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Buying With BOWES

TIP #1 – HOME BUYING PROCESS

As your hometown real estate company, no one helps more buyers than BOWES Real Estate agents. You probably know that you're not the only one who's buying a home in Arlington or one of our surrounding communities. Did you know that thousands of people join you each week? With those kinds of numbers, it's easy to see that competition is pretty fierce. So, the better prepared you are, the better your experience will be, and the better (and faster) outcome you can expect. All of our BOWES Real Estate Real Living agents are best equipped to help you with the entire process.

  • The Decision to Buy

     

    Today, home buyers have more choices than ever before. You can choose financing options that are flexible and affordable, home styles that fit a variety of lifestyles and professional services that make the home buying process fast, effective and enjoyable. When you begin the decision-making process of buying your first home, your BOWES Real Estate Real Living Sales Representative can guide you through the pros and cons of renting vs. buying. A simple evaluation can help you decide if you are financially and personally ready to make the investment of homeownership.

    Homeownership FactsBuy Or Sell First?
  • Find An Agent

     

    Once you've made the decision to buy a home, your next step is one of your most important: finding a real estate professional to guide you through the process. A good agent will help you avoid common pitfalls, make wise home investment decisions, and bring order to the entire buying process.

     

    Buyer AgencyAgent Search
  • Find A Home

     

    You've heard it before. When choosing your new home, consider three important factors: location, location and location. Choosing a home you can afford in a desirable location is a wise choice, both from a personal and financial perspective.

    Find A Neighborhood

     

    Next you'll want to define your needs, tastes and preferences for your new home. This is easier than it sounds when you use our Home Buyer's Needs Analysis, an integral part of the Home Buying System. It helps you quickly prioritize your requirements.

    What Type of Home?Condo Living

     

    Now that you are ready to look for your home, you can use our extensive search tool to find homes on the market in your desired neighborhood.

    BOWES Home Search

     

    Touring homes is exciting, exhausting and after enough of them often confusing. By the end of the day, your memory may become fuzzy so you won't be able to remember if the house with the fabulous kitchen had three bedrooms or four, or which house had the spot for the garden you've always dreamed of. That's why we've developed the:

    Home Hunting Checklist
  • Make an Offer

     

    Time to make an offer. Your written proposal may include, but is not limited to, the property's address and legal description, sale price, terms, deposit, expiration date of the offer, prorating (adjustments) of utility bills, real estate taxes, insurance, conditions, repairs and any other terms that you deem important.

    What Does an Offer Contain? Negotiating Tips
  • Home Inspection

     

    Even if you've looked in every nook and cranny of the home you want to buy, we at BOWES Real Estate Real Living believe it's crucial for you to protect yourself by having a home inspection conducted when you purchase a home.

    Home Inspection
  • Obtain Financing

     

    Today, finding the right financing for a home purchase is as important as finding the right home. The only certainty in the mortgage market is change -- and finding the financing package that best suits your needs can be a complicated process.

    Buyer Financing
  • Closing

     

    Closing day is the day when you finally achieve your goal — you take legal possession and finally get to call your new house your own. You are sure to feel great relief and satisfaction but remember that the homebuying process isn't over just yet. There are quite a few things that need to be done on closing day.

    Closing the Deal
  • Moving

     

    The countdown to moving day starts weeks before the actual date. Be prepared by creating a moving calendar to make the big day as simple as possible.

    Plan a Moving Calendar

  • 360 Service Survey

     

    Our customer satisfaction surveys, provided to you upon transaction close, help us continually refine our customer focus and maintain high standards. Over time, all our customers will be given the chance to give input to help make us the best that we can be.

    360 Service Pledge

TIP #2 – HOME BUYING TIMELINE

You can expect the home buying process to take between 1-4 months. Buying a home is one of the most important investments you will ever make. The home buying process can seem long and complicated at first. However, with a BOWES Real Estate agent, we can help make the entire process easy and seamless using our knowledge and experience.

