First Time Buyer’s Guide

Are you worried that as a first time home buyer you aren’t seeing all the homes on the market or that an oversight during the escrow process will result in buying a home with costly hidden defects? Buying a home is the largest investment most people will ever make. In addition to being your largest financial investment, it’s also the place you’ll come home to each day, invite your friends and family to for rites of passages and celebrations, and be the place where you spend a huge chunk of your precious free time. We have twenty years of combined experience in helping people find the right home that fits their needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Our first time home buyer guide gives you the straightforward scoop on how to buy a San Francisco home.

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Our job is to help you as a first time home buyer make sense of the San Francisco real estate market and purchase process. A typical home purchase in San Francisco involves numerous people and companies – title companies, mortgage brokers, direct lenders, home inspectors, specialty inspectors, appraisers, property management companies, and asset managers to name just a few who might be involved during a home purchase.  Thinking of buying a short sale, REO, probate, or trust property? The list can get even longer! Our job is to make the entire process as stress-free as possible, so that you can focus on making sure your particular needs and concerns are addressed instead of spending all day chasing down people or paperwork.

While every situation and person is unique, we find that the average first time home buyer has an incredible number of questions about the process. So that you can begin to put your mind at ease, we’ve taken the time to publish our insights, experiences, and advice on the home buying process in San Francisco in a PDF file that you can reference at any time of day or night.

Curious about how to assemble a winning real estate team?
Our guide starts at the beginning and explains who you’ll need on your side to make sure that you not only find the home of your dreams, but have a team of people that will make sure your purchase closes. Believe it or not, more than 25% of escrows fail to close – and the number is even higher for short sales or REO’s.

Need help understanding what typical San Francisco disclosures mean?
San Francisco properties usually come with a very thick (100+ pages is typical) disclosure package that you’re expected to review and understand – first time buyer or not – before making an offer. Our guide helps you separate the boilerplate from the absolutely important, so that you don’t waste precious hours reading documents that shed little light on the specific condition of the home you want to own.

Want to write a compelling offer without throwing money away?
We’ve had offers accepted that weren’t the highest offering price, and we help you learn how to write an offer that is compelling to a seller. There are plenty of small things you can offer to a seller that make your offer more attractive, some of which might not be so obvious if you are a first time home buyer.

Confused by inspections, appraisals, and contingencies?
Our first time home buyer guide will help you understand all of the different timeframes and people involved in a home purchase here in San Francisco. From understanding what inspections it usually makes sense to start with to discussing all of the possible inspections available, we’ll help you understand how to go about wisely understanding the condition of a home.

Overwhelmed by lingo like closing, signing, and recording?
Let’s face it, real estate has a lingo all its own. We break it all down for you in easy to understand terms that will make sense to you as a first time buyer. Buying a home should be an enjoyable process, not a second full-time job.

Don’t take our word for it, here’s a short video from a recent couple that were first time home buyers in San Francisco:

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