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buying a home in door county

8 Steps to Purchasing Property

  1. Deciding to Buy. Purchasing a home or property is the single most important financial decision many people will make. We understand that you are not just making a transaction, but that your home truly embodies your life, family and dreams.
  2. Choosing an experienced agent. Now is the time to engage with a real estate professional who can guide you. We will spend time with you to help you discern what you want and need in a home, and help you embark on your search.
  3. Securing financing. At True North, we work with several local lenders whom we trust to provide you with excellent financing for your purchase. Your lender will verify your income, run a credit check, analyze your assets and determine how much money you can borrow. Once you are pre-approved for a loan, the search begins in earnest.
  4. Finding your home. This is the most exciting part of the process. At True North, we keep in close contact with you and work diligently to match you with available properties that align with your lifestyle, usage and finances.
  5. Making an offer. Your agent will help you get to know the local market, find comparable listings and ultimately analyze the listing price of the property you love in order to decide on an appropriate offer, which includes price and other variables. We negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best possible agreement for the property you desire.
  6. Due Diligence. Through facilitating an inspection and further analyzing the property, your agent will help you understand any challenges or required improvements to your home. This part of the process can hold surprises, but our goal is to help ensure that your purchase is transparent, and any shortfalls of the property are fully disclosed and addressed.
  7. Insurance, appraisal and survey. Before closing, you need to secure homeowner’s insurance. Your lender will also require an appraisal that will determine if the home is worth the contract price. You may also be required to obtain a survey of the property. Your True North agent will work with your lender to coordinate the necessary steps.
  8. Closing. During the weeks before closing, your lender will work to finalize your loan. This is a critical time for remaining in contact with your agent and lender, and refrain from any major spending without approval from your loan officer. On closing day, you will meet with a title company where a title agent will review all the documents needing your signature to finalize your purchase. Your True North agent will act as your advocate throughout this process, ensuring that all paperwork reflects the proper agreements. Once the funds have been released, you are “funded” and your home/property is yours. Time to celebrate!

Buyer Representation

It is in both a buyer’s and a broker’s best interest to formalize the buyer-broker relationship through a Buyer Agency Agreement. Here’s why:

  1. Clear expectations. An agreement with a True North professional as your buyer agent is based on mutual consent and satisfaction. We will provide a clear written outline of our obligations to you, as well as what we expect from you, the buyer. As in any agreement, if a buyer agent isn’t living up to your expectations, you may cancel the agreement.
  2. Strong advocacy. Working with one agent (as opposed to several listing agents) benefits you as your agent knows you and what you are seeking and is contractually bound to negotiate for your best interest. Empowered by the agency relationship, your buyer agent may also seek out unlisted properties on your behalf.
  3. Avoid disputes. Confusion can arise when a buyer indicates interest to more than one selling agent. To avoid disagreement on commissions and other transactions, work with one buyer agent who represents you.

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    318 S Hudson Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    38Picture(s)
    2,574Sqft
    Visits:11
    Lovely ranch style home with a private park like setting. Well maintained with many updates.
    $360,000

    12595 Hwy 42

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    37Picture(s)
    2,440Sqft
    Visits:34
    Beautifully appointed sprawling ranch home offered, fully furnished on 3.5 acres with a heated garage. This home boasts many desirable features including large eat-in kitchen sharing pass-through fireplace with family room, with plenty of space to entertain inside and out. Bonus room can enjoyed as-is or be easily converted to additional attached garage.
    $749,000

    TBD Cove Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    15Picture(s)
    0.37Acre
    Visits:9
    Picturesque lot on the east side of Sturgeon Bay located in sought after neighborhood. You are practically across the street from the Astronomy Campus of Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Center & Nature Preserve. The lot offers some plantings and beautiful mature trees for shade & admiration. Great neighborhood with easy access to Hwy 42/57. Parent parcel has been subdivided.
    $40,000

    10521 Cherrywood Ct

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    51Picture(s)
    2,611Sqft
    Visits:9
    You'll find this lovely year-round home or vacation getaway situated on a quiet cul-de-sac that is a short distance from the hustle and bustle of downtown Sister Bay, yet a world away. This Portside Builders creation, a Frank Lloyd Wright style-inspired residence, has only had one owner, and all of the main living is on one level.
    $699,900

    11150 Old Stage Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    69Picture(s)
    2,000Sqft
    Visits:29
    Stunning offering on 20+ acres of meadow, garden & forest . A rolling driveway leads past a meandering Door County stone fence, and that's where you'll find this lovely custom home.
    $1,200,000

    11648 Carrington Ln

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    46Picture(s)
    1,404Sqft
    Visits:34
    Affordable Door County year-round home or vacation getaway in an small-town community setting. Simply lovely Ellison Bay home that looks out to an orchard and sits on a corner lot with exceptional professional landscaping: flowers, flagstone, fountain and more in a semi-wooded setting.
    $335,000

    Lot 1 Birch Ln

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    4Picture(s)
    1.54Acre
    Visits:16
    This beautifully wooded lot is located in Birch Lane Estates near Murphy Park with beach, pier and park areas and minutes to Egg Harbor. The lot is improved with a circular driveway, mound system and homesite cleared. A homeplan is available for purchase.
    $124,900

    9113 Wandering Down Rd

    Town of Gibraltar, WI 54212

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    8Picture(s)
    3.81Acre
    Visits:9
    This beautiful homesite is nearly ready for you to build your Door County dream home on! Beautifully mixed terrain and meandering stone fences. The parcel was selectively and professionally cleared to make way for a new home, the driveway was installed, and a 4 bedroom mound system sanitary permit is already in place.
    $199,900

    2438 County Rd F

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    True North Real Estate LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    44Picture(s)
    2,676Sqft
    Visits:268
    This in-town property is just three blocks from the Baileys Harbor Marina and the new Town waterfront park. The home features an open-concept design with a large finished walkout basement that opens to an expansive backyard with quick access to Ridges Sanctuary trails. All new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and exterior (windows and siding).
    $579,900

    Site #1* Hillside Tr

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    True North Real Estate LLC
    9Picture(s)
    1.63Acre
    Visits:101
    Freshly cut water view! New on the market! Alpine Bluff Site #1 is the last of the Alpine Bluff lots to be released. Located just a short distance from downtown Egg Harbor and the newly renovated Alpine Resort, this beautiful blufftop homesite is waiting for your architect to design your Door County home. Stunning views of Green Bay, Chambers Island and across to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    $1,275,000

    6281 Maple Run Ln

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sunnypoint Real Estate LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    33Picture(s)
    1,527Sqft
    Visits:57
    Perfect vacation get-a-way or year round home. Nestled on 5 private wooded acres equal distances between Sturgeon Bay & Egg Harbor. The first floor open concept and vaulted ceilings provide an abundance of natural sunlight. Large living room features hardwood floors and a cozy wood burning fireplace. Updated kitchen island, new oven, outdoor lighting & flooring in the bedrooms.
    $424,900

    Site #4* Hillside Tr

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    True North Real Estate LLC
    10Picture(s)
    2.04Acre
    Visits:212
    THE VIEW HAS NOW BEEN CUT AND IT IS SPECTACULAR! A rare offering! Located just a short distance from downtown Egg Harbor and the newly renovated Alpine Resort, this beautiful blufftop homesite is waiting for your architect to design your Door County home. Stunning views of Green Bay, Chambers Island and across to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    $1,100,000
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