Buyer Guide

Buying a home is one of the most important financial and lifestyle choices you'll make. Whether you are a first time buyer, looking to step up to your Montana dream home, or looking to expand your portfolio with investment property or a vacation home, you'll need a local expert you can trust. Hundreds of happy buyers have gained a competetive advantage by working exclusively with me. You should too!

My guide breaks down the steps to buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From start to finish, I am here to help every step of the way.

1. Choose Mike Sells Missoula, with RE/MAX, a local expert and brand you can trust!

For over 17 years, I've built the Mike Sells Missoula brand on a reputation for always being available to my clients, always telling the truth, and expertly navigating ever changing markets to help my clients achieve their real estate goals and dreams in and around Western Montana. When you choose me, you get the experience and professionalism you deserve, delivered in a relaxed and comfortable manner that will give you the confidence you need during such an important transaction!

2. Define your needs, goals, timeframes, and establish expectations.

Once we are working together, we'll start by accurately defining your needs, dreams, and goals. We will go over how quickly you want or need to be in your new property, and put a plan in place for going forward. It is critical that we establish realistic expectations of what types of properties you can expect to see within your budget, and what we can expect from each other. This will ensure a pleasant and productive process and working relationship, and give us the best chances of success.

3. Get pre-qualified with a lender you trust.

Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you determine your buying power. They can help you figure out how much you can afford, how much to put down for a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with buying a home. If you don't already have a lender you trust, I can refer you to one!

4. Find your perfect house!

Today, most home shopping is done online. Using the power of the Mike Sells Missoula app and website, you will have the best market info at your fingertips in real time. Create and account and sign up for notifications for new listings so we can view them before the crowd. We will all need to be available to act quickly on the best homes. I'll give expert advice on value, neighborhood trends, market stats, and the good, bad, and ugly on each home. When we find a home you love, we'll be ready!

5. Make offers and negotiate a contract!

Every single negotiation is different, and it's never more important to have me on your side than while we are negotiating your deal. Sometimes it's appropriate to offer well above asking price. Sometimes it's appropriate to offer much less. I will expertly guide you through each unique home and situation to help you make the right offer to get the home you love without over paying and let the other homes go with confidence. You'll be so glad we are working together during this exciting time!

6. Contract to closing. 

The escrow period between a signed contract and closing day is an important time. We will complete thorough due diligence on the home, and make sure the title and loan processes go smoothly. The most important items on your end will be securing a home inspection, negotiating repairs or credits, and staying up to date on your loan process with your lender. There are hundreds of other big and little things that can come up during your escrow period, and you can count on me to guide you to the closing table.

7. Close on your new home!

Once you've gone through the escrow process, you are ready to officially buy your new home! You'll sit down and sign closing and loan paperwork at the title company and I'll bring the champagne. Now it's time to celebrate!