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Helpful Real Estate questions and answers about buying or selling homes, or land in Northeast Georgia. If you have a question you would like answered, email it to me at: TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com.

 Always here to help. - Ken


If I am buying land, should I get a new survey done, and when? 

       Yes. Even if a survey is available, it is a good idea to get a new fresh survey done. This is not necessary, and some might say it is a waste of money, especially if you have a fairly new survey, and that may be the case. But wouldn't you want to be as sure as possible when making such a financial investment... I know I would. As for when to get it done; during the DUE DILIGENCE period, and before that time period expires. Because if something is drastically different than what you expected, you want the opportunity to get out of the contract. If you want more information on DUE DILIGENCE, just call or email me and I will do my best to help you.


When buying a home, should I, and when should I get a Home Inspector?

      Unless you know a lot about homes, it is wise to get a professional to take an unbiased look at the home.  Just keep in mind that no home is perfect, so your inspector will have a long DETAILED report explaining every little thing wrong with the home. Additionally, you may want to hire a Heat/Air Company to check-out the unit(s) that feed the home. Talk with your home inspector first though, as they may be very knowledgable and be able to check the system for you.

As for when to hire a home inspector; as soon as you have a BINDING CONTRACT get the home inspector out there. This way you find out right away if the home is in satisfactory condition for you, and if not, you can jump right back into searching for another home.

Feel free to ask me who I recommend for any services regarding homes.


 Should I get a termite inspection before I list my home for sale?

      Here's the thing, even though it is not required by banks any more to get a loan, it gives buyers a little assurance that their home is not infested. But, if you have a wood-sided home in Northeast Georgia, I would highly recommend it. The reason is three-fold; for one, you learn if you have termite problems regardless if your home sells or not. Secondly, if you find you have termites or damage due to termites, then you could fix the problem before a buyer sees the problem, which I can assure you is a good thing. Lastly, if you find you do not have termites, then we can advertise that we have a clean termite report, and that no active termites are present - another huge plus when selling a wood-sided home.


Should I make repairs before listing my home?

     If you can afford to make the repairs, certainly take care of any problems, because even if you don't sell right away, at least you won't be concerned about those problems. If your funds are limited, then take care of the most obvious issues first.


Is an agents Commission negotiable?

     Absolutely. Both listing commission, and the commission earned as the selling agent are negotiable. However, some agents have more flexibility than others. But you need to keep in mind that newer agents likely would not be permitted by their Broker to negotiate the commission.


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