Buying a home is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This step-by-step first time buyer’s guide created by your agent will help reduce the stress of buying a home and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.
Before starting your search, it's important to determine your budget for purchasing a home. Consider your income, expenses, and any additional financial obligations you may have, such as student loans or credit card debt. You can use online calculators to help determine an estimated monthly mortgage payment.
Consider factors such as proximity to work or school, crime rates, access to amenities such as shopping and entertainment, and overall desirability when researching potential neighborhoods.
Make a list of the features and amenities that are most important to you in a home. This can include number of bedrooms and bathrooms, yard size, type of home (e.g. single-family vs. townhome), and any other specific requirements.
A reputable real estate agent can help you navigate the buying process, negotiate on your behalf, and ultimately help you find a home that fits your needs and budget.
Before making an offer on a home, it's important to have a pre-approval from a lender. This will give you a better idea of your price range and can help you move forward with an offer more quickly.
Once you have identified potential homes, attend open houses and viewings to get a better sense of the property and neighborhood. Take note of any issues or concerns you may have, and ask questions to the seller or real estate agent.
If you find a home you like, make an offer to the seller. Your real estate agent can help you draft a strong offer and negotiate on your behalf.
Once your offer has been accepted, it's important to conduct inspections to ensure there are no major issues with the home. You'll also need to have the home appraised to ensure it's valued appropriately.
If inspections and appraisals are satisfactory, it's time to close on the home! This involves signing the necessary paperwork and paying closing costs, and ultimately taking ownership of the property.
Purchasing a home can be a complex process, but with the help of a reputable real estate agent and careful planning, you can find a home that meets your needs and budget.
I'm so glad I picked Tracey and Tricia. Their approach was professional, knowledgeable, and well networked. Always positive, and driven, they got the house staged in record speed. A big advantage they had were the Compass Concierge services. This allowed me to do upgrades with no upfront costs. Tracey and Tricia leveraged the Compass Network, Concierge Services, and their hustle for a quick sale! I definitely will use them again!— Chris C
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We used Tracey Lazorik now for two different properties. She takes your home wish list and does magic tricks to find the perfect home. She's always on top of things, is a pleasure to be around, and gives good strategic advice.— Thomas T.
Tracey was a delight to work with and a credit to her profession. We were demanding clients operating under 1031 exchange limits in a booming Austin market. Tracey made shrewd strategic choices in recommending properties and terms to insure we were competitive with other bidders, but not overspending. We were able to narrow our focus to a handful of houses under construction, with one “must-have.” Our offer was accepted even though it was not the top bid. We credit Tracey for selling us as the preferred buyers. Following acceptance, Tracey kept track of 1031 deadlines to make sure our options were kept open. She monitored construction and kept all s...— Ross
When I decided to invest in Austin Real Estate I called on Tracey Lazorik to work with me. She came highly recommended by a friend who described her as “scrappy”. Throughout my journey of purchasing four rental properties and my future home sight, I’d say that term is spot on. Tracey helped me evaluate each property, neighborhood, and the potential income it could produce before we made an offer. Her real estate knowledge, sharp negotiating skills, and sense of urgency helped me secure prime rental properties in up and coming 78704 zip code area that rented just a few weeks after purchasing them. She even talked me out of property that I loved but i...— Amy
Our family was living abroad when 2 different friends in Austin separately recommended we work with Tracey for our anticipated move back to the US. That meant a lot to us and gave us comfort to begin an important relationship from so far. We are glad they introduced us to her and grateful to Tracey for patiently working with us despite the distance. Throughout our journey with Tracey, she was incredibly patient, intuitive, steadfast, and genuinely caring. She is a wonderful listener and worked hard to bring us options based on what we thought might work for us. As we learned more and modified our "wish list", she always understood and adjusted with ...— Juhi K.
Our experience selling our home and buying a new one with both closing literally at the same time would have been a nightmare if it weren't for Tracey. Dealing with the buyers, buyers agents, sellers, and us, she was graceful and kind yet firm. She is extremely smart and was meticulous about all the details in getting us what we needed to make the whole thing work. We were under a lot of other stress during this process and Tracey made it all bearable. It was excruciating, to say the least, and we would do it all over again as long as we have her guiding the way. Her honesty, loyalty, and work ethic were amazing as well as her ability to gracefully ...— Bronwyn
Tracey was essential in helping us find and land our new home in Tarrytown! We started looking for homes post-COVID during the peak of the housing market in Austin. We were looking for homes within certain zip codes and needed a home that would accommodate our blended family of five. We came to the table as one of Six offers on the home in Tarrytown. Tracey helped us craft an offer strategy that stood out from the rest. I do feel that it was the work and suggestions of Tracey that helped win this deal. Tracey has a strong work ethic and puts in whatever time and effort is needed to get the deal done even when on vacation! A very special thank you to...— Jim & Courtney
Tracey Lazorik is our realtor and was a godsend in helping us find the area of Austin that fit exactly what we were looking for in our search for a new home. Lago Vista is a small town with Lake Travis running through it. Tracey located us several lakeside homes to look at and the one she said would be best, was exactly what we were looking for. Tracey guided us through the purchase process and we could have never been happier to have her by our side. Tracey is now locating us lakeside lots for investments, and once again, her suggestions have been right on the mark. Tracey will be ours for a long time coming and we highly recommend her should you b...— Frank
After two long years of searching, selling, renting, buying, and moving, we have finally moved into our new home! Tracey and Tricia were steadfast in their efforts throughout the entire journey, always optimistic and often creative about how to work around the challenges that each stage presented. And all this during two years of the pandemic and extremely challenging and changing market conditions. We are grateful for their conviction, confidence, enthusiasm, and patience as we moved through each stage. They are clearly dedicated to their clients and we are thankful for their determination and perseverance to get us to this point. There's no place ...— Sharon P.
