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How Important Is a Home Inspection?

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In the latest episode of Charlotte Today, Nancy Braun talks about why a buyer should never skip a home inspection.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home that some buyers tend to forget to make the important decision of having a home inspection conducted soon after they are under contract. However, a home inspection is a crucial part of the of the homebuying process that can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home usually performed at the time of the sale. It is an inexpensive way to discover the overall condition of the property you are thinking of purchasing. Since a home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make, Nancy highlights the importance of ensuring that you are not buying a property in need of major repairs.

Most of the time, it's the buyer who pays for their own inspections, unless the seller’s paying for the buyer's closing costs. The typical cost can range anywhere from about $400 to about $1500, depending upon how many inspections you're gonna have.

Now, where and how do you find a qualified home inspector? Your Realtor® most likely maintains a list of home inspectors who are reputable. The inspector will look for problems with the property you're considering purchasing.

There are many different types of home inspection processes that you may want to conduct before the purchase of a home. Nancy recommends having termite and radon inspections.

The most important reason to have a home inspection before you buy is to really know what you’re buying. A home inspection is designed to keep people and property safe. The more you know, the fewer surprises there will be down the road.

If you have more questions about your home inspections or buying a home in Charlotte NC, get in touch with Nancy Braun at 704-997-3794. You can also start your home buying journey today.

Eugene Robinson:  Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your life that’s why you'll want to know everything possible about the condition of your home that you're purchasing.

Colleen Odegaard:  Here to help us through the home inspection process is Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty. Nancy good morning, thank you for joining us today. 

Nancy:  Good morning.

Colleen Odegaard: Alright, you have insider inspection tips to really help buyers through the process. First, let's talk about this. Does the buyer or seller pay for the home inspection?

Nancy:  Typically, the buyer will pay for the home inspection unless the seller's goint to do an inspection prior to listing their home, but normally it's the buyer will pay for their own inspections, unless the seller’s paying for the buyer's closing costs.

Eugene Robinson: So okay, what are the typical costs of doing an inspection? 

Nancy: Well, they can range anywhere from about $400 to about $1500. Depends upon how many inspections you're gonna have. So, it also depends upon the home. So you could have a general home inspector do almost everything. You might have a pool, so maybe a pool inspection, you might have a radon inspection, you can have a termite inspection, structural engineer, roof inspection, furnace inspection, septic. Well, it could add up.

Colleen Odegaard: Why is it so critical for a home buyer to get a home inspection done before they go under contract?

Nancy: Well, that's the most expensive thing that you're going to buy probably in your lifetime, so you want to make sure that you know what the condition of the property is and during the inspection you're going to learn maintenance tips and you're going to learn how to take care of your home. And what specific things are specific for that home that you might need to keep an eye on.

Eugene Robinson: Okay, here it is, I'm looking for an inspector. What should I be looking for and what's going delineate who's a good inspector, and what's a bad inspector?

Nancy: Yeah, so, you know, inspectors are licensed and they have to pass exams, and most have affiliations with national organizations. Your realtor is probably going to be your best advisor on giving you a couple choices, on inspectors that they've used that they've liked, and they believe do a good job.

Colleen Odegaard: What are the most important inspections that should be covered. the most important things?

Nancy: The home inspection and in Charlotte, the termite inspection. I also really urge all my buyers to do a radon inspection, 'cause if you have radon in your house, you don't know it. It's an invisible gas, and it's deadly.

Eugene Robinson: Is there a different type inspection for doing a single home and then of a condo?

Nancy: It’s the same. It's usually a condo is a little less money, it's not as complicated 'cause usually the HOA takes care of the exterior so it's really more on the mechanicals and the inside, but the home inspector will, you know, do either.

Eugene Robinson: Should we be concerned about the inspection report that we get? Because sometimes that could be a little bit intimidating.

Nancy: It is intimidating, it's very thick. And we actually, when we sit down to work with a new buyer, we'll show them an example of what a home inspection looks like because they need to know what all the documents are going to be involved in the transaction, so we go through this enormous book and show them each. But the home inspection is full of a lot of detail, a lot of disclaimers, a lot of fluff, and maintenance tips. So you want to go to the summary page. Usually there's a page that just shows the items that are concerns that you need to address, but not be overwhelmed by the volume of it, because it's big for everyone

Colleen Odegaard: And that's where you can really help people through that process, because to your eye, it might be overwhelming, but you help us get to the important stuff. That's summary page,

Nancy: Yeah.

Colleen Odegaard: So what kind of disclosures are required by law?

Nancy: The residential property disclosure statement is required by North Carolina and in South Carolina has their own disclosure as well and they have to disclose any known malfunction or defect that the homeowner, their seller knows about.

