Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy a new home!
Once you’ve made your list, contact your local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent to begin the home buying process. If you are not already working with a Coldwell Banker agent, you can click on Agent and Office Search on our home page. Be assured that by choosing a Coldwell Banker agent you will find a professionally trained, experienced agent to offer you agency representation options and full service.
Your agent can put you in contact with Coldwell Banker Home Loans so you can be pre-approved for a mortgage even before starting the house hunting process. Although the pre-approval is not a final loan commitment, the pre-approval letter will demonstrate your financial strength and ability to go through with the purchase when you are ready to make an offer.
Your agent can provide detailed information on almost any property currently listed for sale. This includes Coldell Banker listings as well as all other real estate broker listings on the Multiple Listing Service. In addition, your agent can also provide information on homes that you see advertised for sale in the newspaper or online. This also includes information on properties that are advertised “For Sale by Owner". Your Coldwell Banker agent is the only resource you’ll need.
The next step…you've found a home and you’re ready to make an offer!
The initial step will be to instruct your Coldwell Banker agent to make an offer. Typically, you will provide your agent with the following information for them to relay to the seller’s associate regarding the paperwork required in their marketplace:
- The amount you are willing to pay
- Mortgage amount
- Closing and occupancy dates
- Contingencies, such as obtaining a mortgage, building inspections, and pest inspections to include where appropriate (but not limited to): termite, pest, radon, water potability, well, lead, septic, oil tank, etc
Any personal property specifically included or excluded. If the offer is not acceptable to the seller, further negotiations may be necessary to reach terms agreeable to both buyer and seller. Because counter-offers are common (any change in the offer can be considered a counter-offer) it is important that you remain in close contact with your Coldwell Banker agent during the negotiation process so that proposed changes can be reviewed and responded to quickly.
You have an Acceptable Offer!
Since the Contract writing procedure, down payments required, building inspection contingency dates, etc., may vary within areas of Colorado, please consult with your Coldwell Banker agent so that they can inform you of the immediate action steps. Timing is critical at this stage!
Between Contract and Closing
We can assist you with the services you need before, during, and after your move. From moving companies and new community information, to home improvement services we’re here to help you every step of the way.
What to expect at the closing
The closing is a formal process where all parties sign all of the necessary paperwork needed to complete the transaction Title so the property is transferred from the seller to you. The seller receives payment for the home, and you receive the house keys! From the amount credited to the seller, the title representative subtracts the funds to pay off the existing mortgage and other transaction costs. Deeds, loan papers, and other documents are prepared, signed, and ultimately filed with local property record office.
After the closing
At closing and beyond, your Sales Associate is here to assist you with the details as you move into your new home!