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Guide to Buying Real Estate- Desiree Goldman

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Guide to Buying Real Estate- Desiree Goldman

  1. 1. BUYING YOUR HOME WITH DESIREE GOLDMAN
  2. 2. Refreshingly Authentic. HOW I WORK FOR YOU AS A BUYERS AGENT WHY A BUYER’S AGENT? There is a difference having a dedicated Buyer’s Agent show you a home and seeing homes with the listing agent or multiple properties with different agents. § A Buyer’s agent gives you continuity of thought. I will point out the pros and cons of the different properties, pick up on the features that are truly important to you and help you compare them. § A Buyer’s agent gives you a broad perspective, importantly about future resale value. Being a local Realtor since 1998, I have seen the ups and downs of the market and know what neighborhoods and types of homes weathered the downturns the best. Even though we are currently in a market moving in favor of sellers because of low inventory, not all areas react the same. OUR RELATIONSHIP IS BASED ON A BUILDING OF TRUST. § Right from the start you’ll know I am working for you. Whether you are a returning client, a personal referral or someone who found me on Zillow, Trulia or any other website. . . . my job is to get you the right home at the best price. A Buyer’s agent will not cost you any additional money. When sellers list their home it is already factored into the price. If you go direct to the Seller’s Agent, they will receive the full commission as a Dual Agent. A Seller’s Agent works for the seller and will not represent your interests. Our firm does not charge any transaction or special fees to our clients unlike some of the other companies in the market.
  3. 3. Refreshingly Authentic. THE BUYING EXPERIENCE-WHAT TO EXPECT I am always willing to meet a new potential client to discuss whether we are a good match to take you out to find your perfect home. In our highly competitive Real Estate market where a good property can have multiple offers above ask on the first day, you want to be in position to put your best foot forward from the very first moment. Before this first meeting I highly recommend you get preapproved by a local lender first. Unfortunately, some big banks and online lenders will only do a cursory prequalification just by pulling a credit report. About a week or so before closing, underwriting gets involved, and the banks may change their mind of funding the loan. By this time, you have spent money on Due Diligence fee, inspections etc. Here are three local lenders I have worked with that care about customer service and will get the job done for the loan to close on time. Whitney Bulbrook Carolina Ventures Mortgage w: 919-960-1506 c: 919-260-6020 whitney@carolinaventures.com Frank Rexford Corporate Investors Mortgage w: 919-929-6116 c: 919-360-7864 frexford@cimginc.com Bryan Parker Union Home Mortgage c: 919-880-4226 bryanparker@unionhomemortgage.com
  4. 4. THE BUYING PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP
  5. 5. Refreshingly Authentic. HOW THE BUYING PROCESS WORKS Here is a basic step-by-step plan for the purchase of your new home. I will make some recommendations of vendors but I have no financial relationship with any of them. 1. Get clear on your criteria for your new home § This includes: Ø area Ø size Ø number of bedrooms and baths Ø yard size Ø type of neighborhood Ø price range § Sometimes it is best to break your new home into 3 categories: Ø needs Ø wants Ø desires 2. Follow the market and view homes § I will always print out the MLS info sheets on all homes we see. This is a good place for you to make any notes about the homes so they do not blur together. § I will set up your personalized search which will give you the most accurate information on the property and also you will be the first to know when a new property hit’s the market Ø While there are dozens of websites to set up a home search, the most accurate is the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Our MLS service does not send listings to Zillow & Trulia. Some brokerages are sending their listings but you could miss a great home. Also it can take 24 hours before the listing goes through syndication. The property could be under contract before you even had an opportunity to see it. So, please let me set up a search for you. You can control it after that.
  6. 6. Refreshingly Authentic. BUYING PROCESS: PHASE 2 After looking at homes, you are now ready to put in an offer! Here is what will happen. 3. When you’re ready to put in an offer § Once we find a property you like, we will write up an offer to purchase. At this time you will be expected to put a nonrefundable Due Diligence fee and an earnest money deposit. Both are negotiable and get credited towards the purchase price and your down payment. The Due Diligence fee pays for the opportunity to put the home under contract and have a period of 3-4 weeks for us to do a home inspection, pest inspection, appraisal, survey and any other investigation or quotes on renovations you may like. I always attend the home inspections, especially if my client lives out of town and cannot attend. From the inspection reports we craft a request for repairs, if any. This is to be negotiated and agreed upon prior to expiration of the Due Diligence date. The seller is not obligated to make any repairs. You may withdraw from the contract up to the due diligence date and have your earnest money (but not the due diligence fee) returned. (I will provide you names of inspectors I have used for years, you may choose one of them or find your own. For my busy clients, they generally let me schedule and take the lead on this process, and always are gracious that I saved them time and removed the burden from their busy days). 4. Contract accepted and inspections § As soon as we are under contract we want to get the inspections scheduled and start the loan process ASAP. During the spring market the good inspectors can be booked weeks out. We also want to get on the calendar with a closing attorney. Throughout this process I will be managing the inspectors, lenders, vendors to make sure they are staying on top of process to make the transaction as smooth as possible.
