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The First Step

Find a Bluffton SC Real Estate Agent

Every journey begins with a single step. Many people mistakenly think the first step in home buying is to call a real estate agent.

While I will be happy to talk to you any time, save yourself time by getting pre-approved for a mortgage first. 

Don’t have a mortgage lender? No problem! I have several great relationships with mortgage lenders and I can recommend the best in the area. 

Find a Bluffton SC Real Estate Agent Lexie Barnum Licensed REALTOR

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Lexie Barnum's trusted home buying process

Once you have been pre-qualified for a mortgage

Schedule a 30- to 45-minute buyer’s consultation with me. We will go over the types of services available to you from our real estate agency. This gives me an opportunity to get to know you and the type of home you want to buy.

Pre-Qualification Tip

At this point, it's a good time to familiarize yourself with a credit report. Compile all of the financial documents you'll need for a mortgage — tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, etc. 

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Next, comes the fun part!

We start searching for homes that meet your unique criteria. Generally, I find 5 to 7 listings for you to examine online. Once you choose 3 to 4 listings, we schedule an in-person walk-through. This process takes as long as it takes.

When we identify the perfect home, we’ll make an offer.

This is the beginning of the negotiation process. We will discuss price, terms, home inspection and closing. Once all of the details are finalized and the offer is accepted, your job is to follow up with the lender that you’re under contract. You’ll need to provide the lender with any documents they need to process your loan.
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You’re almost there!

My team will need the home inspection report to discuss the need for any repairs. If you need some help finding a qualified professional home inspector, I have a trusted network of referrals.

If necessary, we’ll negotiate a repair request with the seller. The mortgage lender will order an appraisal — which will determine the fair market value of the home. All of this allows the bank to determine how much to lend you. You will need to order home owner’s insurance. I highly recommend obtaining 2 to 3 quotes from insurance companies to compare rates.

Before the keys are in your hand ...

At this point, the bank has given “the clear to close” — meaning, they are prepared to finalize your loan. We will schedule a final walk-through. During the walk-through, we will ensure all of the repairs have been completed and the home is as it should be.

It’s closing day!
You will have the keys to your new home!

HOME BUYING CHECKLIST

"What to Know Before You Buy"

Why should you download Lexie's home buying checklist?

Real estate is one of the largest investments people make in their lifetime. This PDF checklist will keep everything organized in one place — from financial information for mortgage lenders to your “dream home” features list. 

For first-time homeowners, this guide will help you compile all of the information you need to make your next steps. For experienced homeowners, this is a nice refresher. The bottom line: It will keep you organized and save you time as you begin your real estate journey.

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