Once you discover a home you would like to place an offer on, it is important to review the Seller’s Disclosure. Its purpose is to reveal any known defects the seller is aware of that could affect your offer to purchase. After thoroughly reviewing the disclosure statement, your buyers agent will help you determine on how it might affect your offer.
Submitting an Offer
As your buyer’s agent, he or she will provide you with a market analysis and consider any defects known at the time of the offer before an offer price is established. After an offer prices has been established, your buyers agent will ensure it meets your needs and provides a solid basis for negotiating with the seller.
Negotiating an Offer
Your buyers agent will present the offer to the listing agent and negotiate on your behalf. The seller will have a choice of
- accepting your offer as presented
- rejecting it completely
- responding to our offer with a counter offer
Your buyers agent will communicate to you the seller’s response and will provide additional negotiating options, as necessary. The negotiating process could be a very short process or it could take a few days to arrive at an acceptable agreement.
Title and Option
Once the offer is accepted, your option period will begin the following day after the offer is signed and initialed by all parties involved. Option period times can vary, but most are between 3 and 10 days, or whatever was agreed upon in the contract. The earnest money (good faith money), option money and the contract will be delivered to the title company. Both earnest and option money reduce the funds you are required to bring to the table. The tile company will issue a title insurance policy based on a search of public records that discloses whether others have legal claim to the property in which you are attempting to purchase. This policy insures you against loss due to certain title defects.
During the option period, you will have time to hire a professional inspection company to inspect the home, review the inspection report and have time to negotiate repairs, if any, with the seller. If for any reason you decide to not purchase the home during the option period, the most you will lose is your time and your option money. The earnest money is refundable to you by the title company if you should back out of the contract anytime during your option period.
It is a policy that provides repair-or-replace coverage for large items within your home such as the Heating Venting Air Conditioning [HVAC], plumbing, electrical and wiring. A home warranty can be purchased by you or by the seller, as agreed upon in the contract. This policy is decided upon by you, the buyer. When you have made your decision of which company utilize and plan to purchase, your buyers agent will communicate the information with the appropriate personnel to ensure the correct policy is ordered.
Underwriting and Approval
Once all negotiated repairs are complete and you are comfortable moving forward with the purchase, your lender will order the appraisal to satisfy the underwriters requirements.. At this point, it is important to be sure your loan officer has sufficient information from you to obtain an approval. If there are any items you still haven’t provided to your lender to issue an approval, we recommend gathering and submitting any outstanding items immediately.
It is common to do a walk of the house a few days prior to closing to ensure everything is still in order and all repairs agreed upon are completed. This lets you confirm the condition of the property and if a concern should arise, your buyers agent will help you resolve it.
The closing will take place at a title company with an escrow officer and your buyers agent or the broker will be at closing to answer any questions you may have. The escrow officer is responsible for facilitating the closing, including ordering mortgage payoffs, prorating taxes, reviewing the title commitment, ensures all documents are signed on behalf of the lender and they collect and disbursing funds as needed. If you are required to bring any funds to closing to the title company, they can be brought in the form of a cashier’s check or be wired directly from your bank.