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What Should I Be On The Look For During A Home Tour?


When it comes to any major purchasing decision like buying a home, you always want to be sure of what you’re getting before you buy. There may not be enough time for you to have a second home tour with friends and family for a different opinion on it. It is therefore vital to have a guideline on the areas to look out for before making a decision. The first tour is essential, and one needs to focus their attention on things that will be hard or expensive to change in future as opposed to temporary issues such as personal items, décor and paint colors. Here are a few key areas of a home you should be focusing on:


Areas Of The Home To Concentrate On

  • Location

This is one of the most critical areas to look out for during a home tour. Consider the traffic flow (things to consider) to your ideal home, as congestion would mean getting to work or back home late (plus further expenses like your time and that increased transportation cost). For a potential pleasant presence with the location of your future home, be sure to consider the road systems, nearby buildings, noise, and other neighboring homes. Look out for proximity to public transport and on whether the neighborhood has ample sidewalks and paths that accommodate a leisurely stroll or a bike ride.


  • Lighting

Be sure to look out for whether the house has access to natural light, and permits good airflow. Fresh air and sunlight make a living in a home much more enjoyable, and it helps in reducing the utility bills during summer months (when you’re not lying on the beach) by opening the windows and catching a breeze.


  • Flooring

Consider whether the floor plans and room sizes match your preferences. Does the home have all the rooms you need and in the best size? It is expensive and takes a lot of time to bring down walls trying to create a bigger space. Look out for uneven flooring such as cracks, as it is expensive to repair foundation-associated problems.


  • Water Damage

Look out for possible water damage signs such as musty odor, dark spots and water lines on the ceiling and walls as they are an indication of damages from a leak or burst pipe. It is important to peek at any exposed piping in the laundry room (or possibly) basement to assess water stains, leaks or rust. It is easy to repair a water leakage, but when it has gone for months without detection and has caused notable damages, it could also mean it is unrepairable.


  • Roofs and Gutters

Be sure to look at the roof to make sure it is not worn out.Gutters should be intact. To determine the maintenance level of the roof look out for missing, covered or curling roof tiles. Also check on whether the roof structure has signs of leakages as this could for a new roof which is expensive. The roof may fail to meet the required standards necessary for processing your insurance or mortgage.


  • Space of the Closet

This could be a deal breaker for you in deciding on the home. The storage space should be ideally large enough to accommodate all your belongings and help you at keeping organized.


  • Windows

Pull the curtains to check on the status of the windows. Look out for lopsided frames and give the windows a take to ensure that they slide with ease. Windows that stick while opening may indicate poor foundational issues or poor installation, which can be expensive to repair.


  • The Driveway and Parking area

Be sure to check out the dimensions of the driveway and parking area. A narrow driveway while become frustrating in the long term. A very long driveway will necessitate future maintenance that you may not be completely up for in the future.


Now no matter what your thoughts are always remember to keep them to yourself when touring a home for better bargaining. You might consider bringing a camera (or use your phone if you prefer) to take photos of the property, or possibly even measuring tape in case you decide you’d like to measure something in the house.


These are only a few things to be on the look out for.


If you’re looking for a new home, a great realtor will be able to help you find what you’re looking for.


If you need help finding the right home, contact us today to see what’s available.

Why Is Home Ownership Important For The American Economy?


Homebuilding and real estate sit at the top of the food chain when it comes to fueling economic growth. Home ownership has been the absolute foundation for wealth building for centuries and the process of constructing homes fuels many sectors of the economy. Once built, those homes continue to support and grow economic activity both locally and nationally.


Consider these statistics about homebuilding and homeownership in the U.S. :

  • A Federal Reserve study found that the median net worth of homeowners reached $195,400 in 2013 compared to $5,400 for renters.
  • The National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that for every two homes sold (including new and resale), one job is created. Findings from a study executed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) echoed those findings, which found that 3.94 jobs were created for every 100 single-family home built.


