The Home Buying Process: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

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The Olympic Games Rio 2016 are in full swing and so is the summer 2016 real estate market!  If you’ve thrown yourself into the ring called “the home buying process” this season, then you already know that it can be hard to keep up, stay on track and make it all the way to the end.

If you’ve already been through the home buying process, than you know that all the hard work and dedication is worth it to hold your gold medal, AKA your new brass house keys, in your hands when all is said and done!

One thing to remember if you are currently going through, or are at the starting line to begin the process, is that buying a home is a marathon, not a sprint.

Follow these checkpoints along the way to help you successfully achieve your gold: the home of your dreams.

Checkpoint 1: Get Pre-Approved

Submit your application and the documents needed to verify your income, assets, and debts, including thirty days of recent paystubs, last two years of W-2s, and two recent bank statements.

Checkpoint 2: Home Search and Offer

Your Realtor will help you find the perfect home and write up an offer letter to the seller, which details the price you are offering to pay for a property and any applicable conditions.

Checkpoint 3: Purchase Agreement

Your Realtor will write up the contract for you and the seller to sign. A deposit is generally required. This agreement will outline all of the required dates, deadlines, and contingencies.

Checkpoint 4: Home Inspection

If the offer is accepted, a home inspection is next. Home inspections are not required, but highly recommended. A home inspector will look for any issues or violations with the property.

Checkpoint 5: Application and Disclosures

Your loan officer will have you review and sign a number of documents and disclosures, including your mortgage application and a Good Faith Estimate, which details the estimated costs of financing.

Checkpoint 6: Appraisal and Title

An appraisal (an estimate or property value) will be ordered and provided to the underwriting team. Your loan officer will select a title company to research the property title.

Checkpoint 7: Homeowners Insurance

Proof of insurance is required prior to closing. Your first year’s premium must be paid in full. Have your insurance agent contact your loan officer to ensure they receive the proper insurance binder.

Checkpoint 8: Final Approval

Underwriting will review all the documentation necessary to approve your mortgage loan additional verifications may be necessary at this point. If all of the documentation is acceptable, you will be clear to close.

Checkpoint 9: Closing Disclosure

You will get a final breakdown of all costs and money required at closing. For closing, you will need government issued identification and a certified check to pay closing costs.

Checkpoint 10: Your Loan Closing!

It’s closing time! Did you bring your government issued identification? Do you have a certified check to cover closing costs? During the closing, a representative from the title company will review all the loan documents with you. They will get signatures from both you and the seller. After all money is distributed, the deed will then be recorded with you as the new owner of record!

Rest assured you are not on this journey alone. Your loan officer will be with you every step of the way and will be able to answer any questions that arise.

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