First-Time Buyers’ Handbook

Your Realtor just called to tell you that the Seller accepted your counter-offer, signifying that you have a deal.

Who do you call first?

A. Your best friend.
B. Your parents.
C.  Your lender.
D.  The list of home inspectors your agent gave you.

Answer:  D.

And yes, that’s the correct answer even if you fielded your agent’s call on a Saturday night.

Experienced inspectors know that Buyers usually have a maximum of 5 business days to perform the inspection — and are used to getting (and answering) such calls (OK, emails if it’s really late).

That’s especially the case in April in Minnesota, the peak of the Spring (and annual) housing market.

P.S.:  Jewish parents of a new-born boy face a similar conundrum, except that the list of choices includes in-law’s and siblings rather than lenders and home inspectors.

So, who do they call first?

The mohel, the religious figure who performs the circumcision, which by Jewish law must occur 8 days after the delivery.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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