Barbara S. Reeves
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Barbara S. Reeves, Assoc. Broker, Realtor®
RE/MAX by the Bay Realtors®
2810 Highway 98, Suite C
Daphne, Alabama 36526

Phone: 888.489.8001
Email Barbara

Mobile AL Real Estate Buyers Guide

A Step-By-Step Guide to Buying a Home in Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort or Semmes AL 

I have created a simplified guide to using in your home buying process. The first thing you should do is to hire a Realtor® who has several years of experience and has completed a large number of successfully closed transactions. It is also a bonus to you as a Buyer if the agent has the advanced real estate designations such as CRS® (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative), e-PRO® (Accredited Internet Specialist) and is a Fine Home Specialist. The CRS® designation is only achieved by 4% of Realtors® worldwide, with the stringent requirements for the number of closed transactions, the extensive classes, and education requirements, only 5% of Realtors® in the United States achieve this highly desired designation. This is very important to you as a Buyer because the majority of Realtors® will have less than two years experience or are part-time Realtors® who are not able to make a living as a full-time real estate professional.

1. Get pre-approved for your home loan before shopping for homes. Pre-qualifying is a very good first step, but obtaining full approval subject to selecting the property and appraisal will put you ahead of the competition when you find that perfect home.

2. Choose the homes to see with me. I will be sure to let you know about every available home that meets your needs.

3. Compare other recently sold homes in the area – I will provide you with a comprehensive Market Analysis, which will allow us to develop a competitive offer. I can make sure you never miss the dream home you have your heart set on, unless, of course, you don’t write that offer.

4. I will help you draft your offer to cover all angles of the purchase agreement and home buying transaction.

5. You will need to write your check for “earnest money.” This accompanies your offer in order to show that you are serious and ready to buy. Be prepared to write your check for at least one percent of the sales price. In special circumstances it can be less than one percent, just let me know your position. This check will be kept in my possession until we come to terms and then is deposited in RE/MAX By The Bay’s trust account and credited back to you at closing. Unless the listing company requires the deposit into their account.

6.  I like to give the other agent or seller a little background information with your permission, in order to assist in getting  your offer accepted. Sometimes it is helpful for you to write a letter to the seller telling them about yourself and why their home would be perfect for you and your family. I try to get your offer accepted out the gate; otherwise, we develop a strategy for a counter-offer.

7. Title Insurance is ordered to be sure we can close with a clear title with no liens or judgments against the property, don’t worry, I will handle this.

8. If applicable we will order a survey to be sure there are no encroachments and the property lies completely within the boundaries. Don’t worry; I will take care of the details.

9. A home warranty should be purchased to protect your purchase during the first year, but be aware home warranties give limited protection. As a convenience, I can order this and wrap the cost into your closing cost if we are not able to get the seller to pay for it.

10. Shop around for homeowner’s insurance. Here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, this can be an especially tricky issue. I have developed relationships with local insurance agents who will do their best to meet your needs.

11. I highly recommend that you have your home inspected by a licensed certified home inspector. This will protect you from surprises related to the quality and maintenance of your home in the future. I can refer you to the best local home inspectors in the area.

12.  An Alabama Wood Infestation report will need to be ordered, some mortgage lenders will require that you have this report before funding your home loan. This report covers five different wood destroying insects including termites and will reveal previous damage as well as active infestations. Don’t fret; I will take care of this service on your behalf.

13. Clear any home inspection contingencies so the contract can continue on to close. If there were findings from the inspection report that need to be addressed they should be put into an addendum to ask the sellers to take care of, especially issues related to health and safety.  I will help coordinate whatever needs to be addressed prior to closing on your new home.

14. Prepare for your closing, I will be monitoring all of the details and will tell you exactly what you need to bring to closing.

15. I will check on the status of the Title, Survey and The Alabama Wood Infestation (Termite) Report.

16. We will set a date for closing convenient for both parties.

17. You will need to arrange for the transfer of utilities from the seller to you, the buyer.

18. I will accompany you to your final walk-through and inspection of the property to be sure everything is completed, all contingencies are cleared and your home is ready to move into.

19.  Congratulations, you are now a new homeowner! I wish you many happy years in your new home!

If you, a friend, relative or co-worker are in need of excellent real estate services please tell them about me. For more information about Mobile AL homes for sale, Daphne real estate listings, Fairhope Alabama property for sale, Saraland homes for sale, Semmes Al rel estate listings or Theodore Alabama homes for sale please CALL or TEXT 251-510-0629.