Archive | September 2012

Real Estate Wonder Woman Mobile!

Here she is folks! The Real Estate Wonder Woman Mobile!! Let me know what you think :)

Get that home sold!

Here’s the setting. You’re living in a home. You want out. You don’t just want out but you NEED out. It’s time to go because the cops are after you… o.k I hope that’s not the case, but I know there are situations when you’re trying to get out of there as if the cops were after you! 馃槈 So what do you do? You don’t know the first thing about getting your home sold. All you know is that it’s a buyer’s market and you’re scared. Let me try to ease your fear a little bit… Here are a few helpful tips. Best tip being to聽USE YOUR聽REAL ESTATE WONDER WOMAN!聽I’m here and it’s what I do :)

Negotiating the sale of your home is not just a one hit kind of thing, but a step-by-step strategy that begins long before the first potential buyer walks through the front door.Following strategic steps not only increases the salability of your home, but it may increase the net sale as well.

路聽The first and most important step聽you must take is聽getting the house ready to sell. That’s right I said it. You actually need to dust those cobwebs from the corners… pick up the laundry from the floor, spruce up the paint job, and maybe put a flower pot outside.– Looks are everything in selling your home and you want the buyer to fall in love. The more they love your home, the more negotiating power you retain. Which = more $$ in your pocket at the end.

You will need to eliminate any attachment to your home.聽Do not 聽 聽 聽allow any emotional ties to linger as you fix, clean, scrub, paint, update, and stage your home. Let the importance of selling your home override any memorable moments of your life associated with it. This way, you won’t be offended if the myriad of agents, appraisers, and potential buyers put anything in a negative light. Some use negative input as a negotiating tactic, so try to be impervious to blunt comments or criticisms. Remember that buyers, no matter their behavior, are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Keep Quiet!聽During the sale process, you will be communicating with many people. If they are not your agent do not let any person troubles slip. It CAN and WILL be used against you during the negotiations. Your agent is the only one on your side, do not be fooled by friendly potential buyers or buyers agents. Their job is to get the best deal for their client.

Find a great Realtor, that has your best interests at heart.Make sure they are available to you, and communicate with you on a weekly basis. Realtors that provide effective ways to market your home or show you staging techniques to make your home stand out are generally willing to work to get the best price. Find yourself an innovative real estate agent who will come up with great ways to bring buyers to your property. Make sure your Realtor has them prequalified first so that you don’t waste time on people who can’t purchase your property. When selling your home time is of the essense.

路聽When the final stages of negotiation are on the table, respect the buyer’s efforts to purchase your home. Especially with it being a buyers market you will more than likely have to make some concessions. Be prepared. Expect to contribute to closing costs at the very least. At the same time they should be willing to work with you as well. Respond quickly to offers, keep your emotions out of the game, and keep the lines of communication open.

When an agreement to purchase is made, the negotiating does not stop. Houses generally take about 30-60 days to close with the inspection, the appraisal, the purchase contract, and financing process to consider. Your active involvement is helpful to all of those working to finally close the deal. At the end of the day, if both the seller and the buyer walk away satisfied, the real estate transaction will be considered a success.

Lastly CELEBRATE you have gotten your home sold. Your run from the cops can proceed. 馃槈

Tuesday Food Day!!

Good Morning鈥 Good Morning鈥 How are you?!( In my head this was done in a sing song voice. If you didn鈥檛 sing it to yourself please re-read and apply :) )I hope everyone has gotten over their case of the Mondays, because we have officially begun (drum roll please鈥) TUESDAY FOOD DAY! A day that I鈥檝e decided to dedicate to something we (literally) could not live without! Each week I will present you with a new food related item. It might be a restaurant that I have tried, might be a recipe that I have decided to share, might be just a picture of a burger… Ok it probably will always be more than that, but still anything goes! Why?? Because it’s TUESDAY FOOD DAY!

When I鈥檓 not out there being your Real Estate Wonder Woman, and fulfilling all of your real estate needs. I am out hunting for hidden gems within the Triangle.

With this being the start of an epic saga I figured we should kick it off right (football reference in case it went over your head lol), by telling you about one of my favorite hidden gems in the area.

Cloo鈥檚 Coney Island-2233 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh

In the Mission Valley shopping center

Hidden Gem

Ok here鈥檚 the deal. If you haven鈥檛 been there before, then you’re wasting time. Stop reading and go NOW! NOW! NOW!

I found this place a while back when I was having a craving for a Chicago style hot dog. Being a Chicago native but living in the south; It鈥檚 like finding the Holy Grail for me. Lots of places advertise 鈥淎uthentic Chicago鈥 but very few deliver. My first time going in I thought I was in heaven. I ordered the Chitown hotdog, cheese fries, and a cheesesteak with everything. :) O it was yum. It was Delcious. It was Outrageous. It was like a little piece of happiness with each and every bite鈥. Ok maybe I鈥檓 overexaggerating a bit but still it was honestly good enough for me to come back every day that week, and I鈥檝e been going there at least 3-4 times a mt since then. The only downside that I know a lot of people complain about is the fact that you have to wait a little bit of time for your food. I myself am O.K with waiting so long as my food tastes great. I mean there is one cook (normally the owner), everything is made to order, and when the line gets long he is doing the best he can!

So if you (like myself) enjoy hot, yummy, greasy food :) This is the place to go! And if you go make sure you come back and let me know. I would love to hear what others have tried. Even though I鈥檝e been going there for a while I have yet to order anything else because my go to is so great lol.

And Remember if you ever need help buying a home or selling your current home within the Raleigh/Durham area, Your Real Estate Wonder Woman Is Just A RINGwold Away!! (get it ring…ringwold…ring…ringwold… ehhh I think you get it) 馃槈