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5 Holiday Home Improvements to Make Before Selling

Always have a game plan before putting your North Carolina home on the market; Flat Fee Realty offers five suggestions that will help boost curb appeal and possibly increase the selling price as we head through the Holiday Season.

Working with an experienced Flat Fee Realty agent in Lake Norman, Raleigh, the Triangle and Wilmington is a great way to get input on what improvements can be made. From suggestions about lawn care to how to stage furniture, our team is adept at preparing a home to sell.

5 home improvements to consider before listing your home for sale are:

  • Spruce up the landscape: Curb appeal with be the first attraction to catch a buyer’s eye. Make sure the mailbox is visible and not overgrown, replace faded or missing house numbers. Clean the yard of fall debris and add some color to the entrance way for great first impressions.
  • Replace or clean carpets: Unless the carpets are already new, they are likely holding lots of dirt and odor. A thorough clean or a fresh carpet throughout the house will revamp the entire space and impress potential buyers.
  • Small or partial renovations: Instead of investing in complete overhauls, consider taking on smaller projects such as replacing appliances in the kitchen or updating countertops in the bathrooms.
  • Fresh coat of paint: Many homes are bound to see scruffs and paint chips on the walls, so fresh layers of paint will do wonders to brighten up a space. Also, consider painting neutral colors (builder beige for example) over all existing walls to further appeal to buyers.
  • Update lights and plumbing fixtures: New faucets and sinks will dramatically change the feel of a space, so consider that for a simple project. Updating light fixtures is also a less intensive way to increase home value and buyer appeal.

For more insight regarding home improvements to increase home value, contact our agents at Flat Fee Realty today. We’re happy to help during each step of the listing, selling, and buying processes!

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3 Big Differences with Flat Fee Realty NC Agents

It’s Thanksgiving! And Flat Fee Realty NC is expanding. We are grateful because we are growing not only in the Triangle NC, but in coastal Wilmington and Lake Norman as well. Regardless of where we have growing presence, we are committed to our buyers and sellers! It is important to share that many first time home buyers and sellers think that all real estate agents are about the same, with similar qualities and duties. Yet there is a difference between our FFR agents and others across the Tar Heel State. Our top goal is the client’s best interest.

Now, how do buyers and sellers in the Triangle find and choose the right agent? We only ask potential clients to do a little homework. Our real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty know just what to look for and we want to share the most important factors to consider when choosing an agent.

Flat Fee Realty NC agents offer three big differences in the North Carolina regions we serve:

  • Open Communication: Agents are required by law to have a client’s best interests in mind, and to put them first. Every agent who values open communication is sure to embrace this important principle; our team clearly and fully explains pricing, strategies, and market trends. Flat Fee Realty agents are always upfront with any hurdles or challenges that may arise. Also, since buyers and sellers will be working closely with our agents, it’s best to have an established relationship built on trust formed through open communication.
  • Key regions Flat Fee Realty NC covers: Buyers and sellers interested in residential real estate likely won’t find much value in an agent who does not know residential markets. The internet has also given our agents more access to larger territories, and we have the valuable knowledge of neighborhoods and popular areas that our potential clients want and need.
  • Quality references: Our team offers client testimonials and other references available for review. Buyers and sellers should take advantage of our references when possible because no one can attest to an agent’s quality as well as a previous client. Be sure to ask specific questions when conversing with references so they will provide adequate details.

It might take some patience, but the best real estate agent is in the Flat Fee Realty NC team. Call and meet us to ensure a great fit. Want more about us? Click Flat Fee Realty today!

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4 Strategies from the FFR Playbook Before Buyers Say YES to the House!

Buying a new home is very exciting, especially in the Triangle, Lake Norman, and Wilmington. The North Carolina real estate market is growing and improving every day, creating a high percentage of happy homeowners. While this is an exciting time, saying “yes” to the house is a big decision. 

Flat Fee Realty knows that there is a proven process to finding the perfect home and that is how we help homebuyers across North Carolina.

