The first step to buying your new home is your initial buyer consultation with Susanna Nagy – call Susanna at (818) 481 – 1602 to set this up.
Meeting with you to discuss your unique needs and wants in your new home is key to making sure that Susanna understands exactly what you’re looking for. Beyond the basic factors – number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of home, type of home, etc. – Susanna will want to dig deeper to find out your taste and style preferences, talk to you about your lifestyle, and other facets that may affect your home choice. In some cases, Susanna may ask you to fill out a Preliminary Buyer Survey before your meeting to help her assess your homebuying needs and to prepare for your meeting.
Other important factors to discuss are:
- Your buying timeline
- Your financial/credit situation
- Where you’re interested in buying a home
- Whether you’re interested in looking at distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) and how they differ from “normal” sales
- Your price range and whether you’ve already spoken with a lender
- What you expect from your REALTOR®
Susanna will also take this time to recommend mortgage lenders and other service providers you may need, as well as to help you understand the homebuying process by walking you through the steps, describing what will happen throughout the experience, and explaining specifics of the contract and its exhibits and addenda.
Once Susanna has a good understanding of what you’re looking for, she’ll be able to set up a search in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that will locate homes that fit the criteria you’ve described in the areas you’ve specified. Also, based on the information you’ve given, she may be able to suggest to you other areas that fit your needs that you may not have considered previously.
If you haven’t already consulted with a mortgage lender prior to your buyer consultation, you’ll want to make that your next step, not just to make certain you know how much house you can afford, but also to become prequalified.