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Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the real estate landscape can be filled with questions. Here, we've compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to provide you with the information you need. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, our FAQ page is designed to guide you through the intricacies of real estate with clarity and confidence.

1. How Do I Begin the Home buying Process with Elizabeth Gant Realtors?

Embark on your home buying journey with a simple step – reach out to Elizabeth Gant for a personalized consultation. We'll discuss your goals, preferences, and any specific requirements, setting the foundation for a tailored and efficient search.

2. What Sets Elizabeth Gant Realtors Apart from Other Real Estate Agents?

Elizabeth Gant brings unparalleled local expertise, personalized service, and exclusive listings to the table. With a commitment to transparent communication and a deep understanding of North Florida's real estate market, we stand out as your trusted partner in the homebuying process.

3. Can I Trust Elizabeth Gant Realtors for Property Valuation and Pricing Guidance?

Absolutely. Elizabeth Gant leverages her experience and market knowledge to provide accurate property valuations and pricing guidance. Trust in our expertise to ensure you make informed decisions throughout the buying or selling process.

4. How Does Elizabeth Gant Realtors Stay Informed About the Latest Real Estate Trends in North Florida?

Our commitment to excellence includes staying abreast of the latest real estate trends, market dynamics, and neighborhood developments. Elizabeth Gant Realtors actively engages in ongoing education and networking to provide you with the most up-to-date insights.

5. What Types of Properties Does Elizabeth Gant Realtors Specialize In?

Our Listings includes a diverse range of properties, from luxurious beachfront homes to cozy downtown condos. Whether you're seeking a family-friendly suburban oasis or an urban retreat, Elizabeth Gant Realtors specializes in connecting clients with their ideal homes.

6. How Can I Schedule a Property Viewing with Elizabeth Gant Realtors?

Scheduling a property viewing is easy. Simply contact us through our website or give us a call. We'll coordinate a convenient time for you to explore the properties that align with your preferences.

7. What Steps Should I Take to Prepare for the Home buying Process?

Visit our blog for insightful articles on preparing for the home buying process, understanding mortgage options, and navigating the complexities of real estate transactions. Elizabeth Gant Realtors is here to empower you with the knowledge needed to make confident decisions.

