Finding A Realtor

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Finding A Realtor

Are You Using The Internet To Find A Realtor?

Are you attempting to use the internet to find your next home? Well it might sound like a great idea – But the reality can be much different. While the internet can be an excellent resource for gathering information about houses you may be interested in, most websites you visit still don’t properly prepare you with the correct steps you should follow to successfully purchase your next home.

Welcome to Hallmark Home Mortgage. My name is Dave Gallegos I’m the owner and Branch Manager, and preparing you to purchase your next home successfully is exactly what we do.

I’ve closed thousands of loans in Colorado in the last 15 years, and in that time I‘ve learned there are 2 things you must do to successfully navigate this process.

First, you must pick the right Real Estate Agent, and that’s not as easy as it sounds. Second you must get your Mortgage Approved, yes, I said Approved, not pre-approved, before you shop for a home.

Let’s talk about picking the right Realtor, because it’s important to understand that they are not all created equal. There are 3 things you must be on the lookout for when choosing your realtor.

1st; you should choose a full time professional, not someone for whom Real Estate is a part time hobby or can’t meet with you because it might conflict with their “other” job . Selling homes is serious business, and you need to align yourself with serious Professionals.

2nd; You need to work with someone more concerned in getting you the right home, at the right price, than just selling you a house so they can get paid. You don’t need anyone’s help to fall in love with a home. You need someone to tell you the truth about what you might be overlooking in that home you just fell in love with. And, they need to be able to show you how to structure your offer as favorably to you as possible, instead of just asking you how much you want to offer. How the heck would you know that?

3rd, they know and understand that you should never even look at homes until you have your financing in place. Lots of Realtors like to hand you 3 lender business cards and tell you to try one or all of them. Seriously? They are supposedly a Professional Realtor, and yet they have so little confidence in their abilities that they can’t recommend you to the one lender they would use, to get their loan? Worse, they actually take you shopping showing you homes, leaving the mortgage process up to you, with no idea if they are showing you homes you can afford.  This is a recipe for disaster.

Now let’s talk about getting your Mortgage Approved before you shop for a home.

Seems logical, right? But you’ll notice I didn’t say get pre-approved.

And that’s because at Hallmark we only issue what we call NOLA’s, or Notice of Loan Approval – and here’s the difference:

Pre-approval means – before you’re approved. Do you want to try to buy a home before you’re approved for the loan? You don’t have to, but without knowing it, that’s what my wife and I did the 1st 3 times we bought a home, because a lender told us we were pre-approved. We weren’t – really. You know how we could tell?  The lender called every couple of day’s right up to closing day asking us for just one more thing, every closing was delayed, and every single time I ended up needing a lot more money for closing than I was promised. This is no way to buy a home.

At Hallmark, we know the right thing to do is to review all the paperwork and address any potential issues – before you make an offer to buy a home. In fact, it will save you so much stress, time, and money, that we do not issue our Notice of Loan Approval letter until after we have reviewed and actually approved your loan. 

We’re so sure it’s the right way to do things that we guarantee the accuracy of our work.

When we issue you an approval – if it turns out we were wrong, we’ll pay your rent for 3 months, up to $1,500 and reimburse you if you’ve lost any money for home inspections, appraisals, or earnest money. Why would you go anywhere else?

We’ll meet you one on one and walk you through the entire process of home buying from start to finish – We show you how much money you’ll need and when you’ll need it, how to minimize your out of pocket expenses, and show you the smartest ways to structure your loan, which no one ever bothers to show homebuyers today.

Our experience shows that the clients saving the most money and the most time are those with the best plan, and the ones with the best real estate agents. Talk to us first, and we’ll build your plan together, and then we’ll refer you to one of our Certified Real Estate Partners. You can still use the internet to look at homes, but when it’s time to go shopping, we need to talk.

At Hallmark your loan will close On time, Under Budget, with No Surprises, and – I guarantee it. I can’t wait to show you how, and we can’t wait to meet you.