Shredding Event RE/MAX United Cary

RE/MAX United – Cary and Raleigh Office’s are offering a Shredding Event

Shredding Event

Get Spring Cleaning off to a great start with this FREE community event!

Two great locations:

RE/MAX United Cary
51 Kilmayne Dr.
Cary, NC 27511
-or-
RE/MAX United Raleigh
7721 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

I am excited to participate and hope you will join me!

Bring up to 10 boxes of papers that you would like to have shredded.

Date: Saturday, April 29th

Time: 9 AM to 11 AM

 

A very special thank you to our sponsors:

Old Republic Home Protection and The Law Office of Jonathan Richardson

If you have any questions about this Shred Event, please email me at Amy@AmyShair.com

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How to Find the Right Realtor for You

Right Realtor for YouSpring is here! Families across the country are getting ready to list their house now that the snow has melted, kids will be out of school soon, and the weather is pleasant enough to go house shopping.

At first glance, selling your house as a “for sale by owner” listing sounds like you would save a lot of money. Right?

Wrong. The best way for you to get the right price is to enlist an experienced Realtor who knows the market and has systems in place to get the word out about your home. A real estate agent also knows the legal ins and outs of selling a home.

But there are a lot of real estate agents out there.

How can you find the Realtor that is right for you?

  • Ask family and friends for suggestions. The benefit of getting suggestions is that you hear a first-hand account of the Realtor’s work ethic. When you get a name suggested, ask what the person appreciated about the Realtor. This can give a complete picture of the real estate agent beyond the answer: “she was great!”
  • Search online by searching “realtor near me.” Although your Realtor doesn’t need to live in the exact same town you do, they need to be close enough to be available to show your home.
  • Check websites. Now that you have a list of some possible Realtors, start looking at their websites. Pay attention to any specialties the Realtor may have. Take note of any awards or recognitions the real estate agent has earned. The website will also tell the level of expertise of the Realtor and the number of years of experience.
  • Check online testimonials. These can be on the Realtor’s website. They can also be on Google, social media, or Yelp.
  • Once you’ve narrowed down your search to 3-4 favorites, invite each Realtor over to meet them in person. Ask about their procedures for listing your house. A good Realtor will have done their homework and have some suggestions for a listing price. Note their confidence level and their ability to clearly communicate. Both are vital traits for a competent Realtor. Ask them about their marketing plan to get the word out about your house. Your home will not sell at the best price unless potential buyers come to see it!
  • After meeting the Realtors, decide who is the best fit for you.

Amy Shair ReMax United Cary Durham NC 919-469-6539

 

Amy Shair has been an award-winning Realtor in residential real estate in the Raleigh/Durham area for over 20 years. Hundreds of sellers over the years have trusted her when it came time to sell their home. Amy Shair will work hard for you and will protect your best interests when listing your house for sale. She will take the time to let you know what to expect while your house is on the market and what happens between getting an offer and closing where your house sale is complete. Contact her today for a free consultation.

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9 Need-To-Know Questions about Living in the Triangle Area

QuestionsQ: Where is the Triangle area? How did it get its name?

A: The Triangle area in North Carolina is the triangle-shaped area of land created when you draw a line on a map from Raleigh to Durham, Durham to Chapel Hill, and Chapel Hill to Raleigh. The area got the nickname “Triangle” in the 1950’s after Research Triangle Park was created. Now the title most often refers to the geographic region of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill including Cary and Apex.

Q: What is the weather like in the Triangle area?

A: Residents of the Triangle area are blessed to experience all four seasons of the year.  The seasonal extremes, however, are moderate. The summers are not as hot as the South and the winters are not as cold as the North.

Q: I am a buyer. What is the real estate market like for me right now?

A: The market is hot right now in the Triangle area. If you know the price you are able to spend on a home and you understand that many houses are being sold for above the listing price in multiple-bid situations, you will have realistic expectations for purchasing your home. Working with an expert realtor is the best way to have success in this market.

Q: I am a seller. What is the real estate market like for me right Triangle Areanow?

A: This is a great time to be a seller! Make sure your home is in top condition so you can fetch the best price. Homes are sold very quickly and sellers often have multiple offers to choose from. When you list your home with an experienced realtor, you will be able to focus on your move while the realtor cares for the home-selling details.

Q: What are the property taxes like in the area?

A: We don’t hear much complaining about the property tax rates in the Triangle. In fact, if you are moving to the area from the Northeast, Texas, or from many Midwestern states, you will feel greatly relieved by the tax rates!

