Phoenix Home Buying Process

Welcome to the top online resource for buying a home in the Phoenix, Arizona market.  Here you can find extensive information on top communities and neighborhoods, as well as research all available Phoenix homes for sale. If you are new to the home buying process, the team at 623Living.com is here to help walk you through each and every step.

1. Get Pre-qualified

623Living.com has narrowed the list of mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers in Phoenix to a trusted few who consistently deliver outstanding service to our clients.  If you would like to get preapproved by a mortgage banker, please complete the Buyer’s Request Form and we will put you in touch with our top partners.

2. Get Educated

If you are considering a move to the Phoenix area, go to our Communities section to see a list of  popular communities and neighborhoods in the West Valley. If you need to research schools, you can click through from the different city pages and see all of the schools within that community along with local businesses and the real estate market statistics.

3. Research Homes for Sale in the Phoenix Area

Our powerful Phoenix MLS map search allows you to search through all available Phoenix area homes the way you want to search, on your own time.  Once you choose an area, we make it easy to find foreclosures or short sales, waterfront homes, golf course homes, lot size, homes with pools, homes in gated communities and much more.  In addition to asking price, bedrooms, baths, etc., we show you all the details that you need to help make an informed decision: days on market, estimated property tax amount, HOA dues and Elementary, Middle and High School alignment.  Listings are linked to Google Maps where you can view a satellite map to see how the house looks from above.  Plus, we provide high resolution photos, a virtual tour when available, and detailed neighborhood demographics.  You can easily save your search, keep track of your favorites and have the newest homes for sale in the Phoenix area that meet your criteria emailed to you daily.

4. Get Representation

There is so much more to hiring a buyer’s agent than getting access to the Phoenix area houses and a chauffeur to show you around.  While it is possible to buy a home without an agent, the experience often proves to be more challenging than many expect.  We’ve listed our top 3 reasons below:

     1. Representation: Unless you are buying a property that is for sale by owner, the seller has professional representation on their side.  By negotiating directly with the seller’s agent you are putting yourself at a severe disadvantage since their agent is legally bound to share everything you tell them in order to get the best deal for their client. You wouldn’t go into a courtroom without a lawyer, so why risk one of the biggest purchases in your life without representation? This is also very important when purchasing new construction through a builder. Although you may think an agent isn’t necessary when buying from a builder, a good buyer’s agent will almost always be able to negotiate a better deal on your behalf.

    2. Information: The only way to determine the correct price of a home is to analyze the prices at which similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood.  While there are a variety of online resources for finding homes for sale, there are no consumer websites that provide exact home sales data in the Phoenix area. This information is only available to Realtors through their membership with the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. While many consumers look to Zillow for this information in other areas, Zillow does not have the actual prices of homes that sold in the Phoenix area.

     3. Experience: When you have an experienced buyer’s agent working for you their primary job is to keep you from making a mistake.  The knowledge they gain from working with so many clients throughout their career is invaluable when it comes to helping you pick the right Phoenix area house. This experience also comes into play when they are negotiating on your behalf as they often have intimate knowledge of the pros and cons of similar homes that recently sold.  Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your buyer’s agent will help you locate a great inspector, negotiate repairs with the seller, get estimates from trustworthy contractors and obtain financing from the most reputable lenders.

When you’re ready to get professional representation, either fill out the Buyer’s Request Form or feel free to give me a call at 623-206-9936. Still not sure if 623Living.com is the right choice? Feel free to read what some of our past clients have had to say on our Testimonials page.

5. Find your new home

Once you have been pre-qualified by a lender, narrowed down your home search and retained a buyer’s agent it’s time to get in the car and go look at some homes.  For most people, this is the fun part, and it should be.  Buying a home is the most important purchase most people make in their lifetime.  Having an experienced professional in your corner will save you time, give you peace of mind and very likely save you a great deal of money.