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Frequently Asked Questions About Buying a Home

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How do I determine the amount of my initial offer?

There is really no rule to use in calculating a realistic offer. Naturally, the buyer wants the best price and value and the seller wants the highest price, but negotiations can be influenced by many factors, such as a seller who may be changing jobs and wants to sell quickly, or a buyer who really wants a specific home.

After you’ve looked at the home’s features, asked questions, checked comparables, and talked about it with us , you should have a good idea in you heart of what the home’s value is in the current market. Consider what you can afford and make an offer.

Most buyers and sellers negotiate on price until both agree. When the price is agreed upon, the paperwork will be signed and initialed as needed by both parties. At that point, you typically will begin the process of arranging for a home and wood destroying insect inspection.

If I’m moving a considerable distance, is there any way I can gather information before I start traveling?

Yes. Buyer’s Resource Realty Services is proud to be associated with some of the best relocation companies in the nation. Whether you’re moving across town, across the nation, or around the world , we can help. Our Buyer Relocation Networks are skilled in handling the special needs of families involved in the relocation process. We understand your needs, concerns, fears, anxieties and joys, but most of all , we know how to get you and your family from here to there with minimal stress and inconvenience. And, our Buyer Relocation Network is made up of the top 4% of the industry. They know how to get you results in the shortest amount of time, with the fewest hassles and the best price and terms for you. In addition, today’s Multiple Listing Services—which include up to 90% or more of the homes listed in any given community – have made it relatively easy for buyers to access detailed information “online” on homes for sale practically anywhere in the country.

Should I move myself or use a moving company?

In almost every case, you can save yourself time and energy by using a reputable moving company to help you move. Ask us, consumer groups, the Better Business Bureau, friends, and co-workers for recommendations, then get estimates from several companies. Don’t choose a mover based on price alone – consider the reputation and professionalism of the company, too. Work closely with the moving company to coordinate your efforts and your move will be achieved with maximum efficiency.

What is a mortgage, and what are the benefits of different kinds of mortgages?

Simply put, a mortgage is a loan that a home buyer obtains directly from a lender to purchase real estate. The mortgage is a lien on the property that secures a promissory note (promise to repay the debt) that states the terms of the loan, including the interest rate, and the number of payments.

The most popular mortgages available to home buyers today can be divided into two general categories: those which offer fixed interest rates and monthly payments, and those where one or both of those factors are adjustable.

Fixed rate/fixed payment loans are more traditional, and remain the most popular home financing method, currently accounting for about two-thirds of all residential mortgages. Their advantages are well-known: You always know what your monthly principal and interest payment will be, so your basic housing cost will remain unaffected by interest rate changes until the mortgage is paid off.

Mortgages that entail flexible rates and/or payments have grown in popularity during periods of high interest rates and/or rapidly rising home prices. Many, including the popular ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages), offer lower-than-market initial interest rates that allow buyers a measure of affordability unavailable in fixed-rate loans. The tradeoff may be higher interest rates and higher monthly payments later on. As yourself the question: Is my income expected to go up in the future, or not?

What are the different types of lenders, and how do I choose the right one for me?

Before someone lends you the money to purchase your home, they’ll want to know a lot about you. And you’re entitled to know as much as you can about them, too.

It’s important because getting a mortgage is not just a one-time signing of documents, a handshake and a check. You will be depending on your lender to fund the loan as promised, on time, and over the life of the loan, to keep good payment records, pay your taxes and insurance (if included in your monthly payment) and many other continuing services.

Look for a lender that has the authority to approve and process your loan locally. It’s easier to obtain information on the status of your loan and discuss conditions directly with the person who will approve your loan, rather than some far away loan committee. It’s important that your lender know home values and conditions in your local area. And while biggest doesn’t always mean best, financial stability, reputation, qualifying procedures, and unique programs benefit are what they offer home buyers.