Full-Service Real Estate – Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® and Craft Commercial

We are all very fortunate to live in an area where the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and flourishing. Raleigh and the Triangle area continue to be a hotbed for creative new business owners with fabulous product ideas they want to introduce to the world marketplace.

Because of this unique market, it makes sense for a real estate company to adopt a business plan where clients can one-stop-shop for both residential and commercial real estate needs. If you are starting a new business venture or are moving an existing company to the area, not only will you need commercial space, but you will also need a place to live.

Linda Craft & Team REALTORS have been the experts in residential real estate for 30+ years. Our Team has over 350 years of combined experience in local real estate. In 2015, Linda had the idea to go above and beyond by creating Craft Commercial.  The team has grown over the past few years and now has combined experience of 200 years in commercial real estate in the Triangle.

Here’s Linda explaining the advantages of full-service real estate provided by our Residential and our Commercial teams.

 

There’s so much to be said for building strong client relationships in real estate versus pushing through transaction-based deals that provide little to no long-term involvement between a broker and a client. The smart business model is one based on developing relationships to ensure that clients will rely on your services year-after-year for all their real estate needs.

Linda explains this concept of communicating effectively and often with clients by providing them with exceptional client support.

 

Whether you are in the market for a home for your family or a home for your business, the teams of Linda Craft & Team REALTORS and Craft Commercial are ready to help you with all your real estate needs. Just go online at lindacraft.com or craftcommercial.com or call us at Linda Craft & Team REALTORS 919-235-0007 or Craft Commercial 919-466-5000. We’re all about providing exceptional service to our clients!

 

Give the Gift of Life at Our 1st Annual Blood Drive

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‘Tis the Season of Giving the Gift That Saves Lives

SPECIAL EVENT

 

1st Annual Blood Drive


November 28th – 10am – 2:30pm

At our office: 7300 Six Forks Road, Raleigh

Sign up to give blood and enter sponsor code: Craft

Make a monetary donation.

 

Would you like to do something truly special on National Giving Day – Tuesday, November 28th? We’d like to invite you to take the opportunity to donate blood at the Craft Residential/Craft Commercial 1st Annual Blood Drive. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked in front of our office from 10 am to 2:30 pm that day and we are excited to host such an important, life-saving event.

About the NC Red Cross:

gift of life at blood drive

Serving 53 counties and more than 4.6 million people through five Red CrossChapters, the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina has served North Carolinians for 100 years. Thanks to the kindness of volunteers, donors, and partners, the Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. Here’s a look at their footprint in Fiscal Year 2017:

Why give:

Here’s why people choose to give. Your donation can potentially help save the lives of three people. Since 1917, the Eastern Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross has provided assistance to North Carolinians as well as national and international disaster support.

  • Our Chapter provides 40% of the blood used to save lives in area hospitals.
  • Every six hours in the Triangle the Red Cross responds to a home fire. More families lose their homes to fire each year than to hurricanes and tornados combined.

  

How does my donation help multiple people:

In modern medical treatments, patients may receive a pint of whole blood or just specific components of the blood needed to treat their particular condition. Up to four components can be derived from donated blood. This approach to treatment, referred to as blood component therapy, allows several patients to benefit from one pint of donated whole blood.

How to sign up:

Schedule your life-saving appointment and enter sponsor code: Craft. This link will take you directly to our blood drive so you can schedule your appointment.

Fill out paperwork ahead of time:

RapidPass® can help save time during your blood donation by completing some of the paperwork before your appointment. For the best donation experience, we recommend you schedule an appointment, then complete your RapidPass®.

The Process:

The entire process takes about an hour. If you have never donated blood or if it has been a while since you’ve donated, here are some links that will educate you about the process.

Am I eligible to give:

Here’s an outline of who is eligible to give blood.

Before you donate:

Check out a few things you can do before your appointment.

Here’s what happens that day:

Never given before? Take a look at this.

After you donate:

This is what you do after you give.

Where Your Blood Goes:

Ever wonder where your gift of blood goes? Here’s a look at what happens from donation to destination.

contribute money to the blood driveWhat can I do if I can’t donate blood?

If that date and time does not work for you or you hate the thought of needles, you can still support this event. Simply go to this link and make a monetary donation. Any amount – $1, $100, $1,000 or $10,000 – is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your generous donations!

LINDA CRAFT WITH MATCH ALL DONATIONS UP TO $10,000!!!

