Lake Murray Buyer's Guide
From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, learn more about the home buying process.
Buying a home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This can be true whether you’ve purchased several homes or you’re preparing to buy for the first time. With the right support system and the help of a trusted RE/MAX® professional, you can make the most informed decisions.
My guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, I am here to help every step of the way.
Define Your Goals
Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy a home. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home will help you make important decisions down the road. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you narrow down your home search as well. What neighborhood do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria.
Choose a Realtor
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or just moving down the street — you want a professional by your side. I not only work in the Greater Columbia area, but I live here as well. On the weekends, you may find my family boating on Lake Murray, enjoying a great meal in Chapin, or just exploring our great state of South Carolina!
Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you to determine your buying power. They can help you to find out how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. I have trusted, local lenders that I work closely with and know they will be with my clients every step of the way.
Make an Offer
Once you find a home you’re interested in, I will help negotiate a fair offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll make an earnest money payment and be officially under contract. During the due-diligence period between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, I will help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract. I can also help guide you through the appraisal and inspection processes.
Close on Your Home
This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.
The Tools to Help You Find Your Home
Once you’ve defined your home search goals, discussed them with me, and have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! In addition to my knowledge of the greater Columbia and Lake Murray area as a real estate agent, I offer online tools that can help make your initial search as easy as possible.
Find a Home Using My Interactive Map Search
I know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Use the map search available on my website to view homes located in or near the area you love. I service all of the greater Columbia area including, but not limited to Chapin, Irmo, Lexington, Prosperity, Newberry, and Lake Murray.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more. Don't see what you are looking for? Just ask!
Create an Account on My Website
Sign up for an account on my website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more!
Download My RE/MAX Mobile App
Available for iOS and Android devices, my app brings the same experience found on my website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go!