The homebuying process timeline: What to expect

by Pierre C. Rumpf 11/06/2023

If you're buying a house, you'll want to prepare as much as possible for your homebuying process timeline. While each sale is different, there are certain aspects of the process that can take time - long after the house hunting is finished.

How long does it take to buy a house?

The homebuying process takes a couple of months to a year, depending upon how much preparation you need to complete first. Generally, most people close their houses within 2-3 months.

Hire a real estate agent

A qualified real estate agent or broker who knows the neighborhood can provide insight into local housing conditions and pricing strategies. If you're not sure where to start in finding an agent, try asking loved ones and colleagues for recommendations.

It is important to have an agent who will act for your interests alone. Finding your dream home can be tough, but real estate agents have the knowledge and resources to make the process quicker and easier.

Loan processing & underwriting

The mortgage process can take up a significant amount of time in your home buying timeline. Typically, the lender's loan processing department examines your mortgage application for approval and makes sure it contains the information required.

Eventually, applications will get verified by the underwriter. Underwriting agencies will check for any inconsistent credit information and property information.

During & after the actual process

The final stage in buying a house is known as the closing process. On the closing date, your real estate agent will help you gather all the paperwork necessary, including the closing disclosure, purchase agreement and tax information. You'll also need to pay your final closing costs at this time.

While the events of closing day can vary in terms of timeline, the more you prepare, the quicker it will go. The sooner you close, the sooner you can move into your new home and start enjoying life as a homeowner.

About the Author

Pierre C. Rumpf

Broker Profile: Pierre comes from a diverse background. His adolescent and early adult years found him working for his father, a renowned structural engineer, and his brother, an architectural designer and general contractor. His knowledge of construction design (architectural & structural) and practices is significant. He coupled his construction background with his considerable sales experience, by becoming licensed to sell real estate in Massachusetts in 1986.

Pierre is also a licensed Attorney in the Commonwealth, who formerly worked for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office as a litigator in the Victim & Witness Assistance Division of the Family & Community Crimes Bureau, litigating cases involving victims of violent crime, and since then has had his own legal practice.

For decades, Pierre has excelled in helping buyers of real estate find that condo, single-family, multi-family, lot of lands, or commercial property they desire to buy, or by effectively marketing his clients’ properties to sell their property for the most amount of money possible. His professional background embodies the ideal combination of construction, sales, negotiating, and contract drafting, which is essential to actualizing his clients’ goals and/or dreams. He does all of this with attention to detail, integrity, and success.

Since 1995, PCR Realty has helped buyers and sellers make their transactions as successful as possible. Using a consultative approach, PCR Realty approaches each experience as a unique opportunity for its clients. As a full-service real estate brokerage firm, PCR Realty provides leading-edge services for buyers & sellers.

When it comes to successfully navigating today’s complex real estate market, you need to work with someone who has the experience and commitment to see it done right. PCR Realty excels at matching buyers to sellers. From state-of-the-art marketing to an experienced broker, PCR Realty works diligently to far exceed your expectations. PCR Realty invites you to learn more.