Questions & Answers
Where to begin the Buying process?
- Check out my Featured Listings.
Search on Your Own. Feel free to search my Featured Listings, or Search Multiple Listing Service areas such as Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore and similar areas near Camp Pendleton, or San Diego County for homes for sale near Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, and other surrounding areas.
When you find homes you might want to buy, you can contact me to help you buy any home on the market. I have helped clients buy homes that are in short sales, bank-owned homes, owner-occupied, tenant-occupied,etc., and I can help you, too.
- Contact me via email, phone or Contact Me to the left of the page.
- Remember, you don’t have to use me as your real estate agents near military bases, but my clients do because they want their agent to be honest, knowledgeable about military pay and concerns relative to base, experienced with CA real estate contracts, up-to-date with the latest technology for real estate, and above all set your dreams and goals as our highest priority. Click here for many Testimonials ' Success Stories!
- Please view the Buying Process Link to the left of the page.
I’m Interested in Selling my home, Where to start?
- Contact me to get your FREE consultation.
- Listing Exposure: Buyers go online. We put your listing where buyers find it, in the many portals for real estate listings, to name a few: the MLS, Realtor.com, YahooRealEstate, Trulia, Oodle, AOLrealestate, local.com, Cyberhomes, and Zillow.
- Complimentary Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for your home: Contact Me.
What About The Size of Commissions?
Almost all compensation a REALTOR® earns is in the form of commissions on the purchases or sales he or she closes. Commissions are negotiable, but they generally vary from 5 to 10 percent of the sales price, normally paid through escrow by the seller of the property to the brokers involved. This commission is split according to the listing agreement between the listing office and the selling office. The office then typically retains a portion of the commission, and the remainder goes to the agent who represented the buyer or seller. From these commissions, the REALTOR® pays for taxes, insurance, advertising, overhead, supplies, transportation, continuing education, and countless other costs associated with running a business.
What is a Short Sale?
A "short sale" is where the homeowner's lender is willing to take "short" of the full loan amount that the lender loaned for the homeowner to purchase the property. It actually is a long, time-consuming and emotion-consuming process. We are experienced in pushing through many short sales, both as listing agents and as buyers' agents. We can help reduce the stress and turbulence associated with the process. Remember to consult your attorney about consequences of a short sale in your situation; in CA, not all loans "go away" after a short sale.
What is a Bank-Owned, Investor-owned, REO Sale?
This is where the borrowers defaulted on their loan. The bank went through the foreclosure process and now owns the property. We are experienced and actively working at BPOs (broker price opinion) and Bank-owned listings (REOs).
How to Select an Agent to Represent You?
When selecting your real estate agent for homes near military bases in Southern California, it is important to find someone who is knowledgeable and will work hard to achieve YOUR goals, and who has personal experience with the military community that a military realtor can bring to the table. If you plan to buy, sell, invest or possibly rent out a home in these areas, it can be an asset to use a military realtor who “speaks the language” of military personnel and the specialized area of their income and credit scenarios. As a Marine spouse who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and now at MCAS Miramar, I make it my number one priority to get to know and understand my clients' interests, expectations, hopes and dreams. I provide exceptional real estate services using that knowledge, technological and marketing expertise, and our own independent real estate firm, Sand to Sea Properties, Inc., combined with a strong understanding of the California military community as well as the CA real estate market near these military bases.
Why choose a military-background real estate agent?
• A military Realtor will better understand what is important to you when searching for a home in areas near Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa), Naval Station 32nd Street, etc.
• A military Realtor will be able to tell you more about California as it relates to the military community near those bases.
• A military Realtor will treat your family with the respect and equality it deserves.
• You should be focused on the purchase or sale of the home and should feel comfortable discussing your family, interests and expectations.
Why Work With One Agent?
You will increase your odds of protecting yourself and your financial decision if you find an agent who is committed to being an educated, prepared expert, and stick with him or her as long as the agent is applying the effort and expertise you would expect on your behalf.
- Make real progress toward your home purchase by following a system of acquaint-search-find-negotiate-navigate. There is one captain to a ship, one pilot to a plane, for good reason: expertise is required.
- Avoid wasting your time and the agents' time reeducating each agent about your needs and wants.
- Avoid wasting the time of the agents who worked with you and did not end up selling you "the" home. A good agent spends 9 hours "behind the scenes" for every one hour he works with you. He or she educates himself/herself on the market for homes in the locality, the myriad technologies involved, each home's deal points, the contracts and disclosures required to protect you, how each of the other parties works (appraiser, other agent, escrow, title, etc.). Showing you 8 to 10 homes in a day takes three to five hours; add to that another 2 full hours of preparation pulling up listings, printing them, calling each agent (repeat as necessary, for each agent who does not answer his or her phone), coordinating entry, discarding listings that are already pending, mapping the route to each house, and so on.
- Avoid risking that you will find "the" house with an agent who is not as prepared to help and protect you through the always-turbulent journey toward owning your home.