Buyers

How Can an Agent Help Me Buy a Home?


Buying a home can be an overwhelming process. From financing to negotiating to closing, there are a lot of moving pieces that can leave home buyers bewildered.

A real estate agent can help guide you through each step of the buying process, offering sound advice along the way. By working with a professional agents; Doris and Michael Leonardo, who knows the ins and outs of the real estate industry, you’ll not only end up with a great home, but you’ll also walk away with a great experience.

Here are some of the key areas that an agent can help you with:

Getting pre-approved by a lender


By providing your real estate agent with some basic information about your income, savings, and debt, he or she can assist you in getting pre-approved by a reputable lender. VanDyk Mortgage will then go over your financing options, what monthly payment amount you can afford, and what you can expect for down payment requirements and closing costs. Meet with your VanDyk Loan Originator; Carmela Townsend @ 727-214-6494.

Choosing a home

For most buyers, choosing a home is an emotional process. An agent can assist you in this process by offering objective information about each property you look at. From local community information like schools and zoning to home-specific details like condition and amenities, Doris or Michael can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Making an offer


Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, Doris or Michael Leonardo will research recent comparable sales of similar homes in the area to help determine a fair selling price. Based on those comparable sales, as well as other factors like inspections and repairs, an agent will then help you structure an offer and negotiate to get the very best deal possible.

Closing


Closing, or settlement, can be a complicated process. In Pinellas County, the escrow or title company handles the closing process, while in other areas an attorney handles it. Regardless of where you’re buying, Doris or Michael Leonardo can help ensure that everything goes smoothly.