Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you’re looking to purchase your first home, you may be wondering what’s happening in the housing market today, how much you need to save, and where to start.

Here are three things that can help give you the information you need to confidently pursue your dream of homeownership.

1. Consider All Options When the Number of Homes for Sale Is Low

Today, there are far more buyers in the market than there are homes available for sale. When that happens, it’s a good idea to do what you can to increase your pool of options. That could mean expanding your search to include additional housing types. For first-time buyers, considering condominiums (condos) and townhomes can be an excellent way to increase your choices. According to Bankrate:

“Townhomes often cost less than single-family homes of a similar size in the same location.”

In another article, Bankrate also says:

“Buying a condo can be a great way to dive into homeownership without worrying about the upkeep that comes with single-family homes and townhouses.”

Condos and townhomes are both great entryways into homeownership. When you buy either one, you can start building equity which increases your net worth and can fuel a future move.

2. Know Your Down Payment Could Be More Within Reach Than You Think

Saving for a down payment can feel like one of the biggest obstacles for homebuyers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says:

One of the biggest misconceptions among housing consumers is what the typical down payment is and what amount is needed to enter homeownership.”

Data from NAR shows the median down payment hasn’t been over 20% since 2005. The graph below breaks down the median down payment by age group for recent homebuyers according to the 2022 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report from NAR (see graph below):

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Based on the data above, the median down payment for all homebuyers is only 13%. That’s well below the common misconception of 20%, and it’s even lower for younger buyers. This could mean you may not need to save as much for a down payment as you initially thought.

There are also down payment assistance programs available for many buyers. Not to mention, some loan options require as little as 3.5% (or even 0%) down for buyers who qualify. While there are advantages to putting 20% down, especially in today’s competitive market, know that you have options.  To get more information on how much you may need to save and the help that’s available, talk with a professional.

3. Work with a Trusted Real Estate Advisor Throughout the Process

Finally, no matter where you’re at in your homeownership journey, the best way to make sure you’re set up for success is to work with a real estate professional.

If you’re just starting out, they can help you with the initial steps, like educating you on the process and connecting you with a trusted lender to get pre-approved. Once you’re ready to begin your search, a real estate professional can help you understand your local market and search for available homes. And when it’s time to make an offer, they’ll be an expert advisor and negotiator to help your offer stand out above the rest.

Bottom Line

Knowledge is key to succeeding on your homebuying journey. Knowing market trends, what you need for a down payment, and what options you have as a buyer today can give you the confidence you need to buy a home. Connect with a local real estate professional so you have an expert on your side who can help you navigate the homebuying process.

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When our friends referred their friends to us – we were so excited. Having trust built into our relationship due to a referral makes our job so much easier. We’re able to have the market conversation. We’re able to discuss expectations and goals. With a budget and the want list – quickly – we were able to hammer out the best route. This time, we added a local agent to the mix, to help us with their market dynamics. Each area has its own customs, expectations, and market flow – local insight proved very helpful.

I’m proud to say Milford and DaShanna were able to get their first offer accepted in a market where competition is fierce!

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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The Caton Team had a blast working with Bill & Surbhi before the holidays. They had a target date, they had a goal, and together we found the right home to suit their needs, budget, and lifestyle.

The best part about working with clients who want to own – is when we work in tandem. When our clients are open to what is available and open to adjusting. I love that we were able to find the perfect fit, with some competition but truly an open relationship where we could work our way through any challenge. Handing the keys over to Bill & Surbhi brought us so much gratitude.

If you’re considering a sale or purchase of Real Estate in the Bay Area – you need a full-time, professional Realtor to guide you. The Caton Team would love to interview for the job as your Realtor Team – please reach out at your convenience. 

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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With a little help from your friends…

The best part of being a Realtor – is working with my friends. Anthony and I go way back to our banker/college days. When the time came for his wife J’Risha and he to buy their first home, I was honored when they called me.

We had some quick thinking to do. We had a budget, the needs and want list, and a really good opportunity in a new development. The Caton Team had our work cut out for us. Thankfully we were well vested in the East Bay market having just found a wonderful townhome for our clients. Knowing what Anthony and J’Risha wanted and needed – we crunched the data and sent over the numbers. The trust we had over years of friendship, the knowledge we had working in the East Bay, and the fabulous news of what county our loan was in – it was clear – new homes – here we come!

