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If you're ready to buy, the time is right for you, and you just need some direction, here it is! This is definitely a seller's market, which doesn't mean you shouldn't buy, it just means you need to know how to approach your offer.

Make sure before you begin looking for a house that you have a good, strong pre-approval in hand.  Use a lender that is able to tell you what price range you should look in so that your payment will be where you want to it be and you'll be able to afford it, and they should also be able to give you an estimate of how much your closing costs will be.

1.  The first step-- find a good, aggressive agent.  You need an agent who will watch the market and let you know as new houses come on the market that suit your needs.

2.  Be ready to go look as soon as a new listing that fits your needs come on the market.

3.  If you fall in love with a house, in this market, you have to be prepared to make an offer pretty quickly.  If you don't, someone else will, which will place you in a multiple offer situation or will make you miss out on the property.  There are so few houses on the market right now, buyers are waiting on houses to come on the market and are ready to make an offer as soon as the right house shows up!

4.  Be prepared to bid competitively.  Unless you're buying a house that may need some work, you will need to pay close to if not at or above asking price in this market!  This is not a market where you'll get a steal, but you're still going to get your perfect home, and it'll be worth it! 

The market is always changing! Buyers' motivation for buying is always changing.  You have to be ready to buy in the market you're in, and you can't always get a deal just because that's what you're looking for-- just like sellers can't always make a huge profit just because that's what they want.  Change is constant.  For now, to successfully find and make an offer on that perfect home, follow the steps above and they'll lead you there. 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on September 21st, 2016 11:15 AM
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$180,000.00
2176 Wentworth Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 5 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2724
Garage: 0 Built: 1970
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on October 2nd, 2014 11:09 AM
I am the first one to say, if I can go on a vacation, I'm there! I LOVE to travel-- love to spend time with my hubby and my kids.  And I can promise you, when I'm gone, except for about 1 week a year, my sellers could not even know I'm gone, because I take my computer and I WORK WHILE GONE.  More and more, though, that's seeming like a foreign concept for other agents. 

I think it's perfectly fine and acceptable to go on vacation and leave work at home-- don't get me wrong.  But the ONLY way for a good agent to do that is to have a back up agent or assistant covering his or her business while they're gone.  However, more and more, I see agents leaving town, leaving paperwork unsigned and my sellers totally wondering if buyers are moving forward or walking away, and these agents just leave it behind until they return.  Right now I'm working with TWO such agents.  It's impossible.  It's very hard to work on repairs for a buyer when the buyer won't sign off on the repair estimate-- because their agent is out of town and has no one covering. 

What is all of this about? When you hire an agent, ask them how they handle their business when they're not available.  Ask them if they have an assistant or a buyer's agent, or a coworker who they work well with.  Period.  Are you a buyer? What if that perfect house comes on the market while you're gone but your agent says, "I'll show it to you as soon as I get back." ? In this market, that house will be pending in 3 or 4 days-- and you'll have missed it. 

Make sure your agent will meet your needs. Make sure you  know how accessible your agent will be.  Lack of accessibility is annoying, difficult, and will make you as a buyer or seller lose out on possibilities.  I actually had some surgery this summer--for once, no vacations (yet).... I have an AMAZING new assistant/buyer's agent, and she had everything completely covered while I was out.  Period.  No one has missed anything, at all, because of my absence. 

Can you tell this is a sensitive subject right now?  :)  It's so difficult for agents who work hard to depend on those who don't.  So choose wisely.  Whoever you choose to work for you and represent your best interests needs to be someone who can get the job done, whether they're sitting on a beach for a week or two, or in front of you.  Just saying. 

Happy buying and selling!
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on July 26th, 2014 7:43 PM
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$96,900.00
761 Sasha Court

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 0
Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on July 13th, 2014 12:31 PM
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$119,900.00
811 Lacebark Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 0
Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on July 13th, 2014 12:25 PM
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$189,900.00
4701 Hannah Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 5 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2415
Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on July 11th, 2014 9:11 PM
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$109,900.00
132 Lancaster Street

Chester, SC 29706



Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 3 Sq. Ft.: 2000
Garage: 0 Built: 1970
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on May 25th, 2014 10:52 PM
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$129,900.00
1502 Tuckers Glenn

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1656
Garage: 0 Built: 2002
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on April 5th, 2014 7:56 PM
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$144,900.00
1765 Baylor Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1627
Garage: 0 Built: 2001
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on April 5th, 2014 7:47 PM
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$189,900.00
363 E. Main Street

Rock Hill, SC 29730



Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2635
Garage: 0 Built: 1907
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Wendy Thomas
Wendy Thomas, Allen Tate Realtors
8039844619
www.wendythomasrealtor.com



 
  Visit this listing here
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on March 7th, 2014 12:46 PM

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