Some celebrate with champagne and some are just thankful to finish the deal! Either way, you’ll want to do a few housekeeping things at this point in the process.

Final Walk-Through Inspection

The final walk-through is the last time you will inspect the house before purchasing. At this point, the contingencies in the Purchase Agreement should be met and all of the seller’s belongings removed from the home. Usually, the final inspection takes place the day before or the day of closing.


When you are satisfied with the inspection, then, it is time to close. You, the seller, and the closing agent will sign the settlement agreement, which details the financial transactions enacted through the process to certify its accuracy. You will sign your loan documents and deposit the balance of your down payments and closing costs to escrow. If you are bringing funds to the transaction, then you can choose to either bring a certified bank check to the closing in the amount specified in the settlement statement, or you can have the funds electronically wired to the escrow account. Once everything has been completed, the deed will be recorded at the County Recorder’s office and you will officially take ownership of your property.

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Other things to consider...

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Get Your Financials in Order

Now is not a good time to make sudden career changes or large purchases. You want to approach your property purchase from a position of financial stability. Large purchases or loans can affect your credit and balance sheet in a way that can limit your buying options.

Your credit score will hold a significant impact on the type of property you can buy, your interest rate and overall property price. We can work with one of our preferred lenders to get an updated credit to know exactly where it stands. The lender will research your credit ratings from the three credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. We are happy to recommend seasoned, knowledgeable lenders in the residential, construction, and commercial and investment real estate fields.

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Organize Your Finances

When it’s time to make an offer, you’ll want to know you’re fully prepared to close the deal. In order to avoid delays, bidding wars, or conflicts, preparing your financials is crucial.

  • Bank accounts
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Check Your Credit Rating
  • Financial statements
  • Investments
  • Tax returns for two years
  • Credit cards
  • Auto and other loans
  • Copies of leases for investment properties
  • 401K statements, life insurance, stocks, bonds, and mutual account information


Pre-qualifying for a loan will help you with:
  • Finding the ideal price range you can afford
  • Determining what your monthly payment will be
  • Understanding the different loans you qualify for
  • Estimating the down payment and closing costs
Buyer Tips

Tips For Buying

Don’t Max Out Your Budget
Just because you’ve been approved for a max amount, doesn't mean you should spend it all on the home's sale price. You will want to set some of that aside for closing costs, taxes and potential home repairs or remodeling.

Get to Know the Area
Make sure the neighborhood works for you and your family - are you close to schools and is shopping conveniently located?

Don’t Skip the Home Inspection
Inspections are worth their weight in gold and will draw attention to problems you may not otherwise see, giving you peace of mind and letting you make more informed decisions about your purchase.

Get Pre-Approved
Getting pre-approved by a lender lets the seller know you are serious and ready to purchase a home and that you are not just window shopping.

Make a List of Deal Breakers

Know what you can live with and what you cannot live without and also those things that can be taken care of with a simple remodel. If you need a 4 bedroom home, don't buy one with 2 that requires a massive addition which can break your budget.

Look at the Age of Appliances and Other Systems

Appliances are some of the most expensive portions of the home and you should pay particular attention to their age and whether they have required service. Other systems to have inspected are your HVAC, hot water heater, and your septic & well, if applicable. You may be able to get the seller to add a home warranty when buying.

Check For HOA Requirements

Most neighborhoods have HOAs that govern what you can and can't do - be sure you know what the rules are for your neighborhood.


Westminster Property Management

Our Promise to You:

  • Never sign a real estate contract without understanding all the details-consult us first.
  • Arrange all the recommended inspections, valuations, etc.
  • Advise on long term property management
  • Handle ALL details that arise during the home buying process
  • Provide buyer tips to help with the purchase
  • We will negotiate the contract in YOUR best interest.

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