Did you know that every state approaches the home buying process a little differently? Luckily, the North Carolina home buying process is one of the most buyer friendly in the United States.
Our Beverly-Hanks agents are uniquely equipped with evaluation techniques and market analysis tools to help you research and confidently answer all of your real estate questions. But before you get started, it’s best to fully understand the North Carolina home buying process.
Here’s a complete guide for how to buy a home in North Carolina in 12 easy steps.
1. Reach out to Your REALTORⓇ
Are you looking for a second home, retirement community, new build, urban condo, or traditional single-family home? Whatever the case, there’s an agent out there who knows more about those kinds of listings than his or her peers. At beverly-hanks.com, you can filter our agents by specialty, designations, neighborhoods, and interests. Beverly-Hanks’ agent profiles allow you to get to know our agents before you even make contact.
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2. Determine Your Needs and Priorities
A successful real estate buying experience is dependent upon a proactive relationship with your Beverly-Hanks agent. Be ready for a lot of questions. There simply is no better way to learn about your needs and priorities. We’ll ask you about your favorite features, home style, accessibility, acreage, privacy, proximity to town, and much more. After all, our goal is to help you find the perfect property for you.
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3. Get Pre-approved for Your Mortgage
Set yourself up to be the strongest buyer in competition for your dream home—someone the home seller can’t help but say “yes” to. Get pre-approved for your home loan. To a seller, a lender’s pre-approval letter is considerably stronger than a pre-qualification letter. If a seller knows your financing is secure, your offer is taken more seriously. In a strong seller’s market like the one we’re in now, that can make all the difference between having your offer accepted or rejected.
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4. Search for Your Best Home
Not all real estate websites are created equal. At beverly-hanks.com, we provide you with the most complete and accurate real estate information possible. With only a verified email, you have access to the same tools our agents use to price homes, examine trends, and research every property available, including enhanced display of all listings available in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Set up a Beverly-Hanks My Account to begin your informed home search.
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5. Analyze the Listing
Buyers shopping for real estate prefer different information sources during each stage of the home buying process. Beverly-Hanks provides a suite of search and research tools to provide as much or as little assistance as you need. Ask your agent to demonstrate one or all of our complementary tools, including the Market Research Center, Quarterly Market Report, Welcome magazine, and news feeds.
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6. Put in an Offer to Purchase
Priced correctly and marketed aggressively, most homes will draw a timely offer. The proper handling of negotiations can substantially affect your home purchase. Your Beverly-Hanks agent is focused on achieving your real estate goals and ensuring a fluid process along the way. Review with your agent a sample Offer to Purchase and Contract to get a feel for the terms that you and the seller will need to agree upon.
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7. Negotiate with the Sellers
Having your offer accepted is just the beginning of what a full-service real estate firm offers. The services of a Beverly-Hanks agent can help put your mind at ease and bring order to a process that frequently overwhelms even the most organized. Proactive management and attention to detail will help make your purchase efficient and seamless.
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8. Satisfy All Contingencies
Before you invest your hard-earned down payment on a property, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting. Schedule a home inspection, pest inspection, and any other reviews of the property that may be necessary. These inspections will be your responsibility during closing cost discussions unless otherwise negotiated.
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9. Get Your Mortgage Approval
Congratulations! If you were pre-approved for your mortgage in Step 3, you don’t have much to worry about here. Contact Beverly-Hanks Mortgage Services and make sure all the paperwork is in place for your mortgage approval.
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10. Secure Your Title Insurance
When you buy a property, the previous owner conveys the title to you as evidence of your full legal ownership. Occasionally, a hidden defect in the title or a mistake in a prior deed, will, or mortgage may give someone else a legal claim against your property. If such a claim is made, title insurance saves you time and money by covering legal expenses and any claims that arise from issues prior to your ownership.
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11. Go to the Pre-Closing Inspection
Feel strongly about that chandelier in the dining room or the basketball hoop attached to the garage? Don’t skip this step! Walk through the home before your closing to make sure all fixtures are in place unless otherwise negotiated. Check for any substantial damage from the sellers’ move out, and make sure any repairs were made that were discussed in your initial negotiations.
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12. Close on Your New Home!
You did it! Your dream home is all yours. Now, move in and get acquainted with the neighborhood!
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All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about buying a home in NC, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about buying homes and land in Western North Carolina.
22 Responses to “How to Buy a Home in NC in 12 Easy Steps”
My wife and I are trying to find our first home but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest prioritizing what you want in the house so you are ready for any questions for the Realtor. I will have to get with my wife and make a list of what’s most important to us. Thanks for the tip!
I am a mortgage lender and I was on here looking for a easy way to explain the buying process to people who have never been through it before. This article did a great job and I like your flow chart.
Thanks, Matt! It’s our goal to help people visualize the process more clearly before they get started.
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Thanks for going over some tips for buying a home. You mentioned that you should negotiate with the sellers to make sure the purchase is seamless. It sounds important to do this in person so that you can do it quickly and effectively.
That’s a good point that homes that are priced correctly draw offers. People want value. I have to move for work, so I’m looking for a home in my new area.
My wife and I want to buy a home this year, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about getting approved for a mortgage first. We’ll be sure to do this so we know exactly how much we can spend on a home.
I really appreciate your advice to get preapproved for a home loan so that a seller will know that you are secure financially. This would probably be really helpful in securing a home in a bidding war. We’ll get pre-approved before we start looking into houses for sale.
You’ve got great tips for buying a home. I love how you said that getting pre-approved for your mortgage is a way to become a strong buyer. My wife and I want to buy a home soon, so we’ll look at getting that done first.
I love the article i learned alot from this keep up the good work!
My wife is so tired of renting and we are thinking of buying a single-family home that we can consider our own. Thanks for pointing out that we have to carefully walk through the home and do a pre-closing inspection to make sure that all fixtures are all in good shape. Moreover, I think I need to look up for a real estate agent to ask some questions regarding new homes that are for sale.
If we can help at all with your home search, please let us know!
Such a wonderful article. It is always recommended to get a home inspection before the closing.
I’m glad to know that there’s an agent out there who knows more than their peers who can help me sort out which homes to look for from the rest that is on sale. I’m trying to look for the best house to move into because I don’t want to live in an apartment anymore, and I want to make sure that the next home that I’m going to live in will be the place where I’ll raise my kids. I think I’ll try to look around to see who I can hire so I’ll have many options to choose from.
I would be delighted to work with you! Give me a call or email
Looking to buy a home in North Carolina
Hi, Lisha – I’m happy to connect you with an agent. What communities are you looking at, and is this the best email to reach you?
Thanks for the great content, I will definitely keep this in mind when buying my next home.
Where do i take my 1st homebuyees classes? Also does mortgage pre-approvals hurt your credit score?
We recommend taking the home buyer course through OnTrack in Asheville – it’s super comprehensive and very helpful. Mortgage pre-approvals should not hurt your credit score, but it’s always a good idea to ask your lender whether it will be a soft hit or a hard hit, just in case.
I like that you mentioned that priorities can help me pinpoint that real estate property that’s perfect for me. One of the things I’d like to be able to do before I reach 40 is to be able to invest in real estate. However, I have quite a limited budget so getting the best value for the money that I can allot for the investment will surely be the way I should go about it.
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. And it’s not just a financial decision; it’s also an emotional one. You’ll need to trust that the real estate agent you’ve chosen will help guide you through this process, because buying a house can be complicated and stressful.