Eugene Robinson: Okay, now you say that you would sell a home for free if the buyer is not happy with it, is that correct?

Nancy: Well, yeah, so we have a program that if my buyer ends up not like loving their home in twelve months and they want to sell their home. I will sell it for free. They do have to buy another home with me and that is the condition. But other than that, you know, we want our clients to be happy.

Eugene Robinson: That’s generous, that is very, very generous. 

Nancy: Most of my... I've never had anyone exercise it because they were always happy with what they buy. So, but it certainly takes away the fear element of getting into the wrong house.

Colleen Odegaard: The market is still really good right now. How long do you think it'll take to sell a Charlotte home? I know it kind of depends on the area and price point.

Nancy: I think it's 34 days on the market now is on the average, it used to be much higher, so we have less than a two-month supply in the Charlotte area. A stable market is six months' supply, so it's a seller's market.

Eugene Robinson: And then quickly, how in an inspection report if they find things that are wrong with the report, how quickly should the seller get on top of it, on fixing those things?

Nancy: Well, ideally we would go and get estimates from contractors immediately, so we know what we're dealing with, 'cause typically, a home buyer is gonna be very worried about the items that are on the list and they might think, "Well it's gonna cost a hundred dollars to fix a faucet, but then it might be only a ten-dollar fix. So we would like to get bids before we're even starting to negotiate whether the seller will do the repairs or the seller could put up money towards the repairs and then the buyer can get it done after closing.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy, thank you you're so good, thank you so much. For a comprehensive buyer's agent home inspection cheat sheet visit BuyerBeware13.com, BuyerBeware13.com or you can call 704-997-3794 again 704-997-3794. Nancy and her team are happy to work with you. Thank you so much for being here today

Nancy: Thank you.

OPEN HOUSE: 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208– This SUNDAY! August 5– 12PM – 2PM!

Property Overview – 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 is a condo built in 1905. This property was last sold for $130,000 in 2007 and currently has an estimated value of $97,900. The $97,900 estimated value is 66.47% less than the median listing price of $292,000 for the Thomasboro – Hoskins area.

According to the Charlotte public records, the property at 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 has approximately 675 square feet, 2 beds and 1 bath with a lot size of 3.61 acres. Nearby schools include Thomasboro Elementary School, Northwest School Of The Arts and West Charlotte High School.

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

OPEN HOUSE: 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! August 4– 12PM – 2PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

Choosing a Charlotte NC REALTOR® to Work with in 3 Easy Steps

Charlotte NC Homes for Sale - For professional and reliable Charlotte NC Realtor service that offers high quality customer service, turn to Nancy Braun.

The many roles of an agent

 Choosing the Charlotte NC REALTOR® to work with is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when you’re selling your home. 

One of the common mistakes I see many first time home sellers do is list their homes with the first agent they see.

Like shopping for the right car, you need to spend some time and effort to find the right agent who’ll work best with you.

The right agent can do so much, both for you and the home, so it is crucial that you choose the best one!

With the right agent, your home can sell fast for top dollar! The right agent can also make things easy and more convenient by helping you choose the repairs and upgrades which will add value to your property. And the right agent will take care of the negotiations and assist you with the numerous pieces of paperwork involved in selling your home.

Remember, your Charlotte home is your biggest financial asset, so you should choose only the best agent to protect your asset.

 

How to choose

There are so many REALTORS® and agents in Charlotte, it can be confusing choose one. Here are three easy steps to find the best agent to help sell your home. 

Charlotte NC Homes - Let Nancy Braun, Charlotte NC's best Realtor® guide you through the process of home-selling. so you can have a smooth and stress-free journey.

 

  1. Research. The first step in looking for the best REALTOR® is by asking for referrals from friends, neighbors, co-workers, people you know who have recently sold their homes in your city. 

An excellent REALTOR® leaves a great impression, and people will remember their name. You should also look for an agent with a strong online presence and with good reviews.

A strong online presence indicates that that agent uses technology to market the home and in the process gaining a larger audience. Reviews will tell you how satisfied or not the former clients are about the performance of a certain REALTOR®.

From your research, make a list t of at least three agents to interview and to choose from.

  1. Interview. When you’ve done your homework, it is now time to set an appointment with each agent. Your goal for the meeting is to know if that agent has the sufficient skills and experience to sell your home successfully.

You also want to know if you feel comfortable during the discussion if you can build a rapport with him/her. It also helps to have a list of questions to ask the agent, so that you can use yours and the agent’s time more efficiently.

What are some sample questions you should ask? Take a look at the following questions:

  • How long have you been working as an agent/REALTOR®?
  • Do you work full-time or part-time?
  • How long have you been working as an agent in Charlotte?
  • How do you plan to market my home?

