An interactive Experience
I like to innovate and do things a little differently from everyone else. I see a big part of my role in your home buying process as someone to help you make great decisions.
As you start your home search, you see lots of properties worth considering. As you filter through those listings with the number of rooms you want, overall size, features, condition, and price, your list is not nearly as long or you may find nothing at all.
Next is the dreaded compromise stage, but what should you compromise? That's when you should talk to me. I have years of experience helping home buyers make good purchase decisions, and my goal is to help you find and purchase a home that you still feel good about years from now.
Finding your dream home
You find a house, and just you need a real estate agent to write up the offer, right? I feel like there's a lot more I should do.
I want to understand why you are buying, how long you plan to live in the house, and which quality of life improvements you are looking to get with your home purchase. Do you like DIY home improvement projects or do you just want to do light decorating? What home features are the most important to you?
I apply my knowledge of neighborhoods, architectural features, amenities, size and neighborhood characteristics to help you find the right neighborhood and the right home.
Let's go on a home tour!
One of the best ways to get started is to set up a property tour with me. We can select several properties to visit. I get all the appointments scheduled, then we'll go see some homes and discuss how well they match your expectations. You can bring your family and friends. Sometimes, we drive around with a mini-caravan of 3-4 cars.
What do you look for in a property?
As we walk through each home, let me know what features you like or dislike. I can share with you my experience with certain architectures. If it's an older home, I let you know what maintenance will likely be needed.
SEE something good online?
If you're browsing web sites and find a property that looks interesting, send me a link to the listing. I can do some research on the property, and give you more information about it, including market activity of similar homes.
Seeing open houses
Once we get the process started, some of my clients find it convenient to go see properties at open house on their own, then let me know if they are really interested in one. If you are comfortable with that, so am I.
Usually, we schedule another visit to see it again together. Getting to see a property twice before writing an offer is a good idea. If your schedule does not allow a property visit with me, then I will go see it separately and share my thoughts with you.
Your purchase offer
We are in a seller's market right now, and many listings in the Bay Area are getting multiple offers. We need to present an offer that is competitive but still fits within the financial plans we discussed. There is more to the purchase offer than the price. Some sellers are emotional, while others need to find a new home or there may be other conditions.
I am a skilled negotiator, and the keys to success start with collecting information. I know the right questions to ask, research tax records and past sales data, and go through a lot of information before preparing an offer recommendation to you. Sometimes, there is nothing significant to share with you, and we just need to decide how much you are willing to pay for this home. Most of the time, I will have some insight to share with you that suggest we either offer something extra that others don't or if I find something negative, we may find this property less attractive overall, and offer a little less than we would have without this information.
Property inspections and disclosures
Property inspections and your overall due diligence in getting to know the property you are buying is extremely important. Real estate laws on disclosures exist to protect the home buyers, but most buyers don't have time to read what they are signing. I review the disclosures, ask questions on your behalf, and discuss them with you.
I personally attend all home inspections and discuss the inspectors' findings with them. If there is a homeowner's association, it is important to read through this documentation as well, and I can help.
Your new home!
My goal is to help you purchase your dream home, and eliminate any surprises so that you have a pleasant home buying experience, and can enjoy and focus on creating wonderful memories in your new home.