buying or selling a home? have questions?

Q. I’m buying my first home, what should I know?

A. Buying a home is an exciting time! It’s the beginning of a new journey in your life. The first step is finding a licensed REALTOR that will help ensure that your new home and community meets your needs. Our services and experience range from connecting you with the right mortgage lender, to helping you find the home that best suits you and your family.

As your agent, we always have your back and here’s how:

  • We make sure that you see all the properties in the area that meet your criteria.

  • We guide you through the entire home buying process. From finding homes to preview, to deciding on the right neighborhood and closing the deal. We’re with you every step of the way.

  • One of the most important things we do for you is make sure you don’t pay too much for your new home and help you avoid costly mistakes!

  • We answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy and more.

Before you start looking for your new home we encourage you to:

  • Determine a comfortable monthly budget for your new purchase, including down payment and monthly payment.

  • Find a loan that meets your needs and get pre-qualified.

  • Determine what neighborhood best matches your needs.

  • Identify important features you’d like in your new home.

 

Q. When buying a home, what costs should I expect?

A. We're here to guide you through the whole process. One aspect of that is helping you prepare financially by giving you a heads up on what to expect.

  • Lender fees include charges for loan processing, underwriting, preparation and establishing an escrow account.

  • Third-party fees include charges for insurance, appraisal and home inspections.

  • Government fees include deed recording and state & local mortgage taxes.

  • Escrow and interest fees include homeowner’s insurance, loan interest, real estate taxes, and occasionally private mortgage insurance.

 

Q. How long does it take to buy a home?

A. Finding the perfect home takes as long as it takes. It comes down to your needs, wants and the available market. Once we’ve discovered your perfect home, escrow typically takes 30 - 45 days in a normal sale.

 

Q. I’m selling my home, how can I prepare?

A. Selling your home shouldn’t be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a licensed REALTOR is your first step to ensuring that the investment in your home pays off. Our services and experience allow you to focus on your move while we manage your home sale from the initial consultation all the way to the closing deal.

Here’s how we help:

  • We start by completing a comparative market analysis that will compare your home’s value to that of your neighbors. However, we do take into account any improvements or renovations that would set your home apart from your neighbors, as well as special nuances that your home might have.

  • Then we compile a comprehensive plan detailing all the efforts we will employ to sell your home, including internet marketing and local media.

  • We present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible and give your home maximum exposure.

  • We help you stage your home and generate curb appeal to ensure you get the highest price.

  • Assist with obtaining offers and help you in negotiating the best deal as smoothly as possible.

  • And of course, you’ll need somewhere to move! We help you find your next home and answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy and more.

 

Q. I’m relocating to Bakersfield, can you help me?

A. Absolutely. Helping clients relocate is more than finding a new home, it’s helping them feel at home wherever they go. I understand that moving to a new city involves more than finding a house you like. It means investigating schools and community activities. It means knowing how the growth in the community will affect your home’s resale value. It means feeling at home in a new place.

If you are moving outside of Bakersfield, whether it be out of city or out of state, not only can I help you sell your Bakersfield home, but I’m also here to help connect you with finding a trustworthy and knowledgable relocation specialist that specializes in the area you are moving to!

If you are leaving the area, take along a name you can trust: The Glentzer Group. We are certified relocation specialists and have access to the strongest relocation network in the world. We will help you find your perfect home in your new community! Call to discuss the unique circumstances surrounding your relocation.

Some of our relocation partners include: Worldwide ERC, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Altair Global, Cartus and USAA.