Buying a Home

Buying a home can be one of your most significant investments in life. Not only are you choosing your dwelling place, and the place in which you will bring up your family, you are most likely investing a large portion of your assets into this venture. The more prepared you are at the outset, the less overwhelming the buying process will be. The goal of this page is to provide you with detailed information to assist you in making an intelligent and informed decision. Remember, if you have any questions about the process, I’m only a phone call or email away!

How Chris Helps You Buy the Right Home

Chris takes pride in helping and educating his clients throughout the home-buying process. Occasionally he is asked why someone would use a real estate agent to help them buy their house. Below are 10 ways Chris can make the experience not only more pleasant, but also successful.

  1. Chris helps you determine how much home you can afford. He might also suggest additional ways to accrue the down payment and explain alternative financing methods. He can introduce you to a mortgage counselor and arrange to have you “pre-approved,” which can improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying objectives faster and with less stress.
  2. Providing client-level services, Chris can work as a buyer’s agent and help negotiate the best price and terms for you. Or he can serve as a seller’s sub-agent (or disclosed dual agent), acting as a liaison between you and the seller to present offers and counteroffers until an agreement is reached.
  3. Chris can help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited to your needs – size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, and other personal preferences.
  4. With access to a listing of all available homes in the multi-list system (MLS), Chris can evaluate them in terms of your needs and affordability. He will not waste your time showing you unsuitable homes.
  5. Chris can often suggest simple, imaginative changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value.
  6. Chris can supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of proposed zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy.
  7. Although the law does not normally require an attorney to review documents or oversee real estate closings, you may choose to use their services. Chris can provide you with a list of recommended practitioners to choose from.
  8. In advance of closing, Chris can help familiarize you with the process and present closing figures for your review.
  9. Chris can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, surveyors, and help to coordinate inspection appointments.
  10. Over the years, Chris has accumulated a wide network of professionals that he can recommend to help with just about anything you may need when selling or buying a home.

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