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What does a Buyer’s Agent actually do?

After helping many first time home buyers successfully buy their dream home, I noticed something that I want to share with as many future first time home buyers as possible! What I noticed was that several of these buyers weren’t aware that they had the ability to use a buyer’s agent to represent them in one of the biggest purchases they will ever make!

I want to put this out there to help educate as many people as possible that you can and should have an agent who works for you when you are ready to buy a home because let’s be honest, buying a home involves a lot more steps than most people realize! So what does a buyer’s agent do? In a nutshell, they help you, the buyers; navigate the entire home buying process one step at a time. But let’s dive in and break this down! Make sure you read until the end because there is great news waiting for you there!

First things first, a buyer’s agent will start by meeting with you to go over the entire home buying process to get you fully equipped so you know exactly what to expect. They will help you identify your needs and wants in a home including your top priorities as well as your deal breakers. They will then set up a custom home search that will find listings that match your wants and needs only so that you don’t have to filter through hundreds of listings that don’t even fit what you’re looking for.

When you start looking at houses, you’ll notice that they will be listed by a real estate agent. What is great about a buyer’s agent that works for you is they work in your best interest, not the sellers. In addition to helping you find a house that meets your needs, they will also help you understand your options when it comes to writing an offer, advise you on the market, help you determine what price and other key terms to offer the sellers and most importantly, negotiate on your behalf. If you find yourself in a multiple offer situation, they have strategies to help make your offer stand out while matching the seller’s priorities. Once you have an accepted offer, they maintain strong communication with both you and the listing agent so you will always be kept in the loop and never left wondering what’s next!

A buyer’s agent will remove as much doubt as possible. They will provide you with all the tools necessary to make an informed decision before you take on the investment of owning a home. Think of them as your go-to resource throughout the entire transaction. Not only will they educate you through each step, they will refer you to their trusted vendors. From lenders to home inspectors, title companies, and contractors, there can be so many moving parts in a transaction that you’ll be thankful to have the help of trusted professionals and save time trying to research them on your own. All of this will help you have peace of mind throughout the home buying process and prevent you from falling into the buyer’s remorse trap!

Having a buyer’s agent won’t cost you anything because the sellers are responsible for paying the buyer agent’s commission. So if you’re already searching for homes online, googling questions you have about the process and you’re ready to dive in, what are you waiting for? It’s time to find yourself a buyer’s agent who will work for you and walk you through all of this – literally, one house at a time!

Look for a buyer’s agent who you feel is a good fit for helping you through the process of buying a home. When you’re interviewing different agents, you’ll want to make sure you choose someone who not only seems knowledgeable but someone who will be available, willing to educate you, able to communicate the way that you want and most of all, someone you feel comfortable working with!

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Pocket Listing at Melrose Townhomes, Matthews, NC

Investor Friendly (minimum 6 month lease term)               Cash, Conventional, FHA, VA Eligible

Pride in ownership is visible from the moment you drive up to this 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath (double master) 1164 sq ft townhome in the Melrose Townhomes community.  The kitchen features Whirlpool stainless appliances and a lovely backsplash. Built in 1997, this home has a new water heater and roof as of 2018. Upgraded fixtures throughout including faucets, mirrors, ceiling fans, lighting, shades/blinds, iron railing at entrance and storm door.  TWO dedicated parking spaces are included, directly in front of the home.

This home is offered at $149,900, to close in October 2019aligned with the completion of the sellers new home. Great for first time home buyers or long-term hold investors.

Clubhouse is available to residents, which includes meeting space and event space. A gym is also available for residents and the pool is a delightful gathering space. HOA ($167/mo) INCLUDES exterior maintenance, water, sewer, garbage, pool, clubhouse and exercise facilities, as well as grounds maintenance.

Contact Becca Smoot for questions or to schedule a showing opportunity,  704-906-4535 (call/text)  becca@yanceyrealty.com

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00 High Rock Ridge, Lot#7 Lake Lure NC 28746

My client, selling this lovely land, has a way with words. Here are some of her thoughts and descriptions of this breathtaking property.