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  • How long does the buying process take?
    The length of the home buying process can vary depending on various factors such as the type of property, the location, the buyer's financial situation, and the state of the housing market. Generally, the home buying process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It typically involves steps such as finding a property, making an offer, getting a mortgage, having a home inspection, and closing the sale.
  • When should I make an offer? How much should I offer?
    Deciding when to make an offer and how much to offer on a property can be a complex process that depends on various factors, such as your budget, the condition of the property, the state of the housing market, and the seller's asking price. Here are a few tips to help you make an informed decision: Determine your budget: Before you start looking for a property, it's important to know how much you can afford to spend. This will help you narrow down your search to homes that are within your price range. Research the market: Take some time to research the housing market in the area where you are looking to buy. Look at recent sales data and trends to get an idea of what similar properties are selling for. Consider the condition of the property: The condition of the property can affect its value and how much you should offer. If the property needs a lot of repairs or renovations, you may want to offer less than the asking price. Make a competitive offer: If you're in a competitive market, you may need to make an offer that is higher than the asking price to be competitive. However, be sure to stay within your budget and don't get caught up in a bidding war that could leave you financially stretched. Ultimately, it's important to work with a real estate agent who can guide you through the process and help you make an informed decision based on your unique circumstances.
  • Why do I need to get pre-qualified?
    Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage before you start house hunting is an important step in the home buying process. Here are a few reasons why it's important to get pre-qualified: Helps you determine your budget: When you get pre-qualified, a lender will look at your income, debt, and other financial information to determine how much you can afford to borrow. This will give you a clear idea of what your budget is, so you can focus your home search on properties that are within your price range. Helps you make a competitive offer: If you find a property you want to buy, being pre-qualified can make your offer more competitive. Sellers may be more likely to accept an offer from a buyer who has already been pre-qualified, as it shows that you are serious and have the financial means to follow through on the purchase. Helps speed up the process: If you wait until you've found a property you want to buy to apply for a mortgage, the process could take longer and delay the sale. By getting pre-qualified in advance, you'll already have some of the paperwork and information required for the mortgage application process, which can speed things up. Overall, getting pre-qualified for a mortgage is a smart move that can help you determine your budget, make a competitive offer, and speed up the home buying process.
  • What happens between contract and closing?
    The period between the signing of the purchase agreement and the actual closing date is known as the "under contract" period. During this time, there are several steps that need to be taken to finalize the sale. Here are a few things that typically happen between contract and closing: Home inspection: The buyer may choose to have a home inspection done to identify any potential issues with the property. If any problems are found, the buyer may negotiate with the seller to have them repaired or ask for a credit towards the cost of repairs. Financing: The buyer's lender will finalize the financing details during this time, including verifying employment and income, completing an appraisal of the property, and ensuring that all loan conditions are met. Title search: A title search is conducted to ensure that the property title is free of any liens, claims, or other issues that could affect ownership. Homeowner's insurance: The buyer will need to obtain homeowner's insurance before the closing date. Walkthrough: The buyer will typically do a final walkthrough of the property just prior to closing to ensure that the property is in the same condition as when they made the offer. Closing: The actual closing typically takes place at a title company or attorney's office. The buyer and seller will sign all of the necessary paperwork, and the buyer will provide the funds for the purchase (either in the form of a cashier's check or wire transfer). Once all of these steps are completed, the sale will be finalized, and the buyer will take possession of the property.
  • What happens at the closing table?
    The closing table is where the final steps in the home buying process take place. Here's what typically happens at the closing table: Reviewing and signing documents: The buyer and seller will both review and sign a variety of documents related to the sale, including the purchase agreement, loan documents, and title transfer documents. Payment: The buyer will provide the funds for the purchase, typically in the form of a cashier's check or wire transfer. This includes the down payment, closing costs, and any other fees associated with the sale. Title transfer: The seller will transfer the title of the property to the buyer, and the buyer will become the new legal owner of the property. Recording the sale: The sale will be recorded with the appropriate government agency, which will officially transfer the title of the property to the buyer. Handing over the keys: Once all of the paperwork is completed and the sale is finalized, the seller will hand over the keys to the property, and the buyer will take possession of the home. Celebrating!: After all the paperwork and formalities are done, it's time to celebrate! The buyer and seller can shake hands, exchange congratulations, and enjoy the realization that a successful transaction has been completed. Overall, the closing table is the final step in the home buying process, where all of the details of the sale are finalized, and the buyer becomes the new legal owner of the property.
  • When will I get my keys?
