Bringing It All Together for Informed Decisions

Are you thinking of buying a new home and looking for homes for sale in New Mexico? Destiny Real Estate & Development can help you. Before buying a home, you need to consider a few things.

  • Monthly payment
  • Home requirements
  • After finding a home, how to proceed
  • Cash needed at closing
  • Mortgage loan

Before You Begin Your Search

Before you look at homes, you should complete some essential things.

Get Pre-Qualified

Most real estate home buyers will need to apply for a mortgage unless they have the financial means to pay cash for their house. A borrower is often pre-qualified for a loan equal to or less than 28% of their gross monthly income. Pre-qualifying for a loan improves your chances of having your offer approved.

Credit Report

Obtain a copy of your credit report before being pre-qualified so that there are no unpleasant surprises when it comes time to apply for your loan. Make any corrections to your credit report that you find. You'll also want to pay off credit card bills as much as possible to lower your consumer debt.

Your mortgage expert may offer you an estimate of how much cash you'll need for the selling transaction by going through the pre-qualification procedure. The down payment, earnest money, and closing charges of the purchase all require cash.


Make an Amenities List

Determine which aspects of a home are most important to you. When making an amenities list, decide which criteria you can't live without and which you're willing to compromise on.

  • Price range
  • School districts
  • Neighborhood or subdivision
  • Proximity to shopping, restaurants, hospitals, and more
  • Proximity to work
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Storage space
  • Lot sizes
  • Garages
  • Pools

Choose An Agent

If you decide to work with an agent, be sure to sign a Buyer's Agency Agreement. This guarantees that the agent will represent you, the buyer, rather than the sellers' interests in the selling process. Choose a REALTOR® who you can trust and with whom you feel at ease.

Remember that the buyer's agent will not charge you any out-of-pocket expenses. The seller is responsible for these expenses. Your realtor will go through property listings for possible matches to your criteria and set up showings for you at a convenient time. They will also assist you throughout the contract negotiation portion of the selling procedure. They will frequently manage and schedule the house inspection, appraisal, and closing for you as well.

Beginning Your Search

It's time to start your active search for properties that interest you after you've chosen an agent and identified what you're looking for in a property. Your REALTOR® will be able to search their listing database for houses that suit your requirements based on the information you supply.

Compare houses while visiting residences that are for sale. Every house is different, and even if every property you tour meets all of your major criteria, it will have its own unique features.

Additional Things to Consider

  • Cost of upkeep and utilities
  • Cost of updating or decorating
  • Amount of maintenance required
  • Traffic patterns in the neighborhood
  • Homeowner’s dues

Making an Offer

It's time to draught a buying offer once you've located your dream property. Your buyer's agent can advise you on the price range at which you should offer to purchase the house. Compare prices for similar houses that have recently sold in the neighborhood with your realtor. This will assist you in determining a fair price to offer.

Items to Include in Terms of the Offer to Purchase

  • Deposit
  • Requests for concessions from the seller, such as a carpet or paint allowance or contribution toward closing expenses
  • Contingencies for home inspections
  • Contingencies for financing
  • A clear description of what should be included in the home, such as appliances or window coverings
  • A deadline for submissions
  • Closing date

Closing Deal

Home Inspection

Make an appointment for a professional to come out and assess your house. They can detect electrical, plumbing, and structural issues that you would not see at first sight.

You may also need to perform a pest inspection on the property to ensure that termites have not caused any structural damage. Your REALTOR® may typically recommend a good inspector.

Apply For A Loan

After an offer has been accepted, contact your mortgage specialist to apply for a loan officially. You need to arrange a few documents for the loan application.

  • Proof of gross monthly income for the last 30 days
  • W-2s and tax returns from the last two years
  • Proof of investment income with rental earnings
  • Account numbers, balances, and monthly payments are included in this list of creditors
  • Bank statements for the previous two months

Things to Consider through the Final Walkthrough

  • The seller has fixed all of the items that were part of the purchase agreement
  • The property is being sold "as-is."
  • The house is empty and spotless. The house does not have to be pristine, but no garbage or junk should be left behind in the house or in the yard
  • Unless you have negotiated for them to stay, tenants have moved out before your closure


The date and time for your closing will usually be set when your offer is approved or when you get a commitment from your lender. An attorney of your choice will manage the closing processes. The closing attorney will inform you of the entire monetary amount you will need to bring to closing the day before. They will also provide you with any further information you require to prepare for the procedures.

Points to Remember

  • A certified check for the closing costs.
  • Your personal checkbook
  • A picture ID, such as a driver’s license
  • Evidence of mortgage insurance

If everything meets your approval, you will sign the contracts to close the deal.