Are you a first-time Maryland home buyer?
Want to learn how you can get into a home for low money down today?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you are in the right place to get help and all the necessary resources to assist you get your dream home today. MDjustlisted has designed this page for all first-time home buyers and current home seekers to simplify your home buying process so that you will spend less time stressing and worrying. Our 'Steps To Home Buying Success' will put you at ease when going through the ardous process of home buying. Follow and apply the steps and resources provided for you here to get your DREAM HOUSE.
There are many different funds and programs available to help first-time home buyers purchase their first homes. Since MDjustlisted specializes in the Greater Baltimore Metro (City and County) and Howard County Areas, we focus on the programs primarily available in those areas. If you are in another area in Maryland or the District of Columbia, we strongly recommend you to CONTACT US TODAY and we will try to help you locate other programs in your specific area.
WHO PAYS THE REAL ESTATE AGENTS' COMMISSIONS?
Many first-time home buyers make the mistake to opt out and not use a realtor because they believe they have to pay their realtors a commission. Is this fear valid or is this a myth and has conventional wisdom failed many first-time home buyers?
MDjustlisted will finally bust this myth for you and you will be happy to know that it is not true. Your agent's commision will not come out of your pocket. MDiustlisted guarantees that we will represent you for ABSOLUTELY NO COMMISSION EXPENSE ON YOUR PART since it is customary for the sellers to pay the real estate agents' commissions.
Please note that there are always exceptions and not every seller is willing to compensate an agent (i.e. For Sale By Owners). If you happen to find a home where the sellers will not compensate MDjustlisted for services, you can either opt to pay for them yourself or we can help you locate a real estate attorney and/or title company that can help you complete the purchase without any real estate agents being involved. We rarely see such a situation, especially in the current buyer's market, that the sellers are not willing to work with and pay for the services of a real estate agent to represent you as the buyer.
STEPS TO HOME BUYING SUCCESS
- CONTACT US
Receive your FREE PERSONALIZED CONSULTATION with our home buying experts.
- ATTEND ONE OF OUR FREE HOME BUYER SEMINARS
Receive information on the following topics: Renting vs. Buying, How to take advantage First Time Home Buyers Government Programs, General Home buying Tips, The Settlement Process, selection of a real estate agent, house hunting process, home inspections, and more.
- GET PRE-APPROVED
When you select a lender and get a PRE-APPROVAL to purchase, you will have a good idea of how much your offer and new house should price for. If you do not currently have a lender, use the link above to contact one of our top loan officers, who will get you pre-approved very quickly. This step is usually completed at your free counseling session.
- CONTACT US
Once you are pre-approved, we can start the home buying process. You will need to set up an appointment to discuss where you are interested in living and what kind of a home you are interested in purchasing. You can also start your own search online with our QUICK PROPERTY SEARCH prior to our appointment.
- START YOUR HOME SEARCH
This is where we start making the appointments and going out and looking at the homes that you are interested in seeing. MDjustlisted takes care of scheduling and confirms all of the necessary appointments for ALL of the homes that you would like to go out and see.
- WRITE AN OFFER
When you find your dream home, this is the step we put together an offer to present to the sellers and the sellers agent. MDjustlisted realtors work diligently with you in this step to make sure you give your best possible offer to the sellers. This is easily done when we compare the price of the recent home buying/selling transactions that have occured in the area.
This is the most important part of the home buying process. A realtor comes in handy at this crucial step because they assist you in negotiating a price for your house. Getting a great agent can actually save you thousands of dollars from the sellers! And the best part is that 99.99% of the time, the sellers are the ones who will pay for your agents commission!
- THE HOME INSPECTION
Another very critical step in the home buying process. The home inspection is the step that gives the buyer a chance to learn about the house they are buying. An inspector can assist the first time home buyer learn of any damages on the house and also its a great opportunity for the buyer to learn about caring for the house. If you have an inspector they can look at house for you and if not, MDjustlisted will be happy to recommend one for you.
- FINAL WALKTHROUGH AND SETTLEMENT DAY
Finally, you are ready to sign those contracts and become a first-time homeowner. Iff you requested any changes during the home inspection process, it is wise to check the house a few days or week before the final walkthrough and settlement day. This way, if the changes you requested were not made, the seller and you can have more time to get these fixes complete before your exchange. Once you sign those papers, the keys and everything in that house belongs to you.
Congratulations on owning your first home!!! We hope these steps were helpful and that this process was a very simplified and worry-free experience.