Q: How close would I be to the beach?

A: Depending on where in the Triangle you live, the ocean is a short two or three-hour drive. Wrightsville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Topsail Island are some favorites.

Q: How close would I be to the mountains?

A: Depending on where you live in the Triangle, the mountains are an easy three to four-hour drive away. Enjoy hiking, skiing, or just camping and taking in the colorful fall foliage.

Q: What is the cost of living like?

A: Compared to other areas in the U.S. that are centers for technology and research, such as San Francisco, the Triangle area is more affordable.

Q: What do people like about living in the Triangle area?

A: Especially in the past ten years, the Triangle area has been showered with awards and high rankings calling the area the best place to live, the best place to work, and among the top cities for tech jobs. But don’t think the area is all work and no play! It has also been awarded the best local food scene, best historic places, and the best area for college sports. See the full list of awards here.

Amy Shair ReMax United Cary Durham NC 919-469-6539

 

Keep in mind that although the Triangle is often referred to as one area, in reality, each town and city within the Triangle has its own flavor and personality.

If you are moving to the Triangle area, I can help you find the home you are looking for. If you are selling your home in the Triangle area, I can expertly guide you through the overwhelming process of selling your home. Give me a call.

 

 

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Is Your House Ready for the Market? Home Repairs Checklist

Home Repairs Checklist

 

Too often little repair jobs pile up over the course of living in a home. Taking care of these repairs now will ease the burden when it comes time to put your house on the market.

Here is a checklist of home repairs to get your house in top condition to quickly attract a buyer and fetch a good price:

Outside/Entry Way

  • If the driveway has many cracks and breaks, consider resurfacing or resealing.
  • For a gravel driveway, remove weeds and smooth out the stones.
  • Clean and repair shutters.
  • Replace missing gutters or downspouts.
  • Fix the fence. Power wash and paint or stain if it’s not been done in the past 3-5 years.
  • Trim landscaping. Add flowers to the flower beds or put out potted plants.
  • Power wash the siding and/or porch.
  • Grease squeaky doors and hinges.
  • Tighten doorknobs.
  • Touch up paint on the door or window frames.

Living Areas and Bedrooms

  • If there is wallpaper and it’s peeling or looking dingy, remove it.
  • Refinish hardwood floors.
  • Patch cracks or holes in walls and interior doors.
  • Clean carpet stains. Shampoo rugs and carpets.
  • Magic erase or repaint scuffed up walls. Pick a neutral color, but not bright white.

Kitchen/BathroomsReplace Caulking

  • Replace broken light fixtures. Switch out old ones for updated ones.
  • Replace cracked or chipped tiles. Scrub the grout and tile until it sparkles.
  • Remove hard water stains from drains, tubs, sinks, and toilets.
  • Replace caulking around the tub, sink, toilet, and joint between tub and floor.
  • Stop dripping faucets by tightening or replacing.
  • Clean range top burners and run oven on cleaning cycle.

Garage

  • Degrease the floor to remove stains.

Laundry Area

  • Repair shelves or cabinets.
  • Clean floor around and in between washer and dryer.

How to Find Additional Repairs to Make Your Home Appealing to a Buyer

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To add to the checklist for your particular home, drive up to your home and look around as if you were a potential buyer. What eyesores jump out at you? Walk in the front door and investigate each room. What else do you notice that needs to be fixed? You could also ask a close friend who can be honest with you to do a walk through.

Taking care of these small repairs now can take a huge weight off your shoulders (and your time) when it comes to actually listing your home.

For more help listing your home, contact Amy Shair.

 

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of House Hunting Online

House Hunting Online

When a family comes to me in search of a home, 99% have searched online before they contact me. Some have simply done a general search and others have done detailed research about what is available.

While there is a lot of good that has come out of online home searching websites, there are downsides as well.

In my twenty plus years of experience, here is what I have noticed about the good and the bad and the ugly of online house hunting:

The Good:

  • Since location is key for home buyers, the map function of online house searches enables you to see exactly where a home is located. That way you can see how long your commute would be, including traffic. It also lets you know what neighborhood the home is in which can be helpful if you are already familiar with the area.
  • You can save time by only looking at homes that meet your search criteria. Because of the advanced search function, you are able to narrow down your search to only see what houses have three bedrooms or only the ones that have a pool. This function prevents you from wasting time on houses that do not meet your family’s needs.
  • You can get a general idea of pricing for what you are looking for since the asking prices are displayed on the site. Keep in mind that the asking prices are not set in stone. Right now in our area, houses sometimes sell for more than the asking price.

