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what to expect

when buying your home buyers’ guide

Thank you for choosing Al Filippone Associates to help you purchase your new home. As the #1 Real Estate Team in Fairfield County we make you our top priority. Our focus is to help you learn the market, select the right home for you and negotiate the best price.

buyers’ guide

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Should you buy your home during the Spring market when there are many houses to pick from? What about the Fall, when some sellers may have dropped their price and be more anxious to sell?

when’s the best time

to buy?

Summer? Winter? The ideal time to buy is when you have all of your finances in order and are emotionally ready to make a move.

the first 3 steps to... 1. Identify top priorities of what you would like in your new community... small town, top-rated schools, neighborhood parks, walk-to-town, beach community, countryside, horse trails, arts and culture, libraries, restaurants, etc.

and your new home... colonial, cape, antique, one-story living, number of bedrooms and baths, big back yard, open floor plan, patio or deck, updated kitchen & baths, fixer-upper, finished basement, porch, swimming pool, etc.

Al Filippone Associates is recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 Team in New England

...buying a new home 2. Determine your buying power and be ready to purchase by securing a certified pre-approval With over 30 years of lending experience as a licensed mortgage banker, Jerry offers the rare depth of knowledge needed for a full-spectrum of mortgage scenarios and products. They include 15 and 30 year fixed rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo, super jumbo, interest only, blended loans, second mortgages, Home Equity Lines of Credit, new construction, FHA, VA, CHFA. Get a Certified Pre-Approval before you begin your new home search and obtain greater financial strength and bargaining power when you present your offer. William Raveis Mortgage is licensed to originate loans in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

Jerry Vigorito Cell: 203-247-2332 William Raveis Executive Mortgage Banker NMLS MLO ID#115522

For more details on these or other loan programs, please contact me today.

3. Prepare your home for sale if you need the proceeds to purchase your new home See our SELLERS’ GUIDE for more information

What to expect... When you entrust Al Filippone Associates with the purchase of your new home, you immediately have a team of professionals by your side. Our goal is to achieve 100% client satisfaction.

The process: • Your afa agent will provide you with town tours and town information • Educate you on local market conditions • Connect you to Listingbook in order to have the most updated info on actives & solds in the area • Help identify your top needs & wants in your next home • Apprise you of inventory updates as they occur • Tour homes with you and determine the value of each offering • Negotiate the best price • Manage the transaction including the home inspection • Lead the process from beginning to end - until you get to the closing table

Al Filippone Associates is recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 Team in New England

...when buying your home Scheduling appointments to see homes: We recommend scheduling showings at least a day prior to when you would like to tour. We will only be able to show homes with confirmed appointments. While home sellers try to be accommodating, it’s important to remember they like to prepare their home so that it looks its’ best. Your afa realtor will: • Schedule all showing appointments • Follow-up with questions you might have and share your feedback We recommend limiting your home tours to a maximum of 4-5 homes per day.

Submitting an offer: When you find the home you love, your afa realtor will provide you with a market analysis to give you insight into the value of the home and discuss a negotiation strategy. To submit an offer to purchase you will need the following: • Signed binder • Mortgage pre-approval letter • Check for 1% of the purchase price • Signed disclosures (provided by the seller)

what to expect

once you have an accepted offer

An accepted offer is when you have a fully executed binder with an agreed to purchase price and terms. At this time you should call your real estate attorney to initiate the purchase. Your afa agent will send a copy of the binder to your attorney. The following events will then take place:

Home Inspections

• The home inspection is conducted at the buyers’ expense within 7-10 days of the executed binder and takes approximately three to four hours to complete, depending on the size of home. • It’s important you attend the inspection with your afa realtor. • The inspection can include the condition of the home, evidence of termites, condition of the well and/or septic system, radon level, the pool and oil tank if applicable. • If a home inspector identifies issues that need to be resolved, your afa realtor will discuss them with you and recommend a strategy to negotiate the items of most concern. • The terms of the binder may need to be adjusted, depending on what happens with negotiations. At this time the buyers are free to negate the binder if so desired and have their 1% deposit returned.


