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Wake County Real Estate Transaction Activity Is Up From Last Year

Wake county real estate marketAccording to a recent press release by the Wake County Register of Deeds, the value of all real estate transactions in the County was 3% greater for the third quarter of 2019 versus the third quarter of 2018. Lending activity was up about 30% compared to the third quarter of 2018. The median value of a real estate sale was $303,000 in the third quarter of 2019. The data applies to all real estate transactions, including residential and commercial. However, transactions under $1 million, which includes the vast majority of single-family homes, account for 97% of all transactions. The conclusion is that the Wake County real estate market continues to be robust. To read more, read the press release at www.wakegov.com/news.

3 Important Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful

There are only a couple of weeks left in 2018. As the year ends, and we head into 2019, many of us in North Carolina are starting to focus on our New Year’s resolutions and the fresh year ahead. January is just around the corner and those homeowners who are soon planning a move to a new location need quality realtors. The best agents find the best solutions. Our Flat Fee Realty agents suggest buyers make 2019 the year brings success and little stress in planning a move. Remember, considering how to reach one’s goals makes them more easily achieved.

Homeowners and buyers resolving to make moving less stressful in the new year need to consider these three important ways to make it happen:

  • Work with our experienced Flat Fee Realty agents: Navigating the real estate process can easily become overwhelming. Fortunately, working with our experience team of professionals means buyers and sellers will get the advice, feedback, and answers they need to make informed decisions.  Everyone appreciates our Flat Fee Realty agents, who have a wealth of experience and expertise.

  • Stay organized and clutter-free: Always, consider where belongings will go when buying a new home, and pack and label possessions accordingly for the move. Although people may rearrange a few things as they settle into their new home, packing boxes with an idea of where they should go will make unloading and unpacking less intimidating. The moving process is also an excellent time to donate, sell, or dispose of unnecessary and unused items that are simply taking up space. Preparing to sell or buy is the perfect time to reduce clutter in a home.
  • Enlist the help and support of many: From packing, to loading and unloading boxes and furniture on moving day, buyers and sellers should reach out to others. Request the assistance of friends and family if they live nearby. Otherwise, professional movers are also a great option. Buyers can ask their trusted Flat Fee Realty agent for recommendations to ensure their movers are experienced and will handle every one of the possessions with care. Having help on moving day will literally lighten the load of moving.

While the process of buying and selling a home in North Carolina can be stressful, there are ways to minimize that stress. Work with our experienced real estate agent, stay organized, and enlist the help of others. Ready to get started? Contact a Flat Fee Realty agent today!

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3 Holiday Secrets to Selling a North Carolina Home

It’s late November, and the holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving has arrived and all of the holiday favorites line the end caps at the grocery stores. Holiday music serenades the most harried of shoppers. Even our street lamps are starting to get into the holiday spirit; many of the lamp posts are already dressed in green pine with festive red bows. While many of us across the Carolinas look forward to the holidays, we also can be intimidating by the thought of relocation and home selling. Fortunately, at Flat Fee Realty, our agents have experience with selling homes in the Triangle, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Lake Norman this holiday season and all year long.  

Let Flat Fee Realty take the stress out of sell and buying homes during the holidays with three helpful “almost secret” common sense tips:  

  • Don’t neglect holiday curb appeal: As the bright colors of summer and fall foliage fade to wintery browns, a home’s exterior may be less vibrant than it is in spring and summer. Maintain curb appeal and attract buyers by keeping a neat lawn. Rake the leaves and keep bushes and grass trimmed. Additionally, there is less daylight at this time of year. For buyers looking at houses after dark, homes without sufficient exterior lighting may look less appealing. Make sure prospective buyers see sufficient outdoor lighting for that perfect view. Finally, don’t overcrowd the home’s exterior with too many decorations and holiday lights; use just enough to enhance the beauty of the home, especially at night.  

  • Keep seasonal decorations simple and unique: Outdoor holiday décor is important this time of year, and indoor decorations should be planned as well. Too many decorations can clutter featured rooms like the den and the dining room. When in doubt, check with our experienced Flat Fee Realty agent to ensure the decorations are adding to the home’s appeal.

