Why You Should Consider Buying a Home During the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner.  Time to prepare those Christmas gift lists! To quote one of the lines from one of my favorite TV Christmas specials, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer:

A scooter for Jimmy
A dolly for Sue
The kind that will even say, “How do you do?”
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year.

Is it time to put a house on the holiday Christmas gift list?

Why You Should Consider Buying this Holiday Season

Turkeys and tinsel, dreidels and pumpkin pie. Yes, friends, the holidays are here again, and it’s the perfect time for … house hunting? OK, we know you’re busy enough planning family feasts and much-needed vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a big-ticket item like a home on your holiday shopping list, it really does make sense.

Don’t believe us? Check out these surprisingly smart reasons to let everyone else hit the mall to buy half-off sweaters while you make the purchase of a lifetime: a new house to ring in the New Year.

Reason #1:  Less Competition

There’s typically less competition during the offseason, which means buyers can get more bang for their buck. About 40 percent of homes on average are sold in May, June, July, and August, according to The Housing Wire. The four months with the lightest sales are November through February, which means less competition as well.

Research from Zillow shows that those who buy a home during the peak selling point usually pay an average premium of $1,500, but those who purchase homes in, say, December paid $3,100 less than average.

Reason #2: Sellers are serious (or worn out)

Whether a house has been on the market for months or the “for sale” sign has recently appeared in the yard, sellers tend to be serious during the offseason. They are usually ready to make a deal, which means that buyers have more room for negotiation and throwing out a lower offer.

Most sellers have a compelling reason for putting their house on the market during the holidays. (Let’s face it: It’s no holiday party for them to have strangers wandering through their house.) They might be facing a relocation and want to get their kids settled before the new term. Or they might just be feeling some stress if they listed their home in the fall and it’s still languishing post–Turkey Day, making them just a little more desperate and anxious to deal

Dreaming of a New Home?

Topic #3: Tax Advantages

Yes, I said it! Taxes. Right after the holiday season comes Tax Season! In case you weren’t aware, buying before January 1 can help you save in April and beyond. Homeownership can bring numerous tax perks, from deducting mortgage interest to property taxes.

Also, many closing fees are tax-deductible if you itemize—although you should always double-check with your accountant about any tax questions.

Reason #4: You might become the center of attention

• During the warmer months, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, title companies and other professionals tend to be swamped, which means that clients might not always get the attention they need or want.
• Once the summertime sales are made, buyers may receive more attention from the experts and experience fewer delays and service issues.

Home for the Holidays

Reason #5: You can catch some great sales

Need new furniture or other items for your new home? Plenty of seasonal clearance sales will be available to help you apply a personal touch – but be careful not to spend yourself into unrecoverable debt.

Obviously, you should never rush into a major purchase just to save a couple of dollars; and please remember to make any large purchases AFTER you close on your home.

Give Yourself a Little Gift this Holiday

About Log Pond Realty 

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 in writing 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.

Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

You may not think that the holiday season is a good time to sell your home, but think again!  This holiday season there are lots of holiday home buyers looking for great homes across the Triangle, NC area.  Follow these quick simple tips for merry home sale!

Yes, its that time of the year again!  It is the holiday season!  Time to deck the halls, trim the tree, find your ugly Christmas sweater & toast in the New Year! But is it time to sell your house?

While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.

First, decide if you really need to sell. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips.

Holiday Tip #1: Deck the Halls, but Don’t Go Overboard

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers.  Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.

Deck the Halls but Be Classy!

Holiday Tip #2: Give Holiday House Hunters a Place to Escape from the Cold

When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features. Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings; playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats.

Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold

 

Holiday Tip #3: Make Curb Appeal a Top Priority

 

When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard.

Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice, and leaves.

Holiday Tip #4: Hire a reliable real estate agent

Hire someone who will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s.

Also, marketing your home takes extra importance during the winter season when the gardens are less than colorful and the leaves are off the trees.  Premium photography and video tours of your home are a critical part of the marketing program for your home.

When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.

You’ll get less foot traffic during the holiday’s thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.

Use Premium Photography & Videos to Capture Holiday Homebuyers

Holiday Tip #5: Relax – the New Year is right around the corner!

The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don’t sell now, there’s always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.

Enjoy Your Holiday

About Log Pond Realty 

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 in writing 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.

November Events Around the Triangle Area

Halloween has come and gone & Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Yup, the BIG holiday, Christmas is approaching also.  If you are thinking that your fall fun is over, THINK again!  There are lots of great activities in an around the Triangle to enjoy!

