Ron's Buyer's Guide
This guide is to help your property buying experience in the Puget Sound Area or anywhere in the continental United States, if not the world. It is for use whether or not you are working with a real estate professional and designed to save you time, money, and stress.
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∑ RON'S BUYER FORM Information you can send you can send me to search for your new home.
∑ Ron Buyers Guide Showing the " 7 Steps to the Home Buying Process ".
∑ Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority provides housing opportunities and coordination of needed social services for low and moderate income citizens in their effort to attain economic self sufficiency.
Overview of Services
Almost everybody has a dream home. A place they like to wander through in their thoughts, choosing imaginary wallpaper and putting in imaginary skylights. But for too many people, dream homes remain just . The reality that owning their own home never seems to become theirs.
A home is the largest single investment most families will ever make. A home is also an expression of a personality, a statement of a multitude of personal values. A home is a recognition of the tangible realities of income. A home shapes the life lived within it, allowing patterns of daily activity, demanding some, and prohibiting some.
The selection of a home from a number of possible choices involves a complex of personal and financial decisions. The purchase of a sale of a home requires that you enter into a number of legally binding contracts. The various steps should be clearly understood. Each involves you in certain obligations as well as committing others to meet obligations to you. You need to know both your duties and your rights. Let me help you find your dream home.
Gather information on a house in your price range and desired location. Talk to people who already live in the neighborhood, asking about the safety, children's play activities and adult camaraderie. If you receive information that sounds implausible, seek to verify it with others in the area or with your representative.
I want to help you make the Kitsap Peninsula or surrounding area your home. It's mine. That's one of the reasons I can provide in-depth information on all the home choices available. Plus, my many satisfied customers often give me their repeat business when they move up or relocate. This stream of properties offers something for every buyer. Because of this value network I'm able to offer the following special offer.
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What Home Buyers Can Expect From Ron As A Buyer Agent
As your buyer's agent, I will make sure I understand exactly what you are looking for, and do the research to find the home that meets your price, size, style, school district, neighborhood and any other criteria you require. Upon finding your perfect home, I will help you with making an offer, financing, inspections, and working with mortgage and title companies in an organized fashion, making sure no steps are missed along the way.
What I Will Do For My Clients...
∑ 1) Provide
information (brochures, maps,
etc...) for faster introduction to the area.
∑ 2) Provide
area orientation. ( See
On line Relocation for
a area for a preview )
∑ 3) Review
Washington State agency and disclosure laws. Provide on-going
education and information for my client's protection
∑ 4) Help
analyze desires in relocating, with regard to neighborhoods, schools,
commuting distance, shopping and social activities.
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a area for a preview)
∑ 5) Advise
on buying and selling decisions. Provide straightforward assessment of
the current market. Review your financial position to determine the
price most suited to your ability to pay and your comfort level.
∑ 6) Assist
in identifying needs in selecting a new home, such as type of
property, style of home, number of bedrooms and baths, and extras that
make a house a home. Keep the client and myself knowledgeable of the
market including new listings
∑ 7) Provide
rent versus buy analysis
∑ 8) Assist in financial decisions, to look for a property that suits a budget. Explain financing alternatives to help you select the one best suited for you.
∑ 9) Provide referrals to contractors, lenders, and other real estate services.
Provide a thorough review of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), to be
sure you are aware of every property currently available which meets
the stated needs, desires and tastes.
Analysis and recommendation of improvement costs on a piece of real
Provide a competitive market analysis on the home of choice before an
offer is written. If working as a Buyer Broker, provide advice on the
specifics of the offer.
Provide an estimate of the costs for settlement.
∑ 14) Provide referrals for insurance agents and title/settlement firms.
∑ 15) Analysis of total monthly payment for interest expense which is deductible for income taxes
This Is What You Can Expect From Me During The Home Search!
1) Keep you informed on a regular basis.
2) Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each home in relation to your specific needs.
3) Check the MLS data base and other brokers daily for new listings that meet your criteria.
4) Prepare a "tour map" and print out of all the homes meeting your criteria.
5) Keep you updated on changing financial conditions that may affect the housing market.
6) Discuss market trends and values relative to properties which may be of interest to you.
7) Introduce you to local builders if your desire is for new a new home.
