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 August 13, 2022
94
Listed
5
Avg. DOM
$571.91
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$844,750
Med. List Price
94 Properties
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2
Beds
2
Baths
960
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
1
Day on Site
322075908
MLS
Just listed in a Senior park a 2006, 960 sq.ft., 2 bedroom, 2 full bath home in desirable Rincon Valley. Very clean, fresh interior paint, new carpet in bedroom, separate laundry room, storage shed &...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,139
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
1
Day on Site
322061425
MLS
A private gated entrance greets this rare find in Santa Rosa's desirable Rincon Valley. This Craftsman-style home is nestled majestically on a 1 acre parcel that offers privacy, tranquility, and...
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,462
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
1
Day on Site
322075868
MLS
Sweet setting with a single store farmhouse on over an acre with lots of potential. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has charm, views and a detached garage. Room to garden, the possibility for a small...
Open 8/14
1060 Spencer Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,300
Sq.Ft.
1951
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322075285
MLS
Charming single story cottage style home in the JC area of east Santa Rosa. Some upgrading throughout, including the galley style kitchen with white cabinets, farmhouse sink, tile floors, and a...
Open 8/13
5924 Chandler Court Santa Rosa, CA 95409
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,545
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322074764
MLS
Close to amenities on a cul-de-sac in Rincon Valley is this four-bedroom, single story, updated jewel. Hardwood floors are throughout except the bathrooms, which are tiled. The kitchen boasts granite...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,456
Sq.Ft.
1966
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322069496
MLS
Step into this delightful single level home & be greeted by immaculate original hardwood oak flooring. The living room off the entry is well lit with natural light & flows into the kitchen/dining...
Open 8/13
95 Eucalyptus Knoll Street Mill Valley, CA 94941
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,524
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322074976
MLS
Welcome to 95 Eucalyptus Knoll St, Mill Valley! You will be greeted by an abundance of light as you enter this updated, private end unit. The spacious living room combines with the dining area and...
2
Beds
2
Baths
860
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322074681
MLS
Perfect for the first time buyer. This is a 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom home. The roof is 2 years new. Located in Mark West school district. Family park is under new ownership and management who are...
2
Beds
2
Baths
984
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322067647
MLS
Looking for quiet? Then this cute as a button, 2 bedroom 2 bath home has your name on it!! Living and dining area windows face the luscious greenery on the walking path. Kitchen has updated laminate...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,132
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322074794
MLS
Immaculate 4BD/3BA home located in one of Windsor's most desired neighborhoods! Completely remodeled throughout, this light and bright home is sure to impress. As you enter the front door you're...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,512
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322074351
MLS
Wonderful, well-maintained home in desirable Santa Rosa neighborhood. Enjoy easy living in this single-story home, which features three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,512 square feet of living space, dual...
Open 8/14
32 Spinosa Way Novato, CA 94945
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,138
Sq.Ft.
1984
Year Built
2
Days on Site
322075751
MLS
Located on a charming cul-de-sac lies this bright and beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home boasting both modern sophistication and traditional charm. The voluminous living room with vaulted ceilings...