What to Know About Buying a Home in Maryland

Buying a Home in MarylandCongratulations on your decision to buy a home in Maryland. Whether this is your first purchase or your tenth, the process is complex and something you probably don't do every day. At the Bob & Ronna Group, we aim to ensure all our clients are well-informed, comfortable, and confident throughout their home-buying journey.

Is it the right time to buy a house in Maryland?

This is a common and critical question, whether you're actively searching or just considering your options for the future. Questions about interest rates, the housing market, and whether it's a buyer's or seller's market are vital and change as often as the market itself. However, the most important consideration is whether it's the right time for you. Do you need to upgrade to a larger home? Downsize after your children have moved out? Are you in search of a low-maintenance townhouse or condominium, or perhaps you'd like a home with a bit of acreage, a yard, or a garden? Whatever your reasons, there are key steps to take to ensure you find the right home at the right price.

First Step - Pre-approval

First Step - Pre-approvalMany buyers start by looking at homes. It's exciting to explore various homes, styles, and neighborhoods to pinpoint what you truly want. While this is natural, try not to set your heart on a specific home too soon, as it might not be available or affordable when you're ready.

Before diving into home tours (though we know you've likely started), determine how much home you can afford. This may involve reviewing your finances to see if you can pay cash or how much you need to finance.

If financing is necessary, it's wise to consult with lenders and shop around for the best loan. Mortgage lenders and officers can access a variety of mortgages to find the rates and terms that fit your budget. They'll assess your assets, liabilities, debt, and income to determine your affordable monthly mortgage payment, translating this into your price range.

Once you know your budget, it's easier to narrow your search to homes that fit your financial and lifestyle needs.

Have Your Own Agent

Have Your Own AgentWe at the Bob & Ronna Group always recommend using a buyer's agent. The legal complexities of home buying are vast, and having an agent exclusively advocating for you is invaluable. As your agent, we can present you with a variety of properties within your search criteria and budget, some of which may not be listed publicly. Having your own buyer's agent offers significant advantages.

After selecting potential homes, we suggest driving by to check if the neighborhood and commute suit your needs. If you're ready to tour certain homes, let's arrange a visit. We'll contact the sellers and set up a time for you to see each home up close. Once you find a home you love, we can discuss making an offer.

After crafting a solid offer, we wait for the seller to accept, reject, or counter. Upon reaching a mutual agreement, we proceed to the home inspection and finalize your financing.

Don't EVER Miss the Home Inspection

The home inspection is a critical part of the buying process. You're investing a substantial amount, so it's wise to learn as much as possible about the property. You can choose any inspector, but we have several reliable, experienced inspectors to recommend. They can provide valuable insights about the property, but the final decision to proceed rests with you.

Once the home inspection contingency is satisfied, we move toward closing. This is a good time to start packing, finalize any financing, and address any questions from escrow, title, or your lender. Prompt responses help keep the process smooth.

After signing the final documents and closing the transaction, you'll receive the keys to your new home. We at the Bob & Ronna Group are excited to welcome you to Maryland! Whether you're purchasing in urban, suburban, or rural areas. We're confident we can help you find your dream home.

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