Finding your Dream Home Starts with You!
(and our Initial Consultation)
Create a Wish List of traits you are looking for in a new or second home. Be prepared to be completely honest with us about what you do and do not want in your search; remember you are the person that has to live in this home!
We will discuss exactly how the process will precede, what to expect in making offers, and determine convenient times in your already established daily schedule for you to tour homes. The Tom and Eric team is available at almost any time of the day, 7 days a week. Depending on the time of our first consultation, we may be able to head right out and begin our search. If that’s not possible we will make certain to have a time arranged before we part.
Some of you may already walk into our first consultation with a pre-approval letter from the lender you’ve decided to go with, others may not. Not to worry, Tom and Eric have wonderful relationships with several different lenders who will work hard to get you the best possible price/rate out there. We encourage each of our clients to get quotes from at least two different lenders. We will provide you with our contacts and help you figure out which quote will work best for you!
This is of course the most exciting part of the process. Together, we will search all available listings that meet your search criteria until we find the one that you can see yourself calling home! This may happen the first time we go out or the 10th, no matter how long it takes, Tom and Eric will be there with you each step of the way!
Identifying Your Potential New Home and Making an Offer
After we’ve found a house you can see yourself calling home, we’ll make an offer on it. Offers will include various documents including your pre-approval letter from your lender. We will prepare the offer with you for your approval, and will present the offer on your behalf to the listing agent.
Then, we sit back and wait to see if our offer was accepted. If so, we will work on getting a ratified contract. If it just wasn’t meant to be, then we will set up another opportunity to continue our search. There are many wonderful homes in DC, MD, and VA just waiting to be discovered.
They’ve accepted our offer, Now What?
Once your offer has been accepted, we’ll be getting ready for settlement. The next few weeks will be spent setting up a home inspection, answering questions while reviewing condo documents, taking measurements, picking out paint colors, and of course arranging times to have your family come and take a look at your new home! We can even recommend a moving company if you need one!
On the day of settlement we will complete a walkthrough of your new property to make sure everything is just right. We’ll go through various checklists and of course make sure all four walls are standing! Then, we’re off to the settlement attorney where we will sign all of the legal documents, making your new home yours!
By this time, we’ve spent a lot of time together but mostly it was always discussing houses, payments, taxes, and other real estate related topics. Shortly after closing, it’s our practice to take each client as well as the person who referred them to us out for a dinner to say thank you for using our services. This gives us a great opportunity to chat about all the exciting new projects you have planned for your new home and for us to get to know each other a little better.
Of course, the Tom and Eric have a hard time saying goodbye to our clients after closing and their appreciation dinner…. So we like to stay in touch. We are always up for drinks, dinner, parties or other social opportunities. If you’re interested in water skiing or happy hour out on the river, let us know, we have a boat here in DC that we love having friends out on. Certainly we hope that’s exactly what we’ve become, Friends! We must admit a selfish thing here… There’s nothing better than having helped a Friend find a new home!
Selling your House Starts with You! (And our Initial Consultation)
Create a timetable for when you want to put your house on the market. Begin to think of the estimated price you will want to sell your house for. Tom and Eric will prepare a market comparables report for other similar properties in your area, including the most recent sales price data. We’ll discuss various strategies for Open Houses and other marketing avenues we utilize to get your properties sold!
Preparing your House for Sale
As part of the selling process, we’ll need to “stage” your property! This will include making room in your closets, removing large pieces of furniture, as well as straightening up the everyday clutter we’ve all accumulated. Of course this is a great help for getting ready to move too!
Open House and Showings
This is a great part of selling your property! There is no better form of marketing than to show it off first hand! After the staging efforts we’ve made, your house will show like a model home! During the Open House Tom and Eric will have the house filled with beautiful flower arrangements, candles burning in various locations throughout the house, and of course, the best part is we’ll be baking cookies, not only to fill your house with the smells of “home” but also to provide a delicious treat to all of the “guests” who will come in that day! Once the house has been shown, we’ll establish your guidelines for placing a lockbox on your house and determine times when other agents can show potential buyers your property.
Accepting Offers on Your House
When we receive an offer or even multiple-offers on your property we will go through each of the offers received and create a summary of the key points we will be looking for. We will then present the offers to you and discuss the various elements of each. Once we’ve picked the winning offer, we will inform the other agent and handle the necessary steps in completing the documentation process.
You’ve accepted an offer, now what?
Now it’s time to plan for your move. During this time, the party buying your house may need to access your property at various times before settlement. These times could be for home inspections, appraisals, to conduct a termite inspection, or just to take measurements as they prepare to move into their new home! Tom and Eric will coordinate these times so as not to conflict with your schedule.
The closing settlement may require you to take a short break in your normal work day. The party buying your home will do a walk through to make sure the house is in adequate condition. This will be done the night before settlement or early the day of. Once we’re at the settlement company, after a few signatures, you get to sit back and relax. Of course, you also get to watch as the excitement builds for the party buying your house!
By this time, we’ve spent a lot of time together but mostly it was always discussing staging, pricing, marketing, and other real estate related topics. Shortly after closing, it’s our practice to take each client as well as the person who referred them to us out for a dinner to say thank you for using our services. This gives us a great opportunity to chat about all the exciting new projects you have planned for your new home and for us to get to know each other a little better.
Of course, Tom and Eric have a hard time saying goodbye to goodbye to our clients after closing and their appreciation dinner…. So we like to stay in touch. We are always up for drinks, dinner, parties or other social opportunities. If you’re interested in water skiing or happy hour out on the river, let us know, we have a boat here in DC that we love having friends out on. Certainly we hope that’s exactly what we’ve become, Friends! We must admit a selfish thing here… There’s nothing better than having helped a Friend find a new home!