5 Home Search Tips for Livermore Valley!

The Livermore Valley real estate market has a good selection of affordable homes. Take a look at the latest real estate statistics for Livermore, and you’ll see that there were 148 homes on the market priced under $499,000. You should also notice that homes in this price range were averaging about 54 days on the market. This means there are great opportunities for first-time buyers, but if you don’t take action, someone else will!

But with the number of homes on the market, it can be overwhelming to sort through pages of online listings. It can also be frustrating. Sometimes you’ll find that a home you liked already has a sale pending. Or you won’t find the “perfect” home in your search…but maybe you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Let me show you 5 ways to streamline your home search.

1. Know where you want to be. What sort of commute can you handle? Are certain schools a factor? Is there a community that appeals to you? Take a hard look at the old adage, “location, location, location” and decide where you want to be in Livermore Valley.

2. Decide what home features are essential.  Separate “must-haves” from “would be nice.”  Do you need four bedrooms, or would three be adequate? Are you looking for amenities such as outdoor living space? Think about your daily routines, your family, and what’s most important. Knowing what’s flexible will help you make better decisions.

3. Know what you can afford. In prior blogs I’ve discussed the importance of your credit score and the value of being pre-qualified by a lender. Explore programs for first-time buyers.

4. Know your timetable. Do you need to be moved in before the next school year starts? Do you have a lease about to expire? Are you “just looking” now, but ready to jump in if the right property comes along? Your sense of urgency affects the properties you consider. For example, a property that needs a “short sale” approved by the bank may not be feasible, if you need to take occupancy sooner than later.

5. Work with an experienced real estate professional who knows your market. Like me! Livermore Valley isn’t just my market – it’s my home. By listening to your needs and having access to all the market information for Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, I can help you find the right home. I can coordinate appointments to save time. When you are ready to make an offer, I will guide you through the process.

There are many opportunities today for home buyers in Livermore Valley. With the right assistance, searching for a new home can be an exciting and rewarding process. Contact me today and I’ll help you get started!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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