The Epps-Elson Team Educates First-Time Homebuyers

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Cathy Epps and Kevin Elson, who comprise The Epps-Elson Team at RE/MAX Ability Plus, list the top three tips for first-time homebuyers.

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Pre-qualification makes the prospective buyer a much more attractive option in the eyes of a seller than a potential buyer who is not pre-qualified.

“Buying a home, although an exciting venture, can be a very stressful and confusing process for a first-time homebuyer, especially in the active market we are experiencing right now,” said RE/MAX Realtor Cathy Epps of The Epps-Elson Team. “However, there are aspects of the process that every first-time buyer should know beforehand that can make it an easier and successful endeavor.”

To assist first-time homebuyers, The Epps-Elson Team, which recently won a production award at the RE/MAX International Convention, lists the following three tips to better ensure success:

No. 1: Talk to a lender. “This should happen before even looking for a house to buy,” said Kevin. “By doing this, you will be able to determine the best mortgage program for you before you commit to purchasing a house. You will also be educated on what price range of home to search for so your mortgage payment fits into your monthly financial picture.”

No. 2: Get pre-qualified. “Pre-qualification makes the prospective buyer a much more attractive option in the eyes of a seller than a potential buyer who is not pre-qualified, which gives the pre-qualified person a leg up over the fierce competition that has come to define the real estate market,” said Cathy.

No. 3: Find a reputable Realtor. “It is always essential to hire a local Realtor who has a proven track record and knows the market,” said Kevin, who was recently named Manager of the Year for RE/MAX Ability Plus. “A reputable Realtor will have insider knowledge, working relationships with lenders and listings that you will most likely not be able to find on your own.”

About Cathy Epps and Kevin Elson, The Epps-Elson Team
Cathy Epps has been a licensed Realtor since 1994. Her credentials include CRS (Council of Residential Specialists), GRI (Graduate, REALTOR Institute), ASP (Accredited Staging Professional), CSP (Certified Sales Professional) and REAL (Real Estate Academy of Leadership). Kevin Elson has been a licensed real estate broker since 1991 and managing broker of RE/MAX Ability Plus. His credentials include CRS (Council of Residential Specialists), REAL (Real Estate Academy of Leadership), CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), MIBOR Professional Standards Committee, and SMC (Sales & Marketing Council) Board of Directors. For more information, call (317) 590-0660, or visit The office is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 129, Carmel, IN 46032.

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