Buying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin County

What to know about buying a home in Sonoma CountyBuying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin County

Are you starting your search for buying a home in Sonoma and Marin County? Perhaps you just started your search, maybe you have financing underway and now you're ready to really start looking, or perhaps you're just browsing and dreaming of the future. Regardless, I want all of my buyers to be well-versed in the home buying process and ready to buy when the time comes. There's nothing more frustrating than actually finding a home you love only to discover you lose out because someone else was more prepared than you or it is simply out of your price range.

If you're serious about buying I urge all of my buyers to get preapproved and have their financing ready to go. In this volatile real estate market where sellers seem to be calling the shots, buyers have to be prepared with the best offer possible. If you are going up against multiple offers, your offer has to be solid, which means great financing, approval already completed, and ready to proceed through the process.

Which do I do first?

If you're just getting started but are serious about buying, I urge you to check out our financing options. You can speak to one of our qualified and reputable lenders or seek out lending and financing on your own. I work with any type of lender and would be happy to connect, share common goals, and work as a team to make sure you get the home you really want.

Buying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin CountyThe lender will go over all of your financing, typically over the phone or through an online application process. If you are initially approved, they will ask for more evidence of income, debts, and liabilities. Lenders will want to know how much your income is and be able to prove it either through bank statements, tax returns, or pay stubs, and they will want to know any and all of your debts and liabilities. Once all of this is deciphered, the lender will offer a preapproval letter stating exactly how much your budget can afford in a monthly mortgage payment. This will translate into a rough dollar amount. From here, we can begin looking.

When do I start looking?

Okay, I am not going to lie to you; people will look for homes whether they are approved for financing or not. It's just the nature of the beast and I understand it. However, to make a solid offer, you really can't do anything until you get that financing underway. Now, if you are making an all-cash offer, then heck, you already know how much money you have in the bank and can start looking right away. If you are financing your home, make sure that you don't get too serious and tell you have that financing completely squared away and approved.

What do I do once I'm approved or if I am an all-cash buyer?

Now comes the fun part. We all love looking through homes and taking virtual tours, browsing the neighborhood on Google maps, or even looking up a certain neighborhood or community. But, one major part of the home buying process is having your own buyer's agent. Having an agent to represent you through the process means that your needs, your interests, and your terms and price will be top of mind and the priority for your buyer's agent. Using the listing agent to purchase is pretty much like using the plaintiff's lawyer if you are the defendant. There really is no point. You need someone who is looking out for you throughout the process and because the buyer's agent gets paid from the commission from listing the home, you won't have to pay a penny to your agent for their assistance. There's really no reason not to use your own buyer's agent.

Ready to get started?

Have your financing in place? Have your own buyer's agent? Then let's get started. Browse all the available listings that are the newest on the market in Sonoma and Marin County. And remember, at any time, feel free to ask me any questions, contact me with the form below, or simply call me at 707-494-5637.


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All New Listings in Sonoma and Marin County November 29, 2022
31
Listed
15
Avg. DOM
$663.36
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$740,000
Med. List Price
31 Properties
Page 1 of 3
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,419
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101605
MLS
Be prepared to be impressed. Extraordinary west county retreat nestled on 4.49 acres. Enter into the single level 3 bedroom (2 are primary suites) 3 full baths home with an open farmhouse style...
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,020
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322096767
MLS
Location, Location, Location- Sunny single-story condo in most sought-after Marin Cove can be an opportunity if and when it hits the market. The location is quiet with nothing but birds making the...
Open 12/3
5647 Kameron Place Rohnert Park, CA 94928
$925,000
Neighborhood: University District
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,600
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322096925
MLS
A MUST SEE! This immaculately cared for newer construction 2019 model rarely becomes available it's the highly sought after CASITA Model Residence 4. The MAIN home boasts an open floor plan with...
$875,000
Neighborhood: Gordon Ranch
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,834
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322099561
MLS
Beautifully maintained 2,834 sqft home located within the Gordon Ranch subdivision in south east Santa Rosa. Classic, elegant, and spacious this home is situated on a premier corner lot leading to a...
Open 12/4
50 Altamont Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,707
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322099491
MLS
Incredibly Spacious Home with Central Mill Valley Location! Expansive and stylish, gated estate property, ideally situated with easy commute access, and close to MV Recreation Center, schools, bike...
$1,895,000
Condo: Peacock Pointe
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,503
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101336
MLS
This Peacock Pointe Townhouse offers a resort like lifestyle for active individuals. A wonderful home, freshly remodeled and ready to move in. Bright kitchen including a master chef gas stove and...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,160
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101488
MLS
Vacant /Clean Ready to move in. This only 8 year old manufactured home has brand new paint and carpet. Spacious floor plan, close to community garden pool and recreation hall. Rancho Cabeza is a...
2
Beds
1
Baths
988
Sq.Ft.
1932
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101674
MLS
Phenomenal Home Site(s) on highly sought location in Sonoma Valley. The value of this real estate is in the gorgeous land. Approx. 6.1 acres zoned with the potential for 2-acre minimum lot sizes....
Open 12/4
86 Autumn Leaf Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95409
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,401
Sq.Ft.
1972
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322098554
MLS
Charming single-level home in Oakmont with views of Hood Mountain & fantastic backyard! The 1,401+/- SF, 2 bedroom 2 bath boasts the Manzanita functional, open floor-plan. The 7,200+/- SF lot...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,826
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101756
MLS
Views and privacy from both floors in this meticulously maintained home in lower Fountaingrove. The light filled 3 bed/ 2.5 bath home boasts an open living and dining room with vaulted ceiling, a...
$835,900
Neighborhood: Willowglen
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,888
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101755
MLS
Welcome to W Section at Willowglen! Completed Brand New Construction Single Story home ready to move in. This remarkable Acacia home has too many designer features to list them all. The warm and...
$495,000
Condo: Lincoln Manor 2
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,272
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322101643
MLS
Located on a quiet interior, cul-de-sac, this hard to find single-level condominium has lots to offer. The home has a freshly painted interior with new flooring throughout. Attractive floor plan with...