The Buying Process
Buying a home can be an exciting and emotional experience. As local experts, you can rely on us to guide you through the process so you can feel comfortable and confident each step of the way.
"Meghan far exceeded my expectations! Amazing communication, extremely knowledgeable about a niche market, great negotiation skills and so resourceful with anything we needed outside of just the real estate transaction. She has knowledge of everything from the best handyman to the best places for dinner in town. She was also beyond patient with our family while we learned the area and market for over a year, and treated us like friends throughout the process! Thank you for helping find us our piece of paradise in 30A!"
"I had a very short time frame due to a 1031 and I had never even visited the 30A area. I was looking for a short term rental in a beach area that would provide good investment returns but also something my family would enjoy. I connected with Meghan and could immediately tell she was a local expert. She provided me with FaceTime tours, videos and gave me her unbiased opinion even if it meant more work for her. We went under contract without ever seeing the area—that’s how comfortable we felt after a few video conferences with Meghan. We’re now happy owners and utilizing some of the local contractors that Meghan recommended."
"Meghan is extremely knowledgeable of the 30A real estate market. She’s a great communicator. She is helpful especially for those who live out of town. She was the “boots in the ground” for our final walk through and did a great job helping us. She has a great list of vendors and that helps a lot when you are not familiar with the area or quality contractors. Bonus her new homeowner gifts are amazing!!! I loved the 30A bag and all the goodies inside. Thank Meghan for all your help."
"Meghan is the best REALTOR® we have ever used! She is professional and understands the market on 30-A. We bought a house using her services without stepping inside. She was instrumental in providing live video, photos, and insight. We fully trusted her and she made our dream home a reality! She is so engaged in the home buying journey and makes the process stress free. She uses her fabulous personality to engage everyone in feeling comfortable and truly becomes a trusted friend. We will use Meghan in the future should we need to buy another home one day. We would look forward to working with her again. She’s an absolute gem!"
"Meghan was amazing and took the stress out of the entire negotiation and transaction. She went above and beyond, ensuring every single detail was taken care of. She even continues to make sure everything goes smooth post-closing. She is an expert on 30A and negotiated a very fair price as well. Can’t say enough about her expertise and professionalism. Hands down most comprehensive REALTOR® I have ever worked with."
"Working with Sarah and her team exceeded all expectations. She was always 10 steps ahead of me in the best way possible. I have purchased and sold many assets over the years and the experience with Sarah was simple, fun and elevated. Her knowledge of the area and relationships in the market propelled our transaction in the most favorable outcome. Highly recommend her and I will be going back to her for any future needs."
McKenzie Burleigh, buyer
"Meghan is fantastic! She spent more than 2 years working with us to find our home in Watersound. We had very specific requirements and we were not willing to compromise on our wants. Through it all Megan worked diligently to find the home that would meet all of our expectations. I can't say enough positive things about Meghan! I wouldn't work with any other agent. Call Meghan!"
Determine your Goals
The first step of the home buying process is to connect with someone on our team so we can learn more about your goals. Are you looking for a vacation home, a true second home, or are you considering making the move to our area full time? Are you familiar with the area or aren’t quite sure where to start? Once we understand your goals, we’ll help you narrow down the best communities for you, and share the pros and cons of each as well as your buying power.
Connect With A Lender
We’ll help connect you with a local lender who can explain the best loan products available for your situation. It is so important to work with a local lender who understands our unique market and specializes in loans for second home and investment buyers.
It is time to start previewing homes. If you are searching from another state, we use video tours so you to experience the home, the yard, and the community from wherever you are. We’ll answer all of your questions about the home, its condition, and location.
Writing An Offer
In Florida, we have 3 different purchase contracts, and each one is better suited for certain situations. Beyond price, we’ll discuss the terms and conditions including any contingencies related to financing and inspections. We’ll work together to determine the best offer strategy for you based on market conditions and your goals.
With the help of my team, we’ll confirm all of the contract deadlines, and notify the title company, and the lender if you’re financing the purchase. The title company will verify wiring instructions for your escrow deposit and we’ll share our recommendations for local home inspectors and help to get them scheduled.
Depending on the terms of your contract you may have a financing contingency, which means we have a certain amount of time to obtain loan approval from your lender. If we have an inspection contingency, we’ll work with the local home inspector of your choice to schedule access to the home.
We will work with the title company to make arrangements for you to close at their local office, or remotely from your home or office. We will do a final walkthrough, help you set up your new utility accounts, make the transition as smooth as possible. Our commitment to being your local resource doesn’t end on closing day. The Beach Collective is your team.
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