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Rich Jacobson Logo As a licensed real estate professional here on the Kitsap Peninsula WA, one of the most enjoyable and satisfying experiences is helping First Time Buyers navigate the untraveled waters of real estate, and successfully arrive at their final port of destination, the dream of home ownership. In order to better instruct, equip, and empower my 1st Time Buyer clients, I created this 10-part series, "Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying." It's a fun, entertaining, and informative collection of articles that takes the Buyer through the entire Home Buying process, from start to finish. It helps my Buyer clients to see the big picture, removes much of the mystery of home buying, helps to better prepare them for what lies ahead, as well as anticipate potential challenges along the way. Enjoy!

Adventures in First Time Home Buying

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Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Shopping for a Mortgage Loan

This is the first in an on-going series of articles dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their purchasing goals. Each time, we'll identify and discuss, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. Today’s topic: Mortgage Lending and Loan Pre-Approval The first step in your home-buying adventure should be to find an experienced mortgage loan specialist. Before you start the home-search process, you need to know if you're in a position to p ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Top 10 Traits of a Great Agent

This is the second installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In the last post, we talked about Mortgage Lenders and Loan Pre-Approval. Today’s topic is Top Ten Traits of a Great Real Estate Agent - Part One One of the most satisfying aspects of my career in real estate is helping people achieve su ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Exchanging Your Vows

This is the fourth installment in an on-going series of articles dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. So far in this process, you've selected your Mortgage Lender, determined the loan product you will use and identified the associated price range of homes to fit your budget. Then, you interviewed several candidates and have chosen a great Re ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Do I need $$$ to buy a House?

This is the fifth installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last discussion, we talked about "Exchanging Your Vows" - the importance of committing to your real estate agent and entering into a Buyer's Agency Agreement. This time I want to take a moment and discuss: "What does it cost to buy My ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Top 10 Great Agent Traits Part 2

This is the third installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In the last post, we began to identify the Top Ten Traits of a Great Real Estate Agent. We had discussed the first 5 traits: Advocate; Knowledgeable; Ethical; Accessible; and Communicator. Here then, are the remaining 5 traits: Top Ten Traits ...

Make Them an Offer They can't refuse!

This is the seventh installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their home purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last discussion, we offered some practical advice on what to do when going out to look at potential homes in a post entitled, Tips for Home Tourists. This time we'll talk about the key ingredients to a well-drafted offer in a ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Potential Pitfalls in the 11th Hour

This is the ninth installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their home purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last time together, we talked about the importance and value of conducting a home inspection in a post entitled, "Home Inspection or Home Alone?" Today's topic is: "Potential Pitfalls in the 11th Hour" Okay, so we've conduc ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying - Home Inspection or "Home Alone?"

This is the eighth installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their home purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last time together, we talked about the key ingredients to making a well-drafted offer in a post entitled, "Make Them an Offer They Can't Refuse!" Today's topic is: "Home Inspection" or "Home Alone?"   So, by this point, ...

Tips for Home Tourists

This is the sixth installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their home purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last discussion, we talked about the actual 'out-of-pocket' expenses associated with buying a home. In this article, we're heading out to look at homes in a post entitled, "Tips for Home Tourists."   Your knowledgeabl ...

Adventures in 1st Time Home Buying: "Are We There Yet?"

This is the tenth and final installment in an on-going series of posts dedicated to helping 1st Time Home Buyers successfully achieve their home purchasing goals. We have been identifying and discussing, in chronological order, key events in the home buying process. In our last discussion, we indentified several last minute obstacles/difficulties that Buyers may experience in a post entitled, "Potential Pitfalls in the 11th hour." This time, we'll talk about what Buyers can expect in ...
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