"Focus on the plan, not the problem. Let us help you plan for your future home!"

buyer consultation


We will set up a time to meet over coffee. Be thinking about your needs vs. wants in your new home. We will also discuss getting pre-approved with a lender as well as answer any and every question you might have about the upcoming journey.

the hunt


You will receive listings via email the moment they come on the market! If you see something you like you can contact us to set up a private showing. Your homework may include attending open houses, driving through neighborhoods, looking up schools and testing your commute.

make an offer


When you find a place you love, we will draw up an offer that fits market condition and your budget. The offer could be accepted, rejected or a counter-offer could be made by the seller.

accepted offer


Congrats! You are now under contract to purchase a home. Earnest money is due within 48 hrs.



It is time to make sure this is the home for you and that you can afford it! Time for inspections!



After inspections are negotiated by both parties, the appraisal will be ordered by the lender to make sure that the home is worth what you offered. If an appraisal comes back over offer price, you have equity! If the appraisal is low...we need to talk.

cash to close


Once the appraisal is in, your lender will approve the loan. One to two days before closing, go to your bank to authorize a wire transfer - or - get a certified check with the “cash to close” amount. Take a deep breath, you are almost there!



After inspections are negotiated by both parties, the appraisal will be ordered by the lender to make sure that the home is worth what you offered. If an appraisal comes back over offer price, you have equity! If the appraisal is low...we need to talk.

Tips from the Home Slice

Home Visit

How can I make the most of my time when visiting homes?

-Get an accurate idea of your price range, an estimate of your monthly payments and a pre-approval letter, so sellers will take you seriously when you make an offer.
-Work with us to hone your “wants” and “needs” list.
-Think about what’s most important to you: the location or the house itself.
-Preview homes through the KW app to eliminate those you won’t need to visit in person.
-Plan an itinerary with the Home Slice.

What should I expect when visiting homes?

-We will typically visit homes together.
-Homeowners usually are not home, so you’re free to spend as little or as much time as you want.
-Buyers often have a gut reaction to a home. First impressions count, but you can also consult your agent to learn more about home values and possibly to reevaluate your priorities in the context of what’s available in your price range.

How Many Homes should I visit?

Sometimes buyers find their future home the first time out and others look at 50 homes before they see one that checks all their boxes. It’s a good idea to see at least a few alternatives so you have some points of comparison, but sometimes you just know a place is where you want to live.

What should I look for when touring a home?

-Look beyond the staging and decorative items to see the features and fixtures that convey with the house.
-Check the condition of the home.
-Keep track with photos and notes.
-Consider possible home improvements you might want to make so you can research costs later.
-Don’t forget to check out the outside of the property and the neighborhood. We have access to neighborhood insights and data to help inform your decision.
-Locate your commuter route, schools, shops, restaurants, parks and other amenities.
-If the property is a condo or located in a homeowners association, find out the fees and rules to see if you can live with them.

Making an Offer

What should I include with my offer?

-The price.
-Terms – such as a request for closing cost help or that the offer is subject to your obtaining financing and a home inspection.
-Target date for closing.
-Earnest money deposit – we can advise you about how big your deposit should be based on local customs and current conditions.
-Request for final walk-through.
-Time limit for the offer.

What are the most common contingencies?

-Financing. Unless you’re paying cash, it’s typical to write your offer with a contingency clause that lets you off the hook if you can’t finalize your mortgage within a certain number of days. Even though you have a pre-approval for a loan, it’s smart to protect yourself.
-Home inspection. Your offer can be made dependent on a satisfactory home inspection report within a certain number of days. This protects you if the inspection uncovers expensive necessary repairs.

What happens if I face multiple offers?

In a competitive housing market, you may find yourself competing against other buyers. In that case, the Home Slice is your best ally in strategizing for your offer to be accepted. With access to real-time market data, Mike and the team will know how to best position your offer. If there’s more than one offer, the sellers can:

-Accept the best offer.
-Counter all the offers to get a better price and terms.
-Counter one offer that’s close to what they want.

We will work together to find out what’s important to the sellers, such as a specific moving date, and to discuss possibly waiving contingencies, adjusting your price or writing a “love letter” about the house.

What is a counter offer?

Sellers can accept your offer as is or they can make a counteroffer with an adjustment to some or all of your terms. You can accept or reject the counteroffer and make your own counteroffer. The contract is final once you and the sellers have agreed to all the terms.

Execute Contract

What should I expect to see in the contract?

