Buyer's Guide

Barry's Buyer's Guide

With so many small towns, neighborhoods, and local intricacies buying a mountain home can seem like a daunting task. But, have no fear for Barry Lieberman is here! With over 15 years of local experience I can help you find your perfect mountain home!

Whether this is your first time or you've done it many times, buying a home is an amazing experience. From the seemingly endless tourings and open houses to finally finding the perfect fit! This is all the more so true with Mountain Home Buying. Weather you're looking for a vacation home, full time residence or a home with short term rental possibilities, there are a myriad little things to consider, which can seem kind of daunting. But not to fear, Barry is here! 

With over 15 years of local real estate experience, I can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Below are some helpful reminders and inportant local information that will be very useful, if not vital, in your search for a mountain home.  

Define Your Goals

Before you start looking, consider why you want to buy a home. Are you tired of renting? Do you want to buy an investment property? Figuring out why you want to purchase a home will help you make important decisions down the road. Considering what you want and need out of your home will help you narrow down your home search as well. What neighborhood do you want to live in? How many bedrooms do you need? Knowing your preferences can help with filtering out homes that don’t fit your criteria.

Working With Barry

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make. Whether you’re buying your first home, relocating or looking for a vacation home — you want a trusted professional by your side. I have the needed local & transaction experience to help make the process easier, helping guide you through the home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing matters and more.

Determine Your Financial Standing

Knowing your budget up front helps you focus your search and can save you both time and stress. Talking to a mortgage professional can help you to determine your buying power. They can help you to find out how much you can afford, how much you should put towards a down payment, and can walk you through loan options and other costs or fees associated with purchasing a home. If you don't have a mortgage professional, no worries! We have some great pros we can recommend.

Make an Offer

Once you find a home you’re interested in, your agent can help negotiate a fair offer based on comparable homes in the area. If your offer is accepted, you’ll make a down payment and be officially under contract. During the due-diligence period between signing the purchase agreement and closing on your home, your agent can help you understand the conditions, provisions, and obligations of your contract. They can also help guide you through the appraisal and inspection processes.

Close on Your Home

This is the final step of your home buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you will sign your mortgage paperwork to solidify your purchase. From there, you officially become a homeowner and will be handed the keys to your new home so you can begin making memories.

Vital Local Info

Lake Rights

Lake Arrowhead is a private lake. In order to be able to enjoy the lake, beach clubs, and beautiful lake trails you must own a property in a defined area referred to as the "Arrowhead Woods". After owning a property in the Arrowhea Woods you have the choice of 3 types of membership: General, Beach Club, and Dock/slip right.

Access Roads

Access roads are private non county maintained roads. What does that mean? It means the property owners who live on the road are responsible for maintaining the road, including snow clearing in the winter. 

The Tools to Help You Find Your Home

Once you’ve defined your home search goals and have spoken with a mortgage professional to see what your buying power is — you’re ready to find your dream home! In addition to my local expertise, I offer online tools that can help make your initial search as easy as possible. 

Find a Home Using My Interactive Map Search

I know that location plays an important role in the home buying process. Use the map search available on my website to view homes located in or near the area you love.

Get to Know the Neighborhood

Feel confident and informed about your neighborhood choice! On any listing page, you can learn more about the communities you are interested in, including a breakdown of the local population, school ratings and more.

Create an Account on My Website

Sign up for an account on my website to save searches, favorite homes you love, receive real time property alerts, and more!

Available for iOS and Android devices, my app brings the same experience found on my website to your smartphone or tablet. Save searches, favorite listings and schedule showings — all while on the go!