You have been waiting for the right moment, searching for the right opportunity and likely making one of the most important decisions of your life. As we know the key to success lies in preparation, when competing with other interested buyers to purchase the home of your dreams, it is essential to know how and when to make the right move. Most importantly, by knowing exactly what your limits are in advance, you'll be empowered to make an educated decision when making an offer to win it when you find your DREAM Home. Want to know the steps to get started? You are in the right place, at the right time. Here they are:
Schedule to meet with a trusted real estate professional. If you don't already have someone in mind or would like a second opinion, the DREAM Team is always here for you. We can also connect you with one of our top agents and lender to discover how much you can afford financially once you sign an exclusive buyer-broker agreement.
While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, educated sellers will be much more open to working with potential buyers who have been pre-approved. Furthermore, working with a reputable lender will give you power when negotiating. When you are represented by our team with a pre-approval in hand, the agents in the area know you are a serious buyer. A pre-approval letter won't cost you anything, but once you decide to apply for the loan, application fees & closing costs may apply.
BUYER NEEDS ANALYSIS
We encourage our buyer clients to make two lists. The first should always include items you can't live without (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need, school district, beach proximity etc.). The second list is for your dreams, things you would love to have (outdoor kitchen, waterfront, private dock, etc.) but that are not deal breakers. Realistically, not all desires are likely to be met in one single property, but having your needs defined up front will empower you to know the right decision when it's time to make it. Get started with our Buyer Needs Analysis below and start working with DREAM Team today.
WORK WITH THE DREAM TEAM
When ready to find your DREAM Home, the most important activity becomes to get to the best listings faster than anyone else. Our DREAM Research Team works together every day to give you access to property updates & new listings, including off market properties, taking into account all the little details that matter most to you. Our focus is to ensure that each property we share aligns with your vision while bringing invaluable tools to the table. Most importantly, we connect to anyone you need when you find the property you'd love to call your very own.
THE KEY TO FINDING YOUR
In a real estate world full of part-time and single agents, often too busy to handle your needs in a timely manner, our DREAM Team works together, combining our talents, strengths & resources to deliver to your highest expectations. Scroll down to see the process first hand & fill out the questionnaire to get started on this journey!
THAT NEVER FAILS
Here at DREAM, we aim to be transparent so you know exactly what you are signing up for. On this page, we have outlined everything you will need to know on your journey. These are tried and proven action steps that have led our clients to success, bringing them to their DREAM Home and we can't wait to deliver you the consistent results that you deserve!
STEPS TO FIND
As we go through this process to discover all you envision in your DREAM Home, our mission is to empower you every of the way. We help you narrow down your search, giving you more focus so when you see the one, you know it. Now that you have completed the pre-approval process and understand your buying power, our website was designed not only as a platform to prepare you, but also as a searching machine to save your favorite listings and share the properties you are interested in with us. Once you are ready to get started, we're happy to schedule a showing tour with one of our top agents to guide you towards your DREAM Home.
What excites you the most about buying?
What price range is most comfortable?
What is your timeline to move?
What are the things you can't live without?
What is your ideal neighborhood?
Is there a certain lifestyle feature you desire?
DISCOVER & OUTLINE YOUR PRIORITIES
PROPER PREPARATION & STRATEGY
Determine your goals and strategize with the DREAM Team
Gather pre-approval documents
Review purchase contracts in advance to be prepared
List homes you've seen & liked, either sold or available
GET EDUCATED ON THE MARKET
Review our team's analysis of comparable properties
Review preferable contract terms and timelines
Consider schedules and seasonal considerations
Learn local market trends to be one step ahead
Share your vision of a perfect transaction with the team.
SECURE YOUR DREAM
CONTRACTS & DOCUMENTS
Review listings received from the DREAM Team
Rate the listings and share your favorites
Get notified of any off-market properties available
Choose to preview properties in-person or virtually
Schedule showing tour
Meet with one of our top agents to see properties
Discuss pros and cons of each property
Choose your DREAM Home & prepare for offer stage
OFFERS & NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES
Review CMA to establish offer strategy
Present agreed upon terms to seller/agent
Negotiate to your best interests
Choose to secure your DREAM Home
Buyer(s) need to come to an agreement (in writing) regarding the following:
Purchase & Sale
Date of Closing
Date of Possession
*It would be prudent for you to have an attorney review any and all contracts before the deal is finalized. We are here to guide you every step of the way and handle all negotiations on your behalf.
