Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

IT’S OKAY TO WRITE AN OFFER…REALLY!

IT’S OKAY TO WRITE AN OFFER…REALLY!

IT’S OKAY TO WRITE AN OFFER…REALLY!

This will be brief, but worth sharing. Tuesday night I met with some first time home buyers to chat about their dreams, their plans and the home buying process. I let them in on a few expectations without overwhelming them. They are excited and eager to start the process. One thing I always share with first time home buyers is this:“You are going to have friends and family tell you not to buy the first house you see. Their intentions are good. However, I am going to show you the best houses out there on our first trip. You will be seeing the cream of the crop on your first outing. So, don’t be surprised if you fall in love with one of the first houses you see. If you do, it is okay to write an offer.” Tonight, I brought them out for their first outing. Guess what? The third house was a winner. What was the first question they asked me? “Should we look at more houses since this is the first outing?” It was so easy to remind them of our earlier conversation. If I had done it after they had seen it, they would have thought either I was eager for a commission or was pressuring them to buy quickly. As it stood, it was just a reminder of a previous conversation. It’s all about preparation and letting them know it is okay to do what THEY...
THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO SEARCH FOR YOUR PERFECT HOME!

THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO SEARCH FOR YOUR PERFECT HOME!

It is such an exciting time, when all of the saving and sacrificing finally pays off. The search for a home begins. It is a fact that most homebuyers now search on the internet for their home before they ever contact a Realtor. Searching on the internet or going to open houses results in a more savvy and informed buyer and is a positive step in the home buying process. However, there is an initial, more important step that should not be ignored. Talking with a lender is vital in an intelligent, directed search for a home. A buyer should know, from the outset, what loan amount they can qualify for. The quality of the lender is also a factor in having the home buying experience be a positive one. A reputable lender will not charge “garbage fees”. An experienced lender will know the range of loans available and which loan will best fit the buyers needs. A good lender will keep in contact with the buyer on a continual basis. The Realtor can give great referrals if the buyer needs some recommendations. Speaking of Realtors, don’t take this selection lightly. To be redundant, be sure to work with a Realtor…they are held to a higher standard. A Realtor must work under a Code of Ethics (unlike an agent). Ask for referrals from friends, relatives or neighbors. Be certain to select a Realtor who is knowledgeable about the neighborhood in which the buyer wants to live. Once the buyer has been pre-qualified or pre-approved, the home search begins! The process can be made much more efficient and enjoyable if...