Steps to Buying a Home

Everyone dreams of buying their first home. With your first home, it can be a very exciting and the nerves can get to everyone. If you know the expectations during the home buying process you will be more at ease during this lengthy process.

Setting a Budget

Before looking for a house, it is important to know how much house you can afford to buy. Costs to consider include the mortgage down payment, normal monthly expenses like cable, heat and utilities, home property taxes and any insurance costs. These will all have to be considered before buying a home as they are typically included with your mortgage statement. Your credit score determines the interest rate, having knowledge of your credit score ahead of time can help you decide if bluing a new home is affordable or now. An individual’s DTI or debt to income ratio must also fall between a certain level in order to achieve loan approval. After determining these things, and if you feel that buying a new home is in your budget, then its time to start the process!

Getting Pre-Qualified

Looking for a new mortgage, be sure to get several quotes from different banks and mortgage lenders. Banks and mortgage companies will offer different loan points or origination fees so shopping around will save you money. It is important to do your due diligence on the loan officer. After speaking to a few loan officers, you will know which one to choose and many have different years of experience which will be obvious over the phone or in person. When locking your rate, go online to make sure your getting the daily rate and its consistent what other banks and mortgage companies are offering. Rates will determine how much a home mortgage will cost monthly.

Finding The Right Home For You And Your Family

Once you have been qualified for a home mortgage, it’s time to locate the home you have always been looking for. First, locate a Real Estate Agent. Not just any Real Estate Agent will do. Make sure you have an expert realtor who has been around for a while and is knowledgeable about the area you are moving to. A well seasoned Realtor often times has seen many of the homes in your area on the market before and can help you spot a potential money pit before you buy it. Ensure that you make a list of needs and wants taking into consideration the amount of bedrooms you will require now and in the future, amenities, location and asking price. Remember, the first home you visit might be beautiful, but you should visit many homes before making a final decision.

Offer A Price

Typically, sellers try to to cushion their final sales price to leave room for negotiation. Buyer’s bid for a lower price, and typically the seller will counter the offer in the middle. Your real estate agent will take in consideration any issues concerning the property and make suggestions on financial compensation toward the sales price in the negotiation. Listen to your real estate agent closely because they do this everyday for a living. The average buyer only buys a home once every 7 years or so. An experienced Realtor will be able to help you negotiate a lower price that sometimes includes more money for closing costs. Their job is to be your advocate in the home buying process.

Home Inspections

Getting a home inspection is a vital part of the home buying process. These inspections ensure that the home’s foundation, ceiling, heating, electrical system, walls, plumbing and entryways are up to certain standards. Sometimes the bank will require a home inspection however; many times they leave it to the buyer to purchase their own. It is extremely important to protect yourself by getting a home inspection right away. You typically have 10 days from an accepted offer to get the home inspected. Many buyers have been saved from disaster by taking the time to spend the extra $200 – $400 to get a home inspection only to find out the house has major problems allowing them to back out of the contract before it is too late.

Home Owners Insurance Is Required

Mortgage Banks and Mortgage Lenders normally require that you purchase homeowner insurance for your new home. Homeowner’s policies will replace the costs to fix any damages that might happen to the home. The cost of how owners insurance is dependent on a home’s age, where the property is located and the home insurance company you choose. Like with the mortgage company be sure to get several quotes.

Closing

Before you can move into your new home, there is a closing process between the buyer and the seller. You must sign all the legal documents to transfer the title into your name and pay any closing costs or down payment that is owed. Once this is complete, the keys to your new house are given to you! You can move into your new home as soon as this is complete.

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3737 West End Ave #302 Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,070,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,247
Status Active
MLS # 1862068
Property Type Condo
 

805 Foster Hill Nashville, TN 37215

Price $1,067,500
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,451
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MLS # 1900996
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4107 Westlawn Dr Nashville, TN 37209

Price $1,056,000
Beds 5
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,624
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110 31st Ave N Apt 802 Nashville, TN 37203

Price $1,050,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,614
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MLS # 1934062
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3358 Acklen Ave Nashville, TN 37212

Price $1,050,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,926
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3425 Amanda Avenue Nashville, TN 37215

Price $1,049,900
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,761
Status Active Under Contract
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1919 Castleman Dr. Nashville, TN 37215

Price $1,049,000
Beds 5
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,961
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Price $1,049,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,600
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Price $1,049,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 5,200
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MLS # 1941273
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3610a West End Ave. (#104) Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,042,365
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,860
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MLS # 1898345
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3623 Woodmont Blvd Nashville, TN 37215

Price $1,040,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,413
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3421 Amanda Avenue Nashville, TN 37215

$1,034,900 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Green Hills, Nashville
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Price $1,034,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,745
Status Active
MLS # 1942179
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515 Church Street #3504, Nashville

Price $1,025,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,071
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MLS # 1916858
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3404 Love Circle Nashville, TN 37212

