How to Prepare to Buy a Home

Many people are gaining interest in buying a new home as the summer heats up!  The Inventory continues to be full of great deals!  BUT where do you start?

Take the Time to Map Out How to Get to Your Destination!

Take the Time to Map Out How to Get to Your Destination!

1.  Start by learning about the $8000 Tax Credit and how it can help you.  There is a ton of information on the internet and here on my blog that can assist.

2.  Find a reputable lender.  I probably should take one step back here.  If you find a GREAT Realtor first, they should be able to assist with the rest.  Typically, Buyers only begin to work with Realtors at the point, that they are ready to start touring houses.  An experienced Realtor can make this process alot easier.  Often the best place to find a great Realtor is through word of mouth.  If several of your friends have had great experiences with a certain Realtor, you are likely to as well.  Use the Same techniques to find a great lender.

3.  Use the Lender to get a PRE APPROVAL, not prequalified.  Turn in your paperwork upfront and have a PRE APPROVAL on paper from the lender telling what you can afford.  This gets all of the surprises out of the way upfront.  A great lender can help you look at any problems on your credit report and correct them.  They can also advise you on cash that will be necessary to close on your new home.

Now your ready to look at those new homes!


About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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