5 Steps of Home Buying Process

Buying a home can be quite a process. It’s important to know where to start and what steps to expect… [read more]

Step 1 – Getting Pre-Approved Prior to Shopping for a Home

It’s important to know how much home you can afford, what type of down payment to budget for, monthly mortgage payment as well as what type of loan program you’ll use to finance the new property.

A personal consultation with a trusted mortgage professional should address all your initial loan approval questions, as well as uncover any potential challenges that can complicate the entire transaction. Certain mortgage loans have residence type, HOA, appraisal or insurance restrictions that your agent needs to be aware of before showing you listings.

Step 2 – Assembling Your Home Buying Team – Knowing the Players

The home buying process has multiple steps, participating parties and potential challenges that can be overcome with the right team on your side. Your agent, appraiser, title company, home inspector, insurance agent and lender all have important roles to play. Buying a new home is literally a team sport since there are so many tasks, important timelines, documents and responsibilities that need attention.

Besides working with a professional team that you trust, it’s also important that the individual players have the ability to effectively communicate and execute on important decisions together.

Step 3 – Purchase Offer Submitted

Assuming that you’ve already received a mortgage pre-approval and have a good understanding of the type of property you are qualified to purchase, your agent will submit your purchase offer to a listing agent or seller.

Once you receive an accepted offer, the due-diligence period starts a series of timelines for final mortgage approval, appraisal, inspections and other requirements which would be stated in the terms of the contract.

Step 4 – Conditions and Paperwork

It comes in from all angles at this point – lenders, processors, insurance agents, sellers, real estate agents and you.

Step 5 – Closing

A successful closing requires all of the team players to come together at the same time, with the same agenda, on the same date…. with numbers and figures that match. Once a transaction has closed successfully, you are the proud owner of your new home.

See more posts by this author Best-selling author, Shashank Shekhar (NMLS 8176) is a mortgage lender with Arcus Lending, offering loans for home purchase and refinance. Shashank has been featured as a mortgage expert on Yahoo! News, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. He has been named "Top 40 under 40" most influential mortgage professionals in the country.

3 Replies to 5 Steps of Home Buying Process

  1. I love how you said that it is important to have a team of great professionals that includes a title company working with you during the home buying process. My husband and I want to buy a new home this year that suits us better than our current house. We will have to find a reliable title agency to help us with our home buying and closing process.

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