Three Golden Rules of Buying in Carmel
Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent
When you are buying a home in Carmel, the one of the most important golden rules is to choose the right real estate agent to work with. Because Carmel is such a unique area and there is such an array of architecture, amenities and home styles, buyer’s need to make sure they are working with an agent that understands the area and is going to help define the “haves’ and “wants” of buying in Carmel. For instance, what type of lot size you would like and architecture will dictate what neighborhood you buy in. There are certain estate style homes that are spread out across Carmel neighborhoods while cottages are going to be in the neighborhoods closer to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Another critical factor in choosing a real estate agent is making sure the agent treats you with respect and is truly looking out for your best interest rather than just a paycheck. Do research before you chose an agent to make sure they have a reputation and track record of helping their clients with their real estate dreams. Make sure your agent is helping you really find out the motivation behind your home purchase and is providing you with a service of providing advice to help you meet your real estate goals. Lastly, when choosing the right real estate agent, it is important to make sure the agent has the appropriate support systems and vendors to help you during your home purchase. For instance, does the agent have a standard service action plan each of their clients receives during the home purchase and a staff that assists with making sure the plan is followed rather than an agent trying to remember everything that needs to take place during a home purchase? Chances are if the agent is trying to remember everything, the ball is going to be dropped which could mean risking your money or even your dream home. Also, the agent should have a list of suggested vendors that are available to help you during the home purchase. For instance, home inspectors, termite inspectors, chimney inspectors, architects, landscapers, cleaning services, handymen, and general contractors.
Knowing and Sensing the Community You are Buying Into
When buying a home in Carmel, the next important golden rule is to truly understand the community that you are buying into. The Carmel community is one of the most beautiful and cultural areas in the country. It also has a bountiful variety of activities and events throughout the year that bring residents together in celebration and interaction.
Appreciation and Encouragement to Maintain the Village
The last golden rule of buying a home in Carmel is to understand the importance of the village feel. The founders of Carmel had the dream of creating a village in the mountains next to the beautiful Pacific Ocean that fueled creativity and inspiration for not only the artist and intellectuals that live in Carmel but for all the residents. Over 100 years later, that village charm is still present because the community leaders and residents of Carmel focus on maintaining that same level of creativity and inspiration. When buying in Carmel, there is an underlying level of encouragement and expected appreciation for residents to have to maintain that same magical feel for current residents and also for future residents.
What makes Team Beesley’s knowledge of the area different than other professionals in the area?
There are a lot of great professionals in Carmel By the Sea and surrounding areas. We all have something great to offer a potential buyer or seller. What I believe makes me different than most is my level of customer service and my unique experience living and working in Carmel.
I was born in Carmel, in fact one of the first new borns at Community Hospital. I was baptized at the Carmel Mission, later went to school there at Junipero Serra. I actually wrote my college senior project on the impact Junipero Serra made on the State of California. Later, after college (at Cal Poly) I returned home and partnered with my mom, Arliene Beesley where we began Team Beesley in Carmel. Shortly after, we helped open up Keller Williams Realty in Carmel. Over the years I have dedicated myself to becoming as much a part of the Carmel community as possible. This includes volunteering for the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Emceeing and later chairing the Taste of Carmel event, being an Ambassador for the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Event Chair and Emcee for Carmel’s Relay for Life and more.
Voted “Best Realtor” in 2011 by the Readers of the Monterey County Weekly and later one of the top three Real Estate Brokerage Houses/Realtors by the Readers of the Carmel Pine Cone in 2012, I have established myself as one who gives of his time but also is a solid professional in Real Estate in Carmel and in the Monterey Peninsula.
How does Team Beesley’s knowledge transfer into giving our Buyer Clients an advantage when buying a home?
Carmel-by- the-Sea is a very unique place. A place where people come from all over the world to purchase and live and others dream about it. Having been a REALTOR® in Carmel since 2002, and having grown up in and around Carmel, I can provide a unique historical insight as to what makes Carmel so special but also a realistic professional perspective on what to look for, what to expect not only in searching for a home, but during the inspection process and after especially if there is some remodeling involved. For example, a buyer should be aware of the Monterey Peninsula’s unique water issues, the limitations on cutting or trimming trees, the limitations on expanding your home, what happens if your home is deemed historical, what are the building codes, what are the advantages of living in Carmel-by-the-Sea or simply in Carmel in the unincorporated areas.
When working with buyers, the initial consultation should take at least 1-2 hours to just begin to understand what to expect throughout the buying process. There is so much more to consider than just relative value and does this home work for you.
What helps give our Buyer Clients an edge when negotiating to buy a home in this area?
For me, I believe everything is relationship-based especially when negotiating for one of my buyers during the home purchasing process. Because of that, I focus on building great relationships with just about all REALTORS® in Monterey County. There are about 1,300 Real Estate Professionals in Monterey County, I don’t know all of them but in Carmel specifically, since I’ve worked here, lived here, gone to school here, I know and work with most of the top producing Carmel REALTORS®. I strive to get along with other agents because I know agents like working with other agents they like and that could be the determining factor in a seller and listing agent choosing a buyer during the selling process. Not to say that another agent will specifically pick the buyer’s I work with just because we have a great relationship, but the agent could give me some vital information that could help me inform my buyer of how to structure a purchase contract to be very desirable for the seller. From my experience, I have been able to get answers to very helpful questions like – What is the seller really looking for? What will help get both of our clients what they want? And the listing agents provide me with helpful answers because they want to work with somebody that they work well with and that has an excellent reputation in the community like I do.