How Real Estate Supports the Economy

Activity in the field of real estate has a trickle-down effect that permeates nearly every other economic sector. The process of building a home is labor-intensive from the start. It starts with planning and zoning at the local level. Builders represent themselves or hire lawyers, both of whom make good salaries. Once approved, the builder uses local contractors to develop the land and build the homes.


The jobs in the building trades pay fairly well, and the employees and their families have room in their budgets for discretionary spending that creates even more jobs at the local retail level. The workers also need plenty of services from the local area, and homes for themselves. New homes need lots of materials and appliances, and all that purchasing creates another trickle down-flow through the local and national economy.


The National Association of Homebuilders reported that in 2015, 394 jobs were created for every 100 single-family homes built. Building these homes generated $28.7 million dollars in the private sector and $3.6 million in revenues for local governments. Once built, those families who occupy them continue to contribute to the well-being of the local economy by generating 69 jobs and $5.1 million in private and local revenues every year.


Apartments also have a direct impact on local economies, but not to the extent that for-sale properties do, especially after they’re constructed. Individual home owners are far more likely to make discretionary improvements compared to apartment owners who are interested in short-term profitability rather than long-term investment value or comfort.


The Role of Supply and Demand

The laws of supply and demand exert a heavy influence in the residential real estate market. When the economy is booming and jobs are being created, real estate values go up. Even when job growth slows, real estate values typically continue to climb in markets where insufficient land availability or the lack of new home inventory increases the demand for homes.


Appreciation Rate Trends in Charleston

Based on data collected by the NAR, the median price of homes sold in the Charleston area from 2012 to 2016 rose by $50,000 to $240,000 in 2016. Over the four year period, this increase leveled out to $12,500 annually. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that the average home price increased four percent from 2016 to 2017.


Bottom Line

Homeownership forms the foundation for economic well-being and wealth-building in the U.S. Homeowners benefit directly by building equity by owning their own homes, as do all the others who gain from its presence long after the home’s been built.


Home ownership is a vital metric when it comes to the American economy.


If you’re considering buying or selling in Charleston, let’s talk about what’s available today!

How Will Interest Rate Changes Affect Real Estate Decisions This Year?

As you may have seen in recent national news,  the Federal Reserve will be increasing interest rates. These interest rate increases are predicated on the continuing healthy economy, low unemployment, and the overall good health of the market . This increase in short-term interest does not target specific industries, however it does affect several that use loans as a part of daily business activities. One such industry is the real estate market. The Federal Reserve’s actions can affect adjustable rate mortgages and to a lesser extent fixed-rate mortgages. These effects are as follows.


Effect On Mortgages

  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages: These will be affected in the following ways. Due to the fact that adjustable rate mortgages are reviewed annually any increase in rates will, in turn, increase the amount of interest due monthly. Note that there may be a delay in this due to when refinancing occurs, but the changes may be notable depending on the value of the loan itself.   
  • Fixed Rate Mortgages: Please note that this refers to new fixed-rate mortgages and not existing ones. Fixed rate mortgages will be far more resistant to federal interest rate changes. When viewed over the long term (fixed rate mortgages being 15 or 30 years long) these rates tend to follow inflation rates more than they do federal interest rates. Also, depending on how the market responds to the Federal Reserve being viewed as controlling inflation with these measures, the interest rate of 30-year mortgages could go down.   


Real Estate Purchasing Considerations

Now certainly an increase in overall real estate cost is nothing to be pleased with. That being said, while it should be carefully considered when making real estate discussions it shouldn’t be overvalued in the overall process. Here are four considerations to keep in mind.


  • The Long-Term Value Of Real Estate: A key aspect of real estate that makes it an active investment is that it tends to increase in value over time. In many cases, the increase in the value of a property or home will greatly surpass any interest rate increases.   
  • Real Estate Protects Against Inflation: Due to real estate’s tendency to appreciate in value, it serves as useful investment tool when held over a long period of time. When compared to other investment options that are more flat in terms of their overall return, real estate offers strong value and can be used for portfolio diversification.
  • This May Not Be The Best Time For Refinancing: Interest rate increases can make refinancing an existing fixed rate mortgage a less attractive option. However, this depends greatly on your existing financial situation. Even with higher interest, refinancing may still be desirable if you have a specific goal in mind such as shortening the length of your mortgage loan.     
  • Other Market Effects: An increase in interest rates may discourage some marginal buyers from purchasing real estate. This could reduce overall real estate costs as there are more homes for sale in a market with less interested buyers. There are also industry experts calling for an increase in construction to keep rate increases low.  