Four facts from the Flat Fee Realty Playbook that are a must read before saying yes to the house:

  • Layout and design: Homes are unique. The potential homeowner has to decide on the style of home, whether it be a traditional single-family home, a townhouse or even a condo. Each home has a different style and everything should complement the owner’s wants and needs.
  • Cost: Buying a home is one of lifetime’s biggest financial decisions. It is vital to make sure that all monies are in order to buy a home; finances are essential to determine what the potential buyer can afford. Remember to include the expenses for furniture and any home improvements.
  • Neighborhood: The location of the home and choosing the right neighborhood are very important. The ideal location of the home depends on the owner’s specific needs (job, shopping, activities, schooling) It is good to have an idea of the ideal location and neighborhood to avoid any future regrets.
  • Flat Fee Realty NC: Every neighborhood and home has a unique quality.  Our team of agents are well-informed about the popular area and neighborhoods and know what homes are priced right and a great fit to the regions we serve. Our professionals are guides to potential homeowners and we can ease the stress of finding the perfect home.

 

Autumn is a great time to buy a home! If it feels like it is the right time to move, give us a call. Flat Rate Realty NC is the perfect guide for today’s market.

We are the future of real estate.

Contact the team at Flat Fee Realty today for more information.

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Is Autumn the Time to Leave a Rental and Buy a Triangle Home?

clker-house-pixabayIt is interesting to note that approximately one third of all single family residences are rental homes. In certain areas of the Triangle, we actually have even higher rental rates. Renting or buying is a big decision. When considering whether to purchase a Triangle home or rent one, there are many factors to consider before this important decision is made.  

Our real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty work with many Triangle renters as they assess what to do.  In fact, many people need just the basics from our team to understanding the advantages of owning a home.

Flat Fee Realty offers three basic yet important factors to consider when deciding to rent or to buy in the Triangle:

  • Financial plans: Unless something drastic is changing in the near future, such as plans to leave the Triangle area or other large purchases that need to be made; there is more to gain financially by buying a home than by renting one. Home ownership allows for mortgage reduced taxes and home appreciation.
  • Desire to customize: If making changes in the rental is the desire, it is probably wise to purchase a home. In rental homes, many landlords will not want any changes made. Owning a Triangle home will give the ability to make changes and the upgrades as needed.
  • Stability: Many first time home buyers share that they are looking for stability in their living situation. Owning a home presents a lot more stability than renting one. A new home offers sound financial decisions and a new sense of ownership and security.

There are a number of advantages to owning a new home. A few fun rewards are new furniture, energy efficiency, new neighbors, and that fresh coat of paint!  

If information is needed about buying a home in the Triangle, please contact Terry McDonald and the real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty today.

The time is now to buy your new home; give us a call.

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4 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Triangle Home

dreamstime_xs_18817936Listing a home in the Triangle, especially after living in it for years, can be an emotional time filled with questions and  memories. Many people across Raleigh now find themselves in an empty nest. What to do?  At Flat Fee Realty, we understand home sellers are investing quite a bit of themselves into selling their Triangle home.

The good news is that the Triangle real estate market is very active. Many people are ready to sell, especially in this seller’s market. This is great news, but managing those memories and emotions are very important. Clear thinking, coupled with the advice of one of our experienced Flat Fee Realty agents will minimize expensive mistakes. Across the country, many sellers will make an average of up to three costly mistakes each and every transaction.  

Flat Fee Realty advises against making these four big mistakes when selling a Triangle home:  

  • Having a cluttered or completely empty house: Clutter removes space and offers a poor first impression. Clear all counter space, throw out the magazines, and declutter the closets. On the other hand, a totally empty house makes it hard to envision imagine living there; consider home staging in that case.
  • Using inferior, blurry, or impromptu cell phone photos: Because most Triangle home buyers start their home search online, a home should make that “oh wow!” first impression online. Flat Fee Realty will help sellers to frame the interior and exterior in the most appealing manner.
  • Not disclosing important information: Triangle home buyers will usually discover any issues with the house, and use anything negative for bargaining position. Disclosing everything up front about every problem is the best approach.
  • Not planning the closing date: The difference of one day can make a difference in taxes paid. Check with us and our team for the best closing date.

Selling a house in the Triangle is simple but it is never easy. And, at times, it can be stressful. After all, home buying and home selling are usually the largest transactions Triangle residents will ever undertake. Flat Fee Realty can help minimize mistakes when selling a local home. If you live in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, and Apex and beyond, call the professionals; contact the Flat Fee Realty team today! We make the difference!

We are the future of real estate in Raleigh and the Triangle.

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3 Huge Reasons to Buy that Triangle Dream House Now!



pixabay-cliker-freevectorimagesThe Triangle housing market has seen great growth and continued success in 2016. For instance, the average median-priced Raleigh home, which is about $150,000 value, will sell in less than 30 days. This truly indicates that Raleigh and the Triangle are seller’s market; this is also good for Raleigh home buyers who are looking to purchase their first home, or looking to sell their current home and purchase another.

