If you have ever had a home on the market, with a Triangle MLS Listing that expired before you were able to sell your home, you probably experienced an onslaught of REALTOR® traffic, with a wide variety of professionals telling you they had the answers to your problems.
Me? I don't call folks whose listings have Expired or been Withdrawn. I figure they are deflated enough. Yet, I have had some success selling homes after others were not able to. Some times it is just because my photos are better than a lot out there, or because I do a better MLS presentation, along with some more aggressive internet marketing. Sometimes it is because I tend to keep an eye on my vacant listings and primp them a little so they show well.
Whatever. I'll keep doing what I do: Servicing clients' needs.
And I will keep not being a nuisance to people who are on the Do Not Call list, or who are besieged by hopeful potential listing agents.
60 Second mortgage program conversation with Kevin Martini, SunTrust Mortgage.
I grabbed my friend and mortgage money mentor, Kevin Martini of SunTrust Mortgage, and asked him a few rapid-fire questions in the Cary NC, KELLER WILLIAMS® real estate office the other day. Kevin is a favorite of local Buyers agents and listing agents, because he delivers.
Kevin tells me that he has a huge variety of affordable home loan programs to help folks buy, and, of course, he is tickled with current interest rates he can offer.
One to Buy, Two to Sell is often a point of contention in real estate sales.
60 Seconds in Real Estate, Cary NC
One to Buy, Two to Sell
Often conversation with homesellers can become awkward when the topic of marriage arises, as in, "Have you been married at any time while you have owned this home?"
When I am talking to ONE Seller, things can become quickly complicated when they say something like, "Yes, but we are separated/divorced." Or, "I owned the house before we were married, and he/she didn't help pay for it. He/she has nothing to say about the sale."
Well…. It depends. In North Carolina, we are a "One to buy, Two to sell," meaning that a long-lost spouse or ex-spouse may have a financial interest in the property.
Horror stories of shock and surprise abound…..
One of the responsibilities of a Listing agent is to attempt within reason to ensure that the Seller can actually legally SELL the property. No one wants to list a home for sale, and find that there is another Seller who is not on the listing agreement, and then have an irate Buyer and Buyers Agent.
And, it is important to note, I am not an attorney, and cannot offer legal advice. But, often it is necessary to access a legal opinion as to who must approve the sale. I have spoken with divorce attorneys, and have received "Free Trader" agreement copies, and either way has put my mind at ease that I can market a property with confidence that it can be conveyed.
And sometimes, the former spouses have to bury the hatchet long enough to consummate a real estate transaction. That process can be unnerving to all involved.
The topic seemed worthy of a 60 Seconds in Real Estate vlog: