Buyer Services

Buying A Home For Sale

Elk Grove, Folsom, Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Rocklin | Sacramento, Placer & Nevada County Real Estate

Buying a home for sale in Elk Grove, Folsom, Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Rocklin and surrounding communities can be an exciting and challenging experience. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

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Education is key and we provide a lot of education before and throughout the home buying process. For our buyers we begin with putting in place a step-by-step personalized process which includes paying off credit cards, starting a savings account for down payment, organizing their timeline to begin their search and involving their family to help. Patience is key with this large of a purchase for all buyers and we are here to help through the fun ride!

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Below are some home buying tips in Elk Grove, Folsom, Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Rocklin and surrounding communities.

A Good Start
When we begin to work with a new buyer, we will sit down with you, ask a number of questions, and listen carefully to your answers. Our purpose during this initial interview is to get a clear idea of what kind of property you are looking for and your approximate price range. We explain how we will function as your representative, what the local market is like, and what we can do to help you locate that perfect home.

It is important for you as a prospective buyer to be as clear as possible about your needs. After we have talked and you have decided how much you can comfortably spend, we will know how to facilitate your home search. We won’t take you through a three-story colonial with a top floor master suite if you want to avoid climbing up and down stairs! Establishing clear communication with our clients helps us save you hours of unfocused house hunting.

A Great Opportunity for First-Time Home Buyers
Home ownership may seem like “the impossible dream” to first-time buyers who have to stretch in order to purchase their first home. Many younger buyers can afford the monthly mortgage payments but may have to get creative to cover the down payment and closing costs.

Contact us if you are thinking about buying your first home. For those whose funds are limited, there may be possibilities you have not considered, such as local or federal loan programs that can help get you moved into your new home. There are many flexible new mortgage loans available to first-time buyers. Sellers are sometimes willing to extend a small loan to help cover closing costs in order to complete the sale.

You can also consider the many housing options available. There are beautiful condominiums and townhouses with desirable amenities and prices that are designed to appeal to first-time buyers who cannot yet afford a single-family detached home.

A Matter of Timing
Buying real estate can sometimes involve tricky timing. For example, you may have found the perfect house and are thinking about making an offer, but are feeling pressured to make a decision just when you want time to consider the matter. The agent tells you that another party is thinking about making an offer, so you shouldn’t hesitate if you really want the house. What should you do? Trust us as your agent!

It is natural to feel some pressure – and some uncertainty about making an offer. If you really like a house, there is always the possibility that someone else will share your enthusiasm for it. Whether your local market is active or sluggish, it is sensible to assume that another offer is likely to come in. Perhaps you can afford to sleep on it, but moving as quickly as possible will minimize the possibility that the house will go to another buyer.

A Realistic Evaluation
Our job is to find you the perfect home, in the right location, with all the amenities you want – and at the right price. It is the home inspector’s job to find any skeletons in the closet – or in the plumbing, wiring, roof, basement, and beams.

The inspector won’t pass or fail a home based on what he or she finds, but will go over the house thoroughly to help you understand the condition of the property you are buying. If there are any serious problems, your inspector can give you a realistic idea of how much the repairs will cost. If there are material defects that were not reflected in the asking price, you will have the opportunity to re-open negotiations with your sellers before you commit to the purchase. A good inspector will also explain the operation of the basic emergency systems such as the main water cut-off valve and the circuit breaker box and will go over items that will need routine maintenance.

If you are buying a house, we recommend that you make a professional home inspector part of your home purchase team.

Meet The Team

Kathy Carey-Mayberry

REALTOR® DRE#01081848

Kim Noxon

REALTOR® DRE#02187693

Amanda Noxon

REALTOR® DRE#01826836

WOW—-What a team. Kathy and Amanda were exactly what we needed to sell our house. We had a certain strict timeline (purchasing another home out-of-state). We put our home on the market during the start of the COVID virus. I had so much anxiety. Fortunately for us we had Kathy and Amanda as our realtors. There were three factors that made the sale of our home go smoothly—-communication, communication and communication.

Denise & Jack Phillips

We highly recommend Kathy Carey-Mayberry, very knowledgeable, came prepared with all the information needed. A lovely and caring person who helped us sell our home during the pandemic, and it sold in 10 days. A great big thank you!
Bill and Nora Benner

Bill and Nora Benner

My husband and I called upon Kathy to help us find a new home. She is wonderful to work with. Any bumps in our road were smoothed out quickly. From start to finish it took less than a month to find and close escrow on our dream home. I cannot say enough good things about Kathy. She is enthusiastic and on top of her game. She always replied promptly. This was our first experience buying a home so her knowledge & guidance was invaluable!  We can recommend her easily.

Marie & Tim Shrum

Kathy was the best Realtor I have EVER used, out of more than 15 transactions. She was very, very attentive to every detail of the sale of our home. At the beginning of the listing she helped me with staging ideas, and during the listing everything was done perfectly. She provided us with expert advice about the sales patterns of the area (Lake of the Pines) and was just as attentive to making sure our buyer’s home sale was going smoothly. Our sale went off without a hitch because she really knew what she was doing, and she treated our sale like it was her first priority.

Michelle Rahn

I would wholeheartedly recommend Kathy as a personable, professional and highly knowledgeable individual to trust for your next real estate experience. We presented an especially challenging situation in that we were selling and buying simultaneously, and trying to close escrow at the same time. Kathy was very aware of our timeline and sensitive to the fact that the paperwork was overwhelming. She coached us on how to best stage the home and we were able to get a sound offer in under three days. She made the hurdles of inspections seem easy and maintained good communication with our buyer’s agent, our own agent as buyers and the multitude of loan officers and lenders that seemed to come from everywhere! She made suggestions without being overbearing and directed us to the appropriate person when she felt it necessary. We sincerely appreciated her straightforward and patient explanations of the process and we encourage anyone to feel confident in her staff and professional capabilities.

Salvador and Margee Lopez

Kathy was thoroughly professional brokering our RE purchase in Lake of the Pines. She maintained clear, concise communications throughout the transaction from offer to close of escrow. Her knowledge, skills, and thoughtful manner were greatly appreciated. We will use her services again for our Real Estate needs.

Christine Spurrell

Well, we chose Kathy because my family member told me that she was the best and she was!

Mindy Flick

I think Kathy is great. I refer my clients to Kathy because of her excellent service and I know she will take care of them. Her service is the best around.

Jonathan Stein

We’ve done three transactions with Kathy in the last two years. Everything was handled very professionally. We would use Kathy again and recommend her to friends.

Ben and Angela Garvie

We know we can rely on Kathy’s expertise, professionalism and attention to detail; that’s why we’ve chosen her to represent us for our last three real estate transactions.

Mike Bell

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