You’ve been looking at Scottsdale homes for sale online and have found one you can’t live without. Now what? It’s time to get to know the house a little bit better to make sure it’s really the Scottsdale dream home it looks like in the pictures.
Here’s what to do next:
1. Get in touch with your Realtor
Whether your Realtor is the one who found the Scottsdale home for sale you like or you happened to find it on your own, now is the time to get some help from them. Let your Realtor know which property you are interested in, and then set up a showing. If you have your eye on a few different Scottsdale homes for sale, set aside a whole day to walk through them with your Realtor.
2. Tour the house
During the walk-through, your Realtor will lead the way so you can find out for yourself whether the house looks as good in-person as it does in the pictures. Consider taking your own pictures as you walk through the house, especially of features that the online listing did not show. If you find anything that could be concerning, or maybe a feature that you particularly like, be sure to take photos so you have a reminder after the tour.
3. Research the area
This could be as simple as driving around the neighborhood and surrounding area before or after you tour the house. Get an idea of the Scottsdale neighborhoods nearby and whether you could see yourself living there long-term. Check out which stores, eateries, and other businesses are nearby. You can also do more research when you get home via Google or Yelp searches, or by simply looking at Google Maps to see how far away schools, doctor’s offices, and other amenities are. Most qualified Realtors should know the area, too, so be sure to quiz your agent!
4. Make an offer
This is another big step with which your Realtor will help you. They can tell you how much money similar houses nearby have sold for, which should help you develop the offer, though the listing price can give you an idea of where to start. When you make the offer, you will need to include the price you are willing to pay, the date on which you would like to take possession of the house, and any contingencies. For example, if you require some repairs to be done first, let the seller know this. You should also make it clear that the offer is contingent upon the inspection finding no major issues and the home properly appraising.
5. Close on your new Scottsdale home
Getting to the closing date might require you to participate in negotiations for a while, or your first offer might be accepted right away. Regardless, you can stay motivated by looking forward to taking possession of your new Scottsdale home at the end of the process!
Whether you already have your eye on a beautiful Scottsdale home for sale or need help finding one, The Matheson Team is here to assist you in purchasing the home you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to get started! We can set up a highly customized search based on your criteria, help you sell your current home, and make sure you’re represented well in buyer-seller negotiations.
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The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255