Every homebuyer is going to have questions when going through the process of buying a home. Knowing what questions to ask and taking into account the answers will empower buyers to make the right decisions for their situation. The Boehmer Team has years of experience helping buyers with answers to the important questions that arise during the home buying process.
What is the best way to begin the home buying process?
The best way to begin the home buying process is to get
preapproved for a mortgage loan by a reputable local lender. Getting
preapproved before shopping for a home will help you determine how much you can
afford and will show sellers you are serious and capable of purchasing their
property when you make an offer. The Boehmer Team feels it is important that
the lender you choose can be reached easily and is readily available with
answers to questions based on your individual needs.
What is this property really worth?
Real estate agents cannot ethically tell a client what to offer for a home. However The Boehmer Team can look at dozens of comparable properties for sale, along with recently sold properties to help determine value. They will look at updates, custom features, lot size, location and more. They can also tell you how long homes in the area are staying on the market and the percentage of asking price that sellers are getting.
How much less is a seller willing to take?
Not all sellers are willing to negotiate asking price or assist with any closing costs. If your strategy is to make low offers, be prepared to make several offers on properties before finding a seller willing to bargain. Ultimately it is more important to pay market value than a price with an emotional tie to it or unrealistic price based on what a seller still owes on the property. If you are simply looking for a great deal you can always look at foreclosures and fixer-uppers.
What’s wrong with this house?
The seller says everything is perfect, but unless it is new construction that is rarely the case. The Sellers Disclosure document should contain information on the age of the roof, the age of the appliances, the type of foundation and more. Any other issues most often will appear on a home inspection. The Boehmer Team highly recommends getting a home inspection for any home purchase. Buyers also can also get radon, termite and other building inspections. If a buyer still has a question about a home that is not disclosed, ask the seller directly.
Is this home on a floodplain?
FEMA provides free online maps that show if a home falls within a flood plain. There are different types of floodplains that require different types of insurance. The Boehmer Team can recommend companies that offer flood insurance for different situations.
Do you have the receipts and warranties for the home’s mechanical systems?
This is not something that buyers have much control over. If a seller purchased a new furnace before putting the home on the market and doesn’t leave any information on where the furnace was purchased, the buyers won’t have many options if the furnace malfunctions. However a home warranty can be purchased at a reasonable yearly fee to cover these types of situations and offer peace of mind.
When you are ready to buy a home talk to The Boehmer Team. Experience and knowledge have made The Boehmer Team one of the top real estate teams in Missouri. They can help get the answers you need to make the best decision for you.