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Buying

It depends on your situation. If you’re ready to move to your first or next home, we’re here to help. When interest rates are low, it’s an excellent time to buy. Call us at 817-714-2633 to get started.

It really depends on your preferences. Clarify your priorities for your home needs based on location, schools, proximity to work, home features, and the reason you’re buying. There are pros and cons.

Newly Built Homes:

  • Are generally more energy-efficient
  • More modern
  • Normally come with warranties (10-year structural, 2-year systems, 1-year workmanship)
  • Have HOA dues in addition to your monthly mortgage payments
  • May have common areas and swimming pools as part of the amenities
  • You suffer the inconvenience of construction
  • Newly built neighborhoods are very attractive
  • Prices can be comparable to that of existing homes depending on location

Existing Homes:

  • May not be as energy-efficient but can be updated and you can take advantage of tax benefits for energy-efficient improvements
  • Do not come with warranties, maybe a 1-year home warranty service
  • Existing neighborhoods are already built out so you don’t have to suffer the inconvenience of new construction
  • Older neighborhoods have mature trees and homes’ curve appeal may be more unique in character
  • Don’t necessarily have HOA dues, which can save you money and headaches dealing with restrictions on what you can or cannot do to your home
  • Prices can be better than new homes depending on location

Clarify your priorities, which will drive your choices that best fit your family’s needs.

As a homeowner, you have the ability to:

  • Customize your space to suit your lifestyle and needs
  • Cash in on appreciation benefits when you sell your house
  • Enjoy tax benefits by deducting mortgage interest and property taxes
  • Keep the same mortgage payment while rent goes up; the only variable is property taxes and insurance that can cause your monthly payment to increase, but you can always shop around for insurance and protest property taxes
  • Build equity whereas when you rent you’ll never get a penny back

Call us at 817-714-2633 to answer all your questions. At Valencia Properties, we put our clients’ interests first. There is a myriad of details in the purchase of a home and we will coach you every step of the process.

Work With Us

We coach our clients. Our goal is to make your experience with us positive, simple, and easy. Your home purchase is probably one of the greatest investments you’ll ever make, and we take it very seriously. We will have your back and will work hard to help you find a beautiful home you’ll love and feel proud to call your own.

From the moment you begin thinking about buying. Call us at 817-714-2633 to get started.

Typically, the seller pays for our compensation for bringing a buyer.

Buying Process

Step 1:  Hire us to represent your best interest; Call us at 817-714-2633 to get started

Step 2:  Determine homeownership costs using our handy mortgage calculator to help determine your financial feasibility

Step 3:  Get a mortgage pre-approval

Step 4:  Tour homes and submit an offer on the house you want

Step 5:  Get the home under contract and enter an Option Period

Step 6:  Get the home inspected; negotiate any repairs; wait for the lender to give the final mortgage approval

Step 7:  Close on your home

Step 8:  Move into your new home

Step 1:  Pay the earnest money deposit and the option fee

Step 2:  Order inspections (i.e., general, termite, foundation)

Step 3:  Negotiate repairs, if any

Step 4:  Notify the seller in writing how you’re moving forward with the purchase

Buyers pay an Option Fee to enter the Option Period, which is an agreed number of days between the buyer and seller allowing the buyer to do their due diligence. The buyer can cancel the contract during the Option Period for any reason and would get his earnest money deposit back but would lose the option fee and any inspection money paid.

New Construction

We will serve as your second set of eyes and give you our professional advice and opinion as you require. Call us at 817-714-2633 and we’ll be happy to match you with top local builders in the area that interests you.

Newly built homes are generally more energy-efficient due to improved building codes, more modern, and normally come with warranties (10-year structural, 2-year systems, 1-year workmanship). New communities have HOA dues in addition to your monthly mortgage payments. Some new communities may also have common areas and swimming pools as part of the amenities. Though you have to put up with construction for some time, newly built neighborhoods are very attractive. New home prices can be comparable to existing homes, sometimes better depending on location.