At Craft Residential and Craft Commercial, we take pride in doing all we can to help support our communities in the Triangle. Linda Craft serves on the Board of Directors and was the 2017 Chairperson for the Annual Ball – the top local fundraiser for the Red Cross in Eastern Carolina. By the way, the 2018 ball date is April 28th. So go ahead and mark your calendars!

Explore Dog-mopolitan Raleigh

A Canine-friendly City

Cute dog lying on the welcome mat

Americans, in general, love our dogs.

It’s true! Over 78 million furry friends reside in US households and over 44% of all households in the US have at least one pooch. Folks in Raleigh are no exception when it comes to pawsitively loving their dogs. One great thing about Raleigh, and really the whole Triangle area, is that except for the immediate downtown areas, it’s not as urban as many large cities which means Fido will probably have a backyard, even if it is small. In the more urban areas, there are numerous city parks, dog parks, and many, many restaurants, trails, outdoor activities, and events, that make it pawsible for dogs to join in life’s special moments.

 

Looking for a Canine Concierge?

Woman and Dog at Hotel

Are you looking to relocate to the Triangle area?

Raleigh alone has over 40 hotels that are pet-friendly. So if you are looking to relocate to the area, you will have no problem bringing your dog with you when you come to visit. BringFido.com is a great source for finding a hotel to stay in where your pup will be welcome! So is HotelGuide.com.

 

Bone A-pet-treat!
Women with dogs sitting in street cafe

With our temperate climate in the Triangle, most restaurants have some sort of outdoor seating and will welcome your well-behaved. furry friend to join you alfresco! So don’t furget your furry companion. Take them along with you! Here are a few favorites:

 

Downtown
Raleigh
North Hills RaleighCameron VillageNorth Raleigh
Plates Neighborhood KitchenChuy’sBenelux CoffeeRestaurants in Lafayette Village
Raleigh Brewing CompanyKing’sTazza KitchenSaints & Scholars Irish Pub
The StationMuraThe Flying BiscuitSola Coffee Cafe
Bad Daddy’s Burger BarAnother Broken Egg CafeThe Players RetreatGonza Taco Y Tequilla

There are hundreds of dog-friendly restaurants in Raleigh alone.

Need help deciding where to go? Yelp.com can help. Type “dog-friendly restaurants” in the search and select the city you want. You will see pictures and reviews of restaurants all over the Triangle written by dog owners who have enjoyed dining with their dogs. Also, check out these apps to keep up with what’s happening in the Triangle area:

  • Downtown Raleigh
  • Offline
  • WRAL Out & About
  • Go Eats
  • KoMoot
  • Indy Go

 

Tails on the Trails

Woman walking with dog on a trail

The Triangle area is ideal for active lifestyles with your dog.

Want to spend a fun day out and about with your pup? There are numerous trails and dog parks to explore. NC Museum of Art Trails, Umstead Park, Eno River Park, Tobacco Trail, and more all offering excellent hiking trails and most are close to dining areas as well. Here are some websites you can explore to find a trail that’s looks interesting to you.

 

TrailWebsite
Capital Area Greenway Systemwww.RaleighNC.gov
NC Museum of Art Trailswww.NCArtMuseum.org
Umstead Parkwww.NCParks.gov
Eno River Parkwww.NCParks.gov
American Tobacco Trailwww.WakeGov.com

If you want a special treat or if the weather is not ideal for outdoors activities, Woofinwaggle, a fitness center and dog spa in North Raleigh, has daily classes you can take to work out with your dog. Amazing, right?

If you are relocating to the Raleigh or just moving within the Triangle area, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS can help you find the right neighborhood for your dog-friendly lifestyle.  Contact us today to let us know what your goals are and how we can best help you meet them.

 

Safety Comes First In Real Estate Professions

Safety & Real Estate

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.

Raleigh Typhoon Scavenger Hunt

typhoon

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.

 

Ironman Triathlon in Raleigh

Ironman Logo

 

Ironman in Raleigh
On Sunday, May 31st, Raleigh will host its third Ironman triathlon event. This particular event is actually a “half” ironman with distances of a 1.2 mile swim in Jordan Lake, 56 mile bike ride, and a half marathon of 13.1 miles finishing in downtown Raleigh near the convention center. This course totals 70.3 miles, making a full Ironman double the length described! Not only do they have the professionals racing, but they also have an option for Ironkids ages 3-15! If you happen to be around town and see one of the pro or kid athletes, congratulate them on a job well done.

Spectator Guide and Road Closings
If you are curious about the details of where you can be a spectator, what roads may be closed and when, transition areas, and shuttles please click on the link above for all the details needed to get what’s needed to share in the experience of the day. They also utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter) for updated as well.

