Starting Our Transformational Work Together
What follows are 5 brief points to keep in mind as we get underway. We will customize our joint approach to meet your needs, circumstances and goals as we get to know each other.
Until then, get ready for better buying as informed by our successful record of representing both buyers and sellers for more than a decade here in San Francisco.
MEET + GREET
It’s time to meet up (whether by phone, zoom, or in person) so we can get to know each other and to see where we are going together.
Far more than 7 miles by 7 miles we will explore our city streets, parks, and neighborhoods — many of which may be new to you.
MONEY + MORE
Cash or Credit? Exploring what lenders offer and what they look at when considering you; or, leveraging cash if you have it.
IN THE WILD
We will give you the tools needed to navigate open houses successfully along with the insights needed to understand what’s really happening.
What buyers should look for and what sellers should say about properties in such a valuable marketplace as San Francisco
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Face to Face[Time]
Let’s set aside some time to get to know each other and what you’re looking to accomplish in San Francisco real estate.
Whether by phone, text, FaceTime or in person, 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.
GETTING TO KNOW SAN FRANCISCO
The Districts of San Francisco
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.
PAYING TO LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Of Mortgages and Money
There are lots of considerations to consider when it comes to the money you use 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 or have an introduction that saves you money.
Good thing you have Kevin+Jonathan at your side to help you figure out how you plan on paying for your purchase.
IN THE SWING OF THINGS
In the Field: Open Houses, Properties, Visits, Agents, Offers, Pricing and More
Once a property is on the open market, certain protocols, conventions and etiquette emerge, we will brief you on what to expect, what to do and how it should all go (versus how it all will really go). The first being that you should always tell the agent at a property that you’re working with Kevin+Jonathan.
Remember the convention here is that most open houses are from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sundays, with some homes open on Saturdays too (not all) with times varying between 1 – 3 p.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. Weeknight twilight tours after work are also popular with times and days varying. if you’re considering a new-build condominium building be sure to talk to us before going or, at the very least, mention you’re working with us right at the beginning.
Broker tour (the speed-dating of open houses) are on Tuesdays for most of San Francisco with open times varying by neighborhood and if a listing is new or a repeat. We love going to see what’s out there and to check-in with our fellow agents — we also love taking clients along too, so if you want to see something during brokers’ tour, just ask.
Apart from that, we’re happy to set private tours or preview a property for you too.
DESTINATION FOUND — LET’S LEARN MORE
Digging Deeper By Deciphering Disclosure Documents
The next step after finding a property you like will be to get the disclosure documents — the hundreds of pages that sellers are required to provide contain a number of questions they’re required to answer in most cases.
It’s our job to help you delve deeper and to help you decipher property disclosure documents so you can put the disclosures into the larger context of how much you want to spend, what to expect in the short-, medium- and long-term, and how best to investigate questions that arise and how a given property compares.
Because we see and sell so many properties in San Francisco and because we’ve done our own major renovation among many others, we have a good understanding how houses work, which helps our clients wrap their minds around things. For the things where more expertise is needed, we have a roster of referrals who can assist.
Time To Get Going
You are now ready to have an engaged, experienced, knowledgable and successful real estate team to work at your side and on your behalf to reach your San Francisco real estate goal, right?