How to start buying a house

by Cal Palmieri & Al Mussi 01/29/2024

With so many steps involved, answering the question of how to start buying a house can seem daunting. However, there are some basic steps you can take to make the process more manageable before you get to the home inspection and final purchase of your home.

Here are some of the basic things you need to do to start buying a house:

Get preapproved for a mortgage

Getting a preapproval letter from a mortgage lender benefits you in several ways. It helps you determine how much you can afford to spend on your new house, and also shows sellers you’re a qualified and motivated buyer.

Hire a real estate agent

Real estate agents are equipped with knowledge and resources to help you navigate every part of the real estate process. Most importantly, they can use their expertise to find listings that match your criteria for a perfect home.

Start your home search

Utilize the skills and resources provided by your real estate agent to find your dream home. Start with a list of priorities like must-have features, location and purchase price.

Make an offer

Once you’ve found the right house, your real estate agent can help you with any necessary negotiations and make the best offer based on purchase price, home inspection results, appraisal and home features.

While this is a simplified version of the home-buying process, it can be helpful to think about it in these basic steps.

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Cal Palmieri & Al Mussi

Al Mussi and Carol-Ann Palmieri have been Realtors for more than 30 years.   They established their team, "The Al and Cal Realty Group" in early 1990.    They did this to give their clients greater exposure as well as enhanced availability, and that all important second opinion.     Quickly they became a trend setting team earning numerous production awards and the respect of their peers.    

Al  is a father of 4, grandfather of 5, a martial arts enthusiast, studying the discipline of Hapkito.  He loves to garden and golf.

Carol-Ann is a former US Marine, a private pilot, avid kayaker and dabbles in pastel painting.  

Al and Cal are committed to providing their clients with unsurpassed service, staying abreast of current market trends and technology. Their goal is provide such unbelievable service that you will refer them to your family and friends.