This is just a partial list of what you receive when you hire Ira & Carol Serkes for your next home purchase!

Best of all - it costs you nothing for our services - the seller pays all our fees!

Great Real Estate service means much more than just finding a home - there's a LOT of work which goes into preparing and presenting your offer, making sure the home is in great shape, and solving all the many problems which arise.

We Determine Your Housing Needs

  • Discuss present and future housing criteria
  • How you can reach us - Toll Free 800#; Phone; FAX; E-Mail; Mail
  • Your past experiences with Realtors
  • When you'd like to be in your home
  • Give you information on loan pre-approval

    We'll ask about the home you're looking for

  • Neighborhood & location
  • Home size, bedrooms & baths
  • Hobbies and special needs
  • Amenities
  • Preferred condition

    We Carry Out Your Home Search

    We store your housing criteria in MLS database for matches with existing and future listings and review new or changed listings for suitability to your needs.
  • Price
  • Location
  • Amenities

    We eliminate marginal or unsuitable properties which are

  • Overpriced
  • In bad condition
  • On a busy street
  • Backing up on a freeway
  • In a bad neighborhood

    We spend immense amounts of time evaluating and previewing new properties as they come on the market For each home we show you, we've already seen dozens of homes which werenıt suitable.

    We Search for all homes which could suit you

    As needed, investigate newspapers for open houses and "for sale by owners," along with expired or withdrawn homes, and evaluate them using the criteria you defined

  • Arrange home tour for selected properties
  • Check sales availability with listing agents
  • Make showing appointments with owners or tenants and pick up keys
  • Drive you to each home, commenting on neighborhood and streets

    We Assist you with each home viewing, carrying out a competent visual inspection of following items for homes you are interested in

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Garage doors
  • Roofs and gutters
  • Fencing
  • Floor covering
  • Windows and doors

    We'll recommend inspections by licensed professionals where appropriate or when "red flags" are evident

    We Prepare the Purchase Agreement and Present Your Offer

    We'll review sales of comparable homes to make sure you don't overpay. We'll determine approximate fair market value from recent sales

    We'll confer with seller's broker to accurately assess your negotiating position with the seller so we can draft a successful purchase offer We Prepare the purchase agreement with special consideration given to

  • Purchase price
  • The deposit
  • Closing costs
  • Loan contingencies
  • Fixtures vs. personal property
  • Professional inspections
  • Flood, special studies zone, and other disclosures
  • Close of escrow date
  • Possession
  • Condition of the property at time of possession
  • Avoiding unnecessary controversy, complications or delays
  • Special terms - i.e. Berkeley's energy and earthquake requirements

    We arrange for contract presentation to seller, listing broker, or both, as appropriate Meet with them, negotiate effectively on your behalf, and facilitate the negotiations of any sellerıs counter offer to buyer and vice versa

    We Take Care Of All Contract & Escrow Details

  • Open Escrow
  • Carry out a competent visual inspection of the property on your behalf
  • Prepare our Transfer Disclosure Statement listing any home defects we observe
  • Provide you with information on Earthquake Safety and Hazardous Materials
  • Review the Preliminary Title Report for clouds on title and liens, and deliver to you and lender
  • Coordinate loan processing with loan officer
  • Provide access and comparable sales information for appraiser
  • Order pest control, roof, property, geological inspections, as needed
  • Arrange access for above inspectors
  • Review all reports, forwarding them to client
  • Coordinate all repair work
  • Review and forward all completion notices to you
  • Order loan documents
  • Review clients escrow instructions with escrow officer, making sure they reflect your wishes
  • Schedule and conduct buyers "walk through" inspection
  • Arrange client/escrow officer paperwork sign off meeting
  • Coordinate close of escrow and possession
  • Arrange for transfer of the keys to the property
  • In short, we handle any and all problems that arise along the way

    This is just a partial list of what you receive when you hire us for your next home purchase!

    Best of all - it costs you nothing for our services - the seller pays all our fees!

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