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How to Buy a Home in One Year: A Step-by-Step Guide

Let’s start the new year off right. If you’ve been dreaming of a new home, it’s time to get started. Here’s a month-by-month guide to planning for and buying a new home. It’s about time to set your new year’s resolution, right?

January: Brush Up on Your Market Knowledge

Woman typing on a laptop with a paper pad and pen sitting next to her on the desk.The best way to get started? Brush up on your real estate knowledge. Scour the market with a fine-tooth comb. Check out things like current inventory in your city, average sales prices, and the listing-to-sales-price ratio.

This research will help you familiarize yourself with the market.

February: Address Your Budget

Let’s finalize our budget shall we? The easiest way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Meet with a lender (let us know if you’d like a recommendation) to review your finances. The lender will go over your financial history and then let you know what the bank is willing to lend you.

Now you have an idea of what your mortgage will be and what you can afford in a home.

March: Find Your Perfect Location

A park full of bright trees, each at a different stage in the fall process (one is red, one yellow, and one green).Do some soul searching. Where will you be happiest? Explore locations based on their job market, housing affordability, and overall quality of life. The goal is to narrow down your search to one city.

If you have the means, try to take some time off to go and visit a few cities. Once you find a city, it’s time to narrow your search down even further by pinpointing specific areas or neighborhoods that will best meet your needs.

April: Find the Right Agent

Find the right real estate agent to help you buy a home. Trust us: they’ll save you time, money, and more than a few headaches.

If you need any recommendations, let us know. We have more than a few ideas.

May: Define Your Dream Home

Luxurious living room with winding staircase, bright furniture, and hanging light fixtures.Now is the fun part! Start putting together a list of everything you want in your dream home. We recommend starting by defining your “must-have” features. Think of the things in your home you can’t live without. That’s a great place to start.

It’s also important to know the difference between “must-have” (i.e. you need 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) and “nice-to-haves” (it would be nice to have granite countertops but you can also live without them.)

June-July: Begin Searching

Use a handy home search tool like ours to begin browsing homes for sale in your target area. Once you find a home that you like, it’s time to schedule a tour.

Private home tours are often better than traditional open houses because you have more time to walk through the home, without the pressure of competing with other potential buyers.

At some point in your home-search journey, you’re likely to come across at least one home that calls your name.

August: Fall in Love and Make an Offer

Bright dining room with hardwood floor, small black table, modern decor, and a ceiling fan.You’ve found the one; now make an offer!

Work closely with your agent to compare recently sold homes in the area and craft the perfect offer.

Ask your agent for their advice—like whether or not they think the price is right for this home, as well as what other contingencies you might want to include in your offer. This is when your real estate agent will prove truly valuable: they’ll be able to provide useful insight in order to help you get the home of your dreams for the best possible price.

September: Schedule All the Things

Let’s get down to business. It’s time to negotiate with the seller, schedule an inspection, have your real estate agent complete any renegotiations (based on that inspection), and get the home appraised by a professional.

You’ll also have to take care of some more paperwork to finalize your mortgage loan.

October – December: Let’s Start Closing

Two adults reaching over a table to shake hands.Next, you’ll start the closing process.

Buckle up, because we’re in it for the long haul! Here’s where you’ll finalize your mortgage approval (this requires a ton of paperwork) and meet with an attorney to set closing dates and sign paperwork prior to closing. This is also the time when you’ll review closing fees and the exact monthly costs for your home.

At the end of it all comes the close. You’ll pay the remaining closing fees, sign all the paperwork, and collect your keys Congratulations! You just bought a home.

Ready to Begin?

We’re ready to help. Give us a call today to get started.

beautiful spacious living room with floor to ceiling windows.

Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Buy Real Estate in Wintergreen

If you’re in the market for a home with mountain views, and resort-style amenities then it is time to look into the real estate options in Wintergreen Resort.

Discover the luxury lifestyle this community has to offer, and find out why now is a great time to purchase a home in Wintergreen.

1. An Award-Winning Lifestyle in Wintergreen

tennis ball on a court with a net in the background.Wintergreen Resort has received numerous accolades throughout the years for their beautiful location, and four-season amenities. Some of the prestigious awards include Best Spa and Best Ski Resort award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine.

The resort also features top-rated tennis programs, which has received awards from Tennis Magazine and Tennis Resorts Online. Discover the rest of the award winning amenities that Wintergreen has to offer.

Want to be minutes from Wintergreen’s slopes and spas? Learn more about what Trillium Place has to offer.

2. Exciting Annual Events For All Ages

red, white, and blue fireworks at night.There’s always something new and fun to do when you live in Wintergreen. Celebrate holidays and special events with your family and friends year round in this bustling community.

You can kick off the Fall season with pumpkin carving or experience what Mardi Gras is like in the Virginia countryside! Wintergreen also celebrates holidays like the Fourth of July with dazzling fireworks, and the Christmas season with story time by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Searching for a condo with views of Devil’s Knob Golf Course? Explore what life is like in Stone Ridge!

3. Plenty of Real Estate Options To Choose From

real estate option in wintergreen with mountain views.Townhomes, condos, detached homes, attached homes, and buildable lots await you at Wintergreen Resort. With a variety of real estate options to call home, you are sure to find the perfect place to take in the beautiful  scenic views.

Many of these properties are even located on lots that are golf-front, ski-front, or right on the edge of an incredible mountain view. If you’re looking for a home that is maintenance free, Wintergreen offers that luxury amenity as well!

Desire a condo that is maintenance free? Enjoy a worry free lifestyle in North Ridge.

Enjoy Breathtaking Views Right Outside Your Door

As your Wintergreen Resort experts, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Whether you are considering buying a Wintergreen property or just want to look at available listingscontact us for any of your real estate needs. We look forward to guiding you to the perfect property that is just right for you.