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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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    4286 Harbor School Rd

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    Assigned ParkingParking(s)
    The Best Value in Door County for under 200k! RARE Two Bedroom unit located at Heritage Lake Resort. First time offered. This cottage has been REMODELED in 2020/21 and is in move in condition. The large great room has great windows and skylights for lots of natural light. The kitchen has the favorite white cabinets and brand-new Haier appliances.
    $170,000Sold for $168,633 on 12/06/21

    9266 Brush Rd

    Brussels, WI 54204

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    Storage for your toys and more! Located on 2.15 acres this property includes a storage building! This metal building with concrete floors is 36' width, 88' length and 12' tall. The back 40' is separated by a wall with an additional garage door and has thermal panel windows.
    $139,900Sold for $143,000 on 12/03/21

    3759 Town Park Rd

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Action Realty
    Shore and Sunsets and some sand on beautiful Rileys Bay! Easy access to the shore...there's even a concrete ramp to launch your small water craft-dock included. Small rock mixed with sand beach area. Very private location and a spacious yard.
    $475,000Sold for $485,000 on 12/02/21

    Lot 1 Jorns Rd

    Jacksonport, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Egg Harbor
    Just steps to Lake Michigan's waterfront. Two corner parcels at Jorns Rd. & Cave Point Dr. offer easy access for building your dream home. Beautiful wooded home site on the N/E parcel plus additional 1.38 acre parcel on the N/W side at Cave Point Dr. – total acreage of 2 parcels being sold is 2.
    $50,000Sold for $45,000 on 12/01/21

    TBD Birch Ln

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    This full-scribed, custom built log home, was constructed of Door County white pine in the Swedish Cope style by its Owner and accomplished home builder. As such, this home is a work of art and reflects the Owner's craftsmanship in every detail, both inside and out.
    $649,000Sold for $635,000 on 11/30/21

    3134 Larson Ln

    Ephraim, WI 54211

    Lundquist Realty & Vacation Rentals
    This is your chance to own a wonderful home right in the heart of Ephraim. Located on a quiet street and less than two short blocks from downtown where you will find water access, the beach, restaurants, shopping and so much more.
    $439,000Sold for $439,000 on 12/01/21

    Hillcrest Ct

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency
    Terrific homesite just north of Sister Bay. Over an acre in size this parcel is mostly open with a smattering of small trees and shrubs. Depending on the location of the home you can probably get a pretty good glimpse of the water from the second floor. Underground utilities, sewer water and cable are at the lot line. Private, paved road and there are restrictive covenants for your protection.
    $95,000Sold for $91,000 on 12/03/21

    10550 Cut Stone Ct

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

    True North Real Estate LLC
    1 Car GarageParking(s)
    This beautifully appointed single-level townhouse at the Birchwood Lodge features hardwood floors, granite and quartz counters, fieldstone fireplace, and tile bathrooms in a light bright open concept floor plan. Impeccably decorated, with most furniture and furnishings included, this turnkey offering can be owner occupied or rented by the onsite management company.
    $349,900Sold for $383,500 on 12/01/21

    943 Louisiana St

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    Steel Bridge Real Estate
    Located in a sought after neighborhood, just a 5 minute stroll from Big Hill Park and Sturgeon Bay High School, this charming and immaculately cared for one and a half bath one story home has large open rooms including an eat-in kitchen. In addition to your own private back yard, this property comes with 1/8 ownership in common to a 2.1 acre park like lot.
    $235,000Sold for $241,500 on 11/30/21

    4286 Harbor School Rd

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    Assigned ParkingParking(s)
    RARE Two Bedroom unit located at Heritage Lake Resort. Also includes two loft areas! This unit is great for family and friends. It has the potential of sleeping ten people. First time offered. This cottage is squeaky clean and lovely care for. The great room has a large bay window and the dining room has several great windows for natural light.
    $169,900Sold for $169,900 on 12/03/21

    6756 Birch Ln

    Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    Sarkis & Associates
    Beautiful custom log home constructed by Lautenbach Builders. Private fully wooded 1.5-acre setting. New roof in Oct 2021, multiple (recently stained) decks offer over 850 sq ft of outdoor living space, door county native perennial's, brick pathways, oversized 2 stall attached garage, fieldstone fireplace.
    $599,900Sold for $660,000 on 11/30/21

    Lot 66 E Walnut Dr

    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

    CB Real Estate Group Fish Creek
    Outstanding lot on Purves Lagoon. Over 100' of lagoon frontage with easy access to the bay on a well protected harbor. Dock your boat in your front yard, walk the neighborhood, drive or ride your bike into Sturgeon Bay. Utilities include HIGH SPEED INTERNET, sewer, water, natural gas, and electricity (some utilities at shore for dock). Nebel Construction added new shore protection 10/21.
    $175,000Sold for $175,000 on 12/03/21
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