House Buying Guide

For Homes Near Rockford IL & Janesville WI

One aspect that makes Sold On Toni so successful is the team’s commitment to each client in and around Rockford, IL, and Janesville, WI. We offer a wide range of services to help our clients truly understand the real estate market and the home purchasing or selling processes.

The guide below features specific steps that every buyer must take when in the market for a new home. We’ll walk you through the following:

Step 1:
Get Pre-Approved

The most important first step to buying a home is getting pre-approved with a local lender! Most sellers aren’t willing to look at offers unless they are accompanied by a pre-approval or proof of funds.

Not sure who to contact? Give us a call or check out our lender recommendations here!

(Psst… We also offer a Trade-In Program if you’re looking to quickly move into your new home before your old home even closes!)

Step 2:
Strategize with a Buyer's Specialist

That’s us! Schedule a time with us to learn about how to win in this difficult market. You need an agent to help guide the way and represent your interests in the home buying process. You don’t do this every day, but we do! 

In 2021, Sold On Toni bought and sold 392 homes with people just like you!


Step 3:
Start the Search

Our knowledge and advanced search will find all the houses that fit your needs and we will show you your favorites.

We use 3 different multiple listing services so you see all the homes available that interest you!

Step 4:
Make an Offer

Knowing the fair price for a home can be difficult. We analyze neighborhood sales, help you make your offer, and negotiate with the seller for you.


Step 5:
Closing the Deal

Once your offer is accepted, your buyer’s specialist will guide you through the process all the way to closing day for your new home!

What You Need To Consider When Buying a Home

If you’re ready to embark on the exciting adventure of buying a home, there are some things you’ll need to consider:

This is an important question because you don’t want to be stuck somewhere you’re not happy. For example, if you have small children, you’ll probably want to be in a safe community with other young families, perhaps a quaint neighborhood with a quiet road you can live on. If you are older, you might be looking for a retirement community without those energetic kids.

If you have children, you’ll want to look at the schools in the area. Do the public schools have positive ratings? Are you considering a charter or private school instead? What are their ratings like? You might also want to look at higher education options for yourself or your older children.

There’s a solid workforce in Rockford, IL, and Janesville, WI, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a job. It’s still essential that you take some time to look into your particular industry and what Rockford or Janesville can offer your family. This could make a difference if you’re deciding between two houses on opposite sides of town.

Whether you’re 26 or 62, you’ll need some things to do in your downtime. Rockford, IL, and Janesville, WI, has its share of entertainment and recreation, so you’ll need to decide what’s most important to you and your family. Do you want to live within walking distance of a dog park? Is living close to Candlewick Lake or Rock Cut State Park important to you? With the unique dynamic of the city, you really can’t lose.

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