Local Buying Tips

Owning a home is the American dream. Whether you are a first time home buyer or you have bought several homes, I want this one to be the best experience you've ever had! My goal is to help you find that perfect home that fits both your needs and your budget. I help you not only find the best home but also the best financing for that home!

Here are a couple of the things I do to help make sure this is a great experience for all my home buyers:

  • First things first - Planning & How Much Can You Afford?
  • Shopping - What To Look For
  • Offer To Buy and Negotiating
  • Money - Locating the Right Loan
  • Protection - Inspecting Your Investment
  • Closing - The Big Day

If you would like a FREE copy of "The Home Buyers Guide" please just let me know. It is an invaluable tool that any potential home buyer would find helpful.

What To Look For

Choosing a place to live can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of a lifetime. We’ve learned through the thousands of home seekers we have helped that the best approach is to be prepared. Literally, to do some homework. Our observation is simple. Your move can be an improvement if you duplicate what you like in your present community and avoid what you dislike.

House Hunting Begins At Home

The search can begin in your present home so we’ve developed some questions to stimulate your thinking and help you identify your needs and preferences. Once you’ve clarified what you like in your present community, you will have a better idea of what you want to find. Plus, you will be able to express your preferences clearly to Hallie Cranford who can help you find it.

Time to think about selling your home is when you’re buying it. In other words, what appeals to you as a buyer today will probably also appeal (or what turns you off will be a turn off) to buyers tomorrow. A careful house hunter will benefit years from now when it’s time to sell to an equally value-conscious buyer. Build your buyer savvy by reading newspaper classified ads, homes-for-sale magazines, REALTOR® Web sites and visiting open houses.

Negotiating The Purchase

You've found it - your "dream house"! You want to buy it. Now what? You make an offer by submitting a signed real estate offer to purchase with the type of financing you desire.

This will be the sales contract once the seller accepts. When you and the seller sign, you are agreeing to the contract conditions. Before you sign it, read it carefully and make sure you understand every detail. Ask questions. Verbal agreements should be written into the contract. If you plan to have a lawyer represent or advise you, retain one as early as possible. This is where Hallie Cranford and an attorney can give you the assistance you need.