5 Stages of Buying Your First Home

Buying a home is not a discrete event; it's a process - a sequence of events that happens over time, sometimes over as long as several months or even years!  While general guides to buying a home are a dime a dozen, I'm excited to share with you some insider secrets you may not have heard elsewhere - one for each stage involved in buying a home. Here's to helping you make the best decisions at every phase of your home buying process! Stage One: Deciding Whether It's The Right Time to Buy. Insider Read more [...]

5 Tips for Harmony During Your House Hunt

Financial disagreements are the number one reason couples break up; the stress created by major life changes rank number four.  Buying a home is the perfect marriage of life change and money matter – and holds the potential for causing relationship drama as big as, well, a house! As Valentine’s Day nears, our mission is to help you make a home purchase that improves your life without impairing your relationship.  To have a harmonious house hunt, follow these 5 steps: 1.  Run the numbers, Read more [...]

Tips for getting your offer accepted

My partner, Dan Hart, and I are currently helping over 40 people search for a new home. They tell us that they constantly hear from the media that there are “lots” of foreclosures and bank owned (REO) properties at cheap prices. Yet, they can’t seem to find much they like, or as soon as they see something they like, it turns out it has already sold. Here is our explanation and some tips for increasing your chances of getting your offer accepted. When the media says there are lots of foreclosures Read more [...]

We are not “salespersons”

We are professional Realtors; not “salespersons”. We do not try to “sell” you anything. We will never try to push you, pressure you, coerce you or convince you to buy anything. We are your advisors and counselors. We strive to help you make the best choices for you based on all the available information, to try to get you the best possible deal and achieve your goals. We are licensed by the California department of real estate. We have passed rigorous educational requirements and Read more [...]

3 ways you can hire us

We can save you tons of time, money and frustration in the home buying process. You do not need to try to do it on your own. We are paid from the seller so it costs you nothing for the convenience and assistance we can provide. Nevertheless, there are 3 different ways you can hire us to work with you. The Honor System This is how we usually start working with our new clients. It lets us both get to know each other for a while to build trust and see if we get along well, before entering into Read more [...]

We can help you buy it!

No matter how you learn of a home for sale, we can help you negotiate the deal, make the offer, open escrow and handle all the details for you - and it costs you nothing! Whether you find a home by … Seeing and ad in the paper or Using an internet search or Driving by a “for sale” sign or Visiting an open house or Hearing about a home for sale or Using our emailed home alerts We can help you buy it! And since the seller pays our commission, we help you make sure the price Read more [...]

Tips for Buying in a Tight Market

Increase your chances of getting your dream house in a competitive housing market, and lower your chances of losing out to another buyer. 1. Get prequalified for a mortgage. You’ll be able to make a firm commitment to buy and your offer will be more desirable to the seller. 2. Stay in close contact with your real estate agent to find out about the newest listings. Be ready to see a house as soon as it goes on the market — if it’s a great home, it will go fast. 3. Scout out new listings Read more [...]