Established locally in 1962, Goodyear Realty has been a leading real estate brokerage firm operating in the community for nearly five decades. Our extensive experience in the area will help you quickly identify the property that’s right for you and you can rest assured that our team of dedicated professionals will help guide you through the entire buying process. From your first bid, through negotiating the best price for you, to final closing, Goodyear Realty will be by your side. Following the traditions implemented by our founders, we pride ourselves on communicating with you in order to understand your needs, to help you achieve your goals, and to provide the best possible service and peace of mind.
Establish Your Wants and Needs
Buyers come in all stripes. The right home for a young family looking for room to grow may not suit a bachelor who’s looking to entertain friends in the media room. Take the time to think about what you’d like to have in your new home, then separate that list into the things you must have from the things you’d like to have. This list and a detailed personal consultation will help your Goodyear Realty professional compile a catalog of suitable properties in the neighborhood that’s right for you.
Now that you’ve figured out what sort of home you’re looking for, you need to find out what you can afford. Getting preapproved for a home loan will move you along to home ownership in a number of ways:
- You’ll know exactly how much lenders are willing to loan you and, therefore, how much house you can afford.
- Preapproved buyers are preferred by sellers because your status indicates that you’ve undergone a rigorous financial background check; that a lender is waiting in the wings to fund your home purchase; and that the risk of a deal falling out of escrow due to unforeseen financial issues is low.
Goodyear Realty can provide assistance in locating a mortgage broker for you so that you can begin the pre-approval process.
Find Your Home
So you’ve figured out where you’d like to live and the amenities you’d like your new home to have. And armed with your pre-approval, the fun part begins and you can start your search in earnest. Initially, your Goodyear Realty agent will do all the legwork and find potential matches in the available housing inventory. You’ll receive regular updates from your agent and home tours will be scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you.
Make an Offer
Once you’ve decided on a house, it’s time to make an offer. Utilizing our extensive knowledge of local market conditions and trends, pricing of comparable homes, as well as the condition and unique amenities of the individual property for sale, Goodyear Realty will calculate a fair valuation for the house and will work with you in determining a correct offer price.
In addition to price, however, the offer contains various terms which you and your agent will review in drafting the written contract. These items might include:
- Deposit amount
- Inspection and repairs
- Closing date
- Appliances and furniture you may wish to keep
It’s important that you go over this contract very carefully with your agent before submitting it because should the seller accept your offer right away, this document immediately becomes a binding agreement.
Although the seller may accept your offer as is, it is more likely that he or she will submit a counteroffer. You will have an opportunity to review the amended contract and you may choose to accept it, reject it or make another counteroffer of your own. Remember, the offer contract does not become a binding agreement until both the buyer and the seller agree to the changes made.
Your Goodyear Realty team will once again utilize their comprehensive knowledge of the market and comparable listings as well as their broad experience to help you in the negotiations and to secure the best price and most agreeable terms. During this crucial time, and especially when there are multiple bidders for the same property, it is important to remain in close contact with your agent so that you may act swiftly to capture the best deal.
Prior to Closing
Once an offer has been accepted and the contract becomes binding, your Goodyear Realty agent will help orchestrate the items that you have agreed to perform prior to closing. These typically include:
- Home inspection
- Formal appraisal
- Finalizing financing
- Obtaining title insurance
- Purchasing a home warranty
Your agent will assist you in finding the appropriate vendors to work with you in completing these tasks so that you may move on to…
The day you’ve been waiting for has arrived! During closing, you take formal ownership of your new home. As in every stage of the sale, your Goodyear Realty professional will be present to guide you through the process, to answer your questions and to ensure a smooth transaction.