In North and South Carolina, all agents/REALTORS® are independent contractors and although we work under a supervising broker, it’s Me, Inc!
Your loyalty to your REALTOR® is important and is the only way he or she can protect your best interests in making sound real estate related decisions. All REALTORS® must adhere to a strict code of ethics (but not all agents are REALTORS®) and should work in your best interests, carrying out your lawful instructions, and be fair and honest to all parties.
A Strong Offer
The home choosing process depends on many factors including financial ability and personal tastes. Once you have found the perfect home for your needs, the next step is in making a strong offer. I will make sure you have all the elements of making a strong offer assembled before it’s presented, so your offer will stand out among the many.
The home buying process should follow a prescribed sequence of events. After calculating a fair offer price range, I will prepare the offer with supporting documents to make the offer most comprehensive and appealing to the seller. A strong offer always includes the pre-qualifying letter from your lender, offers a high percentage of the actual market value of the property, and has no contingencies, such as the need to fulfill a lease or close on your listed and under contract property. While every offer doesn’t always have these characteristics, the goal is to create a win-win situation for both the buyer and the seller.
For Your Protection
After the sales price, closing date, and other terms are agreed upon by both buyer and seller, and all signatures are obtained, we have a contract and it’s time for the inspections. The seller is obligated to repair any items required by the lender (usually related to wood-destroying insects). Further, the inspection uncovers any items on the property that do not function as they were intended to function. If it’s installed, it should work! We then prepare a “Request for Repairs.” The seller has two choices: to repair or not to repair. If he chooses to repair, it should be completed in a workmanship like manner. If he should choose not to repair, it prompts two choices for you, the buyer. The buyer may take the property in its current condition or may be released from the contract and all earnest monies returned to the buyer* – depending upon the specific details and dates in the contract.
After all repairs are completed, it time for re-inspection. This usually occurs from a week before closing to the day before, depending upon the severity of the repair needed and desires of the buyer.
Making it Official
From there it’s off to closing. A real estate attorney or title company prepares the documents and they are reviewed prior to signing. This last leg of the journey is important, and it usually takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The documents are then recorded that day or early the next morning, and it’s official, you are a homeowner! You get the keys to the property after the closing, defined as the time and date of closing, meaning when the deed is recorded. Once you have the keys, you begin your move.
If you are thinking of moving in the next 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, contact me. It’s ‘Chrystal Clear’ who to call for all your real estate needs!
*Although many times throughout the contract and addenda it states the terms under which earnest money is to be returned to the buyer, in the states of North and South Carolina, both parties must agree in writing to the disbursement of the earnest money deposit before it may be released.