ERA Davis & Linn Home Finding Services

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Home Finding Services


Our

Story of an

Outrageously Dependable Team. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the benefits of allowing ERA Davis & Linn and our real estate professionals to serve your real estate needs. We believe that quality blended with the pride we take in our exceptional service is the foundation for a successful business relationship. In the Top 30 ERA Brokers Globally and serving Northeast Florida as the No. 1 ERA Broker since 1976, we have fully trained real estate professionals with a proven track record who will offer you a system that delivers winning results. In this package, you will find information that will help you start the process of buying your home. It will introduce you to our company’s history and to the services your real estate professional will help you find your home quickly, all while providing you with exceptional service. Your real estate professional will explain the buying process and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, we are the local Brokers/Owners of this company that have our company and your best interests in mind every single day. Thank you again for the opportunity to help you reach your real estate goals. Sincerely yours, Andrew Linn & Jim Linn ERA Davis & Linn

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Service with

Over

60

Pride 2

Network

37,000 $3 Billion 2,350 1976

Agents...and growing

Offices

Affiliated Brokers

in Closed Transactions

Offices

Preferred Real Estate Professionals:

Founded

affiliated Principal Broker since

Each ERA Real Estate office is independently owned and operated. ERA Real Estate is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services. ERA Real Estate information is available at www. ERA.com.

2001

with global exposure in 185 countries

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Benefits of choosing Research approach We will determine your wants and needs, prioritizing must haves and nice to haves. Our qualified and knowledgeable professionals know the market and will work hard to locate properties that match your criteria and will organize your home search to save you time.

Professionals Our associates are highly professional and well trained by careeroriented consultants. And, for your safety and protection, our relocation specialists have undergone a thorough background check.

Global Technology We are a member of the computerized Multiple Listing Service. We also provide you with a personalized, free Mobile App through our ZAP platform. This allows you to customize your home search, ensuring we can locate homes that might possibly suit your needs. Both globally and locally, if you are in the market for a second home or that special vacation home, we can help!

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Relocation Services in Florida We are proud of our award-winning and highly competitive Corporate Relocation Department, where we bring together many buyers and sellers across over 185 countries who are interested in Relocation Services in Northeast Florida. In addition, we can refer you to a qualified Real Estate Professional in any state in the U.S. and over 185 countries around the world.

Location Our company is strategically located in the geographic center of Northeast Florida, serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine and surrounding six counties, allowing us to work with Buyers and Sellers throughout Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Clay, Nassau and Putnam counties, as well as St. Augustine Beach.

Let our Decades of proven results work for You.

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Steps to

Home Finding.

▶ Why use an ERA Davis & Linn Real Estate Professional?

▶ Define your goals, research options and make plans ▶ Get pre-approved for a loan ▶ View homes with your ZAP mobile app and select “The One”

▶ Offer and Negotiations ▶ Secure Financing and Home Inspections ▶ Close on Your New Home

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Use an

ERA Davis & Linn Real Estate Professional for your Home Finding Buying a home is often your single biggest investment. The home buying process with ERA Davis & Linn should be exciting for both you and your ERA Davis & Linn REALTOR®. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first home, tenth purchase, an investment property or vacation home, we aim to make it a memorable experience that you’ll think of fondly every time you open your front door! The Real Estate Market can be filled with great opportunities and sometimes risk. Either way, you will have some decisions to make. Our real estate professionals are available so you can make well informed decisions at the right time. We provide expert guidance at each step of the buying process. How OUR professionals represent you: Single Agency (Sure image I’m going to send you)

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Your

Home Finding process includes:

▶ A personal, confidential consultation with our experienced ERA

Davis & Linn professional, who will help you set expectations and provide realistic timelines and details about what to expect along the way.

▶ An in-depth examination of your needs, timeframe and buying

criteria.

▶ Are schools important to your move?

Duval County Schools: dcps.duvalschools.org St. Johns County Schools: www.stjohns.k12.fl.us Clay County Schools: www.oneclay.net

▶ A review of your financial situation including how much you can

afford or qualify to purchase and what makes sense for your budget.

▶ Thorough market research, where your ERA Davis & Linn

professionals exhaustively locates all the properties that meet your objectives. Also, the ability for you to search as well with your free Mobile App through our ZAP platform.

▶ Self-education by assigning you buyer information pamphlets and

online resources to be sure that you fully understand the process and things about which to be mindful.

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Contact an Professional The process of buying Real Estate is complex. Each market has unique opportunities and potential pitfalls. Once you have decided to buy, contacting and working with an ERA Davis & Linn Professional will make the process more transparent. Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will give you guidance and advice at every step:

▶ Conduct and help you through the property search ▶ Educate you on current market conditions and values ▶ Introduce you to financing options ▶ Explain the Purchase Agreement, as well as all the

disclosures and addendum.

▶ Negotiate on your behalf, representing YOUR best interests ▶ Attend property inspections ▶ Help manage deadlines ▶ Attend YOUR Closing Home Finding Services


Get

Pre-Approved For A Loan It is great idea to get pre-approved BEFORE you start to look for your new home. The process involves meeting with or talking with a lender, authorizing them to examine your current financial and credit history. The lender can offer multiple financing options to help you select the best one for you. On the basis of your pre-approval, the lender will provide you with a document that details how much you can borrow to purchase your new home. This turns you into a stronger buyer, one that sellers will take seriously when you make an offer.

Benefits of

▶ You will know what you are

Pre-approval

▶ You will be taken more seriously

eligible to borrow.

when in a competitive market with multiple competing buyer offers. You will need to prove you are qualified to be taken seriously.

