home buying information: Today's Real Estate Market and Today's Home Buyer - 09/29/11 11:28 AM
After watching the most recent real estate update by Steve Harney (a respected national real estate expert) there is some information that is important that the public understands. First we need to look at who is today's home buyer.  It is the first time home buyer and investors.  The volatile stock market and employment uncertainty has definitely affected the high-end market.
In our office, consisting of 96 agents that covers the entire Charlotte market, our average sales price to list price is up to 91%....it was staying around the 87% mark for several months but we are finally seeing this number creep back higher.  Our average … (0 comments)

home buying information: Buying a Home With Hardwoods vs. Buying a Home With Carpet - 02/09/11 02:41 PM
Buying a Home With Wood Flooring vs. Buying a Home With Carpet
When buying a home, most home buyers lean towards buying a home with more hardwoods versus buying a house with a lot of carpet.  Often, the reason behind this is purely aesthetics but there are other reasons that buyers should consider before deciding on one flooring type over the other.
Carpets will stain easily and when they become damp for an extended period of time they form mold and mildew. Wood floors are stain resistant but will become discolored or warped with extended dampness or direct sun penetration. Carpets never … (2 comments)

home buying information: What Home Buyers Should Know About the New North Carolina Offer To Purchase - 01/03/11 09:36 PM
What Home Buyers Should Know About the New North Carolina Offer To Purchase
North Carolina Home Buyers - you have a due diligence period now...you need to know how to protect yourself and how to use this due diligence period.
When buyers make offers in North Carolina, they will now be purchasing an option to buy the property....this option time is your due diligence period.  Before making an offer, you will want to have an idea of how long of a due diligence period you will need.
During this time you will want to do the following:
Receive loan approval Have all … (0 comments)

home buying information: Quick Explanation of the Home Buying Process for First Time Home Buyers - 08/25/09 11:27 AM
Let me walk you through the home buying process.  I am dealing with many first time home buyers and it is clear that many of you do not know what to expect when you are buying your first house.
Once you submit an offer...it is not a contract until both parties have agreed to the terms...the normal negotiations include the purchase price, the amount allowed for the cost of repair contingency, the closing date, personal property or fixtures and the amount of closing costs that the seller is willing to pay for the buyer.  Of course there are other dates and stuff that could be … (0 comments)