Customizing Your Search: Buying A Home That Meets Your Needs

The Savvy Synopsis

On this edition of the podcast, we'll feature your burning questions on buying and selling a home. Whether you need help finding a home to meet your specific needs, or want help finding the right agent, Angie can point you in the right direction. We'll also discuss how to stage your home while still living in it.

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Featured Foundations:

00:38 Getting To Know You: Best Meal

  • You probably wouldn't expect Angie's favorite meal to come from the other side of a pawn shop in New York City. Listen to the story!

4:08 Stage Your House: Decluttering

  • Jan from Morrisville asks about decluttering your home to show it while still living in it.
  • Try to find ways to store things in baskets or containers with lids to cover up.
  • Your kids need to be comfortable while you still live there.
  • If your kids aren’t playing with certain toys though, put them in a storage unit for now. 

7:03 Buying Blitz: As Is

  • Larry from Fuquay wants to know about buying a home listed “as is.”
  • Technically, all homes in North Carolina are sold "as is." However, there is a due diligence period where buyers get home inspections.
  • If you find something needing repair in the home inspection, the seller can decide whether to fix it.
  • Buying a home "as is" typically means the seller might not make any additional repairs.

The Mailbag.

9:34 Wheelchair Accessible 

  • Travis in Raleigh has a disability requiring a wheelchair and wants to know how to search for a home that is handicap friendly.
  • Angie says they can look in their MLS database for these specific needs to narrow down the search.

11:36 Selling Land 

  • Amy in Durham wants to sell a few acres of land and wonders how this is different than selling a home.
  • You want to make sure your agent is familiar with selling land because it's a different process, particularly on the buyer side.
  • You need to know the best use possible for the land because that changes the value.

 14:18 Flat Fee Real Estate Agent

  • Zach says a friend told him to work with a real estate agent who uses a flat fee instead of a commission.
  • Angie says to remember that a discount fee is a discount service.
  • You’ll probably be limited on the type of marketing they're doing.
  • The goal when listing your home is to get the most traffic in the door. 

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Show Transcription:

PODCAST 041 - HANDICAP ACCESS ETC - ANGIE COLE.mp3 | Convert audio-to-text with the best AI technology by

It's time for The Savvy Realtor Podcast. I'm Walter Storholt alongside Angie Cole the owner and broker in charge of A Cole Realty serving you throughout the Triangle teaching you about the ins and outs when it comes to buying or selling a home. You can find the team online by going to A Cole Realty dot com that's A C-O-L-E Realty dot com or by calling 9 1 9 5 7 8 3 1 2 8. That's 9 1 9 5 7 8 3 1 2 8. And now it's time for one of the top realtors in the Triangle. Angie Cole and The Savvy Realtor Podcast. Time to get to know Angie Cole a little bit better on today's program. This

Is The Savvy Realtor. Angie the person we talked to each week here on the program and sometimes we just like to get to know her personality a little bit better. Today we're gonna get to know her cravings potentially. Angie I'm curious what's the best meal you've ever ever had.

Pat such a tough one for me. First of all because I love to eat and I if I'm not super picky either.

So to me it's a different question that. Like your favorite food.

Yeah. Right right. Yeah that's a tough one but I would say when I was in New York I went to a place called Beauty beauty and ASX which I believe they have more than one you actually to get into the restaurant. You walk through a pawnshop real and the restaurant is behind the pawnshops and the pawnshop.

Yeah actually an active you know working pawnshop but you know at beauty and kind of like when you go to Angus Barn to the wine cellar I've ever been back there and you walk through the kitchen and I like low Castle staircase.

Yeah but the pot shots on a there's another level level a little bit different. But yeah. The ADR beauty and ASX they serve mostly the small plates. And so it's more of like family style sharing. I would say in the sense that you know everyone you know picks a couple of small plates a share but the menu is absolutely just delicious. Beyond I would say like the meal that you're eating too just the atmosphere's super super cool. You know they have really trendy music playing in the background. It's a little bit darker. Just really a hip place. But the meal is amazing. So if you're ever in New York check out beauty and ASX and like I said I'm pretty positive they have one in another state as well.

That's pretty cool. I would say I've got two. One was my grandma for Christmas one year made they live in Maine lobster country. She made an amazing absolutely amazing lobster stew. I mean we're talking like four claws popping up out of the stew. Wow. Broth just smelled so I love lobster. You didn't even want to eat it because it just smells really good.

I don't like ruin this delicacy.

My uncle and I are next to each other with our faces over top of the bowl going Rovera bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Yeah soaking it all in. It was just to this day the most amazing thing I've ever eaten but best like overall meal we had hiked like something like nine miles we got lost on the hike. It was supposed to be like a four mile hike. We got lost ended up being like a nine mile hike up in Virginia and I think it was in near Blacksburg and there's this place I think it's called the farmhouse and it's in an old just like an old 18 hundreds house.

