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BUYERS

The Tiffany Advantage:
Full Time, top producing Realtors®
No cost to you (Sellers Pay)
A personalized link to all your documents online (you can access them any time)
The option of paperless transactions through virtual signing (e-signatures) and email
Buyer-friendly personalized website with your selected homes and search features
You can view homes on your schedule
Comparative Market Analysis on house before writing offer
Provide list of approved service providers
Attend all inspections
Provide current sales information to appraisers
Review all forms and contracts

The Buying Process

Buying a home can be less stressful with the help of a reliable Realtor®. I provide my home buying clients with the tools and personal expertise necessary to make the best decision for themselves and their families. There are more than 125 different components in the home buying process, and I make sure that each part comes together for a successful purchase. Key services you can expect include:

Getting Ready to Buy Real Estate

Once you have decided to purchase a home, do not make any new purchases until after you have closed and funded on your new home.

Meeting your Realtor®

Meet with your Realtor® prior to going out and looking for homes. At this time, your Realtor® will explain Agency and go over Information About Brokerage Services. This will explain how Realtors® work. Once you’ve chosen your Realtor®, you will enter into a Buyer Representation Agreement to ensure that you receive the highest level of service.

Before Looking at Homes

Speak with a Mortgage Professional about obtaining a loan unless you intend to pay cash. Acquire a pre-approval/qualification letter and provide this to your Realtor®.

Looking at Property

National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer Statistics shows that active home buyers search for 12 weeks and see 15 homes before making a purchase.

Found the Property

Once you have found the property, your Realtor® will provide comparable homes in the area for price comparison. This will ensure that you make the best possible decision. After you have reviewed comparable homes and decided on price and terms, your Realtor® will write up the purchase contract.

He/she will then present an offer and a pre-approval/qualification letter to the sellers agent and negotiate your offer. Your Realtor® will also obtain an existing Property Survey (if available), providing information about Septic (if applicable and/or available) and finalizing the contract. Once the contract is complete your Option Period begins. The Option Period lasts 7-10 days (on average) and gives you the time to get the property inspected and negotiate any repairs you may want done.

Once you are under contract

Your Realtor® will then send the contract to the Title Company and the lender. You will be responsible for scheduling a Home Inspection if you desire. Your Realtor® will attend the Home Inspection with you, review the inspection, and negotiate any repairs you may want completed. They will also be able to tell you what’s common or uncommon when looking over the inspection and requesting repairs.

For some homes in Austin area, the Seller will also be required to provide you with an Energy Audit. This lets you know how energy efficient the home is. Although the report may be required, the seller is not required to do any repairs from this report.

You should also receive the Title Commitment from the title company.

Once you are out of the Option Period

After your Option Period your Realtor will follow up with the lender and the Appraisal will be scheduled. Some Realtors® will even attend the appraisal and provide the appraiser with comparable homes.

You should also receive HOA or Condo Association information (if applicable).

Closing

Prior to closing, your Realtor® will review your HUD 1 Settlement Statement and your Mortgage Professional will notify you with how much you need to bring to closing. The payment must be certified funds (cashiers check, money order or wire transfer). You will also need to bring your two forms of ID.

Be aware, you may not get keys to your new property at closing. The property will have to fund, meaning the money has to be transferred. Sometimes this takes 10 minutes, and other times it could last days.

After Closing

Owning a home comes with responsibilities and costs. I provide my buyers with a follow up program to ensure that their new home stays in shape – no matter the season or circumstance. Among the services you can expect:

  • How to apply for your Homestead Exemption
  • Help with appealing county tax appraisals
  • Discount coupons for Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Home maintenance tips