Ask your Home Slice to explain the key points in your multi-page contract, such as:

-Accuracy of information, including the correct spelling of your name and the property address.
-The effective date of the contract – important because your contingencies have time limits.
-A list of contingencies, such as that the sale depends on financing, an appraisal, a satisfactory home inspection and perhaps the sale of your current home.
-Property disclosure information from the seller, depending on your state laws.
-A complete list of what conveys with the property.
-A list of required inspections, such as a home inspection and a pest inspection.
-Information about when you can move in.
-In some cases, such as if your offer is contingent on the sale of your home, the seller may add a “kick-out” clause, which means that the seller could accept another offer if one is made before your home is sold.

How do I know when to negotiate and when to let go?

The Home Slice will guide you, but you also need to decide how much you want a particular property and what you’re willing to accept to get it. You may want to let go when:

-A bidding war drives the price too high.
-The appraised value of the home is below your offer.
-A home inspection finds defects that would be expensive to repair.
-The sellers are unwilling to make reasonable repairs.
-You learn about homeowners association rules that won’t work for you

What are common contract pitfalls I should avoid?

We will help you watch out for:

-Unrealistic deadlines: you’ll need time to arrange a home inspection and receive the report, as well as arrange financing.
-Missing deadlines means you lose your chance to end the contract and keep your deposit.
-Items that don’t convey with the property: if you’re not sure, ask your agent to confirm.
-Communications from your lender.

Schedule Home Inspection

What is a home inspection?

Your home inspector will check a massive list (more than 1,000 items) of systems, appliances and structures in your home to evaluate its condition. You’ll get a written report that identifies potential problems and future maintenance issues. It’s up to you to decide whether the report means you want to walk away from a house or ask the sellers to make repairs. You can also have an “information only” inspection, which means you’re buying the house as is, but want to know its condition.

What’s included on a home inspection?

The inspector will check:

-Structural conditions such as the foundation, beams and floors.
-Roof condition.
-Mechanical systems such as heat and air conditioning.
-Appliances – to make sure they’re working.
-Plumbing – for leaks, rust and water pressure.
-Electrical systems such as grounded outlets and code violations.
-Safety issues such as stairs, handrails, mold or chimney maintenance.

What should I watch for during the home inspection?

We will go to the home inspection together so that you can learn about home maintenance and see any potential problems yourself. The inspector can answer questions as you go, so if there’s anything you don’t understand or are worried could be a problem, just ask.

I’ve got the home inspection report, now what?

We can decide whether to negotiate on anything in the inspection report, and you can ask the inspector the following questions:

-Are the items you’ve flagged major or minor issues?
-What needs to be done to resolve any flagged issues?
-Can you give me an estimate of the cost of any repairs?
-Do I need another inspection, such as by an electrician or a structural engineer?
-Are there things I need to do after I move in?


What should I do before the closing?

As your closing nears, you should:

-Stay in close touch with the Home Slice, your lender and your title company.
-Avoid lowering your credit score with a new credit application or late payments.
-Confirm that your contract contingencies are resolved, including the home inspection, an appraisal and your financing.
-Finalize your homeowner’s insurance policy.
-Gather your down payment and closing cost funds in an accessible account.
-Review your Closing Disclosure form, which you’ll receive three days before your settlement, and ask questions if you don’t understand something.
-Arrange a wire transfer or get a cashier’s check for the funds you need for the settlement.
-Schedule a walk-through of your new home within 24 hours before your closing to check its condition.

What can I expect at the closing?

In a word: Paperwork!
Allot a few hours for your closing. Bring to the closing:

-A government-issued photo ID.
-Proof of homeowner’s insurance.
-Your copy of the contract.
-All paperwork associated with your loan and the home purchase.
-Your cashier’s check or wire transfer confirmation.
-Your checkbook for miscellaneous funds that weren’t included on your closing estimate.

What paperwork is required to close?

You’ll be signing numerous documents, including a repeat of the documents you signed when you applied for your loan. The most important documents you’ll sign are:

-Promissory Note to repay the mortgage.
-Deed of Trust, which gives the lender the right to foreclose if you don’t repay the loan.
-What’s covered and what’s not.
-Initial Escrow Disclosure, which outlines the funds on deposit for your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance bills.
-Right to Cancel form, which states that you have three business days to cancel the transaction.

What’s next?

After your closing:

-Keep all your signed documents in a safe place.
-Avoid lowering your credit score with a new credit application or late payments.
-Change your address.
-Change the locks and security codes on your home.
-Review your due dates and new budget.

Congratulations! You’ve got the keys to your new home! Let us know how we can help you in the future!

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