Buy A Property
Choosing your real estate professional is one of the most important decisions you will make when buying a property in the La Junta and Rocky Ford area. I believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with the Hancock Group Real Estate team.
However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you find and purchase the home of your dreams more quickly and efficiently. If you're a first-time buyer you can find more information here.
Before you shop:
Be a smart consumer. Learn the financing basics. Know how to shop for a home loan that's right for you.
Get pre-approved. This takes very little time and lets you know the price range 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 and necessary repairs.
Keep your debt load to a minimum. Don't make major purchases or incur any additional debt until after your purchase. Pay down 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. Sometimes homes sell quickly, so be ready to make fast decisions. Be accessible to change the terms.
Have instant access to your agent. Instant communication can mean the difference in purchasing the property of your choice. Our team makes use of all communication platforms including calls, text messages, and email.
Before you buy:
Submit a strong competitive offer.
Include a substantial earnest money deposit. Sometimes offers are accepted based on the amount of the deposit.
Try to minimize the number of contingencies. Fewer contingencies mean a stronger offer.
Hire an inspector. A professional building inspector will make sure the house of your choice is in satisfactory condition and helps you understand what condition the property is in. The official inspection also gives you the opportunity to ask for contingencies if they are necessary.
Check zoning regulations and covenants. Good residential neighborhoods will be zoned to keep out commercial and industrial users. Read any restrictive covenants and make sure they fit your lifestyle.
Request an updated property survey. Be sure it clearly marks boundaries. Check for problems.
Make sure you know what stays or goes. Your contract should be very specific about which items (appliances, light fixtures, etc.) are included in the sale.
Get agreements in writing. Make certain verbal agreements are written into the final contract to avoid any stressful and expensive issues later. Working with our team ensures your contract to buy will protect your best interest.