Making an Offer on a Home and What to do next
Selecting a home should be relatively easy once a home falls somewhere in your criteria and the property is desirable for purchase.
You will want to inform your real estate agent what you like about the house and make a list of your likes and dislikes with the property. Though you will most likely have done this already in a general sense, it is important to do it again for specific homes you have in interest in.
There are three steps in selecting a home:
- Accept the seller’s asking price and have your agent write up the contract
- Reject the seller’s asking price and have your agent make a different offer, or
- Agree to different terms and have your agent write an offer
This is all a part of the negotiation process.
Communicating about the house and how it makes you feel is important when making this decision. It is also important to be realistic when it comes to how much you can afford when selecting “your” home.
Financing Your Home
Doing you homework about loans will save you both time and money. There are thousands of loans out there to choose from, but it is important to keep in mind several key factors that will help you along the way:
- How much money should I put down?
- How is my credit?
- Is this my first home?
Receiving a loan requires completion of a loan application and specific financial documents including pay stubs, rental checks and/or tax returns. You can receive a loan from a number of different financial institutions, namely: commercial banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, savings and loan associations, mutual savings banks and insurance companies.
Insuring your home is like making an investment in your future. You work hard to have a home; homeowners insurance protects you and your family from someone or something taking it all away.
There are many different forms of insurance:
- Title Insurance – protects you in the event that the title on your property has a lien, unpaid taxes, or other legalities that would make it invalid.
- Homeowner’s Insurance – protects your home from fire, theft and other liable coverage.
- Flood Insurance – protects your home from flood damage.
- Home Warranty – offers buyers and sellers the piece of mind that should anything unexpected happen (due to normal, every day wear and tear) of the home’s appliances, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems, it will be repaired (or replaced in some cases) for you without costly fees.