Seattle Area Homebuyer
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Serving the Seattle area homebuyer
As a Seattle area home buyer you will want to be well prepared. That’s especially true in a market where sellers have the upper hand. Regardless of market conditions, Gerhard Ade will help you navigate through the sea of choices and advise you every step of the way.
How technology helps the homebuyer.
Technology continues to change the home buying process. Homebuyers can not only find homes but identify the homes worth a visit. Technology helps to estimate the value of a home. Technology changes the way we make offers and how we close a transaction.
Technology is the driver, but not the decider.
Two homebuyers, 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.
Why home buying is still a personal business.
While better online visuals are useful, even the best 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, accommodates only two armchairs. While the expansive master suite looked great on the website, we find out that it comes at the expense of the two other bedrooms. There is no guarantee that a home buyer will like in the real world what looked so good online.
I would like to earn your trust
How Gerhard works with homebuyers.
Whenever possible, we should first meet face to face. The better we know each other at the outset the easier it will be to communicate later. Remember, we will exchange dozens of emails and text messages. It’s easier to find the right words when you know each other.
What can you afford?
Most Seattle area home buyers need to finance their home purchase. Know what you can afford, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. There are many homebuyer assistance programs available. They are not limited to first-time home buyers. In any case, consult a mortgage professional before house hunting. If you don’t know one, I can recommend one.
Working together online and on the ground
After we’ve established the search criteria, I set up an automated search on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. You will receive an email the moment a new home comes on the market. You can rate the homes and make comments. I conduct additional research on your favorites. I will preview homes to save you time and gas.
As a rule, I will not let you buy a home that I would 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.
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 homebuyer, 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 Gerhard’s 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!”