Information for Home Buyers

You're thinking about buying but need the right advice.

The buying process increases in complexity almost daily. When we meet to discuss your ideas and needs, I'll explain the purchasing process from contracts to financing to closing. A lot of factors need to be taken into account and we'll make sure you have the information and advice necessary to make the right decisions.

Our market in Silicon Valley is unique. Everyone says that but we enjoy one of the best places to live and work in the world. The Silicon Valley area (Santa Clara Valley) stretches from Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz all the way up to San Mateo and over to Fremont and parts of Alameda County. We can help you understand the micro-markets throughout the Valley and where your best opportunities will be. Everyone has different needs for their life schedule. We'll make sure to find you the best fit.

Your priorities will usually be a mix of most if not all of the following:

1) Proximity to work (commute, airport, etc.)

2) Choice of schools

3) Ease of access to shopping and restaurants

4) Investment potential

5) Tax consequences and benefits

6) Long term planning for family and estate

7) Diversity and wealth planning

8) Being close to health services

9) Being close to family members

There are usually a few more that are individual in nature. During our first appointment we'll discuss these in detail as well.

Once you've decided to purchase, time is of the essence. The growth in values for our area are generally up each year and your timing is important. We want you to be in the right home for your needs and also want to be sure that when you decide to move up, you've profited from your investment and will have little trouble selling. Call or email me for an appointment. I'll treat our meeting confidentially and you are not under any obligation to work with us unless you choose to.

I won't cover all aspects of contracts, searching criteria, and close of escrow here. If you're ready to buy now or want to plan ahead, email me for an appointment to discuss your needs. The right agent and lender will save you time and money. Finding the right home now, in an ascending market, is another important step towards a secure financial future. The right professionals will make all the difference. Call me today to discuss your needs.

Initial consultations can range from 15 to 90 minutes. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience. 

Email me with questions and comments regarding the current market.

Attention Investors!

The market for rental properties has taken off this year and there doesn't appear to any let up through the spring months. Fueled by a county-wide employment rate of <3% and vacancy factor of <2%; positive cash flow is easy with as little as 20% down! Appreciation rates are climbing into double digits in many areas. Rents are up substantially and the economy appears to support solid growth for many years to come. 

If you've considered purchasing a duplex, fourplex, or larger apartment building you should call or email me with questions today!

Mark's Direct line: (408) 777-9995

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