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Finding Your New Home

Purchasing a home may seem like a daunting and time-consuming task. After all, it will likely be the largest and most important purchase of your life. It makes sense to turn to professionals with broad expertise and knowledge of the marketplace to make the home-buying process as streamlined and trouble-free as possible.

How do I find the right REALTOR®?

Sometimes, the best place to start is asking friends, colleagues or others you trust for referrals; you may also wish to leverage social media to look for recommendations. Look for a REALTOR® with whom you feel comfortable, and also ensure they have specialized knowledge of the communities that interest you and the type of home you’re looking for. A good sense of humor, attentiveness to your needs and finely honed negotiating skills are also valuable traits.

Every REALTOR® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England and Westchester Properties possesses the expertise and localized knowledge that will prove indispensable from listing to closing. BHHS REALTORS® also benefit from one-on-one coaching to develop qualitative skills (communications and negotiations, for example) as well as specialized training to help our sales professionals leverage quantitative resources like technology and social media.

Buyer's Checklist

Obtain Mortgage Pre-Approval: Review mortgage options and shop for the most competitive rates and programs.

Determine Timeframe, Needs and Price

Register for 24/7 Services: Receive email updates on new listings and price reductions.

View & Evaluate Properties: Explore neighborhoods and review schools.

Review Comparative Market Analysis with REALTOR®

Submit Offer: Discuss with your REALTOR® how much to offer, leaving room to negotiate. Your REALTOR® will advise you of all pros and cons to consider.

Contract Acceptance: Work with your REALTOR® to consolidate records needed for your mortgage application.

Before the Closing: Schedule inspections, obtain homeowner’s insurance and choose an attorney to represent you at the closing.

Navigating the Buying Process

The buying process is comprised of many steps, but it all starts with a conversation. During this initial consultation, we’ll identify your needs, priorities and lifestyle preferences, from the neighborhoods you favor to the most appealing schools. We’ll also discuss your financing options. Having a clear understanding of what you can afford to spend as a down payment as well as ongoing monthly expenditures such as the mortgage, utilities and real estate taxes will help clarify and expedite your home search. Your New England Properties or Westchester Properties REALTOR® will also facilitate the process of pre-qualifying for a mortgage and securing the most competitive rate and terms on your loan.

Once you find the home of your dreams, your REALTOR® will carefully review comparable homes recently sold in the community to determine an appropriate offer, negotiate terms and respond to possible counter-offers. When your offer is accepted, we’ll help you finalize other key decisions such as home inspections and possession dates. We’ll also offer guidance in choosing an attorney to represent you at closing and connect you with reputable moving companies.

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