Home Buying Tips

  • Find a Real Estate Agent you can trust and feel comfortable with, a client - agent relationship is very important.
  • Find a Mortgage Lender, and get prequalified and preapproved, your agent will need your mortgage qualifications.
  • Be an informed buyer, get as much information as you can.
  • Before you buy that home of your dreams, make sure you have a home inspection.

    Here are some tips on home inspections:

    • Always use a Certified Wisconsin Home Inspector.
    • Foundation: Are there obvious cracks? Any apparent shifts in the foundation?
    • Roof: Does it appear new, old, or of an indeterminate age? What is the overall condition?
    • Evidence of leaks: Check inside as well as outside. Check all ceilings and areas around windows.
    • Basement or crawlspace: Is there dampness? Is there adequate insulation?
    • Attic: How does the interior of the roof structure look?
    • Quality and workmanship: In general and in any additions
    • Apparent energy efficiency: Does the house appear tightly sealed?
    • Electrical: Any obvious malfunctions?
    • Plumbing: Any unusual noises or malfunctions?
    • Public and Private Drinking Water: Is the water safe or unsafe levels of contaminants in the water leaving your faucet?
    • Appliance condition: What is the age and condition of the stove, dishwasher, refrigerator (if included), etc.?
    • Lot: Does the drainage appear good--and away from the house?
    • Heating/cooling system: Does it seem to do the job heating or cooling?
    • Exterior: Is the house going to need repairs or paint soon?
    • Lot: Are there any trees encroaching on the roof or foundation?

In Wisconsin, real estate buyers can choose to work with either a selling agent (sometimes also referred to as a sub-agent or a co-broker agent) or a buyer agent. Either way, your agent is a specially trained professional, licensed by the state of Wisconsin, who is obligated by law to treat all parties to a real estate transaction fairly.

Wisconsin law does not allow real estate agents to be adversarial for or against the seller or the buyer. They are legally required to treat all parties fairly.

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