Final Thoughts

The Federal Reserve’s increasing of interest rates will have an effect on real estate purchases. Those most affected by these changes will be ARM holders, those seeking to secure new loans, and homeowners seeking to refinance existing fixed-rate mortgages. Real estate nonetheless remains a solid investment with a long-term growth pattern and an increase in federal interest rates should not deter you from making well thought out and researched real estate purchases.    


If You’re Planning A Real Estate Decision, Let’s Talk About What’s Best For You Today!

What Are The Top Home Problems That Can Ward Off Potential Buyers?

One of the busiest times of the year for home buying is just a few short months away. If you’re considering selling your home, you’re likely wondering what are the top possible home problems that can ward of potential buyers. Be aware that preparation is everything. Now (and not later) is the time to address the issues around your home that could hamper your efforts to sell to eager buyers. While there may be more obvious items like termites or the presence of radon being deal breakers,  there are also other issues that might not be so obvious to you. Before listing your home for sale, be wary of these nine issues that could scare off potential buyers.


  1. Odors in Your Home

You might not notice it, but if your home has an unpleasant smell from pets or cigarette smoke, that can discourage a potential buyer the moment they walk in the door. While many will say first impressions are everything, this is absolutely no different when presenting your home to new potential buyers. What’s worse is if you have a possibly musty smell, it can be a sign you might have a mold problem that should be investigated (or will require doing so). Having your carpets professionally cleaned or giving the interior of your home a fresh coat of paint before listing your home can cut down on some odors.


  1. You Have Wallpaper

Wallpaper is typically more of a personal taste. A potential home buyer may look at the wallpaper you love and envision a lot of work ahead. If you’re selling your home, get rid of your wallpaper and be sure to replace it with a neutral paint color.


  1. Roof Damage or Old Roof

If your roof is at or near the end of your lifespan, this could be an absolute deal breaker for potential buyers. Damaged shingles, missing shingles or multiple layers of shingles from previous re-roofs could cause a buyer to think twice about making an offer on your home. Replacing or repairing your roof can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.


  1.  Water Stains

Even if your home has been inspected for mold and is completely free of it, water stains on walls or ceilings can scare off buyers. This can be prevented by covering up water stains with a fresh coat of paint.


  1. Signs of Gutter Damage

Damaged gutters can scare off potential buyers because there could be water or foundation damage to your home. Routine maintenance and inspection can alert you to needed repairs. So, before listing your home, make sure to check out your gutters and make repairs.


  1. Cracks in Walls and Foundation

If you have cracks in your walls and foundation, your home could have a structural issue. Before listing your home, you will want to have these issues inspected. You will also want to be prepared with a plan to repair any structural issues if any are found when the home inspection is done.


  1. Older Kitchen Appliances

Potential buyers hope to keep their immediate out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible when moving into a new home. They might expect to buy a new refrigerator, but not an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances. If your stovetop/oven or dishwasher is outdated, it could be worthwhile to update them with new appliances.


  1. Old Windows or Doors

Doors or windows that creak, get jammed or look shabby can turn off potential buyers. It might not be on the top of your list because of the expense, but new windows and doors could give you a 50 – 80 percent return on your investment. If that’s not in your budget, at least make repairs to stop creaking and jamming. This also goes without even mentioning the potential savings made through possibly reducing energy loss through your home, which may occur due to Charleston’s hotter springs and summers.


  1. Your Listing Price is Too High

Setting your price too high for your neighborhood can discourage potential buyers and keep your home on the market longer. Consult with your realtor to determine what a truly fair (and smart) asking price is for your home.