  7. 7. Refreshingly Authentic. BUYING PROCESS: PHASE 3 Once the contract is accepted and inspections are scheduled, we need to handle potential repairs and get ready for the closing! 5. Repairs and re-inspection § Once we have confirmation of repairs completed we will do a re- inspection of the repairs agreed upon. Depending on the level of repairs you can choose to look them over yourself or hire your inspector to come back and check they were done properly. 6. Get ready to move in and change utilities § Provide contact info for utilities for you to have them transferred in your name for the day of closing. 7. Walkthrough § We will do a walkthrough the day before closing or the day of closing to make sure now the sellers have moved out, the home is in the same condition as when we went under contract. No holes in the walls, items unexpectedly removed. 8. Disclosure statement § A few days prior to closing we will get the closing disclosure showing the allocation of all the money and what amount of cash you need to bring to the closing. This is usually done by wire transfer but can also be a certified check. I will attend closing with you. 9. Make sure you switch everything over! § While this process is going on I have a great service called www.updater.com that can assist you in coordinating your move. Very helpful in making sure nothing gets dropped out like changing your mailing address.
  8. 8. Refreshingly Authentic. BUYING PROCESS: PHASE 4 This is it, the final steps! 10. Closing! § After the closing has been recorded with the County (usually they process same-day) you will get the keys to your new home! 11. Continuing the relationship § Our relationship does not stop here- I am always available for referrals and helping you learn about the area. I am fortunate that many of my clients have become friends and I believe in keeping a long-term relationship with all my clients. Anytime you have a question or needed referral, my phone is always on. § I do like to keep my clients informed by sending out newsletters, engaging on social media, and popping by with a gift every once-in- a-while. § I am positive that you will be satisfied with my service and hope that you will write a review on Zillow, Trulia, or Realtor.com. As well, I am more than happy to meet your friends and family that may be looking to move to help them out in the buying or selling process! From finding the right home at the right price, to getting it closed, I will be your eyes and ears, leader and counsel. Most of all, I promise to be honest, true to both your needs and best interests, and will always be Refreshingly Authentic.
  9. 9. In this crazy market, we feel very fortunate to be holding the keys to our lovely new home. Desiree made this happen for us. Firstly, she spotted a house that we had basically overlooked. When to our surprise we really liked it, she moved swiftly to help us put together an attractive offer late in a multi- ple-offer situation...Desiree moved fast and our offer was accepted- just 6 hours after we viewed the home. She also helped us with plans for updating, dissuading us from one ill conceived idea for floor- ing....She also gave us suggestions for yard work, tree trimming, countertops, painters and a handyman. This was a great relief, as we are new to the area and have very few contacts ourselves. Thank you Desiree for your efforts, knowledge and experience, and for guiding us to our wonderful new home. -New Buyer, 1/17 If you want someone who will relentlessly work on your behalf to find the best home for you, choose Desiree as your real estate agent. I just purchased my 8th home and I had the pleasure of working with Desiree to make that happen. She’s amazingly knowledgeable. I had lived in Chapel Hill 10 years ago, so I thought I knew the area, but much is changing and Desiree knows what’s happening now and what’s proposed. ..She’s super responsive. And she has a strong network of home repair contractors which makes the entire home buying process so much easier. She’s a breath of fresh air! I’m so glad I found Desiree on Zillow and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!Desiree on Zillow and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell their home! -DL, 4/17 We really enjoyed working with Desiree. She not only helped us find the perfect first home for my husband and I she helped us learn about our community. We highly recommend Desiree if you are looking for a home in the orange county area. -MACurtis, 1/17 Desiree is amazing. We have bought and sold several properties in different areas of the country and had very bad experiences in the past, so I was very cautious in choosing a realtor for our new home. Desiree has superb knowledge of the market in the area and was a real advocate for us when we chose our new home. I am so grateful that I happened to come into contact by chance and she very quickly really impressed me with her real estate knowledge of Chapel Hill. I would recommend her to any and all of my best friends and family and we will look to her for any other real estate needs in the future! -Zsuser, 4/17 Desiree is amazing. We have bought and sold several properties in different areas of the country and had very bad experiences in the past, so I was very cautious in choosing a realtor for our new home. Desiree has superb knowledge of the market in the area and was a real advocate for us when we chose our new home. I am so grateful that I happened to come into contact by chance and she very quickly really impressed me with her real estate knowledge of Chapel Hill. I would recommend her to any and all of my best friends and family and we will look to her for any other real estate needs in the future! -Zsuser, 4/17 What People Say.

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