Top 10 Ways to Streamline the Home Buying Process in Livermore Valley!

Buying a home in Livermore Valley is a smart investment.  There are so many things that draw buyers to Livermore Valley year after year, with its stunning wine country environment being at the top of the list!  And, while you can experience some of the best wines in California; Livermore’s strong community, excellent schools, year round events and beautiful homes are also featured reasons to find your next home in Livermore Valley.

You may be wondering if now is the time to jump into the Livermore Valley Real Estate market due to the bad press surrounding the national housing market.  Not only are you slightly nervous about the market, but with the holidays just around the corner, you feel that best decision is to wait.  However, I can assure you that now is the ideal time to buy a home in Livermore Valley!   Home prices are at historic lows, along with interest and mortgage rates.  Those in Livermore Valley who currently have their home on the market are hoping to sell before the holiday season and tend to be more motivated to make it happen.

Below are the top ten ways, as noted on, to help streamline your Livermore Valley home buying process.  If you are serious about buying now in Livermore or the surrounding areas; these tips will get things moving in the right direction.

1.  Start Your Search Online– Instead of spending your time perusing neighborhoods for open houses or for sale signs, get online to streamline your search.  There are many great homes available in Livermore Valley which you can view online.

2.  Get Pre-Approved– Finding the home of your dreams and then shopping for a loan is a risky move, as most home sellers won’t even look at an offer that’s not accompanied by a pre-approval letter.  Getting pre-approved ensures you know your exact budget and can save you from a bidding war if many are vying for the same home.

3.  Look for Motivated Sellers– Again, this shouldn’t be hard to find motivated sellers right now in Livermore Valley since they’re more than likely wanting to sell before the holidays.  Don’t settle for sellers who aren’t willing to budge on a home at the top of your price range; there are too many other great Livermore Valley homes out there that will have motivated sellers.

4.  Prioritize Your Housing Needs– Finding a home fast means being flexible.  The longer the list of requirements, the harder it will be to find a home.  Keep your list short and to the point.  Focus on the key elements you’re looking for and let the extras fall as they may.

5.  Find a Great Agent– This may seem easy, but finding an agent that truly knows the Livermore Valley Real Estate market and can show your properties that are right in your price range and meet your style and needs can be challenging.  Of course, I’d love to help you in your home search and know that my experience and proven success will make the home buying process an easy one, but my point is to do your homework and really research local agents.

6.  Steer Clear of Short Sales– While short sales seem to be flooding the market across the country; if you’re looking for a quick buy, short sales are not the way to go.  There is a long process involved with these homes and complications are almost always in the cards.

7.  Try a Real Estate Auction– While not common, auctions make the purchasing process quick and streamlined — in many cases, you tour the property beforehand, make your bid, and close in 30 days if you’re the highest bidder.

8.  Negotiate Repairs– If an inspection reveals that the home you want to buy requires repairs, taking the responsibility off the seller can help you close the deal quicker. After obtaining estimates, ask the seller for a credit rather than asking them to complete the repairs themselves.

9.  Have Cash Ready for Closing– You don’t want to be scrambling for funds at the last minute, so be prepared for this important date. A day or two before closing on your Livermore Valley home, you’ll get the final settlement statement, detailing the terms of your loan and all the closing costs. Be sure to get a certified or cashier’s check made out for the total amount you owe at closing, including the down payment since you can’t use a personal check.

10.  Have a Plan B
– Because not every transaction goes smoothly, be sure you have a property or two as a backup; you don’t want to have to start from scratch!

I hope these tips are helpful as you consider a new home purchase.  I’m here to help and to answer any questions you may have about the Livermore Valley Real Estate market!  My goal is to help buyers and sellers navigate through the oftentimes confusing world of real estate.  I’d be happy to talk with you and get started on your Livermore Valley home search!  I look forward to hearing from you!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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