How Your profit by working with a REALTOR® | Wilmington NC real estate

The NC board of Realtors offers some timely advice for working with a Realtor ®.

How you profit by working with a REALTOR®

You’re selling your home and you make an appointment with a real estate agent. You are impressed with the listing presentation and the agent asks if you want to contract with her/him — i.e., her/his assistance in exchange for a commission. At this point you may be asking yourself, “Exactly what do I get for my money?” Following are just some of the wide array of services you may receive when you enlist the help of a real estate professional.

  • Compiling information about your home in preparation for the listing. This information can include your home’s square footage, type of heating and cooling, proximity to schools, and so on.
  • Estimating your property’s value, taking into account comparable sales in your area. This is done in order to help you price it right.
  • Preparing, coordinating, and paying for advertising and marketing efforts in your home. This can include putting advertisements in the paper, conducting open houses, and placing a sign in front of the home.
  • Screening prospective buyers so that only qualified buyers with serious intentions are shown your home.
  • Listing the property on the MLS (multiple listing service) and working with other agents to let the maximum number of qualified buyers see your property.
  • Writing offers, placing the buyer’s deposit in escrow, and taking care of other necessary documentation such as title reports.
  • Advising you on aspects of the sales contract and dealing with the buyer on various elements you may want to negotiate. This includes negotiating with the buyer on price, if necessary, in an effort to obtain the full value for your home.
  • Helping the buyer locate financing, arrange for home inspections and an appraisal, and other details in preparation for the closing.
  • Accompanying you to the closing or attending in your place.

Working with a real estate agent can save you time, money, and headaches. When you enter into a contract with an agent, you have the security of knowing that your agent is legally representing you and acting in your best interest throughout the property transaction. Additionally, choosing to work with a real estate agent who’s a REALTOR® can give you added peace of mind. REALTORS® are more than licensed real estate professionals. REALTORS® subscribe to a Code of Ethics and pledge to provide fair and ethical treatment to both buyers and sellers.

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Wilmington NC real estate and Events this week

 

 

 
 
  
 
TGIF Scoop

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 Hello and welcome to TGIF Scoop! 

Good news this week for the real estate market as the foreclosure rate has dropped now 4 months in a row, since the high in July. In addition, default notices were down 8 percent. California, Florida, Illinois and Michigan account for 50% of all foreclosures. What does all this mean for our local real estate market? It is a good sign that our inventory of foreclosures will also start to decrease and we will see good signs of recovery after the first of the year.

 Remember, when it comes to real estate, we are the local market experts. We examine local market data and trends daily in assisting our buyers and sellers. Use our knowledge to your advantage! Remember, TGIF……….
 

  25th Annual Holiday Show

at New Elements Gallery

Featuring over 40 regional artists the show

 will run through January 9

Cameron Art Museum

Toying with Art”11AM-2PM Tues-Fri; 11AM-5PM Sat-Sun

Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St.

www.cameronartmuseum.com

  

 
Star news photo

Caroling by Carriage or Trolley

 
 7-10PM Dec 18-24, Market & Water StreetsDowntown Wilmington

  
“Night of January 16th”
 
Featuring Joe Gallison
Cape Fear Playhouse Theatre
 

 
 


 
Worlds Largest Living Christmas Tree
 407 Hilton St.
Wilmington, NC

 


 

New Elements Gallery

“Transitions”

www.newelementsgallery.com

  

Christmas Jazz Cafe Night 

Fundraiser for the Family Neighborhood Institute

 8PM Dec 18 at Coastline Convention Center

200-3683 or 762-6297


  Cameron Art Museum  new exhibit, “Winning IDEAs: Selected Product Designs 2008,” featuring the world’s most innovative industrial designs. 

 

LAST WEEKEND UNTIL SPRING!

Riverfront Farmers Market

Saturday,   8:00a to 1:00pm
at Riverfront Park, Wilmington, NC

 

   Wilmington NC  Night Spots

   Friday, Dec 18

  
 Dane Britt – Front Street Brewery

 Radio Cult – Wild Wing Cafe  

  Saturday, Dec 19

 
 
 
 
 Machine Gun – Kefi’s  

Tom Rhodes  – Palm Room

 


 
 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK 

CRANBERRY PINEAPPLE SALAD

1 CAN DOLE CRUSHED PINEAPPLE IN JUICE, UNDRAINED

2 PKS 4 SERVING SIZE JELLO RASPBERRY FLAVOR GELATIN

1 CAN 16 OZ WHOLE BERRY CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 MEDIUM DOLE APPLE, CHOPPED

2/3 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

DRAIN PINEAPPLE, RESERVING JUICE. ADD ENOUGH WATER TO PINEAPPLE JUICE TO MEASURE 3 CUPS; POUR INTO LARGE SAUCEPAN. BRING TO BOIL; REMOVE FROM HEAT. ADD GELATIN; STIR AT LEAST 2 MINUTES UNTIL COMPLETELY DISSOLVED. ADD CRANBERRY SAUCE;STIR UNTIL WELL BLENDED. POUR INTO LARGE BOWL. REFRIGERATE 1 ½  OR UNTIL SLIGHTLY THICKENED.

STIR IN PINEAPPLE, APPLE AND WALNUTS. POUR INTO SERVING BOWL.

REFRIGERATE 4 HOURS OR UNTIL FIRM. MAKES 14 SERVINGS.


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