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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4000 Anderson Rd Apt 43 Nashville, TN 37217

Price $159,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,480
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1951688
Property Type Condo
 

572 Bradburn Village Cir Antioch, TN 37013

Price $159,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,216
Status Active
MLS # 1955488
Property Type Condo
 

1227 Quail Rd Nashville, TN 37214

Price $159,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,044
Status Active
MLS # 1957637
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $159,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,530
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1942040
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1021 College Ave Nashville, TN 37209

Price $159,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,601
Status Active
MLS # 1944488
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Price $159,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,200
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1947478
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Price $159,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,240
Status Active
MLS # 1957963
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3349 Oak Trees Court Antioch, TN 37013

Price $159,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,168
Status Active
MLS # 1959292
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Price $159,900
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,276
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1961947
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Price $159,900
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 864
Status Active
MLS # 1962244
Property Type Residential
 

3358 Oak Trees Ct Nashville, TN 37013

$159,900 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Lakeshore Woods, Nashville
New
Price $159,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,184
Status Active
MLS # 1962493
Property Type Residential
 

3600 Hillsboro Nashville, TN 37215

Price $159,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 600
Status Active
MLS # 1939439
Property Type Condo
 

3344 Oak Trees Ct Antioch, TN 37013

Price $159,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,154
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1937880
Property Type Residential
 

1911 Dahlia Dr Nashville, TN 37210

$159,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Dahlia Gardens, Nashville
New
Price $159,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 827
Status Active
MLS # 1958971
Property Type Residential
 

1623 Cardigan Way Antioch, TN 37013

Price $158,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,228
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1950623
Property Type Condo
 

3364 Oak Trees Court Antioch, TN 37013

Price $158,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,017
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1948947
Property Type Residential
 

1336 Pilgrim Dr Madison, TN 37115

Price $158,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 944
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1954442
Property Type Residential
 

2509 Alameda St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $158,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 998
Status Active
MLS # 1954979
Property Type Residential
 

21 Vaughns Gap Rd Condof99 Nashville, TN 37205

Price $157,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,150
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1957650
Property Type Condo
 

3175 Trails End Ln Nashville, TN 37214

Price $157,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,046
Status Active
MLS # 1940829
Property Type Condo
 

3175 Trails End Ln Nashville, TN 37214

Price $157,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,046
Status Active
MLS # 1943410
Property Type Residential
 

3368 Oak Trees Ct Antioch, TN 37013

Price $155,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,088
Status Active
MLS # 1961421
Property Type Residential
 

3723 Colonial Heritage Dr Nashville, TN 37217

Price $155,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,486
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1954943
Property Type Residential
 

2437 Monticello Dr Nashville, TN 37207

Price $155,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,000
Status Active
MLS # 1960082
Property Type Residential
 

657 Mercer Dr Hermitage, TN 37076

$155,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Highlands Of Tulip Grove, Hermitage
New
Price $155,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,700
Status Active
MLS # 1962662
Property Type Residential
 

824 Ashlawn Pl Nashville, TN 37211

Price $154,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 918
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1952311
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $154,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 968
Status Active
MLS # 1955358
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $154,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,230
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1955939
Property Type Condo
 

2625 Old Buena Vista Pike Nashville, TN 37218

Price $154,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,842
Status Active
MLS # 1922271
Property Type Residential
 

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Price $154,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,278
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1946427
Property Type Residential
 

2505 Heiman St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $154,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 960
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1952955
Property Type Residential
 

2507 Heiman St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $154,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 960
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1952956
Property Type Residential
 

211 Rachels Ct Hermitage, TN 37076

Price $152,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,516
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1954377
Property Type Condo
 

210 Old Hickory Blvd Apt 20 Nashville, TN 37221

Price $152,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,050
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1959090
Property Type Condo
 

810 Bellevue Rd Apt 104 Nashville, TN 37221

$152,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Creekside Meadows, Nashville
Open House
Price $152,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 912
Status Active
MLS # 1959417
Property Type Condo
 

214 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville, TN 37221

Price $150,000
Beds 1
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 720
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1937071
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $150,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,160
Status Active
MLS # 1945341
Property Type Condo
 

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Price $150,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,122
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1959827
Property Type Condo
 

2730 Old Matthews Rd. Nashville, TN 37207

Price $150,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 925
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1955065
Property Type Residential
 

512 Hickory Villa Dr Nashville, TN 37211

Price $150,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,122
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1960472
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
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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

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