Buying our first place…and so it begins….

Life works in funny ways.  As a Realtor I was getting clients their first homes.  Took a moment to realize it was my turn.  So I called my favorite lender and got pre-approved.  Then I took our pre-approval letter and the hubby to check out everything from San Francisco to San Jose.  Quickly adding up the pro’s and con’s we made our decision to stay local and found the biggest place we could find for the buck – in the best area possible – the San Francisco Peninsula.  It was awesome.  Except, what we gained in location and space, we lost with condition.  This place was tired, dingy and dirty.  I stepped out of my Realtor role and saw this place as a first time buyer.  Then, with a deep breath, I rolled up my sleeves and took inventory of what the place needed – for a condo – it pretty much needed everything.

Here’s a look at the pictures we took during the open house.

Oh my goodness...

This kitchen was all original 80’s – yet somehow totally not cool.

Oh the 80's were not kind to kitchens

So here we are – standing in the space we want to live in, calculating what it would take to want to actually live there.

This place needed paint, some color!!!

Obviously, as the Realtor in me kicked in, we’ll need to paint the whole place and replace all the carpet.  That’s standard practice.  My hubby shrugged.  I looked at all the fixtures, oh the 80’s were not kind to lighting fixtures either.  A mental note to swing by Lamps Plus went through my head.

What do I do with that huge mirror?????

That’s my mother in law in the picture, also my business partner.  In this shot we were discussing how large the bathroom is.  Within months I noted, that no matter how large a bath room is – it’s never a second bath.  HAHAHAHA

Let the Demo Begin

Standing in what would 60 days later be our home, hubby and I did bizarre math.  Despite the odd shaped burns in the carpet and the cabinet drawers tapped closed, we wrote our best offer and up against four others – we got our first place.

Come walk with me on my journey through home ownership…

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About Sabrina Caton - The Caton Team - Realtors

Sabrina & Susan are native Californians - born and raised in the Silicon Valley with a passion for Residential Real Estate. A mother and daughter-in-law duo called - The Caton Team. With over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time. Call | Text at: 650-799-4333 | Email Info@TheCatonTeam.com The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true. The Peninsula is our backyard - let us help make it yours. We represent Buyer’s and Seller’s throughout the Bay Area. The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina A Family of Realtors Effective. Efficient. Responsive. What can we do for you?
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