Buyers Guide

A simplified layout to home ownership. Click on any of the links for further information on that subject. Check back for more as more information is gathered and deemed necessary to add here.

Interview Real Estate agents

Getting Prequalified for a home loan (if using financing)

Searching for the right home

Writing an offer      And MORE

  • What happens if your offer is rejected
  • What happens with counter offers
  • What to do when multiple offers

Going under contract – accepted offer

Opening escrow

Getting a Home Loan

The inspection Period

The Appraisal

  • How to prepare and what to expect

The Finance Contingency

The Final Walk Through

Signing the docs

Closing/Recordation

  • When do you get keys?

Read the latest Buyer articles, from the blog.

No Breach Until Cured

In the purchase contract, there are MANY timeframes and responsibilities for both parties to follow. If you do not follow these terms of the contract, you may be in breach. However, according to the Arizona Purchase Contract, if you are outside of the terms of the...

Multiple Offers and the Counter Offer

Most people believe that if a home is for sale, and you offer on it… the next step is going under contract… naturally. Not necessarily. There are other scenarios that can cause crimps in this simple plan. The multiple offer situation In a sellers market, or other...

Finding the Right Lender

Working with the right lender is crucial! Please do not be fooled by the teaser rates available on a poster in your local bank. Those are not accurate rates. Your bank will likely be able to give you an excellent rate for your loan. However, you may lose out on your...

What is the Due Diligence Period

Frequently referred to as, simply, the inspection period. This is your time to do all of the necessary investigations, regarding the property, to determine if this is a good fit for you. During this time, you’ll be able to review all of the sellers disclosures, tell...

Choosing an Inspector

Real Estate Inspections can be a very sticky subject at times. It’s important that you know, not all inspectors are the same. We’re asked all the time for a “good inspector“. I’d like to ask you… what is a good inspector to you? Some people qualify the inspector by...

Moving Checklist

This comprehensive list of reminders will be valuable in the moving days ahead. Previous Residence PREPARING FOR THE MOVE: Leave keys & garage openers Travel funds (cash & checks) Prepare pet transportation Personally transport valuables & jewelry ADDRESS...

The Most Common Inspection Issues

The inspection period and the appraisal are those 2 moments during a transaction that everyone holds their breath and finds religion… cause there is a lot of praying going on. When selling a home, know that inspectors WILL make it sound like the house is about to fall...

The Challenges When Getting Pre-Approved for a Home

I have heard several people refer to the loan process as “similar to an audit”. It’s completely invasive, demanding and heavily regulated these days. Gone are the times when we could promise the lender that we really can afford that half a million dollar home, pinky...

Behind the Scenes of a Real Estate Deal

The job of the Real Estate agent is no longer to "find" you a home. Lets be honest… no matter how good I am at searching the MLS, you're spending 6 hours a night on every real estate site you can find, mostly because you're positive that you're better at finding THE...

Is Your Agent Exceptional… or a DUD

Arizona Licensed Agents As of writing this, there are around 92k licensed Agents in the state of Arizona. About half of those are in the Maricopa Valley area, including everything around Phoenix. It's said that about 20% of the real estate agents sell 80% of the real...

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