Sound Off: Who are the major players in a standard real estate deal?


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A: Your typical real estate transaction involves a number of key players, depending on whether you’re buying or selling a home.

However, the players that stay constant on both sides of the transaction are lenders, general home inspectors, pest inspectors, water and energy inspectors, home stagers and of course, your trusted Realtor.


Working with the right lender is imperative, especially one that moves at the same fast pace as the Bay Area market. It is important to perform all home inspections for the sale of a home, as they provide prospective buyers with the needed information to make a quick and informed decision.

With homes often selling in just days of coming onto the market, they are of paramount importance. Home stagers make a home shine and fill in the gaps where most might lack imagination. Lastly, you should always feel that your Realtor has your best interest at heart.


Ron Abta, Polaris Realty, 415-595-7661, ron@polaris-re.com.

A: The acrostic poem below lists those typically involved in a transaction. If a transaction involves all-cash or is sold as is, appraisers, bank lenders, and inspectors may be taken off the list.

So whether you are listing or looking to buy, having an agent with good people skills is paramount, as they will be the conductors of the transaction orchestra, making sure all the players mentioned hit the right notes at the right time. In other words, music to everyone’s ears.

• Transaction coordinator

• Real estate brokerage

• Agents: buyer’s and seller’s

• Nay-saying relative (“That’s too much to pay for a house!”)

• Seller

• Appraiser (if a loan is involved), attorney

• City Hall employee (to record the title)

• Trepidatious or truly happy buyer

• Inspectors: Pest, energy and general home

• Officers: Lending, escrow and title

• Notary-authorized representative

Suna Mullins, McGuire Real Estate, 415-516-3273, smullins@mcguire.com.

A: It takes a village, as they say, and real estate transactions are no different. There are many moving parts that are best handled by a group of professionals each responsible for their piece of the puzzle.

As the Realtor, I stand at the center and focus on the whole while coordinating the parts. I work to source the right providers to play their part, all moving toward our shared goal in service to the client.


It starts with preparations: painting, flooring, repairs, staging. Then disclosures: pest, contractor, structural inspections, homeowners association documents. Presentation: photographers, drone pilots and videographers. Spread the word: marketing team, writers, social media pros. Get it closed: escrow/title, lenders, underwriters and appraisers. Notary. Broker administrative staff. Changing of the guard: Movers, designers and furniture suppliers.

You can see how many people are working, often behind the scenes, to close a deal. But if all goes to plan, my clients just see the end result and think it was a piece of cake.

Adam Gavzer, Compass, 415-505-0714, adam@gavzer.com.


Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Sound-Off-Who-are-the-major-players-in-a-13817748.php

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