Buyer's Guide

Hiring the right Real Estate Professional is the first step in the buying process. I can help you with every step, from developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, I will walk you thru every step about the home buying process. My vast knowledge and expertise will put you at ease, even if it's your First home or your retirement home. Home buying is one of the most important financial decisions you will make in your lifetime! Hire A Professional! Phillip Lawrence 815-600-0334

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This can be true whether you’ve purchased several homes or you’re preparing to buy for the first time. With the right support system and my help your trusted RE/MAX® professional, you can make the most informed decisions.

My guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, I am here 24/7 to help every step of the way.

Define Your Goals

Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy a home. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home will help you make important decisions down the road. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you narrow down your home search as well. What neighborhood do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria.

Hiring Me as your RE/MAX Agent

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or just moving down the street — you want a trusted professional by your side. As your qualified RE/MAX agent I can make this process easier, helping guide you through the home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing matters and more. As your agent who has your best interests at heart I can ease some of your stress and can help make it go as smoothly as possible.

Determine Your Financial Standing

Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you to determine your buying power. They can help you to find out how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. If you do not have a mortgage professional, as your agent I can give you a referral. You can click the Link below.

Make an Offer

Once you find a home you’re interested in, as your agent I will help negotiate a fair offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll put down earnest money and be officially under contract. Between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, as your agent I will help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract as well as the inspection, attorney review processes, and appraisal. I will be there from Start to Closing.

Close on Your Home

This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.

The Tools to Help You Find Your Home

Once you’ve defined your home search goals, discussed them with me, your RE/MAX agent, and have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! In addition to my local knowledge as a real estate agent, I offer online tools that can help make your initial search as easy as possible.


Find a Home Using My Interactive Map Search

I know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Work, Schools & Family all important factors to determine the right location to buy. Use the map search available on my website to view homes located in or near the area you love.


Get to Know the Neighborhood

Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more.


Create an Account on My Website

Sign up for a Free account on my website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more! All information is confidental and never relased to anyone. You can also deactivate your account anytime.


Download My RE/MAX Mobile App

Available for iOS and Android devices, my app brings the same experience found on my website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go! You will get Real Time up to date lisitings, Not outdated listings like on Zillow, Trulia and other sites. You get RealTime MLS listing information.

Contact Me to Learn More.

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