5 Things you Need to Know Before Hiring a Realtor

Hiring a real estate agent is one of the most important steps when selling or buying a home. A good Realtor can help you get the best deal particularly if they have adequate knowledge about the market. However, you must note that the key thing is to get a good Realtor. To achieve this, there are various things that you need to put into consideration before hiring. Read on, to find out what you need to know before hiring an agent.

How Many Houses have they Sold or Bought this Year?

Before you hire an agent, it is important that you know the number of transactions that they have handled so far. This way, you are able to weigh whether there is consistency in their business. Besides, you want to go with an agent who is consistent in the industry and not one who only buys or sells homes on a part-time basis. A Realtor with experience is more likely to provide you the greatest benefit as you sell or buy a home.

Are They Licensed? For How Long?

The next thing you need to know when vetting agents is whether they are licensed and for how long they have been licensed. A license is a guarantee that the agent has the necessary skills in this industry. However, checking for how long they have been licensed will guarantee you that they have both skills and experience in this industry. Therefore, they can hold their clients’ hands as they sell or buy a house. Also, they are better equipped to handle the various challenges that may emerge during transactions. However, this is not to mean that new Realtors are no good. You can hire a new realtor as long as they have a mentor or work in a team which they can turn to in case a challenge that they have not handled before emerges.

Availability

In selling or buying a home, clients’ demand Realtors to be available both during working and non-working hours so as to take them through various steps of the transaction. Before hiring an agent to buy or sell a home, it is important to check for their availability. First, check how reachable they are. Are they always busy and seem unreachable when you need them? If so, this is a sign that you should be looking for an alternative.

Have They Handled Similar Transactions?

Clients are advised to check whether an agent has experience in the area before they can begin working with them. A Realtor with real knowledge of an area will give his clients important information such as how much they should expect to pay in real estate taxes or the school district that one will be after buying a home. Additionally, it is important to get a realtor who has handled a similar transaction before especially if yours entails special procedures. Furthermore, not many agents have the expertise to handle special transactions.

How Do You Feel?

Ultimately, clients are supposed to hire agents that they feel good about. Clients are advised to weigh if they like an agent as this will determine how well they get along during the transaction. A good place to begin is by identifying if the agent really has your best interest. An agent should give unbiased information. For example, if you are looking to buy a house, they should highlight both the positives and negatives of a property. They should not give you their opinion on whether to buy a property. If you are selling your property, the agent should provide you with a market analysis and advise you when your listing price is unrealistic.

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1412 Spot Lane, Carolina Beach

Brand new in Carolina Beach! 2,197 sq. feet with 4BRs and 2.5BAs. Flex design allows additional rooms, bath and a double car garage option on ground level. Beautiful layout, lots of windows! Beautiful kitchen with custom painted cabinets, granite counters, granite island, stainless appliances and a gas range! The master has two walk-in closets, double sinks and a lavish shower. Striking floors, tiled baths and plush carpets in the bedroom. Covered parking, a built-in storage room and more. Front and back porches to enjoy ocean breezes! Hardi Board siding, metal roof and impact windows. Located outside the flood zone. Call for a showing or builder meeting today! This is the Aruba plan. Pictures are of similar, but not exact model home. See specs for 1412 Spot Ln.

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Status:Active
Property Type:Single Family Residence
MLS #:100065048
Year Built:2017
Sq. Feet:2197
On Site:202 Days
Lot Size:0.11 Acres

Community Information

Address:1412 Spot Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Area:Wilmington Beach
County:New Hanover
City:Carolina Beach
Subdivision:Wilmington Beach
Zip Code:28428

School Information

High School:Ashley
Middle School:Murray
Elementary School:Carolina Beach

Architecture

Bedrooms:4
Bathrooms:2 Full / 1 Half
Year Built:2017
Stories:2.0
Construction Type:Stick Built
New Construction:Yes
Construction:Wood Frame
Roof:Metal/Tin
Foundation:Pilings, Slab
Attached Carport Spaces:2.00
Total Carport Spaces:2.00
Parking:On Site

