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Chewy, Home Buyer in 10019

Seeking my dream Realtor! It's all set - my husband and I will fly out to California to visit mid March!

Asked by Chewy, 10019 Thu Feb 19, 2009

Somone with . .
-patience, be willing to spend half a day showing us around town plus a few homes.
-2 references homebuyers within the last year I can email/contact before March
-min 8-10 years exp, be extremely knowledgeable/detail oriented about the cities I stated, developments in the past 10 years, what’s upcoming, schools, etc. be a smart educator!
-good listener, our budget is under 600K, pls do not show us homes at 675/700k and push us to buy it. Or push a rundown home for us to fix.
-how many transactions have you done in the last 6 months?
-your fee? List price to sales price ratio?
-who do you represent? Buyer or seller or both? How many do you represent now?
-game plan in finding our dream home? How will you search for homes that fit my requirements?
-be willing to work w/our budget/requirements: 450-600K, 3 bed/2bath, prefer newer townhomes, Santa Clara/Cupertino/Sunnyvale, desirable areas, maybe borderline san jose.

Thank you!

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Hi Chewy, I don't think there will be a shortage of agents responding to this post. ;-)

What you might consider doing to manage the responses is to first post your email so the Realtors interested in helping you can respond and then delete the individual post that has your email (or the entire question) once you have enough candidate Realtors' responses.

Just a few clarifying questions:

1) Have you already been Pre-Approved? Is this how your budget was developed?

2) What do you want to accomplish during your trip? Is this a "fact-finding" trip, or are you actually looking to put in an offer as part of this trip?

3) If you will not be buying during this trip, when is your target purchase date?

Best Regards,

Steven A. Ornellas, MBA, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters
REALTOR® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
SteveO@Steven-Anthony.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Chewy

Ask the realtor if its good time to buy. If the answer is "YES", ran away. If "No", ask them the homes they bought for their clients in the last 12 months. Check the value of those homes today before you make a decision. .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 22, 2009
Good morning,
Your questions are all reasonable, but writing simple answers to them will give you only a minimal amount of the information you need before hiring someone to work for and with you. It's a fair assumption that any Realtor active on Trulia is competent, so you might consider learning more about them via their Trulia Profile. This will guide you to their Blogs/Websites. By seeing how they have answered other questions you should be able to learn much more about them then could be discovered via the basic questions you ask here.
Be willing have at least a half hour conversation (telephone) with whoever looks good. In doing so you can get answers to these and the hundreds of other legitimate questions which need to be discussed before.
making a choice.
Good luck,
Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 20, 2009
(PART 2)

-how many transactions have you done in the last 6 months?
Real estate is seasonal I sell about 75% of my deals in the first half of the year. Last year I sold 14 properties.

9 Listings and 5 Purchases

Here is a list of all my listings.
http://gmap.propertyminder.com/FeaturedListings?operation=Sh…

Here are the homes that I helped my buyers purchase in 2008.
Thompson Pl, Santa Clara
Firth Ct., Sunnyvale
Meadow Ct., Morgan Hill
Pearltone Dr., San Jose
Clark Ct., Los Altos

-your fee? List price to sales price ratio?

Sellers pay all commissions. Buyers pay NO fees and absolutely NO transaction costs to broker.

-who do you represent? Buyer or seller or both? How many do you represent now?

I usually do not do dual agency, which occurs when you represent both buyer and seller on the same transaction.

I work with both Buyers and Sellers. Currently I am actively working with 2 sellers and 2 buyers.

-game plan in finding our dream home? How will you search for homes that fit my requirements?

My experience shows me that most home buyers shop by area. So we need to target the areas that we will focus on. Once we have targeted those areas, we monitor the market for newly listed homes which may fit your criteria and visit them. Depending on your schedule I may have to preview the homes and then bring you by the ones I think you would be interested in.

After we find a home that you are interested in submitting an offer. We review the home inspections and disclosures, access the sellers motivation and make an initial offer. During the negotiation phase we negotiate the best possible price and terms.

Once in contract we conduct our own inspections, review HOA documents and property disclosures, finalize loan details, negotiate any further details based on the inspections, and schedule all signoffs and work before close. Coordinate with the lender the sign off, accompany you to the signoff, make sure all items in the contract are fulfilled before close, order your home warranty, and help you with any details during and after the close of escrow.

-be willing to work w/our budget/requirements: 450-600K, 3 bed/2bath, prefer newer townhomes, Santa Clara/Cupertino/Sunnyvale, desirable areas, maybe borderline san jose.

Absolutely. I'm a consultant. So I will show you what your budget can get you in all of these areas. I'll be able to discuss the benefits or draw backs of all the different locations and developments, in order to help you make the right decision.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Hi Chewy,

I'm excited that you are coming to the Bay Area. I hope to be the lucky realtor you pick to show you around this amazing unique place we live. First off let me tell you a bit about my self and my background an I will respond to all or concerns.