    The timing of when you get your keys after closing on a home can vary depending on a few factors, such as the terms of your purchase agreement and the specific circumstances of your closing. Here are a few possible scenarios: Immediate possession: If the terms of your purchase agreement state that you will take immediate possession of the property at closing, you may receive the keys to the property as soon as the closing is completed. Agreement for delayed possession: If you have agreed to a delayed possession of the property, for example, if the seller needs more time to move out, you may not receive the keys until the agreed-upon date. Other arrangements: In some cases, the buyer and seller may make alternative arrangements for the transfer of keys, such as the seller leaving the keys with a real estate agent or attorney to be picked up later. It's important to clarify the details of when you will receive the keys with your real estate agent or attorney before the closing. That way, you can plan accordingly and ensure that you have access to your new home when you need it.
  • Is my closing date guaranteed?
    While a closing date is typically agreed upon by both the buyer and seller during the home buying process, it's important to note that the closing date is not always guaranteed. There are a variety of factors that can cause delays or complications in the closing process, such as: Financing issues: If there are issues with the buyer's financing, such as difficulty securing a loan or issues with the appraisal, this can delay the closing date. Title issues: If there are any issues with the title search or the title transfer process, this can also cause delays in the closing date. Home inspection issues: If the home inspection reveals any issues with the property, the buyer may need to negotiate with the seller for repairs, which can cause delays in the closing date. Other unexpected issues: There can be unexpected issues that arise during the home buying process that can delay the closing date, such as issues with the property's condition, natural disasters, or other unforeseen events. While a closing date is typically set as a target, it's important to remain flexible and prepared for potential delays or complications that may arise. Working with a real estate agent or attorney who can guide you through the process can help you stay on track and minimize any potential delays.
  • What are my closing costs?
    Closing costs are the fees and expenses that are incurred during the home buying process, in addition to the purchase price of the property. Here are some typical closing costs that may be associated with buying a home: Loan-related fees: These may include loan origination fees, points, appraisal fees, credit report fees, and underwriting fees. Title-related fees: These may include fees for title search, title insurance, and title settlement. Prepaid expenses: These may include prorated property taxes, homeowner's insurance, and prepaid interest. Home inspection fees: These may include fees for a home inspection, pest inspection, and other inspections. Escrow fees: These fees may be charged by the escrow company or attorney who handles the closing process. Recording fees: These may include fees for recording the new deed with the county recorder's office. Attorney fees: If an attorney is involved in the closing process, there may be fees associated with their services. The total amount of closing costs can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the purchase price of the property, the type of loan, and the state where the property is located. As a general rule of thumb, closing costs can range from 2-5% of the purchase price of the property. It's important to review the closing disclosure form provided by your lender, which outlines all of the closing costs associated with your specific transaction, so you know exactly what to expect.
  • What happens to my Earnest Money?
    Earnest money is a deposit that the buyer puts down at the time of making an offer to show their intention to purchase the property. Once the sale is finalized, the earnest money is typically credited towards the buyer's down payment or closing costs. Here are a few things that can happen to your earnest money after closing on a new home: Credited towards the purchase: As mentioned, the earnest money deposit is typically credited towards the buyer's down payment or closing costs at the time of closing. Returned to the buyer: In some cases, the earnest money may be returned to the buyer if certain conditions are met, such as if the buyer is unable to secure financing or if there are issues with the title or home inspection that cannot be resolved. Forfeited to the seller: If the buyer breaches the purchase agreement, such as by failing to close the sale or violating other terms of the agreement, the seller may be entitled to keep the earnest money as a form of compensation. The specific terms of the earnest money deposit and what happens to it after closing should be outlined in the purchase agreement. It's important to review this document carefully and understand the terms of the earnest money deposit before making an offer on a property.
  • What if I don’t like my inspection report?
    If you don't like the results of a home inspection report, there are a few options available to you: Request repairs: If the inspection report reveals issues with the property, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to have them make repairs before the closing. You can ask the seller to either make the repairs themselves or provide a credit towards the cost of repairs. Cancel the contract: If the issues found during the inspection are significant and cannot be resolved, you may choose to cancel the contract altogether. In this case, you may be able to get your earnest money deposit refunded, but this will depend on the terms of the purchase agreement. Accept the report and move forward: Depending on the severity of the issues found during the inspection, you may choose to accept the report and move forward with the purchase. You can factor in the cost of repairs or any necessary upgrades when determining your offer or negotiating with the seller. It's important to remember that a home inspection report is designed to identify any potential issues with the property. It's a good idea to have the inspection done by a licensed and experienced home inspector and to carefully review the results before making a decision about how to proceed. You may also want to consult with a real estate agent or attorney for guidance and advice.
  • What do I need to do to get my home ready to put on the market?