Features / Amenities

Total Sq. Ft.:2197
Interior Features:Ceiling Fan(s), Pantry, Walk-in Shower, Walk-In Closet
Laundry Location:Hookup – Dryer, Hookup – Washer, Room
Appliances Equip:Cooktop – Gas, Dishwasher, Microwave – Built-In, Stove/Oven – Gas
Flooring:Carpet, Tile, Wood
Dining Room Type:Combination
Exterior:Irrigation System, Storm Windows
Exterior Finish:Composition
Porch/Balcony:Deck, Porch
Heating System:Electric, Forced Air
Heated SqFt:2000 – 2199
Cooling System:Central
Total Rooms:7

Property Features

Lot Size:0.11 Acres / 4792 Sq. Ft.
Lot Dimensions:50×100
HOA Amenities:No Amenities
Water / Sewer:Municipal Sewer, Municipal Water
Road Type:Paved, Public (City/Cty/St)
Zoning:MH
Directions:Ocean Blvd to Spot Ln
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1506 Pinfish Lane, Carolina Beach

Brand new 3 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath townhome featuring granite tops in kitchen and all baths, stainless steel appliances, wood floors throughout, tile floors in 3 baths. Master bath has tile shower and separate whirlpool type tub, oversized garage. Not in flood zone.

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Status:Active
Property Type:Townhouse
MLS #:100059047
Year Built:2017
Sq. Feet:1946
On Site:235 Days
Lot Size:0.11 Acres

Community Information

Address:1506 Pinfish Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Area:Wilmington Beach
County:New Hanover
City:Carolina Beach
Subdivision:Wilmington Beach
Zip Code:28428

School Information

High School:Ashley
Middle School:Murray
Elementary School:Carolina Beach

Architecture

Bedrooms:3
Bathrooms:3 Full / 1 Half
Year Built:2017
Stories:3.0
Construction Type:Stick Built
New Construction:Yes
Construction:Wood Frame
Roof:Shingle
Foundation:Slab
Attached Garage Spaces:1.00
Total Garage Spaces:1.00
Parking:Off Street, Paved

Features / Amenities

Total Sq. Ft.:1946
Interior Features:9Ft+ Ceilings, Ceiling Fan(s), Pantry, Smoke Detectors, Walk-in Shower, Walk-In Closet, Whirlpool
Laundry Location:Room
Appliances Equip:Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave – Built-In, Stove/Oven – Electric
Flooring:Tile, Wood
Dining Room Type:Combination
Exterior:Thermal Windows
Exterior Finish:Vinyl
Porch/Balcony:Covered, Porch
Heating System:Heat Pump, Zoned
Heated SqFt:1800 – 1999
Water Heater:Electric
Cooling System:Central, Zoned
Total Rooms:6

Rooms

Level Size
Master Bedroom Third Floor 18 X 16.8
Bedroom 2 First Floor 15.8 X 11.4
Bedroom 3 Third Floor 13.8 X 11.4
Dining Second Floor 14.4 X 10.4
Great Room Second Floor 18 X 16.8
Kitchen Second Floor 11.4 X 11

Property Features

Lot Size:0.11 Acres / 4792 Sq. Ft.
Lot Dimensions:50×100
HOA Amenities:No Amenities
Electric Provider:Duke Energy
Water / Sewer:Municipal Sewer, Municipal Water
Road Type:Paved
Fencing:Wood
Zoning:MH
Directions:Carolina Beach Rd over onto Carolina Beach, Lake Park Blvd to Alabama, turn right to Pinfish, turn left, home is on the right.
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1607 Swordfish Lane, Carolina Beach

MOTIVATED SELLER:Start today making memories for your family as a Second home or use as a vacation rental, Grossed $29,000 last year. Great rental history.Beautiful 4/3 with pool The open living,dining, kitchen area are perfect for large family/friend gatherings. Lots of storage space, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances. Living room has gas fireplace to enjoy chilly winter evenings. Master bedroom balcony has ocean views. Whirlpool garden tub in Master as well as a large walk-in shower. There is also an outside shower. Pool has large decking area for lounging. This lovely condo is a short distance from the beach, and restaurants. It comes fully furnished, and it’s waiting for you. Prep/made for exterior elevator,access door/balcony access.

