The Buying Process

A Proven Buying Strategy that Works Everytime


Conduct a Needs Analysis

We know the home buying experience can be fraught with mystery. Our experienced agents will leverage expertise, local market knowledge, and key industry partnerships to ease you through the process of finding your dream home. We’ve been down this road before, so we’ll first ask the necessary questions and gather the important data we need to kick off journey to home ownership. Let’s get started!


Get Your Finances in Order

At this stage, our job is to maneuver all the financial pieces to ensure you’re on strong financial footing when that dream home becomes available. Our recommended network of lenders and financial experts will help tighten up your credit, determine exactly how much you can afford for both a home and a down payment, and make sure you’re formally pre-approved for a loan, all with the goal of solidifying your position as a serious market contender.


Shop for A Home

Now for the fun part! We’ll help you draw up a “wish list” of everything you’re looking for in not just your new home, but your new community as well. We’ll match your must-haves with your budget and then draw on our local expertise and network of industry colleagues to help you find a place that’s everything you wished for. Shopping for a home is exciting, so just have fun with it!


Make an Offer and Negotiate

You’ve found “the one” and you’re ready to make an offer! We’ll help you formulate a fair, data-driven purchase offer based on in-depth market analysis, and draw up the purchase agreements. Then, we’ll leverage smart negotiating skills to guide you through contingencies and ensure you don’t spend any more than you need to. And, should things not work out with one offer, we’ll be ready with a game plan for the next.


Conduct a Property Inspection

Once your offer is selected, you can elect to inspect the property. If you do this, we’ll send an independent licensed inspector to fully check a home’s condition. Because it detects issues that aren’t apparent on a walk-through, a home inspection is a powerful negotiating tool and the best insurance you can ever get on a property. If issues arise, we’ll work with you to develop strategies on how best to proceed. You’re getting close, and you don’t want to set yourself up for a houseful of headaches.


Get Final Financing Approval

This part can get complicated, but we know from experience how to keep the crucial final stages of loan approval from becoming overwhelming. We’ll regularly monitor the progress of your transaction and keep you fully aware of unexpected funds that might be expected from you. We’ll also work with your lender to make sure all the necessary paperwork is complete as we move closer to a smooth closing.


Congratulate Yourself on Your New Home!

Making it through escrow can seem like a mountain of details but the view from the top is worth it. Expect to sign a ton of paperwork before you get there, and we’ll hold your hand through every step of the process. A few days before closing, we’ll conduct a final walk-through, and then, once both parties sign closing statements, the keys are yours and we’ll celebrate your new home and your new life!

Borell I.
Michelle has been an angel for my sister and I in the selling of our parents home. She is energetic, insightful and vastly knowledgeable in all aspects of her job. Following her advice we were able to sell the house for a record amount, to a lovely family, in the time frame she laid out. She was also instrumental in both finding us a fantastic contractor to remodel the property before selling and then he...

— Borell I.

Vivek T.
I was referred to Christian by a friend of mine and I was so glad I did. As a first time home buyer, Christian went out of his way to help me through the process of buying my home. He is extremely knowledgeable, supportive and provided great insights into the SF property market. He was also able to work very closely all the way through the process with the sellers to make sure everything went smooth all ...

— Vivek T.

You could not ask for a better agent than Michelle. She is knowledgeable, attentive, compassionate and has the absolutely best attitude. Her positive attitude makes the hard process of buying or selling a home a pleasant journey. She helped me find my first home, and in a crazy market she was able to find something above and beyond what I expected. So five years later when I was ready to sell, she was th...

— Jimenadz.

Ritu M.
Dulmaa is an expert at the art of listening to understand your needs, key demands, what would or wouldn’t fit with your personality, and of course abiding to budget constraints. Everyone knows SF/Bay Area is a difficult market. It’s almost impossible to find everything in your criteria that also fits in budget. Nearly everything goes for over budget. That said, while no real estate agent can perform mira...

— Ritu M.

Debral P.
Geary sold my house and made it a much easier experience than I could have imagined. He handled all of the pre-sale traffic (staging, photography, inspections) so I didn’t have to miss a minute of work. He communicated with me constantly so that I would never have to ask questions. He had a sales strategy that was very effective – My house sold almost immediately and for far over asking price. He took wh...

— Debral P.

Trcych N.
Michelle Kim is AMAZING! She helped me purchase my first home and when I considered selling it 2 years later, I reached out to her to discuss. She immediately made herself available and scheduled time to come over and go over the process. She took care of the picture and open house scheduling and kept me in the loop the entire time. She made the whole process stress free by patiently explaining every ste...

— Trcych N.

Sean H.
Michelle Kim is the best! I was under a pretty severe time crunch to find a single family home in San Francisco and I was able to accomplish this goal because of Michelle. As soon as a home that met my criteria hit the market, Michelle immediately let me know. Whenever I had questions along the way, Michelle was just a quick phone call or email away and responded immediately. She even was able to convinc...

— Sean H.

Dennis C.
Michelle was very professional and friendly during my first time purchasing my home. The whole process was very smooth and she guided me through ever step.

— Dennis C.

Teddy T.
We were so lucky to find Michelle. We were impressed with how quickly she sold a neighboring unit. She is very professional and efficient. Michelle is on top of every aspect of the process and coordinates everything including staging, advertising, web promotion, open houses, inspections, sale and title transfer. Her knowledge and expertise was instrumental in selling our unit for top dollar. We really ap...

— Teddy T.

Ryan is a consummate professional and was a pleasure to work with. I live out of state and was searching for an investment property as a rental and to eventually convert to a second home. Ryan was knowledgeable, quick to respond, and made the entire process smooth. I was able to get an ideal unit for my needs in a new construction high rise in South Beach.

— Buyer

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