Look no further! Tracey is everything you want in a realtor. She is professional, tenacious, and organized, and treats you like you are her only client. The thing that impresses me the most though, is her positive perspective on everything. Selling/buying a house is very stressful and having someone that always remains positive and upbeat can really make a difference in your experience. She also always has a sense of urgency (which hasn't been the case with many realtors we've dealt with in the past.) We are very happy to have found her! We would recommend her to anyone without hesitation!— Megan
Tracey Lazorik is my absolute favorite realtor! She is knowledgeable and professional and she truly cares about her clients. Tracey handles all of her clients with kid gloves. She takes care of the details most other realtors don't think about or aren't willing to handle for their clients. We sold our home from Europe and Tracey made it a seamless, smooth process. Tracey understands the Austin market, how to price your home to maximize value, and also to sell. I would recommend Tracey Lazorik to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. She's a breath of fresh air!— Toni
Tracey helped me find that perfect dream home in the area that I wanted and with all of the bells and whistles that I could not live without. I could not believe she found that needle in a haystack for me! Tracey, thank you so much for your hard work, dedication, and of course your quick response to jump on this before it too had multiple offers on it. Tracey can surely help you with getting that perfect home in your price range as well! I would definitely have her help you with your new home. Tracey is a Rock Star!— Dana
Tracey and her team, Tricia, made the sale of my condo quick and easy during a very difficult market due to Covid-19. I was impressed with their knowledge of the eastside and the professionalism they displayed throughout the entire process from marketing to finding the right clients to buy the property, and also helping make sure the sale went quickly and smoothly! I was extremely privileged to have them swoop in and make quick work of the sale and transactions of my townhome. I highly recommend using them.— Laura C.
Tricia Bragg was a godsend for our family! We were looking for a very specific long-term rental house in Westlake. I will admit we were very "picky" per se, regarding what we wanted. She jumped right in and went above and beyond for us. She networked and found us an amazing house that wasn't even on MLS. She knocked it out of the park! She is very professional, hardworking, knowledgeable of the market/city, and extremely nice! I couldn't recommend her enough as she has a client for life with me.— Cynthia
Tracey is absolutely delightful to work with. She is super responsive, has great ideas, and will really go the extra mile. She even chased down and killed a cockroach for me! :) She is very enthusiastic about what she does, and has an extensive network to pull from that helps get the deal done. Everyone loves working with Tracey she even made friends with the buyer of our house! I highly recommend Tracey for buying or selling (we were selling). You will not be disappointed!— Kira
Tracey was Awesome! She understood our vision and was extremely efficient with our time by taking us to homes that truly embodied our interests. Cumulatively, Tracey helped us sell our old home within 30 days and in parallel, also helped us purchase our dream home too! She's intelligent, knowledgeable about her craft, and humble; but most importantly, Tracey's just a great person at the core. :) My wife and I love her and Highly Recommended.— Eddie
My husband Travis and I recently worked with Tricia to purchase our home in Cedar Park. Tricia did a great job listening to our needs and showing us properties that fit the description of what we were looking for in a house. Not only did she find us the perfect home, she worked diligently to get the deal done. We could not have done it without her! We could not be happier with Tricia and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a house!— Dr. Jen
I can't say enough good things about the experience we had with Tracey. She is a true professional that added a personal touch to make the entire process delightful. The experience of buying a home is Austin is stressful. There is too much demand and not enough Good supply. Tracey worked day and night to make sure she found the perfect home for our family and we are thrilled with the outcome.— Warren
We gave Tricia a bit of a challenge as we were looking for something very specific that would work for what we needed. She went above and beyond to help us find exactly what we were looking for. Tricia was able to fully understand what we wanted and find it. She also negotiated a few things we had not even thought about, like adding gutters! Would recommend her in a heartbeat.— Terri & Jim
Tracey was a delight to work with my purchase. Can’t express how much I enjoyed working with her and helped me every step of the way. Was always available if I had any questions even on weekends or evenings. Made my purchase hassle-free. Highly recommend. Thanks, Tracey!— John G.
Tracey and Tricia are amazing to work with! They know Austin neighborhoods inside and out. They are highly professional, and capable and went above and beyond to get our house sold to a happy buyer at a competitive price. I will definitely continue to work with them!— Jim D.
Contact Lazorik + Bragg Group today if you are in the market to purchase and we will set up a showing! Our team is here and ready to help you with any of your real estate needs.