Sponsored By: Bob Wolfe of Coldwell Banker
Charleston living seems to be the star of the internet these days. Social media teems with enticing stories about the advantages of moving to Charleston, such as its robust economy, low taxes, pristine beaches, balmy weather and historic communities.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the tri-county Charleston area gained an average of 48 new residents every day over last year. With such a massive population influx comes robust competition for housing and sky-high stress levels for homebuyers.
That’s why it’s key to have a great real estate agent on your side, whether you’ve been living in a short-term rental due to a corporate relocation, looking for the perfect retirement property or need a family-size home. In Charleston, properties sell quickly and in order to secure your dream home, you need someone who listens to your needs, understands the local market and has the expertise to keep you fully informed about every step in the home-buying process.
“Good relationship-based marketing is, by definition, outstanding customer service,” says Bob Wolfe, associate with Coldwell Banker. A top producer as a realtor since 1990, Wolfe attributes his real estate success to the insights he’s gained from three previous careers – psychology, education and construction.
A little research before you walk into a realtor’s office, Wolfe says, can go a long way in making your home-buying experience a happy one. Keep the following in mind:
1.Look for an agent who takes the time to ask the right questions.
“The realtor needs to know what’s important to you,” Wolfe says. Are you looking for a home in an established neighborhood near good schools or is beach living your first priority? How important is commute time?
Charleston has such a variety of communities, each with a distinct flavor of its own. So, your agent’s first task should be finding out which Lowcountry area fits your particular lifestyle.
2. Find someone who can guide you through the entire process.
Your agent’s research should include information on the benefits of different areas as well as facts about taxes, insurance, home inspections and home loans, including details on how to get pre-approved for a loan. Should a property become available quickly, you don’t want to spend valuable time on a lengthy loan process.
3. Choose a realtor who is an experienced negotiator.
When the demand for housing increases, it usually follows that home prices increase, too. Sellers are in a position of strength. In this kind of market, buyers need an agent they can trust to be their personal advocate. Look for an agent with an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation, who is familiar with all aspects of a transaction and can negotiate skillfully to get the best terms for you.
Count on Bob Wolfe’s expertise, backed by years of practical experience, to make your journey through the home-buying process happy and stress-free.
Visit CharlestonAbodes.com or call Bob at 843-642-5588 to set up a free consultation – there is no cost or obligation.