Do I Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

When buying your Florida dream home - do you really need a Realtor®? Many people move from other areas to Florida after vacationing here for many years. When they are anticipating the move they search a real estate listings website and look at many homes on the Internet. They’ve done a lot of homework before they even get in front of an agent.

At that point, what’s the agent’s job? There’s a lot more to it than you might think! For one thing, the agent is an expert in this market and knows things the prospective home buyer does not. These may include:

  • · Proposed improvements to the area or,
  • · Proposed development that might negatively impact the value,
  • · Other similar homes that have just come on the market,
  • · Economic conditions in the community,
  • · How local lenders view that type of property,
  • · The State of Florida real estate laws

Most important, the agent can negotiate for you without becoming emotional. Buyers and sellers can get caught up in the moment of the sale and let their emotions rule their actions. A seller may insist on overpricing a much-loved home. A buyer may be too quick to put a big offer down on a house they’ve fallen in love with. The art of negotiation is something your agent is trained in thoroughly and the agent knows that you want the house, but you want it at a fair price. If that agent is looking to earn your repeat business they will do their best for you on this deal.

When you’re ready to buy trust your licensed Realtor®. With a RE/MAX agent you know you have the best training and professionalism. If you choose RE/MAX Flagstaff you know you’ll have the best team in Flagler County helping you! Call 386-246-8585 and get ready to buy your Florida dream home.



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It's Florida - Do You Want a Waterfront Home?`

Many people come to Florida and they immediately think about living on the water. It's natural, the state is a Peninsula and famous for the sandy beaches. But there are many factors to consider when your goal is a waterfront home. Thinking those over before you begin to look for a house will save you time and frustration.

First, let's talk about what type of waterfront. If you are a surfer, or a daily beach goer, then nothing but the great Atlantic Ocean may suffice. On the other hand, if you are a boater you may prefer a home with a dock on the Intracoastal Waterway or one of Palm Coast's many canals. Maybe it is the ambiance of gazing out of your lanai at a sparkling lake - Palm Coast has many small lakes with homes adjacent to them.

So give that some thought and once you are sure which type of water, take a look at the budget. Will you be able to swing a direct oceanfront home, or would you be content with a house a few blocks away? Do you want a single-family home or a condominium? Are you looking towards resort living in a gated community? Think about how much maintenance you do or don't want to do and how much privacy you feel you will need. Maybe condominium living is too close for comfort but a townhouse-style arrangement would be perfect. There are so many options in Flagler County. We can help you find something that is just perfect for you - once you know what you'd like!


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The Team Approach to Real Estate

Why do business with RE/MAX Flagstaff? People have many reasons for checking out a real estate office:

  • They may be a buyer who wants to find that "just right" property,
  • They may be a seller who wants to make sure and get the most exposure and best selling price for their house,
  • They may be an agent, trying to decide what team to join.

Believe it or not, the answers are right for all three of these hypothetical people. RE/MAX Flagstaff is a good fit for buyers, sellers, and agents looking for a dynamic team for the exact same reasons.

It starts with teamwork. We are Realtors® committed to the success of the team. If you are a buyer looking for that perfect property, you will have a buyer's agent helping you but a whole team caring about the outcome. We know when something new comes on the market, we know the trends of each neighborhood, we know the schools, the flood zones, the golf course that just got approved, the new parks that are being constructed. And we make sure these factors help you make a decision.

If you are a seller, you know how great RE/MAX is nationally at getting your property advertised and you will appreciate how well this team works with sellers. We have buyers waiting and looking, we advertise your property and follow up promptly. We take great pictures, write wonderful descriptions, and make sure your property shows like a million bucks.

And if you are looking for a team to join, you are looking for that magical combination of success, savvy, and smiles. You're not interested in a group where it's "every man for himself." You want the support of a caring team that is connected to the community in a very real way. RE/MAX Flagstaff is that team. You see us everywhere you go - as Chamber of Commerce members, local charity supporters, leaders and do-ers who make a difference in the community. That's what we do, we make a difference; and we can make one for you!

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7 Tips to Successful Home Buying

In 2014, the real estate market is on an upswing. Houses last on the market for about 45 days and sellers often see more than one offer coming in. It is easy to see this as a Sellers Market and wonder if there are any opportunities for buyers at this time. The good news is that there definitely are some opportunities for buyers in today's market. The key to maximizing your opportunity is to do a little legwork before you begin looking at houses. Here are 7 steps to make the home buying process go more smoothly.

1) Know why you're buying. Are you looking for a forever home or hoping to buy rental investment property? How long do you plan to keep the property and do you have a specific return you expect?

2) Know what you want to buy. There are many types of properties available on the market right now and deciding what will best suit your needs is an important start. Will a home in a subdivision be the best "fit?" or would a waterfront condominium or a rural manufactured home be best?

3) Are you willing to put any work into the property or must it be turnkey? There are some good deals on foreclosed property but those deals often come with some deferred maintenance or property damage that needs to be fixed. If you are not comfortable with that, the deal is not for you.

4) Know your deal breakers. Do you absolutely have to have waterfront, or a pool, or a good school district? Know what you are willing to negotiate and what you want to stand firm on.

5) Know what you can afford. This number may be different than the payments a bank is willing to qualify you for. The banker may say that you can afford a mortgage of $230,000 with monthly payments of $1600. But you may feel that would strain your budget. Go to a mortgage calculator website and figure out the amount you can live comfortably with.

6) Get a commitment from a lender. You can put an offer on a house with confidence if you have the lender's commitment to back you up. The time to get that is before you start looking.

7) Let your real estate agent do the negotiating for you. Your licensed real estate professional will not let emotions get in the way of facts and figures. They will help you make the offer and negotiate the price while making sure the deal is done correctly according to law.

If you follow these simple tips you will be successful at finding the house or home you want to buy. If you're looking in NE Florida, any of our RE/MAX Flagstaff professionals will be happy to help you!


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