Buying Real Estate in the San Mateo Coastal Area

Buying Real Estate in the San Mateo Coastal Area

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Buying a San Mateo Coastal home is an exciting but often overwhelming experience, particularly if you are buying your first home. As your REALTORS®, we can help you through the home buying process and assure that you find the right home for you, at the right price.

All home buyers have a number concerns, all of which we can help you with:

Setting a time frame. There are a lot of variables in the home-buying process, which means the time it takes to find and buy your new home varies too. A typical home search process may take three to four months, including the mortgage approval process, comparing and evaluating properties, making an offer and the closing process. The loan process typically takes 30-45 days.

The lending process. Perhaps one of the most intimidating aspects of buying a home is the mortgage approval process. We'll be here to help guide you through this, but there are many ways you can prepare early to make the process smoother. Start by making sure your budget is under control - make a list of all your monthly expenses, compare it with your income, and see if adjustments need to be made. You should also try to pay off small credit card balances. Start gathering documents you may need, such as W-2 forms, income tax returns for the past few years, pay stubs, records of child support or alimony, bank statements for the past several months, and your credit report. Also, be sure to allow for closing costs. Getting several offers will allow you to compare loans and get the best deal.

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Determining how much you can afford. A general guideline to consider is that most buyers purchase a home that costs about one and a half to two and half times their current annual income. For example, someone earning $50,000 a year might purchase a home for $75,000 to $125,000. Mortgage payments should be about 26-28 percent of your gross monthly income. Existing debt is also considered in the mortgage process, and total debt payments (car payments, credit cards, student loans, etc.) should not exceed 40 percent of your gross monthly income. Please feel free to use our free mortgage calculator on the left to estimate your monthly payments!

Finding a San Mateo Coastal home that meets your needs and wants. Before you start looking at properties, make a list of "must-have" features along with optional features you'd like to have. "Must-have" features may include the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you'll need to accommodate your family, location (consider commute to work, which schools your children will attend, etc.), lot size and special needs (handicapped access, etc.). Optional features may include the architectural styling, bay windows, landscaping, etc. Having a clear idea of what you want in a home will help your REALTOR® find the perfect property for you.

Your Search for a New Home
Start your search by taking a look at the
San Mateo Coastal homes listed for sale or search the MLS for home of your dreams. With our Home Search feature you can search by area, map, school district, county, zip code, or even by subdivision! If you find a home you'd like to save and come back to, or if you'd like to receive listings based on your specific criteria in a new home, be sure to use our Search Saver feature and have them sent directly to your Inbox! 

Educating yourself about the home-buying process is key to getting a home you love and can afford. As your REALTOR®, we are here to answer any questions you might have and guide you through this process.

As real estate professionals in the San Francisco Bay real estate markets, we believe we are your number one resource for buying homes in the Coastal San Francisco California area. We serve the Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, Pacifica and Pescadero real estate markets, as well as the surrounding areas.

The Rain Team has a tradition of excellence and we will strive to provide you with every resource you will need, working in your best interest, when buying a home.




Contact Information

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The Rain Team
CA# 01169588 | CA# 01125976 | CA# 01908304
248 Main Street, Suite 200
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Michael: 650-888-6361
Kathy: 650-888-6903
Fax: 866-396-0207

Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo. Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the San Mateo County, California area.

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Kathy Rain - CA BRE# 01169588 | Michael Rain - CA BRE# 01125976 | Coldwell Banker - CA BRE# 01908304  

Cell Phone: (650) 888-6903 * Direct Phone: (650) 712-0411
San Mateo County Real Estate and Homes for Sale

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