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The homebuying process timeline: What to expect

by Donna Coakley-Mcgowan 06/12/2024

If you're buying a house, you'll want to prepare as much as possible for your homebuying process timeline. While each sale is different, there are certain aspects of the process that can take time - long after the house hunting is finished.

How long does it take to buy a house?

The homebuying process takes a couple of months to a year, depending upon how much preparation you need to complete first. Generally, most people close their houses within 2-3 months.

Hire a real estate agent

A qualified real estate agent or broker who knows the neighborhood can provide insight into local housing conditions and pricing strategies. If you're not sure where to start in finding an agent, try asking loved ones and colleagues for recommendations.

It is important to have an agent who will act for your interests alone. Finding your dream home can be tough, but real estate agents have the knowledge and resources to make the process quicker and easier.

Loan processing & underwriting

The mortgage process can take up a significant amount of time in your home buying timeline. Typically, the lender's loan processing department examines your mortgage application for approval and makes sure it contains the information required.

Eventually, applications will get verified by the underwriter. Underwriting agencies will check for any inconsistent credit information and property information.

During & after the actual process

The final stage in buying a house is known as the closing process. On the closing date, your real estate agent will help you gather all the paperwork necessary, including the closing disclosure, purchase agreement and tax information. You'll also need to pay your final closing costs at this time.

While the events of closing day can vary in terms of timeline, the more you prepare, the quicker it will go. The sooner you close, the sooner you can move into your new home and start enjoying life as a homeowner.

About the Author

Donna Coakley-Mcgowan

Licensed since 1983 Donna is a well known and well respected veteran of the local real estate market. Donna has made her mark as both a manager of a brokerage firm and as an agent. Ms. Coakley McGowan has participated in extensive training in residential real estate and specializes in both Buyer and Seller Agency.   

"I am extremely pleased to welcome an Associate of Donna’s caliber and expertise” said Judy Leonelli, Owner. "I have known Donna for many years and have admired her professionalism and talent for the pragmatic resolution to the difficulties that can arise during a transaction. When Donna is involved you know there will be a successful outcome.”  

Ms. Coakley McGowan has lived in Upton since 1995 and knows the area and all of its attributes. She currently serves the Town of Upton and the Regional School District as Chairperson of the School Committee.  She and her husband Mark and their two children reside in Upton.