Conducting A Home Inspection

Although a general home inspection is not required to seal the deal, we strongly recommend it. Even the very best real estate agents and brokers cannot take the place of an experienced home inspector. A professional inspector works for you, the buyer, and is trained to identify any problems the house might have, large or small. The cost of inspection varies, based on the size of the house and other conditions, but it is money well spent and can help avoid many problems down the road.

Although there is an extensive list of inspections, in addition to the general home inspection, that a buyer might want done before closing (check with your Bay Area Modern agent for suggestions), several are worth noting specifically — the City Inspection (typically paid for by the seller), pest inspection, chimney and roof inspection, and a sewer lateral inspection. Problems revealed by any of these inspections should be addressed in negotiations.

While home inspections are being performed, you'll also want to work closely with your lender on the next step in the Bay Area home buying process: Securing Your Home Loan.

Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?

Earlier this year, many economists and market analysts were predicting an apocalyptic financial downturn that would potentially rattle the U.S. economy for years to come. They immediately started to compare it to the Great Depression of a century ...

Read More

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean

There has been much talk around the possibility that Americans are feeling less enamored with the benefits of living in a large city and now may be longing for the open spaces that suburban and rural areas provide. In a recent Realtor Magazine ...

Read More

Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War

With so few houses for sale today and low mortgage rates driving buyer activity, bidding wars are becoming more common. Multiple-offer scenarios are heating up, so it's important to get pre-approved before you start your search. This way, you can ...

Read More

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process?

You may have heard that pre-approval is a great first step in the homebuying process. But why is it so important? When looking for a home, the temptation to fall in love with a house that's outside your budget is very real. So, before you start ...

Read More

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year

Today, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what homeownership ...

Read More