Buying A New Home Congratulations! There are many steps to purchasing a new home and as your Coldwell Banker® Sales Associate, I am ready to guide you along the way. Maggie Makris Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 140A SOUTH ROSELLE RD SCHAUMBURG, IL 60193 Office Phone: (847) 301-3100 Cell Phone: (847) 347-5127 Voice Mail: (847) 301-3224 Fax: (847) 387-6193 email@example.com www.MaggieMakris.com Customer Service I offer the most professional and personal service available in the sale of your current home or in the search for a new home. My promise is to exceed your expectations and offer satisfaction from start to finish. You can feel confident that a highly trained expert will be servicing your real estate needs. My Knowledge of the northwest suburban real estate market, schools, parks, libraries, shopping and transportation will help you with your decisions. Credentials • Member of National Association of Realtors • Member of Illinois and Northwest Association of Realtors • Member of MAP & MLSNI • Certified Negotiation Specialist • Interior Design • e-Pro Steps to Get Started 1. Determine your budget and how much you can afford. 2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage. • When applying, you’ll most likely need to furnish: Two most recent pay stubs. W-2 forms for the past two years. Federal tax returns for the past two years. Last two months bank statements. Long-term debt information such as credit cards, auto loans etc. Getting Approved A lender will check your credit to see if you’re a good candidate for a loan. If your credit rating is poor, there are things you can do to improve it. Make sure the report is correct. If not, call to fix it. Begin to pay your bills on time. Use two to four credit cards so you can keep track of them. Keep a separate checking and savings account. Keep the same job for a few years. Pre-Approved vs. Pre-Qualified • Pre-Approved: confirmation the lender will give you a commitment to support your purchase. • Pre-Qualified: an estimate of what you can afford. Being pre-approved makes you a more attractive candidate to the seller when making an offer. Deciding On A Mortgage Fixed Rate Mortgage: the interest rate stays the same for the entire term of the loan. Adjustable Rate Mortgage: the interest rate is linked to a financial index and may fluctuate with market conditions. As such, payments may vary over the life of the loan. Calculating Your Budget To estimate your budget, add up your total financial worth and then subtract all the cost in the purchase. Some expenses you may carry: Down payment Mortgage Insurance Taxes Points Attorney’s fees The Fun Begins Before you search for your dream home, some things you should consider: Size of property Type of neighborhood you desire Quality of school system Nearby public transportation Urban or suburban Multiple Listings Open Houses & Special Features As your Coldwell Banker® Sales Associate, I can show you every home available on the market that meets your specific needs. Online Access coldwellbanker.com provides access to over 250,000 properties. A few unique features include … Online Access My Coldwell Banker: your personalized resource center. Personal Retriever®: alerts you when the right property becomes available. Information Center: helpful articles, tips and tools. Interest Rate Watch: features the latest mortgage rates. Neighborhood Information : useful neighborhood details. Writing the Offer Once you’ve found the perfect home, I will write up the offer and ensure all paperwork and activities are completed so you can close on your property. The Closing This is the meeting where the transaction is finalized. I will guide you through all closing procedures to make your home officially yours.