Each buyer is unique.

Everyone is at a different stage in their life and their criteria for the perfect home is unique. Aaron works diligently to customize the home search process for each client. He has helped clients purchase homes throughout the Seattle area, from luxury homes in West Bellevue to starter condos in Seattle to suburban homes in Kirkland.

Because the process can be daunting, Aaron prepares his buyers for the changing dynamics of each market. Here are some of the things he walks through with clients, to explain the process of home buying.

  1. Introduction
  2. Disclosures

Real Estate Agency

Home Warranty

  1. Financing
  2. Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification
  3. Down payment
  4. Closing costs
  5. Earnest money
  6. Loan application
  7. Lender timelines/disclosures
  8. Purchase and sale agreement
  9. Earnest money
  10. Computation of time
  11. Financing Addendum
  12. Appraisal
  13. Inspection
  14. Default
  15. Electronic Signatures
  16. Escrow and Title Insurance
  17. Market overview and how to be more competitive.
  18. Home Search Criteria
  19. Online searching
  20. Q & A

Certain neighborhoods and price points in Metro Seattle can make for an extremely competitive home buying environment. Aaron works hard to educate each buyer, giving them tips and proven strategies that have worked with previous clients.

Home Buying Glossary: (Real Estate Lingo)

Escalation Clause is a real estate contract, that lets a home buyer say “I will pay $x for this home, but if the seller receives another offer that’s higher than mine, I’m willing to increase my offer to $y price.” If the buyer’s offer gets escalated and is the winning offer, the listing agent needs to show the competing offer to buyer without blurring anything out.

Resale Certificate: (for a condo sale)

It is a set of documents and disclosures that is prepared by a condo homeowners association. The resale certificate is provided by the seller to prospective buyers. In Washington State, a resale certificate is required by law.

Resale certificates contain a variety of information about a condo complex. It contains legal documents that describe the formation of the condominium and how it operates, known as its CC&Rs. It also includes detailed financial reports on how the condo association collects and spends its money. A resale certificate will also outline the rules & regulations for a particular condo, along with meeting minutes from recent condo association meetings. (The minutes are not required in a Resale Certificate)

When purchasing a condominium, it is critical to review the resale certificate to understand the structure, rules and operation of the condo association. It is also a source of information for determining if the association has legal, financial or maintenance issues that need to be addressed.

CC&Rs: (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions)

The CC&Rs are the rules of your neighborhood. They describe the requirements and limitations about what you can and can’t do with your property. The goal of the CC&Rs is to protect, preserve, and enhance property values in the community. Most of the time, the rules make sense and are easy to accept. 

Preliminary Title (Commitment):

The preliminary title report will show if anyone other than the seller has a legal claim on the property.

A title officer/company will be able to provide guidance on your specific report, but in summary, here are some key points to look for:

Liens: Also known as an encumbrance, a lien is a legal claim of ownership listed on the title of a home. When you get a mortgage, your lender will have a substantial lien on your home, and will continue to have a lien on your home until your mortgage is paid off. In fact, anyone owed money by a homeowner can file a lien on a home, including utility companies, city tax departments, or contractors.

Easements: Easements are a right to use another person’s land for a specific purpose. Common examples are easements granted for the placement of utility poles, water lines and sewer lines. An easement will not necessarily prevent a home from being sold, but it may give the buyer a reason to back out of the purchase, since it can restrict what a buyer is allowed to do with his new property.

Encroachments: Fences or other parts of neighboring lots that cross property lines.

Coldwell Banker Bain


  1. Buyer Counseling Session – We will offer you the opportunity to discuss your needs and goals, and to plan the search for your property.
  1. Buyer Agency Information – We will discuss agency alternatives for you and the sellers. We will also provide you with an agency pamphlet.
  1. Buyer Representation Agreement – We will explain to you the representation agreement and the special services and benefits it offers.
  1. Home Buyer Guidebook – If requested, we will provide you with a copy of the HomeBuyer Guide and explain how you can use it as a road map through the home buying process.
  1. Financing/ Pre-Approval – We will offer to arrange a pre-approval appointment with our mortgage partner to assure the seller of your ability to close. Pre-approval will strengthen your position in a competitive situation.
  1. CBBIN.COM – Upon request, we will guide you in using our website and its helpful tools to enhance your home search. We can also register you for our My Home Planner tool, which streamlines your search process.
  1. Property Showing – We will show you properties that meet the criteria you have selected.
  1. Property Evaluation – We will discuss the positive and negative features of a property that may affect its value and future resale.
  1. Property Disclosure – We will review with you all inspection reports and other documents pertaining to the condition of the property and disclose all material defects of the property that are known to us.
  1. Building Inspections – We recommend that you obtain professional building inspections.
  1. Review of Written Seller Disclosure – We will review with you the seller’s written disclosure statement to enable you to determine whether the property meets your requirements.
  1. Home Warranty – We will explain to you the option of a Coldwell Banker home warranty plan to reduce your risk of repair after purchasing a property.
  1. After Sale Service – We will contact you after the closing to follow up on remaining details or service needs.
  1. Estimate of Funds Required – Our mortgage partner will provide you with a preliminary estimate of closing costs and down payment requirement anticipated in the transaction.
  1. Offer Preparation – We will prepare a written offer on the property you choose to purchase, with terms approved by you.
  1. Negotiation Strategy – If requested, we will prepare a Competitive Market Analysis for you. This may assist you in structuring your offer to purchase.
  1. Offer Presentation – We will present your offer to the seller or their designated representative.
  1. Building inspection Remedies – If applicable, we will work with you to request the seller to remedy the items you specify after your review of the building inspection reports as your Offer to Purchase specifies.
  1. Walk Through – We will accompany you, if requested, on a walk through of the property (if one is provided for in the sales contract) before closing, and we will assist you in dealing with any problems discovered during the walk through.
  1. Closing the Sale – We will monitor and inform you of the progress of the purchase agreement, including the satisfaction of all contingencies and conditions during the entire transaction.

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