Matching buyers with homes for sale on the Monterey Peninsula.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

During the last few days there have been an increasing number of buyers contacting me about finding certain types of properties. Now, keep in mind that inventory at the lower end is spars and moves very quickly. That often means that some of their "wish list" items just cannot be met.

Here are some examples:

1. Looking for an FHA home in Monterey County where the maximum allowable purchase price is $615,250.  Well, most homes in the particular area that they are looking at start in the $700,000. And even at that price, inventory is very low. 

2. Vacant Land buyers are plentiful but once they realize what it costs to buy a bigger piece of land such as 10-40 acres, make sure there is water available rather than having to drill for it, put in a septic, and a driveway to get to the potential building site, the development costs have just gone way up even before thinking about putting a house on it.

3. The closer to the ocean, the higher the price. Yes, it's all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Yes, you can get a mini mansion in many places in the US for under a million dollars, but not in Carmel-by-the-Sea. You can't even find a shack here for that. Did you read the news the other day that a burned down house went for a million dollars in San Jose? Yes, Silicon Valley is another area just up the road with sky high real estate.

4. They want to be in a certain school district. Now that is interesting, because certain properties are just not selling because they are in the wrong school district. Enough said about that. Can't fight the system.

But I do my level best to assist buyers. In many cases, they will change their criteria because they want to live on the Monterey Peninsula and that's the price to pay. Other times, they will look elsewhere but then come back when they realize they don't want to give up their dream of living near the ocean.

Want to live here? Give me a call and I will see how I can match you up with a property.




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Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hella- This sounds familiar to me and reminded me of when we first moved to Florida from Houston. Being on the water was key. Not having the back of your house facing the West was also something that had an impact on price. We had to decide what was most important to us!

Apr 16, 2018 05:27 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella, you could have said Los Angeles and or Beverly Hills and the same would apply here too. Yes it is even hard to get a buyer into any home  not alone give them a small portion of their wish list, Endre

Apr 16, 2018 05:39 PM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - your expert advice will  be very valuable to wanna be buyers. You bring up issues most would never think about. It sure does make you appreciate the original pioneers, doesn't it?

Apr 16, 2018 07:50 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Hella - having a home on the Monterey Peninsula is certainly a great value.

Apr 17, 2018 11:03 AM #4
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