Insurance: Protecting the Investment in Your Home

Buying a home is a major investment with a decades-long commitment that affects every aspect of your life, from lifestyle, to employment, to weekend chores. In June, 495,000 homes were sold, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just as you would buy a warranty for a television or protective gear for that new camera, there are vital steps to protect your home financially and physically.

Making the Perfect Offer to Buy the Perfect Home

Once you’ve found a home that meets your needs, it’s time to make an offer. In deciding the amount of your offer you and your agent have to weigh several factors – asking price vs. comparable home sales, market conditions, other potential offers, how badly you want the home, the home’s condition, if you’re approved for a loan, etc. A good agent is invaluable in this step and can do wonders for keeping your inevitable making-an-offer jitters at bay. The Purchase Agreement You’ll sign a purchase agreement that your agent will supply and that indicates the amount of your offer and may also include details that stipulates, for instance, which appliances stay and when you’d like to take possession, etc. You’ll put down “earnest money,” a deposit to show that you’re willing and able to buy the home – earnest money is usually a small percentage of the asking price and later applied as part of your down payment. An earnest money deposit is a check you write to the seller and that your agent holds until the offer has been accepted. This is different from the deposit your mortgage banker will accept from you when you are ready to begin the mortgage process from us. The Counter Offer Your agent presents your offer to the seller’s agent who in turn presents it to the seller. Then, you wait. It may seem like a long time because the waiting can be excruciating, but most offers stipulate a response within 24…

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