I have a local loan officer I could recommend for assistance to get you started, with no obligation.
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Distance to Airport?
Schools (Either for your own or Resale)
We have financing programs with 100% financing, even some in the city.
Lets communicate and put a plan together to find the best situation for your wants and needs.
The Green Team @ Realty ONE Group
I work with a lot of first time homebuyers. One thing you need to know and understand is not to buy under pressure. Take some time, do some homework on different areas, look at schools, sex offenders, crime stats and price ranges. The buyer"s advisory available at http://www.aaronline.com is a great resource for all buyers to review. Once you decide where to buy. Get out there with the REALTOR you choose and start narrowing down what you like and don't like. Give he or she a lot of feedback so that they can further tailor your search to find your perfect home. Once you find it and negotiate all of your terms you have a TEN day inspection period to do further research on that particular property. This is your time to decide if you really want to buy it or not.
There are lots of great agents out there. Choose one that you like, feel comfortable with and can have open honest conversations with. This will help you get the best home for your money.
When you are ready to interview agents. I would love to be on your list.
WEST USA REALTY
"Home Buying Simplified"
TOP 1% Sales West USA Realty
Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. We relocated from CA to Arizona in 1981 and have never regretted the move. Although the area has grown in population steadily since we first arrived, it is not nearly as crowded or hectic as California. You will enjoy the lifestyle and friendly atmosphere here. We have assisted multiple first time home buyers with their real estate transactions. We have multiple resources available for you. It is important to understand the function of the various people involved in the transaction, to have an idea of the timeline and to have someone explain the standard real estate sale documentation we use here in Arizona. The Arizona Buyers Advisory (http://www.aaronline.com/2013/01/buyer-advisory/) is a great place to begin.
Gary and I have been full time realtors since 1993 and would be pleased to assist you with your new adventure.
Are you interested in leasing or purchasing at this time? Where are you going to be working and how much of a commute are you looking at? Arizona has specific websites for every area and you can type in an address and find the crime rate...I always recommend it to my Leasing/Buyer clients:)
If there is anything I can do to assist, please contact me as my company does a Valleywide business!
Mary Ann Monaco, Broker
Welcome to Arizona! I moved from California to Arizona as well several years ago. I would be happy to help you in your home search. I live and work in Chandler and it has been wonderful, although crime is higher in the northern part of Chandler. There are excellent resources to help you look at crime rates. I have posted a link below. There are also other great communities nearby such as Gilbert. Please call me so we can talk more about what you are looking for.
Hope this helps.....Lynette
You ask a really great question. This website details crime statistics by neighborhoodhttp://www.neighborhoodscout.com/az/phoenix/crime/
Since you have limited resources, getting pre-approved for a home loan should be your first step. It will give you a price range to begin your home search and will also educate you on the cost of purchasing (downpayment, closing costs and inspections). I am happy to walk you through this.
You can begin the approval process by visiting http://www.BLalliance.com - Apply now page or by calling me directly 480-593-4510
NMLS # 260183
Sr. Loan Officer/Cobalt Mortgage