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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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    621 Lower La Salle Rd

    Algoma, WI 54201

    ERA Starr Realty
    Door County getaway! Cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bath on beautiful treed lot. Peaceful, wooded area across from Lake Michigan. Listen to the waves and relax. At end of the road is a county park on the Lake Michigan shore. Home is being sold "as is".

    343 Forestview Rd

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Gordons North Star Realty, LLC
    Nice wooded lot in quiet location!

    Lot 4 Deer Run Trail

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    Five acres of privacy, woods, and meadow. Down a private road and surrounded by woods and some meadow. Great homesite for a year round or vacation home. Easy access to Bay Shore Drive and great boat launch (George Pinney County Park). Sturgeon Bay is minutes away. Private deed restrictions to protect your investment. Possible partial water view according to seller.

    2236 Mill Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    Beautiful third floor unit with privacy and wooded view. This hard to beat location is steps from downtown Sister Bay with an easy stroll to shops, beach and restaurants. Offered fully furnished and ready for you to enjoy Door County. When you are not visiting your condo, take advantage of rental income as this unit provides an excellent rental history.

    8664 County Rd C

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Todd Wiese Homeselling System, Inc
    Well maintained & pre-inspected 1.5 story home on 1/2 acre landscaped setting within minutes to Little Sturgeon Bay, Rileys Bay, public boat launch & Potawatomi State Park. Covered front porch opens to the sun flooded living room w/open staircase to upper level.

    3087 Mathey Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Town & Country Real Estate
    Situated on a partially wooded acre and a half lot, this home gives you the beauty and privacy of country living, yet is only a short distance away from the City of Sturgeon Bay and all that Door County has to offer. This one-owner ranch home has been very well maintained. Hardwood floors in all three bedrooms, and per the seller, the living room has hardwood floor under the carpeting.

    5330 Bay Shore Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    Rare Bay Shore Dr offering, Boasting just under 20 Acres of privacy. Great Location conveniently halfway between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor! Quality construction by local Borkovetz Builders. First floor master suite. Vaulted ceilings with 2nd floor catwalk overlooking the stone wood burning fireplace. Expansive deck overlooking the quiet back yard.

    7141 Hwy 42

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Spinnaker model, first floor location. Private bedroom, sleeper sofa in living room. Fully appointed and nicely updated. Rentals at The Landing have been on the increase the last three years with excellent cash flow for the owners. Complete amenity package includes on-site laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

    3934 Glidden Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Magnificent, sprawling new construction (completed 3/22) on one of the most spectacular waterfront parcels in all of Door County! 2 private acres featuring woods, creek, an abundant wildlife, all capped off w/415' of pristine white sand beach on the shore of Lake Michigan! Nearly 4500 elegantly crafted sq ft of living space ideal for a permanent residence, or seasonal retreat for hosting family a

    8559 Old Ledge Ln

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Arbor Crowne Properties
    Perfectly located between Fish Creek & Egg Harbor, a beautiful country retreat on 5 acres of meadow & woods. Large unfinished bonus room over a 3 car garage creates an ensuite 3rd bedroom. A charming entrance opens to a stylish home with Shiplap walls, spacious built-ins & a floor to ceiling stone fireplace.

    2248 Maple Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    Location! Location! Location! This is very close to all that downtown Sister Bay has to offer. Home features a walk-out basement, the potential to add a deck off of the first floor, and beautiful hardwood hickory floors on most of the first floor. Public Sewer and water! Lovely private backyard with lots of potential.

    9310 Greywood Rd

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    Take a look at the newest offering in The Fish Creek Condominiums s. A short walk to Peninsula State Park, this split level design features vaulted ceilings, a fieldstone fireplace, alongside numerous modern updates including porcelain floors in the kitchen and bathrooms with Kohler fixtures.
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    Active w/ Contingency - Still showing: This property has an accepted offer with contingencies and the seller is seeking a secondary offer in the event the primary buyer doesn't close.
    Active w/ Bump: This property has an accepted offer contingent upon the buyer clearing a specific requirement.  The seller might have the opportunity to move a secondary offer into primary position by "bumping" the primary buyer.