Pensacola Home Buyer’s Guide

Buying a home? Follow Conna O’Donovan Real Estate’s comprehensive
guide to the purchasing process.

We’ll Walk You Through The Process

Our experienced team at Conna O’Donovan Real Estate represents residential buyers in everything from new to resale homes, condominiums to luxury beach estates, and flipping opportunities to investment properties. We are proud of our agents with their Pensacola area expertise in everything important to the buying process such as schools, communities, local attractions, market trends, and home values. Our clients regularly compliment our performance and refer us to their friends and family, and we hope you will too! Please enjoy this overview of the buying process and how we help you along the way.

Steps to Buying a Home in Pensacola and How We Help

Make A Plan

The first step we take towards helping buyers is with determining their needs and wants in a new home. Are you looking for a new primary home? An investment property? A vacation getaway? Are you in need of more space or are downsizing? Do you plan on having kids? If so, what kind of schools do you prefer they attend? These kinds of questions and more are important to consider at the beginning of the home buying process. Each of us have our dream life, and we at Conna O’Donovan Real Estate help make that dream a reality by planning with you upfront.

Want to know more about the neighborhoods in the Pensacola Area? Visit our Neighborhood Guides to learn more.

Organize Finances

Going hand in hand with understanding your goals is having a good grasp of your financial abilities. If you need a loan, get pre-approved as soon as possible. Our team would be happy to recommend our clients’ Preferred Lenders, but regardless of who you use, it is a good idea to start this process early. With a pre-approval letter in hand, you will know exactly how much you can spend, and you will look stronger to the seller when submitting it with an offer for a home. This step is vitally important in today’s lending market, and we cannot recommend it enough.

See our Financing a Pensacola Home page for details.

Search for Homes on

We are glad to have you here using our Pensacola Home Search, and hope you find it as informative and easy to use as we do. Search based on specific criteria you’ve outlined in your plan, or see what’s out there using our Pensacola Neighborhoods Searches. You can always create an account and set up listing alerts to receive the latest updates of what’s on the market, or use our search tools and Insights to become well educated in the area.

Start Searching for Pensacola Homes for Sale here.

Visit Properties

Once you’ve found homes that take your interest, it’s time to dig deeper and take a tour in person! Our highly qualified Pensacola Realtors are experts in finding and qualifying homes for sale, and are happy to walk you through the homes you request, as well as other similar properties you may have missed.

Contact your Conna O’Donovan Real Estate Agent to schedule a showing.

Make An Offer & Negotiate Contract

You’ve narrowed down your choices, and finally found the home you want to buy. Now your Conna O’Donovan Real Estate will help you decide how much to offer based on market factors, and navigate the complicated ins and outs of the transaction process. With their professionalism and experience, you will prepare a contract, review the terms, and present it to the seller side; ready to negotiate the transaction to finalize terms that agree with both you and the selling party.

Check out our Buyer’s Contract to Close Checklist to know more.

Complete Inspection

After signing the contract, there are typically 30 days before the actual close on your home. It is during this period that we will verify that you complete all of your contractual obligations, including deliver your earnest money and perform a final evaluation of the property with the help of a certified inspector. Any things the inspector might find will require further negotiation that we will help integrate smoothly into the contract. Once you and the sellers are satisfied with the property and final contract, you’re ready to close!

What to know about the Home Inspection.

Close The Deal

Finally, during the moment when you become the owner of your new home, your Conna O’Donovan Real Estate Agent will be there with you as you close at the title company and tie up any loose ends. Then, after when the seller receives their funds, the home is officially yours!

Prepare your home to move in with our New Homeowner’s Checklist.