In today;s blog post I’ll go over the necessary steps in buying downtown Boston real estate.

Pre-Qualification

Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home.

Pre-Approval

While knowing how much you can afford is the first step,Beacon Hill condo sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You’ll also avoid being disappointed when going after Boston condos for sale that are out of your price range. With Pre-Approval, the buyer actually applies for a mortgage and receives a commitment in writing from a lender. This way, assuming the Midtown condo you’re interested in is at or under the amount you are pre-qualified for, the seller knows immediately that you are a serious buyer for that property. Costs for pre-approval are generally nominal and lenders will usually permit you to pay them when you close your loan.

List of Needs & Wants

Make two lists. The first should include items you must have (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need for the size of your family,  if accessibility is a factor, etc.). The second list is your wishes, things you would like to have (pool, den, etc.) but that are not absolutely necessary. Realistically for first-time buyers, you probably will not get everything on your wish list, but it will keep you on track for what you are looking for.

Representation by a Professional

Consider having your own Boston real estate broker represent you, one who is working for you, the buyer, not the Back Bay condo seller.

Focus & Organization

In a convenient location, keep handy the items that will assist you in maximizing your Boston condo for sale search efforts. Such items may include:

A file of the properties that your agent has shown to you, along with ads you have cut out from the newspaper.
Paper and pen, for taking notes as you search.
Instant or video camera to help refresh your memory on individual properties, especially if you are attending a series of showings.

Are the rooms laid out to fit your needs? Is there enough light?

Be Objective

Instead of thinking with your heart when you find a Seaport condo, think with your head. Does this home really meet your needs? There are many houses on the market, so don’t make a hurried decision that you may regret later.

Be Thorough

A few extra dollars well spent now may save you big expenses in the long run. Don’t forget such essentials as:

Include inspection & mortgage contingencies in your written offer.
Have the property inspected by a professional inspector.
Request a second walk-through to take place within 24 hours of closing.
You want to check to see that no changes have been made that were not agreed on (i.e., a nice chandelier that you assumed came with the sale having been replaced by a cheap ceiling light).

Bottom Line

All the above may seem rather overwhelming. That is why having a professional represent you and keep track of all the details for you is highly recommended. Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail.

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