Contemplating buying your new home in Columbus? Smart Move, Realtors can help.

Buying a home is an intimidating event for many people, but with a bit of planning ahead of time, it isn't that complex. So you'll know exactly what to expect, we like to furnish our buyers with an overview of the entire deal. Here are our nine steps to purchasing a home.

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Step 1 – Prepare to purchase a home
There are several things you should take into account before commencing your home search. When you start your search, you'll want to put together an outline of must-haves, get a feeling for what school districts and neighborhoods you want to live in, and start planning around your budget. Keeping your mortgage payment less than or close to a third of your monthly income is a good principle to go by.

Step 2 – Communicate with a real estate agent in Columbus
That's where we come in. We can arrange a time to meet so we can talk about why you want to buy a home and get an idea of your future plans. We'll talk about the mortgage industry, other economic factors that may potentially affect your buying decision today or in the future, as well as neighborhoods and school districts in the Columbus area.

In addition, we'll help you start the loan process. partners with some of the finest mortgage professionals in Columbus, so you'll be in great hands. They'll assist you in figuring out which type of loan is best for you and help you get qualified.

Step 3 – Begin your home search
After we meet, we'll begin finding houses on the market that are good for you. We'll get a sneak peek of most of the houses and exclude the duds, and then we'll book appointments to view the houses whenever it's convenient for you.

When we tour the houses, we'll show you the good features and bad ones. we'll even ask you to tell us about things you like and dislike. Most often, buyers change their must-have list as we tour houses and some features become more crucial than others. If such is the case, we'll go back through the listings again and trim it down to the home of your dreams.

Step 4 – Get a grasp of the housing market
Our understanding of the Columbus market is a fundamental asset in your home search. We're mindful of all the school districts and neighborhoods, and we will communicate what areas are "hot" and warrant immediate action and the others that are "cold" and allow for thoughtful examination.

When we view homes, we'll make sure to communicate if the seller's asking price has room for negotiation or if I believe the house is "priced to sell." When working with an agent, be mindful and make sure you ask lots of questions. Every real estate agent will convince you they comprehend the market. If things don't add up, call us at 614.285.6683 or e-mail us at, and we'd be glad to answer your questions. Our understanding of the market will help you stay a step ahead throughout the entire deal.

Step 5 – Find your dream home
We're positive we'll find the home of your dreams in Columbus. When that happens, we'll thoroughly create your purchase offer. The offer will be tailored with your needs in mind, including several contingencies, such as acquiring financing, carrying out the inspection, and a clear title.

Let guide you through finding your dream home in Columbus Upon presenting your offer, you'll want to submit "earnest money." This is a cash deposit made to the home seller to secure the offer to purchase the property and is typically applied to the cost of closing. If the seller accepts your offer, we should close within 30 to 60 days afterward. This allows plenty of time for your mortgage financing.

Step 6 – Negotiate
A lot of contracts aren't closed on the first offer. It's very common to receive a counter offer. Don't let this discourage you. We'll talk over whether or not to agree to the counter offer, propose our own counter offer, or refuse the seller's offer and go on.

The state of the market will play a role in how aggressively we negotiate the deal. In addition, we'll work within your financing constraints. And at the end of the day, we'll put together a deal that works well for you.

Step 7 – Secure financing
After the deal is finalized, you'll begin working with your lender to close the loan. If you're pre-qualified, this won't take much time at all, but you'll want to stay in close contact with your mortgage lender. And we'll deal with all the property information your mortgage lender will need to close the loan.>

Step 8 – Close the deal
Your mortgage lender will give you a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) detailing your closing costs within three days of taking your application. This estimate is formed from the loan amount, and RESPA requirements require that it has to involve all closing costs and fall within a strict range of accuracy. we'll examine the estimate and let you know if everything looks permissible.

Then we'll close on your house. This should occur at a title company or escrow office and will likely be a smooth and calm occurrence.

Step 9 – Move in
Congratulations! Now you can move into your new house. Enjoy it. And if you need anything, just contact us at 614.285.6683 or send us an e-mail.