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Most of the time when you look at a house that you like, what you see and feel is more important than the actual square footage. If the square footage is important to you then we need to measure the house before we make an offer. We always have a tape measure handy.

I have been in houses that seemed way bigger than they actually were and likewise I have seen homes that were crowded even though they had a lot of square footage. How you feel in a home is the most important thing.

Unfortunately, a lot of times we have to deal with agents that either don't know how to use a tape measure, are too lazy to actually take the time to measure the house or their math skills are lacking. We routinely find the square footage measurements listed in the MLS matching exactly with the square footage numbers in the tax records. Never use the numbers in the tax records.

There are many times when a house was measured for a client the square footage numbers turned out to be different than what was advertised in the MLS. So if square feet is important to you then let us know so we can break out the tape measure.

There was a time I was measuring a house for a seller. He told me I didn't need to measure the house because he had the house built and knew exactly what the square footage was. I measured the house anyway and I came up with less square footage than he told me. He pulled out the blue prints and showed me my mistake. To prove myself correct I measured the house again, only this time I had him help me. I held the dumb end of the tape and he held the end where the measurements are. I wrote down the numbers he gave me and he watched me do the math and my original numbers were correct.

Seems the builder had mistakenly built his house 2 feet shorter than he was paid to. 2 feet doesn't sound like much but it was a 3 story house and it added up. So don't ever use the blue prints to figure out the square footage of a house.

More recently I showed a 2800 sq ft home and when got outside Mrs. Buyer told me she didn't think the house was 2,800 sq ft. We all agreed it was smaller. The listing agent used the tax records for the sq foot number and argued with me when I questioned the size of the house.

I used the aerial program on the county website to measure the house and then took a tape measure and actually measured the house. both times it was only 1800 sq ft. The seller was paying taxes on 1,000 sq ft of house that did not exist. This was when the seller found a survey that confirmed my measurements.

Exclusive Buyer Agency

Signing an exclusive buyer agency agreement/contract sounds like a good idea. Right? Having an agent work for you is a good idea, isn't it? The problem is the agent doesn't work exclusively for you but you will have to work exclusively with the agent... read more.

Out of State Purchases

If you find the property that you would like and are considering buying it but you live out of sate and you have to go back home, don't worry... read more

Rental Rebate

When you buy a house that already has rental reservations, there might have been money collected, and it belongs to you... read more

Flood Insurance

All of the Outer Banks is in some type of flood zone... read more

Home Inspections

We strongly recommend that every buyer have a home inspection done on the house or condo they are trying to purchase before the closing takes place... read more

Rental Agencies

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Beach Access

Just because you are at the beach does not mean that every location is a good one... read more

Ground Floor Enclosures

If there is a ground floor enclosure, you or your real estate agent need to do some investigating... read more

Not Ready Yet

Not quite ready to take the big step? No hurry, just start doing your homework now... read more

Attorneys

The buyer and the seller each need to hire their own attorney... read more

Earnest Money

When an offer is written on a piece of real estate, one of the items that needs to be addressed is the earnest money... read more

Title Insurance

Title insurance protects your deed against any problems which show up after you make your home purchase... read more

Seasonal Buying Trips

Long distance traveling to look at houses you might consider purchasing requires some planning. Here are a few weather related tips for planning your trip.

Spring This is the time to get your foot in the door and have all of the prepaid rental reservation money refunded to you at closing... read more

Summer Once the the summer vacation season arrives it becomes much harder to look at homes for sale... read more

Fall This is when a seller is in their best position to make a deal... read more

Winter When the cold set in, the Outer Banks becomes deserted and deals can be found... read more

Vendors Information about the various service providers necessary to complete a real estate transaction can be found HERE.

Real Estate Forms For Buying

Here you will find some of the various forms used in purchasing real estate in North Carolina... HERE

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