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Are You Thinking About Buying A Home But Not Sure Where To Start?

Just for YOU — Home Buying 101

Exclusive 13 Week Series

Step-by-Step to Your New Home with our Weekly Series Buying A Home 101: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know About Buying Your First Home

If youve been thinking about buying a home and are just not sure of the steps involved or even where to start, then our new weekly series Buying a Home 101: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know About Buying Your First Home is a MUST read for you.

Each week, youll get great tips, how tos, and my little secrets that will help you be successful in purchasing a home in todays market.

And, its all delivered to you in sequential order so you know what to do and when!

This series will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and calm any fears you may have about not knowing what you dont know.” 

I understand that buying your first home is scary and overwhelming, but you can make it happen and this series should help prepare you.

Itll keep you informed and up-to-date on the entire home-buying process from beginning to end, one bite-sized chunk at a time.

Week 1: Do the Math — A Mortgage You Can Afford Ill help you figure out how much home you REALLY can afford. Ill give you a formula for determining how to arrive at the exact price range that works for your budget to get a home you love that doesn’t change your current lifestyle.  No buyer wants to be stretched too thin (or be shortchanged!). Ill teach you how to do the math so you know the monthly payment for every home you see out there.

Week 2: Where to Find Money for Your Down Payment Youll learn all the secret ways to get more bang for your down-payment buck.  If youre a first-time homebuyer, we want to make sure you arent putting every dollar you have into being a homeowner. Well teach you how to figure out what the rightdown payment amount is for your goals and budget; and then provide some solutions to find cash if you dont have enough funds in your personal savings.

Week 3: Five Steps to Obtaining a Mortgage — Have you ever tried to make sense of all the mortgage options available out there?  Its definitely not “one-size-fits-all” these days.  Ill give you a rundown of the various mortgage options out there so you can decide which type is best for your specific financial situation and goals. And, youll get the low down on private mortgage insurance (PMI) and why you may need it (and why its not all that bad!). Once youre pre-approved for a loan, youre ready to seriously start looking at homes.


Week 4: How to Find the Very Best Buyers Agent You want to choose a real estate agent who is the right person to represent YOU through the many steps in buying a home. Think about whats important to you and what you are looking for in a home and then make sure your agent has experience that meets these specific needs and goals. Not all agents are created equally and not all agents are the right fit for you.   Heres what you should consider and ask when looking for the perfect agent for you.

Week 5: How Your Needs and Desires Lead to Home Sweet Home  — Ill give you a breakdown of the honest questions no one else is asking you about your home search, and the exact questions you need to ask yourself BEFORE you start house hunting.  My list goes way beyond how many bedrooms and baths you want.  Youll learn that this very important and often overlooked step will determine everything that happens during your entire home-buying experience. You dont want to miss this!

Week 6: Its the Fun House HuntingGuide House hunting can be fun, but it also can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Find out the ways you can shop productively (and strategically!) with tactics that will streamline your search.  Youll know what to look for and what to stay away from, the pros and cons of condos and townhomes, and the real deal with “as is” homes.

Week 7: Make a Winning Offer Without Going Overboard Youve found a home you love and want to buy, whats next? Heres the low down on figuring out your offer price, your earnest money deposit, some clever negotiation tactics, and even how to compete with multiple offers.

Week 8: Under Contract: Locking in Your Mortgage and Getting Your Home Appraised — Did you know that you have to wait until you are under contract to lock in your interest rate?  (See, you are already learning something!) Heres how to work with your lender so you avoid any possible rate fluctuations and more money out of your pocket. You need to get an appraisal on the home you want to buy, and heres the scoop on that.  Before you actually get that mortgage, the bank wants to make sure this property will sell for at least the amount of money it is lending you.

Week 9: How to Navigate a Home Inspection You dont want any surprises after you move in, right?! Both old and new homes should be inspected. Heres the breakdown of what to expect during your home inspection, the most important aspects of a home to examine, and also what to do if any red flags arise.

Week 10: Review those Condo Docs or Else! This step happens AFTER you are under contract. Seems backwards, but thats how the process works. Youll only have a few days to read sometimes hundreds of pages of documents so this handy guide will help prepare you. Purchasing a condo unit is like buying into a business, so you need to how financially sound the entire condo community is before finalizing your contract. This checklist covers everything you need to consider, including its reserve funds, operating budget, and even its rules and regulations.

Week 11: Almost There Pre-Closing Details for Buyers Youre almost a homeowner but have a few more details to handle before the big day. Heres a breakdown of whats next on your list, such as obtaining hazard insurance and a home warranty (and why), and when/how to connect utilities for your new home. You want to be prepared and ready to ensure a smooth transition to becoming the owner of this home. And who wants any surprises on closing day, right?!

Week 12:  How to Make Your Settlement a Success — Youve finally made it! But, there are still lots of items to cross off your to-do list, including your walk-through, getting title insurance, and your closing costs.  My handy list will make sure youre prepared and ready for this eventful day, so that it ends with your new homes keys in your hand.

Week 13 BONUS: Maintaining Your New Home Heres all you need to know as a new homeowner. When you walk through that front door, your life changes and youre now responsible for everything (not a landlord!). Paying the electric bill, keeping home and repair documents organized, understanding how your home works (furnace, water heater) and making sure you schedule in regular maintenance and upkeep (HVAC and more) throughout the year. Its all covered here in one place.

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