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Many of our clients start by searching the internet using the search term “REALTORS near me.” We’ve found that what clients and consumers want is the best local Indianapolis real estate agents.
In a world where big box real estate sites dominate search engines, it is becoming more and more apparent that while some of the portal sites are popular destinations for the beginning of a home search, buyers eventually want to talk to a local expert.
Our trusted, professional REALTORS® constantly keep track of the local markets in Metro Indy, Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield, Danville, Geist, McCordsville, and Greenwood so you don’t have to.
As a buyer or seller in Indianapolis, it is imperative that you rely on a site you can trust for the most up-to-date, accurate data to make the best-informed decision about a sale or purchase.Start your Home Search Here
Setting a Budget
Before the house hunting process begins, it is important to know how much you can afford. Expenses to consider include the down payment, monthly expenses, property taxes and any home insurance costs. These will all have to be considered before the home buying process begins as they are typically included in your new monthly payment. Since a person’s credit score determines their interest rate, knowing your score ahead of time can help you decide if now is a good time to buy or not. An individual’s debt-to-income ratio must also fall within acceptable limits of the home’s cost. Once you have determined these things, and if you feel that your budget has enough room to afford a new home, then its time to begin the home buying process!
When looking for a loan, be sure to get more than one loan quote to get the best interest rate and loan terms for your mortgage. Different banks and companies will offer different loan origination fees and by shopping around you can often times save yourself a lot of money. Be sure to also check your loan officers website for testimonials and information. A good loan officer will offer you many online resources and tools. Before you lock in your rate, be sure to check the daily rate with the rate your loan officer gives you to ensure you are getting the lowest rate possible. Interest rates will determine how much a mortgage will cost each month and come in fixed or adjustable terms. Mortgage lengths can range from 15 years to 30 years with some loan providers now offering 40 year mortgages as well. The longer the repayment term, the lower the payments will be. However, the interest accrued will also be higher on a longer loan.
Offer & Negotiations
There is an art to making an offer on a home. Typically, sellers place their home’s value a little higher than their desired price. A buyer will send in a lower bid, in a reasonable range, and the seller will counter with an offer somewhere in the middle. I will be watching for signs of problems in the home and will make suggestions to you regarding the offer. Listen closely and be sure to ask questions, as your offer is an important part of buying a home. You want to make sure all of your bases are covered. That’s where having me as your Buyer’s Agent is most valuable so your rights and interests are protected. With my experience on your side, I will be able to help you negotiate a lower price that sometimes includes concessions or closing costs and avoid homes that have problems. My job is to protect YOU in the contract.
Escrow and Closing Costs
Before the home is legally transferred to you, the closing process must occur. During this phase, you will sign all of the mortgage documents, pay closing costs, and sign various other legal documents. I will be there to help you through it all. Once all of the papers are signed and monies are transferred, the keys to your new home are yours! The only thing left to do is move into your humble abode. This may occur immediately after the closing or at the date set in the closing documents.
Better Home Search
My website has the best online tools to search for your home! In fact, it’s even better than Zillow, Trulia and the many other real estate websites out there because my site is directly connected to the local MLS! What does that mean for you? Accuracy and Advantage! When you search homes here, you get the most up to date homes and properties available with the most accurate information! AND, if you sign up for Deal Alerts, you will get alerted of NEWEST Property matches & Price Changes BEFORE any other site has them! First, start by trying one of the Search tools in the menu at the top of the site. Try the Advanced search to choose specific options & customize your results based on all of the things you wish for in your new home. Second, Save your Search and you will be set up for auto alerts when a new home hits the market that matches! You can also try the Map search which offers a unique perspective by allowing you to use the polygon tool on the side to create boundaries on a map around the areas you want to live in. Already know the address of the property you want? Try the Address Search. OR if you have the property ID you can use the Listing Search to search by MLS#. Find a home you like? Simply click on the Schedule a showing button and send me an alert. I will schedule the time and confirm with you once it is set up! Once you have started searching, be sure to check out your My Account page so you can manage your Saved Searches & Favorite properties. The My Account feature has a ton of great tools designed to cater directly to you and provide you with a home-buying experience. And it’s Mobile friendly!
Lenders normally require that you insure your home. Home Insurance Policies cover the costs to fix any damages that might occur to the home. The price of this insurance is dependent on a home’s age, location and value and the insurance company you choose. Be sure to call around and get several quotes or ask me for a list of vendors I work with. Insurance agents will oftentimes be able to take your information over the phone and get back to you the same day with a quote. Once you choose a company to insure your new home, the cost of that policy is normally added into your closing costs and sent into an escrow account to be paid to the insurance company directly the first year.
Getting a home inspection is a vital part of the home buying process. These inspections ensure that the home’s foundation, ceiling, heating, electrical system, walls, plumbing and entryways are up to certain standards. Sometimes the bank will require a home inspection however; many times they leave it to the buyer to purchase their own. It is extremely important to protect yourself by getting a home inspection right away. You typically have 10 days from an accepted offer to get the home inspected. Many buyers have been saved from disaster by taking the time to spend the extra $200 – $400 to get a home inspection only to find out the house has major problems allowing them to back out of the contract before it is too late. If you need help finding a Home Inspector, ask me! I can give you recommendations for many service providers that I work with all the time!
See what my clients are saying:
Thank you for working so hard for us
It was truly a treat working with you. Thank you for working so hard for us. We love our new place!
You exceeded my expectations
I would like to thank you for making the experience easy. You exceeded my expectations. Finding the right home, I feel, was the hardest part. Once we did that, you took control. Which was great. I didn’t have to do anything. The reason I chose you was because when we started this whole process a couple of YEARS ago, you were wonderful then and we always knew we would come back to you. We trusted you and we liked your attitude, positivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I don’t have a single complaint about you or the process. You had a good team of inspectors and homeowners insurance people who where efficient and easy to work with. I will always recommend you. YOU ROCK!
We chose you because of your professionalism & the Builder Trade-In program
Just a quick note to thank you for all your hard work selling our home. Monique and I had thousands of Realtors to choose from, but we selected you and your team in large part because of your professionalism and the Builder Trade-In program. That program did two things for us that no other Realtor offered and it was the key in our ability to purchase our new DR Horton home.
Very helpful & attentive to detail
Curtis is very helpful & attentive to detail. He helped me in the search for my home and I’d highly recommend him!
Our home sold in 24 hours!
My husband and I were on the fence about looking for a new home and selling ours. Curtis was SO patient with me as I would excitedly look at a home, say I wanted to make an offer and then change my mind, over and over. When we did finally find the house, he walked us through the whole process. When it came time to put ours on the market, he gave his honest opinion and what we needed to do to sell our home and our home sold in 24 hours! Curtis has an amazing way with people. He will be honest with you and he will work hard for you, when you find your dream home. There’s a lot of realtors out there, but do yourself a favor and call Curtis.