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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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    9859 Marshalls Point Bay Rd

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    53Picture(s)
    2,115Sqft
    Visits:11
    A clever design twist--this indisputably stylish, Sister Bay shorefront home has a "Modern Farmhouse" meets "Mid-Century" feel. It's perfect---not too big for a getaway/seasonal residence, but also an ideal year-round home with many improvements.
    $1,500,000

    10843 Birchwood Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    27Picture(s)
    900Sqft
    Visits:13
    This is a rare offering. A charming Door County cottage in the woods--a short walk from the water in downtown Sister Bay---can become YOUR reality for 2023. Towering birch, pine and maple trees create the backdrop for this absolutely lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath, completely reconfigured and updated year-round home with fireplace.
    $399,900

    7976 Severn St

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    74Picture(s)
    2,524Sqft
    Visits:21
    Fabulous water view home, architect designed, quality built and ideally situated on a wooded hill overlooking Baileys Harbor and Lake Michigan. This one of a kind historical home is located in downtown Baileys Harbor. From sunrise to sunset savor the breathtaking views.
    $929,000

    10440 Northwoods Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    32Picture(s)
    1,424Sqft
    Visits:21
    Enjoy Sister Bay living in this nearly new (2020) Vermont log home! The open concept living space is dramatic with soaring, vaulted ceiling and a rounded fireplace wall. There's a first floor bedroom and two more upstairs. The kitchen features stainless appliances and granite counters. Radiant in-floor heat plus 4 mini-splitters for heat and AC.
    $665,000

    Ida Red Rd

    Town of Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    4Picture(s)
    1.51Acre
    Visits:18
    Have you dreamed of what it would be like to live amongst the upscale homes at Horseshoe Bay Bluffs Village? Here is your chance to bring your dream to reality. 1.5 acres lot could be yours. Located near Egg Harbor marina, restaurants and all other activities that Door County as to offer.
    $59,900

    10686 Regatta Way

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Sarkis & Associates
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    19Picture(s)
    1,967Sqft
    Visits:24
    This rare, one-of-a-kind, property provides fantastic water and sunset views from its two covered, private decks. The owners have skillfully combined a one, and a two- bedroom unit, resulting in nearly 2,000 square feet of spacious waterfront living. This UNICORN of condo luxury offers two ample living areas, each with a two-sided fireplace, and two large master bedrooms, each with ensuite baths.
    $1,090,000Sold for $1,090,000 on 06/24/22

    1361 N 14th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Harbour Real Estate Group LLC
    Other-see RemarksParking(s)
    3Picture(s)
    1,008Sqft
    Visits:55
    Pre-Construction. 24'x42'x16' storage building in the City of Sturgeon Bay. Price includes 14'x'14' Overhead door, steel roofing & siding, aluminum soffit, fascia, gutters & downspouts, 3'x7' service door, rough in for 1/2 bath, faucet & floor drain, rough in for gas line for future heater, 200 amp electric service, 6 LED lights and 4 interior outlets, sewer & water to building.
    $159,900

    1361 N 14th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Harbour Real Estate Group LLC
    Other-see RemarksParking(s)
    3Picture(s)
    1,008Sqft
    Visits:52
    Pre-Construction. 24'x42'x16' storage building in the City of Sturgeon Bay. Price includes 14'x'14' Overhead door, steel roofing & siding, aluminum soffit, fascia, gutters & downspouts, 3'x7' service door, rough in for 1/2 bath, faucet & floor drain, rough in for gas line for future heater, 200 amp electric service, 6 LED lights and 4 interior outlets, sewer & water to building.
    $159,900

    6091 Bluff Ledge Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    4Bedroom(s)
    4Bathroom(s)
    36Picture(s)
    3,564Sqft
    Visits:72
    Exceptional Bay Water Views from this beautiful 1 1/2 story home with a walkout basement! Situated on an oversized 3 acre bluff lot, this home boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, a lower level entertainment area, and a bonus game room. Bring your toys and store them in the attached 2.
    $875,000

    1902 Hillside Dr

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    75Picture(s)
    1,728Sqft
    Visits:250
    Reduced in time to enjoy summer 2022. Year-round property has been expertly and stylishly refurbished to create the ultimate shorefront getaway less than a mile from downtown Ellson Bay and its many charms. Three bedrooms plus upstairs bonus room (4th bedroom or office), first floor TV room/den, 2 1/2 baths and more.
    $1,100,000

    Lot 2 W Whitefish Bay Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    6Picture(s)
    1.51Acre
    Visits:68
    Lot #2 in Whitefish Bay Road Estates. A pristine wooded bluff lot overlooking Green Bay waters. This is a perfect opportunity for you to build your future home. Your privacy is guaranteed on this dead end residential road.
    $159,900

    6959 Bay Shore Dr

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    True North Real Estate LLC
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    73Picture(s)
    2,779Sqft
    Visits:2
    Fun, unusual, clever, cool..All are adjectives that apply to this interesting shorefront cottage. Great location just south of Murphy Park and only a few minutes south of the Alpine Resort and Village Center. This is an especially unique opportunity - it's suitable for vacation or year around use and is ideal for entertaining.
    $1,250,000Sold for $1,350,000 on 06/24/22
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