August 2016

Found 4 blog entries for August 2016.

There’s a pervasive myth out there that buyer’s agents aren’t really necessary. Afterall, can’t you find your next home on Zillow, use LegalZoom to print off all the documents you need, then let your closing attorney take it from there?

We see all too many buyers coming to us after-the-fact, mid-transaction, or for their next home purchase in the wake of a disastrous buy, hoping to recoup some of the financial and psychological losses incurred through a bad experience without an agent. Don’t let this happen to you.

Here are six reasons people might tell you there’s no need to work with a buyer’s agent – and exactly what you should ignore them all.


1.You can easily find your dream home by searching online.
Let’s start with the big

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Making the decision to list your home is only the beginning. Once you’re ready, you’ll want to involve a qualified Realtor, study the data, and properly market your home. The good news is, the right Realtor will do most of the heavy lifting!

Ready to put your home on the market? Here’s what to expect next.



Most people find a great Realtor through referrals from friends or neighbors. Don’t just call the first agent you think of, though...take some time to look at each Realtor’s website, their marketing strategy, and more, then ask for a meeting in person. The initial meeting doesn’t have to be lengthy but you’ll want to give the broker a chance to see your home, learn a little about your motivations and goals, and give you some rough

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The Charlotte region continues to experience an unprecedented low inventory of homes for sale. With buyers on the hunt, and not enough properties to go around, the numbers for home sales and closings appear to be dwindling down, with July 2016 seeing a 9% drop in home sales, compared to the same time last year. CRRA President Maren Brisson-Kuester attributed the sales slowdown to the local market's prolonged low housing stock, weak new listing activity and continual price increases. "Demand, as seen through pending contract activity, continues to be elevated. This should send a strong signal to sellers that there are motivated buyers in our market and that the outlook for future sales is still good," said Brisson-Kuester (1). Apart from low inventory,

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Every house should have an open house or two once it hits the market, right? Right!?
It might be time to take a good, hard look at one of the most common practices in real estate. From a seller’s perspective, there’s just not all that much upside to holding an open house. In fact, statistics say that far less than 10% of all homes purchased in the U.S. were found through an open house. So why do agents still host them, and why don’t they really work?

Here are five reasons you can bet your bottom dollar an open house won’t sell your home.

1. Open houses exist primarily to bring business to the agent.
Have you ever noticed how in many cases, the agent hosting the open house isn’t actually the listing agent for the home? Why is that? Simple: the agent

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