work with you and your      agent to make sure the financial aspect of your home purchase is stress free.

What will the consultant do for you?

  1. Review your current financials.
  2. Discuss the options available to you during the home purchasing process.
  3. Guide you to an appropriate price point.
  4. Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal - price, interest rates, loan approval.
  5. Keep you informed and updated of the entire financial process throughout your purchase.

Step 4: Find Your Home

So you've met with your trusted advisors, and now you're ready to begin your search. But how or where do you start? There are a lot of homes out there, and diving in without a guide can become overwhelming and confusing. Your agent will help you more accurately pinpoint homes that fit your criteria. The right home will meet all your important needs, and as many of your additional wants as possible.

Some questions you might ask yourself include:

  1. What amenities are crucial for you and your family?
  2. How much space do you need and why?
  3. Which is more critical: location or size?
  4. Would you be interested in a fixer-upper?
  5. How important is home value appreciation?
  6. Is neighborhood stability a priority?
  7. Is accessibility to main routes a priority?
  8. What features are not negotiable in your new property?

You'll learn as you look at homes, your priorities will probably adjust along the way.

Step 5: Make an Offer

Once you've found a home you love, the next step is deciding on a price. It's important to remember that a home is an investment. Your agent can give you information on other properties in the neighborhood to help you ensure you make an informed decision when it comes to price. Look to your agent to explain and guide you through the offer process.

Some things to consider when deciding on the best price point are:

  1. List price - Start with the price point that the home is listed at. This will give you a base when looking at the home's value.
  2. Market Analysis - Your agent will give you an idea of comparable home values in the neighborhood to help you decide if the price point is on par.
  3. Improvements - Your agent can give you a list of improvements made to the home and help you determine its market value.

Step 6: Perform Due Diligence

Your agent will provide you with improvements and challenges within your home. This way you'll know what you are getting into before you complete the purchase.

Knowing what work has and has not been done to your home is important information to have in the buying process. While updates can increase your home value, damages can take money out of your pocket. Your main concern is the possibility of structural damage, which can come from water, shifting ground or poor construction.

Very often a problem appears to be big, but can be fixed with very little effort and not a huge budget.

Step 7: Close

Once you've determined a price point you're comfortable with, you're in the "home" stretch! But, in order to ensure that you don't put the property purchase at risk, you have a couple responsibilities that you'll need to keep in mind:

  1. Staying in control of your credit and finances - Do not make any large purchases during this time. It's important to keep your financials steady throughout the buying process. Talk to your financial consultant for guidance.
  2. Keeping in touch with your agent and financial consultant - It's important to stay in constant communication with your  agent and financial guide during this process. Be sure to return all phone calls and complete paperwork promptly. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Your team is there to help you!

Step 8: Protect Your Investment

Congratulations, and welcome home! The home-buying process is complete, which means it's time for your maintenance plan! It's now your responsibility, and in your best financial interest, to protect your investment for years to come. Performing routine maintenance on your home's systems is always more affordable than having to fix big problems later. Be sure to watch for signs of leaks, damage and wear.

And remember, just because the sale is complete, your relationship with your Keller Williams agent doesn't need to end! After you buy, your agent can still help you - providing information on the real estate market, finding contractors and repair services, and even tracking your home's current value.

For Your Consideration.....

Even if the quality of a school district doesn't matter to you now, remember it might someday to another buyer.

Expect lower maintenance costs with a brand-new home.

When interest rates are low, opt for a fixed mortgage.

Pay attention to floor plans. Changing layouts of rooms later, can be costly.

You can deduct on that years tax return points paid by either party on the purchase of your own residence.

If the present owner has a title insurance policy less than 3 years old, you could have substantial savings by buying a reissue of that policy rather than a completely new one.

Pay attention to the original listing date of the homes you inspect. Sellers tend to be more flexible in price the longer the home is on the market.

A house that is oriented to take advantage of the sun, wind and topography costs less to heat and cool which can save you substantially on utility bills.

Buying a house whose style is uniquely individual tends to minimize, not maximize, its resale value because the house will appeal to a more limited audience of potential buyers.

If you think you may need more space in the near future, be sure the house and lot will allow for expansion.

Redoing a kitchen can be expensive. Be sure you know what you need and want before you buy.

Before you buy a house that may have a wet basement problem, get a good unbiased diagnosis from a professional with moisture control experience. The solution could be costly.

A roof that complements the style of a home and is carefully maintained adds to the home's visual appeal and its resale value.

A light-colored roof reflects heat and is best in areas where air-conditioning is the greater energy user. In colder weather climates, a dark roof is preferable because it absorbs more heat. In temperate climates, a middle-range shade is best.

The three most popular wall choices are brick, wood siding and stucco. About half of all home shoppers prefer brick for exterior walls; about one-third prefer wood siding; and about one-fifth prefer stucco.

Wood floors suggest warmth, quality and good taste and are an asset when it comes time to sell a house.

Most home shoppers prefer a combination of ceramic tile and vinyl wallpaper as a covering for bathroom walls, creating apositive effect on the house's resale value. Ceramic tile is usually installed wherever water comes in contact with the wall.

Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and vines on south and west sides of the home to provide shade in the summer and sunshine in the winter. Remember trees enhance the beauty and value of a lot and house.

DON'T Make These Mistakes.....

Don't buy an unusual home if you have to resell soon.

Don't buy a house with foundation problems. Most foundation problems can be corrected, but repairs are usually expensive.

Never tell a seller's broker how much you'll raise your offer for a particular house.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Buying When You're A Senior


Having Mixed Emotions

Buying a residence when 50+ can be both exciting and daunting. The excitement stems from anticipating new beginnings in a fresh environment. It can be daunting because there are so many types of senior residences, finite resources and sometimes emotional hurdles to overcome.

Assessing Your Real Estate Options

SRES® designees can sit down with you and your loved ones to discuss needs, outline options and help you determine the very best 50+ residence option for you. Then, working within the parameters you provide, they can locate a property that fits your needs acurately.

SRES® designees leverage their 50+ education, experience and network to find properties, determine appropriate offers, and negotiate purchases on your behalf.

First-Time Buyers

As a first-time buyer, you probably have many questions about the home buying process, whether you can afford a home, how to go about finding a qualified real estate professional, financing, and others. No question about it...it is a complex undertaking.

To help you get started, the following web sites offer good advice for first-time buyers seeking answers to these types of question:


 

 





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