Reward Realty loves helping buyers find their dream home! That’s why we work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles, needs and wishes. This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code. This is about your life. And it’s important to us.
A licensed real estate professional provides much more than the service of helping you find your ideal home. Realtors® are expert negotiators with other agents, seasoned financial advisors with customers, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood. They are members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR. A professional Realtor is your best resource when buying your home.
When you work with Reward Realty, you get:
- A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR®
- A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
- The backing of a trusted company, Reward Realty
We have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you. As part of our services, we are committed to helping you with your home search by:
- Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
- Personally touring homes and neighborhoods with you
- Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
- Helping you preview homes on the web
- Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
- Working with you until we find the home of your dreams
At Reward Realty, our business has been built around one guiding principal:
It’s all about you.
Our focus is on your complete satisfaction. In fact, we work to get the job done so well, you will want to tell your friends and associates about your experience working with us.
Good service speaks for itself. Our agents look forward to earning the opportunity to help you and all of your friends!
How is Reward Realty different from other real estate companies?
We have top industry professionals working around the clock to ensure all of our clients needs are taken care of. Relationships are key in an industry such as real estate. Our agents go the extra mile to attend local seminars, real estate events, broker tours and open houses, so that they can meet and become familiar with as many agents as possible. Successful agents want to work with other successful agents, because they have the confidence that the other agent will do what it takes to make sure the transaction goes smoothly.
As new programs come up, we are always first in line to find out if/how they can benefit our clients.Our website is always kept up-to-date with through are property search engine which is powered by the Multiple Listing Service. Also provided are number of resources for you to access more information on the city, schools, neighborhoods, and recent market activity. If you have any problem finding something that is not on our site, we will gladly assist you in finding the best answer.
We specialize in the bay area. This is the area that we are most familiar with and the area you will benefit the most from our services. If you are new to the area, or moving to a new part of town, please check out the neighborhood information to find out a little bit more on the benefits and distinctions of each area.
Communication is key to any successful relationship. We do our best to be as available as possibly for our clients whether is be by phone or email. It is a priority to get back to you as soon as possible so that we may address any questions or concerns that you might have.
Clients for Life
Good service speaks for itself! Here are what some of my past clients have said about my service:
“Caroline is a wonderful realtor. She was very detailed, and organized. Whenever I had a questions she would call me back right away and her emails were always friendly and quick. I would recommend her as a realtor to anyone. She helped us go through a process that is normally very stressful but Caroline always came across as being there for us and had a calming effect. I will use Caroline again as a realtor.”
“I and my wife worked with Caroline Dukelow when we bought our first house in January 2012. The most important attribute of Caroline is her eagerness to learn about her clients, and understand what they really are looking for. She narrows down the existing market options based on clients’ needs and values their time. She provides a complete solution, as I experienced her help and referral in every step of finding our dream house such as taking us to the houses, offer phase, taking the right loan, inspection, closing the escrow and even finding a handyman. I and my wife are grateful that we worked with her and she found us our current home. I would recommend her to any home-buyer in Bay Area.”
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to providing each and every client with the information and expertise necessary to get you your next home!
How will you tell me about the newest homes available?
The Multiple Listing Service Website provides up-to-date information for every home on the market. I constantly check the New on Market list so I can be on the lookout for my clients. I will get you this information right away, the way that is most convenient for you; by phone and/or email.
Will you inform me of homes from all real estate companies or only Reward Realty?
Our property search will keep you informed of ALL homes. We want to help you find your dream home, which makes staying on top of all homes available on the market.
Can you help me find new construction homes?
Yes, I can work with most builders and get you the information you need to make a decision. On your first visit with the builder, I will accompany you. By using my services with a new construction home purchase, you will receive the services I offer, as well as those provided by the builder, at no cost to you.
How does for sale by owner (FSBO) work?
Homeowners trying to sell their home without agent representation are usually doing so in the hopes of saving the commission. Most buyers are wary of these sales due to lack of disclosure. We offer a limited agency to buyers and seller alike to help you save money on your next real estate transaction. If you see a FSBO and want the advantages of my services, let me contact the owner for you and make an appointment. Most times the homeowner will work with an agent, even though their home is not listed, since the agent is introducing a potential buyer to their property.
Can we go back through our property again once an offer is made, but before possession?
Usually, we can notify the seller and schedule a convenient time to visit the property again. Approximately 5 days prior to closing, we will schedule a final walk-through and inspection of your new home to ensure it is in the same condition as when your offer was made. This is an excellent time to bring your tape measurer to help plan for your move.
Once my offer is accepted, what should I do?
Celebrate and focus on moving into your new home! You will want to schedule your move, pack items and notify businesses of your address change. I will provide you with a moving checklist to help you remember all the details. Your lender will provide you with a good faith estimate and HUD statement, which will indicate the amount you will need to bring to closing.
Once you have decided to begin shopping for a home, a number of questions may arise. Can I afford to purchase? What will my monthly mortgage payments be? How much will I save on taxes? For your convenience, I have provided you with a few helpful calculators to approximate these costs and savings for you.
Tax Savings Generated by Mortgage
Once you have found the property you want, we will write a purchase agreement. While much of the agreement is standard, there are a few areas that we can negotiate:
What you offer on a property depends on a number of factors, including its condition, length of time on the market, buyer activity, and the urgency of the seller. While some buyers want to make a low offer just to see if the seller accepts, this often isn’t a smart choice, because the seller may be insulted and decide not to negotiate at all.
The Move-in Date
If you can be flexible on the possession date, the seller will be more apt to choose your offer over others.
Often, the seller plans on leaving major appliances in the home; however, which items stay or go is often a matter of negotiation.
Typically, you will not be present at the offer presentation – we will present it to the listing agent and/or seller. The seller will then do one of the following:
• Accept the offer
• Reject the offer
• Counter the offer with changes
By far the most common is the counteroffer. In these cases, my experience and negotiating skills become powerful in representing your best interests.
When a counteroffer is presented, you and I will work together to review each specific area of it, making sure that we move forward with your goals in mind and ensuring that we negotiate the best possible price and terms on your behalf.
Prepare for It
Closing day marks the end of your home-buying process and the beginning of your new life! To make sure your closing goes smoothly, you should bring the following:
• A certified check for closing costs and down payment. Make the check payable to yourself; you will then endorse it to the title company at closing
• An insurance binder and paid receipt
• Photo IDs
• Social security numbers
• Addresses for the past 10 years
Transfer of title moves ownership of the property from the seller to you. The two events that make this happen are:
Delivery of the buyers funds
This is the check or wire funds provided by your lender in the amount of the loan.
Delivery of the deed
A deed is the document that transfers ownership of real estate. The deed names the seller and buyer, gives a legal description of the property, and contains the notarized signatures of the seller and witnesses.
At the end of closing, the deed will be taken and recorded at the county clerk’s office. It will be sent to you after processing.
You may not be able to move mountains, but you can plan an organized move with a little help from this step-by-step timeline.