Fast Times
To put it in perspective, one of the recent Half Ironman top winners (Andy Potts) had a swim time of 21 minutes for 1.2miles, a bike time of just over 2 hours for 56 miles, and a run time of 1hr 15min for a half marathon distance. WOW! This upcoming Raleigh event on May 31st has 2,500 athletes from 30 countries trying to qualify for 30 spots to advance to the championship in Austria.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

10 Wake County Real Estate Questions to Ask When You Marry

When two people fall in love and decide to get married, where they are going to live together becomes a top priority. Often, both have primary residences which are two small to blend households into one. Even if one home is large enough to accommodate both spouses’ belongings, what was right for each when single, may not be right together.

Therefore, there are many pieces of the puzzle to put together when getting married.  Today, I’m going to discuss with you the top questions you should be able to answer before you sell and buy your new marital home.

10 Questions to Answer Before Selling and Buying Your New Marital Home

1. How much time do we have before the wedding?

What is the wedding date and do you need to sell two homes simultaneously or do you have time to spread out all of these sales and the new purchase over time? After all, getting married is exciting but planning a wedding has a huge to do list. Are you really ready to take on 3 real estate transactions at the same time? To know the answer to this question, we analyze days on market for each home which will vary depending upon price, location and style and we analyze time needed from under contract to close on multiple homes. Most importantly, we help you fully understand all that will be added to your physical and emotional state to prepare you for being able to carry the bride over the threshold of your home together.

2. Does becoming an investor now make financial and emotional sense?

Another exploration would be looking at the possibility of not selling your present homes but keeping one or both homes as an investment. This may be a wonderful time in your life to start building your financial future through owning real estate as an investment. The wealthiest people in the world own real estate as an investment and know the power of having a tenant pay off your mortgages to create future cash flow for retirement.

If this is an option you wish to consider, the consultation would include education on budgeting for landlords and a close look at mortgage qualification. We would analyze rental rates for you area, prepare you for the downside of this long term investment and take a close look at your qualification for originating a new mortgage in which to purchase your marital home. The worst thing you could do is sign a lease on both of your homes thinking you could then buy a new one together and find out you no longer qualify for a third mortgage. Now your homeless and searching for another house to rent instead of buy together.

Many mortgage lenders will not count investment rental income on new landlord/investors until you are “seasoned.” Renting your houses out could push you out of a new mortgage for a year or two until you gain experience and financial proof of managing vacancy and repair cost on your investment properties. Your income, debt and cash flow has to all line up with your emotional tolerance for being a landlord. So if your heart says “Yes” to being an investor in real estate we would refer you to an experienced mortgage lender to assess if this is a financial option for the two of you. Lining up the head and heart is a must do in marriage and investing in real estate too.

3. Which home has the highest probability of selling first?

A market analysis of both homes will show which house has the greatest odds of selling first. We would study past sales in your area, days on market and current absorption rates to help answer who is most likely to need to move first. Getting married is a countdown that works backwards in the timeline and so is selling a house and moving. Knowing the timing of each sale measured against the ultimate goal of having a home to share together after the honeymoon is important information to know up front in your planning. This is one of the many things we help you understand during our consultation.

4. Which home has the Highest Probability of netting the most cash flow?

A market analysis will also determine the cash flow from each home to be used for the purchase of the new home. Many times one property will net more cash from the sale than the other one. Depending upon the financial analysis provided in the consultation along with your mortgage qualification we can work closely with your lender to determine if the cash from one home sold is enough to purchase a new home or if you will need to keep waiting before reaching your goal of a new home together.

Caution: if you are financially able to purchase a new home together without the sale of both homes you may not want to jump into this too soon. If you do buy after selling only one of the two houses you may end up caring two mortgages for a while. With all of the cost associated with a wedding we do not recommend couples begin a new marriage with extra expenses of two houses. Even if you are qualified by a lender to do so it may not make the best financial and emotional sense to start life together still owning two houses and covering the expense of both homes.

Bringing your most recent mortgage balance statement for each property to the consultation is a must to begin the exploration of what each home may net and if you wish to move forward with a purchase after one sale or it is best to wait for both.

5. Should we do all-in or one at a time?

When two houses must be sold before a new home can be purchased we have two choices. Put both houses on the market at the same time so the process does not take as long or take more time by selling each of them one at a time. Some couple decide to sell one now and then take their time on the next sale. This could be a very good decision given the huge to do list required for a wedding however, it would also be wise to look at the pros and cons of market timing and future interest rates. If your wedding is well organized and almost on cruise control until the big day you can probably handle All-In. Both houses are listed for sale at the same time.

