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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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    Perch Ln

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    3 wooded lots located at County M and Perch Lane. Across the street there is a public launching ramp to Sawyer Harbor. Property is only a couple of miles from Idlewild golf course and about 3 from Potawatomi State Park. The three lots are being sold together.

    5707 Bay Shore Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    A spectacular waterfront estate with all of the amenities of a 5 star resort with 2.75 manicured acres and 200 ft of prime Green Bay shoreline. Exquisite architectural design and detailed craftsmanship in this Tielens built home. Panoramic water views begin in visually astounding Great Rm and continue to the Dining Rm, 4 seasons porch and gourmet kitchen.

    Lot 2 Welcker Cliff Dr

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    True North Real Estate LLC
    Terrific building site located just above downtown Fish Creek. Welcker Cliff Drive is a private lane with beautiful homes, and very few vacant lots remain. This property borders land owned by the Door County Land Trust, offering additional privacy. Neighboring homes have Spectrum high speed internet - buyer to verify service availability.

    3344 Lake Forest Park Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    Two bedroom year around cottage located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. 101' feet of frontage with expansive water views. Minutes from ship canal. Deep lot in a low traffic area for added privacy.
    $649,900Sold for $649,900 on 05/30/23

    Lot 1 Welcker Cliff Dr

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    True North Real Estate LLC
    Terrific building site located just above downtown Fish Creek. Welcker Cliff Drive is a private lane with beautiful homes, and very few vacant lots remain. This property borders land owned by the Door County Land Trust, offering additional privacy. Neighboring homes have Spectrum high speed internet - buyer to verify service availability.

    8754 County Rd C

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    This is an amazing, one-time opportunity! It's a private paradise situated on over 1000' of beautiful Little Sturgeon Bay. There's no other waterfront property of its size available for sale in Door County. So many opportunities for developement or single estate. The meandering shoreline has a sandy shore inlet along with an additional inlet making for a great waterfront gathering area.

    TBD Cottage Rd

    Town of Liberty Grov, WI 54210

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Beautiful 1.5 acre wooded lot located in Northern Door County, perfect for building your dream Door County home.

    3009 Maple Grove East

    Town of Gibraltar, WI 54212

    Action Realty
    Nestled on 3.5-acres and surrounded by beautiful maple trees offers plenty of room for outdoor recreation. This property is centrally located between Baileys Harbor, Fish Creek, and Ephraim, making it easy to access all the amenities and attractions of these popular locations. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is perfect for a small family or those looking for a cozy retreat.

    7933 Hwy 42

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Are you in need of a city getaway? Consider Bay Point Inn as your ultimate retreat. Indulge in the tranquility of this exceptional location, offering breathtaking views of Egg Harbor and the Bay of Green Bay, all to be enjoyed during your exclusive 28-day stay each year. For the remaining days, your unit will be rented out, helping to offset the costs of ownership.

    7376 Neils Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 52435

    Dreamland Properties, LLC
    WOW! This property is a dream come true for the nature lovers with high quality deer and turkeys. The 1400 sq ft home sits on 45 acres with 2 ponds (one with two pond aerators), creek, windmill, food plots, 2 deer stands, an 80x50 pole building with a workshop, storage area, and a mezzanine. The yard is a picture perfect park with an abundance of trees for natural shade.

    10571 Hwy 57

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Perfect opportunity to be in Sister Bay! Nicely furnished studio design offers a king size bed, fireplace, whirlpool, sofa sleeper and kitchenette. The Birchwood Lodge features include an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool, sauna, game room, and laundry facilities.

    464 Europe Lake Rd

    Ellison Bay, WI 54201

    Innovative Real Estate
    1-10 SpacesParking(s)
    Endless Opportunities! Previous cottage resorts includes 5 cottages ranging in age and size. The larges offers 3 bedroom and 2 baths the others are 1 or 2 bedroom with 1 bath. Wooded property on beautiful Europe Lake. Europe Lake is a 297 acre lake with max depth of 10 ft. Fish include Panfish, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. (per DNR) Lake Frontage = est from GIS Map.
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