Why buy a home with the Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group? We understand that your home purchase is both an important business and personal decision. Our clients know that, no matter how big or small their purchase, we treat them like friends and family. We adhere to the highest ethical standards in our practice and always put our client’s interests before our own. We know that some of the most important life moments you have will be within the walls of your home, and we would love to help you find that home. We look forward to being one of the first to welcome you to your new community.
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We know our local market, the towns and the inventory. We give you the strategies to succeed in today’s competitive market.
We rely on personal connection and great communication from the get go. We give honest and expert advice while staying loyal, responsive and professional. We want to be your realtors for life.
We take the time to get to know you and what you like so we can match you quickly with the best properties. We preview homes for you in advance so your time isn’t wasted and let you know about new listings before they hit the market.
Our contacts are your contacts and we know all the best lenders, contractors, home inspectors, and attorneys-essential team members along the path to closing on your house.
We give you all of the information you need to make smart business decisions while choosing your dream home. We won’t let you make a mistake.
With hundreds of excellent client reviews you can be confident in your choice. We’ve been awarded the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award year after year for our production volume but what is most important is earning great testimonials and future referrals from our happy clients.
Once you are pre-approved by a lender you will know what your buying power is. You must have a pre-approval letter in order to make an offer on a home.
We learn your tastes, needs, hobbies, etc. to help you find the perfect place quickly. We ask the right questions and consider your feedback when we see homes with you. We preview homes with you in mind to save you time, and will call when we think there is a match.
Your offer is made using a contract of sale that contains the purchase price of your offer as well as other terms, such as:
You will sign the contract, seller and lead paint disclosures. When countersigned by the seller, you have an “accepted offer” and move to the next step.
Usually running 3-7 days, both buyer’s and seller’s attorneys review the contract. This period is concluded when any changes are agreed upon. During this period you can withdraw your offer for any reason. Also, the seller may entertain additional offers or withdraw their acceptance without consequence. Once concluded, you are “under contract.”
Usually due within ten days of going “under contract.” Often this is 10% of the purchase price and is held in an escrow account by one of the attorneys. It is refundable unless you breach the contract.
Usually performed within ten days of going “under contract.” This includes an inspection for major defects, termite/pest damage and radon testing. A sweep for underground oil tanks is recommended as well as having the chimney, flues and fireplace, and sewer line checked out. Your attorney will send a copy of the inspection report to the seller’s attorney with any inspection requests. These will be negotiated. If the seller declines to address your requests, in most cases you may cancel the contract.
Your lender will do an appraisal of the home and will ask you for additional documentation in order to issue you a mortgage commitment.
Once the previous steps are completed, it is time to order your homeowner’s insurance policy that must be prepaid for one year prior to closing. The realtors will coordinate the fire/smoke and certificate of occupancy inspections. Your attorney will order title work and a survey and give you an estimate of all closing costs.
Once the closing is scheduled, you will have a date to move in! Schedule your move and request transfer of utilities into your name.
On the day of closing you will do a final walk through of the property to make sure it is in good condition. At least three days prior to closing, the detailed itemization of your closing costs are presented to you for your review in the form of a closing disclosure statement. At closing, you bring the balance of your payment in certified funds or have this payment wired per your attorney’s instructions. Bring your checkbook in case of last minute adjustments. In the final moments of the closing, the documents to transfer title are signed and the keys are given to you for your new home!