First-Time Home Buying 101

Thinking of buying a home, but clueless as where to begin? We love helping first-time home buyers through this experience and came up with a step by step for the process.

  1. Find a great Realtor! (We're talking about The Nic Nicaud Team...) We're confident you'll love us, but make sure you choose a Realtor that fits you. Ask your friends and family, or even interview a couple agents.
  2. Get a lender. If you've already been pre-approved before calling a Realtor, great. If you've been stashing away money since your lemonade stand days and are a cash buyer, even better. If you haven't spoken with anyone yet, don't worry! We have some great lenders we can recommend. 
  3. Decide on your must-haves (that fit your budget!). Be realistic! We can find you a dream house in any budget, but you'll need to decide what's most important to you.
  4. Start an online search. Check out some sites like Zillow and Trulia. We'll also do a search for you but if you fall in love with a house you find yourself, be sure to send it to us!
  5. Go to showings. You may find your dream home at the first showing or it may take seeing many homes. But either way, we're with you the whole time.
  6. Make an offer! We have some special tips for making your offer as strong as possible! 
  7. Earnest check. This is a monetary "good faith" which goes towards expenses that you are responsible for at closing.
  8. Schedule an inspection. We have some home inspection companies we can recommend. 
  9. Do a final walk through. Ensure that everything in the home is the way it should be before you sign on the dotted line.
  10. Go to closing. We'll meet you there to finish out this experience together! 
  11. Smile for a picture. 
  12. Convince your friends and family to help you move. Maybe even bribe them with pizza and beverages of their choosing. : )
  13. Pop the champagne! You're a homeowner!