Yeah that kind of like Second Empire down Raleigh just like you and I haven't been there in a while. Oh yeah yeah. Where you're in a house now eating out but it's all family style. The whole thing is family style food and it probably was because of the long hike but it's the best you have ever done because you were starving. Star where was this located. I think it's outside of Blacksburg it's kind of just off of a country country road.

Ok so many times that is just like middle of nowhere like mom and pops kind of places are the best like meals ever ever.

So it was a good spot that's for sure. So if you're ever up in that way look for the farmhouse I believe that's what it was called and you'll be very full when you walked out of there. That's great. Well thanks for sharing that Andrew that's pretty. We like talking about food on the show. If you've listened for any length of time we love to bring the topic back that direction.

We'll take it back to the real estate talk though coming up next. This is after all the savvy real talk with Hanako and there's more

Make your home stand out from the crowd. It's time for stage this house with Amber Kohl of stage presence.

Amber We have a question this week from Jan in Morrisville. Jan says we have a few kids. It's hard to imagine Dick cluttering the home and still living in it. What do you do for families in our situation.

That is a very typical problem that we come across with sellers. It's very common. I mean you live in your home so the biggest thing that I recommend is you know I'm going to work with you. I'm gonna help you to figure out what we need to take out and what we need to keep and we're going to talk about things like putting them in baskets putting them in things that have lids that we can cover up really paring down as much as possible. I want your kids to be comfortable in your home. They need to be able to play there and live there at the same time though if they're not playing with certain toys. Go ahead pack them up move into a storage unit put them in the attic. Go ahead and get those things out of the space if they're not using them. If it's things that they still use we definitely will work with you and help you try to maintain some of the stuff you know you've got a kid that has their band equipment. They play it every day. Sitting there you know we're going to work with that on stage a little section of a room to be a music space and make it look great. Those are some of the things that we can do to help work with sellers.

You've talked in previous segments over the course of doing these features Amber about if you have pets making sure that they don't exist.

We have to go that far with the kids right. We have them.

I'm going to let those little kids stay absolutely.

You know it's so important to stage your home properly doing it wrong can ruin the first impressions of buyers who come through the door. This in costs you value both time and money. But if you get it right it can help your home sell on time. At the best possible price we get questions like the one Amber just answered all the time. A cold reality and we're happy to answer them but realize that it's very important we customize your answers based on your home. Because every home is unique. So here's what we're going to do. As a thank you for listening to our show today we'd like to offer you a free stage in consultation. If you call our Texas right now we'll set aside time on our calendar to come meet with you in your home for a free consultation. We'll show you how you can approve the layout of your home. Best positioned furniture while art and all those kind of things to make your homes sell fast. And for top dollar. Just text the word staging 2 9 1 9 5 3 8 6 4 7 7 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Just put the word staging into the message field and text it to 9 1 9 5 3 8 6 4 7 7 and if you prefer to call that's fine to just use the same number. 9 1 9 5 3 8 6 4 7 7. That's 9 1 9 5 3 8 6 4 7 7

Buying a home is a daunting task. Don't miss out on key information that will help you along the way. It's the buying blitz with Vicki deeper IPO of a cool Realty.

Larry is writing in from future way with this week's question for you.

Vicki Larry says what is there to know about buying a home as is I'm looking at one online that doesn't look bad from the pictures but it comes with this warning in the description sold as is. What am I missing.

Well Larry's probably not missing much of anything because technically all homes in North Carolina are sold as is. However there is a due diligence period where our buyers are getting home inspections and if we find things in the home inspection that aren't functioning in the manner they were intended to function then we go back to the seller and ask for a repair. The seller does not have to make the repair but I always tell my buyers it behooves the seller to make the repair because if we've pointed it out to them let's say for instance they have a leaky roof and they say well I'm not going to fix the roof. And we walk away during our due diligence period. Now that we've made them aware of that it technically becomes a material fact of the home. So all homes are technically sold as is so that they would interest in that one particular case.

Now on the listing they would have to identify leaky roof or something like that.

That's exactly right. And you know I always say to my buyers if we found it the next buyers probably going to find it. So we go ahead and put it out there and ask for the repair to be made.

So if someone's really specifying in the listing sold as is does it just mean that you're probably working with a seller who is very unwilling to make any repairs that you're you don't go go into this with my eyes wide open that you're not going to have a lot of wiggle room.

That's exactly right. Just make sure that you do a very thorough home inspection and you know what you're getting yourself into.

And also maybe try and limit your due diligence dollars knowing that you may run into some problems too.

That's exactly right.

So if you're thinking about purchasing a home and you want to understand the next steps it's a great guide that you can receive from start to finish and to take you through the home buying process. You can text the word contract to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8. So once again to receive a downloadable home buying guide to your smartphone. Just text the word contract to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8

It's time for the mailbag. We want to hear from you

Sanjay it's time to open up the mailbag get some questions from listeners here in the area. Our first stop is going to be with Travis in Raleigh.

