Buying a Home

Over the years we have helped many clients buy homes in McLean. Some knew that they wanted to live in McLean, while others decided they wanted to make McLean their home after looking at surrounding areas first.

Even after you decide that McLean is where you want to be, there are a few more things to consider:

  • What type of home works best for your needs? A single family residence, townhouse, or condominium?
  • What area do you work in? Depending on your commute, some neighborhoods might be better than other.
  • Are schools a consideration? McLean’s schools offer various programs.
  • What is your lifestyle like? Do you prefer a secluded neighborhood, or would rather walk to shops and restaurants?

The process of buying a home is not the same for everybody. Some clients know the exact neighborhood and type of home they are interested in, while others need to explore various neighborhoods and styles. We find the process of searching for a living space that suits someone’s needs and tastes fascinating.

If you are relocating to McLean, then you probably have more questions about the area, as well as specific time-frames in which you need to find a home. I work with relocating clients regularly, and have a dedicated page about relocating to McLean.

If you are a first time home buyer you probably have additional questions about the home buying process and how to prepare. I regularly help first time buyers and have a dedicated page with more details.

If you have bought a home before, you know that it is a somewhat complicated transaction. In addition to the sales contract which includes numerous disclosures and addenda, there are various inspections that need to be arranged and many other details that need to be coordinated to ensure a smooth and successful process.

But there is no need to worry. We will explain everything to you and make sure you are familiar with all the paperwork prior to making an offer. Furthermore, we will work diligently to see that every detail of this important transaction is properly handled.

Buyer Agency

On a related matter, it is important that you understand the rights you have as a buyer. The most important right you have is to be represented by a buyer’s agent. According to state law, all real estate licensees represent the seller by default. However, the law allows a buyer and a Realtor to enter into an agreement for the Realtor to represent the buyer exclusively. When working with home buyers we only work as a Buyer’s Agents, protecting your interests at all times. We believe in committed representation of our clients, and will represent your interests without exception. For a detailed explanation about buyer agency, please read this article: “What is a Buyer’s Agent?”

Where do I start?

Whether you are ready to start the buying process, or are still thinking about it, the best thing to do is contact us. The earlier we start working together, the better prepared you will be when the time comes.

Typically, we will have an initial discussion about your needs and requirements, as well as our role and how we can help. We will share with you the state of the market and what you need to think about in order to be prepared.

If we agree to work together, we will decide on what the next steps are, based on your timetable. You can contact us here.