Home Buyer Information

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I will serve you and protect your interests while I help you purchase the home of your dreams at the lowest possible price and with the best terms.
Buying a home is an exciting but often overwhelming experience, particularly if you are buying your first home. As your REALTOR®, Erin can help you through the home-buying process and assure that you find the right home for you, at the right price for you. All homebuyers have a number of concerns, all of which Erin can help you with:

Setting a Time Frame
There are a lot of variables in the home-buying process, which means the time it takes to find and buy your new home varies too. A typical home search process may take three to four months, including the mortgage approval process, comparing and evaluating properties, making an offer and the closing process. The loan process typically takes 30-45 days.

Finding a Home That Meets Your Needs and Wants
Before you start looking at properties, make a list of “must-have” features along with optional features you’d like to have. “Must-have” features may include the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need to accommodate your family, location (consider commute to work, which schools your children will attend, etc.), lot size and special needs (handicapped access, etc.). Optional features may include the architectural styling, bay windows, landscaping, etc. Having a clear idea of what you want in a home will help your REALTOR® find the perfect property for you.

The Lending Process
Perhaps one of the most intimidating aspects of buying a home is the mortgage approval process. Erin will be here to help guide you through this, but there are many ways you can prepare early to make the process smoother. Start by making sure your budget is under control—make a list of all your monthly expenses, compare it with your income and see if adjustments need to be made. You should also try to pay off small credit card balances. Start gathering documents you may need, such as W-2 forms, income tax returns for the past few years, pay stubs, records of child support or alimony, bank statements for the past several months and your credit report. Also, be sure to allow for closing costs. Getting several offers will allow you to compare loans and get the best deal.

Educating yourself about the home-buying process is key to getting a home you love and can afford. As your REALTOR®, Erin will be here to answer any questions you might have and guide you through this process.

The Lending Process