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Welcome to Southerland Real Estate Home Buying Guide

Welcome to the top online resource for buying a home in Hampton Roads, VA.  Here you can find extensive information on the 7 Cities that makeup Hampton Roads, research all available homes for sale and get connected with some of the top real estate agents in Hampton Roads, VA.

1. Get Pre-qualified

Southerland Real Estate has narrowed the list of mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers in Hampton Roads to a trusted few who consistently deliver outstanding service to our clients.  If you would like to get preapproved by a mortgage broker, please complete the form below and we will put you in touch with our top three trusted partners.

2. Get Educated

If you are considering a move to the Tidewater (just another name for this area), fill out our Relocation Guide Request and we will send you a complimentary copy of the Hampton Roads Relocation Guide.  Next, use our City Pages to learn about the 7 Cities comprising the Hampton Roads area.  Learn about area schools, major employers, top medical facilities, higher education institutions and the lifestyles for each city.  If you need to research schools, we offer links to help you research and learn about individual schools, along with links to school ratings and available homes aligned with each school.

3. Research Homes

Our powerful Hampton Roads home search solution allows you to search through all available Hampton Roads, VA homes the way you want to search: by Price, City, Community, Zip Code, or School District.  Once you choose an area, we make it easy to find foreclosures or short sales, waterfront homes, golf course homes, homes on acreage, homes with pools, homes in gated communities, homes with great Walk Scores™ and much more.  We link listings to Google Maps where you can see a Satellite Map and Street level view.  Plus, we provide up to 25 high resolution photos, a virtual tour when available, and detailed neighborhood demographics.  You can easily save your search, keep track of your favorites and have the newest listings that meet your criteria emailed to you daily.

4. Get Representation

There is so much more to hiring a buyer’s agent than getting access to houses and a chauffeur to show you around.  While it is possible to buy a home without an agent, the experience often proves to be more challenging than many expect.  We’ve listed our top 3 reasons below:

  1. Representation: Unless you are buying a property that is for sale by owner, the seller has professional representation on their side.  By negotiating directly with the sellers agent you are putting yourself at a severe disadvantage since their agent is legally bound to share everything you tell them in order to get the best deal for their client.  You wouldn’t go into a courtroom without a lawyer, so why risk the biggest purchase in your life in buying a home without representation.
  2. Information: The only way to determine the correct price of a home is to analyze the prices at which similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood.  While there are a variety of online resources for finding homes for sale, there are no consumer websites that provide home sales data in the Hampton Roads area.  This information is only available to Realtors through their membership with the local Multiple Listing Service.  While many consumers look to Zillow for this information in other areas, Zillow does not have the actual prices of homes that sold in the Hampton Roads area.
  3. Experience: When you have an experienced Buyer’s Agent working for you their primary job is to keep you from making a mistake.  The knowledge they gain from working with so many clients throughout their career is invaluable when it comes to helping you pick the right house, on the right street, in the right neighborhood.  This experience also comes into play when they are negotiating on your behalf as they often have intimate knowledge of the pros and cons of similar homes that recently sold.  Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your buyer’s agent will help you locate a great inspector, negotiate repairs with the seller, get estimates from trustworthy contractors and obtain financing from the most reputable lenders.

When you’re ready to get professional representation, fill out the form below and we will gladly assist you with your needs.

5. Find your new home

Once you have been pre-qualified by a lender, narrowed down your home search and retained a buyer’s agent it’s time to get in the car and go look at some homes.  For most people, this is the fun part, and it should be.  Buying a home is most important purchase most people make in their lifetime.  Having an experienced professional in your corner will save you time, give you peace of mind and very likely save you a great deal of money.

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