Tips for Buyers

Financing is the First Step

The prospect of choosing your dream home is exciting! Before viewing homes, however, it is important to determine your financial parameters. Potential buyers must meet with a mortgage representative to find out their pre-approval amount. If you would like assistance contacting a mortgage provider, Signature Properties of Vermont is more than happy to offer suggestions to start you on your journey to home-ownership.

Choosing Your Representation

Finding the perfect Realtor is extremely important. Your Agent must be licensed, highly trained and knowledgeable in the style, location and price range of homes that interest you. Our Signature Agents average 12 years of experience, are thoroughly versed on all types of real estate and will always have your best interets at heart. Remember: your Realtor is your advocate throughout thehome buying process; a foundation of trust and solid communication is of the utmost importance.

Feedback is Your Friend

What do you think of when you imagine your ideal home? Whether you are looking for beautiful landscaping, access to recreational areas or proximity to a certain school district, consider the needs of your family and what is most important. Keep your Realtor apprised of your feelings, likes and dislikes. Your Agent's goal is to fit you with the perfect property so the more information they have, the better equipped they are to meet your needs!

Loyalty Pays Off

This rings true for both you as the buyer, and your Realtor. An exclusive relationship strengthens the bond between you and your Aent and allows for a more efficient, timely outcome. Signature Properties of Vermont Agents pride themselves on their follow through and will be here for you even after you close your sale. We love hearing from past clients!

Inspections: The Sooner the Better

So, you and your Realtor have begun looking at homes, great! Keep in mind as you look that identifying potential problem areas should be pointed out as soon as possible so they can be addressed quickly. If you decide to make an offer on a home, you have generally 7-10 days once the offer is accepted to have inspections performed and bring any issues to light. Your Realtor will be able to offer guidance and suggestions along the way to make this process as smooth as possible.

Attorneys Offer Sound Advice

Purchasing or selling a property is a very complex process and one that is unfamiliar to the average consumer. It is very likely that sellers will be represented by an attorney and it is advised that you as the buyer seek out skilled, legal counsel as well. While your Realtor is an extremely valuable resource, remember that they will not be able to provide you with legal advice. The cost of hiring an attorney will often pay for itself in the long run.

Empathy is a Powerful Tool

A home is a place where families are reaised and memories are made. Selling a home can therefore be a very emotional experience for many people. It is comforting for a seller to know that you as a potential buyer will care for, maintain and appreciate the home that they have grown so fond of. Taking the time to write a personal note goes a long way toward easing the mind of the seller and establishing a positive relationship.

Prepare to Compromise

In a perfect world, you would find a home, place an offer and move in right away. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Buying a home can be a lengthy, challenging process and negotiation is nearly inevitable. Don't be frustrated or deterred, your Signature Agent will be well versed and able to advise you when you are ready to make your offer.


Last but not least, don't forget to relax and enjoy the home-buying process! Think of this as an opportunity to find the perfect place to create new memories with family and friends. The best is yet to come, let Signature Properties of Vermont show you the way home.


The Signature Properties Blog is an excellent resource for even more tips and advice!