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How Do You Winterize A House In Charleston?



Snow and freezing temperatures in Charleston? They may not occur year round in the Holy City (nor is it the image that first comes to mind when you consider Charleston), but this is a topic numerous homeowners need to be aware of; especially due to the recent events of Snowmageddon. When winter strikes, if you are not prepared damages to your home can be possible. However, this can be avoided if the right measures are put in place early in advance. It is far much easier and cheaper to implement preventive measures than dealing with losses after winter arrives and you’re unprepared.


So, what are some of the best ways in which you can prep your Charleston home for winter spells?


Clean The Gutters

If trees surround your Charleston house, the gutters are likely to trap leaves. With such accumulation, the gutters may not perform their stipulated task optimally. When winter hits, can be highly underrated because typically people only think about them when it’s raining. It is therefore essential to ensure that the gutters are cleaned up before winter. That way, it will be easier to drain water, which would otherwise compromise the nature of your Charleston house.


Replace or Repair Shingles

When it comes to keeping moisture and ice accumulation away, shingles play a significant role. In this regard, it is highly recommended that you trace shingles that are faulty and repair them. If there are shingles that are beyond repair, then it would be ideal to replace them. If possible, seek the assistance of a professional repair man just to make sure that the entire roofing is in perfect shape during winter.


Turn Off Exterior Faucets

In an instance where pipes get too icy and cold, bursting is the aftermath. What does this mean? It simply says that you would rather keep the exterior faucets turned off. If possible, make sure that the taps are drained entirely so that there will be no traces of water. Needless to say, if the pipes burst, there might emanate severe damages on your house. Not only can metal pipes burst, even plastic plastic pipes and plumbing can crack due to the freezing temperatures and water flow (like a water inlet valve in your washing machine that’s located on your back porch/patio). While you likely already know to keep your internal pipes (faucets) leaking water during colder temperatures outside, be sure to shut off the water to all external faucets outside if this is not already done.


Reverse Fan Blades

What most people do not know is the ceiling fans could be of much help during winter. Most people do not even think of fans as useful in cold weather. By pressing the reverse button on the fan, rising heat is directed back to the house. Doing so reduces the chances of damages that may occur due to lower temperatures in the house.


Repair Room Heaters

There is no doubt that room heaters can save the day during winter. When winter approaches, make sure that the room heaters are in perfect condition and that they work efficiently. One thing for sure is that room heaters can be messy when faulty. Considering that said heater will be in use for at least a month or two, it is advisable to keep the heaters in perfect operation to avoid prospective damages.


Divert Water

If your house gutters are set in such a way that water lands on the foundation, then you are likely to jeopardize the condition of your Charleston house during winter. You will realize that as temperatures go down, water turns into ice and this may potentially damage your house. It is therefore vital to divert water away from the house as this will keep the foundation from extreme wetness. This is also on top of any possibly freezes or snow that lead to bigger problems than you realize. You simply think the snow or ice might look beautiful but once it melts; if you are not smart that water can lead to damages.



Your Charleston house is worth every dime you invested into it. Keeping it safe during winter is, therefore, a good priority to look into. By implementing effective measures in advance, you will have gone a long way in mitigating potential damages on your house during this season.


If you’re considering buying or selling, let’s talk about what you should be looking for.

How Can I Optimize My Finances To Save For A House In A Year?


Are you stressed out due to living in a rental house with noisy neighbors or not so decent roommates? Are you fed up of spending most of your hard-earned salary paying rent? Are you maybe wondering how can I optimize my finances to save for a house in a year? Worry no more; as you can save yourself this hassle overall by owning the money to buy a home within a year. Below are simple saving and financial techniques that will enable you to acquire the required capital needed in purchasing your home.


  1. First Make A Budget

This technique will help you to accumulate your savings and understand where you are financially overall. It may sound simple and obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people do not adhere to their budget. You should first identify the things that you can do without (aka the wants and not the needs. You don’t need that coffee shop mocha every single day, etc). This will help you in understanding and avoiding your overall impulse buying. You should prepare a shopping list ahead of time and stick to it. Buy what is only necessary for this particular time. You can also shop at supermarkets that offer greater discounts (I like Whole Foods too….but don’t be surprised when your whole paycheck goes too).


