The Buying Process

Buying a home seems complicated, but we can help you through every step of the process. We are a team of 11 agents who pride ourselves on phenomenal customer service. We have helped 800+ buyers purchase their homes in the Austin area since 2012. We know the market incredibly well and we think you’ll love our no pressure approach.

The home buying process can take as little as 1 month or as long as 6 months. It generally takes most buyers 2-4 months to find and close on their new home.
  1. Loan Pre-Approval (1-2 Days)

    It’s not required to have a pre-approval letter before looking at homes, but it’s a good practice. You will need a pre-approval letter in order to make an offer & it takes 10-15 minutes to fill out the application, followed by a few emails to provide supporting documents.

  2. Home Search (1-3 Months) Click Here to Read Our 5 Tips for A Great Home Search

    Everyone searches at their own pace, so it’s difficult to know exactly how long it will take for you to find your new home. You want to move forward on a property when you’re comfortable that you understand the market. This can take a weekend or a few months. Most people search for 1-3 months before making an offer. We love helping people find the perfect home and you can read our 5 Tips for a Great Home Search here.

  3. Make an Offer (1-3 Days)

    When it’s time to make an offer, we will send a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to you, which helps us understand if the property is priced correctly and what to offer. Depending on how much we need to negotiate the purchase, it usually takes 1-3 days to put a property under contract.

  4. Contract to Close (30-45 Days)

    Once you’re under contract, it will take 30-45 days to close. A complete list of steps can be found here, but the most important steps are:

  5. Executed Date:
    The date that all parties agree and sign the contract is the executed date. You will have 3 days to deposit your earnest money to title (usually 1% of the purchase price) and your option fee directly to the seller. (The option fee varies based on the situation, but is generally 0.1% of the purchase price).

    Option Period (5-10 Days):
    You will have a 5-10 day option period, during which you will have your property inspected (inspections are usually ~$500). It’s normal for your inspector to find some deficiencies in the property and we will usually negotiate repairs during this time. If there are too many repairs necessary to move forward, you can cancel the contract and you’ll get your earnest money back (though the seller keeps the option fee).

    Appraisal (2-3 Weeks):
    As soon as you’re through the option period, you will instruct your lender to order the appraisal, which is ~$500 and can be paid at closing. We’ll get the results of the appraisal roughly 2 weeks after it’s ordered. The appraisal verifies to the lender that the property is worth what you’re paying. If the property doesn’t meet that value, you can walk away from the contract and get your earnest money back.

    Underwriting (3-4 Weeks):
    Your lender's underwriter will review all loan documents, which usually takes 3-4 weeks. The underwriting process starts before the appraisal is in, but can’t be completed until the appraisal is received. During the underwriting process, it’s normal for your lender to ask you for additional documents. (This doesn’t mean the loan is in jeopardy in any way.)

    Homeowner's Insurance & Utilities (5-10 Days Before Closing):
    You’ll want to have your insurance in place & the utilities scheduled to be turned on for the day of closing.

    Review Settlement Statement (2-3 Days Before Closing):
    Your lender will provide you with a required disclosure 3 days before closing & the title company will provide you the settlement statement 2-3 days before closing. This is arguably the most important closing document because it tells you how much money you need to bring & an itemization of what you’re paying for. If you would like to see any other closing documents prior to closing, you can request them.

    Closing Day (30-45 Days After Contract):
    This is the most exciting day of the process! Make sure you’ve wired in your proceeds prior to closing and bring a government issued ID with you. If you can’t be in town for closing, we can arrange a remote closing where a mobile notary will come to you.

  6. After Closing

    It’s natural for you to have questions about the home & homeownership after closing. We’re always available to answer questions and to provide you with referrals to any vendors you may need. Our relationship doesn't end at closing and we’re always happy to help in any way we can!



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1600+ Client reviews!

Lesley M.

Craig is truly great at what he does. We first worked with him as our buyer’s agent when moving to the Austin area. This time around, we chose him to be our listing agent when we we relocating away from the area and we are glad we did. Craig was always available for followup regarding processes and questions we had-from listing all the way to closing day. He always made sure to keep us up to date with any information we needed. Craig has a great understanding of the market and is straightforward & honest, which we valued. I couldn’t sing his praises more.

Jody Price

Ann Nye is wonderful to work with. We started with reviewing the many homes Ann found on-line for us. She spent all day taking us to properties and then ended up with us looking at new builds. She stuck with us from the start of negotiations to the end with the final walk through. Her extra set of eyes was great cuz she caught things we missed. All this was done during COVID times and with us being from out of state she was very gracious! I highly recommend Ann Nye!

Srihari Padmanabhan

Tyson Hombroek from Bramlett residential did a fantastic job and I had a great home buying experience. He understood my requirements and set up searches and gave me unbiased feedback on the properties , like how fiduciary does. He also understood that time is of the essence when it comes to finding property information such as surveys, plat map etc from the seller agent and writing offers. He met with me two times and even though I am purchasing the property from out of state I felt very comfortable about the area by leaning on his expertise. Overall very professional and nice to work with.