Price $1,025,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,911
Status Active
MLS # 1937878
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3610b West End Ave. (#103) Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,023,865
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,813
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MLS # 1898347
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3610c West End Ave. (#102) Nashville, TN 37205

$1,023,625 - 3Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Richland Hall, Nashville
Open House
Price $1,023,625
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,813
Status Active
MLS # 1898316
Property Type Residential
 

3616b West End Ave *117 Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,020,325
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,826
Status Active
MLS # 1898350
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515 Church Street #4108, Nashville

Price $1,015,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,075
Status Active
MLS # 1916875
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4109 Westlawn Dr Nashville, TN 37209

Price $1,015,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,244
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1906219
Property Type Residential
 

3608 D West End Ave. (#105) Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,014,425
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,850
Status Active
MLS # 1933708
Property Type Residential
 

3614 A West End Ave. (#122) Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,013,235
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,850
Status Active
MLS # 1934340
Property Type Residential
 

3616c West End Ave *116 Nashville, TN 37205

Price $1,012,390
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,779
Status Active
MLS # 1898352
Property Type Residential
 

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Price $1,003,210
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,690
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1895635
Property Type Residential
 

701 Taylor St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $1,000,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,678
Status Active
MLS # 1937877
Property Type Residential
 

605 Green Park Nashville, TN 37215

$1,000,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Abbottsford, Nashville
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Price $1,000,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,186
Status Active
MLS # 1941713
Property Type Residential
 

142 39th Ave N Nashville, TN 37209

Price $999,999
Beds 4
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 3,689
Status Active
MLS # 1873418
Property Type Residential
 

1012 Monroe Nashville, TN 37208

Price $999,990
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,753
Status Active
MLS # 1868120
Property Type Residential
 

1811 Blair Blvd Nashville, TN 37212

Price $999,900
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,401
Status Active
MLS # 1926175
Property Type Residential
 

971 Greerland Dr Nashville, TN 37204

$999,900 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Green Hills/rollingmeadows, Nashville
Open House
Price $999,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,778
Status Active
MLS # 1934509
Property Type Residential
 

973 Greerland Dr Nashville, TN 37204

$999,900 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Green Hills/rollingmeadows, Nashville
Open House
Price $999,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,778
Status Active
MLS # 1934602
Property Type Residential
 

3000 Poston Avenue 306 Nashville, TN 37203

Price $999,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,910
Status Active
MLS # 1868849
Property Type Condo
 

117 Abbottsford Nashville, TN 37215

Price $999,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,328
Status Active
MLS # 1912800
Property Type Residential
 

1410 Sigler St Nashville, TN 37203

Price $998,999
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,216
Status Active
MLS # 1920552
Property Type Residential
 

3507 Richland Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $998,900
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,000
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1906599
Property Type Residential
 

900 20th Ave S Apt 1001 Nashville, TN 37212

Price $995,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,829
Status Active
MLS # 1931764
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $995,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,146
Status Active
MLS # 1918979
Property Type Residential
 

2025 Castleman Dr Nashville, TN 37215

Price $994,900
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,302
Status Active
MLS # 1932348
Property Type Residential
 

2027 Castleman Dr Nashville, TN 37215

Price $994,900
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,302
Status Active
MLS # 1936601
Property Type Residential
 

2007 Eastside Ave Nashville, TN 37206

Price $989,900
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,888
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1862272
Property Type Residential
 

1002 W Grove Ave Nashville, TN 37203

Price $989,500
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,489
Status Active
MLS # 1932928
Property Type Residential
 

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Amanda Cotton

Amanda entered the real estate industry prepared and focused. Her background as a paralegal gives her the knowledge and expertise needed for understanding and explaining contracts, and confidence in the negotiation process. Aside from the legal background, her love of people, families, and community are the same building blocks for her business. She vows to treat her clients as friends. Your concerns are her concerns. Your worries are her worries. And, most importantly, your dream of homeownership is her business.

There are over 300 steps in a real estate transaction, and with Amanda, you don’t have to worry about a single one. She has you covered. She specializes in first time homebuyers, sellers, and VA and is a multi-million dollar producer. She has won several awards since her career began, and is determined to make your experience the best imaginable.

To Amanda, you aren’t just a closing, you are a friend and she’ll be there from beginning to end.

Awards

2014 EMTAR Silver Award of Excellence Recipient

2015 EMTAR Platinum Award of Excellence Recipient
Remax 100% Club Award Recipient

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"Best Agent in the area. Aggressive and will go the extra mile to find you your dream home." ~David

"As you know, becoming a first time home owner isn't the easiest thing in the world.. But Amanda guided us through the whole process and made it feel almost easy! She treats her clients like family and made us feel completely comfortable with us making this huge decision. The market is pretty slim right now, but thanks to Amanda's knowledge and expertise we were able to land the home of our dreams! We can and will recommend her to anyone buying or selling their home." ~Megan

"Very professional and great company. Will recommend to everyone." ~Terry