October 2014

Found 6 blog entries for October 2014.

This one's actually more complicated than meets the eye.

There are several designations among real estate professionals including Real Estate Agent, REALTOR, broker, associate broker, and broker-in-charge. So, what's the big difference?

The most general title is "Real Estate Agent" and though state requirements vary, anyone who earns their real estate license through state-certified classes and tests can be called a real estate agent. 

REALTOR

A REALTOR® (sometimes called "Realtor") is a real estate agent who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Though the term REALTOR® is used generally to describe most real estate pros, technically only those who belong to the association and therefore agree to its code of standards and

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Well, in a nutshell, real estate agents help people buy and sell residential real estate such as single family homes, town homes, or condominiums.  Depending on their specialty, they may also help with buying and selling land/lots, managing rental properties, or working with time shares. More times than not, you’ll come across real estate agents while selling your home or searching for one.

Generally speaking, when helping people buy or sell real estate, real estate agents (also commonly referred to as "Realtors" or "Brokers") have the following duties:

Agents working with buyers:

- connect buyers with a good lenders and help to get them pre-qualified if necessary
- help buyers locate suitable areas and neighborhoods for their home search
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The internet's made home buying easier than ever.

And that's a good thing! Home buyer's have more information at their fingertips than ever before and a more educated buyer is a better buyer, every time. Unfortunately with all the benefits of online home shopping, MLS listings, and house photos it's all too easy to assume you've got access to everything you need to find and buy a home. Odds are, you don't.

The good news is, a competent buyer's agent can fill in the gaps! Not only that, but they'll do things you don't even realize need doing, and they'll do it with intimate knowledge of your wants, needs, and budget. No website can do that.

Here are 6 ways you're hurting your home search by relying solely on Zillow, Trulia, RedFin, or any

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Fall is a great time to sell your home.

After spring, Fall is actually the second-best time of year to list your home. People are back from summer vacation, they're relaxed and enjoying the beautiful weather, and there's an extended period of 'normalcy' before the holidays which provides buyers ample time to look at and decide on a home.

House for Sale in Fall

In the Charlotte market, particularly, this fall is a great time to be a seller. Home sales are up (August to August) but for the first time in dozens of months, home prices are declining slightly over the same month last year - about 0.3%. For sellers, that means it's more important than ever to work with a Realtor who knows the neighborhood well, and also to avoid overpricing their home. Inventory and demand

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My short, quick answer is eehhhh. 

I think I started to hear the term "pre-inspected" about 10 years ago or so.  I don't remember the specifics but I started hearing of some homeowners, on the advice of their Realtor I'm sure, getting their homes pre-inspected.  My initial thought was "Why?  The buyer is going to get their own inspection anyway."  But I quickly saw the other side of the debate which really had two parts:

1. To find out problems upfront
2. To create a nice selling point

Home inspections cost $450+ in most cases and not all sellers have that kind of money to spend.  I'm not one to easily spend my client's money unless I truly think they're adding value to the sales process and in many cases, I don't think pre-inspections are the

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