Category Archives: Home Purchase

Buyer Survey

Looking to buy a home in the Greater Lansing area? Well, you’re in the right place! šŸ™‚

Please fill out this entire survey to help me help you find the right home.

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Buy a Home

Looking to buy a home in the Greater Lansing area? Well, you’re in the right place! šŸ™‚

To get started, just call/text 517-252-4440, email service@freedomre.com, or fill out the form below…

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Making an Offer

So you want to make an offer? That’s great and I’m super excited for you!

Now, before I can write up the offer, there are a few things I need from you. Please have the bank send me a pre-approval letter with the amount of the offer and the address of the property if they require that. In addition, please fill out the information below and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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Affiliated Business Disclosure

This form is letting you know that my broker has a business relationship with Parks Legacy Title. Even if we are not closing with Parks my broker just needs you to acknowledge that the relationship exists and that you have a choice when selecting your service provider(s).

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Home Building Strategy

Congratulations on your interest in building your next home! Even if you are experienced in building or know exactly what builder you want to work with please take a moment to consider the proposition below.

Before I received my real estate license I had a number of family and friends build their houses. In every single case, what sounded like a simple thing turned into delays, miscommunication, and aggravation. Often to the point that the home owner would not recommend the builder to their friends.

Now, I’m not saying that all new builds are destined work out this way, but why not have someone on your side? Someone who’s interest is not in lining the builders pockets? Or, at a minimum, someone that will help you along the way with communication and coordination of the various pieces involved in any move?

What I would like to recommend is the following strategy.

First, we sign a buyer representation agreement that covers either a new build or purchase of an existing home. This provides you representation and assistance with your new home.

Then, we line up meetings with the builders of interest. I can arrange these for you, or you can but you will need to let them know that you are working with an agent.

Once you’ve picked your builder and a plan I’ll work with you throughout the build on anything that I can.

So, at this point you may be asking… “But can’t I negotiate a discount if I don’t work with a real estate agent?”. And, in some (very limited) cases you may be right. If your interest is simply saving the money, and you have no interest in assistance along the way… once we have a price from the builder, if they will knock off 3% of the price and you don’t want any help I will terminate your contract at no charge to you, and wish you luck along the way.

If they won’t reduce the price by 3% then you now have representation, and someone to help you along the way instead of what you would have had if you went in without an agent… no representation and a price that puts an extra 3% in the builders pocket.

Now that you have representation I’m willing to offer your two more options…

1) I work hands on with you through the entire process and the builder pays the normal commission to my broker.
2) You do almost all the work only asking for assistance where you need it and I split my portion of the commission (after all I have to pay taxes on it) with you after my broker takes their cut.

In every situation it works out in your favor either in having someone on your side, or saving a few bucks. But it all starts with having someone on your side before meeting with any builder.

Contact me today so I can help you build the home of your dreams!

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The Closing

The “closing” is nothing more than the finalization of your real estate purchase. Expect to take the day off or have a flexible schedule to accommodate possible changes in time.

Plan on approx 2 hours, but some closings are shorter and some longer.

All parties are typically present at the closing (buyer, seller, listingĀ Realtor, sellingĀ Realtor, listing broker, title company closing officer, & sometime theĀ loan officer).

Bring these items with you:

  • Cashiers check or certified check in the amount of the cash required to close made out to the title company at which the closing is taking place. Do NOT bring cash!
  • Driver’s license or state identification card

You will will receive the following items at the closing:

  • A package with copies of all the closing documents presented during the closing
  • Keys to your new home and garage door opener(s) (if applicable) if occupancy is at closing.
  • A personal check in the proper amount for rent from the seller(s) if occupancy is not at closing
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Mediation Brochure

Should there be any disagreement about some part of the process, you agree to seek mediation.

Please contact me with any questions on the specifics.

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HUD EPA Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

Explains the potential risks for homes that may contain lead based paint. Only applicable for homes built before 1978, but included for all clients anyway.

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Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships

This is just outlining the types of relationships that you can have with a Realtor. It is making you aware that you should have your own representation so that you are free to disclose confidential information without fear of it being used against you in a negotiation.

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What is dotloop?

You may have heard me mention “dotloop” or our “transaction management system”. In effect they are one and the same.

If there’s one thing real estate is good at it’s generating paperwork. Where dotloop excels is in taking some of the pain out of juggling it all giving you a place to e-sign documents and an electronic filing cabinet so you can access copies of all your paperwork.

As I get things for you to sign or initial I’ll route them to you over email via dotloop. Note that the 1st time you get a document you won’t have to login. After signing and submitting the document back to me you will be prompted to create an account, which I would strongly recommend you do.

Access dotloop here

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