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Buyer Tips - Oak Harbor, WA


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Before you consider buying property on Oak Harbor, WA

Choosing your real estate professional is one of the most significant decisions you will make when buying your new Oak Harbor property.

No matter which real estate professional you decide on, these tips will help you find and obtain the home of your dreams quickly and efficiently. We believe the more you look around, the more you will see the true value of working with us. If you're a first-time buyer, you can find more information here.

Before you shop:

If you are looking to buy a home or property on Oak Harbor, you may find the perfect home quicker than expected if you follow these basic guidelines.

Be an informed consumer. Learn the financing basics and know how to shop for the home loan that's right for you. Learn as much as you can about financing, and search for loans that you can afford.

Get pre-approved. This task is important and simple to complete. It allows you to budget for a property that fits your lifestyle.

Know what you want. The last thing you need is to close a deal and realize you bought a house you don't want. Ask yourself what you're looking for in a home, before you shop. Think about size, commute time, neighborhood, and necessary repairs. Get acquainted with the island. Take a drive to find the best town and neighborhood on Oak Harbor for you.

Keep your debt load to a minimum. Don't make major purchases or incur any additional debt until after your purchase. Pay off credit cards, and don't apply for new ones. Remember, financial institutions evaluate your financial situation on your gross monthly income. Your total monthly house costs should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income.

Be prepared to view new properties quickly. In this hot seller’s market, homes sell quickly in the Oak Harbor area, so be ready to make fast decisions. Be accessible for your agent in case of a sudden change in terms.

Have instant access to your agent. Instant communication can make a difference in purchasing the property of your choice. Our team of real estate experts from any one of our four offices are prepared and thrilled to find the perfect home for you on Oak Harbor.

Before you buy:

Submit a strong, competitive offer. A key factor when attempting to purchase a house is submitting an offer that is both appealing to the owner and also within your means. A competitive offer will bring more attention to you as a buyer. It’s best to get advice from your real estate agent. Our real estate agents have the current market knowledge and are more than happy to help you come up with an offer that will get noticed.

Include a substantial earnest money deposit. Sometimes offers are accepted based on the amount of the deposit. The greater amount of money included in the money deposit, the more likely your offer will be chosen.

Try to minimize the number of contingencies. Fewer unexpected events will mean a stronger offer. Try to remain as consistent as humanly possible. It’s best to understand what contingencies come up in your new home’s neighborhood, so ask your real estate professional for advice on which risks to keep and which to ditch. Our real estate agents will joyfully assist you in deciding which contingencies are worth keeping.

Hire an inspector. A professional building inspector or appraiser will make sure the house of your choice is in satisfactory condition. This is needed before you can move further on a home loan.

Check zoning regulations and covenants. Good residential neighborhoods will be zoned to keep out commercial and industrial users. Read any restrictive covenants to make sure they fit your lifestyle.

Request an updated property survey. Be sure that the property survey clearly marks boundaries. Check for problems you may see, and contact your real estate agent about it.

Make sure you know what stays or goes. Your contract should be very specific about which items (appliances, etc) are included in the sale.Our agents will happily go over your contract with you and identify the items that are included in your Oak Harbor, Washington, home purchase.

Get agreements in writing. Make sure that certain verbal agreements are written into the final contract to avoid any stressful and expensive issues later.



Buying Whidbey Island homesOur agents know what it takes to put together a solid and tight offer. We will make sure any listing agent know they are dealing with a well informed and educated. With our on-going education in the Oak Harbor and Oak Harbor real estate market, you can feel comfortable allowing us to help facilitate any and all Island county real estate transactions from offer to closing.

Give us a call today if you need help with any of the steps along the way. We have references to lenders, appraisers, inspectors and insurance companies.