Buying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin County

What to know about buying a home in Sonoma CountyBuying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin County

Are you starting your search for buying a home in Sonoma and Marin County? Perhaps you just started your search, maybe you have financing underway and now you're ready to really start looking, or perhaps you're just browsing and dreaming of the future. Regardless, I want all of my buyers to be well-versed in the home buying process and ready to buy when the time comes. There's nothing more frustrating than actually finding a home you love only to discover you lose out because someone else was more prepared than you or it is simply out of your price range.

If you're serious about buying I urge all of my buyers to get preapproved and have their financing ready to go. In this volatile real estate market where sellers seem to be calling the shots, buyers have to be prepared with the best offer possible. If you are going up against multiple offers, your offer has to be solid, which means great financing, approval already completed, and ready to proceed through the process.

Which do I do first?

If you're just getting started but are serious about buying, I urge you to check out our financing options. You can speak to one of our qualified and reputable lenders or seek out lending and financing on your own. I work with any type of lender and would be happy to connect, share common goals, and work as a team to make sure you get the home you really want.

Buying a Home in Sonoma County and Marin CountyThe lender will go over all of your financing, typically over the phone or through an online application process. If you are initially approved, they will ask for more evidence of income, debts, and liabilities. Lenders will want to know how much your income is and be able to prove it either through bank statements, tax returns, or pay stubs, and they will want to know any and all of your debts and liabilities. Once all of this is deciphered, the lender will offer a preapproval letter stating exactly how much your budget can afford in a monthly mortgage payment. This will translate into a rough dollar amount. From here, we can begin looking.

When do I start looking?

Okay, I am not going to lie to you; people will look for homes whether they are approved for financing or not. It's just the nature of the beast and I understand it. However, to make a solid offer, you really can't do anything until you get that financing underway. Now, if you are making an all-cash offer, then heck, you already know how much money you have in the bank and can start looking right away. If you are financing your home, make sure that you don't get too serious and tell you have that financing completely squared away and approved.

What do I do once I'm approved or if I am an all-cash buyer?

Now comes the fun part. We all love looking through homes and taking virtual tours, browsing the neighborhood on Google maps, or even looking up a certain neighborhood or community. But, one major part of the home buying process is having your own buyer's agent. Having an agent to represent you through the process means that your needs, your interests, and your terms and price will be top of mind and the priority for your buyer's agent. Using the listing agent to purchase is pretty much like using the plaintiff's lawyer if you are the defendant. There really is no point. You need someone who is looking out for you throughout the process and because the buyer's agent gets paid from the commission from listing the home, you won't have to pay a penny to your agent for their assistance. There's really no reason not to use your own buyer's agent.

Ready to get started?

Have your financing in place? Have your own buyer's agent? Then let's get started. Browse all the available listings that are the newest on the market in Sonoma and Marin County. And remember, at any time, feel free to ask me any questions, contact me with the form below, or simply call me at 707-494-5637.


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All New Listings in Sonoma and Marin County February 3, 2023
83
Listed
5
Avg. DOM
$634.71
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$875,000
Med. List Price
83 Properties
Page 1 of 7
Open 2/4
1917 Cooper Road Sebastopol,  CA 95472
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,542
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005096
MLS
Nestled down a serene country road and peacefully situated on 4.65 acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home greets you into the inviting living room which boasts cathedral ceilings and...
$925,000
Neighborhood: Presidents
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,362
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005268
MLS
President's Best Buy! Wonderful three bedroom and two bathroom single level home. Master/primary suite with remodeled bath and walk-in closet. Two guest bedrooms and tiled hall bathroom. Kitchen with...
Open 2/5
130 Morningside Drive San Anselmo,  CA 94960
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,604
Sq.Ft.
1940
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005416
MLS
Charming single level home in the desirable Morningside neighborhood. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom features an easy living floor plan. The living room wt fireplace opens to the dining area with wood...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,608
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005470
MLS
This 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home boasts an open concept living, dining, and kitchen area, making it perfect for entertaining. The property also features a convenient 2-car garage, providing ample...
Open 2/4
1020 Greenwood Drive Novato,  CA 94947
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,456
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323004031
MLS
Stunning Eichler style home located in Lynwood Park neighborhood! Fully reimagined by Maverick Design, this move-in ready 4 bedroom 2 bath is not to be missed. The spacious floor plan boasts...
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,343
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005133
MLS
2 story, 4 bed, 2 bath in desirable neighborhood conveniently located near schools, parks and shopping. Open living-dining area with high ceilings. Washer, dryer, refrigerator, microwave included. EZ...
Open 2/4
228 White Oak Circle Petaluma,  CA 94952
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,027
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005991
MLS
Beautifully updated 4 bedroom, 3 bath home located in the desirable Sycamore Heights neighborhood on the West Side. The main level features a large sunken living room with loads of windows,...
Open 2/5
817 Chardonnay Circle Petaluma,  CA 94954
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,333
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005772
MLS
Welcome to 817 Chardonnay Circle! Quiet desired complex within walking distance to all amenities - restaurants, shopping, parks, walking paths! Corner end unit just steps to the pool! 3 bedroom, 2....
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,222
Sq.Ft.
1906
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323004768
MLS
Charming light and bright 2 bed, 2 bath circa 1906 vintage home complete with a separate legal non-conforming 1 bed, 1 bath apartment. This special home was completely and carefully remodeled in 2001...
Open 2/4
6526 Stone Bridge Road Santa Rosa,  CA 95409
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,211
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323005534
MLS
Come home to this light and bright two-bedroom, two full bath Oakwood model offering approximately 1,211 square feet of living space, an open family room with a vaulted ceiling, a warm fireplace, and...
Open 2/5
8 Center Street San Rafael,  CA 94901
$2,795,000
Neighborhood: Forbes
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,836
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323006301
MLS
Impressive Victorian style home combining old world charm with modern amenities in the prestigious Forbes area. From the welcoming front porch throughout the interior, this spacious home boasts...
Open 2/4
106 S East Street Cloverdale,  CA 95425
2
Beds
1
Baths
776
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
1
Day on Site
323006217
MLS
Lovely bungalow in downtown Cloverdale. This charming period home boasts wonderful access to downtown and all things Cloverdale. Sensible single level floorplan. Central living room. The kitchen...