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6 Tips to Sell a Home in the Tight Triangle Market

Rocking Chair Porch, khongkitwiriyachan, freedigitalphotos.netNorth Carolina summers are great for a lot of things: cookouts, days at the beach, and campfires are just a few of them. And although the warmer months tend to see a large uptick in real estate activity, it is a very active time for home sales. Increased inventory, higher interest rates, and lower investor demand mean that the peak season can benefit local buyers, not sellers. While selling in the summer can be tricky, there’s still a lot of potential for homes priced correctly and properly marketed. The dedicated listing agents at Flat Fee Realty want to help sellers in Raleigh, Cary, and the beyond get the highest price for their homes in the least amount of time.

Check out these six important tips from Flat Fee Realty:

  • Let the light in: Take advantage of longer daylight hours by removing heavy draperies and leaving blinds open.
  • Stay open late: In the summer, many buyers are apt to skip out of work a little early and stay out later. Although it might not be convenient, consider being amenable to twilight or evening.
  • Use natural fragrances: While vanilla and cinnamon are popular cold-weather scents, summer calls for lighter, airier varieties like those from fresh cut flowers or honeysuckle vines. As an added benefit, these delicate scents won’t overwhelm sensitive noses.
  • Keep the air moving: North Carolina summers are notorious for heat waves. Offer weary buyers a respite from the heat by keeping the AC a touch cooler than normal. If any rooms feature ceiling fans, make sure they stay on.
  • Create outdoor living spaces: If the home features protected outdoor areas, like a screened porch or patio with an awning, move some indoor furniture outside to highlight its livability.
  • Accent accordingly: Change out dark throw pillows, rugs, and decorative accents for light or bright summer hues.

The top season to sell real estate is the spring, followed by the fall. The summer months come in third, due to the many distractions like summer vacations, school breaks, and other activities. But life doesn’t wait, and many sellers simply need to sell in June, July or August. For those motivated sellers, the tips above are just a few of the steps to lure summer buyers out of their hammocks and into a contract.

One thing not mentioned above? Choosing the right real estate agent! The listing agents at Flat Fee Realty provide the professional guidance necessary to close a sale in any season. Contact an agent at Flat Fee Realty today!

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This post on selling and buying a home in the Triangle is brought to you by the team at Flat Fee Realty and is intended for informational purposes only.

The Future of Real Estate! 

Flat Fee Realty 

919 342 5230

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3 Factors Home Buyers Should Disregard When Shopping for a House in the Triangle

home search, hywards, freedigitalphotos.netFor many Triangle and Raleigh home buyers (especially first timers), viewing and comparing homes can be overwhelming. From separating wants from needs to holding out for the “perfect” home, most buyers experience some degree of frustration along the way. To complicate the process, some buyers have long and sometimes unrealistic lists of must-have features, causing them to miss out on otherwise great opportunities. The agents at Flat Fee Realty want to help home buyers in Raleigh, Cary, and the surrounding areas focus on what’s important.

Our FFR team offers three important factors home buyers should disregard when looking for that dream house:

  • The seller’s decor: It seems silly to disregard an otherwise great home due to the color of the walls or outdated light fixtures, but Flat Fee Realty agents see this happen all the time. Don’t confuse the seller’s taste in design with the suitability of the home itself. One homeowner’s play room could be another’s home office, so ignore easily changeable items and focus on more or less permanent features, like layout and room size.
  • Home warranties: In the competitive Triangle real estate market, some sellers offer incentives like home warranties to stand out from the crowd. While a warranty does offer some benefits and provide peace of mind, be careful to not give it more weight than it’s worth. A warranty only covered specific systems in the home and provides for discounted repairs (often from approved service providers)—don’t confuse it with insurance.
  • Square footage: Many buyers are unyielding when it comes to a specific amount of square footage. While this might be true in broad terms (most people wouldn’t want to squeeze a family of five into a 1000 square foot home) focusing on a specific number could disqualify a number of suitable homes. A well-thought-out layout often makes a smaller home feel larger, while a poorly-designed home can mean wasted square footage (and dollars).

Touring homes can be a lot of fun for buyers, but also it can be very overwhelming. The one strategy Triangle buyers can apply is to make the process of searching for a home easier and more productive. Focus on what’s important. Keeping non-negotiable needs at the top of the mind and remain flexible on everything else. This method will be key to a low-stress home buying experience.

Having trouble figuring out what’s important? The buyers and sellers agents at Flat Fee Realty are here to help.

Contact an agent at Flat Fee Realty today!

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This post on selling and buying a home in the Triangle is brought to you by the team at Flat Fee Realty and is intended for informational purposes only. 

The Future of Real Estate! 

Flat Fee Realty 

919 342 5230

Contact Us

Terry@FlatFeeNC.com

Photo: hywards, Freedigitalphotos.net

 

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