When it comes to Highlands’ real estate, buying does not have to be stressful. The more aware you are about the process and the local market, the easier and smoother buying can be. If you are considering buying a home in the Highlands area, sit down with your REALTOR® and discuss the process in advance to help prepare for every step.
Buying a home is a big investment and it is only natural that some stress goes hand in hand with the process. Whether it is the search, the financing or the contract that is daunting to you, educate yourself on every step to help eliminate surprises. From securing a loan and starting your real estate search to drafting a contract and getting to the closing table there are many pieces to the buying puzzle.
The more educated and informed you are the smoother your experience will be. Let your REALTOR®’s knowledge and experience work to your advantage to help you navigate the local market and arrive at the closing table with a home that suits your needs and your lifestyle.
Selling your home often involves receiving a lowball offer. While you might feel insulted, it is important to remember that this is only a starting point for future negotiations. Buyers want to acquire a home at the lowest price possible while sellers prefer to set a record for the highest price per square foot. The important thing for a seller to remember is to respond to an offer, regardless of the price or terms. If you don’t respond there will be no negotiations.
Start out by asking your REALTOR® why you received such a low offer. Chances are your home may be priced too high to begin with. Be objective and talk to your REALTOR® about the price of your home and get a thorough understanding of what fair market value might be. This will help you determine what price to counter at. Your REALTOR® will be instrumental in helping you counter to a low-ball offer. Having knowledge and experience on your side can be an invaluable asset for selling success.
Lynn Kimball has over 40 years of real estate experience, with 29 years serving the Highlands area. Whether you are interested in searching properties or comprehensive information about our area, you are invited to visit her user friendly website at www.signatureproperties-nc.com. Meadows Mountain Realty has two locations, at 41 Church Street in the Old Edwards Inn complex or visit Lynn at 2334 Cashiers Road across from Highlands Falls Country Club. Lynn Kimball can be reached at 828-421-8193 or by email at Lynn@MeadowsMtnRealty.com.
Contributed by Lynn Kimball
Meadows Mountain Realty
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