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The True Timeline of the Home Buying Process


How long does it really take to buy a home? Today, I’m bringing you a breakdown of that process.

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Buying a house involves a lot of steps, but exactly how long does the whole process take?

Once you have had your offer accepted, it typically takes between 30 to 45 days to close on a home.

However, this doesn’t really reflect how long it truly takes to buy a home. The process of buying home includes a lot of work before you even put in an offer.

Including the time it takes to search for and find the right home, the entire process of purchasing a property usually takes about 90 days. 

But looking isn’t the only thing you should be doing when you begin the process. Actually, the very first step you should take is to get pre-approved.


The process of buying home includes a lot of work before you even put in an offer.


Pre-approval usually takes about a week, during which time the lender will make sure you are totally qualified to purchase a home.

Once you’ve done this, then you can move on to actually finding the right home. The average person looks at between 10 to 15 homes before they come across their perfect fit.

At this point, you can finally move on to the 30 to 45 day period I mentioned earlier.

This whole process can seem a little daunting. My team and I would be more than happy to help walk you through it and assist you in any way we can.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

9 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off


Whether you plan on listing your home for sale soon or not, there are nine repairs that no homeowner should put on the back burner.

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Whether you plan on selling your home or not, there are nine home repairs that you shouldn’t put on the backburner.

1. Caulking. This is one of the easiest ways to improve your property, make it look clean, and keep water out of your home. 

2. Clean out the dryer vent. I don’t know how many times I go to properties and find a disgusting dryer vent. I don’t know what all is coming out of there, but it’s very easy to repair.

3. Roof repairs. Any buyer can have an inspector come out--one big thing they'll look at is the roof.

4. Get your chimney swept.
This is not a big issue in Arizona, but if you have a fireplace, make sure that it gets cleaned out.

5. Change the HVAC filter.
There’s nothing worse for your HVAC system than letting the same filter sit there for years. 

These repairs are fairly easy to handle and will definitely improve your home.



6. Treat for pest problems. If your property has termites, everything will come out in the inspection. Make sure that you have a recent pest report on file.

7. Plumbing leaks. The inspector will look under all of the sinks, so take care of wood rot and any other issues.

8. Watch for peeling paint. This is very easy to repair and will definitely come up on the inspection report.

9. Drainage problems. If you have stuff up against the house or rain came off the roof and dug a hole near your house, take care of it. Make sure there aren’t any drainage issues.

If you have any questions about these repairs or would like to learn more about preparing your home for the market, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!
 

4 Common Closing Surprises


Being surprised at the closing table is something you should always try to avoid. Today we’ll go over four common things to look for.

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When you get to the closing table, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard. Today I’ll be discussing four potential surprises to look out for when closing.

1. The walkthrough. The final walkthrough is the last time you’ll see the home before you own it. For this reason, it’s incredibly important to ensure that any repairs you had done are completed and that the home is in the same condition as it was when you agreed to it.

2. Make sure nothing is missing. Everything you saw when you first arrived should still be on the property. Before you close, go through the property to ensure that any agreed-upon items are where they were left.


The last thing you want is to be caught off guard.


3. Lending. Issues with lending can arise at the last minute. To make sure that this doesn’t happen, make sure that you are well aware of what is happening every step of the way. Check periodically with your lender to make sure things are still on the right track.

4. The title. Just like with lending, there can also be some sudden issues with the title, as well. Make sure that you are on the lookout for any liens that show up at the last minute.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.