Before the day is over, you are likely going to have a long list of agents saying, â€œPick me, pick me!!â€ This is actually a great place to find a Realtor because those who are online in a forum such as this are usually more tech savvy and in touch with the current market.
Iâ€™d recommend that you sort through those who respond, pick the ones who look most interesting to you and then send each of them an email:
â€¢ Ask them for the number of transactions theyâ€™ve done this past year in the current market. Itâ€™s been a tough year and many Realtors simply have not been able to figure out how to work effectively in the current marketplace. You want a Realtor who has represented a lot of buyers this past year, has learned to compete and win in multiple offer situations and who understands all the various aspects of the market.
â€¢ Ask them for at least 5 written testimonials from this past 12 months. Get the references so you can call the past clients in person.
â€¢ As them for their Buyerâ€™s Philosophy in writing. You want to work with someone who has taken the time to think through the buying process and has written down their thoughts and buying process in a way you can easily understand. You want to be able to see, in writing, what you can expect the agent to do for you.
â€¢ Ask them if they use a buyer-broker agreement. You want to be very careful that you DO NOT get locked into a contract with an agent guaranteeing them a specific rate of commission (paid out of YOUR pocket, if necessary) or that will prohibit you from changing Realtors should you determine they are not a match for you.
Based on your responses, narrow down the list to three candidates and then meet with them in person. Develop a list of questions that cover the areas important to you and then ask each of them to respond to every question. Interview each carefully and then decide which one is the best match for you. If you do your homework, youâ€™ll more than likely be VERY happy with the results.
Here are a few posts that may be helpful:
Why You DONâ€™T Want A Dedicated Buyerâ€™s Agent
How NOT To Buy A House â€“ 6 Important Rules For First-Time Buyers
Use The Gut, Luke (The Most Important Thing To DO When Buying A Home)
You may have found a Real Estate professional to help you find a home in Warm Spring, Fremont or
Pleasanton area by buy now.
Here is my friendly suggestion. Interview at least 3 agents of course. Make sure who you speak to and meet with is the same agent helps you through out the process and you are not left with his/her assistants.
Good luck to you,
There are a lot of great agents in this area. As others have mentioned, it's best to speak with family and friends for names, as well as speaking with (some of us) Realtors and 'interview' and ask questions about things that concern you and what it is that you are looking for. Find out if they are willing to meet with you and educate you regarding current market activity. Will that agent sit down with you and show you all the homes in your price range and/or location on their computer and willing to show you the homes you would like to see.
It's a great time to buy, and the buying process should be easy, with little stress on you and your family.
Congratulations and your future home purchase. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI
Check my web site: http://www.BrianRipp.com
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Realtor since 1985
DRE Lic. 00886348
I am 'just' a homeowner in Warm Springs so I have no ax to grind. Although I have not used an agent locally, in my years here, I have come across some agents that seemed to have their act together. The following folks are ones to consider interviewing.
1. Dawn Rivera (Very helpful in email exchanges, first one to offer detailed help with a question)
2. Yodi Debbebe (Seems to sell half the homes in Warm Springs, very professional)
3. Tim Blood (resides here, easy to talk to)
In regards to finding a Realtor, each Agent's website will likely list accreditations and client testimonials. These sites, as well as a review of their Trulia answers will give you good insight into the depth of knowledge and experience of each individual.
Note that DRE licensees are NOT bound to a Code of Ethics; only Realtors take that oath, which can be viewed here:
You can check to make sure an Agent is a Realtor by going here:
Additionally, you can check for Agent DRE violations here:
While not required to receive excellent representation, consider searching for a Realtor who is also an Accredited Buyers Representative here:
I'm back from LA.Give me call to arrange a time to meet. Irvington is going to be your best choice.
SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE
Sunil Sethi / Broker, President, REALTOR, MBA, CPA / SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE
38750 Paseo Padre Pwky Suite B3 / Fremont, CA 94538
Main 510 388 2436 / Fax 510 431 9046
My Bio: http://sunilsethi.com/about_me.htm
My blog: http://fremontrealestate.blogspot.com/
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I agree with Carl and suggest you follow his outline when it comes to selecting a Realtor.
However, an expert Realtor will know the market and should share with you current market conditions to help you better understand your situation. That said, the combination of the areas you desire, your requirments, and budget has limited possibilities. As of today, the Robson properties are the only homes available in the Warm Springs area within your price point and as you said, No Yard.
As for Pleasanton, their are 12 homes on the market within that price point but they are in various parts of Pleasanton. So make sure you and the Realtor you choose have realistic expectations for what's available when searching for your new home.
Location is really good, near freeways and good schools.. If you want a backyard these homes are not for you. How old are your children? May be I can help you decide where to look depending on where your job is too.
E-mail or call me if you have any questions
510 882 6729
In my opinion expert is the one who has knowledge, experience, great grip of the
legal aspects to protect your interest and who can negotiate the best deal for you.
You sound like a very knowledgeable home buyer and have done
Yes, you are right about the homes in Fremont at Kato road, the
KB homes and Robsons homesâ€¦ have nice floor plans but are lacking good size yard.
I have sold homes in Fremont in Warm Springs area as well as in Pleasanton.
Please feel free to call at 510-381-2105
Or email me CharoBhatt@gmail.com
for a no obligation consultation appointment.
Here are my websites for references.
Good luck to you for your Realtor search.