Tip #6: Know Where to Find the Best Deals on Homes for Sale in the Raleigh Area

The best deals on homes for sale in the Raleigh area are homes listed at over $400,000 in the western part of Cary, the northern part of Raleigh, and any part of Wake Forest. These are the areas where builders added too much to the supply of housing in our market. This oversupply has decreased prices dramatically for both resale and finished new construction homes. The higher price ranges have decreased by larger percentages, so

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Tip #13: Get an Experienced Full-Service Broker and Listen to Them

Not all brokers perform equally. Ten percent of brokers are responsible for over 80% of all sales in the Raleigh area. As of this writing, the average “days-on-market” for sold listings in the Raleigh area is 37 days, but some of the best agents are averaging in the single digits. A tough real estate market is a “professional’s market”. Some may think that since we are in a seller’s market, it’s “easy” to sell a home creating a misconception

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Tip #11: Be Smart About What Offer You Accept

It is very difficult for a seller to back out of a North Carolina real estate contract, so think carefully before signing on the dotted line and be smart about what offer you accept. I advise not considering a contract that is contingent upon the sale of a home that does not already have a contract on it. Your buyer may not have properly prepared their home for sale, and/or may be unrealistic about asking

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Tip #6: Price Your Home Realistically

The price you want, or need, to get for your home does not matter to buyers. Yes, making smart investments and otherwise preparing your home for sale will definitely increase the value, but if your asking price is too much above that value, it will not sell. In fact, because the market is much more price-sensitive than most sellers realize, you may not even get any showings. Do not make the mistake of thinking, “I’ll

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Tip #8: Sell Your Home Quickly

Brokers set up searches in the Multiple Listing Service for their clients, so that when a home comes on the market that meets their buyer’s criteria, it gets sent to the buyer automatically. So when your home is activated in the MLS, it will be emailed to hundreds of potential buyers all at the same time. Some of these buyers just started looking, so even if they see and love your home, they are not

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Tip #3: Do these easy things

Here are a list of low-cost easy home improvements which will pay for themselves many times over: Clean every inch of your home. Get help if you need it. Spread new mulch. Use dark brown “triple-shredded stained bark.” The stain keeps it looking better much longer. Pine straw is cheaper but it also looks cheaper. Plant many, many flowers. More than you think you need. Flowers may be the single best investment you can make to sell your

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Tip #9: Hide the Pets

I know you love your pets. I love mine too. But buyers do not like pets, so it is important to hide the pets. In our experience, 70% of buyers will not consider buying your home if they see you have a cat. Too many people are allergic, or have friends or relatives who are. Thirty percent of buyers will not consider your home if they see you have a dog. To a lesser extent,

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Same Home, Same Market, Different Outcome

  How can you really know if one listing firm can produce significantly better results for you? Comparing results between different homes, even in the same neighborhood, is uncertain because of the number of variables involved. But “Same Home / Same Market” comparisons keep those variables constant and reveals the true ability of a real estate firm. As you review the properties below, keep in mind that at Hunter Rowe, our definition of MARKETING includes

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Buying a Lot to Build On

Designing Your Home You can normally choose, purchase, and bring your own plans to the builder for further modification. Hiring an architect to design from scratch is much more expensive and very rare these days. It is good to start doing research on your ideal home design early so you can be sure to choose a lot that fits the plans and a builder who is comfortable building it. There are endless options for finding

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Tip #1: Make buyers fall in love with your home

Buyers keep looking until they fall in love. They are not looking for “a” home, they are looking for “the” home, their “dream” home. They are tired of seeing homes (9 out of 10) that are not ready for sale. They want a clean, fresh, move-in-ready home. Most do not want to do even minor projects. As a seller, you must understand the mind of the buyer and make buyers fall in love with your

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New Home Construction Questionnaire

We help numerous clients each year purchase new homes. Through our experience, we have learned that it is extremely important to be thorough in your research throughout the entire process. We have compiled our New Home Construction Questionnaire to ensure we cover each aspect of the building process and provide high quality results for our buyers each step of the way. Lot Where is the retention pond going to be? Is there a lot premium?

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Buyer Financing: Mortgages and Home Loans

Buyer Financing: Mortgages and Home Loans Guide Use this page as a resource to answer all your home financing questions!   Get Your Home Financing Figured Out Early   Before you know what homes to consider in the Triangle Area, you need to figure out your home financing to know how much you can afford, and that comes down to the monthly payment amount. Between loan products and new lending rules, variable interest rates and

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Decluttering & Staging Your Home

Importance of De-cluttering Once you have made improvements to your kitchen, master bathroom, flooring & paint, it is time to highlight these features that add perceived value to buyers  by decluttering and staging your home. “Live like you are on vacation,” says Barb from Leave It to Us, “and remember the Golden Rule: ‘Less is More”. De-clutter by taking anything and everything that you do not need out of the home.  De-cluttering will make the home

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How to Prepare & Stage a House for Sale

2 Most Important Rooms: Kitchens & Master Bathrooms Invest in these rooms to get the highest return. Throughout years of working with buyers when asked about their favorite and least desirable aspects of home, we’ve found they typically mention at least one of these rooms. Home builders splurge here so when buyers are looking that is what they desire in a resale home as well. Click on pictures for full article & to see before/after

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