Advice For Buyers

There are so many aspects involved in the purchase of a home that buyers can often be left very confused by the whole experience. That's why it is so important to have a real estate professional who can walk you through each step and address your questions along the way. As a certified REALTOR and owner of Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii I always ensure that buyers are comfortable with the experience and fully aware of the options available to them. For your convenience, I've provided the basic steps of home buying below, but I encourage you to contact me for a thorough explanation of the home buying process.

Step 1: Determine Your Needs
The first step is obviously prioritizing your purchasing considerations. These include, the features you desire in a home, the locale and the available education institutions. As a local specialist, born and raised on the Island, I can assist you by providing you with a free market analysis and invaluable assistance in narrowing down your choices by providing the latest market trends and local information like neighborhood information. 

Step 2: Determine The Mortgage
Now that you have established your ideal home parameters, you need to determine how much you can afford. Once you have established a realistic loan amount you need to be pre-approved for your maximum loan amount. A pre-approval status can be instrumental in the negotiation process by giving you a competitive advantage over other offers. For more information, speak with local mortgage lenders, like Aloha Lending Services

Step 3: Begin Searching For Your Perfect Home
Now that you have approved financing, begin searching for your dream home online. You may visit our Listings page to view many homes available in Oahu or access our Hawaii Dream Home Finder to narrow down your search. 

Step 4: Contact Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii                                                                                             Once you have gotten an idea of the area and the homes you prefer, it is time to contact me to arrange visits and walk-throughs.

Step 4: Negotiate
This is perhaps the most difficult and unpleasant part of the process. To expedite and smooth the process it is important to understand both your purchasing considerations, and the selling considerations of the seller. Each seller places different emphasis on timing and pricing. Understanding the seller will be essential to a successful negotiation.

Step 5: Inspection & Insurance
Once your offer has been accepted, the offer becomes a binding legal document. You will now need to coordinate some home inspections, attain homeowners insurance and finalize the mortgage. As the owner of Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii I can help explain the details, and your real estate attorney can provide counsel on title issues and title insurance.

The purchase contract can be written to include a contingency for any repairs needed on the property or related items that the seller must take care of before closing. If these items are not dealt with, and you have such a clause in your contract, you can delay or possibly cancel the closing. If it's not stated in the contract, you could face losing your deposit. There may also be costly legal implications stemming from backing out of a contract.

An "inspection contingency" is always a good idea because it protects you as a buyer by allowing you to cancel closing on the deal if an inspector finds serious problems with the property. You will usually have the right to choose the inspector (and be responsible for paying for the inspections). You should consider inspections for structural soundness, insects, environmental hazards such as asbestos or radon gas, etc.

Contingency clauses usually satisfy the concerns of both the buyer and the seller. Buyers also can protect themselves by inserting additional necessary contingencies. You can indicate which items like curtains and appliances are to remain with the house and then stipulate that you have the right to personally inspect the home 24 hours before closing to make sure all is in order.

Step 6: Closing
Ensure that all the paper work including mortgage, titles and insurance are complete. Once the property is officially yours, you may want to consider a few things before you move in. These items include arranging for an alarm system, turning on the electricity and phone, connecting to cable, cleaning or replacing the carpet, etc. This is also a good time to make some needed renovations such as interior painting. Century 21’s program Century 21 Connectors offers new homebuyers great offers with industry-leading companies on home services, transportation and temporary housing, and various financial and real estate services. Contact Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii to view the special offers available in you area.

How I Can Help

Our Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii Customized Home Search System for Buyer Representation is designed to provide you with a full service, anxiety-free real estate experience. As owner of Hawaii’s premier real estate agency, I will deliver a level of service unmatched in the real estate industry.

Our system answers all of the questions and concerns that buyers are challenged with when purchasing a home. Let Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii show you how easy your real estate purchase can be in:

  • Kihei
  • Waipio Gentry
  • Aiea
  • Hilo
  • Kona
  • Honolulu

Through the CENTURY 21® Customized Home Search System, Century 21 Homefinders of Hawaii can offer proprietary marketing tools to provide you with superior service when purchasing your home. Services include:

  • CENTURY 21® Internet Marketing Program
  • Global Referral Network
  • CENTURY 21® Buyer Service Pledge®
  • CENTURY 21® Quality Service Survey
  • CENTURY 21® Recreational Properties (SM)
  • CENTURY 21® Fine Homes & Estates (SM)

Contact my office today and I will answer your questions, provide professional advice, and handle all the details for you.  Like you, today's consumers want comprehensive services from their real estate professional.  As a knowledgeable and experienced real estate professional I offer the services you want and the peace of mind you deserve.

  • Mortgage Services
  • Home Warranty Protection
  • Home Inspection Services
  • Title/Escrow and Legal Services
  • Professional Moving Services
  • Insurance Services

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