The Savvy Realtor with Angie Cole

Implementing Strong Real Estate Marketing Strategies

Do open houses help sell homes? Whether you’ve walked through an open house while looking for a home or just as a nosy neighbor, you may wonder: do those really work? Angie answers this question along with two others from the mailbag this week.


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Today's rundown: 

0:38 - Mailbag: Not married yet but feeling ready to buy a house, is it easier to buy a house now or wait?

2:10 - If you are thinking of purchasing a home, get an idea on what you would be pre-qualified for.

3:43 - Mailbag: Are you a believer in open houses to sell a home?

6:35 - Mailbag: When deciding between Angie and another Realtor, what makes Angie unique?

Spotting the Millennial Homebuying Myths

So, tell me what they want--what millennials really, really want? Whether you are a millennial ready to buy a home or preparing to sell to one, what are the typical feelings amongst millennials when it comes to buying a home? What myths and realities are actually at play here in the Triangle when it comes to millennials trying to buy a home?


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Today's rundown: 

1:13 - Myth or Reality: Millennials primarily want the cool downtown apartments or condos.

4:44 - Myth or Reality: Walkability is supreme.

6:45 - Myth or Reality: Student debt is holding millennials back from buying a home.

8:56 - Myth or Reality: Millennials can’t compete the with buying power of Baby Boomers.

10:44 - Myth or Reality: Millennials are waiting for a recession before buying.

2020 Real Estate Trends And An Exciting Announcement

Are you thinking about buying or selling your home in 2020? What trends should you be aware of and what kind of options do you have when working with Angie Cole and her team?


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Today's Rundown:

0:38 - Mailbag: What direction are the mortgage rates going in 2020?

4:01 - Mailbag: What types of homes and home features are most in demand?

5:39 - Mailbag: Where are some of the hottest neighborhoods to look at in Clayton?

8:05 - What are some of the big things ahead for Angie Cole in 2020?

Selling Your Home: Selecting And Securing The Best Offers

When you sell a home, a lot of your time and decisions revolve around getting the best offer. Not only do you want the highest offer, but the one that is most likely to stick. But, how long does that take? We answer three questions from the mailbag, all from people selling their homes.


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Today's rundown: 

0:38 - Mailbag: Two buyers have backed out on our home. What does your team do to make sure sellers accept offers from good buyers?

3:55 - Mailbag: What is a good timeline to expect from listing to closing?

5:55 - How do you find out how much your home is worth?

7:02 - Mailbag: How can I create a bidding war to get the highest sales price?

How Do You Know When the Price Is Right?

When buying or selling a home, determining a proper price is an important part of the process. How does the price compare to what your neighbors got for their home? Should you make a lowball offer? Angie shares her thoughts while answering three questions from the mailbag this week.


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Today's rundown: 

0:46 - Mailbag: How much should a home sell if it’s a on a smaller lot?

5:03 - Mailbag: How do you sell a vacant home?

7:24 - Mailbag: Is it a bad idea to make a really low offer on a home?

8:58 - Three weeks on the market is not a long time.

End of the Year Real Estate Headlines for 2019

We talk about some of the recent real estate headlines to see what Angie thinks and how it relates in the Triangle housing market.


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Today's Rundown: 

0:38 - In the News: Freddie Mac is predicting a strong 2020 housing market.

2:44 - Low price homes are experiencing a scarcity across the country.

4:33 - Set your expectations accordingly if working in a lower budget.

7:33 - In the News: Are decks a thing of the past?

10:35 - In the News: Is winter the best time for homebuyers?

How Do You Buy A Home?

Perhaps you understand the homebuying process in theory, but what’s the actual first step? Then, when it comes to selling your home, how much will it cost? Angie answers both of these questions as well as one more from the mailbag.


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Today's Rundown: 

0:38 - Mailbag: How do you buy a house? Start with a real estate agent.

1:57 - If you’re planning on getting financing, meet with a lender.

4:50 - Mailbag: How much does it cost to sell a home?

8:49 - Mailbag: How do you determine “comps” when determining list price for a home?

10:23 - A real estate agent has to understand how to pull comparables on a home.

Real Estate Trends: See It or Don’t?

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or have been out of the loop lately when it comes to buying or selling a home, you may be wondering about a few of these homebuyer trends. Are they really true or just a rumor? We ask Angie to share what she has seen lately and what she hasn’t when it comes to buying and selling a home.  


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Today's Rundown: 

0:38 - See it or don’t: A bad credit score keeps someone from buying a home.

3:01 - See it or don’t: Split-level homes are making a comeback.  

3:52 - See it or don’t: My home is worth more than online estimates.

6:31 - See it or don’t: I want a brand-new home.

7:21 - See it or don’t: Would rather live in a small town outside of the city and commute.

8:19 - See it or don’t: Selling my home to an investor company is too good to be true.

10:08 - See it or don’t: Going to save on commissions and sell my house on my own.

6 Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Before Buying A Home

Are you thinking about buying a home? How should you prepare ahead of time? Some of these questions may set you on the right path to finding the home for you.


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On This Episode: 

0:56 - Have I checked my credit?  

2:23 - How long do I plan to live in this home?

3:54 - Can I afford the costs of fees (beyond the down payment)?

5:28 - Are you looking for your dream home or next home?

8:06 - Are you making choices based on emotion or logic?

9:59 - Ask, who is the best real estate agent for you to work with?

8 Things That Could Scare Off A Homebuyer

When you are selling your home, you want to make it as welcoming and attractive as possible to potential buyers. So, what scares them off the most? Anything you need to quickly remove, store, or wash away? 


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On This Episode: 

1:01 - Buyers be scared: Too many locks on the door might give the wrong idea.  

1:52 - Buyers don’t stare: Uncomfortable artwork should be taken down before a showing.

3:18 - Buyers beware: Taxidermy might creep out a buyer.

4:20 - Buyers, prepare! Finish off all home improvement projects to completion.

4:41 - Buyers, not dog hair: Unfriendly pets (or maybe overly friendly) need to be away.

7:25 - Buyers, take care: Clean up all dust and dirt ahead of time.

8:11 - Buyers, what’s in the air? Mystery smells can cause buyers to question the home.

8:29 - Buyers and old chairs: Outdated décor can be a turn off or date a home.