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The Buying & Selling Process

The Buying Process

How to Find Your Perfect Home


Location, location, location. You must’ve heard that before. But that’s because, much of the time, that’s what real estate is all about. And never is it more true than when you’re buying a home. As a certified Real Estate Agent, I have the local knowledge, skills and experience to help you through the buying process. From property hunting and price negotiations to mortgage offers and legal paperwork, I’ll help you meet your goals, whatever they may be. Your dream home is waiting and I can’t wait to help you find it.

The Selling Process

The time has come to strongly consider putting your property up for sale. What are the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth transaction process? I’ll help guide you through the selling process. Allow me to find reliable buyers with a good credit score, and negotiate a price that meets your financial interests while ensuring a fast and efficient transaction.

Common Seller Questions

Welcome to the Gwen Happy Homes Help Center. I’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked "Seller" questions from my clients and compiled them all here. I tried to include everything I could think of, but if you still have issues or concerns going forward, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to help out.

Anytime is a good time to sell. The decision to sell depends on your personal goals.

One of the most important indicators on market conditions is the average days on market. The average days on market can indicate to a seller how quickly homes are selling when initially listed on the MLS, (Multiple Listing Service).

We use a comparative market analysis, which is an in depth evaluation of recently sold comparable homes in your neighborhood.

Commissions are negotiable. The average commission rate is between 5% – 6%.  That being said, you get what you pay for.  The same holds true when it comes to Real Estate.

Most of the questions related to the exclusive right to sell contracts are not able to be answered with a universal answer.  The length of the listing agreement depends on the local market.  In Southern California, the listing term is generally between 90 to 180 days.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Give me a call or stop by the office to ask me in person.

Common Buyer Questions

It is strongly advised that you meet with your mortgage broker or lender to determine the price range of a home you can be prequalified for. The mortgage broker or lender will help you understand the basics of financing, down payment, county transfer fees, escrow fees and closing costs.

This important question is often asked. The answer is that there is no specific number of homes that you should view prior to making a purchase. You make an offer when you feel happy about a home and when it meets your personal home buying needs.

You are the only one who can determine the offer. It is important to consider competitive pricing in the neighborhood. Your competitive offer is very essential to stand out from other offers.

An earnest money deposit is basically good faith deposit to place a hold on the property. The purchase of this deposit is to show the seller that you are serious about purchasing the home. The deposit amount will be subtracted from the final figure that the buyer pays at the closing.

It is recommended that when you purchase a home that you can request some basic home inspections. The purchase of the home can be contingent on a satisfactory home inspection, pest inspection, chimney inspection, radon test and many other inspections. No two home are the same so it is important that you request a home inspection.

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