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NYC Purchase Timeline



Purchasing a property can be daunting for any homebuyer, but the process in New York City comes with unique requirements and challenges. Understanding the purchase timeline can help you plan for your next real estate purchase.


  1. Pre-Approval (1-2 weeks): Before starting your search, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is advisable. This process involves submitting financial documents to a lender, who then determines the amount you can borrow.

  2. Property Search (Variable): The time spent finding a property can vary widely. Some find their ideal home quickly, while others search for months.

  3. Offer and Negotiation (Variable): Once you find a property, you make an offer through your real estate agent. Negotiations on price and terms can take a few days to several weeks.

  4. Contract Signing and Due Diligence (1-2 weeks): Once an offer is accepted, a contract is drafted. Both parties (buyer and seller) negotiate and sign the contract, which includes terms, closing date, and contingencies. During this period, you conduct inspections, review the property's financial documents, and ensure all legal requirements are met.

  5. Mortgage Approval (10-14 days): If you're getting a mortgage, the lender completes the underwriting process, appraises the property, and finalizes the loan. This can take around 30 to 45 days.

  6. Board Approval (3-6 weeks): If you're getting a mortgage, the lender completes the underwriting process, appraises the property, and finalizes the loan. This can take around 30 to 45 days.

  7. Closing Preparation (1-2 weeks): You'll work with your attorney, lender, and real estate agent to prepare for the closing. This includes finalizing paperwork, arranging for funds, and ensuring all necessary documents are in order.

  8. Closing!: On the closing day, both parties sign all necessary paperwork, transfer funds, and officially complete the sale. This typically happens at the title company's office or with an attorney.

In total, the entire process can take anywhere from 60 days to several months, depending on various factors like the property type, negotiations, financing, and any unforeseen delays. It's crucial to work closely with experienced real estate professionals to navigate each step efficiently.

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