In fact, November is a great time around the Triangle area!  Days are generally pretty warm, ranging in the 60’s to 70’s.  Night time temperatures range from the 40’s to 50’s.  So, grab a jacket and enjoy all that the Triangle has to offer.  Here are some great ideas in and around the area.

Raleigh Christmas Parade (11/17)

This is the 74th year for the Raleigh Christmas Parade.  The Raleigh Christmas parade is the largest Christmas parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Over 250,000 will watch the parade live from home and over 60,000 will attend the parade in person. The parade will last approximately 2.5 hours and will feature something for the whole family.

Chinese Lantern Festival (11/23 to 1/23)

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary will once again be transformed into a magnificent setting when the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season! The Festival will include more than 20 lighted displays including the spectacular Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake.  This year’s festival will include the addition of cultural performances and artisan crafts.  Performances will include traditional Chinese dance, foot juggling and vase juggling, and Wushu/Kung Fu.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Christmas on Salem Street

Downtown Apex will be transformed into a winter wonderland to ring in the Christmas season to Apex.  On Friday night, November 30th, the festivities include the official annual Apex Christmas tree lighting, caroling, and sleigh rides. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children. There will be merrymaking all up and down Salem Street, the stores will be packed with goodies and gifts that will make for a wonderful magical Christmas in Apex. This is all part of the reason Apex is the Peak of Good Living. On Saturday night, December 1st, the annual Christmas parade will be held at 5:00pm. On Sunday, December 2nd, the Apex Historical Society will once again offer historic homes tours.

Christmas on Salem Street

Holiday Performances

If you are looking for some indoor events and are looking ahead to the Christmas season, there are a number of holiday performances in and around the Triangle.  From ballet to musicals there are plenty of performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: The Musical

Carolina Ballet: The Nutcracker

North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert: Holiday Pops Spectacular

Football Action

The ACC football action heats up as all three local teams are in action including the traditional Duke versus UNC match on Saturday, November 10th and the Wolfpack take on the Tar Heels on Saturday, November 24th.

ACC Soccer Action Comes to the Triangle

If the pigskin isn’t your thing, there are several opportunities to check out some football action with a round ball.  The ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will be played at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary from November 2nd to the 4th.  The ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will also be played at the Wake Med Soccer Park from November the 9th to the 11th. Check out the ACC website for game times.

If you want to see some of the best young soccer players in the country.  The North Carolina Football Club will be hosting their annual Boys and Girls Soccer Showcases each weekend throughout November.  The Soccer Showcase is one of the largest soccer showcases in the country and teams from across the US will be competing at various venues around the Triangle. Check out the NCFC website for more information

About Log Pond Realty

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 in writing 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.

New Listing – Luxurious Townhouse in Apex

103 Haybarn Court in Seagroves Farms

If you are looking for a townhome close to downtown Apex, check out this beautiful townhouse in the Seagroves Farm neighborhood of Apex.

Luxurious low maintenance living! This home is immaculate, painted & move in ready! Large open floor plan with a spacious family room, formal dining room & breakfast nook with french doors to a screened in porch overlooking the wooded conservation area. Upstairs has new flooring and boasts 3 large bedrooms & 2 full bathrooms. Upgrades include new doors, stunning light fixtures, beautiful flooring upstairs, custom shelving in all closets and in the garage. Minutes from shopping, dining, downtown Apex & US Route 1

About Log Pond Realty 

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 in 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.

 

Creating the Strongest Bid in a Seller’s Market

Submit your highest offer upfront and put the seller’s wants first, and you will be calling that house a home in no time 

You see the perfect house on-line and you call your agent to schedule a showing.  The house is perfect!  It has the gourmet kitchen, open floor plan, lots of storage, the fenced in yard for the dog…it has everything you want and it is in the perfect location! 

Because the house is perfect for you, it is also perfect for everyone else.  Such properties quickly generate multiple offers in a very short time, but only one of those offers succeeds — and you want to ensure that your offer is the one that succeeds.  To ensure that happens, you need to place the best offer in a market that has significantly favored sellers for many months.   

Once you have found that perfect house, you should prepare to jump in with a strong offer that should contain these elements:    Continue reading “Creating the Strongest Bid in a Seller’s Market”

Triangle Parade of Homes – Week 2

Week Two of the Triangle Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builder Association of Wake County.

The Parade of Homes is an annual, free tour that is open to the public and is the best way to view the newest homes and the newest communities throughout the Triangle. The 2018 Parade of Homes will be held on October 6-7, 12-14, 19-21.

