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A Timeline for Buying a Home in : What Should Be Done And When

Posted by Craig Summers on January 8, 2016
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One of the most confusing things about a home buying is what you are supposed to do and when. It can be difficult to pinpoint an exact time-frame for home buying since it can vary depending on the market. Generally, you can expect it to take about 3 to 4 months to find your dream home in Dallas. This timeline is based on that time frame.

Three Months

Come up with a checklist of things tasks to be completed in the home buying process. This checklist should include all the steps you need to take from educating yourself about the real estate transaction to shopping for the home to the closing. The checklist will serve as your guide throughout the home buying process.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a price range to work with throughout the home buying process. Make sure that you are getting pre-approved and not pre-qualified.

Start shopping for a real estate agent to assist your home buying. Real estate agents can be invaluable when looking for your home, we will help in letting you know what the next step in the buying process is, and what you need to do so that you can be in your dream home as soon as possible. Feel free to visit me at my website to learn what you need to do to start finding you perfect home in

Come up with a list of things you need and want from a home. Your real estate agent will be able to help you find homes that fall within your criteria. This is a very important step because with a solid idea of what you want in a home I will be able to show you only houses that you are truly interested in instead of having to wade through the thousands of homes in that don’t quite fit your criteria.

Two Months

Evaluate the houses in that you are considering. Work with your real estate agent to come up with a method to scorecard or analyze the houses that you are strongly thinking about purchasing.

Decide which home you would like to purchase. Make an offer to the seller on the home. Once you make an offer it is wise to stop shopping around for homes. The worst thing that can happen is that you find a home you think you like better than the one you’ve made an offer on.

Once the seller has accepted your offer and you have signed the sales contract, have the home inspection completed.

Make arrangements for the closing.

Six Weeks

Purchase homeowners insurance and provide proof of the policy to your lender. This must be done prior to closing.

Make your moving arrangements. This can be an exiting experience especially since you are moving to don’t forget to enjoy it.

If necessary, begin the process for school transfers or registration.

Four Weeks

Alert necessary parties of your change in address. You can also have your mail forwarded through the postal service by putting in a request at your local post office.

Make arrangements for utilities at your new home. If you will be working with the same providers you can simply put in a request to have your services transferred at a certain date.

Two Weeks

If you are having your items professionally moved, verify the arrangements with your mover.

Check with your lender to finalize the mortgage for the home buying process.

Pack your belongings unless you have arranged a full pack and move with the mover.

Closing Date

Bring your driver’s license for identification purposes. Your down payment is due at this time. Also bring any home buying closing costs that you are responsible for paying.

Keep in mind that this is a general home buying timeline. You can adjust the time depending on how long it takes you to find a home you like.

At Atlanta Northwest Realty’s Paulding & Polk Team we take great care to make sure you are aware of the steps it takes to get you into your dream home, and work to make these steps as easy on you as possible. There is a lot of free information available to you about buying, selling or investing in real estate. For complete information about the real estate market including current homes for sale, property values and more please visit the most complete website online dedicated to everything real estate at Please feel free to contact me with any of your real estate or mortgage related questions and I will be more than glad to answer your questions. Call me on my cell at 404 374 1620 or email me at

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