5 Simple Steps to Decrease Your Buying & Selling Stress and Avoid Information Overload

The internet is an amazing tool, but sometimes, having easy access to all of the information we could ask for can be overwhelming—especially when facing a major decision like buying or selling a home.

Which season is the best for buying? How do you price your home correctly? What do you need for your mortgage application? Oftentimes, conflicting answers can complicate our decisions.

Avoid confusion, take a deep breath, and stay on the right track by following these five steps!

Calm Down

According to productivity expert Jeff Davis, the first and most important step is to recognize any stress or concern that might be building up, and stop it in its tracks before it leads to more panic.

Slow Down

A woman in a coffee shop.

Take a minute, and let yourself breathe. The pace at which you can find information gets quicker and quicker as technology improves, and it can often make you feel pressured by unrealistic time constraints. Stop for a moment and collect your thoughts!

Think

Why did you want to buy or sell your home? Why did you choose now? What are you hoping to achieve? Remind yourself of your goals, and recognize anything that might be impractical. Are you still focused on what’s most important?

Plan

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Now that you’ve gained some new knowledge, does anything about your search need to change? Do you need clarification on a few points, or are you worried about a certain outcome? Your agent is the perfect resource for any of your questions or concerns—that’s what they’re there for!

Act

Have you taken time to consider your options? Give it some thorough consideration before making any concrete moves, then meet with your agent and get the ball rolling.

Avoid Information Overload

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Don’t get stressed out about all of the conflicting information on buying and selling—and don’t overload yourself by not coming up for air! Instead of consulting the World Wide Web, take your questions to Linda Craft & Team REALTORS®. With over 300 years of combined real estate experience, we can give you the right answer to any and all of your buying and selling questions.

Ready to Get Started?

So are we. Get in touch with Linda Craft & Team REALTORS®, and we’ll guide you through the confusing ins and outs of the real estate process. Get to know more about our resources, expertise, and local knowledge, and give us a call when you’re ready to explore all of your Raleigh real estate options!

Breaking Down Housing Affordability: The Bottom Line for Buyers

As of late, there’s been a lot of buzz about home prices going up, and a fair amount of anxiety about what that means for buyers. While some headlines have been announcing an “affordability crisis,” that’s perhaps an over-sensationalization of current conditions.

If you’re worried about not being able to afford a home in the greater Raleigh area, here’s why you may not need to be as concerned as the headlines would lead you to believe.

What’s the Housing Affordability Index?

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Every month, the National Association of Realtors crunches the numbers to create a Housing Affordability Index. This index measures how affordable it is for a family with a typical income to purchase a median-priced home, assuming a 20% percent down payment.

The index uses the number 100 as a starting point, and the higher the index gets, the more affordable homes are.

What the Index Has to Say

This year, the index is at 153, which is higher than it ever was from 1990 to 2008. The periods when the index was higher than it is today—2009 to 2017—were right on the heels of the housing crash, so the purchase of distressed and discounted properties was a frequent occurrence.

In fact, this year’s number is five points higher than last year’s, meaning 2019 has been more affordable for homebuyers than 2018!

Now is a Great Time to Buy

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With low mortgage rates and affordable home prices, right now is a great time for buyers. If you’re in the market to purchase a home soon, you should take advantage of these favorable conditions while you can, and kick off your search process.

Find Your Dream Home in the Raleigh Area

With years of experience in Raleigh real estate, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS® is more than prepared to help you find your new home in Raleigh. Take a look at a few of the resources we have to offer, and give us a call when you’re ready to start seeing a few homes in person!

Less Time, More Money: The Benefits to Having an Agent Sell Your Home

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With steadily rising home prices and strong buyer demand in Raleigh, now is a great time to sell your home. If you’ve long been considering selling your home, the hot market conditions may even have you thinking about foregoing a professional agent to try and sell it on your own.

However, choosing to sell your home by yourself (otherwise known as For Sale By Owner or FSBO) has a lot of hidden pitfalls. The truth is, when you sell your home on your own you’re likely going to make less money and be using up a TON of your time.

Here’s why.

Selling a Home is Tough

Even in a market as seller-focused as ours, the mechanics of selling a home are still challenging to anyone without a lot of experience. Even if you’ve sold a home in the past with an agent, you likely weren’t seeing 100% of the things they did to sell your home.

The biggest challenge to selling a home? Negotiating. In order to sell your home for the best possible listing price, you have to be a highly skilled negotiator.

