Buyer's Guide

From your initial online searching, to developing your budget, to signing a contract, learn more about the entire home buying process with your Accredited Buyer Representative® ... Susan, Ron & David Pickard - Your Home Team!

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This can be true whether you’ve purchased several homes or you’re preparing to buy for the first time. With the right support system and the help from The Pickard Group, you can make the most informed decisions.

Our guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, we are here to help every step of the way.  It starts with your FREE, home buyer consulatation.

Define Your Goals / Buying Process Overview

Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home will help you make important decisions. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you too. Where do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria. What does "perfect" looks like. We make a plan to get you there!

The Benefits of The Pickard Group

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or just moving down the street — you want a trusted professionals by your side. Working with an experienced team like The Pickard Group can make this process easier, helping guide you through the home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing matters and more. We have your best interests at heart and can ease some of your stress to make it go as smoothly as possible.

Determine Your Financial Standing

Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you to determine your buying power, how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. We have a referral network of mortgage professionals to help you get started understanding your situation and provide you a mortgage pre-approval.

Make an Offer

Once you find a home you’re interested in, we will negotiate the offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll make an earnest money payment and be officially under contract. During the due-diligence period between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, your attorney can help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract. We will also help guide you through the appraisal and inspection processes.

Close on Your Home

This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. Prior to closing, we will do a final walk-through at the home and provide you with a moving checklist. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.


Home Buying Process Flow Chart

As Accredited Home Buyer Representatives (ABR) Susan, Ron & David Pickard are focused on getting you great results - helping you find the best home at the best price! The home buying process is complicated, with many people involved. Our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible!! Contact us today for you home buyer consultation. Office: 847-955-9290

Home Buying Flowchart

The Tools to Help You Find Your Home

Once we’ve helped you define your home search goals and you have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! Our local knowledge, insights into current market conditions, and MLS search tools will help move you through the home buying  process sucessfully!

Find a Home Using Our Interactive Map Search

We know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Use the map search available on our website to view homes located in or near the area you love.

Get to Know the Neighborhood

Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more.

Create an Account on Our Website

Sign up for an account on our website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more!

Download Our RE/MAX Mobile App

Available for iOS and Android devices, our app brings the same experience found on our website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go!

Contact Us to Learn More.

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