Friday, July 31, 2009

Lenders reputation or lack of can tell you the bigger story, not what they promise.

When deciding on a lender for you home purchase it is important to keep in mind the reputation, or lack of, that the lender has. Often choosing someone who will cut fees and agrees to this and that, etc, that other lenders will not comes back to bite you at the closing table....if you get that far. Too many times when someone goes with the person who cuts this and that and promises all these things ends up coming to a hault half way through the process when the lender all of sudden says "oh, well that wont actually work, or we can't actually get that rate or do this bc of whatever". You want a lender who is reputable and more importantly someone who will get you exactly what they told surprises and no oopsie's. Save $300 today maybe cost you $3000 before the process is over.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Put it away...your doll collection is distracting from selling your home.

Put it away! Collectibles and trinket collections are so distracting and draw attention away from what buyers are supposed to be looking at...your home!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First time home buyer, not unprepared home buyer.

If you are a first time home buyer, there are a few steps that are important to remember. One being that it is important to ask for advice and opinions from only a few trusted people that you decide will help you with this process. If you talk about your home purchase with everyone you know, friends, family, co-workers, etc you are going to end up with so many different opinions that your head will spin. Watch the entire video...My video blog:

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Friday, July 24, 2009

What the *&% is the smell?

Sellers: If you are trying to sell your house than keep in mind that some people may not like the lilac scent of a plug in that you have in every outlet of your house. Also, buyers may not stay and actually take a good look at your home is if smells like tonights dinner....sauerkraut and pork anyone? Smell in one of the 5 senses....that mean...yucky smell equals not a good emotional connection. If you want to sell you home take out the trash and keep the scent neutral.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I am not a tour guide, this isn't HGTV.

As a Realtor in NC I am required by law to explain to a potential client or any customer, how they will be represented by an real estate agent. You can be represented as a buyer or a seller. As a buyer's agent, most experienced and educated Realtors will require that you work exclusively with them under an exclusive buyer agency agreement. This protects the buyer...if your agent isn't representing you then by law we work for the seller and must look out for their best interests not yours. And it protects the agent, who is not paid hourly or reimbursed for gas or for the time, etc, unless someone purchases a property. As an agent and a real estate consumer/buyer I will only work under this agreement. Why should I be loyal to you if you arent loyal to me?

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wilmington housing market seeing signs of comeback

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

News 14 Carolina

If you are in Wilmington, NC or the surrounding area be sure to check out News 14 Carolina, a Time Warner Cable channel, tonight starting at 5. I met with a reporter from News 14 Carolina today to discuss the market activity we have been experiencing. The story should run continuesly this evening and maybe online as well. Don't miss it!

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Correction / Clarification

In regards to my blog on Friday titled "Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty ROCKS!"...

In my video below I stated that we “sold a house every 2.5 hours”….which is correct for the month of June and yes, it is based on 24/7. CBSC did sell a house every 2.5 hours for the month of June.

HOWEVER, in the video I was saying that it was for 2009, for all of this year, we sell a house every 2.5 hours. That is not correct. If you pull the numbers for the entire year and base it on 24/7 we have been selling a house every 3 ½ hours since January 1. That was completely my fault….I guess I really shouldn’t have dropped AP Calculus my senior year of high school...maybe I would be able to add/multiple/and divide properly. LOL

So, yes 24/7, yes every 2.5 for June, but for all of 2009 it is every 3.5 hours.

Which I must say is not too shabby of a number.

Hope this is good clarification. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty ROCKS!

Wow, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty is having an awesome 2009! We are selling a house every 2 1/2 hours!!! Yes, that's right, every 2.5 hours CB Sea Coast Realty sells a house. June of 2009 was our best month in sales since August of 2007. The market has consistently picked up every single month since October of 2008! If you are thinking of buying you better not wait any may have already missed out on the best deals, but there are still some out there!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Negotiations are often the most important factor in a real estate transaction

Negotiations are often the single most important piece to any real estate transaction. Terms of the contract, dates, price, inspection items, and repairs are all things that your Realtor must negotiate for you. If your agent does not have strong negotiating skills you could be leaving a lot on the table and not getting everything you could. Also, you must be able to trust that your agent knows the best negotiation tactics to get you what you want.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Twitter This....

I need your help. I want to like Twitter, to embrace it, and use it effectively....but it drives me insane! I cannot get excited about it or really like it at all to be honest. I don’t understand why it is common courtesy to follow someone back just because they are following you and I also don’t understand why other people care about articles online that people post all the time. Help! Make me appreciate Twitter....

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