Home Buying 101
Shopping for homes has never been easier. Nearly 90% of first time home buyers use the internet for house shopping. Having a licensed Realtor in your corner makes it even better. We can set up auto searches that will send all accurate new listings directly to your email, so you can check them out at leisure. There's nothing wrong with checking out other real estate sites, like Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com, or others, but the info there is not always accurate.
1. Call me to help you get qualified with a lender of your choice. It's the first step and you will need a pre-approval letter from a lender to submit an offer on a home.
2. Once you have your letter, you'll know how much house you can afford, we'll discuss what kind of home you're looking for and where, set up the search and go look!
3. We will write up contracts on any homes you decide you like and discuss best strategy for getting your offer accepted.
4. Once you have an accepted offer, we go to escrow!
Contracts are pretty straight forward, although some of the 'lingo' may make your eyes crossed, but that's my job. To explain the contract so it makes sense to you, keep you informed on time lines, help you get a home inspection set up along with termite report and appraisal where needed and go over the disclosures with you. There is a LOT of paper work involved with buying and selling real estate in California!
Escrows typically take between 30 and 45 days to close and hand you over keys.
Ask me how you can get up to $1,000 worth of flooring for your new place!