▶ Lenders can tell you if you qualify for special programs.

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View Homes and Select

‘The One’

Know what you are looking for! Try to distinguish between “must haves” and “would like to haves” through your free ZAP Mobile App.

92% 97%

of buyers use the internet/mobile apps for the search process. of buyers view real estate agents as important to the process.

Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will help make your use of the internet more targeted saving you time.

▶ While you can see properties online, there is

nothing like viewing a home in person to get the feel of layout, design, workmanship and condition.

Important Note It is best to view homes with the help of your ERA Davis & Linn Professional who is trained to notice things you might miss and who will act as an impartial, confidential consultant, making sure you think through all of your options. Be sure to talk with your ERA Davis & Linn Professional about the importance of registration and representation with NEW CONSTRUCTION and Resales.

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Offer and Congratulations! You have found a home you would like to buy. Here’s what is next. ▶ There are local contracts your ERA Davis & Linn

Professional will use to enable you to specify offer price.

▶ Other terms of purchase such as closing dates,

possession dates, deposit amount, timing of all inspections, loan approval, if applicable, and any other items you would like included in the purchase.

▶ Review contract details with your ERA Davis & Linn Professional and discuss your negotiation strategy.

▶ Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will guide you

through the negotiation process and educate you on recent home sales in the area you are buying.

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d Negotiations ▶ Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional

will draw up the contract and answer any questions about it.

▶ Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will submit your offer.

The Seller can:

▶ Accept your offer ▶ Reject your offer ▶ Counter your offer

▶ Offers and Counteroffers have deadlines for response.

▶ Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will help you manage your offer deadlines until a mutually acceptable agreement is reached.

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Affiliated Home warranties

to aid buyers and sellers

Many home purchasers erroneously assume that the seller is always liable when there is a defect or failure found in the home’s cooling, heating, plumbing, electrical and/or appliances after the buyer moves in. Unless otherwise provided for in the contract, risk of loss often falls on the buyer. Even where the contract provides that heating, plumbing, pool and equipment, electrical, etc. be “operative” on or until the date of possession, disputes can always arise as to when the breakdown occurred, who is responsible, how the repairs are to be funded and when they are to be made. Home warranty plans go a long way to alleviate these risks and concerns. For a modest price, the seller can provide to the buyer a one-year warranty covering heating and cooling systems, water heater, etc.

▶ Homes with a home warranty typically sell 10 days faster.

▶ Homes with a home warranty sell for an average of $2,000 more.

Mortgage Through various reputable lenders, they are creating a referable experience for both home buyers and real estate agents.

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Businesses Making

Closing

Convenient for You

Where do we go? When you close on your property, you will likely meet with your ERA Davis & Linn Professional at one of our ERA Davis & Linn offices or at a Title/Attorney/Closing Office. The choice of this location is something that can be determined in conversations with your ERA Davis & Linn Professional and the agent representing the other party.

How do we know when? Your closing date should be negotiated in your contract. Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will work with the other party’s agent and the Title/ Closing/Attorney to make the appointment for closing.

To view our current resources/ partners, visit ERADavisLinn.com and choose Resources.

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Securing

Financing

Once your ERA Davis & Linn Professional gets a pending sale, it is time to return to the mortgage lender you have chosen to finalize your loan details and complete the application. Details will include:

▶ Down Payment Required ▶ Interest Rate ▶ Monthly Payment Amount and Payment Schedule

▶ Costs Associated with Closing on the Purchase

▶ Proof of Property Insurance Binder in place at closing

▶ Other Conditions and Financial Requirements required by law

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Closing on

Your Home

Prior to the closing day, there are steps that must be completed, and your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will walk alongside you to help the process go smoothly. Tasks to be completed:

▶ Title Search – Ordered by the Title/ Closing/Attorney’s Office

▶ Final Walk Through – A visit to the home a minimum of two days prior to closing to make sure that everything is as it was at contract time

▶ Review of the Settlement Statement/ Closing Disclosure

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What to expect on

Closing Day

On the day of closing, you will meet at the Title/Closing/Attorney’s Office. The Closing Agent will review all of your loan and purchase paperwork and have you sign the documents needed to finalize your ownership. Your ERA Davis & Linn Professional will be there to answer questions and make sure everything goes smoothly. A Settlement Statement/Closing Disclosure will be provided, detailing all of the expenses and any fees you will be paying and any fees that the seller will be paying. These can include the items listed below and more:

▶ Closing Costs ▶ Closing Attorney Fees ▶ Property Taxes ▶ Transfer Taxes

▶ Escrow Amounts ▶ Property Insurance ▶ Title Insurance

You will be provided copies of all documents pertaining to your purchase. Your Deed will be mailed to your new home several weeks after closing, once it has been filed with the County.

You will receive the keys to your

NEW

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Before

Moving Day arrives

Use our “MoveEasy” vendor Concierge service (eradavislinn.moveeasy.com) for most of the following: Send your change of address to:

▶ U.S. Post Office ▶ All banking, credit card accounts ▶ Subscriptions ▶ Friends and relatives

▶ Notify Insurance companies of new location (auto, health, fire, life).

▶ Set up/disconnect all gas, electric, water, telephone and fuel accounts.

▶ Medical/Dental: Ask doctors for referrals and get

prescriptions refilled. Transfer needed prescriptions (medicine and eyeglasses), X-rays. Obtain medical records, birth certificates, etc.

▶ Transfer funds and arrange check cashing in new city (if applicable).

▶ Leave your old keys, garage door openers, etc. Don’t pack these.

▶ Arrange for your children’s school records. Home Finding Services


To find a professional today, visit ERADavisLinn.com


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