Realty World – No Pressure Realty; Home of the Robin Bird Team Residential Real Estate, Probate, and Luxury Home Marketing Specialists Serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Solano & Other Counties
I love workinng with great folks; sellers and buyers and sellers who become buyers. Repeat clients and referrals from past clients are the best. Just got this recommmendation from some sellers and buyers who fit in all of those categories!! I listed the childhood home of a great past client, Maricel Buenaventura and her siblings’ Ricky Capil and Lailia Bamba in Daly City and helped Richard, Laila and Ricky find a great home to purchase in Fairfield closer to their family. We should be closing escrow this week!The house I am helping them to buy was actually a For Sale By Owner. YEs, that’s right, a FSBO! I help my buyers loook at and find the right home for them regardless of whether it is listed by an agent on the MLS. WHo is paying my commission for this purchase? The Seller. Most people do not realize that a homeowner who has their home listed for sale by owner will usually cooperate with a buyer’s agent. By cooperate, I mean that they will let the agent bring their buyer and will actually pay them to to complete the transaction. In fact, they will often even pay the buyer’s agent to represent them and complete all the paperwork if they do not know what they are doing. That is what I am doinng for the purchase of the Fairfield FSBO house. People list ther houses by owner for many reasons (some to save money, others privacy not wanting a bunch of people coming through their house, experienced doing it in the past, etc.) and you have to respect whatever that reason is. Unlike many Realtors and Real Estate Brokers in the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay, Tri-Valley and North Bay, I am happy to work with For Sale By Owners. This year alone I have worked with FSBO’s priced from $400K to over $2,000,000. All had their own reasons for wanting to not have a traditional listing by an agent that was fine by me. My clients got thee homes they wanted and the sellers did not have to pay a full double commission. Also unlike most real estate agents, Realtors and Broker who tend to focus their business on only one or two cities or towns, I Enjoy Helping People Make Their Real Estate Dreams Come True in most of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo & Parts of Solano, Napa, San Joaquin, & Other Counties. I f there is an area I don’t feel like I can do a great job for my clients in, I am happy to provide referrals to great agents in other counties, cities and states that I don’t serve. If you or someone you know in the greater bay area has thought about selling your/their home by owner and are willing to cooperate with an agent who has a buyer for their home, PLEASE let me know. I mantain a “secret list of unlisted homes” that I market to my buyers and I would be happy to add those homes to my list for free!! I can be reached via the contact me form or via cell/text at 925-577-8692.
Here’s my latest recommendation from the Buenaventura, Bamba and Capil family.
Robin did an excellent job!!! Our house was off the market in just 13 days!!! She’s very proffesional, reliable, and very consistant. Robin was very thorough in explaining the whole entire process of selling a home and understanding all the legalities involved. She’s always accesible anytime of the day for any questions or concerns we had. Robin is very compassionate in what she does and very good at it! She is currently on board with us again in purchasing another home. We are just days away towards closing! Thank you so much Robin, we truly appreciate your dedication and hardwork!
I have a nice one bedroom plus loft with tons of light and 180 degree views hitting the market this week in Dubllin for only $450K! It is on the top floor (6th floor) in a secure building with 2 parking spots in the garage and storage near the elevator closest to the unit. You can walk to BART, Whole Foods, Restaurants, Nordstrom’s Rack and much more from there. No need for a car here if you don’t have one, but great parking if you do. This great community has a very nice gym, community room, game room, and two spas. If you work in San Francisco or anywhere near a BART Line, or need to hop onto 580 or 680 for work, this condo is in an ideal location! Contact me directly if you are interested in taking a look. Pics coming soon!
Single story 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bath 1370 sq. ft. ranch style house with cute garden patio in desirable Serramonte area with updated kitchen and baths and peek-a-boo views of South SF, the airport and bay (trees have grown up and are blocking what used to be a fabulous view!). Fourth bedroom has no closet and is actually a separate living room, den or bonus room with open beam ceilings and big windows. Close to school, library, public transportation, Gellert Park with large playground, basketball & tennis courts, wall ball, soccer fields and picnic area. Minutes to freeway, shopping, BART and restaurants. This home is in generally good condition, but does need some TLC to make it be the best that it can be (new gutters, some pest report items completed, fresh interior paint,other minor repairs). Sale will be AS IS Only. Seller is proving a pest, home and roof inspection for buyers to review prior to making an offer. Offers, if any, due Monday 4-27-15 by 10AM. Contact listing agent Robin Watson-Bird for more information or to arrange a private showing. 925-577-8692
Many agent and home sellers are opposed to or at least hesitant to accept offers from buyers using VA Loans because they have misconceptions about what VA loans require the sellers to do and they think the buyer cannot really afford to buy the house because they have chosen $0 down or very little down, when, in fact, VA Buyers can often be the strongest offer on the table! In the past, VA loans required sellers to pay for repairs and other “non-allowables.” Now, a VA Borrower can pay for all repairs, closing costs and more in some situations. The only thing a VA buyer cannot pay for is a pest report. A seller, agent or other party would need to pay for that.
There are many benefits to the Buyer using a VA loan. For example, they can put $0 down up to the VA loan limit, and only have to come up with 25% of the difference between their offer price ans the loan limit if they want to buy a home that costs more than the zero down VA loan limit. VA loan rates are also lower, the lender can credit the borrower to help pay for closing costs if needed (interest rate will go up a little to cover the cost), there is no mortgage insurance required for VA financing, and future buyers of that home can assume the loan at today’s low interest rate…Dean Simpson with iServe Mortgage discusses the these and more in his short video. Agents, home sellers and potential VA borrowers should listen to what he has to say.
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