The offer-counter offer phase is over. Our counter offer had been accepted and the provisions for repairs had been ironed out. We are on our way to being homeowners again!
The next move is to hire an inspector, get the mortgage funded, and shop for insurance. I called our bank this morning and a mortgage loan officer will be sitting with me tomorrow so he can explain the differences in the three mortgage programs they currently have. I have a list of local inspectors and mortgage insurance agents I can call tomorrow after the mortgage-funding meeting. I am getting so good at this! Maybe I can parlay these skills into a paying job. LOL.
I was doing our taxes this morning and when I got the news, I abandoned the exciting world of hunting for deductions and embarked on a new and fascinating adventure in the homeownership realm. This might not sound exciting to a lot of people but it does not take a lot to excite me. Anything that requires using my brain cells tickles me pink. Throw in some numbers and negotiations in the mix and I am putty in your hands.
One thing I learned from all of this is: if you are buying a home, hire a buyer’s agent. We did not do this with our first home. We found a home, talked to the seller’s agent who had the listing and negotiated through her. Only in retrospect that we realized that she was the seller’s advocate and so she did everything to get as much from us and she did not have to split her commission with anyone. Hiring a buyer’s agent does not cost you money because the seller has to compensate him/her for her services through the funding proceeds. The way it works is if the agent sold you her listing, she’ll get the whole 6% commission but she only gets 3% if you have your own agent.
Hubby and I ticked off the seller’s agent because we hired a buyer’s agent after we asked her to view the house. I made it clear to her that we are going to do that during the showing but it did not really matter. She was ticked because she has to split her commission so I was told, “That was not nice of you to hire a buyer’s agent after I went out of my way to show you the house.” Duh! She’s the seller’s agent she has to show the home to any interested buyer. All I said was, “We are entitled to be represented by someone who does not owe her loyalty to the seller. We just felt that we can negotiate better if we hire someone to look primarily after our best interests.”
At first, we thought the negotiations would not go well because the seller’s agent might dissuade the seller from selling to us or play hardball with the home price. I guess that worry is over now and there are other dragons to slay.
Bye for now. I need some time to do a happy dance!!!