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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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    TBD Birch Ln

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    16Picture(s)
    2,862Sqft
    Visits:0
    This full-scribed, custom built log home, was constructed of Door County white pine in the Swedish Cope style by its Owner and accomplished home builder. As such, this home is a work of art and reflects the Owner's craftsmanship in every detail, both inside and out.
    $649,000Sold for $635,000 on 11/30/21

    8808 Spring Rd

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    40Picture(s)
    1,792Sqft
    Visits:6
    Do you imagine walking outside to hearing the whispering winds, the birds chirping, or the sound of snowflakes falling? How about that country feel while close to town? If you answered yes, this is the basecamp you have been waiting for. Enjoy a blazing fire while the world is quiet around you, read those endless books you have on your shelf waiting for a slower moment.
    $450,000

    9153 County Rd A

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    18Picture(s)
    1,456Sqft
    Visits:3
    Enjoy single level living in this ranch style home with a split bedroom floor plan. Central living area has vaulted ceilings and a corner fireplace. The woodstove allows you to also heat this entire home with wood. Patio doors open to a huge deck overlooking the backyard with many mature trees. There's also an older mobile home (12x60) with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 720 sq. ft.
    $375,000

    10321 Water St

    Ephraim, WI 54211

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    17Picture(s)
    670Sqft
    Visits:4
    Rare Opportunity !Second floor two bedroom suite, living room with sleeper sofa, full kitchen and dining area. Private bedroom with a second bedroom in the semi-private loft. Unit is overlooking the outdoor pool area. The Waterbury Inn has an indoor pool with hot tub, outdoor pool, exercise room, playground and picnic area with gas grills.
    $69,900

    1736 Hillside Dr

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Professional Realty of Door County
    4Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    37Picture(s)
    2,968Sqft
    Visits:6
    Spacious condominium home at The Hideaway in Ellison Bay. Beautiful living room with a stone fireplace and vaulted wood ceiling that continues over the open concept dining area and kitchen. A wall of windows bring in the light and leads to your private deck. The master bedroom suite is also on this level. On the first floor are two more bedrooms, two baths and the laundry room.
    $424,900

    10668 Bay Shore Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    1-10 SpacesParking(s)
    8Picture(s)
    1,831Sqft
    Visits:2
    Perhaps the busiest and most valuable corner in northern Door County. Perched on the northeast corner of Bay Shore Drive and Mill Road in the heart of Sister Bay there is tremendous visibility both north and south. There are 2 office/retail areas on the first floor and a recently and very nicely remodeled 1 bedroom apartment on the second floor.
    $799,900

    12702 Hwy 42

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    38Picture(s)
    2,609Sqft
    Visits:2
    This spacious home is located right across the street from the Town of Liberty Grove's newest waterfront property, Mariner Park. Enjoy partial water views from the property, or walk across to the park and enjoy the sounds of the waves lapping at the shore. This home offers a tremendous amount of potential, between the size of the house, its multiple rooms and Mixed Commercial Zoning.
    $299,900Sold for $330,000 on 12/01/21

    11802 Mink River Rd

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    43Picture(s)
    1,941Sqft
    Visits:9
    This adorable 3 bedroom, 3 full bath ranch home just outside of Ellison Bay is the perfect year-round or vacation home. This home boasts a large great room with a beautiful Door County fieldstone, wood burning fireplace, a dinette area, a formal dining area, an over-sized 1 car attached garage and a full basement. There is plenty of space to entertain outdoors as well on the large backyard patio.
    $374,900

    W Whitefish Bay Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors
    6Picture(s)
    3.83Acre
    Visits:16
    Beautifully wooded parcel, over three acres, waiting for your dream home! Secluded location yet close to all Door County has to offer. Gravel driveway already installed, perc test allows for mound system.
    $56,900

    949 Superior St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    21Picture(s)
    1,230Sqft
    Visits:29
    Adorable, renovated and move in ready! Careful restoration has been done to restore the fine features of this lovely, classic home that features a private fenced-in yard. Newly paved driveway plus additional parking in the back with alley access. Walking distance to all Sturgeon Bay has to offer. Also, walking distance and ideally situated as it is close to public schools and sports complexes.
    $189,900

    10550 Cut Stone Ct

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    True North Real Estate LLC
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    26Picture(s)
    1,488Sqft
    Visits:52
    This beautifully appointed single-level townhouse at the Birchwood Lodge features hardwood floors, granite and quartz counters, fieldstone fireplace, and tile bathrooms in a light bright open concept floor plan. Impeccably decorated, with most furniture and furnishings included, this turnkey offering can be owner occupied or rented by the onsite management company.
    $349,900Sold for $383,500 on 12/01/21

    2715 Little Sister Hill Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Professional Realty of Door County
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    15Picture(s)
    490Sqft
    Visits:44
    The perfect and affordable Door County vacation getaway. Beautifully appointed with granite countertops and crown molding. All furnishings are included. Great location with easy access to the Village bike path, Bay Ridge Golf Course and Pebble Beach.
    $64,900
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