Buyers Checklist

Buyers: Buyers Checklist

Review the list below and find out how Kim will help you conduct a home search, negotiate, and close on a new home. Kim will help you with the process of buying a home while representing your best interests throughout the purchase process.

Use the home buyer checklist below to prevent errors and to stay on track:

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage, look into credit report, FICO score, type of mortgage, shop for the best rates, and programs. 
  • Determine your wants and needs: style of home, size, price, location
  • Check out the neighborhoods, schools, crime rate, traffic, zoning, and work commutes
  • Check the Web for helpful information
  • Kim will call or visit visit the town or city hall to learn of any zoning changes, liens, easements, or other restrictions.
  • Kim will prepare a property value study. Kim will prepare your offer and apply his/her trained negotiating skills during the buying process.  
  •  Kim will find out  if there are any other offers and ascertain the seller's motivation for selling, deadlines, etc.
  • To prevent surprises and disappointments after you move into your new home, use the inspection period written into your contract to fullest advantage by hiring a home inspector to thoroughly examine the home you want to buy. Kim will be present for the home inspection.
  • Use the inspection report to re-negotiate, if necessary.
  • Be aware of the final negotiating factors that may benefit you in the purchase of the home

 

To prevent surprises after the fact, Kim will schedule a walk-through of the property before the actual closing (usually an hour or two before). Together, you and Kim will re-examine the home to

  1. See that requested repairs have been made,
  2. To determine if there are any changes or new damage since the home inspection,
  3. See that all of the sellers belongings have been removed from the premises as agreed.

 

Once your walk-through has been completed, you can sit at the closing table with less worry knowing that your home is ready and waiting for you. You many find that you need to add some steps, based on your special situation, to create a customized home buying checklist for yourself. However, this should serve as a helpful guide as you start on the road to purchasing your dream home.

