Guide To Buying A Home

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The Wilson Group Real Estate Services home buying guide. 'love where you live'

a little bit about us.

The Wilson Group Real Estate Services is Nashville’s premier boutique real estate firm. We specialize in working with buyers and sellers for housing, investment and commercial needs, as well as offering a full service property management division for your investments. Owned and operated by Christie Wilson since 2007, the firm was founded in 1988 by her late father, Hal Wilson. Our company is deeply woven into the fabric of this vibrant community, actively engaging in initiatives that uplift, support, and enrich the lives of our fellow Nashvillians.

75+ full-time real estate professionals

2 locations: Sylvan Park & Green Hills

Named among the 'Top 25 Woman Owned Businesses' and 'Top 25 Residential Real Estate Firms' by the Nashville Business Journal

Named one of the 'Best Places to Work' and 'Best in Business' by the Nashville Business Journal

Our mission is to provide excellent service and expertise by navigating our clients through a successful real estate transaction with knowledge, professionalism and fun.

since 1988.

the home buying process.

Navigating the home buying process can feel overwhelming, but our team is dedicated to making it a seamless and rewarding experience for you. We'll start by taking the time to understand your unique needs, preferences, and budget. Utilizing our extensive network and resources, we'll help you find suitable listings that match your criteria. We'll handle all the necessary paperwork, coordinate inspections and appraisals, and keep you informed throughout the entire process. Let our team be your trusted partner in achieving your dream of homeownership.

buying simplified.

Initial Real Estate Consultation:

Determining Your Real Estate Needs

Application for Loan Pre-Approval

View Properties

Make An Offer

Negotiate / Counter Offers

Offer Accepted!


Buyer's Agent Coordinates

Repairs Negotiated, Secure Homeowner's Insurance


Oversees & Lender Coordinates

Final Credit Report Ordered, Appraisal Ordered, Verification of Income, Assets, + Debts


Buyer's Agent

Oversees & Title Co. Coordinates

Title Search Performed

Loan Package Assembled, Submitted To Underwriter and/or Loan Committee


All Loan Docs To Title Company

Attend The Closing + Sign

The Mortgage Funds

New Deed + Mortgage Are Recorded

Seller Is Paid

the home
is yours!

frequently asked questions.

Q: What does it cost to use a buyer’s agent?

A: The seller pays a pre-negotiated commission to the listing agent, who in turn pays the buyer’s agent through cooperation under the multiple listing service (Realtracs). The buyer's responsibility is to hire the REALTOR® that provides the most value, expertise and trust.

Q: What are closings costs?

A: Closing costs are expenses incidental to the sale, such as appraisal fees, loan fees, recording fees, etc. They are usually between 2-3% of the home’s price and can be negotiated in the contract.

Q: Do I need to talk to a lender before searching for property?

A: Yes. In today’s hot market, if you are not paying cash for your home, we recommend getting pre-approved with a local lender. You need to be pre-approved and/or have a ‘proof of funds’ letter to be submitted with your offer. Many offers won’t be accepted without an accompanied pre-approval letter.

Q: Do I really need a home inspection?

A: Yes, you really need a home inspection. While a home inspection can cost upwards of $500-$1000 depending on the size of the home you are purchasing, we want you to know what you are buying. It is an unbiased evaluation of the physical condition of the home provided by a professional who does not benefit financially from a successful closing.

Q: What is earnest money?

A: Earnest money is a deposit the buyer gives when making an offer on a property. If the offer is accepted, the buyer has a certain amount of time (stipulated in the contract) to provide the earnest money via check or wire transfer.

Q: What makes up a monthly mortgage payment?

A: Remember this acronym >> PITI. This stands for principal, interest, taxes and insurancethe sum components of a mortgage payment. PITI represents your total monthly mortgage payment, and helps both the buyer and the lender determine the affordability of an individual mortgage.

As experts on Middle Tennessee and the Greater Nashville area, we have a profound understanding of the unique nuances within each neighborhood. From Bellevue to Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville to Nolensville, Brentwood to Inglewood, each Nashville neighborhood has it's own vibe and style. If you're curious about a certain area, we'll give you the scoop.

we know nashville.

moving checklist:

Sort, purge, pack and label

Buy supplies: tape, bubble wrap, boxes, etc

Create a moving binder: keep track of estimates, receipts, and an inventory of items

Organize school records if transferring school districts

Take measurements to make sure furniture will fit

Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements

Separate valuables so as not to get lost in the move

Submit change of address online or at the post office

Notify important parties of the address change: banks, employers, subscriptions, etc

Arrange to be off from work on moving day

Recruit family and friends to help

Double-check the details with moving company, storage facility, etc

Transfer utilities

Connect TV and internet

Change your locks

Set up your home security system

Test your smoke detectors and all other important mechanics