Buying a Home in Bellevue, WA - First Steps

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Buying a Home in Bellevue, WA - First Steps


Will 2016 be the year?


My name is Marie Haydock and I’m a Real Estate Broker that specializes in working with first time home buyers in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding communities.  Have you been thinking about buying a home in Bellevue, WA or a nearby town? Will 2016 be the year for you?  It's an exciting time to invest in real estate on the Eastside!  


If this is your first home purchase, then you’ll want to work with a Real Estate Broker that has a deep analytical understanding of the real estate market, has experience with all types of home purchases from new construction to estate sales, short sales, and foreclosures, and can help you navigate through the myriad of different loan programs on the market today. Buying a home can be daunting, so I wanted to offer three simple steps that will set you on the right path to home ownership.



 Your First 3 Steps to Buying a Home …


1. How much home can I afford? It’s important for you to first decide how much of your monthly income you’re comfortable devoting to your home. Once you have that amount in mind, then you can work your way up and determine what the price of the home will be based on the monthly mortgage expenses. The monthly mortgage expenses can include payment on the principle of your loan, the interest of your loan, property taxes, and mortgage insurance. That’s a lot of numbers to crunch! A good mortgage calculator is helpful for this. Not many of the mortgage calculators available online are very accurate, but there is one that I recommend to my clients. You can find it at Play around with that and then you’ll have a much better idea of what the price range is for the home you can buy. Disregard the ads on the site, though, and just use the free tool. You’ll always want to start with the financials first, before moving on to the wish list of home features.


2. What can I get for the money? The next step will be lots of fun! Armed with your newfound home buying price range, take a look at what’s available on the market. This is when you can express yourself and be creative. Think about home features and locations that you like. My real estate website, is a fantastic resource because it gives you access to ALL the homes listed by the MLS, and is updated in real time. No outdated information, and a direct feed of full market inventory. Not many real estate websites can say that. Go online and set up a user profile for yourself, so you can search at your leisure. The set-up is secure, free, and easy to do. You can even set up listing alerts so that you get an email automatically when homes that meet your criteria come on the market. Listing alerts are a great way for you to educate yourself on the current real estate market. Once you begin looking for a home in earnest, you’ll be armed with much better understanding of what to expect after you’ve been researching online for a while.


3. I have questions. Now what? Questions are great! It means you’re serious and the more you think and ask, the more likely you will make a great financial and emotional investment for yourself with real estate. I know that buying a home takes time, from the moment you first start thinking about it until the day you’re handed the keys. I consider my clients to be clients for life, so know that you can always reach out to me directly with questions, and there’s never any pressure. I’m here to help.


If 2016 is going to be your year, congratulations! It’s an exciting time to buy a home. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about buying a home in Bellevue, WA or about home loans or the home buying process.



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Marie Haydock

About Marie Haydock


Evergreen Global Real Estate was founded by Marie Haydock.  Marie is an expert real estate investor, marketer, and business development manager.


After satisfying years in the environmental nonprofit world and as a science professor, Marie refocused her career on what she loves most: creative expression through Entrepreneurship.


For the past 15 years Marie has honed her expertise in real estate investing, marketing and sales.  Her joy, experience, and intuition for real estate prove to be a powerful combination that clients love!


Marie Haydock and Evergreen Global Real Estate focus on serving clients throughout western Washington.  Her Team helps people find their first home, their forever home, and their retirement home in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Kitsap, and Clallam Counties.  When people are ready to list their home for sale, Marie's full-time Marketing Department uses the perfect blend of data driven marketing (conversion rates, academic research, and case studies) to ensure that each home listed for sale has a global reach and sells for the highest amount of money in the shortest amount of time.


Working with Marie isn't all work and no play.  She knows that her time with her clients is special, helping them successfully complete one of the most significant events in their lives, the buying and selling of their home.  It's a time to work and also to get to know one another.  Marie's transparency and candor melt any tension away and conversations easily arise around gardening and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, traveling in Europe and Asia, children and family, culinary exploits, and even stories about her adopted stray puppy Terrier mix, Bridget.


Will this be the year?

Marie Haydock and her Team at Evergreen Global Real Estate have worked with hundreds of people from around the globe to build extraordinary lives by finding their dream home and building financial wealth with real estate.

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