The Right Home at the Right Price
As a buyer, you want to get the right home for the right price. To pave the way to success, it will help to review your finances, get pre-approved for a loan, solidify your personal goals and clarify what you want in an agent. BigWaterProperties.com is chock-full of research tools to prepare for your search.
Solidify Your Personal Goals
Set your Priorities. You can download and complete a worksheet that helps you decide what is important to you in a home.
Determine the price range. You can calculate an estimate of the maximum monthly payment and purchase price for which you can qualify and calculate the mortgage payment on a purchase price. With these tools you can estimate the price you can afford to pay.
Get pre-approved for a loan. Contact a local lender to solidify the purchase price range and be ready to make a competitive offer when you decide to start looking.
Learn about the process. You can learn about the current capital gains rules, how costs are divided in a sale or what to expect at a home inspection on the Buyers Information page.
Search for your favorite areas. Familiarize yourself with Kitsap and Jefferson counties, including the towns of Port Ludlow, Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island. Learn about the local arts scene, marina locations or school rankings.
Search for properties. Check current properties on the market, including waterfront and water view homes along Hood Canal and Puget Sound. You can search in any of ten different ways, including for homes around a specific school or your favorite marina.
A great website is wonderful for research, but the time comes when you need the insight only an experienced and active agent can bring. I'm happy to help you at any stage throughout the process, whether you are just beginning to think about buying or are ready to make an offer today.
Clarify What You Want in an Agent
As a buyer, you will want an agent experienced and knowledgeable in the purchase process, the real estate market, and the local area. If you are interested in waterfront property, your agent should have the specialized experience in the issues unique to waterfront - such as bank stability, setbacks, beach access development and erosion protection. Ideally, your agent is skillful in communication, negotiation, and the technologies of the real estate field. My goal is to provide my clients with a level of service, expertise and ethics that will make them want to use me again and refer me to friends and relatives.