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REALTORS® advocate for private property rights and fought to preserve the mortgage interest deduction – saving homeowners an average of $3,000 per year.

Buying and selling a home is the biggest financial transaction of your life.

If you’re like many buyers and sellers in Northeast Ohio, you’ll start your home search online. But acquiring your dream home involves more than seeing it online and moving in.

Many people don’t realize that real estate transactions are fraught with ups and down, ins and outs, and potential pitfalls.

REALTOR® representation during this process is incredibly important.

There are about 200 actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction. Depending on the transaction, some may take minutes, hours, or even days to complete.


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Why is buying and selling real estate full of challenges?

Buying or selling a home is a legal transaction that involves official documents, disclosures, a mortgage loan, and more.  Unless you’re involved with real estate transactions every day, there’s probably quite a bit you don’t fully understand.

But thankfully, this is where a licensed REALTOR® can help.  Check out some of the steps involved with buying and selling real estate.

Step 1 – Knowing When You’re Ready

Buying a home is so grown-up and impressive, but there are a few things you should think about before you start telling everyone how grown up and impressive you are. You’ll need to consider your budget and what you need from your next home.

Step 2 – Mortgage Lending 101

Unless you have a boatload of cash under your mattress, buying a home usually costs more money than you currently have. You’ll need a competitively-priced loan.  Everyone has different mortgage priorities like flexibility, low monthly payments or payments that don’t increase. Make sure you speak with a mortgage lender.

Step 3 – The Search

You’re really doing it! You know what you can afford and you’ve got your pre-approval letter. But before you buy the home of your dreams, you’ve gotta find it first.  You’ll want to consider factors such as location, house type, square footage and more.

Step 4 – The Offer

Here you are, ready to make an offer on your home! And since you’re about to part with an insane amount of money, you’ll need to work closely with your REALTOR® to negotiate the best price.

Step 5 – Closing the Sale

There is nothing more awesome than taking ownership of your new dream home. But before you do that, you better loosen up your writing hand. Did someone say paperwork?


Learn More: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling with a REALTOR®

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Agents who are REALTORS® are professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and adhere to a strict code of ethics. Not every real estate licensee holds REALTOR® membership. A REALTOR® reflects the level of skill, knowledge and attention to detail required in today’s real estate transaction, underscoring the importance of having help and guidance from someone who fully understands the process. The bottom line: REALTORS® bring value to a transaction!