1.  Choose the right agent…choose Evers & Co. Real Estate | A long & Foster Company

The right agent is one who will give the best quality service and market information.  This real estate professional should be a person with whom you have rapport and can count on for consistent and thorough attention throughout the purchase process.

2. Make your wish list

Your wish list should include all the home and neighborhood features that are important to you.  Take your time with this.  The more thorough and detailed your list is, the more relevant information your agent can gather for you and the more focused your search will be.  Throughout the home search, your agent will be a valuable and knowledgeable guide and advisor.  Ask us anything; we’re here to help you.

3. Get your financing lined up

Your Evers & Co. agent will put you in touch with lenders who offer a variety of competitive programs and rates.  When you choose the mortgage loan officer you want to work with, you can meet with that person and get loan approval (contingent upon appraisal of the property you choose). This approval or pre-qualification raises your value as a buyer in the eyes of sellers.

4.  Communication is the key 

 Throughout the home search process and escrow period, it’s important for you and your agent to have open communication.  After you’ve visited a number of properties with your agent, you may change your mind completely about the kind of home or neighborhood you’re looking for.  This is not against the law.  But be sure to tell your agent about any changes in your preferences or goals as you go along.

5.  The Contract

As you find the right property, your agent will meet with you to write the offer.  Be frank and thorough about what you want to include in the offer, including price, contingencies and settlement date.  Don’t worry about having to know everything, you won’t. But that’s why you have a good agent at your side.

6. The Contract Presentation

The minute you sign the contract offer, your agent will register with the listing agent and ask for a prompt presentation, in person, with the seller.  Remember, your agent makes the presentation, not you.  The seller will accept the offer, refuse the offer, or counter the offer.  If the seller counters your offer then it is your turn to respond.  Your agent will be available to provide you with information and advice every step of the way* until contract ratification when both parties reach agreement in writing.   (*please refer to the section on buyer representation)

7. Contingencies and the escrow period

The first steps you’ll take after ratification are to satisfy any contingencies in the contract including the inspection and financing contingencies.  Your agent will give you the names of inspectors to choose from; you will probably already have chosen a lender.  Next, you’ll choose a settlement attorney from the list of well-qualified people your agent will provide for you.  Remember what your high school teacher told you, “the only bad question is the one you didn’t ask”.  So, fire away; your agent is there to assist you with the information that is important to you.

8. Settlement

This is when the deed and money change hands.  Don’t be nervous.  Your agent will be there to see that everything gets done and goes smoothly.

9. After the sale

Feel free to call us anytime.  Our Evers & Co. Resource List is available to you by phone (202-364-1700) or (202-464-8400) each weekday from 9—5.  It’s our way of saying thanks for putting your confidence and trust in us.