Friday, November 17, 2017

Birkdale Real Estate - 7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Carolina Living Real Estate is excited to share a website with our visitors.   The Lighter Side of Real Estate is a website created for realtors to share information with buyers and sellers of real Estate. 

While the it admittedly created to offer some humor to some of the day to day things we go through, there is really some valuable truth to the information.

The 7 myths you need to get past to sell your home is a prime example of offering advice to sellers by adding some humor. 

Some things you will learn in this article are:

1.  Pricing is the absolute number one consideration.  There are a few examples of this which are very true!
2.   Renovations that are needed and known by the seller must be considered in the right way.
3.   Everything you read on the internet is not necessary true.   How can a Zestimate be accurate if the home and community have NEVER even been visited!

Check out the article and the website.   I believe you will not only enjoy it but you will also gather valuable information.

Contact me and let's get started!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Your Next Huntersville Agent - What We Do For Buyers

According to, a buyers agent performs the duties listed below., HOWEVER there is much more to it than these and we provide these and much more!

  1. Find the right property. After determining what clients are looking for and what they can afford, the agent will schedule appointments to tour homes that fit the bill. The agent can also explain the ins and outs of various properties and neighborhoods to help buyers decide which home is right for them by explaining the pros and cons of various options. 
  2. Negotiate the offer. The buyer's agent will advise clients on an appropriate price to offer and present it to the seller's agent. "Then they will negotiate on your behalf and write up the contracts for you," says Matt Laricy, a Realtor with Americorp Real Estate in Chicago. This is where the agent's experience in negotiating deals can save you money and help you avoid pitfalls like a fixer-upper that's more trouble than it's worth. 
  3. Recommend other professionals. A buyer's agent should also be able to refer you to reliable mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, movers, and more. This can also help expedite each step of the process and move you to a successful sale all the faster. 
  4. Help overcome setbacks. If the home inspector's report or appraisal brings new issues to light, a buyer's agent can advise you on how to proceed, and then act as a buffer between you and the sellers or their agent. If negotiations become heated or hostile, it's extremely helpful to have an experienced professional keeping calm and offering productive solutions.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Your Next Huntersville Agent (Check out other Videos) - Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a Fantastic Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.  We have dropped off flyers as a reminder to check out this website for good real estate information.  If you are thinking of selling, check out the links under the 'Sellers' Menu option.


Roby Robertson

Monday, October 23, 2017

Your Next Huntersville Agent - Why Hire an Agent?

Whether you are buying or selling a Birkdale/Huntersville home, it can be quite a stressful journey. This is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can sell it themselves.
These 5 reasons are why NEED your Next Huntersville Agent in your corner and have recently,  been strengthened by the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to pick up steam.

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true real estate professional is an expert in his or her market and can guide you through the stacks of necessary paperwork and required laws to make your dream a reality.

2. So you found your Huntersville/Birkdale dream house, now what?

There are possibly hundreds of steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to make sure that you achieve your dream and it is done right?

3. How do you feel about negotiating and removing personal feelings?

So maybe you’re not convinced. There is a potential long list  of entities ( ask me ) that you will need to be prepared to negotiate and/or interact with (not to mention the party on the other side of the transaction) , and you will soon realize the value in selecting an experienced real estate professional. 

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to numerous studies:  
“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added) FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by real estate agents:
“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”
Are you a buyer: This does not begin to cover the things that are 'gotcha's with regard to the purchase/ repairs etc.  The costs can grow to an overwhelming amount!
Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional!

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in our area? This website will help but who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low offer?
Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of our market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

You wouldn’t treat an illness without going to a doctor.( I hope) Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a real estate professional?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Your Next Huntersville Real Estate Agent - Sellers Disclosure

In Real Estate circles the we have a phrase that we emphasize to our sellers.  It is actually very simple.  It is 3 words and they repeat!  DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE.

In reality we live in a litigious world and the best way to protect ourselves is to disclose what defects are aware of when we list our homes for sale.

Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of listing a home of a long term client where a family member recently ended his life by hanging.  While, it was very very sad, I had to know if this has to be disclosed to buyers.

The laws vary by state but on NC there is a published document entitled 14 Facts you Do Not Need to Disclose wen selling! You can read the article here.