THE CONTINGENCY PROCESS
All parties are notified of the agreed upon offer
Get a copy of the fully executed agreement
Deliver deposit to listing agent's office
Introduce closing & sellers' attorneys to draft P&S
THE INSPECTION REVIEW
Schedule licensed home inspectors as needed
Conduct required inspections incl. mold & pest
List any inspection concerns & address as needed
Renegotiate agreement if necessary
Review Purchase & Sales (P&S)
Sign agreement to be sent for seller's signatures
Deliver 2nd deposit as agreed upon
THE UNDER AGREEMENT PROCESS
All parties are notified of the fully executed P&S
If financing, send any needed documents to your bank
Review down payment amount & closing costs charges
Attend final walk-through a few hours before closing
Transfer utilities to new location on day of closing
Deliver signatures & schedule key delivery
Move in & let us know if you have any questions
Receive a move-in checklist to help you move in faster
ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU & YOUR TRIBE
Our team will stay in touch
Count on us to connect you with anyone you need
Explore investment properties
Connect us with your family, friends (a.k.a your tribe)
Our team will send an email asking for a review
If you own a business, we can help you expand.
When both the buyer(s) and a witness can be present, schedule a final walk-through before you complete settlement in order to determine that the property being conveyed meets the expectations of all parties involved.
MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MOVE & RENOVATIONS
Unless you have already sold your past residence or are buying a second home/investment property, you’ll need to be the “seller” for a current property while simultaneously being the “buyer” for your new one. If possible, schedule both transactions to close at the same time, or else close your purchase shortly after closing your sale. Don't worry we are here to guide you every step of the way.
INFLUENCE THE RESULTS
Many buyers are left without support when services are needed in their home. Our team has worked with hundreds of contractors and we often know just the person you need. From connecting contractors to offering premium services you will only receive by working with our team, we have thought of every detail so you don't have to. Having a hard time envisioning if that first floor bedroom suite can be added? We got you. Need a 3D to help you envision? We pride ourselves in connecting you to the best because the experience in itself matters.
When the location and the lifestyle features offered in a particular property are extremely in demand and hard to come by, buyers often have to work with designers to envision all the possibilities. We can connect you to the professionals we know that can help you bring your DREAM to life. See a quick video of what we have done for one of our listings below.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
There are certain aspects of every piece of real estate that require expert consideration. Our team often shares PDF materials to help you focus on the items that increase the value of your home. We are here to help you understand if an investment is a wise move, and there is no charge for that. We want you to feel like you have a team on your corner, because you do!
WHAT IS A CMA
Why are they important?
A CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) is an estimate of any property value, based on recently sold, similar properties in the immediate area. Our team often relies on a CMA report to help sellers set listing prices for their properties and to help buyers make competitive offers.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
Do their opinions matter?
Statistics show many people are buying multigenerational homes. The main reasons for purchasing a multi-generational home are to care for aging family members, and children or relatives over 18 moving back into the house. Statistics also show homebuyers are purchasing property close to family and friends.
Are they a good thing?
The hottest properties are the ones that sell first, automated systems can be delayed by up to 3 days. If you want to get the home of your DREAMs it is super important to be checking for listings as often as possible so you don't miss your opportunity.
The hottest properties are the ones that sell the fastest. Automated systems can often have outdated data, offer limited fields & even delayed data, making it harder for you to find the one fast enough. Our website was designed to help you check for new listings & price reductions, so you can check as often as you want to. Plus, our team will send you properties of interest to you!
A penny well spent can make a dollar. Every dollar invested wisely, can make a fortune. In the world of real estate, a few extra dollars invested in the right areas, can really turn a no to let's go! If you purchased a property to flip it, or if you are looking to make long term investments to make the property the DREAM Home you know it can become, knowing where your money will make the best impact can make all the difference. Remember to include such essentials as:
Look for comparable properties that offer a similar lifestyle. Location is often seen as most important, but lifestyle can usually top that.
Receive quotes to understand your options. Remember that timelines matter, and the quality of work will attract the most discerning buyers willing to pay whatever you want for your home.
CLIENTS ARE SAYING
One picture is worth a thousand words. To save you some time reading our clients testimonials, we have brought in some of our DREAM clients through video, to share their experience first-hand. Visit our testimonial page to see what our clients are saying when working with our team. We're here to service all your needs, real estate related & beyond!
BUY YOUR HOME
Ready to begin the journey ahead and buy that home you have been thinking about? Our questionnaire can help you get started today. We've done the heavy lifting so you can ask yourself all the right questions. Click on the Buyer Needs Analysis to get started now.