Have you recently started to look for a home to purchase? You have probably done your research online, found some homes, and maybe even visited an open house or a new home community. At one of these places you have definitely come in contact with a local real estate agent. They have asked you a bunch of questions and you may have given them your info....maybe you gave them the cold shoulder or your alias name. I often get asked, "Why should I work with an agent when buying a home?" Well, here you go:
Reason #1: In the state of North Carolina a Realtor needs to represent someone in a transaction. By default, that person is the seller. Keep this in mind when you are out and about. The job of a seller's agent is to obtain the best possible price for their client. This does not mean that they can hide material facts from you. They still need to tell you about the lead-based paint or anything that might affect the purchase of the house. However, you don't want to let that new home agent know that you are hoping to spend around $350,000 but that you are qualified up to $500,000 and that you need to be in that new house ASAP because you don't want to re-sign your lease and need to make a decision in the next 3 days!
Reason #2: I often have people say that they want to go it alone because they can find out all the information that they need to know on the internet. It's true....there is an amazing amount of information out there. However, there is also information that can be hard to find, or new communities that are going to be coming in the near future, or information about a landfill that has been proposed in the backyard but has not yet hit the news. A Realtor keeps up with all of this information daily. I am out touring properties that are on the market, finding out about the monthly incentives being offered by new construction, and know what is happening in the Triangle. I can give you the extra information that you need in order to make the most informed decision.
Reason #3: When it is time to write an offer it is great to have a pro on your side. The real estate forms that are used to buy and sell homes are constantly changing. I am up to date on all the changes that have happened as well as any other changes that might be upcoming. The current NC Offer to Purchase contract is 9 pages long with 23 different sections. I pull comps to help formulate the best possible offer. I know that Zillow will give you an "zestimate". Look at the details though. I recently had a listing and the range that they offered was between $159K - $296K. That's quite a broad window. Don't get me wrong....it's a great website for finding out information about property taxes and other homes in the area.
Reason #4: Once under contract this is where I really take over so that you can just have to worry about packing and choosing the new paint colors for your home. I account for all the monies passed throughout the transaction. I coordinate all of the inspections and the closing attorney. I hang out at the inspections to gather information for you so that you can go to your job. I have wonderful painters, handyman, power washer, carpets cleaner and anyone else that we might need to get an estimate from. I work with a rock star team. How does this benefit you? You do not need to worry about the quality of the people you use or spend time interviewing different people for the jobs. I make sure that all the correct forms are to whom they need to be with and manage the transaction for you.
Find out what other buyers had to say about working with me. Reach out to me today if you are looking for someone to help you in this process.
It is a crazy time of year. Party invites, shopping for gifts, your inlaws may be showing up any day now! Sometimes we all just need a little extra help this time of year. Don't worry....my elves are here to help!
You may have already caught the buzz on Facebook or Instagram, but I wanted to formally share my exciting news with you! I have branched out with two partners, Jane Ball & Jill Booth, to open a new boutique Real Estate firm. Be Home Realty officially opened it's doors last Friday. It has been a labor of love and I am so excited to share it with everyone.
I am still helping people sell their homes and purchase new ones throughout the Triangle. To keep providing excellent service, my own personal team has grown as well. Jess Moreau has come on as my buyer's agent. She is wonderful, super organized, and has amazing attention to details. Marianne Ceccarini is my transaction coordinator. She is handling all the details and paperwork behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transaction from contract to closing.
I feel so blessed to have made it to this point. I have only done so with the support, encouragement and referrals from great people like you. If there is anything that I can do to help you, your friends, or your family in real estate, do not hesitate to ask!
My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone number will remain the same, and you can still follow along at www.noplacelikehere.biz
If you are ever in the area, I would love for you to pop by "the Hive".