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Representation

Traditionally, the selling agent's role in a real estate transaction has been to represent the seller. This meant the selling agent owed a fiduciary duty to the seller, not to the buyer! It is possible, however, for the buyer to have representation whereby the selling agent would owe the fiduciary duty to the buyer. Ask your Skyline agent to assist you in making this decision by providing you with the Skyline Properties Buyer's Guide to Agency Representation.

Your Skyline agent is a member of the Multiple Listing Association. This gives the Skyline agent access to information on all the properties offered for sale in the Puget Sound area. Your agent will ensure that you will see all homes in which you are interested, regardless of who has listed the property.

Viewing Properties

Communicate clearly to your Skyline agent your requirements for a new home, the agent will preview properties for you, selecting only those that fulfill your specific needs. If you see a home in an advertisement, either newspaper, magazine, TV or internet - or drive by a home you like, call your Skyline agent for information. He or she can obtain all the information quickly and accurately from the listing broker without subjecting you to "strong arm" sales techniques you might be subjected to if you tried to obtain that information yourself. If you decide to attend an open house held by another Realtor, have a supply of your Skyline agent's cards with you and explain you are working with another Realtor. This will avoid potentially uncomfortable or confusing circumstances.

It's also a good idea to take a Buyer's Check List (see list at the end of page) with you while you are viewing properties. In some cases, you may view so many properties that it becomes difficult to remember the pros and cons of each one. This list, along with additional information provided by your Skyline agent can help you analyze which properties more specifically meet your criteria!

Financing

Before, or shortly after you begin touring prospective properties, you should be Pre-Approved or Pre-Qualified for a mortgage loan. This will help you and your Skyline agent when negotiating, and it could possibly make the difference of getting your offer accepted over others! Many mortgage loan companies will offer you Pre-Approval or Pre-Qualifications over the phone, via e-mail and by appointment. By clicking on the financing link included on this web site, you will find one mortgage company which currently offers this service on line. Your Skyline agent can also recommend a mortgage loan officer or assist you in locating one! This also saves you the time and effort of looking at homes outside of your price range. It is important to note the difference between Pre-Approval and Pre-Qualification. Pre-Approval is an actual mortgage loan approval based upon your credit report, income and assets. A Pre-Qualification is an educated estimate of what you would qualify for based upon non-verified information supplied by you. If at all possible, a Pre-Approval is the better way to go!

Making an Offer

Your Skyline agent will prepare with offer agreement for you and can guide you through the essential details. You will be asked to give a check for "Earnest Money Deposit" at the time the offer is prepared, so be sure to have your checkbook with you. Your Skyline agent will assist you throughout the entire negotiating process.

Closing

The closing agent will prepare the necessary legal documents, including the deed, and call you for an appointment to sign your closing papers. When they call you for this appointment, they should tell you the exact amount you need to bring with you. As a general rule, personal checks are not accepted at closing, so be sure to bring a cashier's check. Once you have signed your closing papers, deposited your funds and the deed is recorded in your name, your Skyline agent can give you the keys to your new home!

Buyer's checklist

Here are a few items you might want to check off as you tour properties,
just attach this check list to the flyer or info your agent provides.
The Home:
Number of Bedrooms: ____________
Number of Baths: _______
Living Room/Dining Room: _______
Fireplaces: _______
Square footage: _______
Comments: __________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
The Grounds:
Acreage/Lot Size: _________
Landscaping/Lawn/Fencing: _________
Zoning: _________
Garden Space: _________
Children's Play Area: _________
Outbuildings: _________
Comments: __________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

The Neighborhood:
City: ________________
School District: __________________________
Shopping: __________________________
Commute Routes/Time: __________________________
Recreation Areas: __________________________
Comments: ___________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
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_____________________________________________________________
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Moving Day Checklist

  • Cancel Route Services: paper, laundry etc
  • Cancel Utilities: get refunds on deposits
  • Return Library Books
  • Letter of recommendation from employers
  • Have car checked and serviced for travel or get Trucks/Moving Vans/Services coordinated
  • School Records or transcripts: ask for transfer copies of children's records
  • Medical/Dental: obtain prescription histories for eyeglasses, x-rays, medications, etc.
  • Assemble moving kit to take with you, pack in an easy to locate area: hammer, screwdriver, pliers, nails, masking tape, tape measure, flashlight, scissors, cleaning supplies
  • Check insurance for move
  • Bank: transfer funds, accounts, empty deposit boxes, change address on accounts
  • Change Address with Post Office, VA, Charge Accounts, Subscriptions, Insurance, etc
  • Obtain Traveler's Checks
  • Plan for Transportation of Pets
  • Leave Old Keys needed by new tenant/owner etc. Do walk through with land lord if previously renting
  • Pack old phone book
  • Don't pack jewelry or important documents - carry them
  • Double check all closets, drawers, storage areas, shelves etc to make sure you've gotten everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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