Now That You Have Said ”I Do”


Newlyweds are saying “I do” to each other, and equate to over half of first time home buyers that are also saying “I do” to their dream homes. It makes sense! When you put two hearts together, the time comes to find a home to nourish that love. A home that brings two of your places together, and makes it one. If you and your spouse are ready to fall in love with the perfect house together, here are five tips to make sure the process goes smoothly, and you come prepared.

1. YOUR WEDDING BUDGET: Your wedding is a one-time event that shouldn’t be less than what you’d imagine. It’s a beautiful time to put all of your dream pieces together. However, it’s best to sit down and find out ways you can shift the budget to help with your down payment for a home, if you plan to purchase. The average couple spends a little over $20,000 on their wedding. Even a savings of $5000 from your wedding budget can help with owning the perfect home.

2. WEDDING GIFTS: Wedding bliss comes with wedding gifts. Let’s admit, one of our favorite times during the wedding season is all of the gifts that come pouring in! Have any friends or family pitching in cash? Save that to put towards your down payment. And depending on the generosity of your gifts, you can even open an account dedicated to your down payment, that friends and family can gift to.

3. GET PRE-APPROVED: One of the least brought up conversations in relationships is the credit and financial history of your soon-to-be spouse. Get together with a lender to go over both of your histories to know what needs to be done to put you guys in a position to own together. In some cases, only one person can get approved, while the other can’t. If you want to put both of your incomes toward the cost of the house you want, talking to a lender early on can ensure you are prepared to make the right moves.

4. THE RIGHT AGENT: That’s where I come in! For starters, I can connect you with a lender to ensure you guys are being watched over from the best recommendations. And it’s an absolute joy to take the stress out of buying a home for my newly wed couples. We all know how stressful, although joyous, a wedding can be. To then jump into buying a house shortly after, well, it’s certainly a lot to get through. But I can guide you through all of the steps to make sure you end up with a house you love. Just think of me as a wedding planner, but for homes.

5. NOW THERE’S TWO: Although some spouses are a match made in heaven, loving and adoring the same exact things, often times that’s not the case with most couples. You still are your own persons, and have your own tastes. This is where the first step to comprise really begins. Spending a good bit of money on a place you both will love and call home. A happy marriage starts with a happy home, so be sure you both are considerate of each other’s wants and needs in style and location, so you both are happy with the home you end up getting.

Tom and Christine Lipinski have been working in the Clark County, WA real estate industry since 2004. Christine’s career started out in mortgage lending which gives her a unique perspective into the vast and ever changing market of real estate. While most agents do not know what is required to finance a property or how to adequately work with lenders, Christine has not only originated loans but has also processed, underwritten and managed other loan originators as well. Her mortgage and real estate background, along with Tom’s 20+ years in sales means you are in excellent hands. Christine has been a licensed real estate agent working in Washington since 2011. She initially specialized in distressed properties and has successfully negotiated a file load of over 40 short sales at one time. She has vast experience in short sales as well as foreclosures, earning a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) designation in 2011. Not only had she worked as a Lead Buyer’s Agent for 2 years, but she also helped to manage and train other agents at Keller Williams. In 2013 Christine’s husband of over 20 years, Tom, joined her and together they formed The Lipinski Team. In the last 3 years, they have added a Buyer’s Agent and 2 Full Time RE Administrative Assistants to assist in Client Management and Marketing. While most agents in Clark County only close between 7-10 transactions a year, they closed 40 transactions in 2014, 50 transactions in 2015, and 68 in 2016 which earned Christine a spot in the top 1% of Realtors in Clark County, outperforming the other 99%. She was also appointed to the Associate Leadership Committee for 2015 and 2016 at Keller Williams and is currently serving as the Culture Committee Chair. In 2017 Christine Became part of the Mentor-ship Program at Premeire Property Group and helps to train and Mentor new agents. Christine is involved in various Boards and Community Associations in Clark County and is active in her local Association of Realtors. Tom’s enjoys educating first time home buyers and assisting them in finding the perfect home to suit their needs. Tom is certified to teach first time home buyer education classes through Washington State Housing Finance Commission and teaches 3-4 classes per month. Christine and Tom encourage you to research them on Zillow or Facebook to see what clients say about them. It does not take much to become a real estate agent. Anyone can take a test and brand themselves a professional. It does however take hard work and commitment to excellence to achieve they have. When looking for an agent who best serves your needs, they hope you will consider their background, references and achievements and allow them to assist you in your home buying or selling needs.

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