A Downtown Home Buying Checklist and Guidelines Part 1

Thinking about buying a home, condo or historic house in downtown Phoenix, AZ? Are you confused about how to get started or maybe you have a few simple questions? Then this article is for you, the person just looking at buying a home in the downtown Phoenix region. We’ll take you on a tour of where we think you should start and how to best prepare yourself for a GREAT home buying experience.

We’ve been helping people buy homes. condos, lofts and land for well over 20 years. During this time we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Our goal is for people to feel safe, knowledgeable and happy when buying a home; Thus we’ve created a series of articles designed to empower and enlighten.

This article is Part 1 of the series. We thought it best to break things up into bit sized bits of information. At the end of the article we have links to the the other posts in the series on Buying A Home or Condo in Downtown Phoenix, AZ.


Many people think home buying begins with looking at properties. The truth is that it begins with finding a great mortgage person, determining the right type loan of loan product and figuring out how much you feel comfortable spending on a place.

We’ve seen people not take this first step first end up sad and frustrated. They think they know how much they can spend by using an online mortgage calculator and later discover they hadn’t included all the right numbers such as property taxes, insurance, and HOA payments. Most of the time these people find a home they really like only to discover it is out of their price range. Another BIG issue is most home sellers will not look at an offer that doesn’t include a pre-approval document from a qualified lender. There is nothing more frustrating than finding the right home and watching someone else buy it because you’re waiting to get pre-approval from the lender.

Simply said… get your financing ducks in a row first. This will make the home buying experience a much happier one. Smiley faces are important to us.  If you need a referral to a local lender with lots of knowledge and experience, just let us know. We’ve worked with or interviewed well over 200 lenders and we have a list of ones we thought we excellent.


The Caniglia Group


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