First Time Home Buyers Guide for Snohomish County, WA
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Buying Your First Home
Ready to buy your first home in Snohomish County, WA in 2022? The Diemert Properties Group at KW North Sound specializes in helping first-time home buyers like you find their dream property in Snohomish County.
Before you start searching for homes online, it’s important to take the first step to house shopping: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage.
It is important to get pre-approved first because that will tell you what you can afford and what your monthly payment will be. It’s important to determine this before you start searching for your new home so that you don’t shop over budget.
Your pre-approval is good for about 30-90 days, so once you’re ready, take these first 3 steps to get it done.
- Contact the Diemert Properties Group and we will send over a list of lenders that we know and trust.
- Look over the lender list, check out online reviews, and ask friends and family for referrals.
- Email 2-3 lenders you like or let us introduce you over email.
After you get your pre-approval letter in hand, the fun starts… it’s time to start shopping for your home!
Before we jump into the home search, we like to advise our clients to create a “Needs” list and a “Wants” list. This will help us to really focus on the things that are most important in your future home.
Needs are the non-negotiable features; the features you absolutely must have in your next home. Wants are the ones you’d like to have, but you can add or change down the road. Keep in mind, you can’t change where the property is located or the lot itself so make sure you love both.
Once you’ve established what you’re looking for, we will set you up on a personalized home search so you can receive an email the second a home that fits your criteria goes live. If you have any questions about a house, send us the information and we will find out for you. Send us listings you like and we can get more information and set up showings on your behalf.
After touring houses and choosing the one you love, it’s time to make an offer. To do this, you’ll need your pre-approval letter or proof of funds. You’ll also need to make an escrow deposit also known as an Earnest Money Check of at least 1-2% of the purchase price. This will go towards your closing costs at closing.
Have more questions about buying a home or what happens after making an offer? Reach out to us today!