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The visual of the HUD would be great and could eliminate some of the verbiage here. REQUIREDA HUD is divided into two parts:Lender charges Includes origination fee, appraisal fee, credit report, insurance and tax escrowsTitle chargesIncludes settlement fee, and owner’s and lender’s title insuranceGovernment chargesIncludes recording fees, recordation taxes and property taxes
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Redfin's Free Home Buying Class- Acton
Redfin’s Home Buying Class
Redfin West Boston Team
December 18, 2013
Hosts: Risa Bell & Bill Hayes
Meet the Redfin West Boston Team
Risa Bell & Bill Hayes, West Boston Agents
● Agents for Metro West
● Closed over 74 transactions in
the last year
● Specialize in:
► First-time buyers
► Multiple bid situations
► Local area knowledge
Overview of the process
Are you ready to buy?
Understanding the market
Never miss a home
Choosing an agent
Short sales & foreclosures
Making an offer
Acceptance to closing
A Little Bit About Redfin
Redfin is a real estate brokerage on a mission to make buying
and selling a home a better experience for you.
● Accountability: we’re on your side, giving you honest
● Technology: sellers get more traffic; buyers tour homes first
● Value: a full-service brokerage that saves you thousands
Overview of a Buying a Home
Are You Ready to Buy?
Do you have a family and need room to grow?
Do you expect to stay put for 5 or more years?
Have you saved up for a down payment? 3.5% to 20+%
Have you saved up for closing costs?
Can you rent for less?
Where Is the Market Headed?
Supply of homes is at a five-year low
Rents have been rising, making buying more attractive
Market stabilized – price increases in many areas
Rate increases - biggest potential issue for buyers
New Construction is back and booming again but still not
enough for most areas
● Excess buyers are creating increased competition but there
are still many good homes to buy
What to Ask Any Agent
Is this your full-time job?
Where were your last five deals?
Who else will be working with me?
When am I committed to working with you?
How are you paid?
Can I see some reviews of your work?
Redfin’s Partner Program
Partner agents are employed by other brokerages, and have
teamed up with us to provide Redfin-certified service
We’ll refer you to a Partner Agent when:
► A home is below Redfin’s minimum price
► A home is outside of our service area
► If it’s in your financial advantage to work with a partner
We survey all partner agent clients
► All surveys are published on their Redfin page
► 97% of customers would recommend Redfin Partners
Review Your Financial Situation
● Pull credit report, look for errors
● Establish comfort level for monthly payment
● Figure out how much monthly income goes towards debt:
28 – 33% healthy
● Pay down credit balances to 1/3rd
● Don’t open any new lines of credit
● Don’t buy any big ticket items
● Source of money
● Current employment status
Where Are Rates Headed?
Type of Loan
December 12, 2013
December 5, 2013
Get Pre-Approved Early
A pre-approval letter is a letter from a bank or a lender estimating
how much they'll lend you
● Establishes what you can afford & makes offer process go faster
● Redfin asks that you get pre-approved before your third tour
● Good for 90 days, depending on lender
● W-2, two pay-stubs, tax returns, bank statements
Pulling Credit: Is It Harmful?
● Your credit report must be reviewed by a lender before you
can obtain a pre-approval
● If you know your score, a lender should be able to give you
ballpark pricing for their loan products
● Better to know sooner rather than later about credit
● Maintaining a pre-approval
has a negligible impact on
your credit score
Start Shopping for Lenders
Compile a list of 3-4 local lenders
Good sources include:
● Redfin's partner lenders
● Online review sites, such as Yelp
● Local chains and offices
*Know your lender
Local Recommended Lenders
In no way does
lenders – we just
Short Sales and Bank Owned
What You Need To Know
What is a Short Sale?
The owner owes more on the mortgage than the home is
● Usually pre-foreclosure, but not always
● Listed for less than what’s owed to the bank
● Requires 1 - 2 banks’ approval (usually 2)
● May have other liens (taxes, utilities, HOA)
We Can Help With a Short Sale!
● See short sales with a Redfin Agent
● If you want to buy, work with a Redfin Agent or a short sale
● Redfin partner agents work for other brokerages but share
Redfin’s commitment to customer service
● Get a 15% commission refund
What is a Bank-Owned Property?
● A foreclosed home owned by a bank or lender
● Standard sale but:
► Verbal negotiations
► Long response times
► Repairs unlikely
► Legal addenda may require an attorney
► Limited or no disclosures
► Banks demand use of their own contracts
► Bank can back out any time until they’ve signed
► Earnest money deposit usually held by listing agent
Crafting Your Offer
● Evaluate – your agent will provide you with information
about market conditions and recent sales in the area
● Consider the situation – the seller’s preferences, days on
the market, and other interest will influence the process.
● Decide on price & strategy with your agent
● Common contingencies & terms:
► Earnest Money
Tips for Winning a Bidding War
1. Just win, baby! Simply have the best offer.
► Cash is King, but price counts, too!
► Escalate your price?
► Tighten your timelines
► Remove some contingencies?
2. Get pre-approved with a local lender
3. What’s important to the seller?
4. Write a letter & appeal to the seller
Steps After Mutual Acceptance
Earnest money deposit
Inspection - General
Other inspections – Radon, Water, etc.
Receive your keys!
We recommend that you have a home inspection
● Cost depends upon the home’s size and inspector chosen
● Your agent will accompany you
● Your time to learn about the property
Let’s talk about:
● What an inspection contingency covers and doesn’t cover
● Types of inspections
What are Contingencies?
This means the seller has accepted an offer on the property,
but success may still depend on passing a home inspection or
● Appraisal – Performed in conjunction with financing
● Clean Title
What is Escrow?
A third party, often the selling brokerage, holds buyer funds in
escrow for disbursement at closing.
What do they do?
• Hold the earnest money
• Hold the Purchase & Sales deposit
• Disburse funds at closing
So What Now?
Make sure it’s the right time for you
Start browsing online
Check out our Home Buying Guide
Find the right agent
Look for a local lender and get pre-approved
Start seeing homes in person
Make an offer & close the deal
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