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Finding Your Dream Home


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


While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You’ll also avoid being disappointed when going after homes 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 home 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 2 lists. The first should include items you must have (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need for the size of your family, a one-story house 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 hiring your own real estate agent, one who is working for you, the buyer, not the seller.

Our Scale Is Your Strength

With over $1.4 Billion in sales in 2021 alone, The Altman Brothers Team has exceeded $5 Billion in luxury residential real estate sales. Josh, Matthew and Heather Altman are the most connected, professional, and experienced agents in the industry. Their global network, market knowledge, and dogged drive put them in a league of their own. Backed by their international powerhouse brokerage, Douglas Elliman, their resources are unmatched allowing them to provide the best service possible to each and every one of their clients.

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Buying Your Home Giving Your Dreams an Address
Step 1: Outlining Your Objective
Outlining Your Objectives
  • What is your motivation to buy?
  • What price range are you considering?
  • What is your timeline to move?
  • What are your ideal features and “non-negotiables”?
  • What are you looking for in a neighborhood?
Planning & Preparation
  • Discuss objectives and process with your Realtor®
  • Discuss objectives and process with your Realtor®
  • Obtain a loan approval letter
  • Sign exclusive buyer-broker agreement with your Realtor®
  • Research neighborhood of interest with your Realtor®
Understanding the Market
  • Analysis of active, pending, and sold transactions
  • Review contracts and timelines
  • Personal timing and seasonal considerations
  • Market forces: supply v. demand, macro v. micro
  • Create Profile-Based Buyer Attraction Strategy
Step 2: Finding Your Home
The Search
  • Browse and review online listings with your Realtor®
  • Browse and review online listings with your Realtor®
  • Notification of new and off-market properties
  • Virtually tour listings from the comfort of your home
  • Select your ideal location and home
Offers & Negotiation Strategies
  • Learn about the Purchase Contract from your Realtor®
  • Discuss multiple offer strategies (as needed)
  • Offer presentation and highlighting buyer strategies
  • Negotiate to optimize price and terms
  • Acceptance of offer or counter offers
Step 3: Going Into Escrow
The Escrow Process
  • Notify escrow of acceptance and send full executed contract
  • Wire initial deposit to escrow per terms of agreement
  • Notify lender to begin loan process and order appraisal
  • Sign and return opening package of escrow instructions
  • Contact insurance agent for homeowner coverage
  • Provide escrow with vesting (title) information
Inspections & Disclosures
  • Schedule all desired home inspections, (i.e. termite report)
  • Schedule all desired home inspections, (i.e. termite report)
  • Approve/negotiate repairs based on inspection reports
  • Review/approve all seller and state required disclosures
  • Review/approve preliminary title report
  • Meet deadlines and remove contractual contingencies
  • Schedule final walk-through prior to close of escrow
Step 4: Closing
Welcome Home
  • Review closing statement from escrow
  • Virtually meet with escrow to sign loan documents
  • Arrange to wire down payment and closing costs
  • Transfer utilities to new location
  • Closing, key delivery, and celebration
  • Move into the property
  • Move-in checklist
Working Together Again
  • Staying in touch and keeping you informed
  • Second homes and investment properties
  • Providing resources and introductions
  • Referrals, testimonials, and reviews
Focus & Organization
In a convenient location, keep handy the items that will assist you in maximizing your home 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.
Instant or video camera to help refresh your memory on individual properties, especially if you are attending a series of showings.
Paper and pen, for taking notes as you search.
Location: Look at a potential property as if you are the seller. Would a prospective buyer find it attractive based on school district, crime rate, proximity to positive (shopping, parks, freeway access) and negative (abandoned properties, garbage dump, source of noise) features of the area?

Visualize the house empty & with your decor

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

Be Objective

While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more Instead of thinking with your heart when you find a home, 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).

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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