Buyer's Broker - San Mateo County
Homes & Real Estate in the San Mateo, California Area
The 3 most important words in real estate TODAY are:
Location - Location - Location
Exclusive - Buyers - Agent!
While any licensed real estate agent can be a 'buyers agent', an Exclusive Buyers Agent offers a higher level of service through their 100% commitment to home buyers.
You are about to make the largest purchase of your life. Which would you prefer: A 'part time' buyers agent, or an Exclusive Buyers Agent, 100% committed to serving and representing you, the home buyer?
An Exclusive Buyers Agent is a specialist in representing home buyers in all phases of the transaction. They work for an office that does not list homes for sale, so they never have anything to 'sell' you but their specialized knowledge and expertise in assisting home buyers.
Ask every Agent you talk to these questions:
- Will you show me all the homes on the market that meet my needs, including For Sale By Owner properties?
- Will you guarantee that any information I give you will be kept confidential?
- Will you guarantee me your undivided loyalty?
- Will you guarantee me you will not try to change your relationship with me to "dual agency", "designated agent", transactional agent", or any other form of agency that offers reduced levels of service and could possibly compromise my negotiating position?
- Will you guarantee me that you will not be representing any seller at any time while you are working for me?
- Will you point out all the negative aspects of each property as well as the positive aspects so I will be fully informed when making my decision?
- Do you have any agreements with Sellers that might limit your ability to tell me everything you know about the Seller and their reasons for selling?
- Will you provide information on comparable sales and help me formulate an offering price and negotiating strategy?
- Do you have a list of lenders, home inspectors, insurance agents and other professionals that you recommend?
- Do you, or the company you are with, ever list homes for sale? (If they say "yes", they are not an Exclusive Buyers Agent.)
- Specifically, how will you protect my interests, and why should I hire you rather than another agent?
- Will you act in a Fiduciary capacity and owe all Fiduciary Duties to me?
- Do you spend 100% of your time assisting Buyers?
- If you or your agency lists homes for sale, is your commission rate higher if you sell an "in house" listing?
- Can you guarantee me 100% loyalty 100% of the time?
- Will you put all of that in writing?
Homes and real estate in:
San Mateo County:
Airport, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Ladera, Loma Mar, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Princeton by the Sea, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Francisco Intnl Airport, San Gregorio, San Mateo, San Mateo County, Sharp Park, South San Francisco, West Menlo Park, Woodside
Santa Clara County:
Alviso, Castro Center, Cupertino, Holy City, Milpitas, Moffett Field, Moffett Field NAS, Monte Vista, Mount Hamilton, Mountain View, Onizuka AFB, Palo Alto, Permanente, Redwood Estates, Stanford, Sunnyvale
Fremont, Newark, Union City.
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Tips For Home Buyers
Why A Home Is A Good Investment
As a general rule, homes appreciate about 3 to 5 percent a year. Some years will be more, some less. The figure will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region.
3 percent may not seem like that much. Other investments such as stocks or treasury bills might offer a higher interest rate.
But take a second look.
Let's look at one example.
If you buy a $200,000 home, and put as much as twenty percent down that would be an investment of $40,000.
At an appreciation rate of 3% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $6,000 during the first year. At 5% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $10,000 during the first year. That means you earned between $6,000 and $10,000 with an investment of $40,000. Your annual "return on investment" would be somewhere between 15% and 25%. Sounds like a pretty good rate of return doesn't it?
Of course, you will be making mortgage payments and paying property taxes, along with a maintenance costs. However, since the interest on your mortgage and your property taxes are both tax deductible, the government is essentially subsidizing your home purchase.
You have to pay to live somewhere anyway, why not get something in return for that monthly payment?
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