buyers: The Top 5 Things First Time Buyers Must Do
- 03/05/14 03:55 PM
The Top 5 Things First Time Buyers Must Do
Don’t you sometimes hate being told what to do?
But when planning to make what will be the biggest financial investment in your life – that’s scary sounding, isn’t it – you need to know the essentials to do in order to accomplish your goal and not make mistakes you will regret.
Buying a home is not like purchasing a DVD or a shirt you can return to the store and get your money back if you don’t like it.
As a first time buyer if you aren’t prepared to
buyers: My Heroes Home Advantage Program in Carlsbad and Nearby Communities
- 03/03/14 04:43 PM
My Heroes Home Advantage Program for Carlsbad and Nearby Communities
I am so excited about the Heroes Home Advantage Program I can now offer you, our Heroes, for your home purchase and sale here in North San Diego County.
Think of it – as a Hero you can receive 25% of the total commission I earn (based on the listing contract) back as a credit on a home purchase or sale.
This credit could be used for an interest rate buy down if you qualify and it’s allowed by the lender (which can save you a ton of money over
buyers: Services for Relocating Sellers
- 02/23/14 07:39 PM
Services for Relocating Sellers
My specialization as a Carlsbad area real estate professional is relocation, both inbound and outbound to Southern California,. While a good portion of my business is buyers relocating to the area, I also work with sellers who are relocating out of SoCal.
In my business I provide a number of services to help sellers who are moving out of the area to assist them in the transition. This is particularly important for those homeowners who have not moved a significant distance before and don't know what to expect.
I have relocated a major distance
buyers: Carlsbad Homes with Pools – Enjoy Outdoor Living Year-Round in Carlsbad CA
- 02/09/14 04:23 PM
Carlsbad Homes with Pools – Enjoy Outdoor Living Year-Round in Carlsbad CA
If you are seeking to buy a new home with a pool, Carlsbad has a lot of options for you.
Many buyers moving to the Carlsbad area are looking to enjoy our Southern California outdoor lifestyle, which in many cases means finding a Carlsbad home for sale with a pool, or perhaps room to add one.
Most buyers seem to prefer a private pool, but in some cases the community pool will work well, especially if buyers don’t want the maintenance issues.
Buying a Carlsbad home that offers
buyers: Why You Should See, Hear, and Touch the Community When Relocating
- 02/09/14 12:17 PM
Why You Should See, Hear, and Touch the Community When Relocating
Moving to an area you don’t know is a tough challenge, even if you know you want to be there, perhaps know people there, and have heard the sorts of things about the area that appeal to you.
At the risk of generalizing, I think most buyers looking for a primary home in a new area have the community at the top of the list of what’s important, not just the house.
Buyers generally buy in a particular community or neighborhood, and are not just purchasing a property, in my
buyers: Last Minute Lender Issues That Can Ruin Your Day, and Your Closing
- 01/30/14 06:39 AM
Last Minute Lender Issues That Can Ruin Your Day, and Your Closing
I doubt anyone will disagree that the mortgage process can be a real challenge. There are more requirements than before, a wealth of documentation that needs to be provided, and an administrative process that sometimes makes you shake your head at how long it takes. It may feel like they don’t even care that there are deadlines to be met.
The following are are not necessarily issues that will happen to you, as things vary from lender to lender. But they are all things I have encountered
buyers: Why is Your Seller’s Frozen Meat My Buyers’ Problem?
- 12/30/13 08:05 PM
Why is Your Seller’s Frozen Meat My Buyers’ Problem?
I don’t get it.
The frozen meat shouldn't convey. It wasn’t in the contract to remain, and we asked for all personal items to be removed before closing.
Yes, I know it was a short sale and the seller vacated and moved out of the area months ago.
But why is the frozen meat in the freezer now my buyers’ problem since closing has occurred?
I guess it’s part of the AS IS status of the property?
Or considered trash left behind.
buyers: Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation
- 12/29/13 05:33 PM
Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation
Video #9 (see below) in my Relocation Tips Video Series provides some tips on finding school, crime and other information during your relocation. The complete list of articles and videos preceding this one are listed at the bottom of the article.
Buyers often have questions about the schools and crime when seeking a new home and neighborhood. Questions such as “are the schools good in this area” or “is this a safe neighborhood” are common.
The REALTOR you are working with in your relocation should be a good resource
buyers: Packing for your Relocation - Do It Yourself or Not?!
- 12/24/13 10:57 PM
Packing for your Relocation - Do It Yourself or Not?!
Video #8 (see below) in my Relocation Tips Video Series is about packing for your move, in particular issues related to packing yourself, or not. The complete list of articles and videos preceding this one are listed at the bottom of the article.
If you are considering the DIY approach to packing for your move, here are some things to consider:
1. Packing yourself, or some of your stuff, can save you some money. Check with your movers to find out more about packing costs if you prefer
buyers: Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home
- 12/19/13 07:37 AM
Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home
Video #5 in my Relocation Tips Video Series is about the dilemma of renting vs. buying when relocating.
