4 Common Homebuying Mistakes

There are many things that can go wrong when buying home.  And while I’ve always believed the best way to learn is through experience, most homeowners would probably prefer to avoid costly mistakes at the outset, without having to learn hard lessons firsthand.  Here are four common mistakes that immediately come to mind: Continue reading “4 Common Homebuying Mistakes”

Is Homeownership Right For You? Maybe.

Despite the fact that I help people buy and sell real estate for a living, I don’t think homeownership is for everyone.  (There, I said it.)

For the most part, I strongly support investing in real estate and homeownership.  I think it is an excellent way to build wealth, and provide security and stability in many ways.

However, there are a few reasons why I think buying a home and committing to a 30-year mortgage might not be right for someone*: Continue reading “Is Homeownership Right For You? Maybe.”

JUST SOLD – 1701 Central Avenue B, Alameda

Congratulations to F+D on their new starter home! After a discouraging experience during their previous home search with another realtor, we successfully found them a beautiful home they fell in love with!

Here’s what they had to say about it: Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 1701 Central Avenue B, Alameda”

JUST SOLD – 979 36th Street, Richmond

Congratulations to my newest set of homeowners! Admittedly, this home started out with some flaws that might have scared other homebuyers away.  But after reviewing what was truly important to my clients and taking a closer second look, my clients decided this was the home for them, so we convinced the seller to fix those “flaws” with our winning offer and went for it.  It took some persistence, but sometimes winning the right home for you means really thinking about what you want, what can be fixed to get you what you want, and what you can’t live without.  Then, with the right negotiations, you can reach an agreement that works for everyone. Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 979 36th Street, Richmond”

JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of helping my clients buy their first home nestled in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda, California. After exploring a few different areas, these homebuyers decided La Honda was the next place they wanted to plant some roots.  Located just a short drive from Palo Alto and the rest of the peninsula, as well as the Pacific Ocean in the opposite direction, this location was absolutely perfect for them to start their next chapter.

With little inventory available in La Honda, I knew I had to get creative to find this well-deserving couple their dream home, before prices continued to appreciate and with interest rates on the rise.  Continue reading “JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda”

The Cost of Waiting To Buy

Many homebuyers I encounter are on the fence of buying now vs. waiting until later this year or next year to buy a home.  “Will inventory get better?”  “What if the market softens?” “Is another crash coming?”  “I’m waiting for prices to come down.”  

If we haven’t spoken over the phone or in person about these concerns yet, we definitely should.  But below is some general information for you to consider when determining whether now might be the right time for you to buy a home.   Continue reading “The Cost of Waiting To Buy”

The Importance of Getting Preapproved

Many first time homebuyers mistakenly believe that the first step to buying a home is to find the home they want to live in.  In reality, searching for a home should come only after two important things have been completed:  finding the right real estate agent and getting pre-approved.  Today’s post is about the second step — the all-important pre-approval. Continue reading “The Importance of Getting Preapproved”