All About Purchase Agreements

The purchase agreement is a legal arrangement between a potential buyer and the property’s owner or seller. To streamline the process, it is best to keep records of everything and to stick to a pre-determined schedule.canstockphoto434622small

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An unbiased third party such as a title company or an attorney will be selected to act as the closing agent. The unbiased agent holds all funds in escrow and researches the complete record history of the property. This ensures that the title in question is free and clear of restrictions.

Inspections

Once the seller accepts your offer you will need a licensed property inspector to check the property for issues including the roof, structure, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and more. One of two things can happen depending on the outcome of the inspections. If each step in the process is successfully met, you move to closing or after review request for renegotiation of terms and price can be made.

Appraisal

After the inspections are met and you move closer to closing, your lender will require an appraisal to help determine the amount you can borrow to purchase your home. Appraisers are specialized in determining the value of properties based on a combination of square footage measurements, building costs, recent sales of comparable properties, operating income and more.

After the appraisal is completed successfully completed you can close.

Closing

Finally, the closing agent will furnish all parties with a settlement statement that summarizes the details of the purchase agreement. All parties including the closing agent will read and sign the documents and this completes the process.

After closing is complete you will need to get all home services installed and utilities turned on or switched over to your name. Now you are all set to move in to your new home!

How Qualified Is Your Agent?

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How do you know you are hiring the right agent to sell your home? You want someone you can trust, someone who has your best interest at heart, and someone qualified to handle all the aspects of the selling process while answering all your questions.

In his article about trusting your agent, Dave Ramsey writes about specific expertises you should look for in an agent:

Hands-on experience. What kind of experience does the agent have when it comes to selling homes? Though new agents can bring a different point of view to the table, a more experienced agent can help you get top dollar for your home.

Marketing strategy. Social media has expanded and with the growth of digital marketing, agents need more than an open house to get your home sold. Find out what marketing strategy the agent has for getting your home out there.

Community. Does the agent have a personal investment in the community? You want an agent who understands the area and doesn’t see your home as another face in the crowd.

If you want a qualified agent, give Ryan Ivie a call today. He is here to answer all your questions and help you get the best deal on your home.

 

Secrets of Luxury Home Buying

4588573211_a0c25366fb_oAre you in the market for a luxury home? There are a lot to be said about owning a luxury home and the additional comforts it brings. However, sometimes finding a the right luxury home is not always easy…especially if you are going about it without a real estate agent.
Hiring a qualified agent who specializes in the luxury homes is an asset when it comes to finding your dream home. With inside information about listings, usually before it even hits the open market, your agent can put you on the fast track of owning your own home.

Before contacting an agent, it is crucial you know how much you can afford (realistically). It makes the home search a lot easier when you know your price range. As you begin this process of the home buying experience, you will want to speak with a mortgage lender about when type of loan would be best for you. By working with a mortgage lender, they will be able to answer any questions you have and help you through the loan process. It is highly recommended you have financial approval early on in the home buying process.

Another tip, be clear on what you are looking for and do your research. Take the time to tour various properties to gain insight and clarity on what is the right fit for you. It is also important to properly inspect the luxury home you are serious about before making the purchase.

What features are important to you in a home? What are some of your favorite aspects in your current home? What attributes do you dislike?