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Greg & Geri Uihlein
MCNE, GRI I, GRI II and GRI III

"THE G.U. CREW WORKS FOR YOU"


Real Estate Professional 

With The G.U. Crew of the Uihlein Group

43 years of marketing experience, 13 years in Real Estate and 13 years sales management group combined.

 

 


Specialties

Dream Home
First Time Buyers
Move-Up Home
New Construction
New Home
Quality Home
Relocation
Residential
Retirement

Congratulations!

You are one step closer to becoming a homeowner. However, once your offer is accepted there are several things to do and to keep in mind:

  1. Complete home inspections
  2. Appraisal
  3. Complete a formal mortgage application, title, abstract, survey and miscellaneous paperwork
  4. Final walk through
  5. Closing costs
  6. Closing date

Home Inspection

As the buyer you usually have a right to perform many different types of inspections and tests, usually at your own expense.  Depending on the terms in your agreement, you only have a certain number of days to complete inspections and a certain number of days to either remove the contingency or request that the seller address one or more of the issues found during an inspection. Your realtor will make sure you are aware of the deadlines and can help you select home inspectors and other professionals to help you through this process.

Appraisal

An appraisal may be required if you are obtaining financing from a lender. The appraiser makes sure that the home’s value is at least what you have agreed to. If an appraiser determines that the value of the property is lower than the agreed upon purchase amount, then several things could happen:

  • Seller makes a concession
  • Buyer pays the difference
  • Combination of a seller concession and buyer payment to make up the difference
  • Agreement is cancelled
  • Appraisal is challenged.

Challenging an appraisal can be difficult and often the appraised value isn’t changed. Your real estate agent will walk you through each of your different options, should this occur.

Formal Mortgage Application and Approval

You should expect the bank to require documentation, letters and other items to satisfy the bank’s lending requirements. Provide any requested information in a timely fashion and ask your banker or realtor if you have any questions or face any obstacles during the mortgage approval process.

What is a Final Walk-through?

As a buyer you have the option to walk through the home one last time before closing. Walk-throughs are not required, but are strongly recommended. It may have been several weeks since the last time you walked through your new home. Your realtor will walk through with you and help you to inspect important items. Be sure to check that the mechanicals are working, the toilets are flushing properly, and that there is water. Your realtor will contact the seller’s agent with any items that need to be addressed.

What is Included in Closing Costs?

Closing costs usually include:

  • Attorney, loan origination, title insurance, recording, survey, and document preparation fees
  • Property taxes to cover the tax period to date
  • Interest paid from date of closing to 30 days before the first monthly payment and any loan discount points
  • First premium of mortgage insurance
  • Paid receipt for required insurance policies (homeowners, fire, flood, etc.)
  • And, if you are using escrow, first payment to escrow account for future real estate taxes and insurance 

Closing Date

Your closing date is a target date of when you will close on the purchase of your home. It is not a guarantee and important to note that the closing date is determined by the ability to attain a clear to close from your lender, the title company, and/or the realtors. The more prepared and well organized you are for closing the smoother and less stress your closing will be. Keeping in close communication with your realtor and title company will help to ensure the requirements are met so that your closing can happen on the date set.

Learn More

The GU Crew are expert negotiators and would like to help you through the home buying process. For more information about buying a home, or working with one of us, please contact us today!

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