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VIDEO: 5 Smart Strategies For Home Buyers

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Right now, Myrtle Beach is in a seller’s market, meaning buyers have to work a little harder to find their dream home. Here are five smart home buyer strategies for success:

  1. Make a good first impression on the seller and your Realtor. Here’s what I mean when I say you should make a good first impression on your Realtor: pick one agent to represent you and have a specific list of must-haves for your property. That way, we can show you anything on the MLS that matches your criteria while saving you time and frustration.You should make a good first impression on the seller when you make an offer. We recommend writing a letter to the seller about why you love the house. Those letters do make an impact when it comes time for the seller to accept an offer.
  2. Get pre-approved by a lender. Send the pre-approval letter with your offer. This shows the seller that you are serious about buying their home.
  3. Shop within your price range. Single-family homes in Myrtle Beach are in a seller’s market. Homes are selling fairly quickly in certain price ranges and much faster in others. Shop within your price range. Don’t go 10% over your max budget to look for more options; that will only frustrate you and your agent.
  4. Be flexible. No home is perfect. Even when you build your own home, you will still wish you did some things differently. When you look at homes, look past things like bad wallpaper, carpet, or paint. You can replace those things. Being able to look past those small issues can get you a better value on homes that don’t show well. In fact, homes in older, more established neighborhoods will often get you a better price per square foot.
  5. Be ready. When a home that fits your criteria hits the market, be ready to go look at the property at a moment’s notice. When you find the home you want, be ready to write a strong offer.

If you have any questions about buying in today’s market or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

VIDEO: New Technology Will Find Your Dream Home

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Technology can be a huge help to buyers. It can even help you secure your home purchase. Innovation is happening very quickly in the real estate industry, which allows us to help you find your dream home.

We can put very specific criteria for our buyers into our website and the MLS system. That way, you will get notified instantly when a property that matches your criteria pops up on the market. Your agent will get an email as well so you can look at the property as soon as possible.

Just last week, this search helped one of my buyers find a home. This buyer was interested in a community called Manchester, which features paired ranch homes with garages. There were no properties from that community on the market but my buyer wanted that specific subdivision. We entered that information into the search.

Then, at 9:30 in the morning, the buyer and I each got an email about a property from that community that had just hit the market. My client was out at the unit in the afternoon, wrote an offer that evening, and, less than 24 hours after that property was listed, we were under contract to purchase the home.

If you are looking for a specific neighborhood, layout, number of bedrooms, or what have you, we can get you on an automatic drip campaign so you see any new listings that match your criteria. If you have any questions for me, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!