Step 1:  Hire us to represent your best interest; Call us at 817-714-2633 to get started

Step 2:  Determine homeownership costs using our handy mortgage calculator to help determine your financial feasibility

Step 3:  Get a mortgage pre-approval

Step 4:  Tour model homes and communities and make your selection

Step 5:  Sign a sales contract

Step 6:  Close on your home

Step 7:  Move into your new home

Financing

Getting a mortgage pre-approval is the first step in the buying process. Call us at 817-714-2633 and we’ll be happy to connect you with local reputable lenders.

Have at least 3.5% of a potential sales price saved for your down payment. The down payment is cash that you pay up front for your home.

There are two major types of loans: FHA and Conventional.

An FHA loan is a government-insured loan that currently requires 3.5% down payment. It’s designed for low-to-moderate-income borrowers requiring a lower minimum down payment and credit scores than a conventional loan.

A Conventional loan currently requires a minimum of 5% down. Some lenders may offer conventional loans with 3% down payments.

Job loss can happen to anyone and unfortunately, would put your loan approval at risk. With a lender’s disapproval letter, you should get your earnest money deposit back but you would lose all other payments made such as the option fee, home inspections, appraisal, and survey (if you agreed to pay for one).

Approval

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to shop for your dream home. We highly respect your time so we will narrow our focus to homes that meet your criteria such as location, price, schools, and features. Call us at 817-714-2633 to get started.

Avoid new debt! Don’t buy a new car, co-sign on your friend’s new truck, open new credit cards, or buy that gorgeous new furniture that’s calling your name. Focus on paying off debt if you can. Your lender has approved you based on your current financial status and if those numbers get out of balance you may lose your financing.

HOA, Taxes & Insurance

It stands for Home Owners Association. Most new neighborhoods have an HOA. It includes standards for the community. Any structural changes to your home have to be approved by the HOA.

HOA fees vary by community.

Property Tax rates vary by county. We will provide you the latest tax information for the particular homes you are interested in.

A homeowner’s insurance protects your dwelling. If you are getting a mortgage loan, your lender will require you to maintain homeowner’s insurance. If you’re not getting financing, it is wise to have your house insured. Shop around and get all the coverage details to help with your selection.

Buying Costs

Initial costs can include:

  • Earnest money deposit – normally 1% of the sale price of the house which is deposited with the Title company that will do the closing
  • Option fee – anywhere from $100-$200 or more depending on the price of the home
  • Home inspections – approximately $350-$500 or more depending on the size of the home
  • Appraisal – approximately $450-$500 or more; check with your lender

Closing costs can include:

  • Down payment
  • Lender’s costs
  • Title company administrative fees
  • Title Policy, whatever was negotiated with the buyer
  • Property Survey, whatever was negotiated with the buyer
  • Residential Service Contract, whatever was negotiated with the buyer
  • Pre-paids: Homeowner’s insurance and Escrow account initial amounts

A survey is the drawing of the house and property lines done by an engineer. It costs approximately $450-$500+ and is paid at closing. Who pays for it is negotiable, buyer or seller pay.

An appraisal is done by a licensed appraiser to ensure the house appraises for at least the sale price. The buyer pays for the appraisal, which costs approximately $450-$500; check with your lender.

A home inspection is a general inspection of the entire house to check all systems are in working condition, including the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, roof, and the like. Some inspectors include a termite inspection. The home inspection is paid by the buyer. It costs approximately $350-$500+ depending on the size of the home.

Closing

Bring your driver’s license or another form of identification, and amount due in a cashier’s check or electronic payment. Once the loan is funded, Title will disburse funds to all parties. Your lender will give you a detailed cost list with a total amount due at closing. 

The Title company will give you the keys after the loan is funded.

Moving

Schedule the transfer of utilities and other services at least ONE week prior to closing.

Schedule your movers at least TWO weeks prior to closing.

One Year Later

A homestead exemption exempts a certain dollar amount or percentage of home value from property taxes, resulting in lower taxes. Homestead exemptions must be filed, they do NOT happen automatically when you buy your home. You must have lived in the house as of January 1st for the year you’re applying. Contact your county’s Central Appraisal District for details.

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