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“The best realtor I have worked with, hands down. She was polite, gracious and personable. She was constantly asking the right questions and keeping everybody honest and on track.” – A&F Hann

Welcome to the Exciting Process of Buying a Home!  

A real estate purchase is one of the largest investments you can make and working with an experienced Realtor® can make all the difference in assuring a successful and enjoyable experience.

Why Work With Magnuson Properties?

PROFESSIONALISM: We are real estate professionals that you can trust to represent your best interests in all areas of residential, vacant land, commercial and construction transactions. We are committed to helping you through the complete real estate process with excellence, integrity, and hands-on service.

EXPERIENCE: Barbara Magnuson brings over 30 years’ experience working with buyers of residential homes, commercial property, vacant land and new construction, and has a proven track record of negotiating sales to achieve results that exceed our clients’ expectations.

KNOWLEDGE: Nobody knows the South Sound market better than we do.

RELATIONSHIPS: With our well-established relationships throughout the industry – including with lenders, home inspectors and title and escrow professionals – we are ready to assist you with a seamless purchasing process. If you are looking at vacant land, we can recommend surveyors, contractors and the appropriate County resources to facilitate your feasibility study.

SERVICE: Whether you are a first-time home-buyer, a family looking to up-size, a retired couple needing to downsize, a family relocating with the military, or a seasoned investor, we will focus on your unique situation and requirements, supporting you with world class customer service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I think I’m ready to buy a house—how do I get started?

A:  If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to meet with a lender (let Barbara or her team know if you need a referral) to find out how much you can afford and get a “pre-qualification” letter that you can attach to an offer.

Q:  Will I have expenses?  How much cash must I have on hand to buy a house?

A:  Once you have a signed-around offer, you will be expected to pay the following:

  • An earnest money deposit; a typical amount is 1% of the purchase price. Earnest money lets the seller know you are serious about the offer you are making to buy their house. Your earnest money will then be applied to your costs at closing.
  • A down payment, unless your loan type does not require one (for instance, a VA loan with no-money-down). Most lenders require that you pay something toward the purchase price—a down payment—and then your mortgage loan pays the balance.
  • An inspection fee—typically around $375-$425. The inspection by a licensed home and pest inspector lets you know whether all systems work properly and where repairs may be needed.
  • An appraisal fee—typically around $500-$800. Your lender will order an appraisal to determine the value of the property you are buying to be sure you are not borrowing more than the home is worth. Your lender may be able to roll this expense into your closing costs.
  • Closing costs; amount will vary depending on the details agreed to in your purchase contract. Your lender is required to give you an estimate of these costs when you apply for your loan.

Q:  If I hire Magnuson Properties, do I have to pay their commission?

A:  No; the seller pays the commission for both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent.

Q:  How do I benefit by working with a buyer’s agent?

A:  Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing access to listings you would like to preview.
  • Advising you in how to write up an offer that has a good chance of being accepted by the seller.
  • Negotiating price and other contract options.
  • Negotiating repair requests after the inspection.
  • Coordinating communication with the listing agent, your lender and the escrow closer.
  • Sending you weekly updates and guiding you through the process up to closing

Q:  Once I make an offer and it is accepted, how long before I can move into my new home?

A:  You can usually expect to close within 4-6 weeks after your offer has been accepted.

Q:  What is the next step?

A:  Let Barbara and her team at Magnuson Properties know when you are ready and they will help you begin your search for the perfect home, vacant land, new construction or investment property!

Steps in the Home-Buying Process

Maybe you’ve already decided to begin looking at homes for sale:  as your real estate professionals, we will assist you not only in finding the perfect property but also in guiding you through all the steps that come next.

  1. Financing—finding out just how much you can afford and getting pre-qualified for a loan.
  2. Shopping—looking at listings that meet your needs and your budget. Be thinking about not only how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, but also about the kind of neighborhood you want, how close you want to be to your job, schools or community services, and how your lifestyle will affect your choices and location.
  3. Writing an Offer—putting together the components of a successful offer.
  4. Inspection—making sure you know the condition of the home you are buying and negotiating with the seller if repairs are needed.
  5. Escrow—the closing company’s process of pulling all the pieces together for an on-time closing.
  6. Closing—the final steps before taking legal ownership of your new home.




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