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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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    501 N 5th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    EXP Realty LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    1,716Sqft
    Visits:41
    OPEN SUNDAY APRIL 21 12-2 PM. UPDATED INSIDE/OUT - Main level features a large living/dining combo, spacious updated kitchen w/upgraded maple cabinets, 2 nice bedrooms, huge main bath w/jetted tub, and large 1/2 bath & laundry. In 2020 contractors finished the lower level adding 600+ SQ FT including a large 19x11 bedroom w/sitting room, a 25x11 rec room, and a 2nd zone of heating.
    $285,000

    County Rd X

    Forestville, WI 54213

    ERA Starr Realty
    7Picture(s)
    50.86Acre
    Visits:24
    Let your imagination go wild. These four parcels consist of 50.86 acres of rural beauty. 43.25 of those acres are zoned wetlands...great for kayaking, hiking, biking, and hunting. Located between the Ahnapee River and the Ahnapee State Trail, you'll fall in love with its natural beauty. The remaining 7.
    $249,900

    4460 Fairway Ln

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    6Picture(s)
    1,507Sqft
    Visits:294
    The Fairway design at Cherry Hills. Lovely one-story townhome with bright and open floor plan. Two bedrooms, two baths, an office and two-car garage. Beautiful patio overlooking the fairways. Everything you need for full-time or second home living. Enjoy panoramic views from this ideal location.
    $434,900Sold for $449,900 on 10/31/23

    4940 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    40Picture(s)
    593Sqft
    Visits:64
    Main floor condo in the preferred NAVIGATOR Bldg offering more square footage & king bed. The large bathroom has a beautiful walk-in shower & the cabinetry offers ample storage. Custom alder cabinets (not refaced) & storage drawers in the kitchen.
    $112,000

    4940 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    37Picture(s)
    650Sqft
    Visits:5
    RARE OPPORTUNITY - PREMIERE WATER VIEW UNIT IN THE NAVIGATOR! The views are the best! Three enormous picture windows, two side windows & the patio doors to take in the breathtaking panoramic Water Views. These units rarely become available. This unit is in Landmark's Rental & the rental proceeds are phenomenal. This is an amazing turn-key opportunity to own a premiere unit at the Landmark.
    $265,000

    10624 Cove Ln

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    True North Real Estate LLC
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    45Picture(s)
    3,165Sqft
    Visits:7
    Selling out quickly, COVE is a new luxury residential community of just 12 single-family homes located on the grounds of the historic Little Sister Resort. Situated steps from iconic Pebble Beach, COVE offers a tranquil oasis on the outskirts of Door County's bustling village of Sister Bay.
    $1,365,000Sold for $1,475,328 on 04/16/24

    Green Tree Rd

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Gordons North Star Realty, LLC
    5Picture(s)
    8.34Acre
    Visits:43
    Nice wooded lot, very private and quiet location!
    $96,000

    5282 Horseshoe Bay Rd

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    9Picture(s)
    1,268Sqft
    Visits:6
    Looking for a family getaway with rental potential? Look no further, Club Cottage #2 at Horseshoe Bay is it!! Overlooking the 10th and 18th fairways of Horseshoe Bay Golf Club has spectacular views and peaks at the Door County sunsets over the bay. The unit comes completely furnished, right down to the coffeemaker. Enter the rental programs and ever the towels and bedding are included.
    $429,000

    122 S Ithaca Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    51Picture(s)
    1,140Sqft
    Visits:29
    This meticulously maintained ranch home nestled in a peaceful cul-de-sac. Enjoy easy living with washer and dryer hookups available on both the main level and in the basement. One room is currently utilized as an office and laundry area but offers flexibility for conversion to a potential bedroom.
    $255,000

    S Lake Michigan Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    16Picture(s)
    Visits:6
    Listen to the sounds of the lake just outside your door. This incredible lot is situated just down the road from the Town of Clay Banks waterfront land. Enjoy the sandy shoreline for your summer retreat. Underground electric along the road.
    $38,600

    4908 Landmark Cir

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Professional Realty of Door County
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    25Picture(s)
    549Sqft
    Visits:77
    Well-maintained, wood view, main-floor unit in the Flagship Building of the Landmark. This condo is an end-unit, easily accessible to the side door, outdoor pool and picturesque sunset views. The current owners have used it for personal use for the past three years; it was previously a successful rental through the resort's rental program.
    $114,000

    10331 Water St

    Ephraim, WI 54211

    True North Real Estate LLC
    11-25 SpacesParking(s)
    18Picture(s)
    1,865Sqft
    Visits:269
    Be part of the North Ephraim revitalization! Have you noticed all the recent sales, renovations, and new businesses popping up along this stretch? It's the place to be! Terrific investment opportunity with three visible commercial spaces fronting Water Street (Hwy 42) on nearly an acre and a half, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, and more.
    $749,000
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