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”
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.”
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”
Congratulations to my wonderful homebuyers on their new home! We closed just in time for them to move before the busy holidays, and I couldn’t be more excited for their next adventure! Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 9 Adrian Terrace, San Rafael”
Congratulations to my clients on their new condo in Fremont!
2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms | 1140 square feet
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”
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”
Congratulations to my clients for winning a great home in this competitive market!
3 bed + 1.5 bath | 1300 sq ft.
If you’re a first time homebuyer, or it’s been a while since you bought your home, you’re probably wondering what added costs are involved in purchasing a home, aside from your down payment. Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your lender will provide you with a loan estimate, which will include an estimate of all closing costs. However, you may want an idea of what these costs look like long before reaching that point in the homebuying process. And rightly so: it’s important to be informed ahead of time to avoid surprises – just a little preparation can make all the difference. A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of the purchase price towards closing costs. Below is a rough estimate* of some of the costs that might be involved with your home purchase. (Please note these numbers are based on the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market and may vary.) Continue reading “The Less Obvious Costs of Buying A Home”