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Information for Home Buyers

HEGG RealtorsĀ®

Whether you’re purchasing a single family home, a townhouse or a new construction home, this information will explain the home buying process. We have real estate agents who can assist you in looking at homes. The buying process can be an exciting time, but can also be a challenging experience. Allow an experienced Hegg professional guide you along the way. Browse below to learn more about the process of buying a new home.

To Buy Or Not To Buy 

Purchasing a home is a great investment and can be a path to long-term wealth, provided you are in the financial position to become a home owner. Home ownership provides a variety of financial advantages including equity buildup, value appreciation and tax benefits. Deciding to purchase a home is one of the largest and most important purchases you will ever make. Essentially, it can be a forced savings account, unlike paying rent—which builds someone else’s equity and wealth.

Let Us Help You Select A Real Estate Professional

In selecting a real estate professional to help guide you through this process, it is important to understand a REALTOR® is more than just a “salesperson.” A Hegg professional will help you with the following:

  1. Update you on current home market conditions.
  2. Analyze your wants and needs in buying a home.
  3. Show you homes that fit your search criteria and price range.
  4. Assist in preparing offers.
  5. Work with your lender, home inspector and other needed professionals throughout the process.
  6. Negotiate to your best advantage while protecting your interests.
  7. Manage any issues that may occur along the way.
  8. Ensure the terms, conditions, and deadlines of the contract are met before closing.

Getting Pre-Approved

Along with choosing a REALTOR®, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is another important step in the home purchase process. Before you begin searching for a home, you will want to know the amount of financing for which you qualify, so you are searching in the right price range. Please note that you may not want to borrow the full amount for which you are pre-approved.

Finding the Right Home

Once you are pre-approved, it’s time to start your home search. Your real estate agent can help you identify your home search criteria and guide you through the home search process. What city or neighborhood do you want to live in? How many beds and bathrooms do you want in your new home? Do you want a move-in ready home or a fixer-upper? How many garage stalls do you need? Do you want a fenced in yard or a large backyard? What other features are “must haves” for you? You’ll also find it helpful to utilize our handy online search tool to create customized searches and receive automatic emails of new listings as they come on the market.

Making an Offer

Once you’ve found the right home, it’s time to make an offer. This is exciting, but it can also be an emotional and complicated experience. You will be glad you have an experienced Hegg sales professional by your side to help guide you through the offer process. In order to make an informed decision on the price you offer on the home, your agent will research similar properties in the area where the potential home is located. This will help determine if the home is being offered at a fair market value, which will help you determine your offer to purchase price. Typically an offer includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Price
  • Earnest Money
  • Financing
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Date of Possession
  • Contingencies (These specify any event that will need to take place in order for you to fulfill the contract, i.e. inspections to be completed on the home, an existing home to sell prior to closing on a new home, etc.)

Conducting Home Inspection

Once the terms of your home purchase are agreed upon, you’ll want to have a home inspection completed by a professional. This will expose any hidden issues, i.e. condition of shingles, the foundation, the furnace and the like. If you have any questions about the home inspection process, Hegg REALTORS® can help. Feel free to contact us at any time.

Home Closing Process

After the home inspection process is complete, and you are ready to move forward, there are a few pre-closing responsibilities that you will need to keep in mind.

  • Stay in control of your credit and finances—don’t make any large purchases prior to closing.
  • Stay in communication with your REALTOR® and lender. Be sure to complete and turn in all required documentation as requested and in a timely manner.
  • Do a final walk-through inspection of the property with your agent.
  • Confirm you have received a copy of the closing statement prior to closing.
  • If needed, bring a cashier’s check for all the closing costs and the balance of the down payment to the closing.

Congratulations—it’s now time to enjoy your new home! If you are ready to buy a property, and have questions about the home closing process, we can help. Contact Hegg REALTORS® for more information today.

If you would like more information about buying a home in the Sioux Falls area, we can help. Contact Hegg Realtors to get started today!

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