    Getting your home ready to put on the market involves a few key steps to help ensure that it looks its best and appeals to potential buyers. Here are some things you can do to get your home ready to sell: Declutter and depersonalize: Remove any unnecessary clutter and personal items to create a clean and neutral space that will appeal to a wider range of buyers. Make necessary repairs: Address any minor repairs or maintenance issues, such as leaky faucets or cracked tiles, to make your home look well-maintained and move-in ready. Deep clean: Give your home a thorough cleaning, including carpets, windows, and appliances, to make it look and feel fresh and inviting. Improve curb appeal: Make a good first impression by sprucing up your home's exterior, such as by painting the front door, planting flowers, and mowing the lawn. Stage the home: Arrange furniture and decor to showcase your home's best features and create an attractive, welcoming space for potential buyers. Price competitively: Work with a real estate agent to determine a competitive price for your home based on the current market conditions and comparable sales in your area. By following these steps, you can help ensure that your home looks its best and stands out to potential buyers. This can help you sell your home more quickly and for a better price.
  • How long does the selling process take?
    The length of time it takes to sell a home can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the location of the property, the condition of the home, the current state of the housing market, and the price at which the home is listed. Here are a few general timeframes to keep in mind: Preparing the home for sale: Getting the home ready to sell can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of any repairs or updates needed. Listing the home: Once the home is ready to sell, it can typically take a few weeks to a few months to find a buyer, depending on market conditions and the price at which the home is listed. Negotiating the sale: Once a buyer makes an offer, it can take several days to negotiate the terms of the sale and come to an agreement. Closing the sale: The closing process typically takes anywhere from 30-60 days, during which time the buyer will have an inspection, secure financing, and complete any other necessary steps to finalize the sale. Overall, the home selling process can take anywhere from a few months to several months, depending on the specific circumstances of the sale. Working with a real estate agent who can guide you through the process and help you navigate any potential delays or issues can help streamline the process and ensure a successful sale.
  • What happens to the Earnest Money?
    When selling a home, the earnest money deposit serves as a form of security for the buyer to show their good faith intention to complete the purchase. Here's what typically happens to the earnest money when selling a home: Refunded to the buyer: If the buyer backs out of the sale for a reason covered under the purchase agreement, such as if they are unable to secure financing or if there are issues with the home inspection, the earnest money deposit may be refunded to the buyer. Paid to the seller: If the buyer breaches the purchase agreement and fails to complete the sale, such as by not obtaining financing or not meeting other terms of the agreement, the seller may be entitled to keep the earnest money as a form of compensation. Used towards closing costs: In some cases, the earnest money deposit may be applied towards the buyer's closing costs or down payment on the property. The specifics of what happens to the earnest money will be outlined in the purchase agreement. It's important to review this document carefully and understand the terms of the earnest money deposit before entering into a sale agreement. Working with a real estate agent or attorney can also provide guidance and advice on how to handle any issues related to the earnest money deposit during the home selling process.
  • How long is the average showing?
    The length of a house showing can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and condition of the home, the number of rooms and features to view, and the level of interest from the potential buyer. However, on average, a house showing typically lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. During a house showing, the potential buyer is accompanied by a real estate agent who will guide them through the property and provide information about the home's features and amenities. The buyer will typically have the opportunity to ask questions and take notes, as well as take pictures or videos to reference later. It's important for sellers to prepare their home for showings by decluttering, deep cleaning, and making necessary repairs to help the property show in its best light. Additionally, providing detailed information about the home's features and amenities can help make the showing more efficient and effective, and increase the chances of receiving an offer.
  • Can I be present for showings?
    While it's common for the seller to be absent during showings, it's not uncommon for the seller to be present if they choose to be. Whether or not the seller is present during a showing ultimately depends on the seller's preferences and the advice of their real estate agent. There are pros and cons to the seller being present during a showing. On the one hand, the seller can provide firsthand knowledge of the property, highlight features, and answer questions that the buyer or their agent may have. On the other hand, the seller's presence can sometimes make potential buyers feel uncomfortable or unable to fully explore the property. If the seller chooses to be present during a showing, it's important to follow some guidelines to help ensure a positive experience for everyone involved. The seller should be courteous and respectful, and give the buyer space to explore the home without feeling pressured or watched. The seller should also be prepared to answer questions and provide information about the home, but avoid being pushy or overbearing. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to be present during showings is up to the seller, and they should work with their real estate agent to determine the best approach based on their unique situation.
  • What are my closing costs?
    When selling a home, the seller typically incurs several closing costs that are associated with the sale of the property. Here are some typical closing costs for the seller: Real estate commission: The commission paid to the real estate agent representing the seller is typically the most significant closing cost for the seller. Transfer taxes and recording fees: These fees are charged by local government agencies for transferring the ownership of the property and recording the transaction. Title insurance: The seller is typically responsible for providing title insurance for the buyer to ensure that the property is free of any liens or title defects. Attorney fees: If the seller hires an attorney to help with the sale, there may be attorney fees associated with the closing process. Prorated property taxes: The seller is typically responsible for paying property taxes up until the date of the closing. Home warranty: Some sellers choose to provide a home warranty for the buyer as a condition of the sale, which can result in additional closing costs. The specific closing costs for the seller will vary depending on the state and local laws, as well as the terms of the purchase agreement. As a general rule of thumb, the seller's closing costs typically range from 1-3% of the sale price of the property. Working with a real estate agent or attorney can help ensure that you understand all of the closing costs associated with selling your home.