                              

 

 

 

                                

TIP #3 – FIND YOUR DREAM HOME

We are here to help you find the perfect home, no matter what your preferences are! Search our extensive database of homes for the one that's right for you. When you're ready to move forward to the purchasing phase, we'll be with you every step of the way.

Find a Home

TIP #4 – POPULAR TOWN SEARCHES

Arlington is surrounded by a variety of communities, some more urban, some more suburban. Visit our Local Info Page for a list of quick facts about each, or click on the towns below to start a jump search of houses for sale! Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

TIP #5 – BUYER FINANCING

Financing your home doesn't have to be a big concern. Let us help you obtain the information you need to make educated decisions. Start thinking about your financing early, and contact BOWES Real Estate - we are here to help you.

Today, finding the right financing for a home purchase is as important as finding the right home. The only certainty in the mortgage market is change - and finding the financing package that best suits your needs can be a complicated process. Fortunately, your BOWES Real Estate Real Living Agent can help you find the financing method that works best for you from among the many types of financing available.

TIP # 6 – BUYER REPRESENTATION

A buyer's agent represents you, the buyer, during the home buying process. If you are buying a home, a BOWES Real Estate sales professional will commit to you with our 360 Service Pledge that we will exclusively represent your interest only throughout the buying process.

                              

BUYER AGENCY

Every BOWES Real Estate agent has a fiduciary responsibility to represent only the home buyer’s best interest in all aspects of the home buying transaction.

In addition, the buyer is not responsible for paying the buyer's agent in most cases. The commission collected from the SELLER is generally shared between the buyer's agent and the seller's agent.

Additional services a buyer’s agent will provide you include:

  • Advice about the entire home-buying process
  • ​Showing you the complete inventory of homes that meet your individual needs 
  • ​Knowledge and experience about the areas you are considering 
  • ​Exclusive representation with fiduciary responsibilities 
  • Negotiation for the best agreement on your behalf 
  • Interpretation of information 
  • ​Financing assistance — standard and creative 
  • ​Coordination of inspections 
  • ​Financial accountability — estimate of total costs 
  • ​Seamless coordination of the closing process 
  • ​Assistance with utilities and other details 
  • A long-term relationship for future needs 

Understand why it's important to hire a Buyer's Agent:


Services Provided        Seller's Agent                 Buyer's Agent       
Facilitates Property Showings  Yes  Yes
Explains Homebuying Process  Yes  Yes
Facilitates Closing  Yes  Yes
Discloses Known Material Defects  Yes  Yes
Prepares a Comparative Market Analysis  No  Yes
Keeps Your Financial Situation Confidential  No  Yes
Negotiates the Best Price on Your Behalf  No  Yes
Discloses Adverse Factors Relating to Homes Viewed  No  Yes
Relays Information that Would Enhance Your Buying Position    No  Yes
Maintains Personal Confidentiality  No  Yes
Researches Seller and Property  No  Yes


 

 

                                

TIP #7 – HOME BUYING ADVICE

Despite what everyone says, buying a home is not the biggest, scariest decision you'll ever make. In fact, over the long term, it will likely be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling investment.

But buying a home is a process, and sometimes a complicated one. At Real Living, our professionals are trained to unravel that process and we’re dedicated to smoothing out the complications. You can learn more about some aspects of the Home Buying process by clicking the articles below:

We’ll guide you through the transaction from start to finish:

  • We'll talk about why you want to buy a home.
  • We'll discuss affordability and market conditions.
  • We'll talk about lifestyles and neighborhoods.
  • We'll outline ways to view and compare homes.
  • We'll narrow the choices and show you the best options.
  • We'll serve as your trusted advisor to ensure you get the best home, at the best price, in the timeframe that best meets your needs.

At Real Living, we don’t think buying a home is big and scary. In fact, working together to find your dream home will be fun – let’s work together and get started.