Buyer's Guide

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A Step-by-Step First Time Buyer's Guide

Buying a home is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This step-by-step first time buyer’s guide created by your agent will help reduce the stress of buying a home and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.


Step 1: Find an Agent

We will set up a time to discuss the neighborhoods you’re considering and I will help guide your search. 


Step 2: Get Pre-Qualified

Based on your income and credit history, the mortgage broker will determine how much a bank will lend you, to help you settle on a price range.


Step 3: Visit Properties

Now is the time to consider your ideal home’s location and amenities. You will attend viewings and open houses.


Step 4: Submit an Offer

Once you identify a home you like, you can put in an offer. The seller will likely return with a counter offer, which you can accept, reject, or make another counter. I will provide advice throughout.

My goal is to provide you with the most personalized service that is designed to help you buy your dream home.

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Step 5: Home Inspections

You will select all desired inspections and determine the property condition within the agreed timeline and contingencies. You'll also review disclosures and the preliminary title reports. 


Step 6: Final Walkthrough

Confirm that no damage has been done to the home since the inspection and that major systems and
appliances are in working order.


Step 7: Closing

Documents are signed, payment is exchanged, and you receive the keys!


Step 8: Finish Paperwork

Congratulations! After signing the final paperwork to complete the purchase, You're a HOMEOWNER. 


Your loan will fund and the title company will record the closing. you are now the owner of a new house, you’ll be all set to move into the home of your dreams. 


Let me show you why I am the right agent for you.

  • Listen and understand your goals.
  • Creative problem solver
  • Preview listings on your behalf.
  • Send you properties that meet your expectations including off-market homes.
  • Find you the perfect home, in the neighborhood of your choice, at the appropriate price point
  • Provide you with a comprehensive and competent analysis of the properties you are interested in.
  • Negotiate effectively to achieve the best possible price and terms.
  • Provide you with quality and reliable resources: inspectors, home repair referrals, community, and school information, etc.
  • Explain and answer all questions throughout the home buying process.
  • Be present for all inspections with you.
  • Always conduct myself with honesty and integrity.
  • Don’t stop working until you are 100% satisfied.
  • E.W

    “Elizabeth Green Kilgore was an outstanding buyers agent. She helped us navigate a tough market in Novato, during COVID when just getting in to see houses was a challenge. ...”

  • Carol L. S.

    “Elizabeth is extremely personable, highly organized, and the consummate real estate professional. It doesn’t get any better than that. ”

  • M.M

    “Elizabeth was amazing to work with, both on the purchase of my home, and on the sale later.”

  • M.S

    “Elizabeth is an amazing real estate agent and I recommend her to all of our family and friends! Marin can be a tough market to compete in and we were worried we wouldn’t be...”

  • P.M

    “I like Elizabeth Green Kilgore. She's a really good real estate agent. Intuitive and clever yet in no way overbearing or pushy. She knows her stuff. Selling and buying prop...”

  • M.T

    “Elizabeth is an outstanding real estate agent! We worked with her to sell two houses and she made both experiences as wonderful, smooth and efficient as possible. She is an...”

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