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Home Buyer’s Checklist

Home Buying Checklist
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Home Buyer’s Checklist

Thinking of Buying A Home?

Your Homework When You Work With Me

Name(s): _________________ Date: _______________

Address: ______________________________________________________

Email: _____________________Phone: ____________________

Do now

  • Find a mortgage broker/lender. I recommend comparing at least two lenders/mortgage brokers to see who will give you the best terms and rates. My favorite lenders can be found on my website at: BaseNashvilles Favorite Lenders
  • Sign Buyer representation agreement and return to Nick. I will send this to you via separate email once we’ve decided to work together
  • Discuss Disclosure
  • Review the estimated closing costs
  • Ask your lender to provide a Good Faith Estimate
  • Hire a Home Inspector. My favorites can be found using this link. The home inspector generally costs $350 – $700 depending on whether you’re buying a condo or single family home. My home inspector will be: Name: ______________________ Email: ___________________ Phone: _____________________
  • Change privacy settings on Facebook and LinkedIn to the highest security settings possible, while still allowing people to Friend you. Do not post anything about your home search as it can be used against us during negotiations
  • Send a copy of your preapproval letter to Nick as well as the contact info for your mortgage consultant/broker
  • Keep Nick updated on your mortgage process
  • Do not buy anything expensive or open new credit cards. Pay all bills on time. Be very careful with your finances from now until we close.
  • Decide whether you want a home warranty and if this is something you want to purchase or would like us to try and negotiate during the negotiation process
  • Review the contract and any riders which will be used at the beginning of your home search so you are comfortable with the contracts when the time comes to put in an offer. Ask Nick to send these to you when you’re ready to review them

Once a contract has been accepted

  • Arrange for the home inspection asap. Ideally it should be conducted the day after the contract is accepted. Notify Nick of the date/time. Clear your schedule to attend the home inspection if possible and bring your checkbook to pay the home inspector or ask if they take credit card. Home inspections generally take about 2 hours
  • Obtain initial trust money check asap and let Nick know when it’s ready for pick up. Usually these are due to the other agent within 24 – 48 hours
  • Continue the mortgage approval process. When the lender asks for something, get it to him asap otherwise closing could be delayed.
  • Ask your lender provide a Good Faith Estimate if you haven’t received one
  • Gather home insurance quotes

After Contingencies are satisfied

  • Hire a mover and begin packing
  • Call and arrange for utilities to be transferred into your name the day of closing. Phone numbers for the utility companies can be found on my website under buyer resources
  • Arrange for home owner’s insurance to start the day before closing
  • Continue the mortgage approval process. When the lender asks for documents get them to them asap
  • Gather funds for the down payment and closing costs
  • Attend the walk through. This is usually scheduled for the day before closing
  • Attend closing
  • Consider having all locks changed in the home and new keys made. Change any security systems over to your name and set new passwords

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Nick Irwin

Nick Irwin - Broker - BaseNashville Real Estate

Nick Irwin, originally hailing from the warm and welcoming state of Alabama, has firmly established his roots and found his forever home in the vibrant heart of Nashville, Tennessee. As a leading Realtor at Onward Real Estate, Nick brings a unique blend of Southern charm and sharp business savvy to the dynamic real estate market of Music City.

With a strong background in business and an unbridled passion for real estate and financial education, Nick has become an indispensable guide for both buyers and sellers navigating the complexities of Nashville’s ever-evolving property landscape. His commitment to providing clients with the most current and comprehensive information empowers them to make well-informed decisions about their future homes and investments.

Known for his relentless determination, Nick’s track record is a testament to his expertise and dedication to his client’s success. He defines success as making sure his clients have an advocate when making some of life’s biggest decisions and strives to help them feel empowered and informed along the way.

Outside of real estate, Nick enjoys quality time with his husband, Mark, at their cherished family lake property. These moments of relaxation often include the delightful company of their beloved chihuahua, Bruno.

