What is the Settlement Statement?

The settlement statement will be prepared by the closing attorney and issued to you a couple days prior to closing. The settlement statement is like an accountant’s worksheet and it itemizes all the monetary aspects of the purchase. You will find the purchase price, closing costs, debits / credits including earnest money, title insurance, taxes and […]

I have gone under contract on a home. What’s next?

Earnest Money, Due Diligence, and Home Inspections. Earnest Money Once you have gone under contract, the first thing you will do is get your earnest money to the broker. Earnest money is usually 1% of purchase and is kept safely in a escrow account under the broker’s name. This ensure that you are taking the […]

How do I know I am putting in a good offer?

Every situation will be different, and many factors go into making a good offer. 3Tree agents are very knowledgeable on current market conditions and are prepared to help you look at your offer in its entirety to determine its strength. Always remember that when working with 3Tree agents, we represent you and work for your […]

How many homes should I see in person before deciding on a home to buy?

This varies based on the individuals involved and the situation. It is a very personal experience; no two home buying experiences are the same. Some buyers know the exact house they want and are just waiting for it to go on the market. Others need to look at multiple options and think about what will […]

When should I talk to a lender?

It is never too early to start developing a lender / buyer relationship. Building a relationship with a lender early helps you get to know one another. A good lender can help advise you on the financial commitments necessary to purchase a home. It is a big investment, and they are there to help you […]

I’m moving to Athens and unfamiliar with the area. Where should I look?

Athens and the surrounding counties are very diverse and contain many unique areas. Whether you are looking for new construction, a renovation, or somewhere in between, our agents will educate you as to the types of areas, price points, and assets associated with each. Take a look at our Neighborhoods page to see which areas most interest […]

What are the best sites to use when looking for homes during the preliminary search?

The most accurate and updated sites are official MLS sites. Examples of these are Athens Area MLS and GA MLS. We encourage our buyers to look on their own and recommend these sites. We also recommend using Realtor.com during your search as it pulls directly from MLS and tends to be more accurate than other sites.

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