For the Triangle home buyers, September and October are definitely the time to take the next step and purchase a new home.

The real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty suggest three very important reasons why the time is right to buy, and buy quickly before the end of 2016:  

  • Demand is high: Since the Triangle area has been nationally recognized as both a great place to live and a booming economy with excellent work opportunities, new home buyers are flocking to Morrisville, Cary, Apex, and other surrounding cities to start anew. This increase in demand will lessen the supply of homes available for purchase, so buyers should act fast if they want to secure a great deal on a home. It just takes a little homework and Flat Fee Realty.
  • Supply is low: Home sellers are taking advantage of this higher demand, and because of this fact, there are less homes on the market and shorter selling times. Sometimes, even same day listings will see buyers prepared to make offers with pre-approvals in hand. Along with this, since the demand is higher than the supply, homes are selling at listed prices or a little higher, making negotiations a little more challenging as we work on the client’s behalf.
  • Mortgage rates are very good: Right now, mortgage and interest rates are extremely low, which enables Triangle home buyers to research the best rates and terms for their needs with better odds of approval. However, making a quick decision is important. Remember, after the election, rate increases can and often do happen.

These are just a few reasons why new home buyers should act now. The Triangle area is a nationally recognized location for opportunity and advancement. And we can find the dream home that will make the difference. We work for every client with both service and value combined. Contact our real estate agents at Flat Fee Realty to act now and get the best deals available!

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3 Questions New Home Buyers Need to Ask Before Purchasing Anything

FFR- Jan 19 Pic- Stuart MilesListing a home “as-is” in the Triangle real estate market is a move that definitely benefits the home seller. For buyers, this type of home means a lot of research is required in order to ensure that purchasing this particular property is a good investment. Enlisting the help of a Flat Fee Realty professional will make the opportunity easier to navigate, and we will assist with just the right questions to support a wise real estate decision.

The real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty advise Triangle home buyers to ask these three important questions when considering purchasing a home listed in “as-is” condition:

  • Who is the seller? This may seem redundant, but knowing who the seller is in the case of an “as-is” property is important. If the property was foreclosed on and a financial institution took over the resell, the bank might be unaware of the overall condition of the home, which may need repairs. If the current owner is selling, they may be unwilling or unable to make necessary repairs, so the negotiation process will be more challenging for both the buyer and the Flat Fee Realty agent.
  • What repairs are needed? Buyers are urged to use the due diligence period to their advantage. The listed “as-is” price may be intriguing, yet it’s crucial for buyers to be aware of any damage or problems that the property possesses so they can factor in the cost for repairs. Home inspections may cost some money upfront, but in the end the buyer benefits from knowing the property’s condition.
  • Will the seller negotiate? If inspections show that substantial work is required to make the home move-in ready, buyers should know their options for potential negotiation. The seller may indeed be incapable of making the repairs, so buyers will have to determine whether the investment is a good decision. However, if there’s room for negotiation, Flat Fee Realty in Morrisville will be able to provide guidance during the process.

Homes listed in “as-is” condition may seem like a risky investment, but armed with the right knowledge and resources, such as an agent from Flat Fee Realty, buyers will have the tools necessary to make sound decisions. Contact us today to obtain excellent counsel in the Triangle real estate market!

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3 Myths Home Buyers in the Triangle Need to Know

dreamstime_xs_18817936The Triangle real estate market is in its summer season of growth. The market in the Raleigh, Cary, and Apex area is seeing lower interest rates and an increase in home values. Overall this means more competition among buyers and sellers alike; and with more competition, buyers should be educated and not make decisions based on common real estate myths.

Our real estate professionals at Flat Fee Realty shed some light on three common real estate myths that are associated with buying a home in the Triangle:

  • Down payments are the only upfront cost:  Unfortunately, this is just one of several costs that come with buying a home. Between home inspections, repairs, closing costs, and realtor commissions, buyers will do well to be prepared for financial surprises. This isn’t meant to scare potential buyers away. Proper planning and enlisting the help of a buyer’s agent will benefit those who are unfamiliar with the overall process.
  • Excellent credit gets the deal: Although a great credit score wouldn’t hurt, the reality is that most people are building credit for the first time or rebuilding after some mishaps. The housing market will not exclude those who have average or below average credit scores. Talking with a lender about your situation will show many options such as an ARM, an FHA or VA loan, or even a fixed-rate mortgage.
  • Lenders with the lowest interest rates are the best choice: When the Triangle market gets competitive, buyers tends to seek out lenders who offer the best interest rates. A few percentage points could mean the difference of several thousand dollars in mortgage interest over 30 years. However, the lender with the lowest rate might have poor reviews and client service. It is important to take the time to do research and find reputable lenders with a good history and background.