8) And respond to your questions and offer assistance regarding your home purchase
Once You Find Your Home I Will...
1) Prepare an offer to purchase agreement and explain each in detail. Plan For Flexibility - Closing dates are not written in stone. Allow for contingencies and have a back up plan. If you or the sellers need a little more time to conclude the final arrangements don't let these delays upset or frustrate you. These types of circumstances are not uncommon in a real estate transaction. .
2) Provide you with copies of all the documents involved in the purchase agreement and financing.
3) Assist you in determining the appropriate financing and help you select the best financial institution to handle your mortgage.
4) Accompany you to the loan application if you so desire
5) Provide you with a loan application checklist
6) Provide you with an estimated cost of closing or settlement, including points, title insurance, appraisal, credit reports, etc., prior to the loan application
7) Follow through with your loan officer to ensure the process is as smooth as possible
8) Assist in securing interim financing if your present home has not yet sold
9) Coordinate any necessary inspection of property to evaluate the major elements of the home such as: lead, asbestos, pests, basement, structural, subsoil, water, septic, chimney, code compliance, etc.
10) Do a Final Walk Through - Visit the property after all furnishings have been moved out to be sure there are no surprises. Be absolutely positive the property was left exactly as you had agreed upon in the contract. Often times, things are unintentionally overlooked that could have been spotted in a final walk through.
10) Attend settlement and help explain all closing documents. After closing, I will be available to make sure of all your interests are protected.
Here is a list I have gaiter over the years from books and articles to help someone to buy any type of real estate property
1. Examine your motivation to buy.
2. Do as much groundwork and investigation of the property as possible yourself. Get market states and sales records for the general area you are considering buying in so you know how things (prices, conditions, list to selling price ratios) stack up in your neighborhood. Allow yourself room to move inside your contract; ideally all points of negotiation are settled before both you and a seller sign your final agreement AND there will be many small issues that will arise inside of your transaction that you may need assistance with from the seller. Beware the seller that makes no concessions and will not compromise in common sense and fair ways.
3. Trust your own opinions and feelings about the buying process, the property, and the people you are working with.
4. Seek counsel from qualified real estate professionals and inspectors; evaluate advice carefully. Take any opinion with a grain of salt; everyone has his or her own agenda. We all (people and professionals - ideally of the same species) make mistakes and can miss details; it is crucial that you ask all and any questions that you have no matter how small or stupid you may think the question may be. Do not be afraid to point out details that you think someone in your employ may have missed and ask about them. Remember that the professionals are still (hopefully) learning, too.
5. Obtain seller financing whenever possible; you'll probably save a fortune. Shop for rates.
6. Think of the long term, short term, big and little "picture."
7. Visualize failure (not getting the property you want or getting it and then finding out that it's just not going to work) for worst-case-scenario exploration, then create your success.
8. Talk with the neighbors, take your time, work with people around whom you're comfortable.
9. Have fun.
10. Expect the unexpected.
11. Consider (your) resources, population growth, local, regional, and global trends.
12. Be prepared to take risks.
13. Remember: you are only in control of yourself - or not - and there are many conditions and circumstances in the buying process completely out of your control; accept these and sleep better.
14. Create and maintain goodwill.
15. Ask lots of questions.
16. Choose your service providers carefully.
17. Find all the boundaries and corner markers of your property, crawl around under the house, move stuff away from the walls, notice details; open every door, window, cupboard, attic, cabinet and look inside carefully. Turn on every switch, check every electrical outlet.
18. Specify in writing exactly what personal property is included with your purchase and make sure that it's there before you close your transaction.
19. Encourage the seller or an agent to purchase a home warranty for you; it will save everybody involved in the sale much worry.
20. Examine all documents very carefully and be sure that language cannot be interpreted to your disadvantage.
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∑ Go to buyer form and fill it out
∑ Fill out the blanks in the form that you find there. Most of the form time all you need is to click your mouse. Click on "Submit" and that will send the form to me.
∑ When I get your input, I'll answer you with as much information that I can by email. Once we communicate further, I'll set about researching the local marketplace so that if you're buying, you can quickly know the the area we want to buy your home in, the price range and what features the home has.
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Ron Kimball, REALTOR. "A Internet Realtor "