Steps to Buying a Home

Everyone dreams of owning their own home. Searching for the perfect home for your family can be a very exciting, yet anxiety-filled experience. However, if you know what to expect during the home buying process you will be more relaxed and comfortable knowing that we will be by your side every step of the way guiding you through it and looking out for your best interests. Below are the steps to selling to help you visualize what this process looks like. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions and remember we will be there for you every step of the way!

The Sell4Free® Mission

Sell4Free® Welsh Realty Corp. is “The Buy From Me, Sell For Free Company.”® Giving our clients the the highest level of service and offering our clients significant savings is at the forefront of our business model. We guarantee that you will get better service, better marketing, and the most competitive commission rate! We will strive to make your selling and or buying experience with Sell4Free® Welsh Realty Corp. the best you have ever had and best you ever will!

Finding the right real estate agent can be the difference between a happy, stress-free home buying or selling experience, and an unhappy, stressful experience.

You’ll want an agent ready and able to make a full-time commitmentto you. Sell4Free® agents can and will do that.

You will also want a LOCAL agent with the experience needed to know the local neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, ordinances, etc. With years of experience in the local market – Sell4Free® agents have the experience and track record of success that puts your best interest at the forefront.

Sell4Free® agents embrace the convenience of technology without losing the personal touch. You’ll love the resources available on our mobile ready website, and the e-mail alerts that your Sell4Free® agent will send. These will never replace the time spent with you. Your Sell4Free® agent will serve as your personal guide through this exciting process.


Before the house hunting process begins, it is important to know how much you can afford. Expenses to consider include the down payment, monthly expenses, property taxes, and any home insurance costs. These will all have to be considered before the home buying process begins as they are typically included in your new monthly payment. Since a person’s credit score determines their interest rate, knowing your score ahead of time can help you decide if now is a good time to buy or not. An individual’s debt-to-income ratio must also fall within acceptable limits of the home’s cost. Once you have determined these things, and if you feel that your budget has enough room to afford a new home, then it’s time to look for the right loan.


Different banks and companies will offer different loan origination fees and by shopping around you can oftentimes save yourself a lot of money. Get multiple quotes so you can make sure you get the best rate and terms. Be sure to also check your loan officer’s website for testimonials and information. A good loan officer will offer you many online resources and tools. Before you lock in your rate, be sure to check the daily rate with the rate your loan officer gives you to ensure you are getting the lowest rate possible. Interest rates will determine how much a mortgage will cost each month and come in fixed or adjustable terms. Mortgage lengths can range from 15 years to 30 years. The longer the repayment term, the lower the payments will be. However, the interest accrued will also be higher on a longer loan. Don’t forget to ask for a pre-approval letter so you can include this with any offers you make.


Before you start your home search, it is important to find a buyer’s agent that will be looking out for your best interests so you don’t fall into a money pit or end up paying too much for your new home. A good buyer’s agent will help guide you through the home buying process and can also save you TONS of time and money on the road to your new home. Buyer’s agents are legally bound to help buyers, whereas listing agents—the real estate agent representing the home listing—have a fiduciary duty to the home seller. Your buyer’s agent will also set up home tours, give you insight on any homes you like that you may not be aware of, have knowledge of upcoming listings not yet on the market, help you negotiate the best terms, protect your part in the deal, and give you invaluable advice throughout the process.


Start your home search by using your agent’s website (like this one!) to search the MLS for homes. Agents have a direct line to the MLS, so their websites often update with the newest properties faster than the ‘big name’ sites out there. It also has a My Listing Manager tool that keeps you both in the loop. You can start your search and begin saving your favorite properties to your account and even set up alerts to get new homes and price changes emailed to you. Your agent can then see the properties you have liked and can send potential new properties directly into your listing manager that they think you may be interested in. It’s a WIN-WIN!


There is an art to making an offer on a home. Your buyer’s agent will help you choose the right terms for your offer and will be watching for signs of problems in the home. Listen closely and be sure to ask questions. Be sure to ask for an inspection contingency so if there are major problems, you can back out of the deal without losing your earnest money. A home warranty is also a valuable part of your contract and is a sign of good faith on the seller’s part. You want to make sure all of your bases are covered. That’s where having a buyer’s agent is most valuable: so your rights and interests are protected. With their experience on your side, they will be able to help you negotiate a lower price that sometimes includes concessions or closing costs. Their job is to protect YOU in the contract.


Once your offer has been accepted, you will need a home appraisal. Banks require this so they can make sure the home is worth as much money as they are lending you. You may also need some inspections depending on your loan type. FHA and VA loans have more requirements than conventional loans. This is also the time to have a full home inspection, even if it is not required. A home inspector will go through the home and specifically look for problems and provide you with a full report on everything they find. This will give you the opportunity to avoid major problems and back out of the sale or negotiate repairs without losing your earnest money.


