Why Buy With Us?
Everyone dreams of owning their own home. When buying your first home, it can be a very exciting, yet anxiety filled experience. However, if you know what to expect during the home buying process you will be more relaxed and comfortable during this lengthy process knowing that we will be by you every step of the way guiding you through it and looking out for your best interests. Below are some of the things we will be helping you with along the way!
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.
Better Home Search
Our website has the best online tools to search for your home! In fact, we are better than Zillow, Trulia and the many other real estate websites out there because we are directly connected to our local MLS! What does that mean for you? Accuracy & Advantage! When you search homes here, you get the most up to date homes & properties available with the most accurate information! AND, if you set up an account, you will get alerted of NEWEST Property matches BEFORE any other site has them! First, start by trying one of our Search tools in the menu. 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 us an alert. We will schedule the time and confirm with you once it is set up! Once you have started searching be sure to check out your 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!
Making an 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. Appliances might also be negotiable if you are willing to up your offer a bit. We 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 a Buyer’s Agent is most valuable so your rights and interests are protected. With our experience on your side, we will be able to help you negotiate a lower price that sometimes includes concessions or closing costs. Our job is to protect YOU in the contract.
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 us! We can give you recommendations for many service providers that we work with all the time!
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 us for a list of vendors we 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.
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 & in most cases we will be there to help you through it all. Once all of the papers are signed, 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.
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Brenda went above and beyond as our Realtor
My fiance and I moved to the Valley from Minnesota this past January. We were lucky enough to be set up with Brenda from our realtor in MN. The day we arrived for our house hunting trip, Brenda met us for lunch and went over our plan of attack for the week, as she knew we had to return to MN afterwards. Brenda already had 10+ houses ready for us to see! We knew from the minute we met her that this was going to be a great experience. Brenda was very professional, accommodating, organized, and knowledgeable throughout our entire home buying process. She was with us from day 1 until closing. Brenda went above and beyond as our realtor. She even set up a dinner with other couples to help us meet new friends in the area. We would recommend Brenda to anyone. Not even recommend…..but insist that they use Brenda as their realtor. We are very blessed to have Brenda in our lives. Not only as our realtor, but a friend too!
Brenda Wild is our exclusive Realtor
A consummate professional who always looks out for your best interests…and yet takes the time for hand-holding too…this is why Brenda Wild is our exclusive Realtor.
You can expect the royal treatment
Brenda and her staff get to the heart of your desire, needs and dreams. You can expect the royal treatment and awesome results with Brenda and her team.
She gets anything you need
Brenda is great, very efficient and hard working. She gets anything you need from home and land info to anything about Aspen you could need quickly and accurately.
First class, professional, with a personal touch
You can’t ask for more from a real estate professional. Brenda is knowledgeable, caring, and very hands-on. She goes the extra mile to make you as the client feel important, valued, and serviced. My highest recommendation!!
His knowledge of the Roaring Fork Valley is Unmatched..
Kent was an absolute pleasure to work with when purchasing our home. His knowledge of the Roaring Fork Valley is unmatched and proved to be so helpful in finding the right home for our family. Kent was diligent and thorough in his research of the property we purchased, ensuring that we were completely informed. We would highly recommend Kent to anyone looking to purchase a piece of real estate. -Taline Isberian
Mark was awesome…
Mark was awesome to work with. He spent a lot of time showing us a number of properties before we found out what we were looking for. Once we decided he worked hard to get the deal closed quickly and for less than we had hoped to pay!
My Real Estate In Aspen Person
For the last year Rob Calfee has been my real estate in Aspen person, assisting me with finding a rental unit for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022. Rob has gone above and beyond in his pursuit of a home for me. Each year that Rob has worked on my behalf he has presented multiple options that are within the price range and market area that I have desired. Rob is a true professional and honest/hard working agent in the Aspen market. I would highly recommend him to anyone in search of real estate needs in Aspen.”
He found a condo that I plan to call home
I had an idea of what type of rental I wanted but was unfamiliar with Aspen. I didn’t really know if my laundry list of rental requirements was feasible. Rob worked with me and patiently provided some excellent prospects. Ultimately he found a condo that I plan to call home this coming winter. It meets every requirement and the location is even better than I expected. Thank you, Rob
We discovered Kent when moving to the Roaring Fork Valley a few years ago and he was instrumental, as our realtor when purchasing our new home. Kent was extremely responsive, thoughtful, informative and thorough throughout the entire purchase process. He was so terrific with the purchase of our home that we did not hesitate in engaging him to market and sell our home when the time came a few years later. Kent’s outstanding experience, market knowledge and overall commitment, ultimately brought great value to the transaction. We would strongly recommend Kent for anyone purchasing or selling a home in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley!
Robert Calfee is the best!
Robert Calfee is the best! He has been our go to person for lodging in Aspen for several years. He found us the perfect house that met “all” our requirements for the Christmas holidays and ski season. During our stays, Rob made sure everything was organized and arranged for us. He is always ready and available 24/7 to make sure our stay is flawless. For example, during Christmas and New Years 20/21, the entire town of Aspen was without gas for a few days, approximately 3500 homes. I texted Rob around 6:30am and he did not waste a minute to get heaters to us immediately along with all his other clients. If you’re looking for a very professional, caring, fun person to meet your housing needs in Aspen, Rob’s the person.
Knows the Market Well
Thank you for the time and diligence in helping me find what I am looking for. It was obvious you are someone who knows the markets and area very well too! – RE: Kerry Weber – Broker
Kerry Weber has been very responsive and professional. She goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service.
I can’t say enough good things!
We are very fortunate to have been put in contact with Kerry in our property search in Basalt! Kerry was thorough, professional and a joy to work with. She was always available to answer our many questions and even took video footage of the property for us on a weekend!
We would highly recommend Kerry Weber to work with as your realtor! I can’t say enough good things!”