buying a home

We know that buying a house is stressful - whether you're a first-time buyer or on your 3rd property. About Redlands Realty has 18+ years of experience in the industry and we understand everyone has their own unique situation.

For first-time buyers, we made a set of webinars just for you! If you've done this before, feel free to check out our shortlist of FAQs that may help answer your initial questions. Please contact us if there's anything you feel we didn't cover enough - we're always here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions: From Buyers

Am I ready to buy a house/home?

Buying a home is a HUGE decision! Take the time to address your finances (credit score, always important!) and discuss it with those who are involved/affected. You’re always welcome to contact us – we can set up a meeting to help you figure out if you’re ready. If you’re looking for a resource (to learn more about the home-buying process at your own pace), we’ve made a webinar series about that as well.

Watch our home-buying webinars: The home-buying process: explained!
Other things to know before buying a home: 5 MUSTs Before Buying a Home

Do I need an agent to buy a house?

We strongly recommend to have an agent represent you when buying a house. Agents have a fiduciary responsibility to you - we are bound by law to always have your needs as our priority during the entire process. You are welcome to move on and find another if you feel, at any point, your agent has other goals in mind.

In addition, real estate agents are required to go through training and get licensed. We are specialized and have years of experience (we have more than 18 years under our belts) to help you make the best out of your next home. And… did we mention that this is a free service to you as a buyer? It’s common practice that the seller pays for the agents’ (the buyer’s and seller’s agents) fees.

Watch our interview with a client who bought with us: Client Interview: Michael Dore - using HomeSpotter, a VA loan, and getting an offer rejected

I’m a first-time home buyer. Do you have programs that can help me?

Absolutely! We know of over 140 down-payment assistance programs that you may get approved for. Everyone’s situation is different so make sure to fully understand your numbers... and make sure to get pre-approved (not pre-qualified!) before looking!

Getting pre-qualified is great for understanding your situation better but getting pre-approved means the money’s ready to go. Getting pre-approved allows you to know exact numbers (amount and interest rate). This also allows you to make an offer on a house and be taken seriously.

For more info on mortgages: Fixed-Rate vs. Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
For more info on why getting pre-approved is better: Get pre-approved, not pre-qualified, before looking for a home

I think I’m ready. Can we meet and discuss my unique situation first, before signing you as my agent/representative?

Yes, of course! Please feel free to contact us first if you have any questions – either fill out our form here or call us at (909)376-8399. Consultations are always free. We can go over your numbers, make a plan, and move together towards your dream of owning a home.

See a consultation example: Marissa & Jimmy, first-time homebuyers

A photo from the About Redlands Realty instagram page (@aboutredlandsrealty). It shows the interior of a house in Running Springs, CA that About Redlands Realty helped a buyer purchase. The price was at $247,500.
"David made my first home buying experience simple and painless. He was very responsive to every question or need I had. He negotiated a really fair agreement with the seller that allowed me to relax and be excited about my new home. I will definitely choose him again with my next home purchase."

See the original review: "Incredibly positive home-buying experience" - posted on RateMyAgent

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