If you’re considering buying an Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch home on Lake Nacimiento, you’re probably already well aware that the current real estate market is leaning in the favor of buyers. Low mortgage rates and fantastic home prices are reason enough to want to jump in on buying a home now!
Yet, we all know that buying a home is a large financial decision and one that needs to be weighed carefully. Whether you’re buying a second home as a vacation getaway on Lake Nacimiento, or you’re planning on settling in permanently to this beautiful Central California location; buying a home can still be stressful at times. While it’s exciting to look at the homes currently on the Lake Nacimiento Real Estate market, you may be a little nervous about everything running smoothly.
As a Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent serving the Lake Nacimiento community for a number of years, I can tell you that buying a home can in fact be a stress free transaction! Below are seven of the factors that will play a role in a smooth home buying experience.
1. Know when it’s the right time in your life to buy– Decide whether to buy based on your life and what makes sense for you, your family, your plans and your finances. Then, use the news about what’s going on in the market to decide how to buy: what kind of house to buy, what sort of loan to use, how much to offer, and other strategies for executing your home buying plans.
2. Get a good grip on what to expect during the homebuying process– Research as much as possible, but be sure to decide on a trusted Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent as soon as possible. They’ll be able to give you a layout of what you can expect from buying a Lake Nacimiento home. Ask your agent when you’re expected to show up so you can take time off work, and when you’re expected to write checks so you can be prepared.
3. Learn how to prevent money surprises during escrow– When you first apply for a loan, you’ll receive a good faith estimate which is a standardized list of costs associated with obtaining the mortgage and a breakdown of the monthly mortgage payment due on the mortgage for which you were approved. Keep in mind this is just an estimate. When you close on escrow, you’ll pay prorated mortgage interest and property taxes from the date of closing till the end of the month. The date of closing can make a difference in thousands of dollars required to close. Ask your Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent to help you set your closing date in accordance with the cash you have at your disposal.
4. Find the right Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent– Finding the right Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent can make all the difference! Be sure to look for the following: member of the National Association of Realtors, experienced in the transaction you envision (short sale, foreclosure, etc…), great referrals and testimonials, is a problem solver, and appeals to your personality style (you could potentially be spending a lot of time with your realtor, so you want to make sure it’s a good fit).
5. Solve the problem of how much you want to offer– This can be tricky, but there are some ways to determine the price of your offer. Your Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent can provide a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which shows what other houses in the area are selling for. You can also determine the price by the sellers’ motivation to sell as well as the current market factors- which happen to be in the buyers’ favor right now!
6. Avoid buying a lemon– You may have nightmares of coming home to a recent home purchase only to find it falling apart. Ways to avoid this are to thoroughly go over the disclosures which are required to list out issues or recent repairs within the home, get a home inspection, have contingencies in place when making your offer, maintain a home warranty policy that will cover many major malfunctions for a service call fee.
7. Know when to remove contingencies or waive objections– Removing contingencies or waiving objections usually puts thousands of dollars on the line, so it’s not a step to be taken lightly. Plus, by removing contingencies or waiving your objections, you are essentially telling the seller that you plan to close the deal — something you just shouldn’t do unless and until you are satisfied with the following items: title, disclosures and inspections, condition issues, appraisal and underwriting. Your Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent can help you determine if and when you need to take this step.
Being as prepared as possible to buy a home and knowing some of the things to avoid can create a sense of calm during the home buying process. Of course I’m always here to answer any questions you have and can guide you through each step of buying a Lake Nacimiento home!
Please feel free to contact me today to get started!
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