Buy your perfect new Metropolitan Phoenix/Scottsdale-area home at no cost to you...
Buying a home in Arizona is easier than it is in other states, but it's still a complicated process. Fortunately, there is no cost to buyers for our services, so you may just want to fill out our detailed questionnaire to find your ideal new home. While you get yourself pre-qualified for a mortgage, we'll start searching for homes on the market that meet your needs, and, just like that, we're off on the Phoenix/Scottsdale house-hunting adventure.
But buying a house is a big step – whether it's your first house or your tenth – so in the toolbar to the left we've provided links to a vast array of pertinent information.
Steps in the buying process...
Buying a home in Arizona is an intricate procedure. A home can close – meaning all the steps from acceptance of the contract to recordation of title to the new owner – in as little as two weeks, but it's more common for closing to take three weeks, a month, or longer. Through every step in this entire process, we will be present, representing your interests. These are the major milestones in the transaction.
In fact, the underlying process is a good deal more complicated than this list of steps. This is why you depend on us, and why we depend on our valued partners – SallieMae Home Loans, Fidelity National Title Insurance, Old Republic Home Warranty, Premier Inspectors of America and Pest Control Solutions. Working together, each of us doing what we do best, we take an intricate procedure – fraught with legal peril – and make it smooth and sleek and elegant.
Relocating to the Phoenix area?
We do relocation better than anyone. Because we're so internet savvy, we can save you thousands of dollars in airfare when you relocate to the Phoenix area. Using the telephone, the fax machine and by making custom web pages, we can handle most of your transaction by 'remote control'.
It's not a TV infomercial, it's a fact of life in Arizona real estate. If you have the funds available, you should make a down payment – at least enough to avoid paying mortgage insurance premiums. But if you're short on cash, or if your funds are not liquid, there are loan programs that may allow you to take possession of a home for virtually no out-of-pocket costs. Everyone's circumstances are different, but we recently sold a home where the buyer put down $500 in earnest money, the seller paid all of the closing costs, and the buyer received $120 cash back at closing. The buyer's total cost for the home was $380. Your mileage may vary, but, if you're still renting: Why?
How to go about losing
Not every contract is accepted. Sometimes the asking price is too high and the seller is unwilling to come down. Sometimes the other terms and conditions present insuperable barriers. But sometimes buyers get aggressive, trying to get a house for less than it's really worth, and they end up losing their dream home. We'll work hard to make sure that you pay no more than you should, but the time-on-market for well-kept, well-priced Arizona homes is mere days. Working from the sales histories for comparable homes, we can tell you what the house you want should sell for. When we find your dream home, the best advice we can give you is to make sure that your first offer is your best offer.
A home warranty keeps
With every resale home we list or sell, we provide a free one-year home warranty. It's our way of saying thanks to you for trusting us with your business. But it's also a great way to introduce you to the value and benefit of home warranty plans. Even factory-new items can break in a home, but it is certain that, through time, wear and tear will cause components in your home to fail. Some repairs are cheap and easy – ninety-five cents at the hardware store and two minutes with a screwdriver. But when costly repairs are needed, with a home warranty your liability is limited to the amount of the deductible – usually less than fifty dollars. Even with home inspections and seller repairs, things can break. We provide a free home warranty so that you can buy your home in confidence.
The list of home-buying links to the left might seem daunting, but there are two documents, at a minimum, that you should read before we go out looking at houses. Both require the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you'll need to download and install (by following the instructions from the link above) if you don't already have it.
The first is the Arizona Association of Realtors Home Buyer's Advisory, which explores the process of buying a home in Arizona in depth.
The second is the Arizona Association of Realtors Residential Purchase Contract, a facsimile of the actual contract we will prepare when we find the house of your dreams. In fact, we'll be filling out a dizzying array of other documents, as well, but an early familiarity with the nine-page purchase contract will make it seem less frightful later.
Ready to get started right now?
You can make an appointment to meet in your home or our offices. Or you can request a Comparative Market Analysis of your home's value. You can fill out our detailed questionnaire to find your ideal new home. Or you can just pick up the phone and dial 602-740-7531. (Outside of Arizona? Dial 1-800-508-5430.) Either way, we're at your command, devoutly loyal, smart, frisky and eager to please...