Buying your first home is an exciting, rewarding, and sometimes confusing process. Fortunately, your REALTOR® can help you throughout your search from finding the right home to negotiating a contract.
Determine what you’ll feel comfortable spending each month as a starting point for setting your price range. Don’t forget to factor in costs like homeowners insurance.
One of the first steps in your home search is to decide what features and amenities to look for. Make sure you know your “must haves”—the criteria you won't compromise on. But don't be surprised if you find yourself bending these “rules” to find the home that's your best fit!
In general, you can negotiate on things like closing costs, inspection costs, or even the sales price of the home itself, but always make sure to talk with your agent about negotiating options first.
When you’re preparing for closing, make sure you set the closing date, meet the conditions of the loan offer, and ensure the title is clean.
Pennsylvania law requires real estate brokers and salespersons (licensees) to advise consumers who are seeking to sell or purchase residential or commercial real estate or tenants who are seeking to lease residential or commercial real estate where the licensee is working on behalf of the tenant of the business relationships permitted by the real estate licensing and registration act. Download the full Consumer Notice.