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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256 Manzano Rd Madison, TN 37115

Price $204,900
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,720
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1912142
Property Type Residential
 

4316 Summercrest Blvd Antioch, TN 37013

Price $204,900
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,275
Status Active
MLS # 1936685
Property Type Residential
 

1846 Shaylin Loop Antioch, TN 37013

$203,000 - 2Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Barnes Crossing, Antioch
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Price $203,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,348
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1951191
Property Type Condo
 

2430 Grover St Nashville, TN 37207

Price $202,500
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,050
Status Active
MLS # 1946523
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624 Bradburn Village Cir #87 Antioch, TN 37013

Price $201,990
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,603
Status Active
MLS # 1949740
Property Type Condo
 

7233 Althorp Way S-3 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $201,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,162
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1937139
Property Type Condo
 

4316 Summercrest Blvd Antioch, TN 37013

Price $200,625
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,151
Status Active
MLS # 1920407
Property Type Residential
 

2086 Nashboro Blvd Nashville, TN 37217

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,592
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1936779
Property Type Condo
 

752 Pippin Dr Antioch, TN 37013

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,520
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1942796
Property Type Condo
 

4844 Bevendean Dr # 12 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 988
Status Active
MLS # 1947378
Property Type Condo
 

3181 Robwood Dr Nashville, TN 37207

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,367
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1893286
Property Type Residential
 

1615 Arthur Ave Nashville, TN 37208

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,305
Status Active
MLS # 1911613
Property Type Residential
 

1002 N 7th St Nashville, TN 37207

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 950
Status Active
MLS # 1913929
Property Type Residential
 

2107 Buchanan St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,654
Status Active
MLS # 1914442
Property Type Residential
 

1819 Ashton Ave Nashville, TN 37218

Price $200,000
Living Area SqFt 2,604
Status Active
MLS # 1933877
Property Type Residential
 
 
 

3309 Curtis St Nashville, TN 37218

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,292
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1937113
Property Type Residential
 

1528 Market Sq Hermitage, TN 37076

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,243
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1937577
Property Type Residential
 

1211 Debow St Old Hickory, TN 37138

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 940
Status Active
MLS # 1941023
Property Type Residential
 

1138 Ardee Ave Nashville, TN 37216

Price $200,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 857
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1941699
Property Type Residential
 

1117 Fernbank Dr Madison, TN 37115

Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,320
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1949065
Property Type Residential
 

1525 Ocoee Trl Madison, TN 37115

$200,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Nawakwa Hills Powwow, Madison
Open House
New
Price $200,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,209
Status Active
MLS # 1951455
Property Type Residential
 

313 Summit Ridge Cir Nashville, TN 37215

Price $199,999
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 963
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1934002
Property Type Condo
 

817a 31st Ave N Nashville, TN 37209

Price $199,999
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,152
Status Active
MLS # 1942881
Property Type Residential
 

2616 Woodyhill Dr Nashville, TN 37207

Price $199,999
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,080
Status Active
MLS # 1943554
Property Type Residential
 

2702 Aspen Dr Nashville, TN 37208

Price $199,991
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 745
Status Active
MLS # 1944519
Property Type Residential
 

646 Bradburn Village Cir #76 Antioch, TN 37013

$199,990 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Bradburn Village, Antioch
New
Price $199,990
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,603
Status Active
MLS # 1951649
Property Type Condo
 

1359 Timber Valley Dr Nashville, TN 37214

Price $199,984
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,596
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1943549
Property Type Residential
 

32 Cameo Dr Nashville, TN 37211

Price $199,977
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,350
Status Active
MLS # 1949750
Property Type Residential
 

3803 Creekside Dr Nashville, TN 37211

Price $199,950
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,044
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1941807
Property Type Residential
 

4425 Westlawn Dr Apt C103 Nashville, TN 37209

Price $199,900
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 676
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1929622
Property Type Condo
 

8300 Sawyer Brown Rd Apt E302 Nashville, TN 37221

Price $199,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,152
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1943384
Property Type Condo
 

469 Roger Williams Ave Nashville, TN 37207

Price $199,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,032
Status Active
MLS # 1782610
Property Type Residential
 

449 London Ct Antioch, TN 37013

Price $199,900
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,491
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1871209
Property Type Residential
 

1409 Bain Drive Madison, TN 37115

Price $199,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,620
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1907229
Property Type Residential
 

613 Annex Ave Nashville, TN 37209

Price $199,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 624
Status Active
MLS # 1921090
Property Type Residential
 

113 Rose St Nashville, TN 37210

Price $199,900
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 993
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1928325
Property Type Residential
 

4729 Terragon Trl Antioch, TN 37013

Price $199,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,900
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1933425
Property Type Residential
 

605 Annex Ave Nashville, TN 37209

Price $199,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 888
Status Active
MLS # 1934585
Property Type Residential
 

105 Newell Ave Old Hickory, TN 37138

Price $199,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,249
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1935562
Property Type Residential
 

4316 Summercrest Blvd Antioch, TN 37013

Price $199,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,151
Status Active
MLS # 1936692
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