Find an agent who has been working in the local market for at least five years. That’s not to say that newer agents are not skilled. It’s just that your home is your biggest investment and it is better to entrust it with someone who is more capable and experienced.

  1. Decide. Once you’ve interviewed at least three agents, the last step is to choose the best one.  Choose according to the results of your interviews, and pick the one you are most comfortable with.

Home selling can be stressful sometimes, especially when you are in a hurry.  At the end of the day, you need a REALTOR® who will help relieve your stress and someone you have a rapport with.

Doing these three steps will bring you closer to the right agent for your home for sale in Charlotte NC.

Want to know more about me? Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. 

 

OPEN HOUSE: 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! July 21– 11AM – 1PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net.

OPEN HOUSE: 2006 Carnoustie Ct, Indian Land, SC 29707

Absolutely gorgeous executive home in Firethorne! Three story home w/a versatile floor & open plan, perfect for entertaining! Stunning hardwood flooring on the main level, living room with built in shelving, and a gorgeous chef’s kitchen with stainless steel upgraded appliances and granite countertops! Luxurious Master Suite with custom closets and his & hers bathrooms! Private back patio overlooking large flat rear yard! 3rd floor bonus with entertainment bar. Enjoy all of the amenities!

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –2006 Carnoustie Ct, Indian Land, SC 29707– This SATURDAY! July 28 – 11AM – 1PM!

If you have any questions about this property or want to know more about the Charlotte real estate market, you can call Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794!

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If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net.

OPEN HOUSE: Charlotte NC Home for Sale | 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! June 30 – 12PM – 2PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net. 

What Questions Should You Ask Before Buying a Charlotte NC Home?

Charlotte NC Homes - Protect your investment by asking the right questions in buying your Charlotte NC home for sale.

On the verge of signing a Charlotte home for sale contract? Read this first.

After years of saving and months of planning and searching, you’re now ready to buy a home. You’ve found one you love and you’ve created a payment plan. Before you take the final steps of signing the dotted line, here are a few questions you should be asking to seal the deal.

  • What is the market value of the home for sale in Charlotte? You should have been informed by your real estate agent about your market value,but if not, please ask. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to buying a home, because you want to learn as much information as you can about the home you want to make an offer to.

Sellers are aware that the home must be priced right for it to sell. But it will not hurt you to ask your REALTOR® to do a comparative market analysis. The CMA contains all the comparables in the area, so you have a good idea of what the market value of the home is.

  • When was it last sold and how much did the seller pay for the home? Knowing the original value and comparing it with the current value will give you an idea about the market. If the home was sold five years ago, and the market has not drastically changed, there shouldn’t be much of a price difference.
  • How long has the home been on the market? Homes that have been on the market for six months or longer typically means that it is overpriced. It can also mean the owner may be willing to negotiate and lower the price.
  • Did the current owners do renovations or upgrades? The answer to this question will help you gauge how much money was used to improve the home, and how much they are expecting as ROI.
  • What’s the HOA and utility cost? You want to have an idea of how much your monthly expenses will be, because you’ll also be paying a monthly mortgage.
  • What’s the closing costs and will the seller help with the closing costs? You need to find out how much the closing costs are so you will not be surprised when you have to pay them at closing. Also, you need to know if the seller is willing to make concessions and pay some of the closing costs.
  • What were the problems you encountered while living in this Charlotte property? Before you sign on the dotted line of the contract, ask the seller if there are issues with the home. Don’t expect the seller to disclose everything, but at least you’ll have a general idea of what to encounter when you live there.

Ask about pest infestations, flooding issues, noise, etc. If the home happens to be right by a busy street, ask if the noise level gets too bothersome.

  • Do the appliances have warranties? Though the appliances look new, it is always better to know when they were bought and if they still have warranties, because you never know when they’ll stop working.

Think of it as a money-saving effort. Appliance repair is not cheap, so you need to have the warranties on hand.

When you ask the right questions, you’ll be surprised at the answers you’ll receive. From there, you can continue to move on with the transaction, or ask for more time to think about it. 

Your  home in Charlotte NC is your investment, so learn everything possible about it so you can know the best way to secure it.

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. Let me help you find the home that fits you and your financial needs.

Real Estate Properties in Charlotte NC

OPEN HOUSE: Home for Sale in Charlotte NC | 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 2827

Grab the chance to own this jaw-dropping ranch in Providence Plantation! Enjoy the scenic drive through the neighborhood and tree lined driveway to this Charlotte NC home for sale.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! – 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270 – How to be a homeowner successfully purchasing this HUD-owned home for sale in Charlotte NC! This SATURDAY! May 12 – 12 PM – 2PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794!

If you’re looking for new homes for sale in Charlotte NC or similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net. Our site has listings of Charlotte NC homes for sale that you will certainly love. 

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