Life’s changes can often seem to converge at one time and seemingly be overwhelming. Such is the case when my family and I decided to settle in California and start the home search. Having been a home owner for nigh on 25 years, I felt I was adequately prepared for the buying experience in California. After several failed attempts at writing offers I finally concluded I needed some help. It was at that time that my wife and I were touring a home that we met Trish Power, and things changed considerably, and for the better. In this market it is important to remember that the supply is limited and you don’t negotiate price with the owner, you negotiate with other buyers. In those homes that we attempted to buy there were a minimum of five offers and sometimes into the double digits. Subsequently you need a partner that is both familiar with the way the market works and nuances of navigating both current and upcoming inventory. Where Trish set herself apart lies in several key qualities: 1. Accessibility: Your partner needs to be ready to act on a home as soon as it is known. In this market there are offer dates and if you miss it the date you more than likely will miss the opportunity. Trish is responsive and well connected which means you are going to get houses as soon as they hit the market. 2. Be Preemptive: In some cases realtors reach out to colleagues with homes that are about to hit the market and as a buyer you can land a deal before the house hits the MLS. Trish excelled at bringing in the upcoming homes, getting us into many to view early. This helped shape whether we wanted to make an offer or wait. 3. Patience is Key: It’s hard not to get emotionally charged when you miss an opportunity and Trish did a fantastic job of first gauging the overall interest, targeted price, and subsequently level setting our expectations. 4. Relationships Matter: It’s sort of counterintuitive, but in a market where homes are appreciating at upwards of 7-15% per year, owners are not always driven by the best price, but rather the combination of the realtor relationship, the family buying, and of course the price. This is where Trish again was able to bring significant value in at that she’s well connected and also very respected in the real-estate community. This means a more informed and better presented offer with a higher chance of success. 5. You Need a Friend: In the end you really need someone who genuinely listens and works with you as a partner and not a commission. During the weeks we worked together it was intense and very personal and out of that came a friendship that transcends the home buying experience. In summary, buying a home in this market is a marathon, not a sprint. Anyone can send you an automated email of the most recent MLS activity, but few will work to get you a home you and your family can be happy in. Trish is fully committed to the entire experience, not just the writing of an offer. To that end, I would fully recommend you consider working with Trish in your endeavor to find that home which you seek. She will work tirelessly to ensure that both your purchase and your experience are fun and exciting.