David and Dede Markle, Full Time Real Estate Agents/ Assoc Broker at RE/MAX MarketPlace in Trussville, Alabama. Members of Alabama Assoc of Realtors, National Assoc of Realtors, Birmingham Assoc of Realtors, RE/MAX Executive Club, RE/MAX 100% Club, Trussville Tribune Readers Top 5 Best Realtors in Trussville, e-Pro, CRS (highest designation an agent can achieve) and ABR. We serve on the BAR & MLS Committee and Professional Development Committee.
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The typical journey of buying a home consists of several main
processes. We like to say, “buying a home is not an event, it’s a
process.” Although usually the home search is the fun part in
many people’s minds, there several are steps that take place before and
after the home tours. This infographic breaks down the eight basic steps
in the process:
The Home Buyer’s Road Map
The Home Buying Process
Buying a Home in Maryland: Nine basic Steps:
Consult A Realtor – Starting your journey with a
Realtor is a wise beginning. An experienced local Realtor not only knows
the neighborhoods and values, but can bring together a team of real
estate professionals that can give you expert service. Your real estate
agent will help you find the lender and loan product that works for your
specific needs. A real estate agent will have a team of inspectors,
title attorney, and service specialists to make sure all the pieces of
the puzzle are there.
Pre-Qualification – With the recommendation of your
Realtor, a credible, local lender will be your first stop on the road.
Often with just a phone call, your lender can pre-qualify you
for an amount that will guide you in your home search. Not knowing how
much you can afford often leads buyers down an “imaginary road”, where
they get their hopes set on something that they may not be able to
afford, only to find disappointment.Equally important, the lender issues
a Pre-Qualification Letter that is of utmost value when a buyer makes
an offer. Without it, the sellers will not take the offer seriously.
House Hunting – Your local real estate expert will be invaluable in helping you navigate the local neighborhoods. An experienced buyer’s agent can listen to your wants and needs, and guide you to the neighborhood and the home that is right for you.
Making an Offer – A buyer’s agent will do an
analysis of the current values, helping you know what the home is worth
in the present market, with the level of interest and conditions. This
will guide you to make an offer that will stand the best chance of
acceptance, while keeping your best interests in mind. There are many
parts to a good, strong offer:
a. Market Value
b. Contingencies – Financing, Home Inspection, Appraisal, Time frames… these are just a few.
c. Time Frames
d. Seller’s Motivations
e. Loan Product
f. Strategies – Many people don’t realize that there is a strategy involved in reaching a “win-win” in the home buying process.
Closing! -Your Realtor can help you coordinate the paperwork and all the moving parts of the transaction.
Most home buyers will purchase a home an average of one time every 7
to 10 years. Your local real estate agent helps buyers and sellers every
day, 365 days a year, with hundreds of transactions accounted to their
experience. Let that experience work for you as you embark on your home
About Karen Highland
and Karen Highland, along with their son Brandon, are The Highland
Group, Frederick County Md Real Estate agents. They have been serving
the real estate needs of families in Frederick & surrounding
Counties since 1993 , helping them to create the lifestyles they desire,
and to realize their real estate goals