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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE

  Buying a house is a complicated process, especially for a first time homebuyer. Here are some useful tips:

  1. Get Pre-Approved. The first step that a savvy buyer will take before purchasing property is to obtain a pre-approval letter from a loan broker explaining that they are pre-approved to purchase a home with a certain amount of that purchase financed through a commercial lender.   This is an important first step before you start the search process. 
  1. It Is Hard to Close Escrow in 30 Days. In California, a 30-day escrow used to be pretty common. After the lending crisis last decade, lending regulations became a bit tougher and the lending process become lengthier making it harder to close escrow in 30 days. We recommend at least a 45-day escrow because closing escrow in 30 days is very difficult and can add unneeded stress to an already stressful endeavor.
  1. It is Hard to Beat Cash. “All Cash” offers where the buyer does not need a loan are hard to compete with.   If you do not have an all cash offer (most people do not) and you learn of an all cash offer it may become very difficult to get your offer accepted.
  1. Do Your Inspections.   Please do not cut corners on inspections. Every buyer should have a general inspection at the very least. You should also consider inspecting the plumbing, roof, fireplace and in some cases even getting a boundary survey. If you fail to do your inspections during the inspection period and you later find a problem, the law definitely favors the seller and cuts against a buyer who fails to do their due diligence before purchasing real property.
  1. Do Not Buy Anything Until You Close. Sometimes sales do not close. It just happens — loans fail to go through, sellers improperly cancel escrow, unknown issues arise with homeowners’ associations, and many other unforeseen events do happen. As a result, we recommend against buying that new couch, new art or whatever you need to buy to make the property what you want it to be before you close escrow.For help with your real property purchase and sells contact us today at (800) 998-0875, or email at dcanyon@huntingtongroup.com to inquire about a free 30-minute consult.
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