Buying a Home or Land in Western NC

Your Western NC Home and Land-Buying Advisor

Most home and land buyers don't need me to find properties for them.  Having dozens of new listings delivered to your inbox daily is easy.  But which of these properties is worth considering? Which lot is too steep for building, which home is in a flood zone, is highway expansion coming to the area, was the bathroom remodel permitted, and is the property subject to city taxes or restrictive zoning? How do you answer these and the dozens of other questions that affect your buying decision?

This is where I come in. A traditional real estate agent focuses on selling you a home or land.  My role is to advise you on properties that best fit your needs and, more often, recommend why a lot or home may not be a good match for your plans. 

When visiting a property, I do much more than just unlock the door. I'll tell you about the area where the property is located, share whether major systems like the roof or HVAC have been recently replaced, explain how water and waste are handled at the property, describe the sales history, zoning, and taxes for the property, and share my opinion on the asking price.

Once you find a home or lot you love, I guide you in writing an offer that favors your interests, advocate and negotiate on your behalf, work with surveyors, lenders, and inspectors to avoid surprises, and help you close your property purchase. In fact, Most of my time is spent after we find a home you like – on average, over 100 hours total from when we first meet until you close on your purchase!

Selecting me as your agent saves you time and money.  Here are just a few of the things I do for you as your agent -  

Review deeds, zoning rules, tax records, and other property data before offer submission and advise you about what I find. 

Evaluate how the Residential Property Disclosure impacts your cost of ownership and potential offer

Determine whether the Mineral, Oil, and Gas Disclosure affects your property ownership rights

Review comparable listings and sales to recommend a starting offer and target sale price

Negotiate offer price, due diligence fee, due diligence period, earnest money deposit, and closing date

Provide your lender and closing attorney with all contract documents and answer their questions

Ensure your due diligence fee and earnest money deposit are handled correctly

Explain easements, encroachments, liens, and any other legal issues discovered by the closing attorney

Recommend home inspection services, attend the home inspection, review the findings with you, and negotiate repair requests if needed

Review closing statements for accuracy

Attend your closing

Missing any of these steps (and others not listed here) can have significant financial and legal consequences. That's why selecting a local expert (like me!) as your agent is so critical!