Greater Portland Area Home Buyers Guide
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If you’re like most people, buying a home or real estate property represents your single biggest investment – and debt. With that, the home buying process can be one of the most exciting, and respectively sometimes also stressful experiences you may ever go through. Whether you’ve bought many homes or you’re looking to buy your first, whether you’re in the market for a new primary residence, an investment property or that perfect vacation getaway, The Gardner Team can help you navigate while enjoying the process.
In today's real estate climate, never has the market offered more great opportunities than now. There are many factors to consider and many decisions to make. That’s why, when buying, it’s crucial for you to have all the available resources necessary to make a well-informed decision, together with the time required to help you understand all your options. The Gardner Team is able to provide you with expert consultation at each step of the buying process - providing you the solutions, expertise, time and attention you deserve.
1. Defining your goals. Understanding that buying a home is such a big step, it’s all the more important for you to educate and prepare yourself as much as possible in advance. This means as clearly as possible determining where you’d like to buy and what kind of home you’re looking for. And because buying and financing
a home are so closely related, it also means examining your current financial situation and projecting how much you can afford. Living and serving throughout the area, The Gardner Team is well versed on the surrounding communities and neighborhoods.
2. Getting Pre-Qualified. Not only can The Gardner Team assist you with finding the best place to call home, but also provide trusted resources such as trusted mortgage professionals who can help you get pre-qualified and provide you with competitive lending options.
Generally, it is recommended that you get pre-qualified for a loan before you start viewing homes with the serious intention of buying. The pre- approval process involves meeting with a lender and authorizing them to examine your current financial situation and credit history. On the basis of this examination the lender will provide you with a document that details how much you can borrow to buy a home.
3. Searching for homes. The key to the home buying process is knowing what you’re looking for. Among other things, that means distinguishing between your “must-haves” and “like-to-haves”. That said, here are a few recent facts about the search process that might put your experience in perspective:
Over 90% of buyers use the Internet to search for homes
The typical buyer searches for 12 weeks and views 12 homes
81% of buyers view real estate agents as very useful in the search process
Everyday we're assisting buyers and sellers with real estate services in the Sherwood, Oregon area. Having a constant pulse on the market and a focused eye on neighborhoods and schools in the area, we provide extensive knowledge of our local market.
We are the areas preferred real estate experts when it comes to buying and/or selling residential homes, luxury estates, wine or horse country properties, lots & land, and new construction real estate in Sherwood Oregon, Yamhill County, Washington County and the Greater Portland Oregon Area.
Whether you're a first time home buyer or seeking the home of your dreams, you'll quickly discover our area has so much to offer. From vibrant, urban cities to small, rural towns, the region offers experiences that fit all personalities, tastes and lifestyles. We live here. We work here. We know the area. We invite you to come Discover Sherwood, the surrounding areas and all of their wonders with us.