Buying Your Home

Buying a property is a big step involving a substantial long-term financial commitment, so it requires a thorough assessment of what you can afford.

Making an Offer

Making an offer to purchase a home has its own set of factors. Rely on a EMIZEN Agent’s experience and knowledge to make a successful home buying offer.

Making a Home Buying Offer

Once you’ve found your ideal house, it’s time to get started with the financial and contractual side of the purchase. Let your EMIZEN professional guide you through this process. Purchase contracts vary in length and terms from state to state, and sometimes within a state.

TIP: You and the seller have different goals, so it’s important to consult with your EMIZEN Agent. He or she can bring order to the process, and will know what questions to ask to help you reach a desirable outcome.

How Much?

How much should you pay for the home? This section will help you to determine an appropriate amount to offer to secure a winning bid.

Your EMIZEN real estate professional can help you find out what other homes have sold for in the area, and how much money you might have to put into repairs or renovations. These considerations should be a factor along with the amount you're comfortable spending.

Next, decide how much you are willing to pay for a home. Remember, the advertised price of a house is just a starting point – it may take quite a bit of negotiating to arrive at a final cost.

TIP: The value or disadvantage of certain features can help or hurt resale. In some areas, a swimming pool actually detracts from a home's value, and makes it harder to sell. In neighborhoods with two-car, attached garages, a single-car or detached garage may affect the home sale and future value.

Buying a Home by Cash

Though most buyers don't buy a home with all cash, anyone considering such a move may be wondering how it’s done. Because all cash buyers sidestep the time-consuming loan qualification process, the deal can close very quickly. The primary advantage of buying a home with cash is completely avoiding mortgage interest. Buyers also save money that would be spent on loan origination fees, required appraisal, some closing costs and various other charges imposed by the lender.

TIP: Take a look at other investments that are doing well, and determine if spending cash on a home is your best investment option.

Beyond Closing

What happens after you close on your house? EMIZEN .com continues to provide guidance after the sale is completed.

Timeline and Paperwork

In the home buying process, ownership of the home is officially transferred to you at the closing meeting. Know what to expect when you close on your new home.

Let's Get Started

Real estate marketing involves so much more than a sign in the yard or a web posting. Successful brokers and agents use a variety of methods to attract and qualify prospects, including the latest Internet and communication advances.

Setting the Price

Setting the right price for your home is the most important decision you will make. Learn how to study market trends and set the optimal price for your home.

Showing Your Home

You want potential buyers to feel at home from the minute they walk up the driveway. Give them a canvas to fill. It’s showtime!

TIP: One way to make a home more attractive is to purchase a Home Protection Plan. This insurance protects you, the seller, from paying repair or replacement costs of major items during the listing period. It also protects the buyer during their first year of homeownership.

Staging your home is an important part of the sales process. This section provides home showing tips that can help boost a home's curb appeal and create a lasting first impression. Potential buyers will feel “at home” – and more likely to buy – as soon as they walk through the door.