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Ventura Homes for Sale: How to Buy a Home in Ventura County

There are a number of steps I take a Buyer through, here is an outline of the process:

1. Initial Meeting

A. Discuss present and future housing needs, i.e.:
1) Single family home vs. condo/townhouse
2) Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
3) Square footage of home and lot size.
4) Location vs. commute to work/school.
5) Desired amenities and age of home.
6) Your family size, current and projected.
7) Any hobbies or special needs to accommodate.
8) Preferred condition of the property (fixer upper?)

B. Discuss financing abilities and alternatives:

1. Down payment, closing costs requirements.
2. Income and credit lender requirements.
3. Debt ratios and PMI lender requirements.
4. Techniques to maximize purchasing power (help from the seller).
5. Recommend lenders (if requested).

2. The Home Search

A. Store clients housing criteria for potential matches with existing and future listings.
B. Review listings daily for suitability to clients needs.
1) Price
2) Location
3) Amenities
C. Eliminate marginal (if unsuitable) properties, those that are:
1) Overpriced
2) In bad condition
3) On a busy street
4) Backing up to a freeway
5) In a sub-par neighborhood, etc.
D. As needed, investigate newspapers for ‘Open House’ and ‘For Sale By Owner’ and evaluate using same criteria as above.
E. Arrange home tour for client of selected properties:
1) Check sales availability with listing brokers
2) Make showing appointments with owners or tenants
3) Map out tour route
4) Drive each client to each home commenting on the neighborhood, street, etc.
5) Assist client with each home viewing, i.e., noting the condition of property.

3. Preparing The Purchase Agreement

A. Prepare an itemized estimate of buyer’s closing costs, down payment, and monthly payment for proposed home purchase.
B. As needed, review a Comparable Market Analysis to determine approximate fair market value.
C. As needed, confer with listing broker to accurately assess buyer’s negotiating position vis-à-vis the seller.
D. Prepare the purchase agreement on behalf of buyer with special consideration being given to:
1) Purchase price
2) The deposit
3) Closing costs
4) Loan contingencies
5) Fixtures vs. personal property
6) Professional inspections
7) Flood, special study zone and other disclosures
8) Close of escrow
9) Possession
10) Condition of the property at time of possession.
11) An overall avoidance of unnecessary controversy, complications, or delays.
E. Arrange for contract presentation to seller, listing broker, or both, as appropriate. Meet with the said parties, negotiate on buyers behalf and facilitate the negotiations of any sellers counter offer to buyer, and vice versa.

4. Processing the Escrow

A. Open escrow
B. Coordinate loan processing with loan officer
C. Arrange access for inspectors
D. Review all reports, forwarding them to the client (with interpretations, when needed)
E. Order and schedule all repair work
F. Review and forward all completion notices to client
G. Review client’s escrow instructions with escrow officer
H. Schedule and conduct buyers “walk-through” inspection
I. Arrange client-escrow officer sign-off meeting
J. Coordinate close of escrow and possession
K. Arrange for transfer of the keys to the property
L. In short, handle any and all problems that arise along the way!

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(c) Copyright 2006 Lisan Campbell

How to Buy a Home in Ventura, California. California residential real estate: Homes and houses for sale in Ventura County. Lisan provides real estate search services for Ventura County, California. If you are looking to buy in Ventura County, look to Lisan for your Real Estate needs. She can help you find your dream home, whether it be a single family residence, townhome or condominium. Lisan Campbell can help you find your dream home. In addition, Lisan provides relocation help to and from Ventura County, California. Buers and Sellers in Ventura County, California. A Ventura County realty property professional, Lisan Campbell provides comparitive market analysis, relocation information, negotiation, MLS, and other services. California home for sale, residential real estate properties, house for sale for homebuyers, homefinders, homeseekers, househunters in Agoura Hills, Bardsdale, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Casitas Springs, Chatsworth, El Rio, Fillmore, Lake Casitas, Lake Sherwood, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Montalvo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Saticoy, Santa Paula, Seaclif, Simi Valley, Somis, Sulpher Springs, Thousand Oaks, Ventu Park, Ventura, Westlake Village in Ventura County in California, USA, United States. Realter, realety, realestate, real estae, realator.

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