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Buyers

Purchasing a home is one of life’s most rewarding but delicate transactions.

Success

Wendy’s goal is to make your home buying experience as simple and inspiring as possible. After all, you’re beginning a whole new chapter in your life, and if you’re looking for a home here in the Bay it is bound to be an exciting one at that! The San Francisco Bay Area has so much to offer and so many wonderful neighborhoods to explore. While Wendy is known as the Marina Village expert, she does service the greater Bay Area and is always on top of the current market trends.

As a leading real estate professional, nothing is more important to Wendy than the success of her clients and their families. You could say she takes things “personally,” as she is always going above and beyond to create the best possible results to suit your specific needs. Like in life, she does real estate all the way, meaning she listens to you and emphasizes strong communication throughout every step of the process.

Wendy Sanda strives to keep you informed. Below you will find answers to some common questions regarding the buying process. You will also find links to some wonderful downloadable resources. If you have any questions or would like to discuss something further please reach out to Wendy. She is always happy to help.


What is an Escrow?

The escrow is the process of having a neutral party manage the exchange of money for real property. The escrow holder is known as an escrow or settlement officer or agent. The buyer deposits funds and the seller deposits a deed with the escrow holder along with all of the other documents required to remove all "contingencies" (conditions and approvals) in the purchase agreement prior to closing.


How is an Escrow Opened?

Once a purchase agreement is signed by all necessary parties, the agent representing the party who will pay the fee selects an escrow holder and the buyer's earnest money deposit and contract are submitted to the escrow holder. From this point, the escrow holder will follow the mutual written instructions of the buyer and seller, maintaining a neutral stance to ensure that neither party has an unfair advantage over the other. The escrow holder also follows the instructions of the Buyer's new lender, the seller's existing lender, and both parties' agents. The escrow holder ensures the transparency of the transaction, while carefully maintaining the privacy of the consumers.


What is Title Insurance?

Title insurance provides coverage for certain losses due to defects in the title that, for the most part, occurred prior to your ownership. Title insurance protects against defects such as prior fraud or forgery that might go undetected until after closing and possibly jeopardize your ownership and investment.


Why is Title Insurance Needed?

Title insurance insures buyers against the risk that they did not acquire marketable title from the seller. It is primarily designed to reduce risk or loss caused by defects in title from the past. A loan policy of title insurance protects the interest of the mortgage lender, while an owner’s policy protects the equity of you, the buyer, for as long as you or your heirs (in certain policies) own the real property.


Access our Home Buyers Guide and other useful PDF documents below.

Home Buyers Guide 2017
California Closing Costs 2017
Alameda County Utility Information 2017

What's Your Story?

"Wendy is so personable. She brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the home buying process. Whenever I had a question, Wendy had an answer. If she didn't know, she'd find out quickly. I highly recommend Wendy Sanda if you are looking to buy or sell. You will love her!"

Ellen Mulholland
Ellen Mulholland

"Wendy was our agent on the condo we just sold and the one we just bought as our new home. She was the one who got us a super deal twenty years ago on the condo we just sold. That's three opportunities over a span of years to see Wendy close up: to recognize how exceptional she is not only as a realtor, but as a delightful personality. My wife and I are impressed with how hard she works, her scrupulous honesty and attention to detail. Wendy is remarkably knowledgeable and helpful, always warm and upbeat as well."

L. Wofsy
L. Wofsy

"Purchasing our home in Marina Village 16 years ago we used Wendy as our agent and could not have been treated better or had a more seamless experience. Now selling the same home, Wendy is the only professional we considered. Both buying and selling have been an absolute breeze. Wendy excels in her knowledge of Marina Village, in her guidance about both buying and selling the home and in holding our hand through the process. On top of her professionalism Wendy is personally caring and understanding. She made us feel as if we were her only client. Thank you, Wendy, for all your diligent work and thoughtfulness."

Karen Bolla
Karen Bolla

"We have known Wendy since her days selling the Marina Village condos for the developer. She sold ours to us in 1990 and sold it for us in May 2016. She enabled us to obtain a price that was almost ten percent higher than any other single unit at MV had ever sold for at the time. She was incredibly diligent, knowledgeable, and wise, and her recommendations on contractors, including a stager, a carpet cleaner and a post-sale house cleaner, led us to excellent people whose charges were modest. We recommend her without reservation for either selling or buying."

Ted Keech
Ted Keech

"Met Wendy through a family friend - over the course of over a year, she lead us through a really enjoyable, no-pressure search for the perfect home. She remained optimistic the entire time, encouraged us to be patient and even encouraged us to not over-pay in times where we might have otherwise done so. We ended up finding what she promised from day one - a home that made us thankful we didn't get some of the earlier ones we bid on! While I'm hoping we don't need Wendy's services any time soon, she certainly has a client-for-life w/us!"

Greg Coladarci
Greg Coladarci

"Wendy is great to work with. We bought our Marina Village home and sold it through her. She handled a very complicated sale with our home which was in Escrow, while we made it from one unit, into two again. When we had questions, if Wendy didn't know the answer to it, she found out. She acted as a liaison between us and the HOA, plus managed to juggle representing both us and our buyer with many "Curves Balls" being thrown at her throughout the process. Then when that 1st sale fell through, she took it in stride and managed to find us another buyer almost immediately. The home never had to even go on the market! Wendy is resilient and has abounding positive energy, as well as extreme knowledge of the Marina Village community. She went above and beyond her job, doing things like going to HOA meetings for us, planting flowers and getting us a house cleaner and carpet cleaner lined up, after our move. Wendy is amazing and because of our situation, we really don't think we could have done it without her. We nicknamed her "Wonder Woman" because she is!"

Dorina Hoffer
Dorina Hoffer

"Wendy is an real estate agent extraordinaire. She went above & beyond the call of duty to help us purchase a beautiful & in-demand condo in a very hot market. Her graciousness, good judgment, responsiveness & ability to anticipate possible problems made her an indispensable asset in negotiations & a superb advocate for us. We are fortunate to have had her represent us & recommend her highly."

Jonathan Folkman
Jonathan Folkman

"Over the past six years Wendy served as my broker for the purchase , then sale of a condominium in Marina Village and both my buyer and seller experiences could not have been better thanks to Wendy's personal attention during the entire process . She's extremely professional, helpful, cooperative, proactive and responsive in all of her dealings with all parties. Additionally, her positive, "can do" attitude is refreshing and makes the whole process go smoothly. I feel fortunate to have had Wendy as my representative and highly recommend you talk you her if you are considering buying or selling."

Chuck Shalley
Chuck Shalley

"Wendy Sanda was absolutely wonderful to work with! Our family faced an overwhelming situation where we needed to buy a home and move in less than 60 days. Wendy was able to seamlessly accomplish this feat and get us a home that met all of the requirements on our lengthy list. We have two small children so talking on the phone can be difficult, however Wendy always made herself available at times that were convenient for us usually early in the morning or at night. And if she needed any documents or signatures she always came to us, again making things easy for our family. Most of our interactions took place via email or text which was perfect for us and she always provided an immediate response. The home we selected to purchase had multiple offers and Wendy was able negotiate a flawless deal with her attention to detail and rapport with other agents. Using Wendy Sanda to purchase our home was truly a pleasure and it would be a pleasure to work with her again."

Heather Carlson
Heather Carlson