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How to Buy Southern California Homes

Before you go out to look at real estate in Southern California, take a few minutes to sit down with your real estate professional and discuss what you are looking for in a home through a buyer consultation.  Describe your needs, wants and requirements.

If you have a special request beyond bedrooms, bathrooms or location, share with your real estate professional so they can narrow down the list of properties and keep you focused on your ideal home.

If you want a home in move-in condition, tell us about that.  If you would consider a home that needs some TLC (tender loving care…a fixer), then share that with us.  The more information you can share the better.

Look to your Southern California real estate agent as your ally working with you not as someone trying to sell you one home over the other.

How to Evaluate Homes Using a Scale of 1 to 10

You should look at each home with a few things in mind:

  • Do you like the floor plan?
  • Do you like the neighborhood?
  • Can you see yourself living in this home?
  • How would you rate the home?

Take your time when viewing each property in person.

How to Remember Each Southern California Property

I give each of my clients a printout with all of the pictures of the properties and a pen to take notes about each home on the Home Tour.  In the future, I will give my clients an iPad to write all of the notes on each property and then I can email it to them at the end of the tour.

I suggest that you rate the neighborhood, outside of the home and the inside on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 means it is a dump and you never want to see that type of home again and 10 means you want to write an offer on it.

Over the years, my clients love to rate each of the homes.  It helps them remember.  Some will even give names to each house like “the white house”, “turtle house” or “the tower”.  Be creative and have fun with your Southern California real estate search.

They will give a house 8.5 or a 6…after a while I can tell when we walk in the home what their rating will be.

Share your feedback and how you rate the home with your agent.  Remember, your real estate professional that is representing you as your buyer’s agent, is on your side. He or she wants to help you find a house you can call home.  My clients love the rating system.

The rating system helps you to evaluate homes and keeps you focused.

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