You may also consider (as described above) making your coffee rather than picking it up from a store, or moving into a less expensive rental house so you can save that extra money, or investing in a car that is economical on gas, or attempting to trim your cell phone bill or possibly even skipping your summer vacation for the purposes of accumulating your savings. The mindset you must have right now is one that is focused on your long term goal, and not short term impulses.


  1. Look At Getting A Side Gig

It is important that you look for a second job or possibly even more to supplement your full-time job’s income. You may consider venturing into crafts if you have the skill or possibly even start a small business that you can run part-time. The extra cash you get will help you grow your savings. Depending on what your craft is or what you’re selling, you might use platforms like Pinterest, Shopify, Etsy, Instagram or Facebook to advertise your talent. If you are at all tech oriented (or skilled) there are also plenty of sites to advertise your work like, Upwork and TaskRabbit.


  1. Investments

Saving is important, but it may be more important if you invest your savings to make more profits. This is because investments attract more benefits than savings. In order to grow your income, you may consider investing in stocks, GIGs, or bonds. The profits you get from the investment in a year might enable you to purchase your dream home.


  1. Quarantine Your Savings Account

Whenever people withdraw money from their bank accounts, many unfortunately tend to have problems watching their savings grow;  even if it’s before they reach their targeted savings amount. Financial discipline tends to be rare but is vastly important for you, as you should have a dedicated amount deducted  from your regular account (or paycheck) monthly to put it directly into your savings account. The savings you’ll receive at the end of the year will be vastly helpful when it comes to wanting and actually buying that dream home. If you want to succeed financially, you need to think ahead and be duly prepared.


  1. Ask For Support

As it is with any diet program or change in your fitness regime (or overall personal habits), saving money calls for just as much monitoring. You will need the support of people around you in order to adhere to a strict saving plan. Making them know the change in your financial behavior and the reason as to why you are saving will relieve you of the stress of taking them out for shopping or leisure. The less distracted you are from your goals, the more you will be likely to succeed. Communicating this plan to those close to you will also keep you living under your means, which will be vastly important for this time when you’re saving for big goals.


  1. Set Up Saving Goals

While it is one thing to stay out of your bank account (like we said earlier), it is an essential element for anyone who wants to grow their savings to set due goals. You should develop either weekly, monthly or yearly goals which will enable you to monitor your saving progress. Having goals will also assure that you duly stay on course. If you aren’t monitoring your overall spending, sites like might be able to help you as well. 


  1. Downgrading Your Car

Most families do own more than one car. Nonetheless, this can be costly in terms of buying insurance policies, parking fees, gas and actually servicing the vehicles. Little or no money is left to save. It can be economical for you to have only one car and save the cash that would have been used to maintain your other vehicle(s). This is all the better if you live closer to your work in a walkable area, have public transportation close, or if you might even want to look into ride-sharing services (or bike sharing) for work in the morning.



Since living in a rental house (or apartment) can be stressful and costly, almost everyone wishes to have their own home. The biggest challenge of owning one is attaining the money. With a couple of these tips, you could very well be on the way to saving money for your dream home within only a year.


If You’re Considering Buying, Let’s Talk About What’s Available In Charleston Today.

How Can I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?


Unless you need the mortgage interest deduction  or plan to sell soon, it makes financial sense to pay off your mortgage early. The question many then ask though is, how can I pay off my mortgage early? Even at today’s low interest rates, the interest adds up over the life of a 30-year loan. Everything else being equal, owning a home is a good way to grow your money, but the amount of interest paid to lenders chips away at the net gains.While any realtor can talk to you about a mortgage, a great one should be able to help you understand them better.


If you’re looking at how to pay off your mortgage faster, here are a few basic things to keep in mind:


At 3.5 percent interest, over 30 years a $300,000 mortgage loan will cost close to a significant amount in interest payments. If you plan to stay in your home for any duration, making larger payments will minimize that amount. When you do sell, you’ll also realize a bigger return.


