For Buyers

Looking for your dream home?

It takes more than a trained real estate agent to understand the needs and concerns of a home buyer. It takes someone who has been there, someone who has the same concerns when they’re home shopping. It also takes someone who understands the technical aspects of the home buying process though. Between government legislation, environmental laws, mortgage documentation requirements and the legal aspects of a home purchase, there is a lot to stay on top of. I'm here to help you navigate the San Diego real estate market. There’s plenty to do:

Search Assistance

I help my buyers understand the many fields of information in a listing service search. I guide them in making the most of searches in a listing pool with thousands of listings.

Automated Search Reports

Once I have an idea of your criteria for a home selection, I can set up automated search alert emails to keep you informed of new listings and price reductions of qualified properties.


As tough as it is these days to get a mortgage, I know the best sources in the San Diego real estate markets and will help you to contact mortgage professionals who have been very helpful to my past clients.

Price Negotiations

Buyers shouldn’t walk into a deal unarmed. I arm you with market data to help you to understand the buyer and seller sides and formulate an offer price negotiation strategy.

Inspection & Repair Negotiations

Price isn’t the only negotiation, as there will be property inspections and you may need to enter into more negotiating around property condition and repairs. I am an expert at this.

Contract to Closing Process

The myriad of tasks, documents and delivery deadlines involved in a real estate transaction are all coordinated by me and my closing assistance staff. From title insurance to surveys and mortgage documents, I am here to help.

Here's what my clients have to say.


  • "Kat knows the San Diego market extremely well and was able to show us attributes to houses and neighborhoods that we may have otherwise missed. The selling agent even complimented her knowledge during negotiation. We had a lot of contingencies and hoops to jump through to get in this house, and I am not certain that most agents would have cleared them. She worked tirelessly on our behalf to get us the home we wanted. She also proved to be an excellent negotiator, which anyone who has gone through the process knows, is a major component. Anyone can show you a house, but Kat can get the job done at the price you want."


  • "Best Real Estate agent we have ever had. She stayed with us after a year of looking at so many homes. Very punctual, very thorough and very dedicated to her clients. Would and will recommend her for anyone looking for property in the San Diego area."


  • "So easy to work with! Kat really led my husband and I through the process of buying our first home with tons of patience. She explained everything in detail until we felt comfortable going forward each step of the way. We looked at a lot of houses before we found one that was perfect and never once did we feel rushed or pressured to decide. She was very effective with negotiations and kept our priorities hers from start to finish. I would recommend her to anyone who needs an agent. A+"

    SARA K.

  • "Kat Heldman is the best. She takes care of you every step of the way. She is knowledgeable, persistent, tenacious, and creative! She helped us buy a home in late 2008 when the competition for a foreclosure was ferocious. We were FHA buyers and no one wanted to even look at our offers. She was able to work her magic, negotiate and get us an awesome deal. We couldn't be happier. I am picky, and hard to admit, demanding. Kat went above and beyond our expectations. She is one of my favorite people. She is our Realtor and friend for life."


  • "I love Kat. She is the best. I bought my house through her back in 2008 and never looked back. She was very patient with me, took me over a year or so I think to actually find the place to buy. She dutifully showed me around and was a very good negotiator once I found what I was looking for. She is not an aggressive, buy now, type of agent and I never felt rushed to do anything. I believe that she will do the right thing for her client for the long run. I will definitely use her again for all my future purchases."

    ALEX K.

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