Taking the First Step To Home Ownership


    Back in the summer of 2001, a bit before either of us became real estate agents, Heather and I decided we were going to buy our first home. We were self employed and had no clue how much we could afford. All we knew was with our growing family, it was time to make the leap. There was no Trulia or Zillow back then, just Realtor.com, open house ads in the newspaper, and new construction models to tour. We walked in the door of that model home without knowing we could have used a buyer’s agent. Somehow we survived the process, but looking back we made a lot of mistakes and surely could have used some guidance.

    Fortunately, in 2014, you have more tools and information available as you start the home buying journey. The biggest financial investment of your life is more than just how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need. It’s what’s going on in your life today, what type of lifestyle you want to live, and where you want to be in five or even ten years. Starting with the answers to those questions will allow you to make a decision you will be happy with for years to come. And now, there is a tool designed to help you answer those questions, educate you on the details, and walk with you step by step through the process.

    We are excited to introduce you to Doorsteps. In their words:

    We’re on a mission to empower every homebuyer to make the best possible decisions at every step along the way. Whether it’s choosing an agent, a mortgage, or a moving company — and everything in between.

    We provide 100% unbiased information, written by industry experts and insiders, so you can avoid all the homebuying mistakes that helped worsen the housing crisis of the last ten years. That includes overpaying for a home, a mortgage, or any one of the dozens of service providers you’ll need along the way. It also means finding the right people to support you – like inspectors or attorneys – and knowing they have the right information, presented in the right way, to be as efficient and effective on your behalf as possible.

    We want our buyer clients to be empowered and educated, so we’ve set up for you to be able to use Doorsteps as part of your buying journey. Even if you aren’t sure when you will be ready to move, and even if you aren’t sure what real estate agent you want to work with, you can still use this tool. (And yes, it’s free.)

    Have a look at this introductory video:
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    To get started on the Doorsteps site, you can register here. We are happy to answer questions about the information and details provided there. And please let us know what you think of the site. We’re excited to help you get started!


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    Michael and Heather Elias are full time real estate professionals and licensed REALTORS at Century 21 Redwood Realty. They sincerely hope you enjoy reading this blog, and would love the opportunity to work with you.

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