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Status:Active
Property Type:Condominium
MLS #:100079944
Year Built:2005
Sq. Feet:1878
On Site:99 Days
Lot Size:0.11 Acres

Community Information

Address:1607 Swordfish Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Area:Wilmington Beach
County:New Hanover
City:Carolina Beach
Subdivision:Wilmington Beach
Zip Code:28428

School Information

School System:New Hanover
High School:Ashley
Middle School:Murray
Elementary School:Carolina Beach

Architecture

Bedrooms:4
Bathrooms:3
Year Built:2005
Stories:3.0
Construction Type:Stick Built
Construction:Wood Frame
Roof:Shingle
Foundation:Pilings
Attached Carport Spaces:2.00
Total Carport Spaces:2.00
Parking:Carport, Paved

Features / Amenities

Total Sq. Ft.:1878
Interior Features:Blinds/Shades, Ceiling Fan(s), Furnished, Gas Logs, Smoke Detectors, Walk-in Shower, Walk-In Closet, Whirlpool
Laundry Location:Room
Appliances Equip:Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Ice Maker, Microwave – Built-In, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven – Electric, Washer
Flooring:Carpet, Tile, Wood
Fireplace:1
Dining Room Type:Combination
Exterior:Gas Logs, Outdoor Shower
Exterior Finish:Composition
Pool/Spa:In Ground, Private
Porch/Balcony:Balcony
Heating System:Electric, Heat Pump
Heated SqFt:1800 – 1999
Water Heater:Electric
Fuel Tank:Propane Above Ground
Fuel Tank Ownership:Leased
Cooling System:Central
Total Rooms:7

Rooms

Level Size
Master Bedroom Third Floor 14 X 12.5
Bedroom 1 Third Floor 13 X 12
Bedroom 2 First Floor 15 X 11
Bedroom 3 First Floor 15 X 11
Dining Second Floor 13 X 12
Kitchen Second Floor 15 X 10
Laundry Second Floor 6 X 4
Living Second Floor 19 X 12

Property Features

Lot Size:0.11 Acres / 4792 Sq. Ft.
Lot Dimensions:condo
Water Features:Ocean View
HOA Amenities:Flood Insurance, Maint – Comm Areas, Maint – Ext Bldg, Master Insure, Pest Control, Pool-Community, Tax Comm Areas, Termite Bond
Electric Provider:Duke Energy
Sewer Provider:City/Town
Water Provider:City/Town
Water / Sewer:Municipal Sewer, Municipal Water
Road Type:Maintained, Public (City/Cty/St)
Fencing:Vinyl
Zoning:Residential
Directions:South on Carolina Beach road, over the bridge to Pleasure Island, take a right on Dow Rd. approx. 2 miles turn left on Ocean Drive, right on Swordfish Lane
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1422 Bowfin Lane, Carolina Beach

Happiness awaits you in this townhome-style condo with ocean views. Enjoy upscale coastal living in this beautiful home 1 block from the beach! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home boasts an open floor plan perfect for entertaining! You will love the kitchen complete with granite counters, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Guests will enjoy the private first level bedroom and bath with ceramic tile flooring perfect for sandy feet! The second floor boasts freshly refinished hickory hardwood floors throughout the main living area and carpeted bedrooms. This home has it all even a large outdoor shower for rinsing off after a long day at the beach. You are only steps away via the public beach access one block away!

Wilmington Market Stats

Status:Active
Property Type:Condominium
MLS #:100092535
Year Built:2005
Sq. Feet:1710
On Site:8 Days
Lot Size:0.12 Acres

Community Information

Address:1422 Bowfin Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Area:Wilmington Beach
County:New Hanover
City:Carolina Beach
Subdivision:Wilmington Beach
Zip Code:28428

School Information

High School:Ashley
Middle School:Murray
Elementary School:Carolina Beach

Architecture

Bedrooms:4
Bathrooms:3
Year Built:2005
Stories:2.0
Construction Type:Stick Built
Construction:Wood Frame
Roof:Metal/Tin
Foundation:Slab
Attached Garage Spaces:2.00
Total Garage Spaces:2.00
Parking:Assigned, Lighted, On Site, Paved

