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

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
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
I thought this process was going to be arduous but Kim made it easy. Before we found Kim, we had an offer that fell through. The offer we received through Kim was higher then the one that fell through. I highly recommend her.
Lisa D. 15I Heritage Dr, Chatham
To sum up, I would retain Kim again without thinking twice. She is honest, knowledgeable, highly professional and just really nice. I recommend Kim without reservation to any buyer or seller.
Chris G. 120 Shawnee Path
Kim is very responsible & reliable as a buyer agent. Whenever a new listing come out, she usually previews the house & gives both positive and negative feedback so we can determine if we want to see it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to everyone I know—and to work with her again in the future!
Junhan W. 66 Tulip St, Summit, NJ
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.
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.
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.
"..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
"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
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.
Kim provided us with real guidance along the way and was easy to communicate with. She was able to sell our home in less than a week with multiple offers over asking. Kim has great attention to detail & simply knows her stuff. We would certainly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Jamie C. 120 Woodland
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.
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 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
We were looking for market expertise and leadership in selling our Mother's house. And that's exactly what we got. From our first meeting through Closing, Kim and her team produced at every turn. We had a contract within two weeks and closed less than two months later.
Tom N. 20 Greenbriar Drive
"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
"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
"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
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 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.
"....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
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 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
Our home sold in 3 days with multiple offers and went for well over asking.  I attribute to Kim's reputation and marketing. In addition, all matters of closing a home...Kim is there...ON IT.  Every phone called returned immediately. Tough, organized and honest.  What a team.  Highly recommend.”
Bob B.
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 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
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 Cannon is a fantastic agent! She took the time to get to know us as a family and really understand what we were looking for. We trusted her to deliver on the biggest investment of our lives & she delivered. We loved working with her & we give her the highest possible recommendation.
Chrissy C. 686 Springfield
On the very first call, she spent a lot of time explaining the home buying process in NJ. Right away, we were very impressed by her patience and deep knowledge of the market. She seemed to have key market statistics, & features of homes (both recently sold and those on the market) at her fingertips.
Priyank G. 9 Twombly
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.
She masterfully marketed our home and within a few days of listing our home we received 3 offers. Her attention to detail is one of her strong points. I would highly recommend Kim Cannon as a realtor. She was a pleasure to work with.
Lisa M. 5 Kenneth Court, Summit
She is ultra-responsive, engaged, hard-working, and knowledgeable. We really appreciate her consultative style and listening capabilities. She takes the time to learn your needs and understand your priorities. We closed a couple of weeks ago and LOVE our place.
Elaine S. 127 Rotary
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
“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 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.
Her negotiation on two offers was strong and determined. She was vigilant on the period from contract to Closing.
Glenys H. 2 Midland Terrace, Summit
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.

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