Looking for the Perfect Place to Call ‘Home’?

No matter where you are looking to call home, having a qualified and expert real estate agent will help make the home buying process easy. If you are starting out on your search, or you have been at it a while and still have questions, scroll down to view this guide to streamline your efforts and offer some much-needed peace of mind.

General Buyer Timeline

  1. Figure out your budget.
  2. Find a lender that works with your particular situation and get pre-approved.
  3. Find the right agent that understands your needs and has experience in the area where you want to live.
  4. Start your home search.
  5. Make an offer and sign your contracts.
  6. Apply for a mortgage.
  7. Have inspections completed by trusted professionals.
  8. Contact a title company and purchase homeowner’s insurance.
  9. Complete the final walk-through.
  10. Sign and close on your new home.

Buying a home is a complex process, especially in California.  There are many hands that touch your “file” that could make or break the transaction: Parties including but not limited to appraisers, loan underwriters, title officers, pest and home inspectors and more, that most buyers typically won’t meet or deal directly with in the course of buying a home, but who play a critical role in the success of closing the sale.

The experienced real estate professional will act as “director” making sure all the pieces of the complex puzzle fit together, expertly helping the buyer navigate through “landmines” that could blow up the transaction. 

The experienced real estate professional could look two steps ahead in the transaction and deal with potential problems BEFORE they occur, ensuring a smooth transaction for the client.  An experienced agent has been in many different real estate markets (buyers market/sellers market) and can expertly negotiate on behalf of the client, and with honesty, integrity and experience, recommend courses of action and options based always on the interest of the client, NOT only in the interest of making the sale.

When you work with Jeff Katz on the purchase of your home, you get the advantage of 35 years real estate experience, having closed between 600-700 properties, representing first-time buyers all the way thru experienced investors and 1031 exchanges. I negotiate and advise my buyer clients always with the interest of the client first.  Experience and expertise in all facets of the purchase COUNTS, especially in the most important and highest dollar transaction you will ever incur.  For the best and smoothest buyer experience, call Jeff Katz, CRS, GRI, SRES today!