Tucson Home Buying Process FAQs

What To Know About The Tucson Home Buying Process 

Answers To The Top FAQs About The Tucson Home Buying Process


Tucson Home Buying Process - FAQ'sTucson Home Buying Process FAQ #1What is title insurance?

Title insurance protects the buyer of a home against loss of the property.  A loss may occur due to defects in the title.  Various liens, encumbrances, adverse claims may not have been disclosed before date of policy.

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #2 – What is a wood-destroying organism inspection report?
A wood-destroying organism inspection is called a Termite Inspection in Tucson.  A Termite Inspection report is a written opinion by a licensed inspector.  The report details any visible signs of termites evident at the time of inspection.

The inspection report does not or guarantee the structure to be free from wood-destroying organisms.

Wood-destroying organisms include subterranean termites, dampwood termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles and wood decay fungus.

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #3 – What are the hazards of lead-based paint?
All buyers and sellers are required by law to receive and read a pamphlet outlining the hazards of lead-based paint for homes built before 1978.

Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a copy.

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #4 – What are closing costs?
Closing costs are charges paid when buying or selling of real estate.  For sellers, closing costs are 2% to 3% of the total sales price of a property.  Real Estate commissions paid to an agent are additional costs.

Closing costs include items such as discount points on a loan, escrow fee, documentation fees, pre paid homeowners’ association fees and title insurance premium.

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #5 – What is the difference between “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved”?
If a buyer is “pre-qualified” it has been determined, by a loan officer, what price the buyer can afford.  A “pre-qualification” will be based on the down payment, debts and the amount the mortgage company will approve for the mortgage.

Being “pre-qualified” is only a determination of probable credit.

When “pre-approved”, the buyers credit, employment and funds have been approved by the lender.

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #6 – What should a home inspection include?
Every inspection should include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of the following:

1. Foundations
2. Roof
3. Heating and air conditioning systems
4. Ventilation
5. Common areas (for condominiums)
6. Septic tanks, wells or sewer lines*
7. Insulation
8. Plumbing and electrical systems
9. Ceiling, walls and floors
10. Doors
11. Hazardous materials concerns*

* There may be an additional fee for this.

What property details are usually included by Listing Services?
Usually, properties listed will include the following details:

  • Location
  • Photograph
  • Price
  • Utilities
  • Amenities
  • Annual property tax
  • Current financing (when assumable)
  • Listing company

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #7 – What pages are generally included in the Purchase and Sales Agreement?

  • Agency Disclosure
  • Financing Addendum/Clause
  • Earnest Money Receipt
  • Inspection/Clause
  • Conditions/Disclosures Addendum
  • Contingency
  • Addendum Outlining Special Conditions
  • Lead-Base Paint Notification
  • Property Disclosure Form (completed by Sellers)

Tucson Home Buying Process FAQ #8 – What does the designation – REALTOR®  – mean?
REALTOR® identifies real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

Not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®. A REALTOR®may be an appraiser, property manager or involved in some other aspect of the real estate business.

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Tucson Home Buying Process FAQs was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by ben4wp

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Tucson Home Buying Process FAQs was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by ben4wp

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