The First Step in Buying a Home is Talking to a Lender

I was just approached by a potential buyer,  enquiring about a Los Angeles home for sale. My first question to her was whether she had spoken to a lender.  Her answer was no.  I told her that she needed to do that before starting the process of buying a Los Angeles home.  Her answer:  ”I just don’t want to talk to a lender and not find a home. So I figure I could just work backwards.” We do not work backwards when buying a Los Angeles house. We look and work forward.  The very idea of … [Read more...]

What to Expect When Working With a Real Estate Agent

Are you considering purchasing a home for sale? If you are, then here is a guide for working with a Real Estate agent, and what you can expect. Real Estate Agents work on commission. Real Estate agents get paid when they sell a house or lease a house. Real Estate agents do not work for free, and are not professional door openers. Select a Realtor to work with. Create a list of questions, and meet with the agents who you are considering. Let each agent know that you are in the … [Read more...]

Establishing Criteria for Your Home Search

What Criteria Are You Looking For in a Home? What criteria is important to you when you are considering purchasing a home?  A home purchase is most likely the single most important transaction that you will have in your lifetime. We recommend that every client to make a needs and wants list, what may be negotiable items. One of the most important factors in the beginning of the home search process is meeting with a Real Estate professional. Your Realtor® will assist you with identifying … [Read more...]

Should You Sign a Buyer/Broker Agreement?

Are you considering purchasing a new home?  If you are, and are considering working with a Realtor®, here is an important consideration for you. Many real estate agents, and brokers utilize Buyer/Broker agreements. When you sign this agreement, you are committing yourself to working with that real estate agent. Not all Realtors® utilize buyer/broker agreements, and will work with an agreement that you are working together.  However, the advantages to having a buyer/broker agreement are to ensure … [Read more...]

Defining Luxury Lifestyle Across America

Just what defines luxury in a home?   Most of us would agree that a luxury home is one which is inviting, comfortable, sophisticated, elegant and stylish–simply luxurious.  Size is not the only factor which goes into the luxury home equation; rather it is more about the way the home feels and how enjoyable it is for an individual to live in that space.  Location and appointments are certainly indicators when discussing luxury homes…from the first impression to the interior, one’s thoughts and … [Read more...]

Tips to Finding Your New Home

Looking for a new home in a new town or city  is always a daunting one for sure. For some, it is even their first experience in their destination state.  Relocation clients move for various reasons, either coming to work or go to school, a second home location, retirement, to be located near friends or family or just for a change. As Realtors®, we do everything that we can do to help our clients settle into their great new communities. Here are a few tips to help if you are … [Read more...]