6. What should we do about temporary living arrangements and storage

So you have two houses to sell and the first one just got a contract. Where are you going? Let’s reduce stress and plan that in the consultation too.

When the first house sells the owner may decide to move back home with mom and dad for a while, roommate with a friend, or move in with your future spouse. Combining two households into one usually means too much “stuff” squeezed into one house. If that one house is overcrowded it will cause the home to not show as well which usually means longer to sell and at a lower price too. A storage building is most likely going to be needed because houses that show crowded and small will never bring top dollar and you need every penny to pay for the wedding and buy a new home together.

Weighing the pros and cons of storage cost verses sales price will be discussed thoroughly in the consultation. Alternative storage and staging options within the current home that just became more crowded will also be discussed. And, best of all well priced good storage companies will be shared and you can use our moving truck for FREE.

7. How do we prepare the homes to be sold?

There is a true saying that goes like this: “the way we live in a home and the way we show it when we are trying to sell for top dollar are very different”. So a question every home seller seeks an answers to is, what do I need to do to prepare my home for selling? Our stager will visit both homes and prepare a plan for how to use the two homes together to maximize buyer appeal and your sales price. She may suggest storing of some items or moving some items from house to house to enhance each one. Sort of like joining the two of you in marriage makes you one together, many times joining certain furnishing and decorating items can make both homes enriched too. Our stager is a master at this and you can use our moving truck for FREE.

Here are 10 top selling tips to begin your preparation now.

8. How much money are we qualified to borrow together for a new home?

This is really an important step that many home buyers skip. They start by looking at homes on the Internet or driving around call when they see a for sale sign instead of begging with a budget and a prequalification. It is sort of like the old saying; “getting the cart before the horse”. When we meet with new home buyers for a consultation of the home buying process and in this case, the selling process too, we always refer our clients to the best mortgage lenders (link) in the area to get prequalified. It is important to know how much money they will lend to you, what the closing cost are for the new mortgage and how long they will need to process your mortgage and close. The last thing you want is a lender that can’t deliver on time. Imagine your house is packed up, you must move out to give it to the new buyer and you have nowhere to move because your loan is not approved and at the attorney’s office on time to close. Our lenders have great rates, low fees and know they must deliver on time to insure future referrals from our Team.

9. What is important to each of us in our first home together?

This is where the fun really begins. Just as you have dreamed about your wedding day it is now time to dream about your first home together. Here are some things to chat about over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Take your time. Think them through but, don’t forget to call us for a consultation. We have walked beside over 6,000 home buyers and we will offer you more things to consider that we have learned from other couples like you.

  • A. How long will you keep your first home together
  • B. What is important to each of you in the new home? Don’t worry if the list does not match perfectly. You are just normal. Welcome to marriage and opposites attract. Expect your list to vary
  • C. What do we really need and what do we want? Go ahead whoever is the most organized and create a list of each.
  • D. Consider carefully the combining of pets, blended families and commute time of each.

10. How can we begin our new home search and start budgeting for our new life together?

Now that you have all the information you need to make a good business decision on selling it is time to get started looking for your new home. Because of the 9 steps taken before this you can approach shopping for the right home with confidence. You have a solid plan and you know what you need to know about selling, buying and what both of you really feel is important in your first home together. Because of the previous 9 steps you know how long will it take for your homes to sell, what you will net from the sale to use for the purchase of a new home, your budget is set for moving cost and closing cost, the interim move and storage is figured out and you know the price range to shop in that will give you a mortgage payment you can afford. Peace of mind and confidence in a solid plan is yours. So let’s go shopping!

First place to begin your home search is www.lindacraft.com this local website has accurate, real time information on the local market. Avoid all national sites such as Zillow and Truila. Their information is more wrong than right on those sites. Remember, they exist to sell advertising not homes.

When you see a home or two that peaks your interest call your (video link -Exclusive Buyer Agent to preview the property. If your houses are not sold do not spend too much time looking at houses because you can’t buy yet and it will only increase your anxiety and frustration. In North Carolina it is almost impossible to get a seller to hold a house for you until your homes are sold. Our state does not offer contingencies with first right of refusal as other states do. The only way to have a seller hold a house is if you are willing to lose thousands of dollars for a short holding period. We do not advise this.

Finding the right home is a faith walk. You must trust that when you are ready to purchase the right home will appear. It always does.

When an offer comes in on your single homes the closing date can be negotiated to give you more time to shop for the right home. Don’t stress we have a plan to put all the pieces together to make sure the two of you end with a home that you will truly love and enjoy together.

