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buyer tips: BUYERS: Anything You Say CAN and WILL Be Used Against You! - 03/11/12 08:48 PM
Recently I had a buyer phone me who had already decided which community he wanted to reside. He phoned me to show him a listing in that community; it wasn’t my listing but, one that he had found on my website so, he presumed it was my listing. He refused my offer to view other properties in the area. He also confirmed that he is not working with a real estate agent and that he had already spoken with Joe Lender and had a pre-approval letter in-hand. Sounds like the perfect buyer candidate, right? So I referred him to one (79 comments)
buyer tips: Home Buyer Tips | Why Do You Need a Buyer’s Agent? - 09/23/11 10:25 PM
Charlotte Home Buyer Tips | Why Do You Need a Buyer’s Agent? I’ve had numerous calls from customers who are requesting that I show them my currently listed homes; they don’t want to see any other properties. I am representing the seller, and I am asked by these customers if I can only show them my listings. When I discover that the person is NOT represented by an agent, I engage them in a conversational review of the various types of agency. MANY of them absolutely refuse to heed advice with regards to dual agency, saying that they “WANT to purchase from the listing agent so (26 comments)
buyer tips: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Made by Many First-time Charlotte Home Buyers - 04/26/11 03:28 PM
How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Made by Many First-time Charlotte Home Buyers Buying your first Charlotte home is exciting, but it can also be expensive, especially if you’re unaware of the mistakes frequently made by many first-time home buyers. Here are a few common mistakes which many first-time home buyers make and how to avoid them: Driving the home buying road alone: Buying a Charlotte home involves a lot of small (and big) details, many of which even an experienced buyer is unaware. Additionally, buying a home is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll most likely ever make. What does (5 comments)
Buyer Tips: Must-Haves, Wants and Don’t-Really-Needs Homebuyers, have you determined what you REALLY need in a new home?Searching for the right home takes time and lots of patience. Before you head out to tour Charlotte homes on the market, you are wise to know exactly what you want in your new home. Create a list of the features you want in your new home, so you make the most of your time by looking only at Charlotte homes that meet your criteria. Here is a quick guide to help you create a checklist:
Must-Haves: These are deal breakers; features that you cannot (48 comments)
buyer tips: Buyer Tips | Home Inspections | What is Covered? - 09/16/10 11:20 AM
Buyer Tips | Home Inspections | What is Covered? The home buying process isn’t complete without a home inspection. Your real estate agent should mention it to you as a very important portion of your real estate transaction. Your lender may even ask about it, especially if you are obtaining an FHA or VA home mortgage. Home inspections ARE important. No matter how much you trust the seller, or even if you're purchasing new construction, there are some things you need to know about your Charlotte home before you purchase it. While you’re not required to attend the inspection, it’s (32 comments)
buyer tips: A Little Homework Can Help Your Charlotte Real Estate Agent Streamline the Home Buying Process - 07/27/10 09:39 AM
A Little Homework Can Help Your Charlotte Real Estate Agent Streamline the Home Buying Process Buying a home can often be considered one of the most stressful things that you will do in your lifetime. Unless you're a real estate investor, you will most likely experience home buyer stress—and even then, cash flow issues for the investors can be stressful. Just a little homework on your part can help your Charlotte real estate agent find a home for you, and successfully close the deal, if you are as prepared and knowledgeable as possible. Here are a few tips to help (15 comments)
buyer tips: How to be a Strong Charlotte NC Home Buyer - 05/14/10 01:20 AM
How to be a Strong Charlotte NC Home Buyer During a slow market, buyers have the biggest advantages of all. That’s why now is a great time to buy Charlotte NC homes. Haggle without feeling guilty because you have the upper hand; your seller is likely to have the upper hand upon their purchase. But, don't be 'smug' about it though--keep in mind that sellers have likely taken the advice of agents with market knowledge who have helped them position their homes on the market--WELL. As the market bounces back, you will have the added bonus of rising prices making your (24 comments)
Question: Do home buyers need the help of a Buyers Agent? Answer: You bet ! When buyers work with a real estate professional who is 100% loyal and completely committed to them, chances are that the entire home-buying process will go smoothly and with a higher level of buyer satisfaction.
Question: What is a Buyers Agent? Answer: A Buyers Agent works solely for you, the buyer, and has no legal or other responsibilities to the seller.* When working with a Buyers Agent, you have the advantage of personal representation, independent counseling, loyalty, confidentiality, and (22 comments)
buyer tips: The Clock is Ticking on that Home for Sale in Charlotte NC – Once Again - 01/23/10 12:35 PM
The Clock is Ticking on that Home for Sale in Charlotte NC – Once Again Once again, the clock is ticking for first-time home buyers to purchase a home for sale in Charlotte NC before the tax credit runs out. Extended in November, 2009, the first-time buyers’ tax credit is set to expire again in April, 2010, and there are no plans for another extension at this time.What does this mean for you? As a home seller, it’s time to look over your home for sale in Charlotte NC, make sure that you’ve done everything you can to put your home (5 comments)
Is A Home Inspection Really Worth It? ....You're darn skippy it is! My friend, Lenn Harley shares valid points regarding the home inspection process in this blog. She is astutely aware that a home inspection not only protects the buyer but, everyone involved in the transaction.
