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IDENTIFYING A WORTHY BUYER'S AGENT

Looking for a property isn’t easy or a task that should be taken lightly. You dedicate time to define your search criteria and wish list. However, how much time do you devote to finding your buyer’s agent, the person that will help and represent you during the process?

A buyer’s agent worth their weight in gold should be with you through the entire process – from identifying your needs to viewing houses to closing and even after closing. Interviewing several buyer’s agents to find the perfect fit isn’t out of the ordinary. They should be willing to sit down and determine how they can be of service to YOU.

During the interview, determine the following:

  • Are they knowledgeable? Not only about your needs, the market, and the neighborhoods — but also the process. If you are a first-time home buyer, having an experienced agent - who can guide you - is critical.
  • Are they patient with you and your needs? As you look at properties, your needs will evolve. You want to make sure your buyer’s agent understands.
  • Are they available? Do they schedule the viewing appointments or do they want you to do that? Do they return your calls and emails as soon as possible or do you feel like you are waiting in line for responses? Sitting and waiting for an explanation or process can make you nervous during an already tense time. Having someone you can count on is important. 
  • Do you feel like you can trust them and that they are honest? You are entrusting them with this very important role. You want to make sure they will be straight with you about the properties, neighborhoods, inspections, and more. Your buyer’s agent shouldn’t recommend properties with purchase prices above your comfort level. You shouldn’t feel like you are just a “commission.” 
  • Have they set up a search to help you find your dream property? They can’t manually find all properties that meet your criteria but they can provide you with a search tool that lets you tweak your search criteria throughout the process.
  • Have they provided a list of lenders that can help determine the loan type and purchase amount? 
  • Buyer’s agents should be willing to go the extra mile to prove their value to you. Their connections and knowledge are what you need to get through the offer process, as well as dealing with lenders, attorneys, contractors, inspectors, and more. 
  • And are they willinglose the deal to protect YOU, the buyer? If you feel that level of protection with them, you have picked a good person who will have your back during this journey.

Give us a call if you want to interview one of our buyer’s agents. They are up to the task and ready to help you.

A picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes it creates more questions than answers. When looking at listing photos, buyers may ask “What’s beyond that door? Does that wood flooring go through the entire living space? How does the house flow? What’s to the right of that wall? What does the land look like?” All great questions and as a seller, you aren’t there to answer them. But we can help you with our newly acquired technology. 
With this technology, we offer a distinct marketing advantage to our sellers, which will generate more interest and a better experience for buyers. We  brought this technology in house so we can create videos that will answer those burning questions and post them via our Internet marketing in a timely manner. And as a seller, you know that time is money. 
3D immersive videos 
Imagine buyers “walking” through your home, never leaving the comfort of their couch. Our Matterport, 3D immersive videos provide that very experience to potential buyers. Now these videos aren’t the kind of video you make with your smartphone. These 3D tours let the buyers move through the property and see it from every angle. They can look up, down, behind them, or around a corner. They can see the layout of your home, how the rooms connect, and where the doors and windows are located. Matterport’s “dollhouse view” removes a home’s outer walls and roof to create a 3D floor plan image.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Potential buyers can get a true sense of what your home is like and you don’t even have to leave your home to have it shown.
What’s even better— the buyer can choose how they want to view the video. Videos can be viewed on a smartphone, computer, tablet, or even with virtual reality goggles! 
According to Matterport,  buyers that view 3D immersive videos are 95% more likely to call about the home. The odds are in your favor.
Drone videos
When it comes to listings with land, it might be challenging to capture the beauty and layout with photos and a plat drawing. 
With the drone video, we can show an aerial view of the land that provides buyers an understanding of the property  without physically walking it. 
Drone videos can also produce dramatic footage of home exteriors and landscapes, providing a view of the complete package. 
At Janet Cox and Company and RE/MAX Lifestyle, we brought this technology to our team because we want our listings to stand out. With both home and land listings, Matterport and drone videos can highlight more property features and bring your listing to life — creating a better buyer experience on your behalf

COOL DOWN THIS SUMMER

Summer is just around the corner and that means temperatures will go up. To cool off, you can just stay inside your house all day but who wants to do that? 

Here are some ideas to help you cool off, as well as get the kids out of the house this summer:

Splash Pads
Beatty’s Ford Park, Denver
West Lincoln Park, Vale
Swimming Pools
Betty G. Ross Park, Lincolnton
Bessemer City Park & Recreation Center
C.B. Hess Recreation Complex, Cramerton
Erwin Center and Park, Gastonia
Lineberger Park, Gastonia
Robert H. Ballard Park, Cherryville
Also check your local YMCAs
Canoeing/Kayaking
Rankin Lake Park, Gastonia
Goat Island Park, Cramerton
Riverside Park and Greenway, Cramerton
Mountain Island Park, Mount Holly
Swimming Holes
Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius
Sliding Rock, Pisgah Forest
Skinny Dip Falls, Canton
Midnight Hole, Newport
Quarry at Carrigan Farms, Mooresville
Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury
Deep Creek (tubing), Bryson City

Splash Pads

  • Beatty’s Ford Park, Denver
  • West Lincoln Park, Vale

Swimming Pools

  • Betty G. Ross Park, Lincolnton
  • Bessemer City Park & Recreation Center
  • C.B. Hess Recreation Complex, Cramerton
  • Erwin Center and Park, Gastonia
  • Lineberger Park, Gastonia
  • Robert H. Ballard Park, Cherryville
  • Also check your local YMCAs

Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Rankin Lake Park, Gastonia
  • Goat Island Park, Cramerton
  • Riverside Park and Greenway, Cramerton
  • Mountain Island Park, Mount Holly

Swimming Holes

  • Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius
  • Sliding Rock, Pisgah Forest
  • Skinny Dip Falls, Canton
  • Midnight Hole, Newport
  • Quarry at Carrigan Farms, Mooresville
  • Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury
  • Deep Creek (tubing), Bryson City

SAVE THOUSANDS ON INTEREST

Many people ask about bi-weekly payment plans designed to reduce the interest paid out over the course of your loan. These programs help the borrower budget an extra payment a year, and over time this can knock years off the repayment schedule.

You might be surprised to learn that you can do this yourself without any special programs, simply by submitting an extra principal payment as you are able. By submitting an extra payment, you get the advantages of an early payout, without the extra contractual obligation. Now is a great time to assess your financing options.

Contact us today for our list of preferred local lenders!