A Step-by-Step First Time Buyer's Guide

Choosing to buy a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. It’s a complex ordeal that requires a lot of planning, and instating the help of a knowledgeable Real Estate Agents to make the process run smoothly. To ready you for this, here is a general overview of what to expect and prepare.


Get Your Finances In Order

The first thing you’ll need to do is put money aside for a down payment. This amount is (at minimum) 5% of the purchase price of the home you’re planning to buy. Second, you’ll need to meet with a mortgage broker to determine what you can afford. Shopping around for the best rate is highly recommended.


Visualize Your Dream Home

Once you’ve established a price range, it’s time to decide what type of home will best suit your lifestyle. Think about things like access to schools, recreational facilities, what the neighborhood is like, and so on. Why you’re choosing to buy should help answer these questions for you — so think about it carefully. You may want to put this down in writing and create a needs versus wants list.


Meet With a Real Estate Agent

It’s important to partner with a Real Estate Agent you feel completely comfortable with. A Real Estate Agent can help you find your dream home, that meets both your needs and your budget. They will set you up with viewing appointments, and also help bring clarity to the complicated process of buying a home. You’ll want to go with an experienced and knowledgeable Real Estate Agents who you can be sure will represent your best interests.


The Search

Using the property search on this site and consulting with your Real Estate Agent, you will be able to find homes in your desired area. They’ll update you frequently regarding new listings and schedule showing appointments at the properties that look interesting to you.



Your Real Estate Agent can help you place an offer that the seller will either accept, counter, or reject. After you’ve negotiated an offer, you’ll need to conduct a home inspection and deal with any repairs (the cost of which you can also negotiate with the seller). Finalize your mortgage with a visit to your lender, and you’re ready to sign off on ownership. This typically takes place in a lawyer’s office.


At this point, congratulations are in order! Becoming a new homeowner is one of the most liberating things you’ll ever experience. There are many benefits to home ownership — pride of ownership, the ability to make home improvements, building equity, appreciation — the list goes on.

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TeamUp Seattle has been successfully creating outstanding real estate experiences for our buyers and sellers in the Seattle area for 30 years. Our business is completely built around three guiding principles that motivate and drive us each and every day with each and every client. Connect, Collaborate, and Close. Contact us today to find out how we can be of assistance to you!