Whether you’re searching for your dream home, an investment property, or looking to sell in Nashville’s dynamic market, Nick Irwin is your go-to real estate Broker. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and genuine care for clients ensure a seamless and successful journey in the exciting world of Music City real estate.

Nick Irwin | 615-418-0563 |

Robby Stone

Robby Stone - BaseNashville Real Estate

Born in Florida and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Robby Stone has definitely found a home here in Tennessee. Since moving to Nashville in January 2010, he’s fallen in love with the subtle nuances present in each pocket of the city, and it is this affinity for the city and his passion for people that has led Robby to a career in real estate.

The road to becoming a real estate agent has been paved with an array of career adventures. Earning a degree in Sports Medicine from Samford University in Birmingham, AL before realizing the life of a doctor was not his ultimate passion, the following years would find Robby managing client relations for wedding photographer ABryanPhoto, acting in tv and film roles during his time spent in Los Angeles, entertaining as the front man for several dance bands traveling throughout the southeast and serving up delicious meals at a few restaurants around Nashville.

Forever wondering how all of these various jobs and educational experiences would work together toward his future, Robby now sees how each prepared him for his Realtor career which began in 2015. Managing the client experience, entertaining and effortlessly engaging those looking to buy or sell in Nashville, and humbly serving those he works for and alongside are all a part of real estate. With years of unconventional and professional career training and consistently over $10 million in sales annually, Robby has been refined to perform his job with ease and enthusiasm, and his natural charisma and authenticity are added bonuses to his career in this exciting industry.

Robby Stone | 205-383-7001 |

Emilee Warner

Emilee Warner - BaseNashville Real Estate

Tennessee native Emilee Warner embarked on her real estate journey with a full-service brokerage based in Nashville in early 2020. Her debut year was marked by exceptional achievements, including being honored as Greater Nashville Realtors Rookie of the Year and consistently ranking among the top agents. Her dedication to excellence for her clients and earning the esteem of her colleagues has rapidly positioned her as a rising star in Nashville’s real estate scene. 

Prior to Real Estate, Emilee spent over 15 years in the entertainment industry, creating a large network of community members. Her experience in negotiation and client advocacy has seamlessly transitioned into her flourishing real estate career. 

As a passionate advocate for fair and affordable housing, Emilee actively contributes as a member of the Housing Affordability Committee. Her commitment to community service is evident through her volunteer work with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Troubadour Society and LaunchPad Nashville. Additionally, she plays a significant role in local community development as a Board member of Discover Madison and Amqui Station. 

Emilee Warner | 615-418-4846‬ |

Robyn Nelson

Robyn Nelson - BaseNashville Real Estate

At the heart of BaseNashville’s dynamic team is Robyn Nelson, a Tennessee native whose expertise, enthusiasm, and quick wit radiate through every aspect of her work. As the team Operation & Transaction Coordinator, Robyn ensures each client’s journey is smooth every step of the way. 

Since joining the Nashville real estate universe in 2016, Robyn has become an indispensable asset, adeptly juggling a myriad of roles with unwavering dedication and efficiency. Prior to real estate, Robyn honed her organizational skills in hospitality and retail management, which helped keep the BaseNashville team on a steady course. Robyn is also an enthusiastic educator, sharing her wealth of knowledge through virtual contract-to-close classes where she helps train those interested in joining the real estate contract-to-close entrepreneurial world. Did we mention she’s also a TN Notary Public and wedding officiant? 

Outside of work, you can find Robyn fostering a community of literature lovers as she actively participates in several book clubs, with her downtime being spent with her two precocious children, devoted husband, and beloved dog.

Choosing a BaseNashville agent means gaining access to Robyn’s unparalleled expertise and warm guidance. Her ability to handle the complexities of real estate transactions with grace and precision makes her an invaluable member of our team and a cherished ally for our clients.

Robyn Nelson | 615-772-3680 |