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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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    6195 Bluff Ledge Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Sarkis & Associates
    3Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    30Picture(s)
    3,077Sqft
    Visits:9
    EARLY BIRD NOTICE – OPEN HOUSE, SATURDAY MAY 4 TH , 11AM TO 2PM. Tour this well maintained, low maintenance, beautiful home which offers a large, first-floor primary bedroom with fireplace, deck access and ensuite. The expansive, recently upgraded, private deck provides sweeping views, high above Green Bay waters offering spectacular year-around sunsets.
    $924,900

    1577 Ranch Ln

    Ellison Bay, WI 54210

    True North Real Estate LLC
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    37Picture(s)
    952Sqft
    Visits:190
    This terrifically located and affordable ranch home sits along a quiet dead end street footsteps from downtown Ellison Bay, with its restaurants, cafes, shops, and beautiful shorefront town parks. The home features a remodeled full bath, added insulation, recent HVAC updates, hardwood floors in most rooms, wood burning fireplace, and an iron filter for the well.
    $285,000

    3904 Sand Bay Point Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    21Picture(s)
    1,491Sqft
    Visits:42
    Prime beautiful Sand Bay property. Bring your boat, jet ski's, all the water toys to enjoy summers and make many memories. Great neighborhood for walking, bike riding, and pushing strollers! Shore protection in place with placed dimension stone. Sand bottom. Cottage is neat as a pin and move in ready.
    $479,000

    6200 Bay Shore Dr

    Town of Egg Harbor, WI 54235

    Mahler Sotheby's International Realty
    2Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    30Picture(s)
    1,241Sqft
    Visits:51
    This home is located on a beautifully wooded 1.5 acre lot on highly desirable Bay Shore Dr. This ranch style home has a wonderful open concept, 3 bedrooms and is offered turnkey furnished. 2 stall attached garage. The setting is so peaceful and this home is your perfectly updated Door County getaway or vacation rental property with great rental history.
    $425,000

    Site #4* Hillside Tr

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    True North Real Estate LLC
    15Picture(s)
    2.04Acre
    Visits:19
    THE VIEW HAS NOW BEEN CUT AND IT IS SPECTACULAR! A rare offering! Located just a short distance from downtown Egg Harbor and the newly renovated Alpine Resort, this beautiful blufftop homesite is waiting for your architect to design your Door County home. Stunning views of Green Bay, Chambers Island and across to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    $1,100,000

    4286 Harbor School Rd

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    1Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    24Picture(s)
    704Sqft
    Visits:26
    Here is your chance to own a piece of Door County! This is a one bedroom unit with a large loft. This unit has had many recent updates: new shingle and membrane roofs, HVAC unit and vinyl plank flooring. This unit features a large great room and has large windows for that important natural light. Outside this unit are two 4x10 decks.
    $149,900

    S 20th Pl

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Welcome Home Realty
    2Picture(s)
    0.74Acre
    Visits:22
    Two beautiful parcels in the City of Sturgeon Bay. The parcels are in the City but feel like country living. List price includes both parcels. Both parcels being sold as one. Approximate Acreage includes both parcels: A-0.38 & C-0.38.
    $60,000

    TBD-22 Cobblestone Circle

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    True North Real Estate LLC
    3Bedroom(s)
    3Bathroom(s)
    2 Car GarageParking(s)
    33Picture(s)
    2,453Sqft
    Visits:409
    Under construction at Horseshoe Bay Farms! The Cobblestone Cottages are thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished free-standing condominium homes overlooking the championship golf course. Buyers in the pre-construction phase may personalize their interiors and opt for additional bonus space such as an enclosed screen porch or three-season sunroom.
    $789,000

    1242 Green Bay Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    11-25 SpacesParking(s)
    30Picture(s)
    3,492Sqft
    Visits:220
    Spacious, beautifully appointed professional building located in the high visibility highway corridor of Sturgeon Bay. The quality brick structure was built in 1987 with an expansion added in 2002. This property has been immaculately maintained with many updates over the years. High end furnishings and art may be included in the purchase price.
    $474,900

    825 Louisiana St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    True North Real Estate LLC
    4Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    49Picture(s)
    1,311Sqft
    Visits:104
    Make your home in one of Sturgeon Bay's sweetest neighborhoods! Located just a few blocks from downtown shops, restaurants and the waterfront and in an established neighborhood of historic homes, this charming, well-loved Louisiana Street property is ready for its next owner. Spacious living room and relatively open concept floorplan with two first floor bedrooms.
    $220,000Sold for $220,000 on 04/12/24

    8874 Bittersweet Rd

    Town of Gardner, WI 54235

    Shorewest Realtors
    3Bedroom(s)
    1Bathroom(s)
    45Picture(s)
    1,506Sqft
    Visits:152
    Door County Waterfront! Picturesque water views and sunsets from this 3-bedroom home on the bay very near to a boat launch, Sturgeon Bay, Potawatomi State Park, and all Door County has to offer! This home is being sold turn-key full furnished with everything you could imagine for a vacation home and offers open living spaces, sun room, deck w/ grill, stone patio, and fire pit.
    $595,000

    207 N 16th Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    ERA Starr Realty
    4Bedroom(s)
    2Bathroom(s)
    21Picture(s)
    2,080Sqft
    Visits:44
    Take a look at this beautiful offering in the city of Sturgeon Bay! This home offers four bedrooms, 2 and a half bathrooms and has been well-kept. With three levels, plus a basement and a large double garage, this property offers lots of living space and an abundance of storage. Picture a beautiful flowering crabtree in the front yard and enjoy the seclusion of mature cedars.
    $349,900
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