Buying a Home

What you need to know before you buy a home

Okay, first-time buyers… it’s time to turn the dream into the dirt you can stand on. Your very own home. I’m sure you have questions. In fact, I’m sure your questions are like most first-time buyers. Which is why I’ve put together this down-and-dirty answer guide for the most common questions home buyers have.

  1. What kind of credit score do I need to have?

Generally, 630 or above is what you’ll want to have. The better your score, the better the terms will be on your loan. Some lenders may give you wiggle room on this, but it all depends on the circumstances. A loan professional can help you navigate this as you go.

  1. How much of a down payment is required?

There are loans which will let you in for as low as 3% – 5% of the value of the home, but I would consider 5% to be the floor. More is better, especially if your credit isn’t as optimal as you’d like it to be. Working with a loan officer will help.

  1. What’s the first step to home buying?

Getting pre-approval for a mortgage. Don’t shop for a home until you know what you can afford. There’s no use in falling in love with a $300,000 home in your dream neighborhood if the banks will only write you a loan of $150,000.

  1. How much do I have to pay my real estate agent?

As a buyer, you don’t have to pay your real estate agent. The seller is responsible for listing fees and a portion of those fees will be paid to your agent for helping with the transaction.

  1. Why should I use a real estate agent?

Like a lawyer, doctor, or other professional hired to represent your interests, the agent will not only advise you about the transaction, but protect and facilitate the process.

  1. How long does it take to buy a house?

After you find the home you want to buy, it takes between 30 and 45 days, generally. The home search can take longer, however, so have a clear idea what you’re looking for and able to afford. (Your agent can help you with this. Another reason to have one on your side!)

Naturally, there’s more to buying a home, but this covers the basic introduction to the process. As your agent, I will walk you through the rest, guiding you along the way. When you’re ready to make the move, reach out to me:

Teresa Butler

Worthington Realty

614-565-8161

Teresa@TeresaButler.com 

A positive attitude and enthusiastic creativity are two of the driving forces behind Teresa Butler’s real estate practice. Teresa’s passions are people, houses and art. Since 1983 she has been able to combine her passions to help her clients’ real estate dreams come true. Today, as yesterday, she works earnestly to ensure her clients' needs are met and expectations exceeded. Skill, polished by years of experience and knowledge of her hometown is what Teresa brings to her clients. Growing up in Gahanna instilled hometown values her business is built on. She has watched Gahanna, New Albany and Easton build from the ground up. She has seen many trends and changes throughout the years and can share that knowledge to help you make a better buying or selling decision. Teresa’s clients are some of the happiest and most knowledgeable sellers and buyers in Central Ohio. Every transaction is treated with personalized attention to detail. She works diligently to keep them informed through technology with reports, statistics, neighborhood and area information, all to help them make an informed decision. Teresa is a powerful resource you can rely on to reach your real estate goals. Teresa embraces the latest technology to communicate quickly and effectively while still providing good old fashioned service. She understands thoroughly how technology and the internet have changed the way clients achieve goals and success in real estate. She utilizes all the latest digital tools to help you to make fast and informed decisions. Teresa sets herself apart as an award winning photographer to showcase her listings. Teresa has established herself as a pioneer in real estate photography. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words! Twilight photos exclusively through Teresa, will differentiate your home in the marketplace. Let Teresa’s award winning photos help sell your listing! Teresa can also help with your commercial real estate needs. Backed by years of experience through her broker, Ted Oatts, she will meet your commercial goals. Teresa truly cares for you as her client. She is committed to provide exceptional service to you. She takes time to listen to you, dedicating herself to giving you the results you want. Ready to make a move? Talk to Teresa Today!

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