Pines at White Oak Crossing by Toll Brothers

This week we are stopping by the Pines at White Oak Crossing by Toll Brothers. This community features award-winning home designs on wooded home sites with hundreds of options to create the home of your dreams including basements! Nestled in a great location between Jordan Lake and the Cary/ Apex area with quick access to I-540 and Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, this community is minutes from every convenience. Other Toll Brother Communities

For questions on this community or other new home communities across the Triangle, check out our website at www.logpondrealty.com or email us at inquiries@logpondrealty.com

About Log Pond Realty

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 in writing 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.

New Home Community: Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

Looking for an active adult community?  This week, we are stopping by the Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers.  This is the only adult active community in Apex and features the best of everything in 50+ living. 

Active Lifestyle Communities

One of the fastest growing segments of the residential real estate market are so-called, “active adult”, “active lifestyle” or “50+” communities. These communities that cater to active adults looking for relaxed, stress-free single-floor homes in well-designed communities offering a variety of amenities and activities. Many of these communities offer extensive recreational center including; state-of-the-art fitness centers, club and hobby rooms, and events to grow and foster new relationships.

Throughout the Triangle area, there are a number of these communities that have popped up in recent years, attracting active adults primarily from the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic state looking for warmer weather, lower taxes and proximity to the mountains and sea coast.

Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

Introducing Regency at White Oak Creek

This week, we are visiting Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers, the only active living community in Apex.  Featuring luxurious single-family homes and first-class amenities including grand clubhouse, pool, fitness, trails, a full-time Lifestyle Director this community offers the best of everything.

 

 

Other Adult Active Communities

If you are considering an adult active community in the Triangle area, there are lots of options available!  Here are the links to some of our favorite communities:

Carolina Arbors by Del Webb

Creekside at Bethpage

Del Webb at Traditions

Fendol Farms Manor

Regency at White Oak Creek

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel

Exercise Room at Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

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 in writing 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.

Homebuyer Sabotage

The homebuying market is tough!  As a homebuyer, the last thing you want to do is to sabotage your home purchase.  There are several simple things that you can do to avoid homebuyer sabotage.  Follow these simple steps and you will be calling that house your home in no time. 

The Homebuying Market is Tough

The home buying market is tough!  No question.  The last several years have been tough for homebuyers.  Low inventory, high demand, rising prices, and tighter lending rules have all contributed to this market.  As a homebuyer, what can you do?

What You Can Do

We work have worked with many homebuyers; from first-time home buyers to people looking step down, step up or buy their retirement retreat. Even before we begin to look at houses, we spend some time getting to know our homebuyer and talking to them about the ins and outs of the local market.  We also talk quite a bit about the home buying process.  Even for many experienced homebuyers, the process today can be quite different from the process just a few years ago.  Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible for our clients.

One of the things that we talk about our ways not to sabotage your own home purchase.  A few weeks ago, I highlighted three ways that a homebuyer can sabotage their home purchase.

Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels

This week, we introduce three additional ways.

 

To recap, here are 6 ways that you as a homebuyer can avoid sabotaging your home purchase.

Recap – Ways to Avoid Homebuyer Sabotage

Stay Pre-Approved:  NO new lines of credit, minimum credit card usage, no late payments.

Don’t Dilly Dally:  If you fall in love with a house, you will need to make an offer QUICKLY.

Not Placing Your Best Offer the First Time:  The risk with a low offer is that you will not only sabotage your chances of negotiating with the seller but your offer might simply be rejected outright,  without a counter, or even ignored.

Asking Too Much from the Seller:  Be careful about how much you ask for because a seller will weigh all the pros and cons, especially in a multiple offer situation, and not necessarily accept the one that was for the most money.

Nit-Picking the Home Inspection:  Focus on the important repairs!

Having Pre-Mature Buyers’ Remorse:  Once your offer has been accepted, the appraisal is done, the inspection is done, and everything is hunky-dory – STOP home-shopping!

 

Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. from Pexels

 

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.

Summer at the Pond

Summer at the Pond is coming to a close! It has been a truly amazing summer for Kelly and I.  We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to have helped some amazing clients realize their dream of homeownership.  We have also enjoyed lots of laughs of laughs in the process.

Thank you to our clients for trusting us to help you begin a new chapter in your lives.

Thank you to our team, our friends and our families for your help and support.

We can’t get enough of these happy faces and can’t wait for the next adventure in the wild world of Real Estate!

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.