Welcome To Safe Harbor Realty
"Helping Guide You Home"
780 Main Rd.
Westport, Ma    
Karen: 774-930-8181
Nicole: 774-488-2500
Helping you with all your Home Buying & Selling Needs in Mass. & Rhode Island

Home Buyer Tips


If you are currently in the market for your first home, you probably have lots of questions. You are about to be making an important decision for your future, a great investment of both money and time. I have a wealth of experience helping first time buyers like you make sound, informed decisions. Here are some tips that can help make your home buying process successful:

  • Tip #1: Do Your Homework
    The perfect home won't find you by itself. The key step in buying a home is doing the proper research. Educate yourself on local schools, neighborhoods, and the kinds of homes available. By reading available materials and talking with experts, you can start to put together your idea of the perfect home.
  • Tip #2: Start Planning
    Most decisions benefit greatly from proper planning, and home buying is certainly no exception. Start a filing system with sections such as home buying, home financing, and service providers. By forming a home buying plan you can more easily focus on the most important factors and help give structure to the entire process. My website is a great resource for property information.
  • Tip #3: Get PreQualified
    Getting prequalified for a loan normally only requires a short phone conversation with a lender, and can greatly help your home search. Prequalification does not guarantee you a loan, but it does provide you with an estimated monthly payment and a price range to use as a guide when shopping for homes. Being prequalified can also often indicate to sellers that you are a serious, prepared buyer.
  • Tip #4: Look for Value
    When shopping for homes, it's important to consider potential value. Even if you're not planning to sell the home some time down the line, it's a good idea to consider the future value of the home. Protect yourself against things like falling prices and gradual shifts in the nature of the neighborhood. You may not think of a new home as a means to make money, but it's an important investment that requires caution.
  • Tip #5: Decide What You're Looking For
    Settle on the home features that are important to you (covered parking, hardwood floors, architectural style, etc.) and make an ordered list. Having well established guidelines will help narrow down your search and will prevent you from being shown properties that lack your key amenities. It can help you make the decision not to buy an attractive property that doesn't really fit your needs. My website has a search feature that allows you to filter thousands of listings based on attributes that you select. If you know you want a brick house with gas heat and a garage, you can get the results you're looking for.
  • Tip #6: Relax
    You don't have to make an offer on the first home you see. Make sure to look at other listings in the area to get a feel for the marketplace. When you decide to make an offer on a house, consult with your real estate professional so that all of your questions are answered.
  • Tip #7: Shop Around for Your Mortgage
    Deciding on the financing for your home can be as important as choosing a home itself. The first step is deciding what kind of loan best fits you: a fixed rate mortgage, or an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM). There are benefits to each form of loan, and your real estate professional can provide you with more information. Next you'll want to begin to shop around for different lenders.
  • Tip #8: Protect Yourself
    Be careful when signing a contract on a home that allows you to find financing, have the home inspected, and work through any problem areas that may arise. Paying for a quality home inspection is absolutely crucial! You can save yourself thousands in repair costs by being sure of what you're getting into.

 I'm confident that I can provide the kind of exceptional service that will make this process an exciting one. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have, I would love to be of assistance to you.

Buyer’s Guide

My Services to you

         As your Buyer’s Agent I am here for you every step of the way through this home buying experience. From obtaining financing, to the closing day, everything in between and beyond. You can count on me to have your best interests at heart, it is my sworn duty as your agent. I am here to devote myself and my expertise, to help guide you through the home buying process and all the decisions you’ll have to make. I can represent you at no cost with the purchase of any house, whether it’s for sale by owner or listed with any other agency. If you see a house you like, or want more info, call me for a private showing, not the number on the sign.


My services are of no cost to you.
My Pledge to you:  
To be honorable and honest in all dealings. To act fairly towards all in the spirit of the golden rule. And to seek better to represent my clients by building my knowledge and competence.  

Here’s a little of what you can expect from me:

  • Complete respect of your privacy. Everything you tell me and everything I know about you, will always remain confidential.

  • Expert negotiating tactics, I take continued education courses to constantly learn more about negotiating skills. ( It’s my goal to help you buy a home for the best price possible)

  • Exclusive Listing service. You’ll will be put on my MLS email service where you’ll receive daily updates on home listings that meet your search criteria and price range, the day they hit the market so you don’t miss out. Zillow and Trulia are great, but they are out dated, you may see on home on there that is already being sold. MLS is the only site that updates daily.

  • Respect your time: I know most people work all day Mon- Fri. I make myself available on mornings, nights and weekends to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

  • Loyalty: The duty of loyalty demands that I act solely in your best interests, even before my own. I would never let something go unnoticed just to make a sale. You’ve hired me as your Realtor, but I’ve become your friend. I truly care about the home you purchase and I want to see you happy in that home for years to come.
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