Buying a home is a complicated dance with more steps than the tango. As a Realtor®, I’ve found that everyone, even repeat buyers, is more relaxed when they have a good understanding of the process and the number of days–approximately 60–that the whole shebang is likely to take. So here’s my insider’s guide to the buying process, from offer to closing.
Before the countdown toward home ownership begins, you have to warm up with several steps. You need to figure out how much you can afford to spend on a home, get pre-approved with a mortgage professional/loan originator, and find a terrific Realtor® to partner with you in your search. (Note: if you’re purchasing a bank-owned, “short sale” or a court-ordered sale, the time line is usually longer and significantly more complicated than the one I’ve outlined here.)
Remain relaxed and positive; choose your team carefully; don’t forget that purchasing a home is a business transaction and one in which emotions can run high. If you keep your eyes on the big picture–the many years of happiness you will have in your new place–your buying process will be successful, not stress-full!