If you want to learn more about disclosure, please read the article on entitled: Learn These Basic Rules of Seller Disclosure So You Don't Get Sued

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Your Next Huntersville Real Estate Agent - Inspections Preparation

Birkdale, Birkdale Village and Huntersville Sellers, Be Prepared for Inspections

Are you thinking of selling your home?  Being prepared for negotiations and setting list price can also involve being prepared for inspection results  I will explain below.  Once the sales price is negotiated the buyer's lender ( if not cash deal ) will have appraisals done and the buyer will have inspections done.  Historically this can be some of the most stressful part of the transaction.   

If you think about it, the buyer highers an inspector to find things wrong.  Even if you feel your home is in fantastic shape, the inspector will find something.  It is inevitable!

There are some things you can do to be prepared.   One thing you have to be cognizant of.   If you know for sure of defects, you need to fix them or you need to disclose them.   This is what the property disclosure is for.  It can have an effect on the sales price.   This is why being proactive on this, as mentioned above, can be an important aspect of the overall process. 

So, what are some things you can do:

Pre-Inspection:  You an have a certified inspector do an inspection.  While it probably not prevent the buyer from doing their own, it can help with knowing about any hidden defects and fixing them.  It can also show the buyer they are buying a sound home!

Windows:  Do windows work correctly.   Are these cloudy that indicates a broken seal?  Inspectors always write these up!

Foundation: Look at the base of the walls and the ceilings in each room. Are there obvious cracks or apparent shifts in the foundation? Do the same around the outside. Are there any trees encroaching on the foundation?
Lot: Does the drainage appear to be away from the house? Are there any obvious soggy areas?  Are gutter down spouts in good shape and funneling water away from home?
Roof: What is the overall condition? When was it last replaced?
Exterior: Does the house look like it will need repairs or repainting soon? Are gutters and downspouts firmly attached? Are there loose boards or dangling wires? 
Attic: How does the interior of the roof structure look? Are there any signs of leaks?
Interior evidence of leaks: Check ceilings and around windows in each room.
Basement: Is there dampness? Adequate insulation? (If there’s a crawlspace instead of a basement, you might want to leave this for the professional home inspection.)  This is an area where inspectors almost always find things.   Is there a vapor barrier in the crawl space.  Does it seem too damp?
Electrical: Do the switches work? Are there any obvious malfunctions? Have the outlets been grounded? Is the panel updated and expandable for additional appliances or a potential remodel?  Are there outlets near sinks etc. that is GFCI protected?
Plumbing: Any unusual noises or malfunctions?  Toilets work right,  no leaks under sinks!
Heating/cooling system: Does it seem to do the job? How old is the furnace? If the system has been converted, are the old systems or tanks still in place?  
Odor: Does the home smell? Can you detect what it might be and whether it could be fixed? Beware of musty odors which could signal a wet basement.

I can assist with negotiating items on an a repair list.  You do not have to fix everything and there are things we can do.  However, a buyers perception on the condition of the house can and will affect the overall sales price and whether they buy the home at all!

Be Prepared!!!

Here is a good article on that are Common Seller Repairs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Birkdale and Birkdale Village Real Estate - Homes Sold When!?

Are you wondering what months home have closed  in Birkdale and Birkdale Village during the 1st 9 months of 2017.  Thinking of selling your Birkdale/Birkdale Village/ Huntersville home in the future.  Maybe you will find this information useful.

During 2017, here are the number of homes sold by month through September.   There have been a total of 60 homes closed so far.   As you can tell from the data below, the ideal time to sell are between March and August.    This data coincides with home sales throughout the Huntersville and Cornelius areas!

3 Homes closed in January
5 Homes closed in February
8 Homes closed in March
7 Homes Closed in April
9 Homes Closed in May
8 Homes Closed in June
8 Homes Closed in July
8 Homes Closed in August
4 Homes Closed in September

Lets look at the last quarter of 2016.  6 Homes closed during this period.

2 Homes closed in October
1 Home sold in November
3 Homes sold in December

There are currently 14 homes active for sale.
There are currently 11 homes under contract

We can assume that the 11 homes under contract will close in the last quarter of 2017.

Birkdale Real Estate - 7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Carolina Living Real Estate is excited to share a website with our visitors.   The L ighter Side of Real Estate is a website created for rea...