If you'd like to submit questions to maybe be featured on the show you can do that on a call real to dot com. Travis says I've developed a disability that will bound me to a wheelchair for the rest of my life and fortunately my current home isn't suited for someone who is disabled.

But how do you go about searching for a home that is handicapped friendly.

Travis says actually very easy for us. So in our MLS database there is actually a feature or a dropdown where we can put in that the home is handicap accessible. So I know that that is a must for you and we can definitely take care of that by doing a home search specific for your needs just to make sure you know there is access to get into the home easily. The doors have been wide in you know just different tweaks and features to a home to make sure that the home is conducive to your situation.

So it's pretty cool. I guess it's just on the responsibility of the agent the listing agent to make sure that they're checking that box so that buyers can be aware of those searches.

Yeah yeah. Because as an actual home buyer if you're just searching online there is no way for you to go through the listings in like Zillow or realtor dot com and tweak the search. So it's specific to handicap accessibility and through our MLS database of course we do had that feature so we can narrow down your search very easily for you to make sure we're only sending you those type of homes.

One of the great examples of why it's important to work with a real tour to make sure that you're looking at the proper homes that do indeed match what you need to search that meet those needs and those once in a home and whether that's from a disability standpoint or another need or want that you have it's very helpful to have that outside guidance from a real tour. Thanks for the question Travis again you can go to a call realty dot com to submit your questions or give Angie and the team a call or text at 9 1 9 5 3 8 64 77. Amy in Durham is curious Amy says we've had a couple of acres of land in our family for many years. I think I'd like to go ahead and sell it. Are there special real estate agents to work with for selling land instead of a home. And what's different about the process.

Sue Amy many real estate agents they do both but definitely those are good questions to ask to make sure that the real estate agent that you plan to work with is familiar with selling land because it is a whole different ballgame. But as far as the process goes I would say it's more on the buy side as far as doing their due diligence when it comes to buying land. So that means that they might need to perform part test get surveys also when it comes to selling land though we do need to know and understand the best use possible for the land just because that will completely change the value. So you cannot just say okay we have an acre here and right next door or down the street they sold their land at this you know amount per acre but what if our lot is not even usable to be built on that completely changes the value of our land so or is zoning like commercial vs. resident. Oh yeah. So typically I mean if it's zoned you know commercial or were some type of commercial or industrial building can be built on the lot your value just skyrocketed versus residential because you know the change and the use there. So you know once again when it comes to selling you know land you know many agents do both. Both residential homes and also land but there are definitely more research involved on actually the land versus the home. As far as you know resale goes.

So it's not necessarily that you've got to go and work with just a land specialist but make sure that the agent you're working with it's not their first rodeo. Oh sure I could sell. I can lease operating room or buy that for you. Yeah I'm sure they've got experience doing that before.

Exactly exactly. And so Amy if you are thinking about you know selling your land we would love the opportunity to meet with you to give you an idea of what we could list your land for in today's market a great way to get started with doing that whether you're selling land or you're selling a home or a residential house. You can text the word listing to the phone number by 5 5 8 8 8 so on your smartphone just text the word listing to the phone number byte by 5 8 8 8. But make sure from there you then follow the step so we will respond back with a link. Make sure that you click the link and then you input the address of either the land or the home that you're inquiring about selling. And from there we can give you an idea of what you Calista land for in today's market.

Zach says a friend was telling me I should sell my home with a real estate agent who charges a flat fee instead of commission. Is there any advantage to doing it that way.

You know Zach you have to remember whenever it comes to a flat fee service or which we like to call discount brokers a discount fee as a discount service. So that means that you're probably very limited on the type of marketing that they're doing. More than likely they're putting a cheesy sign out in your front yard and they just list are home in MLS. You know that's doing nothing for Yale. You need to find an agent who's going above and beyond. They have several different ways of marketing your home different selling tactics because the goal when it comes to listing your home and marketing is to get the most traffic in the door. Reason being if we are very limited on our marketing that means our traffic will be very low. That means your days on the market will then be higher and the higher your days on the market go the less you will end up getting for your home. So although you think you're saving money in the long term your network should be less because your days on the market were higher. So you know be very cautious about trying to kind of I don't like to say cheat the system but to think that you're going to savvy round by going with a discounted fee service because once again they offer discounted services.

You've been listening to the savvy real tour podcast. I'm Walter store Holt alongside Angie Cole. She's the owner and broker in charge of ACO realty here in the Triangle and if you have questions for Angie we invite you to go online to a cold realty dot com. Listen to past podcast episodes on the Web site read the blog and all the great information including the option to find a home right there on the website. That's a call realty dot com and you can also call ante with your questions. 9 1 9 5 7 8 31 28.

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