A complimentary guide when looking to buy a home.
It's a large tent. There are upwards of 30,000 active licensed real estate brokers in Washington State, and with few exceptions, they are independent contractors who work solely on commission. Typically, the home seller pays for all the brokerage costs in a real estate transaction, including the Buyers Agent's commission. So if you are buying a home you may have no out-of-pocket expenses for broker services, but choosing the wrong one could cost you plenty down the line. The same can be said for other service providers such as lenders and inspectors. Following is a list of the basic elements of how the buying process works and the associated costs. There's good info in House Logic too.
A “signed around” Purchase and Sale Agreement is a legal contract binding Buyers and Sellers to its’ literal terms and conditions. In most of Washington State, a brokered real estate transaction begins with
Lending standards are far more strict than they've been in years, and there's a new twist - once under contract, Buyers must have the Sellers written consent to change lenders, or run the risk of losing the deal and their earnest money! Whoa...
When you buy a home, you want to be certain that it is safely yours. Yet, even the most diligent search of the public records could fail to disclose any number of title defects that could jeopardize your ownership. That's where title insurance comes in.
"Closing" is when all the terms and conditions of the contract have been met and final docs have been signed and recorded. That's when the keys change pockets. So who pays what to get it done?
This is a great resource produced by the National Association of Realtors for Buyers and Sellers alike, covering a wide range of related topics.
Since 2009, he has worked in every aspect representing sellers, buyers, investors, and builders, in both the residential and commercial markets. If you’re looking to buy or sell you’ve come to the right place.