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Buyer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

How should I choose a real estate agent for buying?

Buying a new home is one of the biggest life decisions you’ll ever make. When interviewing real estate agents to help you buy your home, be sure to ask these important questions:

1. Are you a licensed REALTOR?

2. What challenges might I face in the current market?

3. Do you work with a team? 

4. How will you help me to make a competitive offer and negotiate the best price?

5. How many buyers have you helped purchase a home in the last 12 months?

 

Is now the right time to buy a house in Houston, TX?

The answer truly depends on your goals for buying a home! 

Consider the following questions: Are you looking for a forever home that you’ll live in for years to come or are you looking for an investment property to flip and make a profit? Do you plan to use the home as your primary residence or rent it out to tenants? Market inflation and interest rates are going up, so if your goal is motivated by a tight timeline and a desire to hold onto the property for a long time, now might be a good time to purchase your forever home. If you’re looking for a below-market deal or an investment property, it might be better to wait for a dip in the market to maximize your future profits. 

How do you buy a new home before selling the old one?

There are a few different ways to buy a new home before selling the old one, but the answer truly begins with assessing your financial situation. Do you need the proceeds from the property sale to purchase a new home? Or can you close on the new property without selling the old one? Depending on your risk tolerance and desired outcome, we would craft a strategy to help you close on a new home before selling your old property, as we’ve done for many clients to date! 

     

What is required for a mortgage pre-approval?

In order to get pre-approved for a mortgage, you’ll need to show verification of your employment, income, assets, credit score and other supporting documents.

  • Pay stubs from the past 30 days
  • W-2s from the past 2 years 
  • Proof of additional income 
  • Checking, savings and other account statements for the past 60 days 

How long does it take to get a mortgage pre-approval?

It can take anywhere from 1-10 business days to get approved for a mortgage.

How long does a mortgage pre-approval last?

Most mortgage pre-approval letters are good for up to 90 days.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an evaluation of the physical condition of the interior and exterior structure of a home. After the seller accepts your offer, this is an opportunity to uncover any potential issues or needed repairs before the closing.

What is covered in a home inspection?

A standard home inspection evaluates the condition and operational ability of the following:

  • Foundation, basement and structural components 
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Walls, ceiling and floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Roof and attic 
  • Central air conditioning, heating system and insulation  

What is a down payment?

A down payment is a lump sum of money that the buyer pays the seller upfront.

How much will I need for the down payment?

Depending on your finances and loan situation, the down payment can range from 3–20% of the purchase price.

What is earnest money?

Earnest money, also known as an escrow deposit, is a deposit made to the seller after they accept your offer. Earnest money acts as a show of good faith and tells the seller that you are serious about purchasing their home. 

What are closing costs?

Closing costs are fees and taxes that are paid after you’ve secured a loan for your mortgage. Closing fees are separate from the down payment and are typically 3–5% of the loan amount for your new home.

Who pays the closing costs? 

The buyer typically pays for the majority of the closing costs, but this is often determined by contractual terms set between the buyer and seller.

How long does it take to close on a house? 

On average, it can take around 30-45 days to close when buying a house. However, different factors can lengthen or shorten the timeline, including: the condition of the market, how long it takes your loan to be processed, and the results of the home inspection and appraisal. In our current market, closings are happening within a much quicker timeframe!