Episode #21: Closing Recap

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Angie celebrates a recent closing. We'll also feature a listener question on DIY home renovations and hear from a home inspector as we learn the differences between inspecting old and new homes.  

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Closing Recap.

  • 00:38 - Join us in celebrating Jane who we've helped sell three homes and purchase two homes in the past two and a half years.  
  • She and her husband have moved through different situations, and we'll probably be helping them to move again in 2019. We've helped her get top dollar throughout her many situations, and she's been great to recommend us to others along the way. We certainly enjoy working with our repeat customers.


  • 9:44  - Tank says he's gone a bit crazy with his home renovations. He's worried the flaws in his DIY work will hurt his home. 
  • Answer: Tank, you certainly could be hurting yourself by doing the work yourself instead of hiring a professional. It sort of depends on the extent of your work. Typically, we suggest you hire a professional when the work goes beyond cosmetic changes like painting and flooring. If you're going to be doing any structural or HVAC-related work, you'll certainly want to rely on an expert. You also don't want to overimprove your home to get it market-ready. Unless the work is for your enjoyment, don't make changes to your home that won't get your money back when you sell. 

Listing Of The Week.

  • 3:45 - We feature a home at The Manors At Old Lead Mine in North Raleigh. 
  • Address: 8441 Lentic Court, Raleigh, NC, 27615.
  • Price: $699,900
  • Size: 3,455 square feet. 
  • Four bedroom. Four full baths.

Ask The Inspector

  • 6:51 Judson Root of Garnet & Grey Inspection Services shares with us the issues that arise with older homes versus newer ones during an inspection.

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PODCAST 021 - CLOSING RECAP - ANGIE COLE.mp3 (transcribed by Sonix)

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 Cole 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 real tours in the Triangle. Angie Cole and The Savvy Realtor podcast. Let's take a quick look at one of your most successful closings in the past week. Who are we celebrating this week.

Yeah so we are going to celebrate Jane and our team. Absolutely loves Jane because we've had the opportunity to help her a lot. So Jane has now we worked with her on five closings in the last two and a half years. Wow. And so what that means is we've helped her with selling three homes and we've helped her to purchase two homes for different situations. She's moved and so we've actually we are you know in the next private 2019 we'll be helping her and her spouse with buying another home now in Cary. But yeah. And Jane has been one of those people that hey if we need a recommendation or testimonial from someone Jane will you know sing our praises because we've just had wonderful experiences work with her. You know I know we've done an amazing job getting her top dollar. She's always been super satisfied with working with our team and we've always had the pleasure of being able to help her move you know during whatever you know the situation might be. But yeah. Jane we're super excited that she close on a home in Wake force and now is moving to the Cary area and we've just been we've been you know it's our pleasure to be able to represent and help her throughout you know those stages. So we've had a lot of close interactions in the last two and a half years.

It's pretty neat when we look back to 2017 and I'm looking forward to 2019 when we can update this with the official 2018 numbers. But you helped more than 200 nine families buy a home in the calendar year of 2017 and I know that. Yeah. You know you're matching that number this year if not exceeding it. And it's just interesting though like that's one step but to have someone come back over and over and over again certainly speaks high volumes of the team and that must be pretty exciting.

Yeah I mean that is our favorite business of all time is when it's a repeat customer right. You know you did something right or something right. Or if it's a you know referral from a past client as well is so important to us so we hold our client near and dear to our heart. I mean we truly do. And you know we love working with them and we love it. They trust us enough to come back to us.

Has it does it speaks volume if you need help buying or selling a home here in the triangle and you want to work with the team that has a lot of folks come back again and again for help with buying and selling their homes. Angie call in the team at Echo realty of the folks to work with. And if you want to get in touch with Angie you can give her a call at 9 1 9 5 7 8 31 28. That's 9 1 9 5 7 8 3 1 2 8. Angie and a team have been voted as the number one real estate agent in Raleigh by Midtown magazine and number one in Wake County by the Indy weekly and you can call 9 1 9 5 7 8 31 28.

Or texting Angie at that number as well. If you'd like to talk about buying or selling your home 9 1 9 5 7 8. 3 1 2 8 again to call. Or

Text. It's time for our listing of the week from a coal royalty right here on the savvy realtor.

Time for the listing of the week here on the savvy real tour where we feature our great home that's for sale here in the Triangle. Angie Cole of eco realty will give you all the details and in a moment we'll tell you how you can view more pictures and get all the information on this home right from your smartphone. Angie what's this week's listening of the week.

This week's listing of the week is located at the manners at old led mine which is in North Raleigh. And the address is 8 4 4 1. Len tick caught and that's Raleigh 2 7 6 1 5. So once again 8 4 4 1. Len tick. Caught in Raleigh we're currently listed at six ninety nine nine hundred so just right under the 700 mark. This home is thirty four fifty five square feet. It's a four bedroom four full bath. It's all main floor living. So in this neighborhood is practically or it is all ranch style homes and some of the homes also have an additional bonus room upstairs like this one does. But more of an all mean for a living. So a ranch style floor plan this home is the award winning tingly oak model home.

So it is the previous model home meaning it has way more upgrades than just your normal home. Within this neighborhood it is absolutely beautiful and fabulous. The hardwoods in here are really cool. Oh yeah. It is. It is called lot of character. It sure does. High.