Here are the prior articles (with videos) in this series in case you missed them:
Video #4 – Finding the Right REALTOR® to Help in Your Relocation
Video #3 – Moving with a Relocation Package
Video #2 – Getting Pre-Approved
Video #1 – Relocation Expenses
Introduction to Relocation Tips Video Series
A tough question many who relocate must face is whether to buy or rent in the
buyers: Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches
- 12/01/13 07:34 PM
Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches
I’m finally getting something off the ground and into reality, after much thought, and perhaps a wee bit of procrastination. I prefer to think of it as careful planning, however.
One of my areas of expertise and specialization is relocation. I know it well, having experienced it firsthand 4 major times (most recently from Boston to Carlsbad) and helping my Mom relocate from PA to SoCal earlier this summer.
I’ve helped lots of people relocate in and out of Southern California, and also
buyers: What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard?
- 10/04/13 07:09 AM
What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard?
Having a good sized backyard is a requirement for many buyers in Carlsbad. Size can vary quite a bit but often this is a MUST HAVE.
Have you given any thought to what you want in your backyard?
The reasons for having a backyard, and what buyers are looking for in their homes with backyards, can and do
The focus, in our area, however, is usually on an outdoor living and entertaining lifestyle.
We tend to live our lives here in the backyard, not the
buyers: When Do We Sit Down at the Closing Table?
- 09/23/13 07:16 AM
When Do We Sit Down at the Closing Table?
I was talking with some new buyers who are relocating to the Carlsbad area here in Southern California and they wanted to know “when do we sit down at the closing table?”
We do things differently here, I told them (people say that all the time about California, LOL).
We don’t sit down at the closing table (or settlement as I have heard it called in other states) here in California, at least in my area. Indeed, I told them, closing goes on behind the scenes and you don’t
buyers: My Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers In and Around Carlsbad California
- 09/15/13 10:09 PM
My Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers In and Around Carlsbad California
One of my niche markets, perhaps the most important one, is relocation…helping buyers and sellers who are relocating a distance. Obviously everyone who buys a new home is moving, but I find that there are more complex issues associated with moving a distance, say hundreds of even thousands of mile, into or out of Southern California.
Having made 4 major moves myself, the most recent from Boston to Carlsbad, and also helping my Mom move from PA to SoCal just last month, I know a bit about
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers, Are You Being Nags? If Not, You Should Be
- 08/06/13 06:16 PM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are You Being Nags? If Not, You Should Be
Real estate transactions are complex, and often filled with problems, delays, errors and things that make you crazy.
It’s all part of the process, and with a competent, reliable team of professionals helping – your buyer agent, your lender, the escrow office, the title office, your home inspector, your insurance agent, the loan processor, the underwriter, and others – you should be in good shape.
I think it’s OK to be a nag, sometimes. After all, you have the huge vested interest in the process and closing
buyers: I’m NOT Suggesting Now is a Good Time to Buy or Sell Just so I can Make a Commission
- 06/16/13 10:29 AM
I’m NOT Suggesting Now is a Good Time to Buy or Sell Just so I can Make a Commission
I think it’s a really good time to buy right now, for many buyers who are qualified to do so. Yes, there are challenges depending on your local market especially if it favors sellers are our does - competing multiple offers, buyers with cash and forgoing appraisals, and decision making to offer or not that must be concluded in hours not days.
I have told a number of sellers that I truly believe now is a great time to sell,
buyers: Relocating with a Relocation Package
- 05/24/13 09:01 PM
Relocating with a Relocation Package
More and more companies, with the improving economy and job market, are willing to provide relocation assistance to new employees from out of the area, or employees who are moving from one location to another.
If you are buying and/or selling, it’s critical to pay attention to the details of your relocation package and understand what is and what is not included, since they are often customized by the company and for the level of job.
I specialize in relocations, inbound and outbound, and having worked with a number of relocations (including one
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared for Your Home Inspection?
- 04/30/13 06:59 AM
Carlsbad Buyers, Are YOU Prepared for Your Home Inspection?
The home inspection is a critical part of the real estate purchase process for the buyer, one which often causes a great deal of anxiety.
While a home inspection is not required, it is highly recommended for buyers of Carlsbad homes, and generally buyers make their offers contingent upon a home inspection as part of their overall property investigation. We are, in this market, seeing some buyers willing to forgo an inspection in hopes of making their offers more appealing, or in the case of some investors.
buyers: Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not?
- 04/22/13 11:39 PM
Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not?
It been commonly accepted that decluttering and depersonalizing a home for selling is a good, if not essential, thing to do. We don’t want to distract potential buyers and want them to be able to envision living in the sellers’ house.
It’s part of the advice most of us, no doubt, give our sellers, and is certainly a component in the staging professional’s repertoire.
But two recent discussions with buyers while out touring makes me wonder how important it is. Or at least if, for some
buyers: Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am
- 04/18/13 10:24 PM
Are You Suffering from Withdrawal? I am
I often feel I am suffering from withdrawal when I finish real estate transactions, whether with a buyer or seller.
Perhaps you feel this way too? I’ve actually had a few of you comment to that effect.
We’ve had lots of emails during our time together…hundreds and hundreds of them in fact. And plenty of text messages. Not to mention all the phone conversations to talk about offer strategy, updates (or lack of), questions, repairs requests, status of loans, frustrations around delays, and so much more.
Believe it or