Tips For Buyers              
 

No one wants to contract a case of buyer's remorse. You know what I am talking about. It is that feeling that you've either paid too much or received too little. In most cases, there is no recourse for the buyer to receive recompense once the contract has been signed.

If no one wants to catch a case of buyer's remorse, why are there so many people out there who suffer from it? The answer is simple, most of these people are engaged in a transaction without enough knowledge and information.

The best way to make sure that you choose the right home is to properly prepare yourself. The purchase of a home is a tremendous investment, both monetarily and emotionally. The purpose of this page is to provide you with some tips that will help your transaction progress smoothly and result in you being a happy homeowner. I can make that happen.

Remember, if you have any questions I am always just a phone call or email away.
  • Sign up for VIP Membership  In order to make an educated decision you need to know what is available and how much it is selling for. You can browse all the active listings from the Mid Florida MLS and when you have found some homes that you like you can save those searches and sign up for property watch. Any new listings will then be emailed to you. The best homes move fast so you need to make sure that you are on top of the available inventory at all times so you do not miss out.
  • Get help Your home is likely to represent one of the largest investments in your life. In order to make sure that the transaction goes smoothly it is of vital importance that you choose the right agent to represent your interests. The right agent will be someone whose experience and personality makes you feel comfortable. You should try to find an agent that is familiar and knowledgeable about the area you plan to move into.
  • Get pre-approved Do you already know how much home you can afford? There is nothing more frustrating than looking for a home, finding the perfect home, and then discovering that it is out of your price range. Speak with a lender to learn about the different financing options available to you. When you find the right lender get the paperwork processed so that you will be ready to buy when you find the right home.
  • 5 Great reasons to get Pre-Qualified by a Lender

            1. You will know in advance what your payment will be

            2. You won't waste time consideing homes you cannot afford

            3. You can shop in advance for the best loan program.

            4. Sellers will respond more favorably to your offer to purchase with a lender's pre-qualification

            5. Buyers aren't considered serious until they take the pre-qualification step.

  • Avoid major purchases   In order to determine the amount of home you can afford a lender uses your debt-to-income ratio. This ratio is the percentage of your pre-tax income that you spend on debt. Your debt ratio will include: monthly housing costs, car payments, credit cards, student loans, and any other installment debt. If you take on more debt right before buying a home it is going to have an impact on the amount of the loan that the lender will finance.
  • Ask Questions   No one knows the home better than the seller of the property; however it is not always in the seller's best interest to disclose all the information. If you find out the seller's motivation for selling you might be able to negotiate a better deal on the home. Try to find out the last time service was performed on the roof, furnace, and water heating. Asking the right questions now can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Get inspected The last thing you want to discover after you have bought a home is that you have purchased a "money pit". By "money pit" I am referring to a home that is full of defects that are going to end up costing you a lot of money. Save yourself a lot of time in future litigation and renovation by bringing in a licensed home inspector before you buy. If any problems are found it will steer you away from a bad decision or help you negotiate a better price.

 

Jane E. Rees
Luxury Homes For Discerning Clients
Michael Saunders & Co
Bus: (941) 586-3970 | Fax: (000) 000-0000
Office: 330 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota FL 34236
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