The 10 Steps that you will go through when Buying a Home in the Poconos of PA.


1) Get pre-approved.

2) Decide where you want your new home to be.

3) Find a helpful, ethical Realtor

4) CMA on pricing, Determine the fair market value offer you want to make

5) Put your offer (contract) together

6) Acceptance of your offer.

7) Select an inspector

8) Choose a title company

9) Activate your Homeowners insurance

10) The closing process


Reply to inspectionsSTEP SEVEN: Select an Inspector and schedule and complete your inspections.

When buying a home in the Poconos your next step is Selecting your Inspector, please remember to refer to your Contract (AOS) and the Notices of the Contract.

You will notice you have a time frame to adhere to also and that when choosing your Inspector it should be (as the Agreement of Sale states) "a full member in GOOD STANDING of the National Home Inspection Association" which would also help to assure and confirm that they are fully licensed.

Your Realtor can recommend several Reputable inspectors that they have worked with or you can do your research and select your own Inspector when buying a home in the Poconos.

The main aspects of an Inspection are for SAFETY AND STRUCTURAL ISSUES.  This is not your opportunity to "pick the house apart" hoping to go back to the Seller and request a price adjustment. NO HOUSE IS EVER 100% PERFECT. This is your opportunity to confirm that the home does not have "Material Defects" or safety hazards.

IF THERE ARE SAFETY AND STRUCTURAL ISSUES, as illustrated by the Inspection Report that you receive and that you will give the Seller a copy of, you will then complete a REPLY TO INSPECTIONS form with your requests.  The seller then has the option to consider your request and get back to you with their replies to your concerns.

Once inspections are complete you are then ready to move onto step 8; Select your Title Company.

Step 8 of 10 steps of buying a home in the poconos







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Comment balloon 10 commentsBobbie Smith • July 30 2012 07:22AM


Hi Bobbie,

I am shocked to hear even after all my years in Real Estate when a Buyer questions the costs of a home inspection.....the cost after the fact could be much, much more......I stress, NEVER buy a home w/o an inspection.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 6 years ago

Good check list, especially for first time buyers.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Dan, Absolutely. The cost of the inspection is MINIMAL considering the cost of the house and then if you find out you have thousand of dollars in repair work that need to be done - especially in our area with above ground septic systems.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Ed & Celia, Thanks so much for your support. I'm sure I will think of something that I should have added, I usually have to edit several times before I get everything in that I think they should be aware of.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Bobbie- what a great series.  The home inspection is such an important part of buying a home.  It is critical that they choose one not by price but one with a good reputation.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Bobbie--Good post and great series. Buyers should never scrimp on home inspection.  Too much rides on having all the facts before proceeding.  'Pinch pennies and you might regret the loss of dollars later.'

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Bobbie: A thorough inspection is so important and smart buyers will ask their Realtor if they have a list of reputable inspectors the home buyer can call.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Hi Kathy, So true. Not only should every buyer do one but they should use a Reputable inspector too. Thanks for stopping by. Sure do appreciate the support.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Mary, Thanks for the support. I appreciate you stopping by. Very well said.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Anita, Yes, it certainly can.  Two biggies in our area.  Mold and malfunctioning septic systems. Thanks!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago