It’s obvious that when people move to Silicon Valley, they need housing, which makes turning to a qualified real estate agent a logical strategy. But people who relocate here often ask more of their Realtors than simply to show them some available homes on the market. This is particularly true when the homebuyer is from outside the area – or outside the country. There’s a lot to learn when moving to a new place, and since finding the ideal home is usually the first step in relocation, it’s the Realtor who is called upon for important local information.
Silicon Valley market trends high on the list
A real estate agent in Silicon Valley should be able to talk intelligently about topics of interest to relocating individuals and possibly their families. For most people buying a home in the Bay Area, current market stats, past market trends and projected trends for the future are critical discussion points.
Although the buyer may also consult banks and other financial institutions, attorneys, online research sources and others in planning a relocation to Silicon Valley, they expect their Realtor to have a “finger on the pulse” of the market. And a good Realtor will be able to get the answers buyers need, either through personal knowledge or through a network of professional contacts.
Bay Area schools
Homebuyers who have young children are keenly interested in the quality of educational opportunities for their kids. Real estate agents are often asked about the reputation of schools in the neighborhoods or cities the buyer is investigating. The agent should have a decent working knowledge of the region’s top schools and be able to direct the buyer to other resources for more in-depth information.
Local and nearby amenities
When working with buyers new to Silicon Valley, real estate agents can serve as virtual tour guides, describing the types of shopping, entertainment and recreation venues proximal to the neighborhoods the relocating individual is considering. Living in a community is about much more than just the home itself, and Realtors who are familiar with the area can relay interesting facts about various areas and help home seekers feel at home even before moving in.
A wealth of general knowledge
Home sales trends in Silicon Valley along with schools and local amenities are common topics relocating buyers are interested in, but there are many other topics that could arise as the Realtor and buyer work together. Having lived in Silicon Valley my entire life, I feel comfortable when homebuyers ask me questions of all types. Living here for so long combined with continual research and learning about the numerous communities that comprise Silicon Valley has made me confident that I’ll be able to either answer questions directly or quickly find the answers I need through a wide network of resources and contacts.
Relocating to a new area is a big event in anybody’s life. As a dedicated Silicon Valley Realtor, my job is to make the process as comfortable, informative and rewarding as possible. If you’re considering a move to the Bay Area, I can help you find the house you’re dreaming of and understand your new community as if you’ve lived there for years. Call (650) 947-2942.
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