Growing up, most of us imagined living in a home that we owned. A home that we could decorate to our perfection, and a place with a big enough backyard for the kids and dogs to run free in.
For many though, it is hard to take the leap and buy a home. That is why here at E Z Home Search Real Estate we want to give you a comprehensive buying guide so that you don’t feel alone when you start the search for your perfect home.
In the last 3 parts (click here for part 1, part 2, part 3) of this guide we discussed the top reasons to buy a home, five tips that you should know before you make the purchase, and the process of picking a qualified agent. In today’s blog, we want to give you the 10 steps to buying a home so that you will feel well prepared when it comes time to purchase your dream home.
1. Get pre-qualified with a lending specialist
2. Shop for your dream home with a real estate professional
3. Choose a top 2 list-- this is a list of the top two homes that you saw during your house hunt. It is good to have two homes in mind just in case the sellers of your first pick accept someone else’s offer.
4. Place an offer on your first pick home
5. Be prepared for a counter offer
6. Sign and date the effective contract
7. Take note of the option period
8. Order inspections and negotiate repairs
9. Terminate or proceed with the contract
10. After final approval, go to closing to sign and own your new home
On top of the 10 steps listed above, you will need to consider the following costs. These are fees that you can expect to have to pay throughout the homebuyers process, so please plan accordingly.
• Earnest money – typically 1-5% of sales price - the amount of earnest money is negotiable and varies with the value of the property
• Inspection fee - $450 - $550
• Appraisal - $425-$525
• Credit report - $125
• Buffer money - $100 - $350
The thought of becoming a homeowner can be overwhelming. Our goal is to take the stress out of the unknown. We have additional FREE resources for you available in the buyer area of our website. Plus you can get a FREE copy of our insiders home buyers guide simply by visiting http://www.ezhomesearch.net/buyersecrets.
Do you have any advice from your own experience that you would like to add for future buyers? If so, comment below!
This lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath hip roof colonial home sits on a nice size fenced in lot and is move in ready. The first floor offers a spacious living, dining and kitchen area, a laundry room and half bath. Upstairs you will find a master bedroom suite with a full bath and 2 closets, a second full bath off the hall and 2 more bedrooms. The basement has been partly finished with a family room, a kitchenette and a spare room. Other features include hardwood floors and central air, all for under $270,000!!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! This is a commuters dream! Gage Hill Estates, an upscale condo community - is located minutes from the Fall River Country Club and route 24 for e-z access to Newport, Providence, Cape Cod and the Boston area. These townhouse condominium units both feature beautiful water views, 3 large bedrooms and 3 full baths, a garage deep enough for 2 cars, 2 private balconies, a private patio area, laundry on the second floor, room for storage and much more! The Master Suite offers a private balcony with water views, a walk-in closet, a full bath with walk-in shower and whirlpool tub! They also offer forced hot air with central ac, a fully equipped kitchen, plus there is a second private balcony off the living, the list goes on and on...And if you are looking for space, these homes have it! Just a short drive to Newport, Providence, or Cape Cod, Gage Hill Estates offers an easy commute to work or play!
The South Coast is a great place to buy a home. We are just an hour away from the trendy buzz of Boston, but with the quiet slow pace of small-town living. We are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Atlantic Ocean and there is never a dull moment on a beautiful summers day.
Here at EZ Home Search Real Estate our agents live and work on the South Coast. We’ve composed a list of all of their favorite places to go and things to do on the South Coast.
Below is a list of a few of our favorite out door places to explore with your family. Try them out for yourself and see if you agree with us!
The Caddy Shack
The Caddy Shack has outdoor fun for all ages. Spend the day putt-putting around the mini-golf course, getting soaked on the bumper boats, and taking a swing at the batting cages. When you are all done with that, you can get an ice cream or a slush puppy to help escape the summer heat. The Caddy Shack is open daily from 6 am until 10:30 pm, so it is the perfect way to entertain the kids on a nice summers day. Check out the website for pricing and directions! http://www.caddyshackdartmouth.com/
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and one of the nicest ones that you can visit on the South Coast. In the 40 acre park you can visit exotic animals from Africa, Australia, and North America. You can even come face to face with monkey’s in their Tropical America exhibit. General Admission is just $9.95 for children ages 3-12, so it is a fun and inexpensive way to spend a day with your family. For hours and ticketing information, check out their website. http://www.rwpzoo.org/
Is your child the type who loves hands on history? Well then Battleship Cove is the place for you! Your kids will love exploring the world’s largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime heritage museum comprising five National Historic Landmarks. Stop by and explore the cove or visit the website at http://www.battleshipcove.org.