39 westward viewIn my eternal daydream… I have a custom designed mountain cabin… on Lake Lure. A small cabin, powered by solar. Cedar shake, Laurel railings, Huge wrap around deck, built to encompass the three large chestnut oaks. Perhaps a wood fired hot tub on the deck. And hammocks for star gazing. Tin roof, to hear the rhythm of the rain. Honey suckle and confederate jasmine growing in the door yard. Big garden out back on the eastern slope. Majestic views every direction… toward Bald Mountain, Charlotte, the Piedmont. Just the quietude of the land… crickets, coyotes, owls, whippoorwills, hush of the wind through the sourwood & Tupelo. The daydream is incomplete. Instead of a finished product, I have a gorgeous piece of land for sale. (Only, the driveway is complete.) The lot includes resort privileges, lake access, and potential transfer of a boat slip lease. Perhaps I’ll circle back around and complete this day dream in a few more decades somewhere else. This lot is stellar and permitted for a 3 bdrm house.

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Skinks. These vibrant lizards are native to the land (lot) I’ve listed for sale in Lake Lure. As a kid growing up in CT, i was always fond of playing outdoors and catching salamanders. These odd critters sure mesmerized me down south. It’s the juvenile ones who have blue tails… and red heads. Colors dull to brown as they age. I’ve tried to catch these buggers numerous times and failed. They are warp speed! Anyway. Flora & Fauna of Lake Lure.

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Cercis canadensis, the eastern redbud. These trees had their peak in late March here in NC. The forest… Where my lot is located… is thick with red buds. The understory is literally glowing pink for those last weeks of March and start of April. Red buds (and sarvice berries) are typically the first trees to bloom in spring.

Mountain lake resort life. 1.45 acre flat, hilltop ready for your vision! Clear your way to majestic views every direction! Nestled in Laurel Mountain Estates development. Gently sloping gravel drive bordered by native azalea, laurel, chestnut oak. Quiet, secluded lot… (stars, fireflies, crickets at night) includes rites to Rumbling Bald Resort, 2 miles downhill. Resort Amenities: 2 outdoor pools, lazy river, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna/steam, spa & fitness… 2 world-class golf courses, private beach, marina, boat ramp/boat rentals, mini golf, tennis, basketball, playground, kids camps, hiking/biking trails, three restaurants/bars. www.RumblingBald.com. Lot is 7 miles from new charter school, Lake Lure Classical Academy. 20 mins to Tryon Equestrian Ctr. 15 mins to Chimney Rock Park. 1 hr to Asheville, 2 hrs Charlotte. 1.5 hours GSP. Potential for transfer of boat slip lease, ask listing agent for details. Lot permitted for 3 bdrm home, expired. HOA allows short term rentals.

Contact me for more information.

Becca, Yancey Realty

becca@yanceyrealty.com | 704.906.4535

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Lifestyle Considerations for Buying a Home

You’re not just buying a house, you’re buying a lifestyle! That means when you’re writing out your list of must have home features and deal breakers, you need to think beyond the “house data” and figure out which features to focus on that will give you the lifestyle you want to live! As a buyer, you might say you’re looking for a 3 bedroom home with a finished basement on at least an acre and with an updated kitchen. An example of what you really might be looking for is a place to raise your growing family, a kitchen that overlooks the private backyard where you can watch your kids play catch while you make dinner, and extra space in the basement for games, toys and movie night! That’s just an example but I think you get the idea. So the lifestyle you are going to have in your new home is something you want to consider when determining which home features are best for your needs.

Number one – LOCATION MATTERS FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE! You hear it all the time in the real estate world – it’s all about the location, location, location, location… and it really is true! Because while you can change paint colors, counter tops and put on that massive deck you’ve always dreamed of, you can’t move your house to a new spot (not without a lot of money anyways).

