Steps to Buying

So you’re thinking of buying a home in Tulsa? Here are step by step directions to help make this process as easy as possible.

You’re already shopping online.

I know that, because you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t.

You are going to need a good lender and a good Tulsa REALTOR®. You really should contact a lender first to get pre-qualified, but if you’re unsure of where to go, choose a REALTOR®, and take his/her recommendation of lenders. REALTORS® know from experience which lenders are reputable and responsible.

“Yikes – where do I begin?”

Don’t worry – I hear that a LOT!

You don’t buy a home every day, so the smart buyer DOES have a lot of questions.

If you are going to use FHA financing to buy a home in Tulsa, OK, it requires a 3.5% down-payment. This can be gifted from a relative. Sometimes in the state of Oklahoma, state bond money will be available to pay your 3.5% down, but it’s not available from all Lenders – I try to announce when and where it’s available.

You can ask the Seller to pay some of your closing costs, but they can not assist with your required down payment.  Some other financing options you may qualify for are V.A. financing or conventional financing. In Oklahoma, many residents qualify for lending programs available to Native Americans.  Discuss all options with your lender to find the program that best suits your needs when buying a home.

How much money do I need to have saved?

Your up-front out-of-pocket expenses will include:

  1. Earnest money -typically 1% of sales price
  2. Appraisal ($350-$400)
  3. Inspections ($400-$500).

Often, your Realtor can make arrangements to pay your inspection costs at closing. You should request a Good Faith Estimate from the lender to see what other expenses you may have.

You need to speak to a lender FIRST to know how much home you can afford. No responsible REALTOR® will take you house-hunting until you are pre-approved with a Lender. Plus, you don’t want to look at $125,000 homes, only to discover that you can only afford a $110,000 home. Trust me – there’s a huge difference in that $15,000 and you don’t want to begin this adventure with a disappointing start.

Lori, we feel that you went above and beyond for us in so many areas. You really understood our needs and made us feel comfortable. You are easy to talk to. Closing was stressful, but we know you did all you could for us and stayed in constant contact with us. We will definitely refer you to our friends!
~ Jason and Shannon Culler, Broken Arrow Buyers

PLEASE DO NOT check your credit scores on the internet!! These scores are rarely accurate and will only adversely affect your score due to multiple inquiries. Your lender can help you prepare if you provide all required information up front. You will not make it through the lender’s underwriter if you have had an insufficient check in the last two months, regardless of how high your credit score is. Your Lender can guide you and advise you so that you can prepare for a smooth transaction.

Once the Lender tells you it’s time to shop, select one REALTOR® to help you shop. They can set up custom searches that are much more efficient than the searches you can do online by yourself. They also know what to look for as far as homes being compliant with various lending guidelines. We are experienced negotiators and will walk you through the process.

I remember my first home purchase with the fondest of memories. It became my treasured money-pit and wonderful haven.

Educate yourself, surround yourself with caring professionals, and have a great time!  If you follow these simple steps to buying a Tulsa home, you too can have a wonderful experience.