Backyard Realty Group, LLC
Sold by the Closers: Jason, Jen & Forrest
The Closers Team:
Jason, Jen & Forrest

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Potential Buyers are asking, is now a good time to buy?  Since the recession, buyers have been afraid to buy and sellers to sell.  As interest rates are staying rather low so far into 2017, now is a good time to take advantage of that.  Interest rates are slowly starting to rise and as that continues it becomes more expensive to buy.  Sellers are beginning to gain confidence back into the real estate market causing more homes to become available for sale.  So we think 2017 is a great time to buy before the rates go up further!

Here are 3 tips to help prepare you for your home purchase in 2017:

1. Look at Listings!
Start to look at listings, even if you are not ready to start looking.  Get an idea of what is out there in the price range that you are looking for.  This will help you to prioritize your criteria.  Is a large backyard important to you?  Is a basement a deal breaker?  Seeing what is available in the areas that you want in the price that you want will help you determine if all of your deal breakers are possible or what may have to be a wish list item. 

Online websites to search for homes are great resources but they are not always updated instantly.  By using an agent's website that is syndicated with a Listing Service you can see real time listings. 

Set up a property search on our website where you can create an account, save your searches, get updates and view listings. 

2. Talk to a Mortgage Lender
Many Buyers are hesitant to do this upfront but it is one of the most important steps.  Often times buyers are not certain what price range they are qualified for and if you skip the step of getting pre-qualified first, you may find yourself in love with a house that is out of budget.  A mortgage lender can help you decide what type of loan program would be best, how much you are qualified for, what the potential monthly payment can be, etc.  We work with lenders all the time for our clients and would be happy to recommend several lenders that our clients have used and loved!

3. Save for New House!
Saving is important.  When purchasing a home there are expenses such as earnest money, down payment funds, home inspection fees, appraisal fees, moving, etc.  Also, lets face it, when we move we like to re-design and re-decorate plus maybe the paint needs updated.  It is always nice to be able to make it your own when you move in!

What our clients are saying  

I have been working with Jen since she listed our home in Feb. 2015 and helped us close on our dream home in July 2016. Helped us get exactly what we wanted out of our old house and provided great advice when buying our new home. She recommended a septic inspection since our mortgage lender did not require and saved us over $6,000 in expenses due to her advice. Would encourage any future buyer or seller to take her advice and follow it. Benefited us tremendously Source:


~ Amber

What a great experience working with Jen Tolley! Her expertise and professionalism found us the tight house at the right price and her sweet demeanor made the process a pleasure! Source:


~ Mark

I have been working Jason and Jen since 2011. I have had great success using their services and recommend them for your next house purchase/listing. They specialize in investment properties and are patient with helping you find your next investment or primary residence. I have purchased both investment and residential properties with both Jason and Jen and I will use them in the future to buy and sell more properties. Source:


~ Luke

This team is amazing! Listed and sold my house in 5 days!!! They are professional, knowledgeable and so easy to work with. They made the process so easy. The house was in Georgia and we reside in Alabama - the distance didn't matter. Amazing job!!! Source:


~ Kaye

Jason and Jen knows how to find right property for you including finding investment property so we could rent homes out. If you need to sell they are having great info to help price the home right price that you can sell it right away. Source:


~ Dhaval

We purchased Our Home thru Jen and Jason! They were absolutely amazing and helped us every step of the way to find our home! They also helped find the perfect home for my mother and father in law too! They are highly recommended to work with. They will work very hard to find you the perfect home that matches for what you are looking for. Do not use a real estate agency anywhere else Source:


~ Heather

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