Ready to become a homeowner? Here are some key steps to get you started:
- Get pre-approved.
Find a reliable mortgage agent who will help you run the numbers. Speaking with a lender about your financial situation will give you an estimate on what you can afford. Understand the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved.
- Get familiar with the community.
Educate yourself about potential residential areas. Knowing the community better will help you make wiser decisions. Our understanding about zoning and development plans will make sure you don’t buy a house that ends up facing new townhouses instead of a field in a few years.
- Understand how to search for houses.
With all the resources available online, how do you know where to start? Some resources are good for certain things but not everything. For example, Zillow can show you photos of houses in a neighborhood but isn’t reliable for price. Learn from our expertise on how to navigate the market. And with our inside knowledge, we can even let you know what’s going to be on the market before it hits the multiple list services.
- Analyze the neighborhood.
Knowing the history of a neighborhood is helpful. We’ll prepare a detailed market analysis to show you the history and value of the neighborhood to assist in your decision.
- Get the right inspections.
Not all property inspections might be necessary, depending on your situation. Our recommendations will help you decide which ones are important for you.
These are important basics to buying a house. For a more comprehensive list, please refer to this step-by-step process to becoming a homeowner.
Why Choose Us?
- Experienced agents: we average over 20 years of experience per agent
- Local knowledge of Baltimore Metro area
- Reputation: well respected in the community
- Service: commitment to customer service
- Technology: e-signatures, listings automatically emailed to you, tech savvy team
- Full-time agents: available when you need us
- Program subscriptions: access hundreds of websites through our MRIS membership, including Redfin, Trulia, HomesDatabase, HotPads, and Zillow
I have worked with Chris Streett for 10+ years, and I believe that he exemplifies what a professional real estate agent should be. I have worked with him on numerous commercial real estate deals and have always found him to be knowledgeable, courteous, experienced, and most importantly accessible! He has excellent communication and follow-up. I highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs.
When I first met Chris ten years ago, I was an investor doing rehabs in Canton. He sold me my first rehab and has been my realtor ever since. I have learned to trust Chris to give me advice and opinions that were in my best interests. He never sold me—he helped me. Over the years I have done many real estate deals with him, all with favorable outcomes. He will always get my business and referrals.
I bought my first house from Tim’s father, Harry Hopkins, in 1989. It was the first time I ever bought real estate. Harry sat me down and explained to me in very direct terms that you should never sign a contract without having an “out” clause for yourself, because you never know what is going to happen. I’ll never forget that—a realtor that would help you get out of a contract? Unheard of. It’s been 26 years since I bought my first property, and since ...
Chris is a great real estate professional and has helped me buy and sell in both the commercial market and the residential real estate market. He cares about his clients and markets the properties with the highest standard of professionalism.