Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer

Over the last several months, Kelly and I have worked with a number of first-time homebuyers. Being a first-time homebuyer can be tough.

The Affordability Squeeze
The Affordability Squeeze

Affordability is at an all-time low for starter homes, and it’s making things tough for prospective first-time homebuyers to cross over from renting to owning. Demand for starter homes, pushed by increases in rental rates has pushed buyer demand for starter homes.

A recent news story from Bloomberg noted that starter homes prices have past pre-recession levels and the typical first-time homebuyer needs nearly 23% of their income to afford the typical entry-level home, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Across the Triangle area, there are a number of older neighborhoods featuring smaller, lower-priced homes that highly sought after by first time home buyers.  A few months ago, a client of mine called me about a small ranch home in a highly desirable area of Cary.  The home had been recently renovated and had many features sought by my client.  When we arrived at the home on a Saturday morning, there was a long line of real estate agents and their clients seeking to tour the home.  Ultimately, my client decided not to place an offer on that home but did find a great home in an adjacent neighborhood.

Home in Cary

 

Buying Requires Patience & an Understanding of the Market

This market requires patience!  Lots of patience and an understanding of the market. One of the things that Kelly and I do with all of our buyers is schedule a face-to-face meeting with all of our buyers before looking at a single property.  Our aim is to understand what is really important to our client.  Our second aim is to educate our clients about the market.  A huge part of our role is educating clients about the reality of this market.

A Reality Check

Once we have met with the client, we will ask them to meet with a local lender.  Reality check time!  One of our biggest tips is for our clients to meet with a lender and get pre-qualified before looking at houses.  It’s important for a first-time homebuyer, in fact, any buyer to have an understanding of what they can afford before looking at houses.

Reality Check

Last year, I had a young couple call me about a new listing in downtown Apex.  Downtown Apex is a very hot area.  Demand is very strong and prices have rapidly increased over the past many months.   My clients had been to several open houses and had fallen in love with a beautiful neighborhood close to downtown. Unfortunately, they did not qualify for their desired neighborhood.   Luckily, my clients found a great home in Fuquay-Varina that didn’t offer the central location they were looking for but did offer many of the home features that they desired.

It is important to remember that you may not be able to get everything you want in your first home and it is important to have realistic expectations.

Quick Tips

 

Here are some quick tips for the first-time homebuyer:

1) Get Pre-Approved:  As mentioned above, get pre-approved before looking at homes. Sellers typically won’t accept your offer unless it’s all cash or you have a lender’s letter saying you can get the financing you need to close the deal. Consequently, being pre-approved for a loan is crucial.

 

2) Prioritize Your Preferences: Make a list of what’s important to you and your family, whether it is location, condition, price or certain amenities, and be prepared to make sacrifices.

3) Know Your Budget

4) Be Realistic 

 

5) Act Fast: If a house is listed Monday, don’t wait until Saturday to see it.

6) Get Educated:  Being well-informed about the local housing market — including knowing the prices of recently sold homes, taxes, the school district, etc. — can give you an advantage over experienced buyers who are out of touch with the trends.

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

 

 

 

Getting Smart About Real Estate – Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Home Construction

Thinking About New Home Construction?

Anyone that has driven around the Raleigh-Durham area has seen a large number of new home construction projects.  They are everywhere!

If you are thinking about buying a new home, new home construction is a great way to go.  You can select your options, be the first to live in a home, enjoy the “new home smell”.  It all seems so easy.  You meet with a nice salesperson, you pick your lot, you pick your colors and your elevation and you are on your way!

But hold on…!!!  New home construction is not that easy! 

There are lots of things that can go wrong!  Here at Log Pond Realty, we have worked with many buyers looking at new home construction and we know that things can go sideways fast.

In this segment of Getting Smart About Real Estate, we will highlight some of the reasons why you need a buyers agent for new construction!

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Construction

Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Home Construction

Why You Need an Agent for New Home Construction

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Getting Smart About Real Estate – How NOT to Sabotage Your Home Purchase

Congratulations!  You have just been pre-qualified with a lender and you are now a home buyer!  Here are a couple of quick tips on how NOT to sabotage your home purchase!

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Getting Smart About Real Estate – Home Financing 101

Kicking off a new video series this week with tips for buying and selling a home.

If you are thinking of selling a home this spring, here are some quick tips to get your home ready for the spring selling season.

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

 

Getting Smart About Real Estate – Getting Your Home Ready for the Spring Selling Season

Kicking off a new video series this week with tips for buying and selling a home.

If you are thinking of selling a home this spring, here are some quick tips to get your home ready for the spring selling season.

 

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Home Construction

So…you’ve decided to buy a new construction home!  Congratulations!!!

Here in the Triangle, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of new construction options provided by some great builders! Over the past several weeks, we have visited some new home communities across the Triangle and will continue to highlight some of the great options across our area.

When you decide to take the leap and buy a new construction home it seems so easy.  You get to customize the home from top to bottom and best of all, everything is sparkly and new!!!!

Unfortunately, building a home is not so simple or easy.  Lots can go wrong and you could wind up with a less than perfect new home.

One of the questions that you may have as a buyer is Do I Really Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Construction?  The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!!

The infographic below outlines some of the reasons why you need a buyer’s agent for new construction.

Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Home Construction

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.