Searching For Your New Oakland Home--An Important Preparation Step
by Bruce Wagg
on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 8:51am.
While the current housing market in Piedmont and Oakland will slow a bit for the holiday season, many more homes will soon be coming on the market, and desirable homes will be snapped up quickly.
It is important that you have an efficient plan to be able to move ahead quickly when searching for your ideal home. While I will be assisting you in finding your new home as your agent, you should have a distinctive plan based on these concepts:
1. Be firm on what elements that you must have in your new home: Perhaps you must have 3 bedrooms, a large back yard, or want to be in a certain school district. Your plan should contain the things that you will not give up when considering buying a new home. In creating this checklist, you may be surprised how many things are, and are not, as important as you initially thought that they were. Let's discuss this list as soon as possible, so we can get moving on your search.
2. Determine your "would be nice" elements: These would be things that you would like to have beyond your "must have" elements above. Maybe you would like an upgraded kitchen, a spacious garage, extra storage space, etc. These would be things that you would like, but don't necessarily need, in a new home.
3. Determine your "would not consider" elements: These would be things that you positively would not consider in your next house. Elements might be a noisy neighborhood, a lot of yard work, a long commute, etc.. This is an especially important list, because it will help me quickly sort through potential properties for your consideration, and not waste time with houses that you will not value.
So let's get started. As you can see, it is well worth your time to create these 3 simple lists, and it will certainly put you well ahead of other buyers who are just looking, or not prepared to move ahead. Call me with your questions and interests at (510) 517-6280.