We spent five long months looking at houses in the East Bay with Anna’s guidance. With her knowledge of the area she quickly helped us narrow our search.
When we found a beautiful house in our price range, Anna pointed out that the neighborhood was not the greatest: “You can change pretty much everything about a house except its location.”
When we placed our first bid on a house, she joined us on an inspection and asked all the questions we hadn’t thought of. When we were outbid, she remained upbeat: House-hunting in the Bay Area is a marathon, not a sprint.
It was being sold off-market, so we couldn’t have found the house we eventually purchased without Anna. She was excited to show it to us, but when her enthusiasm became infectious, she nipped it in the bud. “Don’t let my excitement sway you. I don’t want you to get this house because I like it. You’re the one who’s going to live in it, so you should make absolutely sure it’s what you want.”
When we were faced with a competing bid, it was Anna who kept us — who just wanted to stop looking for houses and move, already — from going all-in. She walked us through each step of the purchase, corresponding quickly and comprehensively over email. We now have a beautiful home in a sweet neighborhood with still some cash to make the improvements we want.