It's difficult to be a buyer in San Carlos, California today. That's especially true if you are looking for a condominium in the downtown area. Add in the necessity of having no stairs (or an elevator to avoid them) and the available condos dwindle even more.
After 3 months of searching, (including my letter-writing campaign to owners of potential fits) one suitable condo finally came on the market. My buyer and I visited it; we downloaded and read 166 pages of disclosures, reports, HOA docs, etc. I talked with the listing agent; they wouldn't accept a pre-emptive offer and I was headed out of the country for a business seminar.
So we did what I'd recommend every buyer do. We both signed every document as appropriate, I prepared my agent's visual inspection disclosure, we strategized the strongest offer by buyer wished to make. Everything was organized and on my computer to be sent at the appointed time; everything was backed up to my assistant's computer--just in case. We made it easy for the seller to want to work with us.
Four offers were received; the seller countered 3 of them. One of the ones countered was my client's offer. After giving the matter thoughtful consideration, she accepted the counter an hour or so later--and bumped up the price. Seller accepted her counter and she has now moved in, ready to enjoy her new lifestyle.
It's not easy being a buyer here today--but it's possible.