First-Time Home Buyers



Purchasing your first home may be more straightforward than you imagine!

Purchasing your first home is an exhilarating experience, and our goal is to ensure that this milestone unfolds seamlessly.

We understand that the prospect of buying a home can appear daunting, particularly when it’s your first time navigating the process. However, we’re here to reassure you that it can be simpler, quicker, and more cost-effective than you might imagine. We wholeheartedly believe in the dream of home ownership and are dedicated to assisting first-time home buyers in turning that dream into a reality.

Here are some straightforward steps to follow as you begin your journey:

1. Pre-Qualification

Pre-qualification is the initial step in gauging your borrowing capacity. Simply arrange a meeting with one of our loan officers, and they will assist you in estimating the amount you might be eligible to borrow before formally applying for a loan. This will help you determine the price range for the homes you can consider. You can also initiate this process by clicking HERE.
The loan officer needs your:
Date of Birth

During pre-qualification, you will provide the loan officer with information about your credit, assets, and debts. Based on this information, you will receive an estimate of the maximum loan amount you could potentially qualify for. It’s important to note that pre-qualification does not represent a commitment to lend.

2.  Pre-Approval

Pre-approval signifies an agreement for a specific loan amount. All that is left is to pick out the home. This pre-pproval is subject to a satisfactory property appraisal and a thorough title review once you’ve identified the home you wish to purchase.

The advantage of pre-approval lies in the confidence it provides while house hunting. You’ll have a clear understanding in advance of the maximum loan amount for which you qualify, allowing you to shop for a home with assurance. For added peace of mind, you also have the option to lock in an interest rate, ensuring that the pre-qualified loan amount remains consistent.

Pre-approval grants you a competitive advantage when it comes to purchasing a home, as real estate agents and sellers recognize your commitment as a serious home buyer.

3.  Savings and Credit

Your loan officer will provide you with a breakdown of the funds required for the down payment when purchasing a home. If you require assistance in coming up with a financial plan to save for the necessary down payment and closing costs, they can guide you through this process.

Maintaining a favorable credit history is crucial. Make sure you are paying your bills on time, managing your debt wisely, and, if necessary, reducing the number of credit cards in your possession while using them responsibly. Our loan officers will carefully review your credit report alongside you to ensure the accuracy of your past and present debt records. The quality of your credit history directly influences your credit score, which in turn broadens your spectrum of mortgage options.

4.  Home Shopping

Once you’ve determined your affordable home budget, it’s time to start the exciting process of searching for your dream home! Our website is the perfect place to start.

Kim and Brian are experienced real estate professionals and our team is always at your service, ready to provide valuable insights about neighborhoods, current home values, or specific details regarding the homes you have your eye on. We can assist you in comparing home values to ensure that the properties you’re interested in are reasonably priced.

The Kim and Brian Team will introduce you to homes that align with your criteria and arrange appointments with sellers for home viewings. During these showings, we will be by your side to answer any questions and highlight important aspects of the homes that you might not have noticed otherwise.

5.  Selecting a Realtor

Choosing skilled Realtors like Kim and Brian is a pivotal decision in your real estate transaction. It’s crucial to recognize that not all Realtors are alike, and your choice can greatly impact your experience. You’ll want to collaborate with someone you can place trust in—a professional who can watch for potholes in the process, guiding you adeptly through the crazy that is buying a property. Your Realtor should be aware and passionate about your specific requirements, diligently seeking out properties that align with your needs. Our mission is to equip you with all the necessary information to make the best decision for your unique situation.

6.  Making an Offer

When you’ve found the home you want to make your own, Kim and Brian will assist you in crafting a formal written offer. In this offer, you not only outline the price you’re willing to pay but also provide details regarding the purchase, which encompass:

  • The method of financing you intend to use.
  • The amount of your down payment.
  • Clarification on who will cover the closing costs.
  • The specific inspections you wish to conduct.
  • Any personal property items included in the purchase.
  • Terms related to cancellation.
  • The anticipated date for assuming ownership and possession of the property.

Following the submission of your offer, you’ll need to await the seller’s response. The seller can either accept or reject your offer, or they may propose adjustments such as a different price or closing date. This marks the beginning of negotiations, a process that continues until both parties reach an agreement or decide to pursue separate paths. Rest assured, Kim and Brian are proficient negotiators and will provide invaluable assistance throughout this negotiation journey.

7.  Earnest Money

Upon successful negotiation and mutual acceptance of the offer by both parties, the earnest money will be placed into escrow.

8.  The Inspection Process

During a standard inspection, a home inspector, and occasionally licensed contractors, will carefully assess the property. The inspection encompasses various elements, including but not restricted to:

  • Furnace
  • Roof
  • Plumbing
  • Sprinkler System
  • Septic Tank
  • Electrical System
  • Radon Levels
  • Termite Infestation

This comprehensive evaluation ensures a thorough examination of the property’s condition and functionality.

9.  Insurance Requirements

Before the mortgage company can approve your loan, they require insurance coverage on the property’s title. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance is also a requirement. Kim and Brian will provide a comprehensive explanation of the insurance requirements and guide you through the process.

10.  Managing Contingencies and Timelines

The contract will outline all the contingencies and deadlines that must be adhered to in order to maintain the contract’s validity. To ensure these obligations are met, Kim and Brian have an exceptional team that works closely with our Realtors. This dedicated team helps oversee the intricate aspects of the contract, adding an extra layer of security to guarantee that your contract progresses smoothly and closes as scheduled.

11.  The Final Inspection

Before the closing takes place, you and your Realtor may conduct a final visit to the property to verify that it meets the agreed-upon condition. During this walk-through, you will confirm the presence of items such as kitchen appliances and light fixtures, as stipulated in the contract. If any discrepancies or issues arise, your Realtor will be there to help rectify the situation, ensuring that everything aligns with your expectations before the closing.

12.  The Closing Ceremony

Your Realtor will serve as your trusted guide during the closing process. The paperwork will be carefully reviewed with you, and all financial details will be thoroughly explained. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to ensure a complete understanding of the transaction.

During the closing, both you and the seller will sign the necessary documents, effectively transferring the title of the home into your name. This final step solidifies your ownership of the property and brings your real estate transaction to a successful conclusion.

Welcome to Home ownership!

Your dream of owning your own home is now a reality. Kim and Brian are here to be your trusted partners in achieving your home ownership goals, whether it’s your first home or a future one. We’re committed to assisting you every step of the way on your home ownership journey.