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Real estate agents love being recognized for their hard work. There are times when agents are given awards for their work and they receive certificates or plaques to hang on their office walls. Recently, two agents from the Isle of Palms office of Dunes properties were recognized by Realtor.com for their “Online Marketing Excellence.” Barbara Walker and my wife, Patricia Fuchs are well-respected agents in East Cooper and deserve this award for finding clients that want to list properties with them.

Barbara, Patricia and Rebecca. A great team!

The interesting thing is that both Barbara and Patricia have an assistant, Rebecca Narkiewicz, who handles much of their administrative tasks, including posting their listings on Realtor.com and making them standout from the crowd of listings on Realtor.com. I started thinking about this when the awards were being handed out at a recent Realtor.com event. There were Barbara and Patricia receiving the award certificates, and Rebecca was sitting next to me smiling with pride that two agents that she supports were being recognized for their online marketing excellence knowing that she was responsible for a good part of the work that resulted in the award. Rebecca does her work behind the scenes. She is quiet and efficient in what she does. 

Realtors ideally should be out in their community putting a face on their brand, making sense of the stats and numbers, and educating themselves every day about their product.  We would not be able to do this without the Rebeccas of the real estate world.  Someone who is in the office daily familiarizing her/himself with the latest, ever changing online marketing strategies, typing, stuffing envelopes, making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on our paperwork. Our Rebecca has been given the nickname “RADAR” by many due to her ability to have information on hand before we know it’s needed.  Such support can be integral to our success (and sometimes our sanity). 

Behind every great person is another great person. Here’s to all of those who are behind the scenes making us look as good as we can look!

Thank you, Rebecca for all of the excellent work you do.

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There’s a flavor on every block.

I remember my first visit to a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store when I was a child. There were more flavors than I had ever seen before! How could I decide which was best? I was used to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but now there was mango, peach, caramel and cream, and about 27 other flavors to choose from. What was I to do?

Today’s real estate market is kind of like that. There are so many homes and neighborhoods available at great prices. How can a person decide on what to choose? If you are in the market for a new home, how can you avoid being mesmerized by the 33 flavors of homes available to you? Before you start looking, know what you need! Answer some questions before you go. The first answer you need is to the question of what you can afford.

Here are a few others to consider:

  • How big of a home do we need?
    • Will three bedrooms and two bathrooms work? Or do we need more?
    • How many square feet of air conditioned space do we need?
  • What size lot do we need?
    • Do we want a large lot?
    • Are we interested in a small lot?
    • How much yard work am I willing to do?
  • Are we interested in a townhome or condominium?
  • What schools are nearby?

Once you’ve established your needs and balanced them with your wants, your Realtor® can focus the search on that target. Your Realtor® will preview a selected group of homes before spending your time in actually visiting everything in the mix. You should be able to find your home within 5 to 10 homes that you visit.

Remember Baskin – Robbins? I got sick sampling as many flavors as I could. My stomach hurt and I never bought one scoop. Avoid the stomachache in your search by knowing what you want before you go to market.

Patricia and Mark Fuchs can help you find the flavor you want most. Call 843-425-0953 for Patricia or 843-364-9509 for Mark.

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You may have already heard, Charleston, SC is number 4 in Moody’s Top 5 cities where home prices will perform the best in 2010. That’s good news for everyone in the Lowcountry! Whether you are selling, or buying, this indicates that there is some confidence in the economy of the Charleston area.

We have noticed that showings are up and so are sales. Prices are holding and interest rates are low. If you are thinking of moving to the area it is a very good time. Inventories are still good in most price ranges, but more homes are selling, so that could change. Interest rates on home loans are low for now…can they stay this low for long is another question.

If you are thinking about selling your home it is a good time to get it listed. Prices have stabilized and inventories are trending down in many markets. A home that is well priced will attract buyers and often sells fast as a result. With interest rates that are low and the tax credit for home buyers about to expire making this and ideal time to ge into the market.

What ever your situation, buying or selling, as a real estate professional I can help you with your real estate needs. Give me a call for more information. My number is 843-364-9509, or if you would like to work with my wife and business partner, Patricia, call 843-425-0953. You can also visit our website at www.MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com to learn more about us and how we team up with our clients for success in real estate.

A charming courtyard.

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Many neighborhoods to chose from in a large development.
This is your starting point.

 I covered a lot of material in the first two parts of this series. How to define your wants and needs? Finding and agent and your neighborhood were the topics for part 2. So at this point you should be ready to let the search begin.

How many houses should you visit before you find your next home? Once you have completed your wants and needs lists, you have begun to narrow your search. Provide your Realtor® with information about what you are looking for and the neighborhood that you want for your next home. Your Realtor® will use that information to narrow your search so that your time is used effectively. Based on your wants and needs, your Realtor® will screen the listings in your target neighborhood, and visited the houses selected to make sure they are a match. Your Realtor® will then arrange for you to see them. In our personal experience we found that the more houses we looked at, the more confused we became. And it became more of a chore and less of an adventure. Your Realtor® understands that you have better things to do than to look through 20, 30, or 40 homes and will have a targeted list of 5-10 homes for you to see. Of course, you may decide to see more. 

