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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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    761 Plum View Ln

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    26Picture(s)
    540Sqft
    Visits:63
    Renovated waterfront cottage located at Isle View Condos, perched at the tip of Door County. Marvel at the stunning views of Wisconsin Bay, Plum Island, and beyond. Spend your day exploring the waters and return to relax under the starry sky, immersing yourself in the peaceful atmosphere. Also see MLS # 141480 for Condominium listing.
    $479,000

    Deer Lane Rd

    Washington Island, WI 54246

    Kellstrom Ray Washington Island
    6Picture(s)
    10.06Acre
    Visits:29
    Great opportunity to own a beautiful wooded lot in a great location! This 10 acre parcel is approximately 1.5 miles from Jackson Harbor dock and the Ridges. There is an easement road that does run through the property to access to parcels to the west. 10 amazing acres to build your dream home. Lots of mature hardwood for great privacy and beauty.
    $147,770

    761 Plum View Ln

    Gills Rock, WI 54210

    Shorewest Realtors-Door County
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    Assigned ParkingParking(s)
    37Picture(s)
    540Sqft
    Visits:50
    Renovated waterfront cottage located at Isle View Condos, perched at the tip of Door County. Marvel at the stunning views of Wisconsin Bay, Plum Island, and beyond. Spend your day exploring the waters and return to relax under the starry sky, immersing yourself in the peaceful atmosphere. Also see MLS # 141487 for Residential listing.
    $479,000

    S 1599 Hwy 42

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    11-25 SpacesParking(s)
    21Picture(s)
    4,864Sqft
    Visits:13
    This historic building is bursting with possibilities! Located right on the Ahnapee Trail, the property boasts a well-maintained building with ample space, offering endless possibilities for customization to suit diverse business needs. Whether it's retail, office space, outdoor sports shop or a service-oriented enterprise, this property provides a flexible layout to accommodate various ventures.
    $350,000

    229 Louisiana St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    57Picture(s)
    1,440Sqft
    Visits:47
    A fabulous downtown Sturgeon Bay location, situated right off the main stretch. This beautiful caf & apartment duo features a large lawn for outdoor seating, seating for 30 inside, fully equipped kitchen downstairs, and a potentially fully furnished rental or apartment upstairs. Unique features on both levels creates a real money maker.
    $429,900

    8189 Enchanted Dr

    Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    28Picture(s)
    2,262Sqft
    Visits:82
    Brand new craftsman home ready to move into! Single level living in a private wooded setting. Attached garage, covered front porch and large patio off the back. LVP flooring in living areas, granite counters throughout, white cabinets and trim, stone fireplace, and mission style doors. Beautifully wooded lot in nice area. Close to Baileys Harbor with easy access to other villages.
    $599,900

    5660 Gordon Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    29Picture(s)
    2,417Sqft
    Visits:10
    Escape the hustle and bustle without sacrificing convenience. 3 Bedroom 2.5 baths with over 2400 sq ft on a sprawling 3.12 acres. All just minutes from downtown Sturgeon Bay and other Door County attractions. Bring your boat, camper and all your toys to put in the 2020 built 30 x 50 storage shed. Along with the 3 car attached garage there is a heated and cooled workshop area with water.
    $619,000

    4408 W Madeline Ln

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    41Picture(s)
    2,350Sqft
    Visits:72
    Delightful 3 bedroom unit with commanding views of Cherry Hills Golf Course. This home is quite spacious and offers a ton of natural light. The open concept living area is highlighted by bleached mahogany wood floors, Door County Fieldstone Fireplace, maple cabinets and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen.
    $495,000Sold for $480,000 on 03/01/24

    229 Louisiana St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    1-10 SpacesParking(s)
    55Picture(s)
    1,440Sqft
    Visits:50
    A fabulous downtown Sturgeon Bay location, situated right off the main stretch. This beautiful caf & apartment duo features a large lawn for outdoor seating, seating for 30 inside, fully equipped kitchen downstairs, and a potentially fully furnished rental or apartment upstairs. Unique features on both levels creates a real money maker.
    $429,900

    11625 Gilmore Ln

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    22Picture(s)
    1,180Sqft
    Visits:70
    Ranch home/single level living in the popular Meadow Wood development is perfect for year-round living or for your Door County vacation getaway! Open concept living space with split bedroom floor plan is perfect for entertaining, and the primary bath features a jetted soaking tub and walk-in shower. Pride of ownership is evident throughout. Fireplace and pretty wooded views, 2 car garage and more.
    $295,000Sold for $295,000 on 04/16/24

    10885 Trillium Ln

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    True North Real Estate LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    67Picture(s)
    4,110Sqft
    Visits:268
    A private oasis minutes from the heart of Sister Bay, this spacious yet cozy home provides the ideal combination of open-concept entertaining areas and intimate reading nooks. Recent updates emphasize natural, textural elements w/ hickory floors, quartz counters, and walls of windows. The cook's kitchen features a 48" Wolf cooktop, Sub Zero refrigerator & more.
    $899,000

    4176 Bluff Cr

    Fish Creek, WI 54212

    Professional Realty of Door County
    4Bedroom(s)
    4Bathroom(s)
    52Picture(s)
    4,680Sqft
    Visits:14
    Tucked in the woods with breathtaking views of Fish Creek, Peninsula State Park and beyond. This custom-built home features an open living room with wood- burning fireplace, warm hardwood floors and vaulted ceiling. The home also offers 4+ bedrooms, a spacious office with built-in bookshelves, a lower level family/game room and a 2+ stall attached garage.
    $1,499,000
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