"I understand that buying a home is one of the greatest financial and emotional investments you will make. I am here to help you every step of the way. "  - Rodney Shimogawa, Realtor

Take these four easy steps to get started:
Buyer's Guide

Your first step is to gain an understanding of some of the important strategies needed for finding your ideal home. Start by downloading the John L. Scott® Buyer's Guide.

Key concepts include: Understanding Location, the Backlog of Buyers (your competition) and being Buyer Ready, Day One.

 
Receive Instant Notifications for New Listings

Get new listings delivered to you as soon as they hit the market with Property Tracker®. Receive notifications for newly listed properties and status changes. Save Searches, rate your favorites, and keep notes!

Download the John L. Scott®
GPS Home Search App
Now with over 200,000 downloads!

Search fast, save favorites, and inquire about any listing on the market directly through the app. No more driving around pulling flyers to find out if a listing is actively on the market, pending, or sold.

 
Get expert advice from a John L. Scott® Specialist

When you are ready, let me guide you through the home buying process.

Buyer's Guide

Your first step is to gain an understanding of some of the important strategies needed for finding your ideal home. Start by downloading the John L. Scott® Buyer's Guide.

Key concepts include: Understanding Location, the Backlog of Buyers (your competition) and being Buyer Ready, Day One.

 
Receive Instant Notifications for New Listings

Get new listings delivered to you as soon as they hit the market with Property Tracker®. Receive notifications for newly listed properties and status changes. Save Searches, rate your favorites, and keep notes!

Download the John L. Scott®
GPS Home Search App
Now with over 200,000 downloads!

Search fast, save favorites, and inquire about any listing on the market directly through the app. No more driving around pulling flyers to find out if a listing is actively on the market, pending, or sold.

 

Get expert advice from a John L. Scott® Specialist

When you are ready, let me guide you through the home buying process.

How to buy a house

What’s important to you in a new home?

Define your goals and expectations. Think about size, how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, floor plan layout, property size, etc. Do you want a yard?  Are you prepared to maintain a yard? Is the size of the master bedroom important?  nWhat about the master bathroom? 

Think about these different home features, and make a list of what is the most important and what is the least important. It's unlikely you will find a home with everything you want, so be prepared to re-prioritize if needed. 

Talk about what size, style, condition and location you are looking for. If you don't want to travel an extra 20 minutes to the grocery store or to pickup kids from school, then the location needs to be a main part of your decision. If you don't want to remodel a house or buy a fixer-upper, then you might want to narrow your search to newer homes. 

Buying A House List Important Features

Find a house for sale

Online searches are great for a preliminary screening of real estate, however a qualified real estate agent can tell you if the home is undervalued or overpriced. Qualified agents know what to look for when it comes to red flags, and for super deals. You might find a property that is under priced and you could walk into it with built-in equity. 

Be prepared to shop around. It may take visiting a dozen or two dozen houses before you get a feel for what you are really looking for. Your realtor will also recommend narrowing the search based upon your wants and needs, which can save you time and disappointment. 

You can use the John L. Scott home search feature to find a property from ALL of the listings and narrow your search by location and other criteria. You can signup to receive email and text notifications of new properties on the market in your preferred area, so you can jump at the opportunity when it presents itself. 

Finding Houses For Sale in Snohomish County WA

Key Market Strategies

It's important to understand the real estate market and the month-to-month fluctuations that can occur. Sales activity is seasonal and if you are trying to buy or sell a home outside of the normal seasons, it may be more difficult to do so. 

In a buyers market, there is less competition and more inventory to choose from. You may be able to come in with a low bid and buy the property for less than market value. Homes typically will sit on the market longer, and opportunities to get a reduced price are more abundant. 

In a sellers market, there is more competition and less inventory. This puts pressure on the buyer to outbid their competition and if not careful, you could end up paying more than the home is worth. 

In both scenarios, it pays to have a knowledgeable agent to guide you through the buying or selling process, and to help you understand your options. 

Real Estate Market Activity Data 2019

 

Financing Your Home

How do you plan to finance your home purchase?  We can work with you and your lender to help you secure the funding needed to purchase your home. 

Whether you are pre-qualified or pre-approved, or just getting the process started, we can move forward together towards finding your dream home. 

Financing Your Home

 

Your Trusted Real Estate Agent and Advocate

As your trusted real estate advisor and advocate, we will help you analyze recently sold data to help you determine the best offer and price. We negotiate the most favorable buyer terms on your behalf. 

We are here to guide you through each step, to make buying a home an easier process. 

Trusted Real Estate Agent and Advisor in Seattle WA Area

 

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