Every home closing is different. In general, you'll work closely with your REALTOR® to put an offer on the table that has a chance of getting accepted. If the market is competitive, you may need to be prepared to make an offer the day you tour the home. It is also possible that you will need to make a few counter offers or negotiate with the seller before closing on a home.
Once your offer is accepted, you will need to get the home appraised and go through a home inspection. The appraisal will tell you the value of your new home and you may enter another round of negotiation if you initially agreed to more than the appraised price. Similarly, if your inspection shows any issues with your home, you may be able to negotiate so that the original owners pay for some of the damages. After your offer is accepted and you finish settling your terms with the seller, your REALTOR® will make the closing process as simple as possible.