Anthony Bauer From eXp Realty Shares 5 Pro Tips on Buying Your First Desert Home
Written By: Lynne Eodice Buy a Desert Home
Anthony “Bermuda Dunes” Bauer, a highly successful broker associate with eXp Realty, has some great advice for anyone who wants to purchase their first desert home. “I know all the secret and best spots in the valley,” he explains, finding great success in showing people homes in neighborhoods that they might normally overlook. If you’re serious about buying your first desert home, here are some words of wisdom from a 22-year veteran of the Greater Palm Spring real estate market.
Plan That Budget
“Start off by getting a pre-qualification. That way, you know exactly what you can afford. Most first-time home buyers buy a house on a payment, not a price. So it’s whatever you can afford in your budget, and shop accordingly.”
Check Your Score
“You should be aware of your credit. That should be a big bullet point. A good credit score is important to lenders, especially when people are buying their first home.”
Get to Know the Desert
“Know your market. Know your options and where you want to end up. You want to be an educated buyer. If you’re a client, you want to buy a home; you don’t want to get sold a home. There’s a big difference. At the end of the transaction, you should be very happy.”
Go Direct to the Source
“Make sure that you’re working with a direct lender. That way, you’re not paying unnecessary fees and points. A direct lender will help reduce some of those costs. Make sure you’re using a lender that offers first-time home buyer programs.”
Before You Move
“I always recommend houses for sale to be staged. If they’re empty, it’s worth the investment. You’ll get a better rate of return if you get a staging company. It’s always a plus.”
Shop Like a Local: Bauer was born and raised in the Palm Springs area. “My heart is connected to the Coachella Valley. I take pride in everything that happens here.”
Top Seller: Bauer lives in Bermuda Dunes and holds a record for selling the highest price per square foot in single residence and multi-family homes in this area.
Anthony Bauer, Broker Associate
Lynne Eodice is an accomplished writer & photographer. She is the former Features Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic magazine, and has contributed her writing and/or editorial expertise to Photographer’s Forum, Rangefinder, DoubleExposure.com, California Tour & Travel, Family Photo and Adorama’s Learning Center. She is also the author of Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop, an instructional book that’s illustrated with more than 200 images by various photographers, published by Wiley & Sons.