Seattle Area Home Buyer
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Serving the Seattle area home buyer
As a Seattle area home buyer you will want to be well prepared. In the current Seattle real estate market the sellers have the upper hand. Even if this were to change to a more balanced market, the services I provide to you, the Seattle area home buyer, do not change.
What has changed and continues to change is the way technology continues to transform the home buying process. Technology helps to find homes and to identify the homes worth a visit. It helps us to estimate the value of a home. Technology changes the way we make offers and how we conduct the transaction all the way to the closing day.
While technology is an important driver, it is not the decider. Two buyers, equipped with the same online-acquired information will feel differently about the same home. Both will step into the home with the same knowledge and expectations, but only one will consider buying the home.
Residential real estate remains a highly personal business. Tastes, likes and dislikes, cultural preferences, and personal history plays a role. While more and better visuals are useful, virtual reality is no substitute for the real thing. Exploring a home from room to room and up and down the stairs is essential. What looked like a spacious living room online, in reality, accommodates only two armchairs. While the expansive master suite impressed, it was large only at the expense of the other two bedrooms. The flow of the downstairs rooms was not conducive to entertaining. There simply was no logical place for that large-screen flat-screen TV.
This is the personal side of real estate.
If you, like most any Seattle area home buyer, needs to finance the home purchase, you should know what you can afford. If you don’t know, you should contact a mortgage broker. If need be I will recommend one. If possible, we first meet face to face. It helps to like your real estate agent. We will exchange hundreds of emails and text messages. The better we know each other the less is the chance for misunderstandings.
After we’ve established the criteria of the home location we search. I send you notifications of new homes the second they come on the market. You can search to your heart’s content online anywhere you like including this website. Together we make a short list. I perform in-depth research on each of the contenders. I will preview some for you to save time and needless travel.
When we tour a home, I note comments and observe your reactions. If I find something really objectionable I will advise you not to make an offer. I will not let you buy a home that I do not want to list. My job is to protect your interests all the way to closing. I’ll take the time to explain the multitude of forms, preferably long before you have to sign any of them. I will be there with you at the final signing with escrow, function as a babysitter if need be. I’m a grandfather.
The process begins online but it ends in a real place, your new home. My job is to get you safely from one to the other. If you are a Seattle area home buyer, see how to get there, step by step.
P+ (425) 891 8213 or send me an email. Here’s where you can set up a free consultation that suits your schedule.
What one of my clients said.
“We knew our challenge to Gerhard was a tough one: find a 3-bedroom house on the Eastside within our budget and taking into account our divergent interests. Gerhard, confident he could help, showed us a number of homes while patiently explaining the ins and outs of the home-buying process.
Partway through the search, that third bedroom became a necessity, as our second daughter was born. Through his contacts, Gerhard found a 3-bedroom (with bonus room) 1 ¾ bathroom home with 2-car garage in Bellevue that fit what we were willing to pay.
We were thrilled! Our older daughter gets to remain in the same school, there’s plenty of room in the fenced backyard for our dog, and best of all, there’s a bedroom for each one of our family members (with extra room for visitors).
We couldn’t be happier. Through the entire process, the professional manner of Gerhard (and his team) made the buying and closing process, often a stressful time especially with a newborn, easy and even enjoyable!”