Here are just a few off market properties:
About 20% Bay Area home inventory is being sold without promotion on the MLS or online. This isn't due to a conspiracy.
We currently have low inventory and high demand. That's incentivizing some sellers to allow an agent to sell their home without promoting it on the MLS.
Often it is because the sellers have other priorities that make the traditional home marketing process of decluttering, landscaping, inspecting, prepping, repairing, painting, cleaning, staging, photography, packing up the kids and pets for open houses every weekend, etc. much too stressful or inconvenint. Or their choice could be due to a job change, a medical condition, family situation, skittish pets, kids' schedules, shift work, incompatible work schedules, personal privacy or just plain fatigue.
There are very few for-sale-by-owner properties in the Bay Area. Local sellers know that an agent will obtain a higher price than a sign in the front yard. Equally important, properly addressing the numerous disclosures and regulatory compliance issues will avoid possible litigation.
Use this to your advantage by working closely with an agent who will find what you want without you doing all the work. Buying a home is a team effort.
Somedays you may feel as though this is the worst time ever - high demand, low inventory, too much competition.
I prefer to view it as a creative challenge, an opportunity to be inventive. A home of your own is central to the future you've been planning for years. Why put off your life goals due to external factors? Let's discuss your goals and discover how to realize your dreams.
Would you prefer a sales person or a fiduciary?
A sales person often prioritizes a quick commission for personal gain, whereas a fiduciary is someone with integrity who accepts the obligation to put your finances first, and their own compensation second.
A fiduciary relationship avoids conflicts of interest. I never represent both parties, e.g. the Buyer and Seller. Maintaining my integrity is therefore much easier for me.
You'll be certain that I represent you and only you, not any other party. I am obligated to put your interests before those of the lender, the inspectors, appraiser, permit officials, or even my broker. My role is to conduct due diligence on your behalf, provide you complete information, and enable you to make informed decisions without second-guessing if I have an ulterior motive.
Do you deserve a trusted fiduciary to look after your most important financial investments? If so, I would welcome the opportunity to explore a relationship.