Pandemic, builder shortages, deadlines, missed deadlines, appraisals, inspections, and re-inspection – finally, the day came where these two friends turned into California Home Owners.

CONGRATULATIONS Anthony & J’Risha

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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SOLD by The Caton Team – Pacifica

I was so excited to help my teacher clients find their first home after they welcomed another member to their family. Buying during the pandemic is interesting to say the least; we find our clients rely on our expertise and knowledge the navigate the journey home and The Caton Team takes this responsibility very seriously. We educate our clients every step of the way; we provide data and information so our clients can make solid Real Estate decisions. As a result of our working relationship, we can make decisions and move forward at the pace the market insists.

We knew our clients’ price range well and it was obvious how perfect this townhome was for them. Together we drafted an amazing offer, navigated the rocky waters of apprisal and we were over the moon to hand them the keys.

Thank you so much for your trust and allow The Caton Team to guide you home. We wish you many happy years in your home!

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We truly enjoyed helping our clients sell their home – mid-pandemic. The Caton Team loves what we do and would love to help you – please enjoy our resources below. Get to know us at through our clients words.

HOW TO SELL during COVID-19 | HOW TO BUY during COVID-19

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
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What can we do for you?

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Finding Their Way Home – Anthony & J’Risha

Turning Real Estate Goals into Reality

I am so happy to share this moment – the opportunity to be part of a friend’s journey home is amazing.

Anthony and I go way back – back to our days as college students and bankers. When he and his lovely wife J’Risha called me saying – they were ready to buy a home – I was so excited.

They shared their goal, their budget; we did the Real Estate math. With loan parameters varying county to county, a quickly escalating East Bay market, and the last corner lot in a new development – well – let’s just say – we couldn’t have done all this without trust. I was grateful to have my friends trust and hash this out together. 

Having actively worked in the East Bay for years; The Caton Team is well-versed on market value, competition, and the window we had to work with. I’ve never crunched the data so fast in my life. Grateful to speak candidly and toss ideas around. Soon it was clear to Anthony and J’Risha – what their path would be.

So grateful to be a part of their journey home – thank you for making The Caton Team a part of it. Cheers and to many happy years in your beautiful new home!

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We truly enjoy helping our clients sell their home. The Caton Team loves what we do and would love to help you – please enjoy our resources below. Get to know us at through our clients words.

HOW TO SELL during COVID-19 | HOW TO BUY during COVID-19

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654 |EMAIL |  WEB|   BLOG

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

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Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

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Helping Our Clients Find Their Way Home – Art & Elena

Meeting Art and Elena was a true joy, trying to buy a home in Pacifica was not – as the market was moving fast and we could feel it. Together we did our homework and when the opportunity presented itself – it was clear – we found our way home. Thank you Art and Elena for your trust in buying your first home – Cheers to many happy years making a house a home.

“Sabrina and Susan were amazing partners in our first home buying experience. They were always available for questions we had and guided us through the unique experience of buying a house during a global pandemic. Fantastic experience overall and we would happily recommend to anyone in the Bay Area!”

– Art & Elena

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We love what we do! How Can the Caton Team Help You?

We truly enjoyed helping our first time Buyers find a better suited space for thier lives – mid-pandemic. The Caton Team loves what we do and would love to help you – please enjoy our resources below. Get to know us at through our clients words.

HOW TO SELL during COVID-19 | HOW TO BUY during COVID-19

 How can The Caton Team help You?

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654 |EMAIL |  WEB|   BLOG

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
Effective. Efficient. Responsive.
What can we do for you?

The Caton Team Testimonials | The Caton Team Blog – The Real Estate Beat | TheCatonTeam.com | Facebook | Instagram | HomeSnap | Pintrest | LinkedIN Sabrina | LinkedIN Susan

Want Real Estate Info on the Go?  Download our FREE Real Estate App:  Mobile Real Estate by The Caton Team

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.

The Buyer Love Letter No Longer Allowed in Real Estate Sales

One of our favorite tools in the toolbox when representing Buyers in one of the most competitive Real Estate markets in the Nation – was the Buyer Love Letter to the Seller – sharing all a Buyer could about why they love the home and want to call it their own. I know our sellers have always enjoyed reading those letters, and some didn’t. I’m sharing the article below from the National Association of Realtors on why the lover letter is being left behind.

What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear your opinion – comment below. 

Love Letters or Liability Letters?

