[Special thanks to Gene Williams of DIYDad for the following guest post about DIY (and non-DIY) projects that can add value to your home when you are preparing to sell. If you are thinking about selling your home in the Durham area and you’re curious about what improvements can increase your sales price the most, […]
How to Buy Your Dream House in a Seller’s Market
Finding your dream home in a seller’s market can be stressful. The Triangle area of North Carolina is a great place to sell a home right now…and a tough place to buy one. The Durham, North Carolina in market in particular is a seller’s market right now, for homebuyers and investors alike. And this is true for many areas across the country. A seller’s market is […]
You’re Under Contract – Now What? Due Diligence and Earnest Money in North Carolina
What happens after your offer to purchase a home is accepted? The weeks leading up to closing can either be stressful or uneventful; there may be many unexpected things that come up or, if you’re lucky, it may be smooth sailing. Either way, as either a buyer or seller, knowing what to expect during this […]
Four Great Reasons to Sell Your House in the Winter
Winter is here and you have finally decided to put your house on the market, but you heard somewhere that it’s better to wait until the spring. Is it really? Some conventional wisdom says that selling a home in the spring is a better bet. Flowers blooming, green grass and sunny skies make homes look […]
Dibs! What is the Right of First Refusal in Real Estate?
I recently helped a client buy a house for which a third party had the “right of first refusal” (ROFR). My buyer had never heard of this term, and so I thought it would be a useful term to explain for others who may encounter it when looking to buy or sell a home. Very […]
What’s the Difference Between Appraised and Assessed Value?
There are two similar terms that you will come across if you are in the process of buying or selling a home: appraised value and assessed value. Each one attempts to represent the value of a house—and yet it’s unlikely the two numbers will agree. So what does each one mean? And how do they […]
Curb Appeal by the Numbers
People often ask what they need to do to their house before listing it for sale. Or maybe they know they should clean up the clutter and repaint that hot pink bedroom a nice neutral, but they aren’t sure about the exterior. How much does it really matter if your shutters are painted and your […]