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4 Common Problems with Triangle Real Estate Closings

Time and Money- hywards- freedigitalphotos.netWhether buying or selling (or both), the hectic days leading up to closing are fraught with anticipation, excitement, and often a good dose of apprehension. There are so many moving parts to a real estate closing, and so much money on the line, that it is not uncommon for a variety of problems to arise at the last minute. Unresolved issues, whether small or significant, can delay closings by hours, days, or even weeks.

Our experienced real estate agents at Flat Fee Realty here in the Triangle share four very common reasons why closings are delayed, and most importantly, we share how to avoid them:

  • It’s all in the details: There’s a mound of paperwork involved in an average real estate transaction. With pages and pages of documents, there’s bound to be an error somewhere. A misspelled name, transposed number, or incorrect address can necessitate a rewrite, delaying the closing until everything is in the right order again. It is a good idea to double check all the documents as far in advance as possible. Don’t be afraid to question anything that seems incorrect, confusing or odd.
  • Insufficient funds: Having the funds in advance for a down payment is essential. Issues involving a wire transfer, a bank holiday delay, a technical glitch, or someone not getting the funds together and placing the money where it needs to be, closing can be delayed or rescheduled. . Remember, personal checks aren’t accepted, so make sure to use a certified or cashier’s check, or an electronic transfer.
  • Last minute lender requests: Documentation is critical. Loan and mortgage lenders will ask for additional information up to the last minute. Rental agreements, bank statements, cancelled checks, and insurance documents are all important documentation. Try calling the loan officer the day before closing, to see if there are any problems or if there is the need for additional information.
  • Unsatisfactory walk-throughs: On the day before closing, a buyer typically views their (almost) new home one more time to ensure everything’s in satisfactory condition. Sometimes unfortunate discoveries are made: bags of trash left behind, missing fixtures, damaged walls, and items removed without permission which can create last minute issues. In these cases, the buyer’s agent should address any issues with the seller’s agent immediately. It is important not to wait until closing. If it’s too late for the fixes, repairs or changes, a seller credit towards closing fees could be negotiated making closing possible.

While there are many reasons a closing can be delayed, most of the solutions have one thing in common: waiting until the last moment. Remember, the more that can be done in advance, the better.

With everyone’s cooperation, it is possible to have a quick and smooth real estate transaction!

Whether looking to buy or sell a home in the Triangle, let our experienced agents at Flat Fee Realty be there to make everything right.

Contact us 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 onlThe Future of Real Estate! 

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4 Serious Mistakes Sellers Should Never Make

house with dollars- stuart miles- freedigitalphotos.netIt’s no secret that the real estate market in Raleigh, Cary, and beyond is getting stronger each month. The upswing of sales prices may have home sellers becoming a little complacent, which is a huge mistake. Regardless of the market, sellers need to focus on maximizing their equity as soon as their house goes on the market. The real estate agents at Flat Fee Realty know that there are several common yet costly mistakes that North Carolina home sellers make.

The following four mistakes can really hurt the deal:

  • Ignoring fees and closing expenses: Request, review, and confirm an itemized list of closing expenses well in advance of closing day. Clear up potentially costly mistakes and ensure that credits and discounts are taken advantage of before hitting the lawyer’s office.
  • Letting negotiations fall apart: Buying and selling a home is an emotional process, but don’t let ego get in the way. Instead of taking negotiations personally, step back and focus on creating a win-win deal. Failed negotiations mean extra time on the market, increasing the likelihood that a price reduction will become necessary.
  • Using poor quality photos: These days, almost all home searches begin online. It’s amazing how many otherwise great homes have terrible, low-quality, cell phone pictures in their listings. There’s no second chance for a first impression, so make every effort to have the home professionally photographed.
  • Not working with a licensed real estate agent: The numbers are clear. Owners who sell their own homes usually will take longer to sell and end up with less profit. However, don’t assume a full service agent (and full service commissions) is the only option. Flat fee and limited service agents can be a great option for some sellers.

Low interest rates from buyers, rising sales prices, and a busy summer real estate season sounds like a perfect combination for homeowners considering selling. That’s true, if sellers learn to identify and eliminate mistakes that could end up costing thousands.

Looking to get the most money out of your home? It literally pays to do everything right. The experienced agents at Flat Fee Realty are ready to show you the ropes. Contact us 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 onlThe Future of Real Estate! 

Flat Fee Realty 

919 342 5230 

Contact Us 

Terry@FlatFeeNC.com 

Photo: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net