Think of things like what your work commute will be like, how far of a drive you’re willing to have each day, the features you want in your community, and the school district you want to be in if that is important to you. Do you want to be in walking distance to the downtown? Do you want to be set further back from the road for privacy? What about the size of the city you live in? Do you want the feel of a small town lifestyle or are you happier in a busier city? The location of your home will be something that isn’t going to change so figure out what is essential to you when it comes to the location of your home and the lifestyle it will create!

Now let’s talk about the home features that fit your lifestyle. When you think of home features it’s easy to automatically jump to your running list of criteria such as the size of the garage, how many bedrooms you want, that must have updated kitchen and all of the “house data” like I mentioned. However, you are ultimately buying a lifestyle, not just a house. So I have some things for you to consider when it comes to the type of lifestyle you are ultimately looking for when you make a move! Write down these questions and really think about what your answers are:

  1. Where do you spend most of your time at home? If you love to cook and spend most of your time in the kitchen, you’ll want to prioritize the layout of the kitchen when looking for a home. You can always add in upgraded quartz countertops or that dreamy double oven but the size, layout and location of the kitchen should be a top concern if you don’t want to do any major renovations.
  2. What is something you wish you had in your current home?
  3. What is something you don’t want any longer in your current home? Is your yard a lot to maintain and you want something smaller with a lot less maintenance? Maybe it’s the opposite and your current yard is just too small for the lifestyle you have making one of your top priorities having a bigger yard with privacy.
  4. How much space do you need to live comfortably and be able to enjoy the things you love the most?

Are you hoping to have enough bathrooms to avoid chaotic mornings?

These questions will help you determine which features could be the most important to focus on when the time comes to look for a new home. Maybe features like hardwood floors aren’t as necessary as having a layout that is perfect for entertaining and hosting holiday parties. You can always swap out flooring later but the layout will be a little harder to change!

Think about how much time you want to put into your house. Do home flipping shows on HGTV resemble your homeownership goals? Many buyers are intent on finding a house they can remodel exactly they want they want which is awesome! However, they often don’t realize how much work, time and money it can take. HGTV can make remodeling and flipping houses look a lot easier than it is in reality. Consider how much time you have to spend on home projects before getting yourself into something that is over your head and potentially over your budget which leads us to…

Your lifestyle budget. Lastly, make sure to budget for your lifestyle, not just your house. It’s important to consider how much you can afford comfortably, not just what you can afford on paper.  Many buyers are pre-approved for a significantly higher amount than what they are actually comfortable spending on a monthly basis. Think about other expenses you have when it comes to your lifestyle – what else is important to you? Do you love to travel or go out to nice dinners on a regular basis? Do you love attending as many games of your favorite football team as possible? What hobbies do you have that cost money every month?  Make sure the amount you spend on your house doesn’t eat up all of your extra funds so you’re glued to the house and can’t have any fun doing the things you love!

There you have it, the top lifestyle considerations for buying a home! Location, home features that fit your lifestyle, how much work you’re willing to do and remember to budget for your lifestyle! If you’re considering buying a new home in the near future and you want to chat more about the type of lifestyle you’re looking for, comment below or send me a direct message so we can set up a time to grab coffee!

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What is the One Thing You Can Do as a Seller to Impress Buyers When Selling Your Home?

As a seller, there are a lot of things you can do to prepare your home for sale that will help attract buyers! However, there is one specific detail that really makes an impression that not many sellers are doing!

My #1 Tip: PROVIDE THE PAPERWORK

Get a binder for $3 at Target and start to accumulate all of the paperwork you have on your house. Receipts from updates you’ve done, permits that were pulled, manuals for appliances, smart home tech how to’s, and any information you have on the age of the Roof, AC, furnace and other mechanicals.

As a bonus, you could create a 1-2 page document that lists the ages of your mechanicals, the updates you’ve done, your favorite features and any other important information about your home. Put this list at the front of the binder and stick everything else inside.

Providing buyers with all of the home’s information up front, will not only make you stand out as a seller but it will really give the impression that the house has been well taken care of and that you also care about the next owners who are going to live there.

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