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Learn More About Our Process

The Buying Process

Whether it is your first home or if you are an experienced buyer, purchasing a home is a complex process. By working with us, you will find a home in the neighborhood where you want to live, one that fits your budget and meets your goals for features, quality, and value.


Once you have found the home that is right for you, we will guide you through the process of making an offer; negotiating the terms of the sale; getting your potential purchase inspected, repaired and appraised; and closing the sale.

Determine Your Wants and Needs

This is the single most important step. By asking you a series of questions we will establish what you are looking for. Our goal is to not waste your time by looking at properties that are not in your price range or homes that don't meet your needs.

Know the Right Neighborhoods & Marketplace

Clients generally have an initial idea of what cities and neighborhoods appeal most to them. However, you should examine your criteria to determine the areas within the neighborhoods you feel are a good match. We will personally take you to some of the neighborhoods, give you an overview of the area, and show a few representative homes. More importantly, we will provide you with information about local schools, parks, and appreciation potential of each area.

Get Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved by a local lender or mortgage broker is one of the first things you should do for many reasons. In Silicon Valley, a pre-approval letter is a prerequisite for serious consideration of your offer. Knowing the available loan amount will aid in determining how much you intend to spend on your home and which neighborhoods to consider.

Generally, you should begin the pre-approval process immediately after meeting with us. If any issues come up, such as inaccuracies that make your credit score lower than expected, you will have time to resolve them. We can help you through this process and recommend excellent lenders and mortgage brokers. Our recommendations are completely free of any conflict of interest; We do not benefit monetarily from providing recommendations.

Searching For Your New Home

Once you have been pre-approved and have completed the Buyer’s Survey, you are ready to begin house shopping!

Work With Us

Donna Castillo is devoted to assisting you with all of your real estate needs.

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