Buying a house in Auburn, Opelika and the surrounding areas is a great investment in your future. From classic homes in Cary Woods to new builds near Tiger Town and Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Opelika, we’re confident you will find the perfect place to call home.

What Does a Real Estate Agent do for the Buyer?

The home buying process can be stressful and complicated at times, which is why having a real estate agent by your side can be helpful. A real estate agent can guide you through the process of buying a house in Auburn or Opelika, including:

Finds properties that fit your budget and needs

Negotiates offers

Recommends local professionals, such as mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors and more

Markets the home through the agent’s website, social media platforms, advertising and other channels

Helps navigate potential issues and act as a mediator between buyer and seller

Communicates and keeps you in the loop throughout the entire buying process

Tips for Buying a House

The decision to buy a house is personal to you and your family. It requires thought, time, money and energy. That’s why we are here – to provide the key steps to starting this journey. Are you ready to unlock the door to your dream home? Let’s get started!

It’s important to do your homework and consider a few things before making your first home purchase: Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:

Identify your wants and needs. To clarify, your “wants” are your wish list of items that would be nice but aren’t dealbreakers. Your “needs” are things you really need to seal the deal.

Take into consideration how long you want to live in your next home. Are you ready to settle down in one place for five years, or more?

Are you financially ready? Consider your assets like your credit score and your savings to determine how you will afford your first home. A mortgage calculator like the one below can help you visualize the financial commitment. Also, consider the costs to maintain your home after purchase.

Do you know where you want to live, and what features you are looking for in your new home? A real estate agent can help you sort through your thoughts and ideas. Decide on what is non-negotiable and what is flexible for you and your family.

Take into account any time restraints you may have during the home buying process. Do you have time to browse before committing?

Know the housing market, especially if you’ll be selling your current home simultaneously. A real estate agent can provide great insight.

Understand your timeline. Do you have the flexibility for when you need to sell, or do you have moving deadlines?

Know your finances and potential risks. Will you have to pay multiple mortgages at one time? Or temporarily pay rent before purchasing your new home?

Steps to Buying a House

With easy access to Auburn University, beautiful golf courses, great restaurants and nearby big cities, buying a house in Auburn, Opelika and the surrounding areas is life-changing and exciting. Our team of real estate agents can walk you through the steps to buying the perfect home for you and your family.


Begin researching neighborhoods, styles of homes and the market where you’d like to buy.


Interview real estate agents and choose the one you believe has your best interests in mind.


Get pre-approved for a loan.


Determine what you can and can’t afford.


Look for homes online and in-person, and make an offer when you find one that meets your needs.


Decide on your loan with the help of a mortgage broker.


Get a home inspection and home appraisal to learn the value of the home. 


Work with your real estate agent to coordinate paperwork and close the sale

We’d Love to Help You Buy Your Home

The Key Agency was founded during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the importance of flexibility and commitment to “making it work.” Our team can assist every client in whatever manner is most convenient and comfortable for them.

  • Completely online, virtual home buying experience
  • In-person meetings, open houses and hand-signed documents
  • Any combination of virtual and in-person communication

We are here to help our clients move through their real estate transactions as seamlessly as possible.

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