Features / Amenities

Total Sq. Ft.:1710
Interior Features:Blinds/Shades, Walk-In Closet
Laundry Location:Closet
Appliances Equip:Refrigerator, Stove/Oven – Electric
Flooring:Carpet, Tile, Wood
Dining Room Type:Combination
Attic:Access Only
Exterior:Irrigation System, Security Lighting, Thermal Windows
Exterior Finish:Fiber Cement Board
Porch/Balcony:Balcony, Covered, Deck
Heating System:Electric
Heated SqFt:1600 – 1799
Water Heater:Electric
Cooling System:Central
Total Rooms:7

Rooms

Level Size
Master Bedroom Second Floor 16 X 15
Bedroom 1 Second Floor 11 X 11
Bedroom 2 Second Floor 15 X 11
Bedroom 3 First Floor 16 X 10
Dining Second Floor 8 X 10
Kitchen Second Floor 8 X 10
Living Second Floor 20 X 16

Property Features

Lot Size:0.12 Acres / 5205 Sq. Ft.
Lot Dimensions:irregular
Lot Description:Corner Lot
Water Features:Ocean View
HOA Amenities:See Remarks
Electric Provider:Duke Progress Energy
Sewer Provider:Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
Water Provider:Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
Water / Sewer:Municipal Sewer, Municipal Water
Road Type:Paved
Zoning:MH-MH
Directions:Take HWY 421 South (Carolina Beach Rd. ) Turn Right on Tennessee Ave. Take the 1st Right on Bowfin Lane Destination will be 300ft. on Left.
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6323 Thomas Dr #1202A, Panama City

THE BEST PENTHOUSE UNIT IN SUMMERWINDS, FIRST TIME OFFERED FOR SALE SINCE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED. THIS IS A FULL 3 BEDROOM SUITE UNIT WITH A HUGE CLOSET WORKOUT ROOM OR OFFICE OFF THE MASTER. 2 BEDROOMS AND FAMILYROOM HAVE WRAP AROUND BALCONYS AND INCREADILBLE PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE GULF.THIS IS A NON-RENTAL BUILDING AND THIS UNIT COMES WITH A LARGE ONE CAR GARAGE SEEN IN PHOTO. CALL BERT FOR SHOWING.

 

Status: Active

MLS #: 651129

Condominium Sq. Feet: 2270
On Site: 338 Days Lot Size: N/A
ARCHITECTURE
Unit Number: #1202A
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1994
Stories: 12
Style: High-Rise (8+ floors)
Construction: Concrete, Foundation – On Piling, Steel/Frame
Facilities: BBQ Pit/Grill, Beach, Business Center, Community Pools, Community Room, Dumpster, Elevators, Exercise Room, Gated Community, Handicap Provisions, No Rental, Owner’s Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Pool, Security-Gate, Security-Lights, Security-Roving, TV Cable
FEATURES / AMENITIES
Approx. Sq. Ft.: 2270
Appliances: Cooktop, Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Oven – Separate, Refrigerator W/IceMk, Smoke Detector, Washer
Interior Features: Breakfast Bar, Floor Tile, Floor WW Carpet, Handicap Provisions, Pantry, Window Treatment All
Exterior Features: Porch, Porch Covered
Pool: Gunite Concrete, Inground, Pool House, Private
Project Facilities: BBQ Pit/Grill, Beach, Business Center, Community Pools, Community Room, Dumpster, Elevators, Exercise Room, Gated Community, Handicap Provisions, No Rental, Owner’s Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Pool, Security-Gate, Security-Lights, Security-Roving, TV Cable
Energy Features: AC – Central Elect, AC – High Efficiency, Heat – Central Electric, Heat – High Efficiency
PROPERTY FEATURES
Lot Dimensions: NO LAND
Waterfront: Yes
Body of Water: Gulf
Gulf Access: Yes
WaterView: Gulf
Parking: Garage
Utilities: Electric, Phone, Public Sewer, Public Water, TV Cable
Directions: from the hathaway bridge go west on 98. turn lft on Thomas Drive. at curve turning west go 1.5 miles, Summerwinds is on left.
COMMUNITY, TAX AND RELATED INFO
Elementary School: Patronis
Middle School: Surfside
High School: Arnold
Area: 03 – Bay County – Beach
County: Bay
Sale Type: As Is
HOA Includes: Accounting, Trash Disposal, TV Cable, Water
HOA Fee: $2, 625 (Paid Quarterly)
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