Start with the Obvious

Private mortgage insurance adds from 0.5 to 1 percent of your total mortgage amount to the payment. If your home’s value has increased and it’s at least 80 percent of the loan to value ratio, you can drop the PMI. Since the insurance is for the mortgage company, you’ll have to contact them and follow their procedures.


Options might include refinancing it, although there will be fees for that; or asking the lender to eliminate the PMI after submitting a current appraisal as proof of value. Under most conditions, homes appreciate over time. Making home improvements  is another way to increase it’s value to get out from under PMI payments.


Switch the Loan Term

Refinancing to get rid of PMI early will lower your payments, and if you’re going to go through the time and expense refinancing takes, consider switching to a 15-year loan. Your payments will go up somewhat, but it’s a foolproof way to pay off the mortgage faster.


Even if you don’t need to get rid of PMI, a 15-year term cuts the amount of interest you’ll pay. Since the first years of payments on any mortgage go primarily to interest payments, the shorter loan term means that you’ll be making larger principal payments during the loan’s early years.


Committing to higher payments takes a leap of faith that could produce some anxiety. If you’re unsure, keep the mortgage you have and make higher payments for a few months to see how well you manage. It may work well, but if it doesn’t, you can go back to the existing payment amount.


Make Bigger Payments

Instead of splurging after getting a raise or a promotion, why not use the extra money to make bigger mortgage payments each month? The lender will apply any extra amount toward the amount you owe. This strategy works well as long as you don’t have high interest credit card payments or school loans. Paying off anything with a higher interest rate than your mortgage should be a priority to strengthen your financial position over the long haul.


Use Unexpected Gains

Odds are you won’t exactly win the lottery, but you might get a year-end bonus, an inheritance, a tax return, or a gift. When you apply that toward your mortgage balance, it will help you pay it down faster.


Whether you’ve already bought or simply just looking ahead, there are a number of items you need to be aware of when it comes to buying a home. 


If You’re Considering Buying, Let’s Talk About What’s Available In Charleston Today.

How Can I Sell My Home Faster?


Is it like pulling off a miracle when you sell your house within a month? Now, while not all real estate markets in the United States of America have fully recovered from the effects of the Great Recession, Charleston, SC is an area that appreciates perpetually. You may love your home as of right now, but a time may come when you’ll want to sell it and move on accordingly. Don’t allow yourself to learn how to sell in a painful way if others know how to sell your home faster. A great real estate agent will be able to consult you on the process, the market, and sell your house well.


Statistics indicate that the average family home takes 65 days to sell, but the number can vary depending on a variety of factors. Staging tricks like displaying beautiful fresh flowers, painting rooms with neutral white color, or placing new couch pillows will not always entice buyers (after all, they are likely seeing several beautiful homes). Here is what will help you sell your house faster, but be sure to get yourself prepared as the following tips are not always easy or fun. You have to be committed.


  1. Storage Unit

A potential buyer is not interested in your old collection or favorite magazines. Be sure to pack them up and get them out of the house. Clean and get rid of anything you wouldn’t need for the next two months from the closet, top shelves, and attic. All old furniture should get moved, especially those that convey “hoarding” or any adjectives that even come close to the word “clutter.” Without considering the energy used, a typical two or three bedroom house will cost approximately $125 to fit the excess collection in a 10’*20’ storage unit.


  1. Amend Everything

Sounds impossible? Be sure to repair the obvious items that catch the eye such as:


  • Rotten wood
  • Peeling paint
  • Broken windows
  • Running toilets and damaged faucets
  • Stained floors and carpets
  • Broken lights
  • Damaged electrical switches
  • Damage in the Attic from insects like termites
  • Gutters or any crawl spaces that leak


Now be sure to not forget the curb appeal. It is standard human psychology to always be impressed by what we first see in our interactions with people, let alone a home. Be sure to set the right tone with your buyers by giving a great first impression!


