Buyers Guide

Everything you need to know about putting your home on the market, accepting an offer, and closing on your home.

A Step-by-Step Buyer's Guide

Buying a home in The Bay Area can be a very tall order. We'll cover important steps that should not be overlooked as you set out to make one of the biggest investments of your life. 

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Introduction

The East Bay is one of the most desirable real estate markets in the world, and we understand that navigating the property buying process can seem challenging. However, with the expertise and breadth of knowledge of your Compass agent, you are
in trusted hands. We will guide and advise you during every step of the buying process to help you find the perfect home that fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

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Consider These Questions

1. What is your price range?
2 .What type of property are you looking for? (single-family home, condo, TIC)
3. Do you have any preferred neighborhoods?
4. Do you have pets?
5. Do you have children?
6. Is school proximity an important factor for you?
7. Is proximity to public transportation an important factor?
8. What amenities are most important to you? (parking, yard, etc.)
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Step 1: Find an Agent

Reach out to us to start the conversation. We're a humble group of top producing professional. We'll  will work as your advocates and trusted
advisors to help guide your search.

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Step 2: Get Pre-Qualified

Before beginning your search, your first step is to get pre-approved for
a mortgage loan (unless you will be paying in cash for the full price of your home). We have several local lenders that will compete for your business.

Based on your income and credit history, the mortgage advisor will
determine how much a bank will lend you, which will help you determine the price range for your search.

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Step 3: Touring Properties

Attend viewings and open houses spanning a range of areas and property types. Now is the time to consider your ideal location and amenities. We're happy to set up private showings, this way you can avoid the crowds. 

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Step 4: Negotiate

Reach an agreement with the seller on price and terms. Once you have seen a home you like, you can place an offer, which is a non-binding agreement to pay a certain price for the home. If your offer is lower than the list price, the seller will likely return with a “counter offer”, which you can choose to accept, reject, or counter.  We'll advise on price and terms throughout the process.

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Step 5: Get Ready to Close

We'll take the time to walk over disclosures, inspecions, and a important documents related to the process that will allow you to feel confident for when it comes time to write competitive offers. 

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Step 8: Close

You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your realtor to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.

Congratulations!

Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.

Work With Myron

To Myron, there’s nothing better than the feeling of helping a client make the biggest purchase of their life and serving as a trusted advocate when they decide to sell their home.

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