  • What happens at a home inspection?
    A home inspection is an important step in the home buying and selling process that helps identify any potential issues with the property. Here's what typically happens during a home inspection: Inspection of the home's exterior: The inspector will inspect the exterior of the home, including the roof, gutters, foundation, siding, and any other structures on the property. Inspection of the home's interior: The inspector will inspect the interior of the home, including the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and any other interior features. Inspection of the home's systems: The inspector will inspect the home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and any other mechanical systems. Inspection of the home's appliances: The inspector may inspect any appliances that are included in the sale of the home, such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Review of the inspection report: After the inspection is complete, the inspector will provide a report that outlines any issues found during the inspection, including both major and minor issues. The report may also include recommendations for repairs or further inspections. The goal of a home inspection is to identify any issues with the property that could affect the safety, livability, or value of the home. Buyers may use the information from the inspection report to negotiate repairs or credits from the seller, or to make an informed decision about whether to move forward with the purchase. Sellers may use the information to address any issues before listing the home, or to price the home accordingly based on its condition.
  • Can you recommend an attorney?
    Yes! I have many contacts to help you through the home selling process. Having a real estate attorney represent you during the home closing process can provide several benefits, including: Ensuring that all legal documents are properly prepared and reviewed to protect your interests. Providing guidance and advice on legal issues that may arise during the closing process. Representing you in negotiations with the other party or their attorney. Ensuring that the closing process is completed in a timely and efficient manner. Your real estate agent may have relationships with attorneys who specialize in real estate law and can provide valuable guidance and advice during the closing process. However, it's important to do your own research and choose an attorney who you feel comfortable working with and who has experience in the specific legal issues involved in the home buying and selling process.
  • What happens at the final walk through?
    The final walkthrough is typically scheduled for the day of or the day before the closing and is an opportunity for the buyer to ensure that the property is in the same condition as it was when they agreed to buy it. Here's what typically happens during a final walkthrough: Inspect the property: The buyer will walk through the property and check that any agreed-upon repairs or changes have been completed and that no new issues have arisen. Ensure all items are included: The buyer will check that any items that were agreed to be included in the sale, such as appliances, fixtures, and window treatments, are still in place. Verify that everything is in working order: The buyer will verify that all systems and appliances, such as heating and cooling systems, plumbing, and electrical systems, are in working order. Confirm that the property is clean: The buyer will ensure that the property is clean and free of any debris or personal property that the seller agreed to remove. If any issues are identified during the final walkthrough, the buyer and seller will work together to resolve them before the closing. In some cases, the closing may be delayed until any issues are resolved to the buyer's satisfaction. The final walkthrough is an important step in the home selling process as it provides a final opportunity to ensure that the property is in the same condition as it was when the sale agreement was made. Working with a real estate agent or attorney can help ensure that you understand the final walkthrough process and that any issues are addressed before the closing.
  • What happens at the closing table?
    The closing table is where the final steps of the home selling process take place, and where the buyer and seller sign the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership of the property. Here's what typically happens at the closing table when selling a home: Review and sign documents: The seller and their attorney will review and sign a variety of legal documents, such as the deed, bill of sale, and closing disclosure. Pay closing costs: The seller will be responsible for paying any closing costs associated with the sale, such as real estate agent commissions, transfer taxes, and attorney fees. Transfer ownership: The seller will sign the deed to transfer ownership of the property to the buyer. Release the keys: The seller will provide the keys to the property to the buyer. Receive payment: The seller will receive the proceeds from the sale, usually in the form of a check or wire transfer. Close the transaction: The closing agent or attorney will file the necessary paperwork with the county recorder's office to officially close the transaction. The specifics of what happens at the closing table will vary depending on the state and local laws, as well as the terms of the purchase agreement. It's important to work with a real estate agent and attorney to ensure that you understand the closing process and that everything is completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Do I need to be present for closing?
    Yes, unless you are out of town. If you are out of town, the attorney will set up a mobile notary. Working with a real estate agent or attorney can help ensure that the seller understands their responsibilities and obligations during the closing process, and can help ensure that everything is completed accurately and in a timely manner.
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