  1. Upgrade The Bathrooms

You may need to save more or stretch your budget to accommodate an extra $1500-$2000 to update your bathroom. Would you love to take over a used old bathroom? The least you can do is the following:


  • Buy brand new toilets
  • Get an up to date shower head such as an aquarium or full-bodied shower panel
  • Re-tile any grungy and old-fashioned shower walls and floors


Match the hardware between the faceplates, plumbing fixtures, and the lighting. All should get rubbed with a bronze or satin nickel finish. With a touch of new and fresh towels, recommended favorite skin care products, and a loving steam orchid; your bathroom will look better than even a private spa.


  1. Right Pricing And Get Over Your Pride

Ever wondered why some houses stick around forever  on the selling list? Never allow your ego to determine your home’s sale price.  It is not about what amount your neighbor sold for or your imported décor from Paris or London. It’s about a particular buyer in the United States of America (aka, its never about what you want or like, it’s the audience you’re playing to. In this case it’s the potential buyers). The bidding era is long gone. Be sure that you are prepared for the corresponding emotional ups and downs that come along with the process.


If you look into the above points and implement them before announcing your home for sale, it’s a clear shot that no sooner than when you present it for sale that it will also sell. Note that maintaining a clean house and having it in an always-ready-for-a-showing state is an uphill task, especially with kids and pets around. If you have an extra home and an accommodating work schedule, you might want to move into that other house temporarily. You can also consider moving in with family members, friends, or rent for a short while to allow your home to look perfect at all times for buyers.


If you’re thinking about selling, let’s talk about how much your home is worth.

What Should I Ask My Listing Agent During Our First Meeting?

Selling a house is quite a hectic process nowadays. With the entry of so many real estate agents, it has become important to often ensure that you clarify all the important information before engaging in any commitments. The reason for this is that you need to be sure that you are giving the right person the responsibility of selling your house. Thus, getting the right listing agent is one of the most significant steps towards successfully selling your home. The next part of this initial phase you might be wondering is what should I ask the listing agent during our first meeting?


Now, the ideal agent is not defined by the biggest promises and ads but the reputation and experience the individual has had in your target market. If this is your first time selling your home, you could be wondering a number of things. Smart preparation and research will help you engage the right agent to sell your home.


Things that you need to prepare:

Making thorough preparation before meeting any listing agent will increase your chances of having your home sold faster. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for meeting a great and knowledgeable real estate agent.


Prepare the areas requiring repairs, upgrades and maintenance

It is important to ensure that you have your home ready for viewing before hiring a listing agent. Chances are high that potential buyers will go for a home that is in best condition. Take note of areas in possible need of upgrades or repairs and maintenance; as such aspects are important in the home valuation. However, it is recommendable to hold on upgrading and repairing your house (if your house is in need of an overhaul) before meeting the agent and getting advice on what items are best to maintain or upgrade (that will give you the most value for your money).


What is your selling time frame?

When are you looking to sell your house? Is it urgent or do you have an adequate amount of time? You need to be specific on your time frame as this will help the listing agent determine how to optimize the sale of your home to your own preferences. The reason for this is that the time affects the listing price.


Questions to ask your listing agent

Now that you are ready in terms of the things to prepare, you need also to be prepared on what questions to ask the listing agent as this will help you determine their suitability for your house.


Here are a few questions that will help you prepare adequately for the first meeting with your listing agent in Charleston, SC: 

First, ask the listing agent about the number of houses that they have sold within your desired neighborhood or area in the past. Your ideal listing agent ought to be the one who has sold more than just a few houses in your neighborhood.


Secondly, determine the agent’s present number of seller accounts. Often, while it is important to hire an agent who has many accounts, it is also advisable to avoid agents who have way too much going on and can’t give you the proper service you need. Consider a listing agent who has the capacity to sell your house at all costs.


Thirdly, the most important question is about the value and price of your house. In addition, ensure that you get their reasoning behind any price they give you as this will also be a way of evaluating their suitability at the real estate business.


If you’re interested in selling, come check out your free home valuation here.