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Buying a Home

Tips For A Smooth Purchase Process for Home Buyers

Of course, there are occasional situations where a home has been purchased at a great price. However, as many disappointed buyers will attest, at least as of the beginning of August, we are still in a “seller’s market.” Many active buyers today falsely assume that this is a “buyer’s market”, and that they will be able to negotiate much lower than the listed price.

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Buyer Myths & Mistakes

First Time Homebuyers: Do’s and Don’ts When Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be a learn as you go process. But even though everyone’s home buying experience is unique, you can prepare yourself for what’s to come by learning about what helped and held others back. Before you embark on your own home buying journey, here are some of the most important Dos and Don’ts to get you started on the right track.

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Buying a Home

Winning Strategies for Buyers In a Bidding War

“Multiple offers” occur either when a seller receives more than one purchase offer at the same time or receives another offer before a counter offer is presented to the first buyer. This has occurred fairly often since 2012 and has created a frustrating environment for well-qualified buyers who repeatedly are out-bid in their attempts to buy a home.

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Buying a Home

Why Use a Real Estate Agent At All?

I have often been asked what the value of a real estate agent is, or why a sales commission of 5-6% is reasonable.  I have also been asked what it takes to sell a home, and why more people do not try it themselves.  One owner actually loved the idea of selling his home himself so much that he wanted to hire me as an advisor to help guide him through all of the details.

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Buying a Home

What is the Benefit of Title Insurance?

Insurance in general is a contract whereby one party agrees to indemnify or reimburse another party for loss or damage that may occur under the terms and provisions of their contract. The contract is called an insurance policy.

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Buyer Myths & Mistakes

Liquidated Damages

The Residential Purchase Agreement (“Contract”) you are about to execute contains a “Liquidated Damages” provision.
It is important to note that there may be advantages and disadvantages for the parties to a Contract if they elect liquidated damages.

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Buyer Myths & Mistakes

Reasons To Buy Sooner Than Later

It is almost impossible to perfectly time either the purchase or sale of any asset, especially real estate. Often when price movements have reached extreme highs or lows, they are about to change direction.

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Buying a Home

The Internet Empowered Buyer And Seller

Just a few years ago, less than 20 percent of home sales involved any Internet use. Now over 70 percent of California sales involve buyers searching the Internet for homes, loans, real estate agents, quality of community and schools, and for information about the purchase process.

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Buying a Home

Today’s Home Purchase Process

With so much information available online, real estate search sites have made it easy for most buyers to search on their own for their ideal home. In fact, many current buyers believe they don’t need to use a real estate agent except to do the necessary paperwork.

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Buying a Home

A Recipe For Escrow Success

Since my team has a relatively higher rate of successful escrow closings, 90% versus 75% local average, I have been asked what attributes have been found most helpful to this success.

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Buying a Home

Home Searching On Your Own vs With An Agent

“We are helping our son with his first home (condo) purchase, and really think he should work with an agent through the entire process. He and his friends feel sure that he does not need to engage an agent until ready to buy, and then he might do well to work with the seller’s agent. Could you please share your thoughts about this issue and also about the various search sites that our son is intending to use?” — A Santa Monica Homebuyer’s Dad

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