Tessa Doherty is a Mortgage Loan Originator at Finance of America. She has been in the lending industry since 1999. After serving in the military, Tessa started in banking and landed in mortgage lending in 2002. She earned the 2014 Affiliate of the Year award from the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors for supporting it and its members and continues to be an active member. When she isn’t helping borrowers or realtors, Tessa volunteers at her church Abundant Life as a youth group leader, is a proud member of her Kiwanis club and enjoys hiking, camping and target shooting with her family.
Tessa was born and raised in Canton, Ohio (and still shamefully has not been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame)! After moving here in 1993 and graduating from Sherando High School, Tessa joined the Army and traveled the world. She currently resides in Winchester with her husband Mike, two children and their fur-babies Gizmo (dog) and Chewbacca (cat) where they enjoy all that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
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The total number of properties you may look at will depend on several factors, such as your budget and the housing availability in your area. In general, real estate agents recommend that homebuyers look at several properties before making a decision, but there is not an exact number. Most people look at 10 homes, at a minimum, so they can compare them. However, you may find the dream house with more or fewer searches.
When it comes to the best home buying tips, there are different ways to search for properties. Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® reveal that 51 percent of buyers searched and found their homes on the internet, while 30 percent used real estate agents. Other ways to search for homes include asking friends, relatives, neighbors and homebuilders for help. A small percentage of homebuyers used newspaper advertisements and yard or open house signs to search for homes.
Although a pre-approval is not one of the required steps to buying a house, it can certainly help you stand out in a competitive market with many buyers. A pre-approval can show sellers that you’re serious and capable of getting a mortgage, so they may be more likely to accept your offer.
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