Hello and Welcome to Our Quick Intro to Working with Us

Whether you’re a seasoned pro at buying property or a first-time home buyers, the process starts with giving us a call, email, or text. We will customize our approach to meet your needs, circumstances and goals. Get ready for better buying as informed by our successful record of representing both buyers and sellers in San Francisco.

Okay, Just How Ready Are You?

Are you in a hurry? Or can we take some time? Determining your time horizon from fire drill to leisurely stroll we will help you move properly

It’s important to understand where you are in the process. If you’re dipping your toe into the pond or diving right in. Letting us know where you really are in the process helps set everyone’s expectations. We’ve had clients who we met on one day and got them a house the next. We’ve also had clients we met who didn’t get a home until 4 years later and that’s okay too. We believe in getting you the right home not something right now. 

Similarly, when it comes to selling the need for speed can be misplaced as there are ways of selling a property and then there are ways to sell property correctly and for more, which is what we also excel at  too — isn’t it helpful to have agents who do both buying and selling? 

Step 1: Time to Discuss

Let’s set aside some time to get to know each other and what you’re looking to accomplish in San Francisco real estate (these days via Zoom or call)

Whether by phone, text, FaceTime or in person (later in 2020 maybe?), the first time we talk is just the beginning of our work together and one of just many conversations we will have. We hope you will find the conversation enriching and that it will kickstart the process.

Step 2: Time to Learn About All Our Neighborhoods

A lot of variety, opportunities and gems can fit into 49 square miles. Let’s start learning about our neighborhoods to see which are a match

The MLS sorts the City into 10 large geographic districts and many smaller sub districts that approximate the neighborhoods you know. Each district has a different reputation and value of course. We will help you find which matches for you and where hidden gems may be that you never knew about.


Step 3: Learning How You Can Pay

Coins, Coins, Coins — or should we say, Loans, Loans, Loans? Figuring out how you plan on paying for your purchase involves referrals potentially and, in all cases, learning about your options and how best to reach an optimal balance to maximize purchasing power and prudence

There are so many considerations to consider when it comes the money involved used to purchase a property even if you are an all-cash buyer. We have suggestions and loan people who can work with a variety of scenarios that may turn a seemingly impossible situation into a doable one. 



Step 4: Open House Etiquette + Logistics

What to do, how to act and when to visit open houses considered

Open houses are times when the seller’s agent invites the public to come and see the property. They usually take place on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with more and more taking place at the same time on Saturdays (although the Pandemic is altering these times) with even more homes being open on weekday nights for ‘twilight tours.’ If you can’t make it, let us know and we can set up an appointment to see it with you or talk to us about Broker Tour Tuesdays.

If you see a property you like and want to know more about it, ask us to do it for you and we will reach out to a listing agent. If you can’t wait to contact a listing agent before we can, then be sure you mention that you’re working with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard within your first message. This will score you points because we have
a reputation of preparing our buyers thoroughly, but also save any awkwardness between agents. At open houses, many of our buyers oftentimes endear themselves to Listing Agents at open houses by being polite, memorable and kind. And while we encourage you to introduce yourself to the Listing Agent and to feel free to ask questions, be sure you should mention that you’re working with Kevin and Jonathan early on too. Last, be sure to refrain from saying anything negative about a house while onsite and, even though it sounds weird, if you take a statement or flyer, do NOT put it back even if you’re not interested. Recycle it elsewhere because seeing a statement go back into a pile after it’s been brought around a property is like fingernails on a chalkboard to agents.

Until the Pandemic is over, showings are with masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer.

Step 5: Now That You Found It, What Do We Need to Know?

Once a property becomes a serious contender we will delve deeper to help you decipher property disclosures and how to put them into context

Because we see and sell so many properties in San Francisco, we have a good understanding how houses work — at least generally. And if more help or commentary or assistance is needed, we can call the right folks to help. But we are here to help you delve deeply into the pros and cons of a given property before diving in. 

What’s next? It’s time for us to help you prepare the winning offer of course.

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Excited yet? We would hope so! Let’s channel that energy and excitement into the start of our work together. 

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