Once the inspections are done, you will more than likely ask the seller to fix some of the issues you found. Keep in mind that they are only required to fix something if the loan terms require it. Be reasonable but firm in your requests. If your seller rejects your request, then it is up to you to decide how to proceed.


The final walk-through is an important last step, even if you are positive you are going to go through with the sale. Walk through and check the agreed upon repairs, make sure everything is in working order and new issues have not popped up. This is your last opportunity to back out. If everything looks good, then it’s time to go to closing!


Before the home is legally transferred to you, the closing process must occur. During this phase, you will sign all of the mortgage documents, pay closing costs, and sign various other legal documents. Your buyer’s agent will be at the closing with you to help you through it all. Once all of the papers are signed and monies are transferred, the keys to your new home are yours! The only thing left to do is move into your humble abode. This may occur immediately after the closing or at the date set in the closing documents.


Depending on how far you’re moving or how much stuff you have, you may require a moving company or a moving truck. Professional movers may seem pricey at first, but when you look at the time and money to get similar results, you may re-consider. Call and set your moving date and start packing! Many places like U-HAUL sell moving boxes that are made to make your move easier. Label everything with what is inside it and what room it goes in. Recruit friends and family if needed.

Bonus Buyer Tips

See What Our Clients are Saying:

Hannah D.

Thanks Brenda!

We loved working with Brenda to find our house! Was willing to show us many houses & find the right one for us! Gave us genuine advice for a homeowner! Thanks Brenda!

Daniel B

I would definitely recommend Brenda to anyone

Brenda was so nice to work with. She was both friendly and professional. She would let us know if she had concerns about a property and helped push when things got difficult in the buying process. I would definitely recommend Brenda to anyone.

Nancy H

It was a pleasure to work with Brenda

It was a pleasure to work with Brenda in both selling my home and buying another home. This had the added bonus of saving the realtor commission on the sale of my home, which is what makes it “Sell 4Free”. Brenda is easy to talk to and very knowledgeable of the local real estate market. As we walked through potential homes she was able to spot flaws that I would have overlooked, as well as pointing out the positive aspects of a feature or floor plan. Part of the marketing of my home was an online virtual tour which allows potential buyers to “walk through” the property before scheduling a showing.

Brenda walked me through what can be a complex, confusing process of selling and buying at the same time, and made it easy to understand. I highly recommend her for your real estate needs. At the end of the process I felt that I had a resource and a friend.

Ralph and Lisa W.

I would recommend her to family and friends always

Karen takes the stress out of the searching and buying process. She often gave up time on Saturdays and short notice to meet our needs. I would recommend her to family and friends always.

Ann S.

Sell4Free is an awesome company.

Andy Welsh was great to work with.  Andy made buying a house stress free, it was a smooth process.  Sell4Free is an awesome company.

Eric A.

Working with Andy Welsh was truly an amazing experience!

Working with Andy Welsh was truly an amazing experience! He is always very honest and up front about a property and possesses great vision when it comes to “fixer upper” properties (which is what i was looking for). He is also very informed of the real values of a home and knows the areas in which the properties are located. Andy is also able to spot most potential issues that should be negotiated during the sales/offer process. Within two weeks he found the exact property I was looking for!!

I would highly recommend Andy to anyone and in fact have several times!!
Eric A

Phil A.

Andy is the first and only person I would call.

I am completely satisfied with the level of attention Andy gave us and how hard he worked to find us the right property.  There is no question if we ever need to buy or sell real estate again Andy is the first and only person I would call.

Eric W.

Andy was terrific to work with.

Andy was terrific to work with.  He guided our transition very well.  We could not have been happier with the end result.  He was flexible.  We went from exploring options to needing a patient, experienced realtor who can work quickly.  His valuable inight was really helpful.


One of the easiest experiences I have been involved with

After spending just over a year house hunting, it was time for a change of realtor.  After meeting with Andy Welsh, my hunt began again. Within a month, he had found me exactly what I was looking for.  It was quite honestly one of the easiest experiences I have been involved with. I can’t say enough about the speed, ease, and professional nature of my home buying experience.  My hat’s off to Andy and the Sell 4 Free team.


Upstanding people and great business!

Buying with Sell 4 Free was the best decision we made in the whole process of moving to southern Indiana. Andy and Brenda are as connected as anyone in Jasper. They have a great understanding of the market and what to anticipate with each particular house.

We worked with Andy, and he worked very hard to find a house that fit our specific needs. You never have to wonder if he’s yanking you around to buy a house that is listed with him like many other companies might. He’s straight up on every showing. On top of that, if you’re new to town, he’ll connect you to the right people for everything you need both house related and non.

Upstanding people and great business!