Ok, home-shoppers!  We found some help for the first time home-buyers.  When it comes to buying a home there is a lot to understand.

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Considering all the terms and timelines in the home buying process, it might seem like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but a good Realtor can help smooth out that rocky road!

Here are 10 terms to familiarize yourself with:

1: Offer

This agreement between a buyer and seller to purchase real estate is also known as a sales contract.

2: Contingent

This is when a seller accepts a buyers offer though there are certain items the final sale is contingent upon.  Contingencies may include home inspections, appraisals, and mortgage approval.

3: Closing Costs

These fees come with the finalization of a real estate transaction, and may be covered by the buyer, seller, or both.

4: Earnest Money

This money is paid by the buyer to show good faith in a real estate transaction.  It may be held in a trust or escrow account during the closing process.

5: Home Inspection

You’ll want to ensure the home of your dreams can live up to your expectations!  Get a qualified home inspector to help make sure you don’t find any surprise issues.

6: Title

A property title tells the story of ownership for the property, and is filed in the home county.  You’ll work with a title company to ensure the title is transferred smoothly from seller to buyer.

7: Appraisal

An appraisals will help determine an approximate current market valuation for your potential property.

8: Insurance

If you’re taking out a mortgage it’s required, and unless you can front the cash value of your property in a bad situation, you’ll want it.  Shop around for homeowner’s insurance, and make sure you’re covered.

9: Signing

You’ll head over to the title office to sign all the papers for the transfer of your new place!

10: Recording

Following recording of the title to the county, ownership is officially transferred!

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