Don’t Miss Raleigh’s Home Shows in September

house with front porch and green lawn

Two major home shows take place in Raleigh in September, so don’t miss these opportunities to explore home improvement and remodeling ideas. The best thing about these shows is access to a variety of home experts.

house with a grassy front lawnLandscaping experts showcase their artwork with pavers and greenery. Kitchen and bath experts showcase their design creativity and luxurious materials in their displays as well. Other experts such as HVAC, windows, tree falling, cleaning, etc. are available for help and advice. This is a great opportunity for future buyers and sellers of homes to make note of remodeling and upgrade opportunities to enhance their homes.

The Downtown Raleigh Home Show

The Downtown Raleigh Home Show takes place from September 9-11, 2016 in the Raleigh Convention Center in Downtown Raleigh. The celebrity guests are Matt Blashaw of HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and Serena Appiah, the 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year.

The Southern Ideal Home Show

model of a new kitchenThe Southern Ideal Home Show takes place from September 23-25, 2016 at the Jim Graham Building of the NC State Fairgrounds. The celebrity guest will be Boyce Thompson, author of The New New Home. His book contains useful information for anyone planning to buy a new home. The book is full of tips about energy efficient options that buyers can choose that will help their home maintain its value for years to come.

Thinking About Selling Your Home?

If you would like to discuss increasing your home’s value for a future sale, please contact one of the experts at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® or call (919) 235-0007.

The Home Buying and Home Selling Puzzle: Defining Your Situation

If you’re planning on selling your home and moving into a new one in the Raleigh area, you might feel a little overwhelmed. The thought of buying a new home can be exciting, but no one wants to think of paying two mortgages at the same time. In order to limit the amount of stress in a situation like this, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

What Type of Puzzle Are You?

To use a metaphor, home selling and home buying is sort of like solving a puzzle. Some puzzles are simple, with only a few pieces. Others have many pieces that take more time to solve. Knowing your current situation (or knowing what type of puzzle you are) can determine the risks and flexibility involved in the transaction. Here are some examples that range from simple to complex.

The Simplest Home Buying and Home Selling Puzzle

If you are selling your home and do not need the money from the sale to buy a new home, you are in a highly preferred situation. Although this doesn’t happen often, this provides you with the greatest flexibility and options. The only thing you need to do is qualify for a new loan from a trusted lender.

It’s still a good idea to think through your financial future if you are in this situation – even if you have the money upfront, would you be able to afford additional payments or surprise expenses?

The 100-Piece Puzzle –A Common Home Buying and Home Selling Situation

If you need to sell your current home in order to make a down payment on your new home, you are in the same boat as many Raleigh home sellers. Our agents have had the most experience in this situation and can help you through it, one piece at a time. You may not be able to move in to your new home right away, but we can help you meet your home buying-home selling goal in time.

The 1,000-Piece Puzzle – A Challenging Home Buying and Home Selling Situation

These situations typically call for more patience and planning. Here’s an example of a more difficult home buying and home selling venture:
I am moving out of the state in one month. The home I live in now needs to be sold fast and for a high profit. My company will not provide me with the funds to support two mortgages, and my savings will not allow me to keep both homes afloat either.

The 5,000-Piece Puzzle – A Very Challenging Home Buying and Home Selling Venture

These situations often involve many factors with strict deadlines that require an experienced professional. Here’s an example:
I am going to get married soon and would like to buy a house with my fiance. We own our own houses, and we need to sell both before we can buy a new one. We need to sell quickly (before the wedding) and for a high profit so we can put a down payment on our new home.

Finding a Home Buying and Home Selling Professional

If you can identify with one of the situations above, please give us a call. We would be happy to work through your home buying and selling puzzle. Contact us today!