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Buyers Guide

Are you planning to buy a home, either with or without a realtor? SaveOnYourHome.com is here to guide you through the entire home-buying process, providing step-by-step instructions and connecting you with trusted service providers. Our commitment to integrity, quality, and exceptional service gives you the best chance for a successful home purchase. As part of our dedication to transparency, all service providers must adhere to our Advertiser & Sponsor Honor Pledge.

Steps to Buy An FSBO Home

Step 1: Determine Your Budget and Needs

Before you start your home search, it’s essential to determine your budget and needs:

  • Financing Pre-Approval: Get pre-approved for a mortgage to understand your budget and improve your negotiating power. Explore mortgage options with our trusted partners.
  • Identify Your Needs: List your must-have features and preferred location for your new home. Consider factors like school districts, commute times, and neighborhood amenities.

Step 2: Begin Your Home Search

Start your search for the perfect home:

  • Online Listings: Browse our listings and other online platforms to find homes that match your criteria.
  • Realtor Assistance: If you choose to work with a realtor, explore our trusted realtor partners.

Schedule Viewings: Contact sellers or realtors to schedule home viewings. Take notes and pictures during your visits to help with your decision.

Step 3: Home Inspections and Due Diligence

Ensure the home is in good condition and meets your expectations:

  • Home Inspection: Consider hiring a home inspector to evaluate the property thoroughly. Find trusted inspectors here.
  • Research Neighborhood: Investigate the neighborhood’s safety, schools, and amenities.
  • Review Legal Documents: Work with an attorney to review contracts and disclosures. Our partner attorneys are available here.

Step 4: Explore Transformation Potential

If you find a home that meets your current needs but needs some adjustments to become your dream home, consider this step:

Consult Architects and Builders: Reach out to architects and builders to discuss potential renovations or modifications to transform the home into your dream home. They can provide cost estimates and design ideas to help you make an informed decision. Our trusted architects and builders partners are available here and click here for builders partners.

Step 5: Make an Offer - Balancing Act

When you find the right home, it’s time to make an offer. In a competitive market, you’ll need to strike a balance between offering low and offering high:

  • Low Offer Pros and Cons: Making a low offer may give you room to negotiate and potentially get a good deal. However, it can also risk losing the house to another offer or upsetting the seller, who may not provide a counteroffer. In a competitive market with limited inventory, low offers may be less successful.
  • Higher Offer Pros and Cons: Offering a higher price may increase your chances of quickly securing the home, especially if homes are scarce in your market. However, it can be more costly, and you may need to carefully consider your budget.

Step 6: Secure Financing

Once your offer is accepted, secure your financing:

  • Finalize Mortgage: Work closely with your chosen mortgage provider to complete your loan application.
  • Home Appraisal: An appraiser will assess the property’s value to ensure it aligns with the loan amount.

Step 7: Finalize the Sale

As you approach the closing, finalize the sale:

  • Home Insurance: Obtain Home Owners Insurance for your new property..
  • Final Walk-Through: Conduct a final walk-through to ensure the home is in the expected condition.
  • Closing: Consult with your attorney to navigate the closing process, which can vary by state.

Step 8: Move In and Enjoy Your New Home

Congratulations! You’ve successfully purchased your new home:

  • Movers: Arrange for hassle-free relocation with our moving partners.
  • Utilities: Transfer or set up utilities in your name.
  • Leave a Review: After moving in, provide reviews and recommendations about providers you used to help future users. 

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