Buyer love letters are a tactic used by some buyers in an attempt to stand out to a seller, especially in hot markets with low inventory and bidding wars. Seemingly harmless, these letters actually raise fair housing concerns, and could open real estate professionals and their clients to fair housing violations. In this month’s Fair Housing Corner, learn how to protect yourself and your clients from the potential liability related to buyer love letters. 

To entice a seller to choose their offer, buyers sometimes write “love letters” to describe the many reasons why the seller should “pick them.” While this may seem harmless, these letters can actually pose fair housing risks because they often contain personal information and reveal characteristics of the buyer, such as race, religion, or familial status, which could then be used, knowingly or through unconscious bias, as an unlawful basis for a seller’s decision to accept or reject an offer.

Consider where a potential buyer writes to the seller that they can picture their children running down the stairs on Christmas morning for years to come in the house. This statement not only reveals the potential buyer’s familial status, but also their religion, both of which are protected characteristics under fair housing laws. Using protected characteristics as a basis to accept or reject an offer, as opposed to price and terms, would violate the Fair Housing Act. 

Before the next time you are faced with a buyer love letter, consider these best practices to protect yourselves and your clients from fair housing liability:

  • Educate your clients about the fair housing laws and the pitfalls of buyer love letters.
  • Inform your clients that you will not deliver buyer love letters, and advise others that no buyer love letters will be accepted as part of the MLS listing.
  • Remind your clients that their decision to accept or reject an offer should be based on objective criteria only.
  • If your client insists on drafting a buyer love letter, do not help your client draft or deliver it.
  • Avoid reading any love letter drafted or received by your client.
  • Document all offers received and the seller’s objective reason for accepting an offer.

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THE COST OF WAITING

Realizing it’s time to buy a home is an exciting and scary moment. That’s why The Caton Team is here to guide our clients through the Bay Area Real Estate market.

Today’s topic – The Cost of Waiting – is something most buyers do not consider when first looking into Real Estate investing.

Buying the dream home is not a linear journey. Getting into the dream home is a stepping stone process of Real Estate investments. All in the name of equity.

Equity is earned over time and through updating a property. It’s the money ‘in’ your home. That future value minus the mortgage is the profit that turns into the downpayment for the next, bigger, and better Real Estate Investment. 

Often buyers will consider waiting until they can afford the home they really want, instead of buying something smaller – here’s where things get real. 

The Bay Area is one of the most expensive Real Estate in the country. Properties are selling in less than a week, significantly over list price, with multiple offers – repeatedly. This not only creates an appraisal lag but also a savings nightmare.

My point is – California Real Estate has appreciated since 1849. There are and will be ups and downs through the years, but overall its constant trajectory is up.

What does that mean if today you’re thinking about buying Bay Area Real Estate today?

Do it.

Invest in the best place within budget, in the best area possible – improve the property, and over time it will earn equity. Equity is the stuff dreams are made of.

Because trying to out-save the market is impracticable, the only way to do so is to own and earn equity.

With the most affordable market, Alameda County, seeing $300,000 in appreciation from January 2020 to March 2021 – it’s a tall order to expect anyone to save faster than the current market is appreciating. This means – if a buyer waits – they could wait themselves out of the market.

Here’s some food for thought; data for San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties.

Values are from January 2020 and March 2021.

San Francisco: $ 1,668,000 / $1,687,000 – Average appreciation of $19,000 – Peaking at $ 1,835,000 in June 2020. *(This average is skewed due to the diversity of the city. For more detailed information please reach out.)

San Mateo: $ 1,881,000 / $2,453,000 – Average appreciation of $572,000 – Peaking at $2,453,000 in March of 2021. 

Santa Clara: $ 1,454,000 / $1,936,000 – Average appreciation of $482,000 – Peaking at $1,926,000 in March of 2021.

Alameda: $968,000 / $1.275,000 – Average appreciation of $ 307,000 – Peaking at $ 1,275,000 in March of 2021. 

Real Estate wealth is made over time with sage wisdom. The Caton Team believes in the power of homeownership to create long-term security and wealth. Each client is unique and each opporunity different. If you’re considering a sale or purchase of Real Estate in the Bay Area – you need a full-time, professional Realtor to guide you. The Caton Team would love to interview for the job as your Realtor Team – please reach out at your convenience. 

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Data for homes sold UNDER $1 million in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties, and sold OVER $1 million in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties. Castro ValleyHaywardSan Lorenzo & San Leandro.

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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