It has stunning upgrades including Junior commercial grade appliances platinum kitchen cabinets hardwood floors that you just mentioned. Plantation shutters and so much more. There's expansive 10 foot ceilings on the first floor with gorgeous trim package. There's also an outdoor grilling area with a really large paper patio so wonderful for entertaining. There's also a nice open sunroom and a large screen and porch and a you mentioned to me I love the exterior of this home. Yeah a really pretty hardy plank with a stone matching to it. And this home also has a two car garage. So if you'd like to see some pictures or give them more information on our listing of the week at 8 4 4 1 lent at court in Raleigh you can text the word savvy that is essay v v y to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8.

So to get more pictures and get some info on our listing of the week. Just text the word savvy as a v v y to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8.

If you want a home that literally has it all. This is certainly the one so many great features we can't even talk about a ball here on the radio. You've got to see the pictures of this home and again you can do that from your smartphone right now by just texting the word savvy essay Vivi y to the number 5 5 5 8 8 8 and we'll send you a link with all the information on this home.

All you have to do is send us that text right now. Type the word savvy into your message and send it to the number 5 5 5 8 8 8. That's all you have to do. This is the savvy real tour with Angie call. There's more coming up on today's program. The state by state

Get answers to your home inspection questions. This is ask the inspector with Judson root of Garnet Gray inspection services. Time to ask the inspector with Judson root of Garnet and grey inspection services and Judson.

What issues will more likely pop up with the purchase of an older home versus a newer one.

So a lot of the items that we're seeing in older homes are technologies that have since been outdated are found to be not necessarily safe for the home. For example asbestos lead based paint poly peeling plumbing systems. These items are typical in homes that were found in in the 80s and 70s and sometimes before but may not be standard practices in today's construction industry.

I know inspections have a lot to do with safety right I mean not a lot of the things you guys are looking at. You're not going to when you say outdated tech you're not talking like well this house doesn't have USP wall ports you know like the newer homes might have in them you're focusing a lot more on things that would address safety or structural integrity in those kinds of things correct.

And also building science so as as technology is advanced we've grown to understand the home better and how it works with the environment that it's in and that allows us to bring a new technology to the building industry and adapt to the environments around us.

Is there a particular home age or maybe a year that a home was built where you kind of feel like a lot of these things like asbestos or you know lead paint and plumbing issues where you feel like a lot of those started to go away is it.

I've heard for asbestos it's like in the 80s or something like that there was a switch that was made right around the late 70s was lead asbestos. Some of that fell back into the early 80s depending on the location in the products. But now the best home out there is one that a buyer understands and that they have the appetite for. As an investor and the cash to be able to maintain property going forward the assets that you don't always be scared of these things if you're buying an older home but awareness is the key. Exactly. It's really important for me for the buyers to understand what they're getting into so they can make informed decisions.

Yeah it's easy to see that the home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home buying process. You want to make sure that it's done right. And so we like to offer you a free guide that answers some of the most commonly asked questions about home inspection so you can make the right choices as you get ready to buy your next time if you'd like to get a copy of the guide.

Just text the word inspect 2 5 5 5 8 8 8. We'll touch right back with a link to click on and view the home inspection guide. You can even download it right to your phone. So just text the word inspect to the number 5 5 5 8 8 8. One more time get your home inspection questions and answer guide by taxing inspect. 2 5 5 5. 8 8 8

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

Angie let's take a quick e-mail question here as we open up the mailbag. This one is going to come to us from tank

Tank in Holly Springs says My wife and I have been going a little crazy on our DIY home renovations. It's been a lot of fun but we're certainly no experts. The upgrades we've made look good to us. But as I inspect closer there are definitely some flaws here and there.

We're worried are we actually hurting our resale value by DIY buying these things instead of hiring pros or maybe even just leaving it alone.

You know thank you most definitely could be hurting yourself. It just depends on to what extent are you doing this do it yourself. Do I you know sort of stuff you know I would say if it's anything beyond cosmetic you definitely should hire a licensed professional to do the work. So you know maybe you can paint you know you could lay down some flooring but if it's anything structural anything dealing with H back plumbing moving around the orientation of the home you should definitely hire a licensed professional because any of those items should be permitted. So you want to make sure that you are having those completed by. I mean they must be a licensed profession in the first place doing the work and then you need to pour the correct permits you know with your local area your town your city whatever that might be in order to include it in the heated square footage. Also it's important to make sure you don't over improve. You know I find a lot of times where sellers feel like they're doing all of the right things when it comes to improving their home to get it market ready. And oftentimes I see that they are over improving or doing items that just won't get any value back. So it's more of you know oh this is pretty. This is nice while I'm here and I'm enjoying it but is not going to get me any more money back in my pocket. So they actually end up losing money so tank my suggestion there is definitely speak with a real estate agent which we can give you some advice there.

And I realize I said earlier DIY eyes that a DIY. But don't hold me too that if you do you can do it yourself. Do yourself a favor do yourself it. There you go. Mix it up there but you know tan gave you would like some advice and some feedback on the improvements that you and your wife are making to your home. We would love to give those to you. Always a great way to get started though is by understanding you know what your home is worth in today's market of course as we go months and months there's typically a normal shift within the market that's you know seasonality for sure. So make sure that you are taking advantage of the market and when it's best to list your home which right now we still have super low inventory but to get an idea of what you can list your home or to in today's market you can text the word listing to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8. So once again to get an idea of what your home is worth. Go ahead and text the word listing to the phone number 5 5 5 8 8 8. But don't stop there. Make sure that you take the next step. So we will then send you a tax with a link. Make sure that you click the link. Input your dress. And from there we can give you an idea of what your home is worth.

And you've been listening to the savvy real tours 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 call 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 cool realty dot com and you can also call ante with your questions. 9 1 9 5 7 8 31 28.

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