Grand Rapids Home Buyer Information

Grand Rapids Home Buyers Buying a home is one of the most important investments you can make. You are investing a large portion of your assets into this venture and not only are you choosing your dwelling place, but the place in which you will bring up your family.  The more prepared you are at the outset, the less overwhelming and chaotic the buying process will be.

My goal is to provide you with detailed information to assist you in making an intelligent and informed decision, guide you through the homebuying process, negotiate the best deal possible for and hand over the keys to your lovely new home. Remember, if you have any questions about the process, I’m only a phone call or an email away!

Information for Grand Rapids Home Buyers

STEP ONE – OBTAINING FINANCING: Evaluating your purchasing capacity, and determining the right kind of financing package for you is the first step to take. This is a pain-free process! The reason I recommend you do this before we look at homes is that many times I can save you time, and eliminate properties that don’t fit your purchasing parameters. In addition, by going through this pre-qualifying step, you’ll be in a better negotiating posture when we do find the home you are looking for.

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STEP TWO – SEARCHING FOR HOMES: What is more convenient for you? We can set an appointment to have an informal, relaxed, person-to-person discussion about what it is you’re looking for in a home, or you can search for homes yourself. If you would like to search online from the comfort of your own home, you can take advantage of our FREE MLS Search Tool. This allows you to search for any home listed on the Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore multiple listing service. It will also save you time as you can set up an automated email which will send you only the properties that match your criteria. This service searches the MLS daily and e-mails you any new listings. We also keep track of homes that could be for sale but are not listed and For Sale By Owners and will keep you informed of this rapidly changing Grand Rapids market.

STEP THREE – VIEWING HOMES: Once we have narrowed down the list of potential homes, we get to go and take a look at them. This is the fun part. We’ll go look at homes which you’ve selected. The home buying process should be fun, like the ultimate shopping trip, and should include everyone in your family if possible.

Because I take the time to listen carefully to your wants and needs in advance, finding the perfect home will not take as long as you might think.

STEP FOUR – MAKING AN OFFER: Once we’ve found the perfect home, we’ll perform a market analysis to determine it’s fair market value and determine market condition to maximize your results. We’ll then write the offer and negotiate the purchase with the seller. Once the offer is accepted, you will be required to leave a Good Faith Deposit. This money is held in an escrow account and will be put towards the purchase price on the day of close.

Inspections are then scheduled, well and septic if needed and title work is ordered. We work with preferred vendors who will be able to represent you thoroughly. During the inspection, we feel it is very important for you to be present at this time. If we find any material faults, we address accordingly. We can recommend a Home Inspector if you need one. Inspection costs vary based on the square footage but expect to pay ~$250 – $300.

STEP FIVE – CLOSING: Once we get to this point, all of the hurdles have been addressed and we are confident in a smooth, stress-free transaction.

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VIP Buyer Program

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