• While inspections are being completed, the sellers’ attorney will draft a contract and send it to your attorney. • Within 10 days of the date of executed binder, after inspection items have been resolved, you will sign a contract and pay the balance of the deposit, typically 10% of the purchase price. This deposit is held in the sellers’ attorney’s escrow account.

Mortgage Contingency

• If you’re getting a mortgage, notify your mortgage broker as soon as you have an accepted offer. Your broker will need a copy of the signed contract as soon as it’s ready.

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• You will be required to provide information to your mortgage company to qualify for the loan by your mortgage contingency date. • The lender will send a licensed appraiser to the sellers’ home to assess the market value, typically within 1-2 weeks after signing contracts.

Getting Ready to Move

• Once the mortgage contingency is fulfilled, there will be details for you to attend to including scheduling a mover and switching over utilities. • Please refer to the Closing Checklist at the end of this booklet.


• The closing is typically scheduled by your attorney and held at the sellers’ attorney’s office. • The day of the closing you and your afa realtor will conduct a walk-through in the morning to ensure the home is in the same condition as when it bindered. The home should be broom clean and cleared of all personal belongings. • You will receive all keys and remote openers to the home at the closing. • All warranties and appliance instruction booklets should be left for the new home owners.


steps in the home buying process... SELLER





















buyers’ guide

estimated closing costs Costs on the Sale of a Property State Conveyance Tax Local Conveyance Tax Realtor Fee Attorney Fee Real Estate Taxes Mortgage Payoff Administrative Fee

.0075 x Sales Price (.0125 x Sales Price over $800,000) .0025 x Sales Price 6% (varies) $1,000+ (varies) Unpaid Amount Unpaid Balance $195

Costs on the Purchase of a Property Home Inspection Fees Pool Inspection only Radon only Septic Inspection & Cleaning Only Well Inspection & Water Test Only Termite Only

$500-1,500 (often includes some of the items below) $450-550 $300 $250-350 for inspection, $275-350 depending on tank size $350-550 depending on type of water tests ordered $150-250

Mortgage Fees Include: Application Appraisal Points

$5,000+ (varies) $395 (often includes appraisal cost) $395 0 pts to 3 pts

Attorney Fees Include: Title Search Recording Fee

$1000+ (varies) $350 $350

Title Insurance Tax Escrow Tax Adjustment Interest Adjustment

$275 per $100,000 Determined by Lender, usually 6 months Buyer reimburses seller for pre-paid real estate taxes Per Diem from closing date to end of month

Homewoners Insurance Administrative Fee

$800+ depending on the property $195

Other Adjustments Utilities (oil, water, propane) Common Charges (condominium) Association Fees


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buyers closing checklist Once you have satisfied your mortgage contingency and have finalized a closing date, you can:

Notify utility companies of your move Electric


Telephone Cable


Homeowner Insurance


Notify others of your change of address Relatives/Friends


Post Office

Investment Firms

Health Insurance


Credit Cards

Dept of Motor Vehicles

Car Insurance


Social Security


Life Insurance




afa offices

FAIRFIELD/SOUTHPORT OFFICE 75 Station Street • Southport, CT 06890 203-256-3264

DARIEN OFFICE 22 Old Kings Hwy South • Darien, CT 06820 203-655-5358 Managing Director

Al Filippone Cell: 203-856-7781

Social Media and Marketing Manager

Barbara Seidel Office: 203-655-5358

Director of Operations

Susana Chuka Office: 203-256-3264

Administrative Manager

Lizabeth Edmunds Office: 203-256-3264

VP of Finance

Elish Telling Office: 203-256-3264

William Raveis Executive Mortgage Banker

Jerry Vigorito Cell: 203-247-2332

VP Staging & Design FigTree Designs Grayson Coale & Colette Sovak Grayson: 203-856-7343 Colette: 914-473-9786

so many towns.. weston darien fairfield easton westport wilton trumbull norwalk bridgeport stamford greenwich newtown ridgefield danbury redding bethel monroe stratford shelton new canaan milford

which one is right for you? visit our Towns page on for more information

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