Buying a Home in Idyllwild

Wether you are ready to buy now or just thinking about buying in beautiful Idyllwild California, you have come to the right place. Sign in today and start your search and I promise you will not be disappointed. You will find my site up to date with all the listings in Idyllwild and the surrounding areas. I will follow up with you and send you new listings and price changes as they come up. When you are ready to start your search in earnest and start looking at properties I will refer you to a lender if you need one and help you get pre approved. We will help you every step of the way. Lets get started!

How does the Home Buying Process work?






Well... yes, we will! Sort of... 

It is true; you the buyer don’t normally pay the real estate commission, the seller does. Our buyers almost never do.  In fact, if you never buy a house, there is no commission. 

This means you could shop for a home for 2, 4, or even 6 months or more and if you never buy a house, we never get paid.  Believe it or not, I am ok with that. 

Imagine if you will, Susie goes to work on payday and she goes in to pick up her check. She has worked really hard the last couple of weeks, and she’s looking forward to getting paid. She opens the envelope and instead of a check there's a note, and it says: 

Dear Susie,
These last two weeks you have really gone the extra mile for the company. You have been a team player. You've worked hard. We could not have asked more of anyone. In fact, you have given more than we could have ever expected. 

Susie, you've exceeded our expectations dramatically. Now, don't take this personally, because we think you're just the most wonderful person. We think you're the nicest person in the world. Susie, at the last minute, just as we were getting ready to write you your check, Bob showed up. You know Bob. Everyone loves Bob; he’s just such a nice guy! Well anyway Susie, we knew you were at a family function, and we didn’t want to interrupt you, and well... Bob was available, so we wrote your check out to him instead. 

We know you’ll understand, Susie, as we were really the victims of circumstance. Even though you’ve spent the last two weeks working 60+ hours a week on our project, Bob happened to have something that would work for us. (True, it wasn’t the same as what we’d asked you to work on, in fact, it was completely different, but it will work.) 

Anyway, we hope there are no hard feelings. After all, if we ever run into someone who needs a project like the one you were working on for us, we’ll be sure to refer them your way.  In fact, we’re looking forward to seeing you next week and we know that you'll do just as good in the next two weeks as you have in the past. 

Incredibly Thankless Employer, Inc. 


How would you feel? It would be horrible, wouldn't it? You wouldn't put up with that, would you? Of course you wouldn’t. Do you think this happens to realtors once in a while? Of course it does. 

It happens all the time. Clearly, we at Forest Realty don’t ever want to be Susie in this example. We know that won’t happen with you because you are not like the thankless employer in this example. In fact, we don’t’ want to be Bob either. In other words, we don’t want you to pay us for someone else’s hard work. 

We simply as for 3 things when we agree to come to work for you: 

1. Be loyal – While you are working with us, (we are working for you) we ask that you only work with us. Should there ever come a time when you feel the relationship isn’t working for you, we’ll be happy to let you out of your Buyer Agency Agreement (see below). All we ask is that you give us 30 days notice before ending our employment/agreement with you. 

2. Set our salary up front–You wouldn’t go to work for a company without knowing what you’ll be getting paid, neither would we. We simply ask that we get paid 3.0% of the sales price on any properties we successfully close for you. If we never get a property closed for you, we never get paid. It’s that simple. 

Now, a word on commissions; they are all over the board. Typical commissions paid to the agent who represents the buyer will range anywhere from 2.5 to 5%. We expect 3.0%. Some agents will show you first those listings that will pay them the most commission. We don’t do that. We show you all of the listings that match the criteria you have given us, regardless of the commission being offered. We only ask that in cases where the commission being offered is less than 3.%, you allow us to negotiate the difference as part of the sales price. The Seller pays the commission, not the buyer! Everyone wins this way. You win because you know you are seeing all of the listings, and we win because we get paid the same no matter what property you buy. 

3. Send us your referrals – We ask for your commitment that as you come in contact with people buying, selling, renting, or refinancing real estate you will call us with their name and phone number. We’ll take great care of everyone you send our way, and we’ll never pressure anyone! Your referrals are the lifeblood of our business. 

In return, I will devote my team, my time, my talents, my energy and attention to helping you find the house that is perfect for you and your needs. 

In short, I will make it our mission in life to help you succeed. 

My success is 100% contingent on your success! 

In real estate, the way we consummate this relationship is through a Buyer Agency Agreement. It sounds like a bigger deal than it is, really. Basically it is simply a way to ensure that going forward; we are all on the same page. It restates what we just covered in this letter, and sets up a time frame for the agreement (generally 6 months). 

I do think that we should have a chance to get to know each other and decide if we want to work together before we commit to a 6 month agreement.  So the first time we meet, and the first time we look at houses all I ask is that we sign an agreement that only pertains to the houses we see that day.  After that should we decide that we want to continue working together we can sign a new agreement going forward.  I want you to want to work with me.


Warm Regards



Gary Agner