My husband and I started our house hunt thinking we would be living close to downtown in a new development called Civita. When the model homes at Altana opened up in August 2013, we quickly realized that living there would be very expensive and frankly, out of our reach.
While sorting the mail after work one night, I came across an advertisement from David Rudd in a postcard for a home for sale in Escala, Mission Valley. My husband and I were living in an apartment home at the time and we had just had a baby 2 months prior. With the addition of the little one, we quickly outgrew our 2-bedroom apartment and wanted more room for his belongings and a nursery. Out of curiosity, we decided to call David Rudd and schedule an appointment to see the house for sale. Right off the bat, he was very receptive and easy to get a hold of. Since I worked Monday to Friday during the day and my husband worked the night-shift three days a week, it was very difficult to find availability between our work schedules to see the home, but somehow he found time to accommodate us around our unique hours and even our parents’ schedules so they could tour with us. Just from our phone conversation, I could already tell he had a great personality.
When we finally met in person, I was very impressed with the way he presented himself and he even had a resume, which I have never encountered in my previous experiences with realtors. Although we didn’t end up buying that home in Mission Valley, we did decide to go with David Rudd and his team at Kindred Realty to start the journey toward our search for the perfect family home.
Our home search was unlike any other, to say the least. Because of our busy schedules between work and the new baby, David did most of the searching on the MLS for a 3-bedroom 2-bath within our strict criteria: 15 minutes from work, new construction or move-in ready, Jack and Jill en suite sinks, family friendly…and of course, within our budget! It was a tall order, especially because the area we were searching in was Central San Diego, where most of the homes were out of our budget. By the time it was time to tour homes, we really only had 3 hours at best to see them each time.
By October, we had entered Escrow. David Rudd took care of EVERYTHING! He introduced us to his good friend who was a mortgage broker, which after much shopping around, ended up being the best one of all. Next, David helped us with finding a home insurance with another one of his friends who was an insurance agent. Again, after much shopping around, David’s agent found the best deal for our home insurance by a long run. Lastly, with the appraisal and home inspection, David ensured that we were covered. However, this escrow transaction did not close as expected because the sellers decided not to sell their home just four days before closing. Because this was illegal and the sellers breached contract, David got us in contact with his lawyers immediately to help us through this frustrating ordeal. In the end, his lawyers were able to get the sellers to close escrow, but because of the stress we now associated with that house, we decided to back out altogether. Even through this, David took care of everything. Any other realtor would have probably convinced us to close escrow, so that they could get paid their commission and be done with it.
By December, we started looking for a new house again, but I was losing my interest and energy. We started to “settle.” We thought we found “the one” in a Serra Mesa neighborhood and we eagerly told David about all the renovations we wanted to do with the house…how we wanted to expand the master bedroom, master bathroom, etc. As David listened intently, he quickly recognized that we had very expensive ideas and that if we bought that house, we would be throwing money down the drain very quickly and this particular house was not a good return on investment. Very nicely, David pulled our heads out of the clouds and brought us back to reality. I was about ready to give up altogether. I started to look back at Civita in Mission Valley, where we started our house search in August and really tried to create a budget that would help us afford the monthly mortgage there. In short, living there would put us in a situation that we would be living paycheck to paycheck. David entertained the idea and showed me a few homes in Civita to please me. At the same time, he diligently continued to search the MLS for more prospective homes that met our criteria. In late December and early January, we agreed to tour more homes in the evening hours after my work. There were some homes that were downright creepy and others that were dream homes, but not fitting for a new baby. David really kept our best interest in mind.
Finally, we found a 4-bedroom house 16 minutes from my work and in a magnet elementary school district and as soon as we walked in, we knew it would be our “forever home.” Closing came quickly over a matter of 18 days, which was made possible by the talented and dedicated team at Kindred Realty and through David’s excellent referrals such as RPM Mortgage. They really made this escrow transaction as pleasant and easy as possible. We couldn’t be more pleased with the house we ended up with, and what is even better, is that I didn’t expect us to live in a 4-bedroom home in the suburbs further away from downtown. But if there is anything I have learned from this house hunt, it takes a lot of patience and most importantly, a great realtor on your side such as David Rudd who can adjust to your continuously growing needs and expectations.
I highly recommend David Rudd and Kindred Realty. There couldn’t be anybody better to help you with finding your dream home. We call him “Uncle David” and already adopted him into our family. My baby is now 7 months old and we have set up his own room. He has a backyard to play in, which I wasn’t even looking for, but David apparently, was looking out for my baby’s interest too! All in all, we are very satisfied and happy with our experience.