So, you’ve decided you want to buy a home but you just don’t know where to start. You have made the first step by doing your research which is what landed you on our website. We at DiProfio Homes will guide you every step of the way when relocating to Cary, NC. See below for a brief outline. Feel free to contact us or give us a call so that we can answer any questions and get your started on the path to home ownership!

The Home Buying Process

Step 1 Loan Prequalification

Relocating to Cary, NC? You will need to get prequalified for your home loan. You can certainly go to your bank or credit union but we have found using one of our preferred lenders make the process much smoother. Please give us a call so that we connect you with a lending partner. The lender is going to look at things like your credit score, income, and debt to determine the amount of home you would be qualified to purchase.

Step 2 Let the Search Begin

Using one of the experienced agents at DiProfio Homes, you will begin the home search. Your agent will set you up on a personalized home search where you will receive updates as homes come on the market that matches your customized search criteria. You and your agent will tour homes. Once you find a home that is a great fit for you, you and your agent will put together an offer. Your agent will pull comparable sales to help you decide on an offer price. The terms of the offer will be submitted and negotiated. When your offer is accepted you are officially under contract. Once you are under contract the due diligence fee and earnest money deposit are due.

Step 3 The Due Diligence Period Begins

Once you are under contract your due diligence period begins. This is the time that your agent will be helping you set up any inspections that you would like to have performed. You may have a home, termite, radon, well, and septic inspection, depending on the home. You may also want to order a land survey. During this time, your lender will have your appraisal completed.

Step 4 The Wait

Once the due diligence period has ended you will be continuing to work with your lender to get all needed paperwork into them so that the loan can be finalized. Things are typically quiet during this time as we are just waiting on closing.

Step 5 Closing Day

This is the day you have been waiting for! You will meet your agent at the home for a final walk-through and then it is off to the attorney’s office to sign the closing documents. Typically, you will be able to get the keys to the home on closing day. Home sweet home!

DiProfio Dictionary


a monetary valuation placed on the property that is being purchased. This valuation is derived by a licensed appraiser that is commissioned by the lender.

Due Diligence Fee

the fee paid to the seller at the time of accepted contract by the buyer. The buyer is buying a due diligence period with this fee and the fee is NON-REFUNDABLE IF the buyer does NOT purchase the home. The fee is credited to the buyer at closing if the closing occurs.

Earnest Money Deposit: 

the deposit paid, typically to the closing attorney, at the time of accepted offer or within 5 days of the accepted offer. This deposit will be held in escrow until closing and will then be credited to the buyer.

Due Diligence Period:

a period of time purchased by the buyer from the seller. There is no standard amount of due diligence time. In our market we typically see this period between 0 and 21 days.