Now that you’ve found your favorite it is time to make an offer. This is where your Realtor® provides the benefit of his/her experience. Your Realtor® will recommend you on how to create an offer that will have the best chance of being accepted. This document details what needs to be done by both parties to complete the transaction. It should protect the interests of both parties. These details are important and your Realtor® will make sure that it meets requirements of the state.

While your Realtor® has helped you craft an offer that has the best chance of acceptance it is not uncommon for the seller to counter the your offer. You understand your wants and needs, but the seller also has requirements that you may not be aware of. Counter offers happen often. The goal is to negotiate a deal that protects the interest of both the buyer and the seller.

In my next post I will discuss coordinating service providers and the steps to close the sale. In the meantime, if you have questions, call Patricia on 843-425-0953, or me on 843-364-9509. You can visit our website www.MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com to sign up for our FREE MLS Market Survey to get started on your home search.

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Is this neighborhood for you?

 In Part 1 of this series, I addressed the most critical step:

  • Identifying your wants and needs for your next home.

In this post I will share what we have learned about finding a real estate agent to work with and learning about the neighborhood.

A lot has changed in the business of real estate over the last few years. There are more ways to see houses on the internet, or on your cell phone. One thing that hasn’t changed is the complexity of a real estate transaction. Again, our experience as real estate clients, before we became Realtors®, drove home the need for professional representation in all real estate transactions.

Finding Your Realtor®

There have been changes in the way agents represent sellers and buyers. At one time all agents worked for the seller, including agents that were helping buyers find a home to buy. That is no longer the case. Today, agents either represent sellers, buyers, or both. However, in many cases, the commissions are paid out of the proceeds of the sale.

Many states require agents to disclose to consumers who they represent. In South Carolina, agents are required to review with potential clients the options they have regarding representation. When selecting a buyer’s agent you should expect full disclosure on the options available and what each option entitles the client will receive in the way of services provided. So how do you find the Realtor® that you want to team up with for your purchase?

All agents are not created equally. Experience matters. How many transactions has the agents been involved with? When we searched for a Realtor®, we tried to get to know something about their background and personality. After all, if we were going to team up with a Realtor®, we want to make sure we could work together and depend on them to look out for our best interests. Often, we would be provided with a personal brochure, a resume, that helped us to know the prospective Realtor®. We found that Realtors® who had a good mix of experiences, both as a Realtor®, professional or other personal experiences, were a better match for us.

Neighborhood Information

You are not buying a house so much as you are buying a neighborhood! What are you looking for in a neighborhood? Consider how long of a commute to work you might have and what shopping is nearby. If you have children, schools will be important, and nearby amenities such as playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer/football fields and baseball diamonds. Most of this can be found on the internet these days. In my previous posts I suggested writing your wants and needs for your next home as a list to refer back to during your search. Putting together a list of wants and needs regarding the neighborhood would also be helpful.

Well, you are making progress in gathering the resources you need. In my next post I will share what we have learned about searching for the home, making and offer, and negotiating the deal. In the meantime, if you have questions, call Patricia on 843-425-0953, or me on 843-364-9509. You can visit our website www.MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com to sign up for our FREE MLS Market Survey to get started on your home search.

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What type of home do you want?

 

Now that you have decided to buy a home for you and your family, what’s next? This is a great time to find the home of your dreams. But searching for that dream home can be a nightmare. How can you make your home search more productive?

My wife, Patricia and I bought 14 homes before we became Realtors®. We learned quite a bit from those experiences and have developed a process that will make your search more productive. Today, I am beginning a series of posts to share these steps so that you can benefit from our experience.

One of the most critical steps is to determine what you want in your next home.

  • How many bedrooms do you need or want?
  • How many bathrooms?
  • What type of floor plan fits your lifestyle?
  • Do you want a formal living room? …dining room? …family room? …study?
  • Do you need an attached garage? …for how many cars?
  • What about the schools?
  • What type of neighborhood?
  • How much do you want to spend?

These are some of the questions you want to answer and they set the stage for your search. It is important to write those answers down on paper so that you can keep reminding yourself about what you want. After all, as you look at perspective homes, you might lose focus about what you are really looking for in your next home. Our experience has taught us that if you take this step you will be less likely to become frustrated in your home search.

A home purchase is a major investment. You want to make the right decision and having the right information is critical. Working with a Realtor® is essential to a productive search. A real estate professional will use your wants and needs list to find the best available options that match your list. What we have learned is that while there are plenty of homes on the market, narrowing our focus always produced the best result!

In my next post I will share what we have learned about finding an real estate agent to work with and learning about the neighborhood. Meantime, if you have questions, call Patricia on 843-425-0953, or me at 843-364-9509.

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