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What to expect when buying a home

Buying a home — whether it’s your first or your fifteenth — is an exciting and often stressful experience. Your home represents everything from an investment and a means to build wealth, to the place you spend your happiest times and where you can find peace at the end of a long day. To help you find that perfect home, we remove the biggest obstacle to success: stress. By keeping you well-informed and supported through the process, you can think clearly and make the best decisions for yourselves.

Our Benefits

Why Choose Caroline Dinsmore?

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Micro-neighborhood Expertise

Each agent on our team was born and raised on the Peninsula has helped our clients sell and purchase hundreds of homes here. We have block-by-block, neighborhood-by-neighborhood knowledge that we’ll put to work, allowing us to present the most compelling offer in this competitive market.

Powerful Network

As well-connected realtors, we use our powerful local and global network to help you find the right home, often even before any open house.  Other agents know us and our reputation for clean deals and smooth transactions. These agents want to work with us, which gives our clients a definite edge in competitive offer situations.

Advocacy and Education

We work to get you the best price possible. We use our local and national network to find every possible option for our buyers.  We assess the local market while taking into consideration macro-economic and geo-political trends.  We analyze the most relevant data.  We take into consideration the competition or lack thereof.  We leverage our reputation and relationships with other agent, all to help you make the most compelling offer.



Voices of our happy clients

Preliminary Phone Call

Many of our clients reach out to us after reading our stellar client reviews online such as Yelp. We will discuss your home search goals at a high level and will then schedule an initial consultation.

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation typically takes about 90 minutes. We spend a large portion of the time getting to know each other, discussing your goals and what your dream home looks like. It’s very important to us to spend time with you educating you on the home buying process, what to expect as well as review many of the legal documents that you will be reviewing during your home search so that you go into your home search with your eyes wide open.

Next Steps

After the initial consultation, we will set up a time to go on the Grand Tour where we will look at all the different areas you are interested in, eliminate the areas you don’t like, and focus on the areas and homes that you do like.

Once we have found one (or several!) ideal homes, we will review disclosures together, determine the strengths and weaknesses of the property, evaluate our competition, and determine what we think is the best offer for that particular home.

As soon as you get into a contract on your dream home, the escrow process begins. During this time our team will manage and orchestrate all the details that need to be taken care of to ensure a smooth and successful close of escrow.

The minute you get the keys to your new home, we will serve as a resource for anything real estate related that you can imagine. Our goal is to do such a fabulous job as your realtor that we will become your real estate resource for life.

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