The Savvy Realtor with Angie Cole

Is It Worth It To Refinance?

When should you refinance? Is it possible to sell a home completely virtually? Angie answers these questions from the mailbag in today’s episode.


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What we discuss on this show: 

0:38 - In the News: Raleigh included in list of top zip codes in the country.

3:53 - Mailbag: Should I refinance my home?

6:22 - Mailbag: Can I sell a home completely virtually?

11:08 - What’s the first step of the home selling process?


How Can Sellers Prepare for Home Inspections?

What do you need to know before inspection day? How can you prepare your home and your mindset for what they might find?


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What we discuss on this show: 

0:41 - How can sellers prepare for home inspections?

1:15 - Make space.

2:48 - Take care of nuances.

5:09 - Make sure the lightbulbs work.

6:11 - Beware the small details.

7:48 - Get mentally prepared.

10:01 - Trust your agent to guide you through the process.

Mailbag: How Quickly Can We Sell Our Home?

What is a realistic timeline for selling a home, especially in a good neighborhood? Angie answers this question from the mailbag, as well as another one about winning a bidding war.


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What we discuss on this episode: 

0:59 - Mailbag: Why have we lost so many bidding wars? How successful is Angie?

4:03 - Mailbag: How quickly can a home go on the market and sell?

4:33 - Angie talks about what she likes about the Bedford neighborhood in Raleigh.

6:13 - The home selling process can move as fast as the client wants to move.

How Important is Social Media for Realtors?

Do most realtors use social media? Is it a deal breaker to work with someone who doesn’t? Angie answers this as well as three other questions from the mailbag.


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What we discuss today: 

0:38 - Mailbag: Can I still sell my home with an iBuyer or investor company? 

1:34 - Which way of selling will net more money? 

2:46 - Mailbag: Should I work with my friend who is a realtor but doesn’t use social media? 

4:39 - Mailbag: Will smart locks hurt your resale value? 

6:12 - Mailbag: Is something wrong with a house that is on the market for a year? 

Real Estate Headlines: Top Search Terms and Foreclosures

With a constantly changing world it’s important to check in on the news. What are the latest headlines in real estate? How do they apply to the Triangle?


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On today's show: 

0:38 - What does the market look like right now?

2:47 - What are the top searched real estate questions?

5:24 - Is first time homebuyer interest going up?

6:59 - What has gotten more popular in the Triangle?

9:44 - Is a rise in foreclosures coming?

11:42 - What should you know about buying a foreclosure?

12:57 - Are we seeing the end of real estate photography as we know it?

Mailbag: Working With Angie and Her Team

Are you considering selling your home? Three listeners are also considering selling and had some questions about everything from working with Angie, when to sell, and how to sell several properties.


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On today's show: 

0:38 - How often does Angie interact with clients?

4:39 - Will home prices continue to go up?

7:11 - Should you sell multiple properties at once?

Emerging Real Estate Behaviors During the Pandemic

The pandemic has changed many of our behaviors, from having a full stock of toilet paper at all times to how we buy a home. On today’s podcast, we discuss several behaviors identified in recent findings from the National Association of Realtors when it comes to buying a home.


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On today's show: 

0:38 - Are these real estate behaviors identified in the pandemic true in the Triangle?

1:05 - Buyers are rushing.

3:10 - Wish lists have shifted. 

8:21 - Less concerns over commutes.

9:23 - Multi-generational housing may become more common.

10:38 - Pets might drive purchasing decisions.

13:57 - First time buyers may increase.

16:34 - People may move instead of stay in the same home. 

What Kind of Advice Should You Expect From Your Realtor?

Have a real estate question but aren’t getting a clear answer from your realtor? How opinionated or neutral should a realtor be? We answer that question and a few others on this episode of the podcast.


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On today's show: 

0:57 - Mailbag: When should a realtor stay neutral about needed repairs on a home?

3:23 - How much can you handle as a buyer?

5:08 - Mailbag: Can a home be bought and sold too often in the past decade?

Coronavirus Update in the Triangle

As things continue to progress, what is the market like right now in the Triangle? We may be deciding about virtual vs. in-person school or still in Phase 2, but what impact does coronavirus currently have in the local real estate market?


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Today's show schedule: 

0:37 - What are the local coronavirus updates?

2:28 - Everyone is figuring out what decision works best when it comes to school.

4:17 - What is the local real estate market like right now?

6:22 - What is the first step to take if you want to sell your home?

7 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Selling

Has your home been on the market more than you’d like? What could cause this to happen? More importantly, how can you get that house to just sell already? Find out on today's show. 


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Today's show schedule: 

0:38 - Local real estate market still holding strong.

2:27 - #1: Property doesn’t fit with the neighborhood.

4:46 - #2: Bad staging.

5:54 - #3: Ugly curb appeal.

7:30 - #4: Sub-par listing photos.

9:08 - #5: Agent does not have a good marketing plan.

10:36 - #6: Not being flexible about home showings.

12:43 - #7: Your home isn’t priced correctly.

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

What are we finding to be true when it comes to real estate in a pandemic? As we continue to do this essential work, there are a number of realizations and lessons learned during coronavirus. 


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Today's show schedule: 

0:38 - How is coronavirus impacting the real estate market right now? 

1:16 - Don’t expect a huge housing price slash. 

2:35 - There are fewer and fewer listings going up. 

8:33 - Is paperwork is taking longer?

10:44 - People are really living in their homes right now. 

Real Estate Fact or Fiction

Is that true? We talk through several commonly held beliefs about real estate to see what’s fact and what’s fiction. 


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Today's show schedule: 

0:52 - The outside of your home is just important as the interior when selling. 

3:25 - Location, location, location! 

6:12 - Real estate agents--are they all the same? 

9:06 - Should you always choose a high list price to leave room to negotiate? 

11:00 - Is it much more expensive to own a home or rent? 

14:05 - Will agents do anything to make a sale? 

15:15 - Does For Sale By Owner save you a lot of money? 

Mailbag Show: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Scam & What Do Buyer’s Want?

Are you thinking through what you should consider when selling your home? The choices you make now can change what you make off of your home significantly. This episode, Angie answers two questions from the mailbag from potential sellers.

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0:38 - Mailbag: Is someone claiming to bring lots of buyers for a fee a scam?

2:34 - Angie shares about a neighbor trying to sell a home by owner.

4:59 - Understanding the contract is key part of working with a realtor.

6:22 - Mailbag: What is most important to future buyers right now?

Tips for Thriving in the New Normal

Homes are continuing to sell and homebuyers are growing in numbers as they search for the right home, even during coronavirus. We talk about tips to thrive during this time while buying or selling a home.


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Today's show schedule: 

0:38 - “The 7-second rule” in deciding to make a purchase.

2:45 - Do you pass the “three pictures” rule?

5:26 - Which picture should be first in the online posting?

6:39 - Some are eager to buy a home amidst the pandemic.

10:26 - 41 percent of buyers say they are willing to go over budget.

13:10 - Is this the time for normal marketing?

What Every Home Seller Should Know

Whether this is your first time selling a home or it’s been a long time since you’ve experienced the process, there are a number of terms and practices you should be aware of. On today’s episode we will talk through seven different terms to ensure you have a thorough understanding of what to expect.

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Today's show schedule: 

1:17 - What is CMA, comparative market analysis?

3:52 - Real estate professionals use an MLS, multiple listings services.

8:14 - Staging a home can make a significant difference on how well a home sells.

10:32 - What are showings like now?

13:35 - What do you need to know in the contract?

16:04 - When there is a contingency addendum, what does that mean?

18:53 - What happens in a seller’s consultation or listing presentation?


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