Buying a condominium or a townhouse for that matter is very similar to a single-family home but there are distinct differences. You will be dealing with the homeowners association when you buy into a condo or a townhouse community, very similar to a subdivision that might be gated or part of an HOA. Not only will you be paying a monthly mortgage payment along with principal, interest, and homeowners insurance but you’ll also be paying fees directly to the homeowners association. There are specific questions you should ask before buying a condominium. With so many townhouse/condo associations and developments throughout the Tri-Valley area, this is a common issue that I have with a lot of homebuyers. It’s best to understand the implications and the details of buying a condo before jumping into the transaction. [Read more…]
Most people understand what a real estate agent is and does. A real estate agent is not just simply a job but a licensed position that requires continuing education to maintain their license and keep their job.For most people, the legalities and details of buying and selling property is not something that they want to deal with on their own. Many homeowners feel that they can try to sell their property on their own first, and if that doesn’t work, hire the help of a real estate professional. Many first-time homebuyers don’t even realize that it can benefit them to have their own agent when buying a property, rather than going with the listing agent of the home they chose. This is where a buyers agent, a listing agent and dual agency come into play. [Read more…]
With the onslaught of shows like Fixer Upper, Flip That House, and other similar shows, the appeal for fixer-uppers has been more prominent than ever, but are they really a good buy? Before you launch into a full-on HGTV project, here are some things to know about a fixer-upper.
Most amateur fixer-uppers spend a lot of time, energy, and money.
You may have been toying with the idea of upgrading your home or upsizing for several months now, maybe even several years, how do you know you’re really ready to take on a different house? While nobody really loves the thought of moving, sometimes the idea of more space is really what will prompt you to make the move. As an agent, I’ve seen a lot of different families and experience a lot of different situations so if you’re considering moving or upgrading your home your five signs to know that you’re ready for that move. [Read more…]
If an Offer is Rejected, Can the Buyer Know Why?
When an offer is rejected most of the time the buyers want to know why and if an offer is rejected because of higher-priced offers, buyers may want to know what those other offers look like. So is it okay for the buyers to first of all, no why their offer was rejected or see the other offers? [Read more…]
2019 is literally right around the corner, I mean, literally in less than 12 hours it will be 2019 and here I am blogging on the last day of 2018. 2019 is going to be a great real estate year and even though home prices are going up, they’re not going up so fast that buyers are not buying. However, one good thing for homebuyers is that you probably won’t have as much competition as buyers had over the last two years. Because home prices are going up, there just won’t be that many buyers, and many of those buyers have already purchased a home. So, what do you need to buy a house in 2019? Here’s my list. [Read more…]
I love my clients and obviously couldn’t do this job without them, which is why I’m so grateful when one offers a warm word about their transaction.
“Dale worked with us for >2 years to find the right house for our family, and I couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience (and especially the home we ended up buying!). We started out on a tight budget and a particular city that we wanted to live in. Dale spent a lot of time with us upfront to draw out more aspects to the home that were important to us (location within the city, schools, etc.) — to help him further refine our search and to guide future efforts. Dale then toured homes with us, helped us do our due diligence, connected us with the perfect loan officer, put offers on homes, negotiated on our behalf, and ultimately secured a new home for our family. Dale did it all, and he did so with such responsiveness. I’d send him messages throughout the week and at all (reasonable) hours, and Dale would respond to my inquiries right away — even when traveling. And he did so without ever being pushy or taking us beyond what we were comfortable with. He focused on getting us the right house for our situation, and provided top-notch service in the process. I wholeheartedly recommend Dale to anyone looking for a real estate agent. Dale really does do it all, and he’ll help you find the right home for you and your family. Thank you, Dale!– Reviewer
Some deals are cut and dry, while others are extensive and can take months. Most of it is out of our hands due to a short sale or issues with sellers. I so appreciate the patience this client had when dealing with this purchase.
Buying your first home?
This is an exciting time! I LOVE helping people step foot into their very first house. Whether it’s a newly married couple, people that have been renting for years and now have the funds available for a down payment, or single people starting off in life. Families, college graduates, millennials, or even those that have never owned all their life and now finally are seeing the rewards of their years of hard labor, nothing beats helping first time home buyers achieve their goals of homeownership.
“I came across Dale on Zillow, completely by chance, and was so glad I did! As a first time homebuyer, I had no clue about the process and Dale walked me through everything, making sure all processes were completed on time. I had tons of questions on the stacks upon stacks of documents, and Dale took the time to highlight important points for me. We had a couple hiccups along the way with the other agent, but Dale was very proactive in following up to ensure things were executed smoothly. Highly highly recommend Dale (and his assistant Allie) if you are a first time homebuyer” – Glen E. Hayward CA
What about selling?
Selling can be stressful but with my proven system, detailed listings, and a tight strategy for marketing, we can get your home sold quickly for as much profit as the market can bear. It’s a great market right now and sellers are getting over asking price in several markets around San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton and other communities
What about investing?
I have worked with dozens of investors over the years and have the inside scoop on the best neighborhoods and communities and up and coming neighborhoods that would be ideal for renting out and building your investment portfolio. There are key numbers to look at when investing and to get the most ROI you must find the perfect house – I can help you do that.
So get started today and I hope YOU can be my next positive review! There is no greater compliment than a referral from friends! THANK YOU!!
You’ve toyed with the idea of buying a furnished home or even renting one but you’re either arguing with yourself or maybe a partner or spouse about whether that’s really a good idea or not? Here are three great reasons to consider buying a furnished house, especially in Hawaii.
Here we are, headed straight into Fall! Are you ready? Well ready or not, we’re here but that doesn’t mean we should stop all real estate purchases. Actually now is a great time to buy since most of the competition is off the table. Kids are back at school and people are now focusing for the Fall and Winter so it’s a great time to be looking at homes. You can do it a little leisurely right now, as well. The frantic buying season is over but that doesn’t mean there is less inventory either. People have to buy and sell all year and it may be a perfect time. So with that being said, here is my top buying advice for this year so far. [Read more…]
Home inspections are important but how important are they when buying a condo? The siding, roof and general frame of the property is all covered by the Home Owners Association, right? They can take care of that…. However, would you buy a lemon car that had mounds of problems even if the dealership promised to repair them? Probably not. This is why having an inspection of the condo AND the association is so vital to your purchase. [Read more…]