First-time home buying: Securing your home loan - Movement Mortgage Blog
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Congratulations! You’ve found your dream home. You budgeted, have been pre-approved and know exactly what you can afford. Now it’s time to see if you’re ready to close on a home loan.

Make an offer

The offer process consists of a few simple steps.

First, you make a written offer. It’s sent to the seller to accept, counter or decline. If they accept, congrats and move on to the next step! If they counter, then discuss your comfort with the counter offer and accept or decline it. If the seller refuses your offer, you can make a new one or, worst case scenario, start to house hunt again.

This is the step in the home buying process that may test your patience due to all of the back and forth, but don’t give up because you’re almost done.

Inspect your home

Now, you want to inspect your home. A quality inspector will go through every space of your home to find the things you may not see on the surface.

The inspector will find the signs of potential problems you’re unaware of because they have to look at every aspect of the house. Don’t worry, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to cover the inspection.

That’s where open communication between you two comes in handy.

Get the keys to your home

You’ve made it this far and you’ve reached the final step; the closing is where you’ll finalize on your home.

Here are the closing steps you’ll go through as a qualified homebuyer:

  • Sit down with the closing team. That means the seller, their real estate agent, your real estate agent, attorneys, closing agents and a title company representative may all be there.
  • Sign all documents.
  • Pay all closing fees.
  • And, finally, get the keys to your new home.

You’re now a confident homeowner!


About the Author:

Lindsey Wagnon

Lindsey Wagnon is the Marketing Communications Manager at Movement, meaning she communicates and manages related to all the marketing things. While she's a decent writer, she excels at making ugly smoothies and killing her desk plants. In addition to editing freelance work and organizing content calendars, she runs marathons, sings and does a lot of church stuff alongside her pastor husband, Philip. And of course, her favorite role is as mommy to toddler Cora Lively.