Building Your Real Estate Team

written by Jennifer Chiongbian
MORTGAGE EXPERT
12 · 08 · 20
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A team, just like in sports, is equivalent to having the best team members to help you achieve your goal. In this case, your end game is purchasing your dream home.

Think of your real estate team like a clock. Its end goal is simple—to tell time. But the inner workings of a clock have specific functions for every cog and wheel. And it all has to work in unison to achieve this straightforward goal.

As a first-time homebuyer, your real estate dream team will be comprised of:

  • Mortgage Lender
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Title Company or Real Estate Attorney
  • Insurance Agent
  • Home Inspector

Mortgage Lender

This is typically a financial institution that offers and underwrites your loan for the purchase of your new home. Unless you are paying cash, you will need a reputable lender to lend you the funds.

They assess your creditworthiness, set the terms of repayment, interest rate, and set specific guidelines to grant you the loan.

A reputable mortgage lender asks the right questions and finds the right loan that fits your needs. They also answer any questions you may have and take the time to explain your loan options. Communication is key.

Real Estate Broker

Your real estate broker, salesperson or Realtor is like your quarterback. He or she understands all aspects of completing the home purchase successfully. They understand the role and responsibilities of each working part of your team. And not just the sales aspect of pitching a home for you to buy.

They are your guide, and help complete the transaction, and offer guidance for finalizing the sale or purchase of your home.

A good real estate salesperson can answer all your questions, have in-depth knowledge of the market area, trends, neighborhood data, and walk you through each step of the process.

Title Company or Real Estate Attorney

Depending if you are closing on the East Coast or West Coast, it will be a title company on the West Coast that will facilitate your escrow and conduct closing. On the East Coast, it will be via a real estate attorney or round table closing.

They are responsible for doing a title search on the property to ensure that the chain of title is unbroken and has a clean title to be passed on to the new owner. 

They also insure title insurance, which protects the lender against claims against the property from title disputes.

They are a third party that works and represents both the lender and the buyer for a closing.

Insurance Agent

They issue your homeowners insurance. Like car insurance, renter’s insurance, your current insurance agent can provide you with this quote.

You will not be able to close on your home loan without giving the insurance information to the title company or real estate attorney as part of the closing process.

This insurance protects the lender’s investment in the event of a fire or unfortunate event.

You will want to look into flood insurance if your home is in a flood zone. If you are in a flood zone, coverage kicks in 30 days from the purchase date.

Home Inspector

A home inspector inspects the structure of the home and looks for any immediate problems like water damage, foundation damage, shoddy electrical work, etc. Then they provide you with a list of potential problems with recommendations to cure.

Don’t confuse them with appraisal inspectors. Appraisal inspectors work for the bank that is issuing you the loan. The bank wants to ensure that the price buyer and seller agreed upon is valued at the market. Again, they are there to protect the bank’s investment.

Conclusion

These people will be your working team members when purchasing your first home. 

Vet your real estate salesperson first since he or she will be playing the most important role in a successful closing. 

Your real estate broker will be able to recommend all the other players for your team, making your job easier.

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Jennifer Chiongbian

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