The Buying Process

Selecting and buying a home is one of the biggest and most important decisions a family can make. The very first step is choosing a Realtor that you can count on and most importantly, one you work well with. We have outlined the buying process for you to understand the process and why it’s important. Buying a home is fun and should be painless! We hope this helps.

Choose a Great Realtor®


Finding the right Realtor is paramount.  Websites, local businesses and personal referrals are great ways of finding the right agent to represent you.   Most importantly, make certain your Realtor is someone you communicate and work well with throughout the transaction.  It is imperative that you feel supported and have peace of mind that he or she will look out for your best interests during the purchase of your home.

Meet with your Realtor about your Goals


Once you have met with a Realtor and discussed agency and representation, you will discuss your home buying goals. This will include a number of determining factors such as area, price range, rural or city, size and type of the home, school districts and more. Your Realtor will ask you to rate importance on a scale of 1-10 on all of these decisions. There are many fantastic homes and understanding what is most important to your family before you start the search, will help you make crucial choices later on.

Choose a Lender


Your Realtor will advise you to meet with and choose a lender before you search for homes. This will accomplish two very important things. First, it will provide the capital you need to buy your home. Secondly it will help determine the correct price range and for how much you will be approved. If you are looking in a certain price range and are approved for a different amount, it could cause challenges in the transaction later on. It is imperative that you are approved up front so the home of your dreams is becomes a reality.

Preview and Choose Homes to See


After meeting and choosing your lender you can start looking at homes. This is often the most fun part of the transaction, aside from the actual closing. You can search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), your Realtor’s website or other home specialty sites to find and sort through homes that meet or do not meet your criteria. Your agent will partner with you and will also send you home possibilities. The search for the right home is always a team effort.

The Home Viewing Process


The duration of the viewing process is autobiographical. It will vary based on your daily schedule, the availability and location of the home and your Realtor. Once you find “the one” it will be time to make an offer.

Make an Offer


Your Realtor will conduct market research, advise you on the details and discuss the entire offer process. Many factors are considered in determining a fair price to offer on the property. Contract option fees and Earnest money fees are customarily discussed at this time. Advise you on the Details fair offer.

Contract Negotiations


Contract negotiations begin at this time as the seller and buyer determine what they are willing or are not willing to do to finalize the transaction. Your Realtor will represent your wishes and help you communicate to the seller using promulgated forms that adhere to Texas law. Your Realtor should have expert negotiation skills and a clear understanding of the contract terms.

Inspections and Review Disclosures


Once negotiations are finalized, it’s time to determine the physical state of the home. Homes of all ages may or may not have defects or historical repairs. It is critical that the buyer review all disclosures on property that is being considered. A professional inspection should be ordered to determine the extent of repairs needed, if any on the property. Structural, Mechanical and Termite are all examples of typical inspections.

Appraisal by the Lender


If you are using a lender, they typically require an appraisal of the property. The lender’s appraiser will use comparative property market research and property condition to determine the value of the property. This ensures that the lender is loaning money for a solid asset.

Title Process


Once approved, the title company becomes involved. The title company is a neutral third party that, for a fee, holds all the documents and funds in escrow, and ensures that all parties get what they say they want, or points out where differences lay so the parties can resolve them. The closing is scheduled.

Funding and Closing


Once signed, the title company sends the documents back to the lender for funding approval. In this process, the lender confirms that all instructions to the title company were followed, and approves disbursement of the funds to the seller.

Recording and Close of Escrow


The title company, once funds are received, reviews the file to verify that all instructions are clear and consistent, and that all parties are in agreement.

The title company then disburses funds strictly per written instructions. The next day, they record all the legal documents that have been executed, and record a conveyance on all old liens. Once the new loans (and the grant deed in the case of a purchase) have been recorded, the loan and the escrow are considered closed.

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