After all, you won’t just be negotiating with the buyer. In fact, here’s a list of everyone you may need to negotiate with to sell your home.

  • The buyer’s agent
  • The home inspection companies based on their findings
  • The buyer’s lender
  • The appraiser (if the value of your home is questioned)
  • The title company

Why Working with a Professional Agent is Worth It

Happy older couple standing in front of their home.

The right real estate agent will handle your home sale flawlessly—without letting you experience any of the stress or hard work typically associated with selling a home.

Additionally, your agent will be able to price your home competitively based on up-to-date market research, assist you in staging it and getting it ready to show, and handle all those home showings. Showing your home to potential buyers can be awkward when you’re the current occupant of the home. Plus, your real estate agent will have a lot of experience handling some of the tougher questions buyers typically pose during the home tour.

How Linda Craft & Team REALTORS® Makes All the Difference

Here at Linda Craft & Team REALTORS®, we have years of experience helping home sellers throughout the greater Raleigh area sell their properties for a tremendous profit.

We’ll take the burden of selling your home off of you completely. Depending on your plans, we can even provide you with an instant cash offer for your home.

Interested in learning more about our home-selling services? Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Safety Comes First In Real Estate Professions

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Did you know that more real estate agents die each year showing houses than those killed in dangerous professions, like bull riding, stunt pilots, and motorcycle racers? As of now, 25 REALTORS® have been killed while showing houses. And, this number only increases when you consider all of those who were robbed, assaulted, and faced with other life threatening situations.

With that in mind, many real estate professionals are taking measures to ensure safety for both themselves and their clients. This information, provided by the Linda Craft Team, can help you know what to expect when meeting a REALTOR® in the Triangle and Greater Raleigh Area during your home search.

Meet REALTORS® At Their Office or in Public Spaces

steering-wheel-801994_640Last year the National Association of REALTORS® launched Safety First, where real estate companies mandate that home buyers must meet REALTORS® at their office or a public space, and potential Raleigh home buyers must provide identification.

Open Door was launched to further help protect real estate professionals. Sometimes, meeting at the agent’s office and riding with the REALTOR® can be an inconvenience to either or both parties, especially when the home you wish to view is not nearby. In this case, mortgage companies, title companies, and attorneys register their offices as “open door” places for REALTORS® to meet clients. If your agent requests to meet you at one of these “open door” spaces or their office before heading out to view Raleigh area homes you wish to see, know these are becoming more commonly used safety precautions to protect both parties.

Let the Linda Craft Team Help You Achieve Your Real Estate Goals!

Are you searching for the home of your dreams in the Triangle? Let us help! We pride ourselves in our ability to serve our client’s needs, to include taking the safety precautions to protect both parties. Use these tips for buyers to help you through the process and to ensure a smooth transaction.

Ready to sell your Raleigh area real estate? Home sellers face many of the same safety risks as real estate professionals. Reduce your risk and list your home with the Linda Craft Team, as REALTORS® have more experience in this field and take measures to stay safe on the job.

Our Favorite North Raleigh Parks

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The Best North Raleigh Parks (Part 1)

Our team loves taking advantage of Raleigh’s parks. So many of them are connected to great neighborhood with a variety of amenities and services. Here are some of the team’s favorite North Raleigh parks, along with some nearby neighborhoods. We had so many that we’ll make another post highlighting more soon. What neighborhoods are within walking distance to parks? Which ones are your favorites? Find them all at parks.raleighnc.gov

Durant Nature Park 8305 Camp Road –Recommended by Chandra Green, Team Assistant
What’s there: Hiking, biking, playground, organized activities.  Close to Bedford at Falls River and Durant Trails neighborhoods

Lake Lynn 7921 Ray Road -Recommended by Kim Crump, Broker
What’s there: Walk or run around the lake, ride your bike, take your dog. There is also a playground, community center, baseball field, and tennis courts.  Close to Greystone Village

Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road–Recommended by Steve Kruger, Listing Partner
What’s there: Tennis courts, dog park area, city pool with splash area for kids, recently updated playground, baseball fields.  Close to North Ridge Country Club and neighborhood

Laurel Hills, 3808 Edwards Mill Road –Recommended by Jennifer Hicks, Seller Closing Manager
What’s there: huge playground, walking trails, basketball courts, picnic shelters. Close to Laurel Hills Neighborhood

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

Raleigh Typhoon Scavenger Hunt

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Raleigh Typhoon Returns!