Chad Ryder

As a first time homebuyer, Lauren Yoder was the perfect agent to work with. She was always available to jump on a call and answer any questions I had about the process. Even though I was buying in a tough market, I never felt pressured to make offers I didn’t feel comfortable with. Lauren’s curated searches made it incredibly easy to find great properties, and her knowledge of things to look for, and avoid, in a house was incredibly helpful. Once under contract, Lauren helped make the closing process as stress-free as possible. She was always on top of the communication between myself and any party that needed to be involved. I am very grateful that Lauren was recommended to me, and I will definitely look to work with her in the future if I ever need to buy or sell in the area!

Cynthia Sumner

Where do I start?! I asked family for a recommendation and he couldn’t have hit the mark any better. Vicki Duran was responsive and on point from the first inquiry. I am one of those who likes to be conscientious of most things. So I reached out to her months before we were scheduled to fly in. She kept in touch during the waiting period and was ready to hit the “road” when we got into town. She had preowned and new builds ready, but in the climate of timing when we wanted to see homes… preowned were dropping and being picked up before you had a chance to view. So we went after new builds, she tirelessly called sales offices and showed us different communities. Vicki was taking notes somewhere because after the first community shown she knew what we wanted and didn’t want and didn’t waste time with the nots. We headed back “home” and two days later we were sending our earnest money to her. She did all the leg work for us. Every in person and zoom meeting she was there. She did the walk through with us and helped pick out areas that needed to be fixed. Vicki just knows the job, what we as new buyers should look for and what is expected of our new home. She is amazing. She was there from start to keys. I’m so grateful for all the time she spent on us. My hubby does NOT like change and she was good with him, gave him the space he needed while giving me the attention I needed. She can definitely read a room and is not afraid to speak up and advocate for her clients.

Bob and Laura Petix

We worked with agent Kristin Wellborn. This was our fifth house bought/sold over the past 28 years and Kristin is by far the best realtor we have ever worked with (not even close). In this case, we were buyers. Kristin possesses incredible knowledge about the Austin area. We resided in another state (1,400 miles away) and had to purchase our house without being able to visit in person. We completely relied on her understanding of the various towns and neighborhoods. She sent us many, many videos and frank assessments about the myriad properties for sale that she visited on our behalf. Kristin respected our wishes concerning the purchase process (no bidding wars!) and in the end negotiated a great deal on our behalf, below both list and the lender-appraised value. Our offer to the seller was based on well-researched comparables and was immediately accepted. (BTW: we were not “high-end” buyers; our purchase price was about average for Austin. Rest assured: Kristin will work tirelessly on your behalf regardless of your price level.) She kept in constant contact with us, seven days a week. Honestly, it would be impossible to find a more dedicated agent.

Leila Hanna

We have had the privilege of working with Eric Engberg ( with Eric Bramlett Real Estate) on more than one occasion and he is outstanding. We first met him when we began to relocate to the austin area from Seattle. It was a scary time, but he was so patient and informative ( what he does not know, he will make sure to find out!) he treated us more like family than clients and got us a great deal on a fantastic home that suited all of our needs. When it was time to get a bigger home that we wanted to build, he was right there for us and even helped us navigate while we switched builders early in the process. Most recently in 2020, we chose to sell our first home in Avery ranch and Eric got us the best price in record time just as Covid hit! He’s a miracle worker and a lifelong friend and realtor!

Jerod Honrath

We worked with Craig McGuire and he was phenomenal from start to finish with regards to selling our home. He was detailed and very thorough in how he navigated us through the selling process. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone that is looking to buy or sell their home and in fact we are using his vast expertise as well to build new future home over the next year.

Analisa Honrath

Every aspect of working with Craig McGuire and his team was positive. Highly recommend!

Ankit Paul

Vicki Duran is one of the best realtors out there. She is very knowledgeable, is always well prepared and thorough in her approach. She cares a lot about her clients and infact saved us $$ by helping us bid to the correct amount instead of over bidding. She is responsive and has great contacts to help us close the home. We were lucky to work with Vicki

Natasha Delatorre

Eric Engberg went above and beyond for me as my Realtor through the process of selling my home. He walked me through each step and he was always available to answer any questions, make suggestions and to give his professional opinion. Eric is very professional, thorough and knowledgeable in every aspect of Real Estate. I had a full price offer within 5 days and a backup offer shortly after that. I will most definitely use him as my Realtor in the search and purchase of my new home and I highly recommend him.

Erika G.

My boyfriend and I are first-time homebuyers, and had the pleasure of working with Tyson Hombroek! Tyson was fantastic – super helpful, knowledgeable, and exceptionally responsive. He walked us through the home-buying process step-by-step and always had great advice regarding red flags in homes and with builders. He really helped us feel confident every step of the way, which is saying a lot in this crazy market! We really couldn’t have hoped to work with a better agent, and would strongly recommend him to any other buyers.