Buying a Home
If you are new to the home buying process, please request a complimentary copy of our comprehensive Home Buyer's Guide.
Step One - Speak to a Lender
Michelle is proud to recommend a few trusted Mortgage professionals who consistently deliver outstanding service to our clients. If you would like to take the first step in the home buying process and speak to a qualified Lender, please complete the form below and we will put you in touch with our top three trusted partners.
Step Two – Learn about Austin Areas
If you are considering a move to the Austin-area, use the home search tool to search by zip code or price range to see the most popular neighborhoods around Austin. If you need to research schools, check out the GreatSchools guide to see a list of all area School Districts and individual schools, along with school ratings and parent comments. Once you choose an area, it is easy to find foreclosures or short sales, waterfront homes, homes on acreage, homes with pools and much more. Listings are linked to Google Maps where you can see a Satellite Map and Street level view. Plus, you can view up to 25 high resolution photos and a virtual tour when available. You can easily save your search, keep track of your favorites and have the newest homes for sale in Austin listings that meet your criteria emailed to you daily.
Step Three – Benefit from Buyer Representation
There is so much more to hiring a buyer's agent than getting access to Austin houses and a having someone drive you around. While it is possible to buy a home without an agent, the experience often proves to be more challenging than many expect. Here’s why:
- Representation: Unless you are buying a property that is for sale by owner, the seller has professional representation on their side. By negotiating directly with the sellers agent you are putting yourself at a severe disadvantage since their agent is legally bound to share everything you tell them in order to get the best deal for their client. You wouldn't go into a courtroom without a lawyer, so why risk the biggest purchase in your life in buying a home without representation.
- Information: The only way to determine the correct price of a home is to analyze the prices at which similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood. While there are a variety of online resources for finding homes for sale, there are no consumer websites that provide home sales data in the Austin-area. This information is only available to REALTORS through their membership with the local Multiple Listing Service.
- Experience: When you have an experienced Buyer's Agent working for you, their primary job is to keep you from making a mistake. The knowledge they gain from working with so many clients throughout their career is invaluable when it comes to helping you pick the right Austin area house, on the right street, in the right neighborhood. Michelle uses her experience to negotiate on your behalf while using her intimate knowledge of the pros and cons of similar homes that recently sold. Once you are under contract to purchase a home, Michelle will help you locate a great inspector, negotiate repairs with the seller, get estimates from trustworthy contractors, obtain financing from the most reputable lenders and oversee the detailed contract to close process handling all the details for a seamless transaction.
- Reviewing executed contract, addendum & Seller’s Disclosure for accuracy & completion by all parties.
- Note contingencies, exclusions, effective date, and deadlines.
- Track important dates (Option, Financing, Survey....).
- Coordinate details between the Title Company, Lender and Co-agent.
- Confirm inspection(s) have been scheduled. Contact all parties with date & time.
- Manage Amendment for Repairs (if necessary).
- Track Existing survey and Notarized Affidavit by deadline.
- Verify completion of repairs/treatments. Get copies of receipts.
- Verify that Title Commitment has been delivered to all parties
- Review commitment, alert Title Co if questions/objections. Follow through until cleared.
- Track financing deadline.
- If a new survey is required, notify title to order.
- Verify that HOA paperwork has been sent out, if applicable.
- Inform agent and clients on final loan approval.
- Verify that survey and appraisal have been ordered.
- Facilitate obtaining insurance info.
- Order Home Warranty of Buyers choice.
- Check when loan is to be submitted to underwriting for final approval.
- Verify that survey and appraisal has been received and accepted.
- Schedule closing and contact all parties.
- Request HUD-1 from Title Company. Review for accuracy.
- Call Client with their estimate funds to close and answer any questions.
- Send a Closing Confirmation email which confirms the place, time and what to bring for the closing.
- Send utility contact information to buyers.
- Confirm funding with the title company.
Home Buying Guide & Tools
Search Homes Right Now: Use the search tool to browse the wide variety of single-family homes, duplexes and condominiums on the local real estate market.
Register for the Home Finder and let your dream home come to you. Members can also create saved searches, collect their favorites and sign up for instant email alerts when new homes that fit their criteria come on the market.
Use the Mortgage Calculator to figure out what your mortgage payments will be on the home you want.
Connect to a Professional: Contact us anytime you need to know more about the area or any property that interests you. When you're ready to take the next step toward purchasing a home, we're here to help.
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