Testimonials

“Kim helped us buy a complicated investment property, and has worked with us to rent it out ever since. In fact, we have not had a single day of vacancy! We have a longstanding relationship with her and are constantly impressed with her integrity and work ethic.”
Erik H
“In selling our home, Kim was on top of every detail, was thoroughly knowledgeable and was always available. Her marketing strategies are highly visible and effective, and in our case resulted in quick multiple offers. We started off with a real estate agent and ended up with a friend."
Therese D Berkeley Heights, NJ
Kim guided us, explaining the exact steps of a typical transaction, to being there with us at the closing table. Kim has many great strengths—professionalism, knowledge of the market, & ability to explain complicated things in a way that is easy to understand.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
Kristina A.
Kim offered excellent marketing strategies, first-hand knowledge of local schools & experience "staging" our home to sell quickly. The response was overwhelming & our home sold within two weeks (w/multiple offers.) We would recommend Kim Cannon & her team, Anne & Sally.
Debbie L.
Kim came highly recommended to us. She took time the time to understand what we were looking for & then was able to help us evaluate homes as we explored the different neighborhoods. She's super savvy about the market & guided us. She was calm, supportive & responsive throughout the process.
Kari S.
"Kim was a pleasure to work with. We had an extremely short time line to find a house and she really understood our sense of urgency. Kim was incredibly
knowledgeable about the towns she covers and really seemed to know where we would enjoy living."
Tim and Joanna R Chatham, NJ
I found Kim Cannon through her impressive website. I loved working with her when I purchased in Chatham years ago and wouldn't use anyone else when I was the seller. She is highly competent, honest, proficient and accessible. RUN to her when you need a service.
Pam H.
We were transitioning to the suburbs, we wanted someone that knew the area extremely well & would be a reliable guide for us. Kim was the perfect fit. Kim was a calm & reliable resource when it came to negotiating the price & she helped us navigate the closing process with quality recommendations.
David P.
"Kim was very helpful and knowledgeable with our home search in Summit. She made the process very easy by being accessible and accommodating. Kim has continued to be helpful through our transition to our new town."
Barbara F Summit, NJ
"....displayed a depth of local knowledge with respect to neighborhoods and schools that was very comforting since we were moving cross-country...she gave us excellent advice on the negotiation, inspection and closing process....was extremely accomodating in being present as needed."
Jared G Summit, NJ
Having bought & sold several home, I can say without reservation that Kim was the most capable professional in all transactional areas that I have worked with. She was very accessible, thorough, provided excellent counsel, & brought consistency and calm to what can be an anxiety producing process.
Mark D.
"Kim is thoroughly professional & makes a science of selling a home. She understands that buying/selling a home is emotional & still able to get everyone to work realistically. I think the biggest advantage is that other agents also respect her skills & judgment......"
Ken C Summit, New Jersey
Her inside knowledge & complete honesty made sure we ended up in a home we love. Kim's assistance in the inspection & closing process was top notch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services to anyone looking for a true honest professional.
Melissa
"Kim has extensive knowledge of the local real estate market and is very attentive to your needs. She had great focus on selling our home and did so in a short period of time for a great price. We would recommend and use Kim cannon if we were to sell again."
Elena N Summit, NJ
In 2007 & 2012 I thought I wanted to sell my house. By 2014 I told Kim I wanted to rent the house. Each time Kim was so professional & helpful. She acted quickly & helped me through the process. When the time comes to sell I will not hesitate to call Kim. I would recommend her without reservation.
Roberta L. New Providence, NJ
We are newcomers to New Jersey and had no familiarity with all the different towns. Kim did an amazing job of learning our style and making sure that we saw a great cross section of home in all the neighboring towns. It's also always nice when you like who you're working with! Kim is fantastic!
Lisa H.
Kim is a consummate professional. She understands the market, the applicable technical aspects of the sales process, seeks input and listens to her clients, and is responsive and thoughtful throughout the process. We highly recommend Kim for your real estate transaction needs.
Leslie C. Summit, NJ
Kim was extremely responsive and sunderstanding in dealing with myself and two siblings as we sold our parent's estate. I would highly recommend her for her professionalism and sensitivity.
Paul H.
Kim brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the table as a seller and buyers' agent. Her negotiation skills are unparalleled and her ability to work with other agents all the while skillfully and passionately representing her sellers' best interests is impressive. Don't wait - just call Kim.
Melissa B
Kim’s local knowledge, expertise of the process, timing, execution & assistance with negotiations closed the deal for us. She has a full understanding of this process & made it simple on us through a complex transaction. I recommend Kim’s work highly to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!
Dan M.
We solicited three different local agents from three different brokerage firms. We already knew about her reputation and professionalism, so it was an easy decision to hire as a listing agent. Our house was sold and closed within three months from the time we first contacted Kim.
Jennifer M.
Kim has been our realtor for the past 9 years and has seen us through 2 purchases & a sale. She is the most faithful, loyal, thorough & competent realtor I have ever used. I do not have enough words to say how fantastic she is. Part of our family now. Love her.
Allison B Summit, NJ
Kim has been AMAZING! Kim was extremely supportive with negotiations & very responsive & knowledgeable about all of our closing needs. She is kind, patient, trustworthy, reliable & extremely professional. I would highly recommend Kim to any home buyer.
Sarah M.
Kim has been my real estate broker for several years. She found reliable tenants for my rental property & recently she assisted me in the purchase of another property. I have found all my experiences to be positive, Kim is very professional & knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Kim.
Kelly A.
Kim is a highly seasoned real-estate agent with tremendous knowledge & experience in the local markets.She completely understands all of the intricacies, problems& details involved in the process of selling a home. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone contemplating the buying or selling of a home.
Michael A.
I have worked with Kim when both buying & renting. Kim's years of experience have provided her with a true sense of the market value of homes. She is honest when dealing with clients so they have the best chance of either selling quickly or buying a home. We recommended her to others.
Teresa T.
"..an agent that is honest, motivated, and extremely helpful. She gave us so much useful information on how to present our house in one of the toughest housing markets and held our hand thru the complete process. I can highly recommend Kim for all your real estate needs."
Karie D

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