Does your kid have a need for speed? If so, then Westport Kartway is perfect for you! Right off of Route 6 in Westport, Westport Kartway is a go-karting places perfect for kids and teens! First, you pick your car, which is anything from a race car to a cop car. Next you start your engines and it’s “Ready, Set, Go!” For pricing and hours check out their website right here! http://westportkartway.com/
Buttonwood Park Zoo
“Named one of the finest small zoos in the U.S.A.” Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to take your little ones. The zoo has plenty of amphibians, reptiles and birds to keep the kids entertained. They also have elephants, cougars, bobcats and an abundance of smaller mammals to awe and wow the kiddies. Located in New Bedford, MA, this zoo is a great alternative if you don’t have time to explore a bigger zoo like Roger Williams. Ticket information and more is right here. https://www.bpzoo.org/our-animals/
Freetown-Fall River State Forest
Want a day to hike and explore without going too far from home? Great! Go to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest! Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, the forest is the perfect way to get away from the bustle of the cities. Near the day entrance is a wading pool for your little ones, picnic areas and a field to play in. The 50 remaining miles are made up of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog sledders and mountain bikers all are welcome. Find out more information at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/freetown-fall-river-state-forest.html.
One of our home buyer clients recently stopped by our office to thank us for helping them accomplish what they thought was the impossible, becoming homeowners. They had just gotten of the wild roller coaster of the mortgage and home buying process. As we spoke smiles came across their faces as they talked about having their first cup of morning coffee in a home of their own.
They talked about decorating and painting and how much they are going to enjoy having a yard. They talked about having friends over for dinner and family over for the holidays. The more they talked, the more excited they became.
I asked them if many of their friends were also buying. They said they had talked to their friends about buying but that they weren’t. Why not? Their friends believed that home ownership was financially unobtainable right now. Many wanted to own but didn’t think they could afford the monthly mortgage payment. They decided to rent instead.
I said that with interest rates and prices where they are today, owning a home might not be any more expensive than renting one. The couple agreed but said their friends were afraid; afraid they might not qualify for a loan, afraid to handle negotiations with a seller, afraid of the home buying process itself.
People should not make decisions out of fear! I’m not saying that every young person should own a home. I am saying that anyone that is qualified and wants to buy should not be afraid of the process. I realize the process may seem daunting but realize over 14,000 homes sell every day in this country. Sit down and discuss your goals with professionals from both the real estate and mortgage industries. Get the facts. Make an informed decision. Don’t let the fear of the unknown prevent you from owning a home of your own, building equity for you and your family and living the life of your dreams.We are here to help you navigate the real estate transaction!Christopher Terry is a licensed real estate broker in Ma and RI, has completed the Accredited Buyer Representative Certification, is a graduate of the Certified Distressed Property Institute, holds the prestigious CDPE designation, is a 4-Time winner of the Master Sales Society's 5/50 Award and is the founder of EZ Home Search Real Estate Inc.
Christopher Terry just listed this townhouse condominium featuring beautiful water views and minutes to Route 24 and the F.R. County Club! This townhouse condominium offers 3 large bedrooms and 3 full baths, a garage deep enough for 2 cars, 2 private balconies, a private patio area, laundry on the second floor, room for storage and much more! The Master Suite offers a private balcony with water views, a walk-in closet, a full bath with walk-in shower and whirlpool tub! This home also offers forced hot air with central ac, a fully equipped kitchen, plus there is a second private balcony off the living, the list goes on and on...And if you are looking for space, this home has it with over 2400 s.f. when the garage area is included. Just a short drive to Newport, Providence, or Cape Cod, Gage Hill Estates offers an easy commute to work or play!
Christopher Terry, of EZ Home Search Real Estate, just listed this lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath contemporary colonial home located on a nice lot in a the desirable Maplewood neighborhood of Fall River MA. Located near South Watuppa pond and the Tiverton line. This custom home features include a great yard for entertaining with an in-ground pool with a large deck/patio area. The first floor features a living room with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors, a family room with hardwood floor and a wood burning fireplace with access to the back yard and a large deck for entertaining, a half bath, a laundry room, and a kitchen with stainless appliances. Upstairs there is a master bedroom with french doors and a balcony, a walk in closet and a master bath, a common bath in the hall and two more bedrooms plus access to storage over the garage. For more information or to view this home come to our open house or contact your agent or call Chris today!
Christopher Terry, of EZ Home Search Real Estate, just listed this newly updated 4 bedroom, 2 bath cottage style home with a detached 2 car garage on a large lot in the heart of Maplewood. Features include a kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops and recessed lighting, a mud room with laundry hook-ups, and a basement that is great for anyone who has ever wanted a workshop with plenty of work benches, lighting and storage. For more information click view property details below or call Chris today!- EZ Home Search Real Estate -