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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Map of the Home Buying Process

Map of the Home Buying Process

Purchasing a home in the St. Louis or St. Charles County area of Missouri, although exciting, can also be challenging. However with the right Realtor(s) and the right information, the process of buying a St. Louis or St. Charles County area home can be easier than you think. We help with everything from financing to home search to home procurement. Below we’ve mapped out the home buying process for you.


The Home Buying Process Mapped Out

First Steps in Home Buying Process

This required process will help determine the price range for your home search, and give you the best position for when you put an offer on a home.

Your buyer specialist will discuss with you the features you are looking for including size, style, location, amenities, accessibility to schools and other personal preferences and must-have features.

Home Search
Your buyer specialist will provide you with homes that match your criteria, but you will also have full access to the MLS System through Register for Property Watch to save your favorite homes, store notes and receive automatic emails of new homes that match your search. Set appointments with your buyer specialist to tour any home that interests you. A qualified buyer specialist will have a variety of resources that are only available to licensed agents and should have access to homes that may not yet be marketed to the public.  They should be actively searching and assisting you with your search for your new home.

Process to Buy a Home in St. Louis and St. Charles

Submit an Offer/Negotiations
Negotiations can involve everything from settling on a sales price to concessions and financing. The Boehmer Team agents are trained, expert negotiators whose job it is to represent your interests during the entire real estate transaction.

Purchase & Sale Agreement
Once an offer on a property has been made by a buyer and accepted by the seller, they enter into a legal contract known as a Purchase and Sale Agreement. This document outlines the specific terms and conditions of the transaction and is acknowledged by both parties.

Once a buyer and seller reach a mutual agreement on a property, a home inspector is brought in to determine if the home needs any repairs. An inspector will check items, such as the roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning system, windows, plumbing, and electrical. Afterwards, buyers may have the opportunity to negotiate with the sellers to cover the costs of certain repairs or to ask for concessions.

Don't Forget These Steps in the Home Buying Process

Title Insurance/Survey
You will receive a full report detailing the property history for you and your lender to ensure there are no legal discrepancies between a new owner and the property being purchased. If you choose to have a survey performed it would be done at this time.

Final Loan Approval
You should already be pre-approved, but now that you've entered a contract to purchase a home you will be working more in-depth with your lender on your final loan approval. To learn more about this process, pay a visit to our Mortgage Center page on

Final Walk-Through
Your buyer specialist will accompany you on a walk-through of the property before closing to ensure the home is in as expected condition and any agreed upon repairs have been performed to your satisfaction. This is also the time to double check that all closing details are completed and utility information is prepared for switch over.

How to Close on a New Home in St. Louis and St. Charles

Prior to closing, you'll receive a settlement statement outlining any fees that may apply to you. At closing, all of the paperwork is signed by the buyer and seller - both parties pay any settlement fees and the documents are officially recorded.  After closing is finalized and recorded, the home is yours. Enjoy!

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For our homebuyers, The Boehmer Team has dedicated buyer specialists on our team to assist your every need in the home buying process. Even in a competitive market, we're helping homebuyers make their home ownership dreams a reality. Contact The Boehmer Team to assist you in the home buying process or to request a printable home buying process map.



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