  • Work with an experienced Flat Fee Realty Agent: Working with our team will ensure every home is listed at a price that will attract buyers (without sacrificing the value of a seller’s house). Our professionals utilize MLS and other online resources which makes it easier for buyers to find a seller’s listing.

While Christmas and New Year may be intimidating times to list a home, there are several ways in which sellers can maximize the potential of their listing, especially during a time when there is less competition. Ready to list a home? Contact one of our experienced Flat Fee Realty agents to get started.

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3 Points Home Buyers Must Assess When Home Shopping in North Carolina

Happy Halloween, everyone! It is a great season of fun as we head to the holidays. For many Triangle, Lake Norman, Charlotte, and Wilmington home buyers, shopping for a new home and location can be very challenging. Fall is the perfect time for making a change, and there are many homes on the market in the regions of North Carolina we serve! It is important, especially for first time home buyers to separate wants and needs. Unfortunately, there is no “perfect” home; yet there are so many places to live that improve lifestyle and opportunity! Some home seekers have an unrealistic list of must-have features and this causes them to miss out on a great upgrade for an ideal home. Our expert agents at Flat Fee Realty want to help home buyers across North Carolina find the best available home this time of year. We will help every prospective buyer know the variables of what is important when looking for a home.   

Our Flat Fee Realty experts offer three important issues home buyers should deemphasize when looking for a new home:  

  • The home’s decor: It truly does not make sense to disregard a home due to interior paint color and fixtures. An original homeowner’s taste in design is a simple fix and it should not affect the house’s suitability. A baby’s room could become a home office. Do not focus on changeable items and temporary situations. 
  • Home warranty: In the competitive North Carolina real estate market, some sellers will offer incentives. While a new home warranty does offer benefits and provides basic peace of mind, be careful to be over-influenced. A warranty only covers specific systems in the home and provides for discounted repairs; do not confuse it with insurance. 
  • Interior space: Many buyers want a specific amount of square footage, but flexibility will allow suitability. An open floor plan can make a smaller home feel larger, and townhomes offer advantages as well.

Open houses can be a lot of fun for buyers, but there is a lot to think about. The one strategy home buyers in the Triangle, Lake Norman, Charlotte, and Wilmington can apply is to keep things simple.  Focus on the basics of what is important. Keeping non-negotiable needs the top priority and assess the possibilities of everything else. This advice is central to a low-stress home buying experience.

Our team can help. And our buying and selling agents at Flat Fee Realty are here across North Carolina to begin the process!  

Contact an agent at Flat Fee Realty today!

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3 North Carolina Home Improvements Worth the Investment

Shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers are fun to watch and inspire many homeowners across North Carolina to think creatively about how to upgrade their homes.  For both sellers and buyers, completing home-improvement projects can be rewarding and can make a home in Charlotte, Lake Norman, Wilmington and the Triangle more attractive and functional; however, whether just moving in or preparing to sell a home, Flat Fee Realty agents recommend clients consider the return investment before spending large sums of money on major renovations.

These three upgrades are worth the investment because each one increases resale value:

  • Update a dated bathroom: A nice bathroom to pamper oneself goes a long way in the housing market. Bathroom remodels normally earn back up to 100% of what homeowners put into it. Not sure where to start? Tile the area around the tub, and add a shower door. Upgrade the vanity (choose something both stylish and functional with storage space) and install a new faucet. If there isn’t any ventilation in the bathroom, adding a new bathroom vent fan may help keep the humidity and mildew from warm showers at bay.

  • Add curb appeal: First impressions are everything. If the house exterior needs cleaning, try remedying the problem with a spray like Wet & Forget. If it still looks dull and faded after that process, consider freshening up the outside of the home with a professional power wash, then a fresh coat of paint. Next, think about the light fixtures both for safety and curb appeal. Finally, a nicely-landscaped lawn can go a long way. Start by trimming any overgrown bushes or trees. Then, consider consulting a landscaper or even a local garden center for ideas.

