Making Sense of Buying

Steps to Buying your Home

1Finding Your Home
2Choosing a Realtor
3Getting Financed
4Making an Offer
5We Can Help

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Understanding the Inspection Process

Home Inspector

Home inspections are an integral part of the home buying process. Hiring an experienced professional home inspector is highly recommended and the best way to ensure that you're making an informed decision about the home you're purchasing. As the buyer, you have the right to inspect the property before you purchase. A professional home inspector will examine the roof, electrical, heating/cooling systems, plumbing, appliances and more. Once you've found a home you like, your Realtor will help you draft an offer and explain your right to conduct a home inspection.

Scheduling Your Inspection

Once your offer is accepted by the seller, a pre-determined amount of time is allowed to complete your home inspection (typically three to five days). The inspection process often takes two to three hours to complete. Some buyers may wish to be present during the entire inspection, while others choose to simply attend the last portion of the inspection, where the home inspector's findings can be discussed on site. Attending your inspection is the best way to know the true condition of the property you're purchasing. Once your home inspection is complete there are several common ways to proceed: accept the home in its current condition, ask the seller to make repairs, ask the seller to provide compensation in lieu of repairs or renegotiate your initial offer price. If the seller is not willing to make requested repairs or agree to a satisfactory resolution as proposed by the buyer, the buyer can then determine whether or not to proceed with the purchase. If not, the buyer should be entitled to receive a full refund of their earnest money.

Pre-Sale Inspections

It is important to note that several cities require home sellers to provide a pre-sale inspection, often called a Truth in Housing Inspection. If you're buying in a city that requires this type of inspection and you're an FHA borrower, your ability to get a loan may be affected. Ask your agent to explain how this can affect you as a buyer or seller. A home with a pre-sale inspection does not mean a buyer gives up their right to conduct their own independent inspection.', 'Watch the On Real Estate video segments on this page to learn more about home inspections.

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