Andi Leahey

Broker Associate
LIV Sotheby's International Realty,
Cherry Creek CO

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As a long-time Colorado resident our city landscape has changed so much and I've enjoyed calling the Denver area home for many years. Being in real estate, the many different facets are constant and it is a great combination of concise communication, (which I have a degree in), as well as having a vision for marketing a home and always being on top of the sale process. Searching diligently to help clients achieve what their goal has always been my full-time job, whether it is buying or selling a property. Working with first-time buyers, savvy investors, as well as luxury clientele, is rewarding and it is so important to listen first to what someone's needs are, always!    Knowing the city very well helps any agent do a better job for clients. Continuously educating ourselves about the areas that people ask about is critical to success. There are too many neighborhoods in our awesome city to name but knowing the characteristics is part of the job! Central Denver will always be an area of focus, but I also service many surrounding suburbs, spanning the Metro area. The growth of this city requires constant education to keep up with the pace of expanding developments and up-and-coming areas. I have been fortunate to be recognized for sales exceeding $10m annually by the Denver Board of Realtors many times during my career. I believe every sale is a great sale, no matter the price point!  Working with civic organizations is a big part of giving back and being involved with non-profits such as Denver Dumb Friends League & Urban Peak Youth Shelter are just a few worthy causes that I continuously support and volunteer at. If you or someone you know is in need of real estate assistance, I would welcome the opportunity to be of service. Helping people find the property that suits their lifestyle is my goal every day!  Andi Leahey 

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Andi Leahey

Broker Associate LIV Sotheby's International Realty - Cherry Creek CO

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LIV Sotheby's International Realty - Cherry Creek CO
100 St. Paul Street, 200
Denver, CO 80206
 

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Home Buying Tips

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Buying a new home is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Here's a list of tips to help make your home buying experience more pleasant.

Choose the right person

If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll want to carefully choose the real estate professional you work with during the process.

You should commit yourself to work with one sales associate who can learn your likes and dislikes in homes to make your home-buying process easier. Choose a professional who specializes in residential real estate and who has specific knowledge of the local real estate and mortgage markets.

The person you choose should listen to you and be interested enough in you to find out about your housing needs and preferences. Service first should be the motto of the professional you choose with services going above and beyond what you expect and need. Doing some preliminary planning before you begin your home search will make the entire process more manageable and less overwhelming. As part of your initial game plan, you should:

Check your credit rating

Even if you're sure you have excellent credit, it's wise to double-check at the outset. Straightening out any errors or disputed items now will avoid troublesome holdups down the road when you're waiting for mortgage approval.

You may see disputed items, in addition to errors caused by a faulty social security number, a name similar to yours, or a court-ordered judgment paid off that hasn't been cleared from the public records. If such items appear, write a letter to the appropriate credit bureau. Credit bureaus are required to help you straighten things out in a reasonable time (usually 30 days).

  • TIP: Make sure that any outdated derogatory entries are deleted from your credit file. Adverse credit information is not supposed to be reported or included on your credit report after seven years (except bankruptcy information, which can be reported up to 10 years).
  • TIP: Officially cancel inactive credit cards. If you have an inactive credit card with a $5,000 limit, even though you owe nothing on it, some mortgage lenders will consider that a potential future debt. Too many inactive credit cards with significant credit limits could keep you from obtaining a mortgage loan. Don't just cut up your extra cards; officially cancel them, and do it now so there will be time for the news to reach the credit bureaus.
  • TIP: Hold off on making any major credit card or car purchases while you're waiting to apply for a mortgage. Monthly payments you're obligated to pay will be counted against you, and reduce the amount of the mortgage loan you'll be offered. Even if you've been pre-approved for a mortgage, that approval is subject to last-minute evaluation of your financial situation, and a spending spree for appliances, furniture, and other goodies intended for your new home may wreck your chances for buying it.

Pre-qualification and pre-approval on a mortgage

A real estate professional can help "pre-qualify" you for a mortgage before you start house-hunting. This process includes analyzing your income, assets, and present debt to estimate what you may be able to afford on a house purchase. Mortgage brokers or a lender's own mortgage counselors can also calculate the same sort of informal estimate for you.

Obtaining mortgage "pre-approval" is another thing entirely. It means that you have in hand a lender's written commitment to put together a loan for you (subject only to the particular house you want to buy passing the lender's appraisal).

Pre-approval makes you a strong buyer, welcomed by sellers. With most other purchasers, sellers must tie the house up on a contract while waiting to see if the would-be buyer can really obtain financing.

The downside is that you may pay application fees to cover the lender's paperwork in verifying your employment, income, assets, debts, and credit rating. If you later decide not to use that particular lender, you'd have to start all over again elsewhere - with no rebate.

Pre-approval will also speed up the entire mortgage procedure once you've found the house you want. The only remaining question will be whether the house will "appraise" for enough to warrant the loan.

Become an educated buyer

  • The web is one of the best ways to search for homes today. With this website, you can receive daily emails with new and updated listings from the towns and price range of your choice.
  • Search the entire MLS for all homes, condos, land, multi-family, commercial properties, and past sold at your convenience.
  • View full listing sheets showing amenities, taxes, lot sizes, beds, baths, rooms, siding, fireplaces, garages, room sizes, and much more.
  • Get property address and see where the properties are located on MapQuest.
  • Check schools and community profiles of your preferred towns.
  • Save preferred listings in your own file to view anytime.
  • Calculate approximate mortgage payments for specific properties.

Home Inspection

Once you have made an offer on a home, you will need to schedule a home inspection, conducted by an independent authorized inspector. It is extremely important to hire a reputable inspector so that you know exactly what you are buying. Do not hesitate to ask friends, family, and co-workers for advice. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection, then you can proceed to the Purchase and Sales agreement. If the inspector finds problems with the property, you may want to negotiate with the seller to lower the price or to pay for certain repairs.

Appraisal

Your lender may require you to get an appraisal of the house you want to buy, to make sure it is worth the money that you are borrowing. You may select your own appraiser, or you may ask your real estate broker to help you with this task.

Homeowner's Insurance

Lenders require that you have homeowners insurance, to protect both your interests and theirs. Like everything else, be sure to shop around for insurance that fits your needs.

Settlement or Closing

Finally, you are ready for the closing. Be sure to read everything before you sign! You should have both your real estate broker and an attorney present at the closing to ensure that all is in order.

Finally, make sure before you buy

Making sure you end up with the right home involves figuring out exactly what features you need, want, and don't want in a home. Before starting your search, you should make a "wish list" to decide which features are absolutely essential, which are nice "extras" if you happen to find them, and which are completely undesirable.

The more specific you can be about what you're looking for from the outset, the more effective your home search will be. Also keep in mind, that in the end, every home purchase is a compromise.

Create your own personalized "wish list" and when you're finished filling it out, share it with your real estate agent.

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