Buyer’s Guide

This buyer’s guide will break down every step of the home buying process, from the initial conversation until you have the keys. GetBurbed agents are an award-winning group in the Arlington Heights area who are happy to guide you every step of the way. Read on for expert advice.

The process starts with you

Purchasing a home starts with a simple decision. If you’ve already considered renting versus buying and decided that buying a home is your next step, great! If you are still on the fence about purchasing a home, consider a few key points before deciding.
  • Do you plan on staying there long?
  • What’s available in your area?
  • How much home can you afford to purchase?

Choose An Agent

When interviewing potential agents, inquire about their experience and routines, and pay attention to the questions they pose to gauge their genuine interest in your needs. While expertise in your desired area and home style matters, the agent-client rapport is equally vital as home buying is a deeply personal journey. Choose an agent you connect with, trust, and respect—and who reciprocates those sentiments.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

In the current home-buying landscape, a mortgage pre-approval is crucial, indicating your affordability, willingness, and ability to purchase to sellers while providing an advantageous head start in obtaining a loan commitment.

Create A Wish List

Most home purchases require compromises based on lifestyle, budget, and plans. Key factors include location (schools, transport, amenities), home type (consider styles), and features (garage, floors, outdoor space) to evaluate your preferences.

Find Your Home

You're set to begin your home search: review listings carefully, attend property viewings with your agent, mention your agent at open houses, and provide feedback to fine-tune options. When you're ready, your agent will create a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to assist with your offer.

Make An Offer

When you discover a home, take swift action with a well-informed offer based on your agent's guidance. The contract will encompass elements such as price, mortgage contingency, home inspection contingency, attorney approval, earnest money, and closing date, each serving to ensure a secure transaction.

Negotiate Counteroffers

Following your initial offer on a property, your agent will navigate counteroffers using their expertise and market insights, acting as a mediator between you and the seller/seller's agent.

Contract to Closing

Between contract signing and closing, your agent streamlines the process by arranging earnest money, guiding home inspection, attorney engagement if needed, gathering crucial documents, expediting loan applications, overseeing contingencies, and aiding in finalizing details, including walk-through and closing arrangements.


Your agent coordinates with various parties, including your lender and potential attorney, ensuring a smooth closing; just before closing, your lender shares loan details with the title company, and you prepare the remaining payment, guided by our professionals at the closing, where essential documents are signed.

After You Buy

Under our core value of "Everything is Relationship," we continue supporting you post-closing by connecting you with service providers while offering advice on rebuilding savings, staying financially disciplined, monitoring interest rates for potential refinancing, and assisting with home improvement through our extensive network.


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Either as your buying agent or your listing agent, our team will be a fierce advocate and will negotiate the best deal terms possible. Our no-nonsense approach is respected and appreciated among clients, peers and our community.

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