Buying a house is a little bit like algebra (but probably not as scary). You have to follow the right order of operations in order to get the right results.
When you’re buying a house, there’s a general timeline you should follow – and if you do, your entire home buying process will be easier.
The Right Order of Operations in Buying a Home
If you’re like most people, you’re starting your home search on the Internet. It’s where approximately 80 percent of all buyers start, so you’re definitely not alone.
One of the first things you can do to make the whole process easier is get in touch with a Realtor®. Your Realtor will be able to search for homes that meet your criteria so you’re not wasting time looking at houses that aren’t a great fit.
From there, it’s a good idea to talk to a lender. You can shop for the best deals on a mortgage just like you can shop for good deals on anything else, and you should; buying a home is a huge investment.
Once you’re prequalified or preapproved, you can get a little more serious with your search for the perfect home. Sellers tend to take offers more seriously when they’re accompanied by a preapproval letter, so if you find a great deal, you’ll be able to jump on it.
Your Realtor will walk you through the whole home buying process, which also includes:
- Preparing a purchase offer
- Contract for the home
- Finalize financing
- Prepare for settlement
- Conduct the final walk-through
- Go to closing
Buying a home is incredibly exciting, and if you have a real expert in your corner, it’s a seamless, easy process.
Are You Buying a Home in the Tampa Bay Area?
If you’re looking for Tampa Bay homes for sale, we can help you find the perfect house. We work in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties, and we’ll be happy to start a custom search just for you.
Call us at 813-961-6000 or 727-584-8480, or contact us online. Let us know what you want from your next home and we’ll help you find it.