Would you allow your buyers to turn down an inspection? I certainly do hope not--even new construction properties have issues. One recent example of a new construction inspection proving that the cost was worth thousands--the HVAC had been installed erroneously and supposedly, the manner in which it had been installed (5 comments)
buyer tips: Why Buy a Home in 2009? - 05/11/09 06:31 PM
Why Buy a Home in 2009? There has never been a better time to buy! $8,000 federal tax credit is available! Interest rates are low, low, low! Some lenders are even offering free insurance that will pay your mortgage for one year in the event that you are laid off! What does the $8,000 tax credit mean for you? Buy a home and you may qualify for the $8,000 tax credit on your 2009 taxes Even if you don't own $8,000 in taxes, you may receive a refund check for the difference You or your spouse can't have (1 comments)
buyer tips: We MUST Be Our Clients' Advocate--Empower Them with Homework Too! - 03/01/09 02:32 PM
We MUST Be Our Clients' Advocate--Empower Them with Homework Too! I recently had a cute young couple who have two small children who had moved here for a new job and did not know the area at all. They wound up with a real estate agent who placed them in a neighborhood outside of the city, neglecting to tell them that there would be fighting in the streets and gunfire in the middle of the night--OFTEN! They hated the neighborhood AND the school that their children were attending and were ready to move after their first two days in their new (29 comments)
buyer tips: First Time Homebuyer Handbook, Part I - 01/16/09 07:16 PM
Why rent when you CAN buy? Why pay someone else's mortgage for them? When you're a renter, you're doing just that--making your landlord a nice little nest egg for his or her retirement!
Much ado is being made in the news today that the banks aren't lending money and that no one is able to secure a mortgage. Well, let me tell you--Not ONE of my clients turned down for a mortgage during this last year! Banks ARE lending money and chances are you can own your own home for the same amount that you're paying in rent. With (17 comments)
1. What can you afford? Ideally, you can afford a home that is equal in value to between two and three times your gross annual income. 2. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. There are opportunities to purchase with less money down but, you want to be certain that you're not getting in over (2 comments)
buyer tips: At It AGAIN! - 10/26/08 12:57 PM
At it Again! Homeownership--What it Once Was... SHOCK! The media is at it again! Today's front page real estate section boasts that 'Homebuyers face new scrutiny when securing loans.' Okay, my dander is up AGAIN! The article, in a nutshell, is playing on the reader's fears that homebuying is not what it once was. Here are the main points along with, of course, my counter-points:
1. You can no longer secure a 100% mortgage loan. Yes, I had investors who did this but, this article is that it is focused on the homebuyer seeking a primary residence. I am (23 comments)
buyer tips: To Preview or Not to Preview! - 10/24/08 02:15 PM
To Preview or Not To Preview! To Preview or NOT to Preview? Have you ever been on a short-notice search (less than 16 hours!) of a mother-in-law (MIL) suite for your clients? I took a wonderful couple shopping for homes in my area, looking for brick ranch homes with either separate living quarters (kitchen included) or a full, finished basement (also with a kitchen) to be used as a mother-in-law suite. The problem here in Charlotte is that there are not alot of high-end ranch style homes available that were built after the 1980's. This is primarily due to the subdivision (62 comments)
HOME BUYERS! What should you expect when buying a home? You should expect unsurpassed customer service and knowledge of the area. You should expect to have this be the easiest home-buying processes you've ever experienced! You will no longer be allowed to ‘worry,’ we will take care of the details for YOU! As we work together to achieve the common goal of your homeownership, the process will be broken down into four simple stages:
1. Pre-Purchase Consult 2. Shopping for Your Home 3. Purchasing Your (14 comments)
buyer tips: Charlotte NC Buyer Steps to Homeownership, Part IV - 09/23/08 03:15 PM
Charlotte NC Buyers Steps to Homeownership, Part IV Charlotte NC Buyers Steps to Homeownership, Part IV CHARLOTTE NC HOME BUYERS! Our job is to take the worries of home buying out of your possession! You will no longer be allowed to ‘worry,’ we will take care of the details for YOU! So what should you expect when buying a home in Charlotte NC? When you work with The Maxwell House Group, the home buying process will be broken down to four stages: 1. The Pre-Purchase Consult Stage 2. The Shop for Your Home Stage 3. The Purchase Stage 4. The Settling-in (12 comments)
buyer tips: Charlotte NC Buyer Steps to Homeownership, Part III - 09/07/08 07:30 PM
Charlotte NC Buyers Steps to Homeownership, Part III Charlotte NC Buyers Steps to Homeownership, Part III CHARLOTTE NC HOME BUYERS! What should you expect when buying a home in Charlotte NC? You should expect unsurpassed customer service and knowledge of the area. You should expect to have this be the easiest home-buying processes you've ever experienced! You will no longer be allowed to ‘worry,’ we will take care of the details for YOU! When you work with The Maxwell House Group, the home buying process will be broken down to four simple stages:
1. Pre-Purchase Consult 2. Shopping for (4 comments)
Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods
Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC.
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