Buying a Home
Your time is valuable. Let me do the legwork.
The home buying process is stressful enough without worrying about who you can and cannot trust. Your buyer's agent is your trusted advocate - working to negotiate the best terms and price for you. I am passionate about my buyers and have a responsibility to help them make a decision. Most importantly, I listen to your needs and respond as a friend, showing as much interest in your satisfaction as in making the transaction.
Not every home seller runs an ad in the local paper or puts a sign up in the yard. In fact, many homes actually sell before there is ever a need to advertise them. As your buyer's agent I offer you market expertise augmented by access to complete, regularly updated information about every home listed by area agents through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Find homes online
"From the day I made the offer to the closing date, Bonnie Larson helped ease my stress and anxieties by being there to answer my questions, give advice, and walk me through the real estate process."
I will help you figure the price range you can afford and search the multiple listing services for homes you'll want to see. With immediate access to homes as soon as they're put on the market, I can save you hours of wasted driving-around time. When it's time to make an offer on a home, I will point out ways to structure your deal to save you money, guide you through the paperwork, and be there to hold your hand and answer last-minute questions when you sign the final papers at closing.
Talk to me about finding your perfect home.
Looking for your ideal home on your own, without a Realtor, means someone else might find it first. As your buyer's agent I can zero in on the homes that best meet your requirements, arrange your showings, and negotiate the best terms and price for you. Call Bonnie at 847.924.9639SEND A MESSAGE
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home.
7 ways I can help you with your home search/purchase:
- I know the community and can point out the schools, parks, playgrounds, shops, and more.
- I can show you more of the homes available throughout the area.
- I subscribe to at least one Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This means you'll have access to information on approximating 90% of all homes for sale in the community.
- I have the products, services, and know-how to find the home right for you and market your present home for a faster, more profitable sale.
- I can offer you protection against unexpected repair bills in your new home.
- I can offer you warranty protection on your new home.
- I listen to your needs and respond as a friend, showing as much interest in your satisfaction as in making the transaction.
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8 ways to make your home search more productive
- Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.
- Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
- Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.
- Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.
- Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.
- Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
- Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.
- Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you.
"Bonnie will never leave a stone un-turned in finding that right house, or one more marketing effort that might bring that buyer. Her persistence and humor are attributes for her incredible success."
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