buying your HOME


Buying a home doesn’t have to be a difficult process.  Let us help you by providing the answers to your most common questions.  Many of our clients have us help them with questions relating to the home buying process. 


To assist in this process, we’ve come up with a comprehensive 8 step process that will help you buy your new home. 

Select a Realtor®

The terms Agent, Broker and Realtor® are often used interchangeably – But have very different meanings. In Colorado a person must be licensed in order to sell Real Estate. Standards set by the State cover the minimal education, examinations and experience needed to become licensed. After receiving a real estate license, some Agents join their Local and National “Board of Realtors”, the world’s largest professional trade association. 
A Real Estate agent can be called a Realtor® only after joining the Association and subscribing to a strict “Code of Ethics” (which goes well beyond state law). It is through the Realtor Association that the Agent agrees to collectively share the information on all houses listed for sale. This is done through the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. 

Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

The process of buying a home starts with determining your buying power: that is, your cash available plus your borrowing capacity. Unless you are an all cash buyer, you will need a “financial partner” also known as a MORTGAGE LENDER, to provide the funds you don’t have to purchase your new home

This is a vital step in the buying process – often, the difference between having your offer accepted or rejected. It is our policy for each Buyer to obtain a “Pre-Approval” letter from a reputable Mortgage Lender which will be included with any purchase offer you wish to submit on a home. We will assist you in this process. 

Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for the perfect starter house, or a seasoned pro trading up to your Custom Mountain dream home, you are probably asking the same questions: Can I afford this? And is this the right move at the right time? 

As a first step, we will ask you a series of questions such as: your available cash reserves, income, current debt, cash to be freed up on the sale of your existing home, employer provided allowances for moving costs, and so on.

In this way, we can provide you with a good estimate of your purchasing power and recommend you to a mortgage lender most suited to help you whether you require: FHA, VA, Jumbo, Conventional, or a first time home buyer program. We will do this for you whether you are Credit Perfect or Credit Challenged!


Prepare Your “Wish List” 

The one common starting point we have for working with all buyers is to receive from you a description of the home you would most like to have (within the constraints of your financial capability).

Tell us your wants and needs for the home which ideally you would like to find.

We want you to tell us what you consider important!

Consider many factors including: 

  • price of home; 
  • size of home; 
  • number of bedrooms and bathrooms; 
  • garage size; 
  • lot size; 
  • commuting time to work place; 
  • access to recreational activities; 
  • age of home; 
  • time until you plan to move in; 
  • neighborhood conditions; 
  • style of home: contemporary, traditional, ranch, 2-story; 
  • length of time you expect to live in this new home; 
  • new home versus previously owned home, etc.

This is an excellent opportunity to get input from all your family.

We will use this as my starting point to help you locate the house which most closely meets your requirements. We will also use this as a basis to make you aware of some features, which may be unique to the Area’s homes and neighborhoods, which you may find desirable.

It’s important for us to know what you are looking for.

Visit Properties 

Within a few days after receiving your “Wish List”, we will prepare a report for you of all homes that most closely match your “Wish List.” 
Included in this report will be maps specific to the area where the homes are located. 
After getting feedback from you on which homes appeal to you, we will schedule appointments to personally visit the selected homes. 
Please keep in mind that in today’s market good homes, well priced in a good location, seldom last more than 2-3 weeks on the market. We will get daily reports on homes matching your criteria as they become available. You will be notified immediately as particular homes meeting your needs come to our attention. 

Learn About the Neighborhood

Once you have visited a variety of properties and decided which properties you feel you would like to make an offer on, we will prepare a report for you on the neighborhood for that home which can include: 

  • Neighborhood demographics 
  • Public and private schools 
  • Average home values, past sales 
  • Schools

Make an Offer 

In Colorado, licensed Real Estate Agents are authorized by the Colorado Real Estate Commission to prepare contracts to purchase real estate if the forms used are approved by the Real Estate Commission.

Once you decide which house you wish to place an offer on, you will have many decisions to make including: 

  • Purchase price you wish to offer 
  • Financing terms, cash down payment, earnest money deposit, type of loan, interest rate, pre-approval letter 
  • Time period for inspection of property 
  • Time period for appraisal of property by your lender 
  • Time period to review title opinion of property 
  • Contingencies you wish to include 
  • Time period for loan approval 
  • Setting the date and time of closing 
  • Presenting the offer to Sellers 
  • Negotiating and finalizing any terms and conditions which the Sellers may wish to modify from the original offer presented to them through a counter-offer

Through this entire process of preparing, offering and negotiating the Purchase Offer, we will work closely with you to maintain timely responses and provide market savvy answers to questions as they come up.

Due Diligence

Now that you have a negotiated agreement, the clock starts running for many items needed to meet the requirements of the agreement and your protection. We will assist you finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. 
Specifically, you will want to have an inspection of the property for such things as: the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems, the foundation, walls, flooring and windows. You will want to see a preliminary report of title on the property to determine any easements or issues of title. Your mortgage lender will require an independent appraisal of the property. 
Any problems noted during the inspection are subject to additional negotiations between you and the Sellers. We will help facilitate this process. If you are not comfortable with the inspection resolution with the Seller, you will have the right to terminate the contract, if acted upon in a timely manner. 

Closing and Possession 

Closing on the property is usually handled by the title company which issued the title opinion. We will be with you to provide answers and assistance for you during this process which usually takes from 30-90 minutes. We will be sure to review all settlement statements with you as buyer for accuracy and reasonableness. 
Time of possession is established at the time of negotiating the original offer. In Colorado, it is customary for the Buyer to take possession at closing or up to 2 days after closing. 

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“Paulette handled two property sales for me and produced amazing results, selling both properties in less than a month from the date they were listed. She is an experienced, knowledgeable and detail oriented real estate broker and would be an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Denver.” – M. Keating
“Paulette is an excellent real estate broker, and demonstrates a high level of commitment to her clients and helping them to achieve their goals, whether buying or selling. You can expect her to be diligent in her duties, and that she will carry out her tasks with a high level of integrity and ethics. She also listens well and is fun to work with. She is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to sell real estate, buy real estate, or both, in the Denver Metro area.” – B. Gardner

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