12 Key Steps in the NC Home Buying Process

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Having an experienced professional by your side is the only way to ensure you are making the best decision possible.

Our Beverly-Hanks associates 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.

Every state approaches the home buying process a little differently. The North Carolina process is one of the most buyer friendly in the United States. Here’s a 12-step breakdown of the typical buying process for homes in North Carolina.

12 Key Steps in the NC Home Buying Process

1. Reach out to Your REALTORⓇ

Whether you’re looking for a second home, retirement community, new build, urban condo, or traditional single-family home, 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.

2. Determine Your Needs and Priorities

A successful real estate buying experience is dependent upon a proactive relationship with your Beverly-Hanks associate. 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 to help you find the perfect property for you.

3. Get Preapproved 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 preapproved for your home loan. To a seller, a lender’s preapproval letter is considerably stronger than a prequalification 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.

4. Search for Your Best Home

Not all real estate websites are created equal. At beverly-hanks.com, we provide you 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.

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.

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.

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 associate 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.

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.

9. Get Your Mortgage Approval

Congratulations! If you were preapproved 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.

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 can save you time and money by covering legal expenses and any claims that arise from issues prior to your ownership.

11. Go to the Pre-Closing Inspection

Don’t skip this step! Feel strongly about that chandelier in the dining room or the basketball hoop attached to the garage? 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 seller’s move out, and make sure any repairs were made that were discussed in your initial negotiations.

12. Close on Your New Home!

You did it! Your dream home is all yours. Now it’s just a matter of moving in….


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 the first steps in buying a home, 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.

10 Responses to “12 Key Steps in the NC Home Buying Process”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


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