There are several steps in the home buying process. We used Zillow and Astrid to look at the many homes in the various areas we were interested. The follow is a list of steps through which we proceeded and I suggest you have a realtor help make a detailed checklist of the items that may occur / be needed for each one and who will be responsible for the information and execution of each one.
These are the overall steps Astrid helped us navigate.
– Loan App/Pre-Qual
– Deciding where to look for homes and Finding the right Homes
– Negotiations and Contracts
– Loan Final Approval
Deciding where to look for homes and Finding the right Homes
We were contacted by Astrid when we expressed interest in a home we saw on Zillow. We were not local to the area, but rather were looking at homes for the area. Astrid was able to help guide us on which areas had good amenities and neighborhood features for which we were looking. She helped us get access to as much information as possible to find homes that fit our criteria. Astrid also made lists of homes in which we might be interested and sent them to us.
Since we were in a remote location, Astrid did the legwork of visiting homes and made great videos to show us all the features of the homes. She was flexible when our dream home criteria changed as we learned more. Astrid helped us through the contract/offer process for three homes until we were satisfied with the price and home. She also was a strong representative for us as our buyer’s agent, and paid close attention to the ethics followed by all parties to ensure compliance to the real estate code of ethics. She was willing to walk away(and we did as a team) from one case, due to some of this. She also helped us be stronger in our negotiating confidence by showing strength and commitment to helping us get our dream home.
Negotiations and Contracts
Astrid also has a good knowledge and experience with other forms of real estate (commercial and investment) and teams of people from which we could draw legal and real estate advice along with consulting services. This comes in handy as not all home purchases are simple.
Our experience lasted several weeks and once we had a singed contract, Astrid made sure the post initial contract items were completed, along with coordinating access to the home for them. This was comprised of the inspection results follow up items, in addition to doing a live video walk-through of the home. Yes we did it all from long distance, so Astrid was able to take care of everything for us. She also has a list of contractors for different services to provide inspections and post purchase upgrades and changes.
Loan Final Approval
Astrid helped work with the title company, insurance providers, and mortgage company to get the myriad of information to the right people. Many things happen during the final approval process so she was very helpful in getting all of the completed.
We finally got to meet Astrid is person as we did a walk-through and closing on location. Of course she was there to help represent us and explain anything in the closing process.
We are now moving to our new Happy home and Astrid is still checking in on us to make sure we are taken care of if we need anything. Thanks Astrid!
– D&B Wildings