The Bad:

  • The information on popular real estate websites may not be as accurate or reliable as the official MLS listing. A dependable realtor will have the most accurate information in person and on the official MLS listings on her website. A realtor sometimes has information for houses that are new on the market before popular websites. This is important for home buyers when the market is moving as quickly as it is now! Some websites post sales history that is confusing and in many cases buyers assume that the house could be bought at a lower price. Until you get enough information, it is hard to make a decision.
  • The inaccuracy of online home searching sites is especially true of estimated home value. There is a computer formula used to calculate this estimated home value. But a computer cannot take the place of an experienced realtor when it comes to knowing the value of a particular property. The sites often do not take into consideration important factors such as updates, location within a community, and subjective items such as a flat lot.
  •  A website can show you what houses are on the market, but cannot help you with the process of buying a home. There is so much more to house hunting than finding the house. A good realtor can help you think through what kind of house may be best for you. She has experience negotiating a home’s price so you get the best value. She guides you through every little detail and piece of paperwork that comes along.

The Ugly:

  • Pictures do not do some houses justice. Flipping through pictures one room at a time is like trying to see a whole jigsaw puzzle picture by examining one piece at a time without ever putting it together. Even if the pictures of individual rooms may not thrill your soul, you may feel differently once you see the whole house together.
  • Videos and virtual tours may do a better job of showing what the house looks like as a whole, but there will still not be the same feel as being there in person. Sometimes the photos are not proportional so you cannot figure out how big a room or yard really is until you see it in person.
  • Sometimes the pictures used online are outdated from a previous time the house was listed for sale. Or the photos are from when the house was last staged and now in reality it is empty and looks completely different.
  • Other times it’s hard to get past the current owner’s decorating style (painted stripes? floral wallpaper?). If your first reaction to a picture is that the house is ugly, you may change your mind when you are there in person seeing the home as a whole and feeling what it would look like to have your sense of style in the house to make it shine.

Contact Amy Shair

Amy Shair ReMax United Cary Durham NC 919-469-6539

 

Nothing will take the place of house hunting with an experienced, professional realtor who knows the intricacies of the area not just for this moment, but over time. When you are ready to stop scrolling through an online search and start actually seeing homes for sale, call Amy for your Shair of the market.

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Get Moving without Losing Your Holiday Traditions

 

The holiday season is busy for us all. But if you are planning a move during the holidays, keeping your regular holiday routine will be a challenge. Here are some tips so that you can maintain your holiday traditions while moving:

Tips for the Seller

Holiday WreathPut up some of your seasonal decorations, especially making your front yard and entranceway appealing and safe. While you may not be able to put up the whole train table this year since it impedes the flow of walking through your living room, a small amount of seasonal decorations makes your home welcoming which is a good feel for potential buyers. After all, the new owners will be celebrating holidays, too, and it’s fine for them to see that setting in the home.

If you cannot put out your decorations, playing seasonal music and watching traditional holiday movies can still put you in the holiday spirit! Holiday smells are appealing to buyers so bake those cookies – just be sure to offer a couple to prospective buyers who view your home.

If you are the one who usually hosts the whole gang, ask someone else to host this year so that there are no time conflicts with potential showings. If no one else is willing or able to host, consider having your gathering in a church or banquet hall or other rental facility.

 

Tips for the Buyer

Be considerate of your realtor’s holiday schedule with her own family. You may have off Christmas Eve, but ask her when she has family plans so that she is able to celebrate with her family, too. You may also need to be flexible with the schedules of sellers and their own family gatherings as well.

Some buyers may put their house hunt on pause for the holiday season. That means for serious buyers there may be more opportunity to find a house that fits your family since there are less people looking. Be ready to make an offer when you see the house for you.

If you are looking to buy a home, chances are you have already started the packing process. Don’t forget to leave some decorations on display so that your home can still feel familiar to your family. This also is a good time to pass along some decorations you may have forgotten about or don’t care for anymore. If it’s been buried in the garage for ten years, chances are you won’t miss it if you don’t own it!

 

Keep Your Focus

Whether you are buying or selling a home this holiday season, don’t forget to focus on what matters most even during this busy time of transition: family, friends, and faith.

If you are facing a move this holiday season, contact Amy Shair. She is passionate about helping you find the right home at any time of year.

 

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