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How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

Wednesday Dec 13th, 2023


When it comes to buying a house, patience is key. On average, the process of buying a house from contract to closing takes about 50 days. Unlike instant online purchases, buying a home involves several steps and requires patience. Let's break down the key steps and how Jamie Vieira and Associates can help streamline buying a house.

1. Mortgage Preapproval: Your First Step

Before you start looking for a home to buy, get preapproved for a mortgage. Here's a quick guide to get ready for mortgage preapproval:

  • At least 6-12 Months Out: Start saving for your down payment (If you haven't already). Check your credit score and report, as lenders will scrutinize these. Improving your credit now can lead to better mortgage rates later.
  • 3-5 Months Out: Keep your financial life stable. Avoid new loans or job changes, as these can affect your loan eligibility. Lenders check your debt-to-income ratio to ensure you can handle payments.
  • 1-2 Months Out: Gather your paperwork. You'll need recent pay stubs, two years of tax returns, and recent bank statements. Having these ready streamlines the preapproval process.

2. Finding Your Dream Home

With a preapproval in hand, you know your budget and can start looking for a home. Now, finding your dream home usually takes about 1-3 months. But, keep in mind that this can vary depending on the market conditions and your specific needs. Working with a real estate agent can help you navigate listings and open houses more efficiently.

If you are in the process of buying a home, consider working with the Vieira team. We ensure you feel supported all the way through. If you are ever confused or need assistance with any part of your journey, we are here to help. Take a look at some of our buyers and sellers that have worked with us.

"Jamie Vieira is genuinely trusted and very personable. He has an authentic approach with clients, always listening first, then guiding. We consider him expert level knowledgeable, given his tenure in the industry, as well as the fact that he is highly strategic, with a deep understanding and awareness of market conditions. Jamie is extremely professional, he and his full team are always available and super supportive during the whole experience." - Charlene M

3. Making an Offer

Once you find the right house, it's time to make an offer. This step can be quick or require multiple attempts, depending on how competitive the market is. An all-cash offer can expedite the process, but even these require some paperwork and waiting.

4. Contract and Earnest Money

Once you accept the offer, you will enter into a contract and make an earnest money deposit. This step signifies your commitment to the purchase. Like we were saying before, this part usually takes around 50 days but can be sooner.

5. Home Inspection

A home inspection is crucial and should be done promptly after signing the purchase agreement. Any major issues found may lead to further negotiations or repairs, potentially extending the timeline.

6. The Closing Process

Now, your lender finalizes the loan. This stage involves underwriting and an appraisal. The type of loan you choose can slightly alter the timeline. Stay responsive to your lender's requests to avoid delays.

7. Closing Day

Finally, you'll sign numerous documents and pay closing costs. This step typically takes a couple of hours, after which you'll receive the keys to your new home. Congrats, you have done it!

Avoiding Delays

Prioritize communication with your lender and respond swiftly to any requests. Ensure your finances are in order well before seeking preapproval. With Jamie Vieira & Associates, you'll have expert guidance every step of the way, making your home-buying experience as smooth and efficient as possible.


How long does it take to buy a house?

On average, it takes about 50 days from contract to closing. However, this can vary based on several factors, including your financial readiness, the housing market, and the specifics of the property.

What can delay the home-buying process?

Common delays include financing issues, appraisal discrepancies, home inspection findings, and title or insurance problems. Maintaining stable finances and promptly addressing lender requests can help avoid these delays.

How can Jamie Vieira and Associates help in buying a house?

Our team offers professional guidance throughout the home-buying process. We help you find the perfect property and guide you through the financial process, making it easy and personalized for you. Like our saying goes you will get 'The Service You Deserve'.

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