(PART 1)

Vinicius Brasil
Age 32
Born Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Raised in Santa Clara, CA
Graduate of Santa Clara University, Business Major
Currently Reside in Mountain View, CA

Work Experience:
Compaq Computer Corp., Cupertino
AboveNet Communications, San Jose
Allied Telesyn, Sunnyvale
Century 21, Cupertino
Coldwell Banker, Saratoga
- I am in the Top 100 Coldwell Banker agents out of 1200 in Santa Clara & Monterey Counties

I believe all successful enterprises are service based businesses and I differentiate myself from other realtors by providing a unique level of service and expertise. Being a real estate professional you must know the market. That means knowing inventory, what properties have recently come on the market and what has recently sold. I am notified of every listing that comes on the market in Santa Clara County, when it sells, and when and if it closes and what it sold for. This keeps me in tune with the markets pulse.

I also subscribe and follow Altos Research Charts. They are an industry leader in real estate market performance research. I closely monitor the areas of my active clients to make sure they are informed of how the market is performing.

If you are interested in seeing these reports please visit my stats page on my blog:
http://santaclaravalleyliving.com/statistics/

As you can see I take real estate very seriously, and that’s why I work at Coldwell Banker. We are the number 1 brokerage for Santa Clara Valley in terms of sales and market share. Coldwell Banker in the valley is unlike any real estate office you may have experienced. We are 20 offices, the support of thousands of agents, a legal team to advise on complex legal scenarios, and experienced managerial team.

Coldwell Banker - Saratoga
-the number 2 office in Santa Clara Valley
-Top Ten in the Nation for Coldwell Banker

-patience, be willing to spend half a day showing us around town plus a few homes.
I entered into real estate after I bought my first home through a realtor so I understand what its like to be on the other end. I consider myself to be a consultant more than a salesperson. I am here to provide you with information about homes, the market, home remodeling & construction, background on different areas, and many other things that a good knowledgeable Realtor should know. You the homebuyer can take that information to make the best possible decision you can on buying the right home.
Also I understand that you are coming a long way for an important reason, so I can spend more than just a half a day to give you a good tour of the area and the homes and neighborhoods it has to offer.

-2 references homebuyers within the last year I can email/contact before March

Daphna Rubin (purchased in Morgan Hill 12/08)

Joe & Ivonne Proano (purchased in San Jose 10/08)

Pat Mckeany, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker - Saratoga
32 Years in the Business
408-996-1100
pmckeany@cbnorcal.com

Christine Leman (Current Buyer with Husband Mike)
Have been working with them for a year. Trying to find them the right home. She can tell you what the experience is like.

Please send me an email so I can send their contact info directly to you.

-min 8-10 years exp, be extremely knowledgeable/detail oriented about the cities I stated, developments in the past 10 years, what’s upcoming, schools, etc. be a smart educator!

I've been licensed now for almost 5 years, March 11 to be exact. You can see my DRE profile below, I have never had any disciplinary action against me.

I am very knowledgeable of the areas and developments you have stated. I am aware of what complexes to stay away from, highway commuting times and traffic, school district and boundaries, recent developments and floor plans.

If you still feel you need an agent with over 8 years of experience, consider that most real estate agents in this area sell an average of 5-6 homes a year. In the last 5 years I have sold over 70 homes, that would be the equivalent of over 11 years of experience.

-good listener, our budget is under 600K, pls do not show us homes at 675/700k and push us to buy it. Or push a rundown home for us to fix.

I'm definitely not pushy. The first thing we will do is have some telephone conversations so that I can get to know you better. Find out what are the most important things and really try to hone in on those homes and areas that will fit you best. Once we go out and look at a few homes I should be able to get an idea of what you like and don't like.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Hi Chewy:
Please check my blog site at: http://www.sfpeninsulareguru.com for more information and client testimonials.
I have been selling real estate on the Peninsula since 1978.
I am very patient and do not try to "sell" my clients. I provide the information and my best advice gained in over 31 years as a broker to facilitate clients making the right decision for them.
I work with a lot of first-time buyers and in fact just got back from showing clients in Cupertino in the $600,000 to $750,000 range.
The seller pays both agent fees so my services are at no cost to you.
I would represent you soley.
Let me know if you would like more information.
Arn
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Hello Chewy
Welcome to California,
We can talk with confidentiality through email or you can call me directly
My cell # is : 408-509-2604
Email address is : rashidk@remax.net
I charge no fees, professional, friendly, flexible, patient, practical, and can make it happen.
Best Regards,
Rashid k
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
As a Mortgage Broker I can easily say Carl Medford who replied earlier is a top notch Realtor. I have worked with him on the loan side and it was a pleasure. I'm sure the experience he could provide would make you very happy.

If you would like assistance with your home financing I would be happy to help you.

I work with a Broker Banker in the Bay Area.

Happy house hunting.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
PLEASE NOTE***
you can also email me at movingfromnyc09@gmail.com - given some of my questions can't be answered on a public forum! Thank you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
I used to live in the Bay Area and know of a Realtor that has been a top producer for over 20 years. If you are interested in interviewing him, I can refer him to you.

Michelle Thompson
916-804-2981
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Chewy:

You found him! We cannot use this forum for answer the types of questions you are asking - if interested, contact me at carl@carlmedford.com.
Web Reference: http://www.carlmedford.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 19, 2009
Hi Chewy,

I would love to recommend someone in that area. Feel free to email me and I'll send you his information!

Best of luck,

Lori
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