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A lovely part of the Charleston Coast.

 

It has been a difficult time for the past several years for the economy in general. However, real estate seems to be at the center of the doom and gloom, and real estate agents have suffered as much as anyone during this economic down turn. Almost as much as the home owners they represent.

A number of agents have left the business. Many got into the business because they saw it as a way to make lots of money…They were wrong! Others got into the business because it appeared glamorous. They saw successful agents driving expensive cars and enjoying the finer things without, from their view, too much effort…They were wrong! It wasn’t a profession to them, just a job that they thought paid lots of money.

Patricia and I got into real estate with our eyes wide open. We understood that Realtors® are professionals in a field that is very complex and changing every day.  In our careers in the corporate world, we had over 20 personal real estate transactions where we were represented by professional Realtors®. Our NJ Realtor® handled most of our transactions, and referred us to other professional Realtors® in Ponte Vedra, FL and Atlanta, GA. We learned about how much work professional Realtors® take on in behalf of their clients.

Patricia was first to become a Realtor® and I followed her several months (OK, 2 years) later. Why did we do it? We wanted to help people by following the example of our Realtors®. They provided real service to us and that’s what we do for our clients. Our personal experiences taught us that there are many, many things to follow-up on to complete a transaction. From the negotiations on sales price, through inspections, and following up on deadlines and mortgages, a professional Realtor® makes it light work for their clients. We do that for ours.

We love helping people. We love our profession as Realtors®. If you are interested in buying or selling on the Charleston Coast, contact me at Mark@MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com, or Patricia at Patricia@MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com.  As part of Dunes Properties of Charleston, Nobody Knows the Charleston Coast Better.        

      

 

Professional Realtors® serving the Charleston Coast.

 

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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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One of the relaxing places in Mt. Pleasant

Facebook and Twitter offer insights into what’s important to people RIGHT NOW! After reading a number of posts on both, I started to see a pattern that I hadn’t expected: Lots of us are expressing appreciation for what we have around Charleston, SC.

Many posts are about good meals at various local restaurants. There have been a few about the weather and some about what’s the economy doing. Others talk about various activities that people are enjoying and a number that express appreciation for friends, or share family moments and dishwashers that don’t work…lots of people offered suggestions on what to do about that one!

One post talked about driving to the Ravenel Bridge to walk across the bridge (a favorite pastime of many), but the rain there caused her to have to find sunshine on a walk on the beach instead. I thought that one was particularly interesting since it helped me to appreciate that there are options for something as simple as a daily walk!

Patricia and I were driving back from a trip to Hilton Head on Sunday. As we were driving on 17S, we both commented on natural beauty that surrounds us. We decided to move here to for business reasons, but fell in love with the area because of what it offers, the people, the food and the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday. When I read posts that show the appreciation that others have for what surrounds us it makes me smile. People from other areas want to be here. They buy second homes, or take vacations here because of what we get to enjoy everyday.

I have come to appreciate what we have and look forward to enjoying it for a very long time. I hope you do to!

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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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