Buying a Home
Buying a home in Orange County, CA
As an Orange County Realtor, I am able to help no matter what stage you are at in the home buying process, and my goal is to make your experience of buying a home as simple and stress free as possible.
If you have found a property and want to make an offer, contact me and I will negotiate the best possible price and terms on your behalf.
If you are just starting your property search, I will assist you in identifying where to look, give you access to ‘off market' listings not in the MLS, and upcoming listings so that you see them before they go onto the market. I will also advise you on everything that needs to be done prior to finding your property.
The Home Buying Process
After an initial discussion I meet with all of my prospective clients at their home or at a convenient location to talk through your individual needs, and to explore whether we are the right fit for working together. At this stage I can make introductions to mortgage brokers if required.
Initially, we will gather information about your ideal property and review properties within the parameters of a wider search so that we may narrow the search criteria based on your feedback. This is a tried and tested way of ensuring I quickly learn my clients’ likes and dislikes, so we can hone down to the most suitable properties. It also serves as an excellent real time understanding of the market within chosen your areas and budget.
After our first meeting, I use what I have learned about you to go out and find a home that fits your both your needs and wants. I always review every potentially suitable property so as not to waste your time on wholly unsuitable properties.
In order to get you access to off-market ‘pocket listings’ and ‘coming soon’ properties, I require all clients to sign a buyer’s representation agreement with me and provide a mortgage approval or verifiable proof of funds. The Realtors I work with who represent these types of exclusive opportunity provide this level of access to pre-qualified buyers only.
I then continue previewing and accompanying my clients to suitable properties until we have found ‘the one’.
Bear in mind that I will advise you just as often on what is not a good property as one that I believe is.
So, we have found ‘The One’; what next?
It is now my job to negotiate the best possible price and terms for you. I have years of negotiation experience and it is a matter of pride to save my buyers money through tough negotiation.
At this stage I can recommend tried and tested home inspectors if clients require.
Through your home purchase
The process of sales progression is increasingly taxing due to the amount of paperwork necessary to close the transaction. I help manage this for my clients by liaising with all parties and trouble-shooting through the tricky parts, sourcing experts and trades people as necessary to address any issues.
For properties that require work I can recommend and organize quotations for reliable builders, interior designers and most other services required.
I work for and with my clients right up to handing over the keys.
With most of my clients I find their ideal property and have placed an offer within 6 weeks, however, I work at my clients’ speed; some of my clients like to take a more leisurely approach while others are working to a tight deadline.
As with all buyers’ agents in California, the seller pays my fees at closing; there is usually no charge to you for my buyer representation.
Regardless of the source of payment, my fiduciary duty is to only my client (you), not to the seller. I work for you, negotiating on your behalf to ensure you get the best property for your needs, at the best possible price and terms.
Where I work
I cover the whole of Southern California. I am also able to assist with Real Estate transactions throughout the US and in most other countries.
Which price ranges?
I work with buyers at ALL levels of the market and previous transactions have included everything from studio apartments to a property located within a medieval castle, representing clients from first time home buyers to experienced home owners.
Agent – Client Ratio:
I work with fewer clients in order to deliver a higher level of service.