  • Upgrade the kitchen: Kitchens are another great place for upgrading for a solid return investment. Try to avoid the cheapest materials, but don’t overspend by purchasing items that are more luxurious than functional. Also, remember that while television shows entertain viewers with major renovations, many homeowners can create beautiful spaces with a few simple changes. For example, consider creating storage space that makes items easily-accessible, add granite countertops, and add an upgraded backsplash.

Before spending money on a major renovation, clients should contact a Flat Fee Realty agent to ensure their plans align with the interests of most buyers. This will increase the likelihood of getting a return investment on one’s home-improvement projects.

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Three Reasons to Buy a Home in the Triangle’s Competitive Market

It’s no secret that the Triangle is growing rapidly each and every month. While this growth is great for the North Carolina economy, making Raleigh a candidate for new Amazon and Apple headquarters, it also contributes to a competitive real estate market. From cities like Raleigh and Durham to towns like Apex, Cary, or Holly Springs, the Triangle’s real estate market is booming. For those looking to put down roots—especially first-time buyers—it may seem intimidating. Working with an experienced Flat Fee Realty agent, however, has its advantages when buying a home in the Triangle’s competitive market. 

Our team of local professionals offers three important reasons to work with Flat Fee Realty in the Triangle:

  • Access to MLS: With houses selling so quickly, it is important to be able to see available homes as they come on the market. Searches can be tailored to meet buyers’ interests and needs. For example, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms desired, a range of square footage, and garage size can all be filtered, so buyers can easily see the homes that will appeal to them and their needs most. While updates with these tailored searches can regularly be sent to buyers, buyers are also able to search through available listings at their convenience. 
  • Experienced agents: Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most people make! Our experienced Flat Fee Realty agents know just what to look for in a home and are happy to answer clients’ questions, so they can make informed decisions. Receiving trustworthy advice from an agent who is familiar with the market and has years of experience in the real estate industry helps buyers to feel more confident when making big decisions in pursuit of buying a home.

  • Expert negotiators: Once buyers find their dream home, it’s time to negotiate. From offers to repairs, our real estate agents have the client’s best interest in mind and our team of professionals know how to navigate the complex and delicate nature of negotiation in the Triangle’s competitive market.

 

Flat Fee Realty agents know that buying a house is an important decision and we are here to help our clients find the home of their dreams in the Triangle with complete confidence. When working with buyers, we are passionate about helping our clients find a house they will be excited to call home.

Looking to buy a home? Contact Flat Fee Realty today!

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Not only do we have offices in the Triangle, we also have offices in the beautiful Lake Norman Region just north of Charlotte, and in Coastal Carolina in picturesque Wilmington. 

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3 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Home Marketability Across North Carolina


Since so many Triangle, Charlotte, and Wilmington residents have social media accounts through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, home sellers are able to utilize those platforms to keep home buyers informed and interested in listed properties. Our real estate professionals at Flat Fee Realty recommend using social media to help in to help in the home selling process.

3 ways Flat Fee Realty uses social media to boost the visibility of North Carolina homes:  

  • Create and share websites: Serious sellers looking to increase their home’s online presence know that creating easy-to-navigate websites is important. A website can include information on the property, pictures, and even virtual tours to entice buyers to schedule a visit. The links to the website are easily shareable to social media platforms, making them ideal for sellers and buyers to interact.
  • Use personal networks: The great thing about social media is that everyone already has an established network of contacts at their fingertips. Friends and family are generally eager to help when one of their connections expresses a need. They’re able to share postings to spread the word, or they might even have advice for success during the online selling process!
  • Be careful of spamming: Social media users also have control of their news feeds, and they’re able to hide and delete repetitive or “nuisance” posts. Be sure to use the power of posting in a reasonable manner when sharing details of a home for sale. Try to keep posts informative and new, so don’t re-post the same thing several times a day.

There are many other important ways to use social media for selling a home in across North Carolina. Our experts at Flat Fee Realty are knowledgeable and have insight into how the platforms can be used to their full potential. Contact our real estate agents today to see how their guidance and the use of social media can help sell a home!

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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!

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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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