First Time Homebuyers: Beyond the Big Picture

When Weichman Realtors is working with new buyer clients in Costa Mesa – especially the first time homebuyers – we usually find ourselves fielding more than one question about what they should expect as they progress through the process of buying a home.
Everyone already knows the big picture, of course, but in many ways it’s dissimilar from other large purchases they are used to making.

What first time homebuyers experience does differ from other purchasing situations. How it does is something the National Association of REALTORS ® seems to have accidentally answered through their latest study of homebuyers and sellers. The NAR was trying to determine what buyers want from their agents. To answer that, they compiled homebuyers’ “five biggest expectations.” To me, these five tell the tale of why we real estate practitioners are considered all but indispensible to this process…why home buying differs from other major purchases. After all, you don’t need an ‘automobile agent’ to help you shop for a new car!

First is the help we provide in finding the right home to purchase. The local market is an ever-changing target. Properties arrive and disappear almost daily, and each is uniquely appropriate or not depending on a given purchaser’s (especially first time home buyer’s) needs and expectations. Knowing the details of every qualified home that is currently up for sale in Costa Mesa is pretty nearly a full-time job all by itself. Especially for a first time homebuyer, having a knowledgeable pro to provide the legwork is a reassuring place to start.

Once an appealing new home has been found, it’s invaluable to have help in negotiating the price. It’s usually much more comfortable (and likely to succeed) when professionals do the negotiating. They minimize the emotional factors that tend to surface whenever large amounts of money are in discussion. By determining what comparable homes are selling for, your agent gives first time homebuyers (and all homebuyers, for that matter) the most important starting reference point and a reasonable basis from which to proceed.

The same is true when it comes to providing help negotiating the terms of the sale. An experienced professional has been through many sales — experience that alerts them to many details that are easy to overlook but become major issues in the months and years following the sale.

Assisting with the paperwork is listed last on the NAR’s punch list, but many of my clients tell me that to them, it’s just as important as any of the others. There are many forms, and making sure they are properly understood and executed in the legally required timeframe is always important.

All of these, and more, are reasons why you are well served to select a knowledgeable Costa Mesa real estate professional to help you secure the home you are hoping to find. We hope you will give us a call — whether you are a first time homebuyer or experienced real estate homeowner!

Weichman Realtors Open House List for 8-25 and 8-26

Weichman Realtors Open House List for 8-25 and 8-26

Saturday- August 25th, 2012

1842 Kinglet Court, Costa Mesa
1pm-4pm

2415 Poinsettia, Santa Ana
1pm-4pm

3144 Coolidge Avenue, Costa Mesa
1pm-4pm

Sunday- August 26th, 2012

2415 Poinsettia, Santa Ana1pm-4pm

1842 Kinglet Court, Costa Mesa 1pm-4pm

Weichman Associates Realtors is a full service real estate agency located in the heart of Costa Mesa offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s Weichman’s mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. Weichman Associates Realtors was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, Weichman Realtors has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year.

Weichman Realtors is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has Weichman donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the top real estate companies in Costa Mesa.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Orange County, turn to the experts. Turn to Weichman Realtors and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact Weichman Realtors today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@WeichmanRealtors.com

Lawn Care Lore For Do-It-Yourselfers

While some of us at Weichman Realtors have decided that life is too short to spend any time behind a lawnmower. Others decide that the real reason we have a mate is so that we can offer him or her the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and sunshine…to mow.

Children can be the recipients of that very same opportunity, which will build character through hard work. Alternatively, a healthy lawn – especially a well-watered one in late August – provides an opportunity to keep the local economy humming by employing a gardening service to keep it in top trim.

But for those of us who personally oversee our property’s greenbelt maintenance, earlier this month, CNN’s Money website put together a four-point tip sheet that caught my eye: it rounded up some of the best common sense lawn care ideas I’ve seen in one place. The author (Josh Garskot who wrote in @Money), claims that DIY lawn care keeps him handy and youthful. Although I could argue that a tall lemonade on the verandah might serve just as well, here’s a shortened version of what he came up with:

• Edge twice. That is, turn the edger sideways to make a vertical slice, then do the regular horizontal trim (CNN even has a tip for precutting trimmer strings and keeping them at hand by attaching them with Velcro tape – but that’s a little too far into the weeds for me).
• Let the pros fertilize. Seen as just too complicated to handle, CNN’s expert threw in the towel when it comes to trying to figure out those charts on the back of the bags. Recommendation: hire pros to fertilize (and aerate once a year). I concur.

• Forget bagging clippings. Downside: since you probably remember the fact that you should never cut more than a third of the height of the grass, you have to mow often enough to follow through on that. Upsides: the clippings will be short enough that you can just let them recycle back into the soil. And your property will look great all the time!

• Say goodbye to stale gas. Particularly after a long layoff, old gas can mean real arm-wrenching trouble getting a stubborn motor started. A few drops of fuel stabilizer is enough to keep mower and trimmer carburetors ungummed (and the air free of the bad language that can otherwise result).

Lawns can be a real property value enhancer when they’re well maintained — but the opposite when allowed to reach meadow length. And while we’re on the subject, we hope you will always feel free to contact us whenever you’d like to tap into our store of home maintenance referrals and ideas for keeping your Costa Mesa property at the top of the market!
Weichman Associates Realtors is a full service real estate agency located in the heart of Costa Mesa offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s Weichman’s mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. Weichman Associates Realtors was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, Weichman Realtors has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year.

Weichman Realtors is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has Weichman donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the top real estate companies in Costa Mesa.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Orange County, turn to the experts. Turn to Weichman Realtors and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact Weichman Realtors today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@WeichmanRealtors.com.