The first, and most important step in the home buying process is to get pre-approved with a reputable, local lender. Lisa has a network of professional, diligent lenders with whom she has worked with for many years. Lisa will gladly refer you to them, or facilitate a meeting in person at her office. Then tell Lisa your "wish list" for your new home! What is important to you? Location? Schools? Proximity to BART, freeway? Size of the home? Bedrooms and bathrooms? A pool? A 3-car garage? Make your "wish list", and Lisa will match your needs with a great home! She also has an extensive list of inspectors so you learn as much as possible about the condition of your future home. This ensures that you are making a good decision, and can move forward with the purchase. Occasionally inspectors find damage on a property which would be unacceptable, at which point Lisa will find you another home. She won't stop until you are in a wonderful home!
**HOME SEARCH: Please save yourself the time and hassle--if you would like access to homes that are currently available, call or email me and I will set up a search for you in our MLS (Multiple Listing Service) so that you will receive real, live-time email links to homes that meet your criteria for city, price, etc. Sometimes internet information is inaccurate. If you really want to search on your own, please visit: http://www.remax.com.
Link to sample payments: www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator
Read the reviews from Lisa's recent buyers:
Jen M., Walnut Creek
Lisa was absolutely amazing helping my husband and I get a beautiful house in Walnut Creek. She was tenacious, extremely knowledgeable, and kept in constant communication with us during the whole process. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Brad & Virginia P., Alamo
We have purchased 2 homes and sold 1 home with the expert help of Lisa. We purchased our home through Lisa six years ago. Being new to the area, Lisa acquainted us with the various neighborhoods and amenities. She has referred us to various contractors and tradesman and has been our go to person for local advise. Almost 2 years ago, we sold our home and purchased a new one, again, through Lisa. She guided us through both ends of the transactions and has gone beyond the call of any realtor we've worked with in the past. We had a fairly certain idea of prices and wish lists for our sale and purchase and Lisa was spot on to point us in the right direction, never wasting our time with homes that did not meet our criteria. She's has gone so far as to take care of our baby while we were in the closing, signing documents. We would highly recommend Lisa to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Mike & Jen W., Concord
Lisa Caldwell is both a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with, which is a rare combination. Without Lisa's intelligence, integrity, experience, diligence, and determination, we would not be holding the keys to our first home. She guided us through a potentially tricky purchase, offering us strategic advice that helped us find a great house at an amazing price. We appreciated her patience, reassurance, and constant status updates, and we truly believe that she always had our best interests at heart. Above all, we never once felt rushed or pressured when it came time to make a decision. We're grateful to have had Lisa as our "first-home sherpa"!
Lindy & Ryan S., Walnut Creek
Lisa is wonderful! I have been through two home purchases with her now and both were eased by her attentiveness and professionalism. Lisa gives great advice and makes the crazy home buying experience so much easier.
Ethan & Randi B., Pleasant Hill
My wife and I were first-time home buyers in early 2013, looking to purchase a house in the Contra Costa area. Little did we know that we were entering one of the hardest buyer's markets in years. However, Lisa brought her substantial expertise to bear at every stage and always fought for our best interest. She answered our questions with patience and care, making sure we understood each part of the process. She knows the area extremely well, practically block-by-block. And scheduling never seemed to be a problem, as Lisa was very flexible and accommodating. We closed on a great house in a very nice neighborhood of Pleasant Hill in June, and we feel so thankful to have had Lisa as a realtor. We highly recommend her, both for her experience and the great care she puts into working with her clients. I'd give 6 stars if I could!
Pam & Jack P., Martinez
Lisa went above and beyond what was expected. She made buying a house in a new area wonderful. When unexpected items arose, Lisa volunteered to assist. She recommended, contacted and met the needed professionals from inspectors to contractors. Each professional did a great job. When the mortgage broker added a fee he stated was going to be waived, Lisa spotted the mistake immediately. The fee was removed as Lisa maintained the initial documents. Lisa's professionalism in all phases of the buying experience was a pleasure.
Travis & Nikki H., Pleasant Hill
My wife and I worked with Lisa on two occasions: when we purchased our home in Pleasant Hill, and when we sold the same home several years later. Both times, working with Lisa was such a great experience! When we were looking to buy, Lisa took the time to understand our tastes, and found a home that fit us like a glove. Throughout the process (of both buying and selling), Lisa kept us updated on a very regular basis. There was never a moment when my wife and I felt out of the loop, and if something was over our heads, Lisa took the time to explain. Lisa has true integrity. During one of our transactions, the people with whom we were doing business were attempting to cut some corners of questionable ethical bounds. Lisa refused, and kept us informed throughout the process. Lisa helped us prepare before selling our home, telling us what to repair, update, or paint, and where to expect the most return in investment. Lisa is extremely hard working. At one point during the process of selling our home, we ran into some hardware issues. Having already moved out of state, my wife and I were unable to make the repairs, nor to deal with them first-hand. Lisa made all of the arrangements, and even went to the house to wait for the repairman. On top of everything, Lisa was extremely pleasant to work with. She is kind, good natured, and a great conversation. She took the time to know our daughters, and whenever we did business, she never treated us like "just clients". We were very thankful to find Lisa. We now consider her a friend, and should we ever move back to the Bay Area, we would gladly welcome the chance to work with her again!