A Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

Why You Should Use an Agent

There's no need to go it alone! A real estate agent can help guide you through the home-buying process.

After: A Little Love and Landscaping

4 Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

Rule number one? Don't get more than you can afford. Instead, keep your payments manageable.

Advice for First-Time Homebuyers

  • Life doesn’t stop during escrow. As nice as it would be for a homebuyer to be able to press pause on all non-real estate matters during that 30 days, the reality is that people still travel, give…   Read the Article

  • If you're a buyer who has ever braved the open house front, you have likely found yourself battle weary. You come prepared with your Zestimate to wage war against the agent armed with freshly baked…   Read the Article

  • My mother used to think it strange that someone with psychology and law degrees ended up selling real estate for a living. Lately, though, she’s conceded that my background could not be more…   Read the Article

  • If you're looking for amenities, attractive prices and a low-maintenance lifestyle in the city, a condo or loft may be right for you. A condo is generally an individual unit in a larger building …   Read the Article

  • As a high-powered Realtor in the fancy-schmancy Bay Area real estate market, I have developed an uber-sophisticated client needs assessment technique I like to call “The Restroom Conversation.” (I…   Read the Article

  • If you’re in the market to buy a house or condo, you’ve probably noticed that many homeowners promote the green benefits of their property, boasting that it’s as energy-efficient as they come. The…   Read the Article

  • A 30-day escrow goes by faster than you might think. Especially if you have any mortgage glitches along the way -- they take time to unravel. To protect your deposit, you really only have 17 days, in…   Read the Article

  • Buying a home together is the new getting married. The trend of couples owning a home before -- or in lieu of -- saying "I do” has spawned an entire lexicon of pronouns to describe the relationships.…   Read the Article

  • Foggy windows are easy to spot, but they can be a big problem. Look for condensation and water in between double-paned windows. That's a sign the seals around the window's edges aren't working and…   Read the Article

  • When you're looking for a new home, be sure to look with your nose, not just your eyes. A bad smell may be a sign of a larger issue that could cost you dearly. Take a big whiff of the air…   Read the Article

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