For Buyers

The Best Source for Buying Real Estate

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The South Bay is one of the most desirable real estate markets, and I know that navigating the buying process can seem challenging. However, with my expertise, breadth of knowledge, and national network, you are in dedicated and trustworthy hands. I will guide and advise you during every step of the buying process.

How I support buyers:

  • Provide real-time market insights.
  • Use my knowledge of on and off market listings to find homes that meet your criteria.
  • Share local expertise and tours of the area.
  • Help build your "buyers team" by connecting you with trusted financing organizations, vendors, etc.
  • I help you get your offer accepted.
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01-First Step

Set up a time to talk with me to discuss the neighborhoods, your ideal home, and amenities. We look at what’s most
important to you.

I can activate email notices for Compass Private Exclusives which are only seen through Compass.com, and Coming Soon homes before they hit the market.

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02-Loan: Get Pre-Qualified

You will need pre-approval for a loan (unless you will be paying the full price of your home in cash). I can connect you with excellent lenders.
Based on your income and credit history, the lender will determine how much they will lend you and the interest rate. This will help determine the price range for your search.

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03-Visit Properties

Once you have your proof of funds and your preapproval letter, you are in a position to make an offer when you see a home you want to buy. You can see property photos online, however to truly get the feel of the property, you will want to see it in person.

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04-Submit an Offer and Negotiate

When you see a property you like, you can put in an offer. The offer is packaged with your preapproval letter and proof of funds. Seller can accept, counter, or not accept your offer. I provide advice throughout negotiations.

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05-Home Inspections

I work with you as you decide which home inspections you will do. Home inspection reports help you understand the property condition.

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06-Loan and Appraisal

During escrow I will meet with the appraiser. The appraiser provides the lender with a written appraisal stating the value of the property.

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07-Final Walkthrough

We schedule a final walkthrough of the property before closing escrow. This is a time to see that the property is in the same condition it was at the time the offer was accepted.

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08-Close Escrow!

Once all the conditions of the offer contract have been satisfied, the buyer works with Escrow to sign the closing documents. Escrow distributes the funds.

Congratulations!

I look forward to giving you the keys to your new home!

KEY TERMS

Get a better understanding of common real estate language and practices.

Appraisal

Assessment of the property’s market value, for the purpose of obtaining a mortgage and performed by a licensed appraiser.

Assessed Value

Value placed upon property for property tax purposes by the tax collector.

Closing Costs

Expenses incidental to a sale, such as fees for the loan, appraisal, Escrow and Title.

Contingency

Certain criteria that have to be met in order to finalize the sale.

Debt-to-income ratio

The percentage of an individual's monthly gross income that goes to payments for rent, mortgage, credit cards or other debt.

Initial Deposit

A good faith deposit the buyer makes with an offer to show that they are serious about buying the property.

Final Walkthrough

The buyer reviews the house just before closing to make sure everything is in the same condition it was in at the time their offer was accepted.

Inspection

An inspector conducts a review of the property to find visible issues that may need to be repaired. Buyers typically make their offers contingent on an inspection, but sellers can conduct a pre-offer inspection to appeal to buyers. The buyer may choose to do additional inspections like a roof inspection or a sewer scope.

Lien Search

A lien search is done by the Title company. They look for outstanding debts or claims upon the property.

Pre-Approval

Approval from a bank or other lending institution for a home mortgage, done in advance of the buyer making an offer.

Pre-Qualified

Lender provides an estimate of what level of loan you will likely be pre-approved for.

Title Insurance

Insurance to protect the buyer and lender against losses arising from disputes over the ownership of a property.

Recording Fees

A fee paid through Escrow, to the local government to officially report a sale of a home; usually paid by the buyer.

My Compass Tools and Programs

Collections

Collections

Collections lets you compare multiple properties—their size, neighborhood, amenities—within a central visual workspace. I can monitor market activity in real time, stay in constant contact, and invite collaborators to join in on our search discussions.

Search

Search

Compass Search can sort by a wide range of features and amenities to pinpoint the perfect home. Plus, discover exclusive Compass listings you won’t find anywhere else and receive real-time notifications of new homes with customized Saved Searches!

Coming Soon and Private Exclusives

Coming Soon and Private Exclusives

Browse unique properties that are only viewable on Compass.com and discover your future home before it even hits the market.

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FIND YOUR DREAM HOME WITH COMPASS

No matter where your move may take you, my national Compass network can help!

In real estate, relationships are everything. My national network of agents covers 45% of the country's population, making Compass a coast to-coast network of collaborative, hardworking agents. When you're looking to move to a new area, I leverage these local and national connections to make your dream home yours.

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brokerage based on Closed Sales Volume*

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I Look Forward to Working With You

I go above and beyond to help my clients search for their perfect home, providing guidance and advice throughout every step of the buying process. Together, we'll collaborate closely to find homes that fit your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Working with me means you'll have a seamless experience and be well positioned to make your dream home yours when you find it. I make sure my clients cross the home closing finish line with confidence and ease.

Work With Diane

​​Diane is a multi-year award winning Five Star Real Estate Agent, acknowledged in Los Angeles Magazine, Forbes and Fortune. Inducted into the Hall of Fame at a previous broker, she is proud to now be part of nationally acknowledged broker, Compass.

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