Ready … Set … Let’s go find your Dream Home

Is it time to make a move? Without the proper assistance, this can be a 7 on the stress scale. You may have already done these things. If not, it’s a good way to start. Now it’s time to find a great REALTOR® to guide you through the process.


  1. Play with a mortgage calculator to get an idea of payment and price relationship.

  2. Look online at homes for sale.  Find what style of home and features you like.

  3. Physically explore neighborhoods to discover the areas would fit.

  4. Make note about your wants and needs. 

  5. Most important … be sure that all decisions makers are up to speed!

Five Steps to a “Stress Free” Home Search

Please be aware!  There are several issues that must be addressed before looking at homes, and there are important strategies you need to know before becoming a serious buyer.  Working with an inexperienced buyer’s agent that will let you get started without a strategy meeting is just setting you up to fail. Work with an agent that will supply all the advantages and full real estate services.



1. Make an appointment to meet with Tom Perry.

The initial meeting with your buyers agent is so important. Closing on homes for sale is a complicated process and can be very stressful. 


  • I will address all of your expectations and concerns. 
  • Then we will discuss the home search and buying processes, 
  • your financing and approval letter, 
  • the protections in the purchase agreement, 
  • and negotiating strategies. 

When we are done, we will have a strategy in place to get you into your next home “Stress Free”. 



2. Contact Kenton Becker of American Pacific Mortgage.

Kenton, over the years, has earned my trust to get the job done efficiently while being empathetic to my clients. The right lender is more than the loan rate. Their understanding of loan requirements, loan processing and underwriters that are not hindered by additional corporate layers for loan approval are sometimes overlooked by buyers. If you are already approved for your loan, let Kenton review and explain your good faith Estimate. You can start the Loan Process online.


3. Bring all your questions and concerns to our meeting.

Another one of the important real estate services is being able to explain and comfort a buyer. Questions and concerns are the biggest factor that stops buyers from winning in this market. I have found that only when the buyer understands the process, their financing and the protections in the purchase agreement can they move forward “Stress Free” and from that point working with your buyers agent is a fun process.


4. Use the NWMLS Search Portal daily

Zillow, Redfin or Realtor and HomeSnap will be great to get additional information about the homes we find with the NWMLS Portal. This portal is truly the only app designed for you to have direct access to the NWMLS database. It is best way for us to be on the same page and may be the difference in finding the right home or not.  Watch a short video on using the  NWMLS Property Search Portal.


5. Be available to view possible properties.

Look at the emails with new properties that you receive from the Portal as they come in. I will see that you mark the properties you like and set appointments to view them.  As your buyer’s agent, I ask that you follow my system. By doing so, you will be so far ahead of most buyers. You will be able to confidently make quick decisions which could be the difference in mutual acceptance, closing and moving into the right home. 

Schedule your private hour with Tom Perry right away!

My clients have learned that only by spending that little bit of time with me to learn about the home buying process were they ready to look at homes without the uncomfortable fear of not knowing what to do next. We look at, the process, some valuable questions to ask their lender, an overview of the buyer protections built-into the purchase agreement and a few critical negotiation tips. New client meetings are on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

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