I love helping my clients find their perfect home!  It is a process that can take a month or a couple years. I know your home search can be an an overwhelming and daunting task. Because of that I make sure that you understand all of the steps to make the process as easy and painless as possible and I help guide you through every step for as long as it takes.  I strive to deliver a stress free, no pressure, home buying experience.By the end of your search, my goal is help you live happily ever after in your new, dream home.  (Below are all the steps in the home buying process.

1. Meet in Person and Create a “wishlist”

Let’s get to know each other! We’ll meet together for a Buyer Consultation to focus your search and determine what you want and need in a home.

2. Pre-Qualification

I will introduce you to my mortgage partners, who can help you determine your buying price range with confidence. Be prepared to dig into paperwork during this part of the process such as pay stubs, W2’s, and tax returns. The lender will do a full review and then tell you what you will be able to borrow in order to purchase a home. This is a vital step in the home buying process!

3. Listing Alerts Sent to You Based on Your Criteria

I’ll get to know your personal situation and motivation.  Need to move for a job? Want a shorter commute? Getting married? Having a baby? Need to upgrade or downsize? At this stage in the process, I will send you notifications about the listings that you’re most likely to be excited about. Be sure to let me know if one (or more) jumps out at you so that we can skip to the next step and schedule a viewing. I’ll be there for you every step of the way.

4. Schedule Viewings and Attend Open Houses

Here’s where the buying process gets really fun! We’ll go to local open houses together and schedule viewings of the homes that you’ve loved from our listing alerts. We’ll talk about how the budget will work and make sure that we find you the perfect home.

5. Find the Perfect Home & Write an Offer

When you’re ready to make an offer, we will put together a strategic offer to the seller. And while everyone loves getting their offer accepted right away, the seller could come back to us with a counter offer or reject your initial offer all together. I will  walk you through each of these possibilities and exactly how to handle them. Once the offer is accepted, it’s time to get your financing in order and move forward to the next step!

6. Acceptance, Appraisal, Inspection

The sellers accepted your offer, and the home is going through appraisal and inspection. The appraisal guarantees that the price of the property matches the condition of the property while the inspection makes sure that everything in the home is functioning properly and there are no major issues inside. These are the last steps before the shiny keys to your home are placed in your hand… for good!

7. Time to Get the Keys 🔑

Get excited because it’s time to close on your home! This process includes going through all of the final paperwork and signing your name (a lot!).

8. Celebrate! 🥂

Like I said, I love helping my clients find their perfect home.  If you are looking to buy something now or in the future please call me or send me an email and we can plan a time to chat or Zoom.

Working with a new Realtor takes an incredible amount of trust!  I will not let you down.  Please read through a few of my past customer reviews as a testament to the service I deliver. Here is the link to my Zillow page and scroll down to read my reviews.

Look forward to working with you!

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Buying or selling a home is one of life's greatest investments, and you probably have questions about real estate you want answered. That’s what I am here for… To share my 20 years of local experience in coastal south Orange County.
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