Your Dedicated Wake County REALTORS Are Here to Help You!

For more valuable Wake County real estate tips, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Linda Craft  & Team.  We would love the opportunity to assist you at every stage of the process!

Learn How to Win a Multiple Offer Situation in the Raleigh, NC Area

Wake County home buyingWe are just about at the end of our series on how to win a multiple offers situation but we still have a couple of pearls of wisdom left to give you.

Here’s my 9th tip on how you can win a bidding war: How to Make the Escalation Clause (a.k.a. the Multiple Offer Addendum) Work for You.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors are highly trained negotiators that use every advantage to insure our clients have the most favorable outcome.

We have a special addendum drafted by an attorney that allows our buyer to make a lower offer not to exceed their maximum comfort level. Many times with this addendum the buyer wins the bid with the lower offer.
We also obtain information from the listing agent prior to writing an offer to know if there are multiple offers, how they will handle multiple offers and what terms the seller would find most acceptable. This includes closing dates, personal property, home warranty.

Then we carefully analyze the seller’s asking price by researching sold properties similar to what an appraiser will do for the mortgage company to help our buyers remain objective to value. We have a pre-approval letter in file from credible, well-known, and respected mortgage company to bring peace of mind to the seller that our competing buyer is well qualified to purchase.

Then we carefully fill out the offer to purchase and attach our multiple offer addenda to place our home buyer in the best position to win the house they really want without over paying for their dream home.

Raleigh, NC Area Home Buying Made Easy

Make your home buying experience infinitely easier by choosing a qualified and experienced real estate agent with whom to work.

Contact us at Linda Craft & Team today if you’re ready to enter the market as a home buyer and want some expert guidance along the way.

We will answer any lingering questions you might have as well as offer valuable tools for navigating the Triangle real estate market in the Raleigh area.

Until next time,

Linda

This Week’s Bidding War Tip for Triangle Home Buyers

Wake County real estate for saleIf you’ve been following my blog for the last several weeks, you’ve been learning new tips for how to win a bidding war on the Triangle real estate market.

Here’s a recap of tips 1 through 5:

  • Understand That You May Not Know There Are Multiple Offers Up Front
  • Counter offers don’t have to be in writing and a verbal agreement is not a contract.
  • Home Sellers Don’t Have to Consider Offers from Buyers in the Order They Were Received
  • The house is still on the market for sale while you’re negotiating your offer
  • Home Sellers Have the Option of Disclosing Contract Terms to Other Buyers

Today’s Tip #6 – Home Sellers are not obligated to accept the highest offer

Price is certainly an important factor, but, there are many other contract terms that could be equally important to the seller, including the closing date and knowing you are a serious qualified home buyer that will make it to the finish line, a.k.a. the closing.

Remember the listing agent and seller both want a closing not a higher offer that falls apart later.

As you compete, remember the highest offer could have contingencies or requests of the seller that would not be attractive. Now is the time for you to make your offer shine by paying cash with proof of funds or having a pre-approval letter instead of a pre-qualification letter to prove you are well-qualified.

Never enter a competition without proof of your qualification to buy. That pre-approval letter also needs to be from a well-known local lender that the Seller Agent knows and is comfortable in their abilities to fund your mortgage.

Another wise strategy for capturing the seller and listing agents attention is to increase your due diligence fee, shorten your due diligence time period and increase the earnest money deposit to show you’re fully committed to the purchase.

Do not ask for extra closing cost, personal property or a home warranty unless the seller had already agreed to those items. Keep your offer very clean, look serious on paper with deposits and remember the listing agent has a lot of influence over which offer the seller ultimately accepts. So be nice and make sure your Exclusive Buyer Agent stays in good rapport with the seller’s agent.

The goal is to make your offer easy for the seller to sign. Don’t clutter it up by asking the seller to fill nail holes, clean carpets or anything else that would cause the seller to have extra work on him when he is busy packing and moving. I have seen things as small as a nail hole tip the scale toward the other buyer.

Lastly, pull on the emotion heart strings of the seller by writing a letter complimenting them on their beautiful home and letting them know how much it means to you.

We are YOUR Dedicated Triangle Area Real Estate Experts

We hope you’ve been finding these tips helpful as a prospective home buyer in the Raleigh area. We look forward to continuing this series next week.

For now, if you’re interested in receiving even more valuable assistance on the Triangle area real estate market, make sure to contact us at Linda Craft & Team. We would be happy to help!

Until next time,

Linda