Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions




Don't quit your job

Don't change your job

Don't get a promotion

Don't buy any large ticket items (like five dollars or more!)

Don't Make David Copperfield deposits (all funds need to be traceable)

Don't talk to Sellers directly (loose lips sink ships)

Not getting a gift letter and a bank statement for funds

Not telling the person who is giving you the gift that you will probably need a gift letter and some proof (usually a bank

statement) that they had the money to give

Not telling me if you are allergic to animals

Not being completely honest with the lender about child support, alimony, wage garnishments or any other payroll reduction

Making a major purchase (like $5.00 or more),

Getting advice from a buying committee that has not purchased in the last year (the rules change almost daily)

Waiting to see everything else that is on the market

Don't trash the property in front of the owners

Calling the other agent on "For Sale" signs

Attending open houses and new construction without me

Not telling me if you have a house to sell

Delaying paperwork because you are irritated by the frequency and number of request from the Mortgage Company

Finding a lender on the internet that offers a 0.001 interest rate

Not realizing it is possible to find what you are looking for the very first day you go out (this happens more than you think)

Going home to sleep on it (in a hot market, if you sleep on it, you might not get to sleep in it)

Waiting to find the absolute PERFECT house. You will always be limited by income, zoning, inventory at the time, and/or legislation and or property taxes.

80/10/10 Rule If you find a house that has 80% of what you are

looking for, 10% of things you can change and 10% of things you can live with, it's a keeper.

Do not co-sign for even a candy bar!

Don't schedule a vacation before we close (especially a cruise)

Don't order Direct TV, Cable, Telephone or any utility that will pull a credit report unless you want to write a letter of explanation about the credit report to the mortgage company

Don't change your name during the mortgage process

Not being up front with your loan officer (hiding information)

Not realizing the clock starts ticking from the time the loan officer get the contract, not the date it was written)

Need a letter of explanation

Unreasonable expectations

Not getting a home warranty

Giving away your negotiation power by speaking in the house

(always assume you are being recorded)

Posting your real estate thoughts on social media sites (If you are savvy, this can easily be viewed)

Not getting a home inspection

Not being FULLY approved BEFORE you go looking (nothing hurts as much as finding the house you love and you lose it when

someone else beats you to it because you were not completely


Believing what you see on HGTV and reality television (the majority of that stuff is scripted)

Not shopping the good faith estimate

Not telling me what is MOST important to you

Calling at the very last minute to cancel appointments

Finding a lender on the internet that offers a 000000.1 interest rate and is from outside of the area

Using a 100% Online Lender

Not using an Attorney that SPECIALIZES in Real Estate

Not using name on drivers license for mortgage docs (use Jr. and

Sr. if required)

Not telling your lender if you loose your job before you close

Do not go window shopping and let people pull your credit

If it can't be written on the front page of the contract because its being done "under the table", it is probably mortgage fraud

Do not look at a short-sale if you need to move immediately

Do not consider a short-sale if you need to be in control of the


Dying before the transaction closes (this really messes things up, BIG TIME! Please don't die before the closing...




 How long does the buying process take?

 How many properties does the typical buyer look at?

 When should I make an offer?

 How much should I offer?

 Should I lock in my interest rate or should I float?

 When will I get the keys?

 What happens at the closing?

 Is the closing date on my contract guaranteed?

 How much earnest money should I put down?

 What happens to my earnest money?

 Will I get my earnest money back if the contract is not accepted?

   What is the process to get my earnest money back if the contract is accepted and the home inspection finds an issue?

 How often do you find the perfect property on the first day (80-10-

10 rule)

 Is there anything I should not do during the house hunting process

 What is the likelihood of a multiple offer situation?

 What monies will I need to come in with?

 How long does the home inspection take?

 Do I really need a home inspector?

 Can you recommended an attorney, home inspector or a lender?






   You will not be told how much money to bring to closing until the day of your closing and many times only hours or minutes before the closing

 The dates on your contract will change, perhaps multiple times

 You will become anxious or nervous

   You will become irritated or annoyed about frequent and last minute paperwork request with seemingly impossible deadlines

   The buyer will negotiate 2-5 times on this transaction. They will negotiate the purchase price, the inspection, potentially the

appraisal, the final walk-thru

   You will want to tell your friends and family about your experience on social media sites - Don't!

   The Mortgage company will most likely pull another credit report on you days before or even the day of your closing






   The date on the contract will most likely change, it is a guesstimate and subject to many variables (attorneys timetable)

 The property might not appraise at what you are buying it for

 Agent will miss shown appointments and not call or show up

 Appointments will be made and cancelled at the last minute

   The agent on the sign will be in witness protection and not return any phone calls

   Some showings will last about five minutes and some showings will last 3 hours

   There will be a day when I call you and say someone wants to see your house, and you are going to ask me when. And I will say: "pull back the curtains, they are sitting outside now"!

   I am going to call you 3 minutes before your showings and cancel, sometimes it may be 20 minutes’ after

 Agents are going to make appointments at the very LAST


   Agents are going to knock on your door or even drive by, see you in the yard and ask if can they see you house (if this happens, call me)

 Expect lots of lowball offers (at least it is a starting point)