As 2016 heads more deeply into the 3rd Quarter, the Triangle housing market is sure to see some changes. Buyers and sellers must be prepared with the facts to ensure a smooth process and enjoyable buying experience. Contact our professional and friendly real estate agents at Flat Fee Realty to ensure you have the facts on your side!

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4 Money Tips for Home Buyers in the Triangle

FFR Website PhotoAs rental prices for homes and apartments in North Carolina continue to increase, many people in the Triangle are opting to buy their first home. For new buyers, the costs associated with purchasing a home may seem financially surprising; after all it is a big commitment. Our team at Flat Fee Realty will provide the expert assistance needed, and share all the costs and considerations to make new home ownership a wonderful and exciting experience.

Our real estate professionals at Flat Fee Realty know that first-time homebuyers in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and the Triangle will need help with creating a successful game plan.

From the experts at Flat Fee Realty, follow these important money tips when preparing to purchase a home in the Triangle market.

  • Consider every expense: The initial costs when purchasing a home are sure to surprise the new buyer. Down payments, inspections, appraisal fees, and closing costs are expected as part of every purchase. The bigger picture includes loan interest, property taxes, maintenance, renovations, as well as homeowner’s and mortgage insurance. It can add up. Be prepared to budget accordingly to ensure financial success.
  • Shop for a local mortgage professional: Be diligent during this process. Mortgage lenders will often have competitive rates, so take time when researching all the options. This decision can greatly impact homeowners and budgets. For example, a $200,000 30-year mortgage at 5% will cost $386,511.57 overall, while the same value for a 15-year mortgage will cost $284,685.71.
  • Bundle home and auto insurance: Many insurance agencies offer discounts for home and auto packages. Shopping around and getting multiple quotes is worth the time and it will save money.
  • Study the Triangle market: Researching housing market trends in the Triangle area will equip home buyers with average rates for listings and selling prices. This knowledge will also empower buyers to successfully negotiate with sellers and agents if a listing price appears steep in the current market.

Flat Fee Realty understands all of the financial implications associated with buying and selling a home in the Triangle market. Let our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents make the process less stressful and more rewarding – give us a call today to get started!

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3 Surprises That Can Happen at Closing

house with dollars- stuart miles- freedigitalphotos.netFor new and first-time home buyers, there can be many surprises when it comes to the buying process and closing. There is always a volume of legal paperwork, home inspections, and multiple agents that need to be consulted; often the chance for unexpected problems and challenges can create stress and even delay. However, many issues that come up can be easily handled if Triangle home buyers are properly informed and prepared.

Our seasoned real estate experts at Flat Fee Realty in the Triangle offer three surprises that can be encountered at closing:  

  • Banks might not finance the entire purchase price: Banks generally require a home appraisal prior to closing to ensure that the loan is secured by property of equal (or greater) value. Occasionally, the appraisal may come back lower than the listing price, and banks may only agree to a mortgage for the appraisal value, leaving home buyers to come up with the difference. Since so many financial variables are included with home buying, such as down payments, insurance, and other closing costs, this may pose a problem for buyers who have planned for the original purchase price. If this occurs, buyers are encouraged to obtain a second opinion on the appraisal, as well as discuss additional options with the mortgage provider.
  • High risk insurance challenges: Previous claims on the home place it in the high risk category. All lenders require insurance before agreeing to a loan, so if the home is considered difficult to insure, closing may be delayed. Buyers in this situation can reconsider their purchase as well.
  • Sellers backing out: Sellers can and sometimes do change their mind before closing. Perhaps they received a better offer, or they don’t want to make necessary repairs or modifications that have been requested. Flat Fee Realty will provide excellent counsel if this occurs, and help recover any monies lost by the buyer.

Although closing on a home may present some hurdles, Flat Fee Realty is always on the buyer’s side. Contact us at Flat Fee Realty to get the best experience when buying a home in the Triangle!

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