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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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    Wandering Rd

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    5Picture(s)
    5.14Acre
    Visits:3
    Beautiful 5 acre parcel to build your Door County dream home! This land has meadow area near the front and wooded area in the back. Some wetlands but plenty of room to build. Wetland delineation report has been completed. Great location and just a few minutes drive to downtown Fish Creek.
    $113,000

    1703 Utah St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    33Picture(s)
    2,523Sqft
    Visits:4
    Well maintained ranch home in a great location near schools, YMCA, and highway access. Patio doors lead out to a large 16' x 17' composite deck in a private backyard. Lower level has a family/rec room with a large bar, pool table and separate kitchen area. Roof new in 2011. Newer hot water heater.
    $320,000Sold for $291,000 on 06/24/22

    11004 Liberty Park Circle East

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    25Picture(s)
    2,007Sqft
    Visits:6
    MOVE IN READY LATE FALL 2021. Steps from Sister Bay -- custom built, brand new home. A few features of this beautiful design are zero clearance entry, vaulted ceilings, standing seam metal roof, Pella Windows, Board & Batton siding, beamed ceilings, wood accent walls, quartz countertops throughout and a full lower level.
    $899,900Sold for $910,000 on 06/24/22

    50 W Larch St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    EXP Realty LLC
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    CommonParking(s)
    23Picture(s)
    800Sqft
    Visits:8
    This is the popular "honeymoon style" luxury suite, which is one of only two in the Bridgeport Resort. The bedroom shares a two sided fireplace with the grand ensuite bath that features a luxurious very large 5x6 oval jetted tub and is complimented by dual vanities with granite tops, and a separate room for the walk-in shower & commode.
    $174,900

    23 N 5th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    True North Real Estate LLC
    1-10 SpacesParking(s)
    65Picture(s)
    2,333Sqft
    Visits:16
    Fantastic location within easy walking distance to downtown restaurants, shops, businesses and in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Sturgeon Bay! A rare Door County offering, this turn-of-the-century home was originally built as a single-family residence and had been converted into two apartments at one time; it is currently utilized as office space.
    $349,000

    23 N 5th Ave

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    True North Real Estate LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    65Picture(s)
    2,333Sqft
    Visits:24
    Fantastic location within easy walking distance to downtown restaurants, shops, businesses and in one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Sturgeon Bay! A rare Door County offering, this turn-of-the-century home was originally built as a single-family residence and had been converted into two apartments at one time; it is currently utilized as office space.
    $349,000

    2714 W Meadow Rd

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    57Picture(s)
    9.56Acre
    Visits:18
    In the heart of the county - 9+acres of buildable land, wetlands, hunting, wildlife, the option are there. The septic system is sized for 3 bedroom and had its 3 year maintenance inspection in 2020. There is an existing well on the property and the pole bar/garage building has electric and is partially heated.
    $210,000

    2714 W Meadow Rd

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    65Picture(s)
    9.56Acre
    Visits:27
    In the heart of the county - 9+acres of buildable land, wetlands, hunting, wildlife, and much more. The septic system is sized for 3 bedroom and had its 3 year maintenance inspection in 2020. There is an existing well on the property and the pole barn/garage building has electric and is partially heated.
    $210,000

    12450 Northern Door Rd

    Ellison Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    75Picture(s)
    4,272Sqft
    Visits:52
    A fairy tale home in a fairy tale setting: magnificent water views and approximately 200 feet of shore. Must-see home. You'll spend hours looking at the water from multiple rooms of this custom-built home or from the waterfront patio or screened-in porch. Gourmet kitchen with an open floor plan facing a fireplace that ideal for entertaining.
    $1,650,000

    1565 Tacoma Beach Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    5Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    29Picture(s)
    3,800Sqft
    Visits:69
    Location is EVERYTHING! Enjoy 126' of stunning panoramic views of the Sturgeon Bay Channel from this beautiful property. Watch ships pass by while sipping coffee in your living room, lounging in the sunroom or puttering in the professionally landscaped yard. This home boasts a comfortable layout with 5 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths and is ready for your personal touch. Boat Slip #52 (45'x13.
    $749,900

    8612 Hwy 57

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    CB Real Estate Group Sturgeon Bay
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    32Picture(s)
    1,252Sqft
    Visits:96
    Walk out ranch is a scenic ‘Cabin in the woods' on 4.6 acres. Wooded acreage backs up to Ridges Sanctuary. Vintage 1 stall horse barn with pallet fence. Huge old barn/garage outbuilding with separate drive. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths on main level, French doors to deck.
    $299,900Sold for $283,000 on 06/22/22

    1637 Olson Dr

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    2Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    37Picture(s)
    1,916Sqft
    Visits:37
    Set against the bluff, in a nice, private setting is this two bedroom, two and a half bath unit at Cottage Glen in Ellison Bay, just waiting for your personal touches! Featuring a 2 car garage and loft, beautiful and professionally landscaped grounds.
    $449,900
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