On June 27th, the great urban adventure and scavenger hunt based in Raleigh begins again! This adventure race (similar to the reality show The Amazing Race) is open to teams both competitive & relaxed. All money raised stays local, benefiting Activate Good housed here in Raleigh. To learn more about this great organization, read more about their mission and purpose.

Typhoon Details

Teams can be formed from any groups of 2-8 people and participants must be at least 21 years old. For those wanting a more competitive and fast pace race, the Extreme Challenge begins at 11am. For those wanting a slower more relaxed pace, the Pub Crawl begins at 3pm. The starting point is Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh. Please register for the Typhoon as soon as you have your team in place!

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

Public, Private, and “Mini” Golf Courses in the Triangle

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Based on “The List” from the Triangle Business Journal here are the best mini-golf, private, semi-private, and public golf courses in the Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Cary area. Where is your favorite? Are there others that we are missing?

Mini Golf (Putt Putt) 
Adventure Landing – Just north of the beltline
Frankie’s Fun Park – Brier Creek area

Public and Semi-Private Golf Courses (all in Raleigh)
Lonnie Poole Golf Course -Raleigh
Eagle Ridge Golf Club -Raleigh
River Ridge Golf Club – Raleigh
Wildwood Green Golf Course– Raleigh
Riverwood Golf Club – Clayton
Heritage Golf Club – Wake Forest

Private Golf Courses
North Ridge Country Club – Raleigh
Raleigh Country Club – Raleigh
Prestonwood Country Club – Cary
The Hasentree Club – Wake Forest
Wakefield Plantation – Raleigh

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

 

RTP – The Frontier

AU-BunkerResearch Triangle Park – RTP
The “Park” is managed by the Research Triangle Foundation of NC, which is a private nonprofit with a very public mission of serving, supporting education, creating meaningful work and jobs through economic development and lifting up the people in the state of NC. Research Triangle Park is a place to live, work, play, and collaborate.

The Frontier
“The Frontier” center at RTP is still under construction, but will have 5 levels with the first floor serving as a public convening space. Anyone will be welcome to come to The Frontier and work, host a meeting, or have a conference call. They will have different work areas and various setups. Free conference rooms will be open to the public with free coffee, internet, and sometimes free beer. The other floors will have more space and be open to tenants needing 5000 square feet or more. Short leases, variety of sizes, and affordable flat fee rent will allow networking and easy interaction among new companies. It will be a great way to become a part of the RTP community.

Learn more about RTP or The Frontier
Work at The Frontier
Drop-In Space
Events at The Frontier

Quick facts about RTP

  • started in 1959, it borders Wake & Durham Counties
  • geographical size is 7000 acres (MAP)
  • 190-200 businesses are located in RTP
  • 40,000 to 50,000 employees work in RTP
  • more than half of the companies in RTP have 25 employees or less
  • Chemstrand was the first company to locate to RTP, in February 1961

*Details taken for this blog post from the 919 Magazine Spring 2015 article, “Inspiring the Future” – an interview with Mason Ailstock, VP for Business Development

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT For Sale By Owner : Raleigh Real Estate Blog

untitledIt is no secret that we are big fans of the real estate site, Keeping Current Matters. They have hit it out of the park again with the top 5 reasons that for sale by owner is not the best idea.

“In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house.
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 88% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 21% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3. Results Come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspaper

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.

5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $208,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $235,000. This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $27,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.”

 

Here at Linda Craft & Team, Realtors we have over 30 years experience helping sellers list, market and sell their homes quickly and for more money. We have met with many sellers who started out trying to FSBO on their own, who quickly realized how much they needed a professional to take the reigns. Save your time and money by calling us today for a free market analysis and let us help you get your home sold now. Call us today 919.235.0007

 

Slide the City – Glenwood Avenue on May 30

color-me-rad-details-4Slide The City – coming to Glenwood Avenue

Slide the City” is a fun way to slide down our favorite hill in Raleigh – Glenwood Avenue! This is the first year that Raleigh has hosted this fun and very cool event. It will be on Saturday, May 30th. The length of the slide is over 3 football fields long!!

How many times can you slide? What’s the cost?

You can choose different types of packages – a single slider, triple slider, or a VIP slider. Prices range from $15 to $65 depending on how soon you purchase and the frequency of how many slides you want to make. If you wait until the day of the event, you’ll pay more. They have a great FAQ section on their website where you can learn more about what’s required. For example, every slider must have an inflatable tube and must sign a waiver to participate.

Learn more here by watching their video on their Facebook page!

Learn more about Glenwood South area restaurants and more close by to where the Slide will be taking place.

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.