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Where to Start When Buying a Luxury Home

by John Torres 05/12/2019

Buying a luxury home isn't merely about buying an expensive house, it's about buying the most elegant home in the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods. In addition to that, you are purchasing the architecture, landscaping, finishing, and fittings that come with the house. That’s why you have to do it the right way to avoid regrets in the future. 

Here are a few tips you should be aware of before you decide to go through with that luxury purchase.

  • Get the right realtor The right realtor is an agent with a lot of experience making high-end sales happen. They know the right places to get you what you need within your budget. It's not enough to get an agent because buying and selling luxury homes is a niche market in itself.
  • Get familiar with the area Remember that you’re not just buying a home, you’re buying the exclusivity of the neighborhood. There is a direct correlation between the value of the house and its location, so get as much information as you can about it. Ask questions about prospects for the area’s future to be sure that new property development doesn’t reduce the value of the neighborhood in the future.
  • Think of the resale value It’s very likely that you will end up selling your house someday, so resale should be at the back of your mind even as you make your decision about your purchase. That means if your personal tastes are somewhat eccentric—and it reflects in what you buy now—it might be more difficult to sell later until you find another buyer equally attracted by what you like. That’s not to say you shouldn’t spend your money as you please, it’s just a cautionary note to consider the future when you buy now.
  • Check the home out The first rule of home buying is never to buy a house without inspecting it, and that holds true for luxury homes too. Go beyond the photographs and look closely at the house. If this is your initial luxury home purchase, the property might likely be different than the previous home you bought, so you should get a home inspector familiar with the ins and outs of luxury homes to give it a clean bill of health for you. For help on finding a good home inspector, ask your realtor for suggestions and recommendations.

About the Author

Author
John Torres

John Torres began his career in real estate with the CENTURY 21 Les Ryan’s Healdsburg Realtors office in 1986.  John rapidly became a Multi-Million Dollar producer in both listings and sales of Sonoma County properties.  He is a member of the North County Council of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and California Association of Realtors.  John has served on the Land Use Advisory Panel for Sonoma County.  John served as the Northern California Century 21 representative to the Easter Seals Society for 13 years.

The North County Council of Realtors® selected Mr. Torres “Realtor of the Year” in both 1988 and 1992.  In 1993, John became a partner in the CENTURY 21 Les Ryan’s Healdsburg Realtors office and managed the office from 2001 – 2011. The office became a part of CENTURY 21 NorthBay Alliance in March 2011.  CENTURY 21 has been a member of the Healdsburg Area Chamber of Commerce since 1977 and of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce since 2004.

As a Centurion Producer since 1998, and a Double Centurion in 2004, John has demonstrated his ability to consistently provide quality service to his clients who are both sellers and buyers of real estate.  In recognition of his achievements, John was inducted into the Century 21 Centurion Honor Society at the International Convention in 2007 and again in 2017.  Many of John’s clients return to him over the years and he has a large referral clientele.

John actively supports his community in many ways.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club, Board of Directors of the Healdsburg High School Boosters Club, and the Healdsburg Pop Warner Football organization.  He chaired the Easter Seal Golf Tournament in Healdsburg for 12 years, and originated and chaired for 6 years a fundraising golf tournament for the Healdsburg High School Boosters.  John also organized and chaired the North County Council of Realtors Golf Tournament benefiting the Healdsburg Food Pantry for six years.  He coached Pop Warner Football teams for 10 years, was the Healdsburg High School Freshman Football Coach for 5 years and was the Varsity Golf Coach at Healdsburg High School for 10 years.  John now serves his community as a member of Rotary Club of Healdsburg and is active in his church and the local Italian Catholic Federation.

John Torres is a professional with 30+ years of experience who is dedicated to providing his clients with the best service possible.