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I know everyone loves watching all of the fun HGTV shows... I enjoy them too!  But there are some things on there that truly are NOT real!  Let's touch on some of them. 

1. Buyers look at only three properties then make a decision between those three.  That would be great, right?  But that's not realistic.  In this market, yes, maybe that's all that is available and maybe they DO find their home in one of those three houses.  It's definitely my job to make sure you find as many of your "must haves" in the first houses that we look at, but we may end up looking at 10 or 15 (hopefully not) before you make a decision, and that's ok! 

2.  Decisions are made after a brief conversation.  Yeah, no.  Although again, in this market, decisions are having to be made more quickly than before due to the lack of inventory and multiple offers on houses, most buyers will think about it longer than over a lunch break. 

3.  People in their 20's and 30's are buying expensive houses.  Again, when you see these buyers on tv, they are the exception and not the rule. So if you fall into this category, don't let them make you feel bad about your current situation.  Most people in this age range are buying their first house in a first time homebuyer range, and NOT in the $500,000 and up range.  Not in this area!! 

4. Sellers always get offers after open houses.  You'll see on "Million Dollar Listings" and some of the other shows that they always seem to get multiple offers after an open house.  The fact about an open house is that it typically helps gets the word out about your house a little more, but is usually not the most effective way to sell the house.  

5. Every property is perfectly staged.  Not even close.  Every seller does the very best that they can do with preparing their house for showings.  Some stage the house very well; some get it close to empty; some move out and have it completely empty. Some hire professional stagers.  Something I've recently started to use for vacant houses that need a little help is virtual staging.  It's amazing and helps buyers that may have a hard time visualizing where furniture will go in a large or small space.  But sometimes houses are cluttered and sellers are in a hurry to sell, and they just do the very best they can.  Not ideal. But that's how it is.  

6. The Realtor doesn't do much.  I'm just gonna leave this right here.  I work very hard for my clients, from helping them prepare their house to put it on the market, or showing houses to a buyer, to getting under contract and working all the way to closing.  Working FOR you is what I do and what I love.  I do a lot more in the background than you ever see. And that's how it's supposed to be.  I try to make this as seamless and easy a process as possible for you.  


There are so many more things I could list. These are just a few. Please comment if you'd like if you can think of any other "illusions" from real estate tv shows!!

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Posted by Wendy Thomas on October 15th, 2020 10:15 AM
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$304,900.00
692 Hicklin Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29732



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Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

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8039844619
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on July 9th, 2018 6:23 PM
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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$206,900.00
419 College Avenue

Rock Hill, SC 29730



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Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1950
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on September 20th, 2015 11:29 AM
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$140,000.00
813 Prestwick Drive

Rock Hill, SC 29730



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8039844619
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on August 10th, 2015 10:34 PM
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$145,000.00
662 Schuyler Avenue

Rock Hill, SC 29730



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1340
Garage: 0 Built: 1977
 

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8039844619
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on August 10th, 2015 9:52 PM
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$167,900.00
337 Anvil Draw Place

Rock Hill, SC 29730



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Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1777
Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

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8039844619
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Posted by Wendy Thomas on August 10th, 2015 9:10 PM
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$185,000.00
757 Lynville Lane

Rock Hill, SC 29730



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Full Baths: 0 Sq. Ft.: 2300
Garage: 0 Built: 2010
 

This is a new listing that
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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 August 10th, 2015 6:31 PM

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