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"Denise went above and beyond to help us find our first home in the Bay Area. Buying a home in this area can feel overwhelming and she was with us every step of the way and made us feel like her only clients! She is kind, honest, and advocated for us through each phase of this process! We can't say enough about her professionalism, open heart, and wealth of experience. She knows this market and is very well respected in the community."


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Set up a time to sit down with your agent to discuss the neighborhoods you’re considering and can help guide your search.


Before beginning your search, your first step is to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan (unless you will be paying the full price of your home in cash). Your agent can connect you to a mortgage broker. Based on your income and credit history, the mortgage broker will determine how much a bank will lend you, which will help determine the price range for your search.


Now is the time to consider your ideal home’s location and amenities. You will attend viewings and open houses spanning a range of areas and property types. Additionally, your agent will activate notifications for exclusive Coming Soon and Off-Market properties as they hit the market.


Once you identify a home you like, you can put in an offer, which is an agreement to pay a certain price for the home. This offer is packaged with a Proof of Funds (POF) and Pre-Approval Letter. Note: if your offer is lower than the list price or with terms not acceptable to the seller, the seller will likely return with a counter-offer price or acceptable terms, which you can accept, reject, or make another counter offer. Your agent will provide advice throughout.


(Life of an Escrow: 21 & 30 day escrow period)

Day 1 Once an offer is accepted, escrow is officially open and the clock begins on contingencies*
Day 2 Contact your insurance agent for homeowners coverage
Day 3 Initial deposit is due per terms of agreement
Day 1-7 Seller delivers disclosures to buyer. Buyer performs inspections
Day 1-10 Loan is in underwriting and appraisal occurs
Day 7-21 Seller signs grant deed and staging is removed
Day 14-30 End of Escrow - Within final week of escrow period, buyer signs loan and closing documents and wires in closing funds 
Day 20-30 Loan funds and escrow closes (recordation)


It is the buyer’s duty to select all desired inspections and determine the overall condition of the property within the agreed timeline and contractual contingencies. Buyer will also review the disclosures and preliminary title report. You may approve or negotiate credits/repairs. Prior to closing, remember to schedule a final walk-thru of the property to verify property is still in acceptable condition and any negotiated repairs were done.


Organize an appraisal with your bank. Your completed mortgage application with all supporting documentation should be submitted to your chosen lender upon receipt of the fully signed Purchase Agreement. The bank then issues loan approval. Consequently, the buyer wires the closing funds with the homeowner’s insurance in place, and then the loan will be funded with clearance to close.


Congratulations! You are now a homeowner.


Compass Tools & Programs to Help You Find Your Next Home


Collections lets you compare multiple properties—their size, neighborhood, amenities—within a visual workspace. Monitor market activity in real time, stay in constant contact with your agent, and invite collaborators to join in on the discussion.


Compass Search lets your agent filter and sort by a wide range of features and amenities. Plus, discover exclusive Compass listings you won’t find anywhere else and receive real-time notifications of new homes with customized Saved Searches!


What buyer isn’t looking for an edge over the competition? Browse unique properties that are only viewable on Compass.com with your agent and discover your future home before it hits the market.