345 Belmont Drive, Raeford, NC 28376

-Lots of space inside and out! Over 2300 square feet with 4 true bedrooms plus a bonus room. Open concept living room and kitchen. Large entrance foyer. Back yard is huge, fenced and level. It is just waiting for you to add your firepit, sheds, playsets, swimming pool, whatever you want to create your dream back yard. New paint, carpets and home just cleaned and septic pumped. New dishwasher. Seller is prepared! Move in ready!!

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Debbie Waitley

Homes in Motion Realty
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License #: 272339

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962 Pepperwood Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28311

962 Pepperwood Dr, Fayetteville, NC

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1537 SQUARE FEET

-Huge lot in a location that is super convenient to Fort Bragg. House is all brick with a newer roof. Huge yard and backs up to a wooded area. Back yard is fenced. House needs updates and is priced accordingly. There are not very many homes that come on the market in this neighborhood and this is an opportunity to purchase a good home, update it and gain instant equity. Move in and update over time. Excellent opportunity to make an investment into your future! Home is sold as is.

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Debbie Waitley

Homes in Motion Realty
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Licensed In: NC
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Is It a Buyer’s Market in the Fayetteville, NC Real Estate Market?

One reason that you should work with a local real estate agent is that real estate trends are very localized.  It hit home for me last night as I was discussing the difference in the markets between here in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area and the Raleigh/Cary/Fuquay area.

It is still very much of a buyer’s market here in Fayetteville.  We have a lot of homes on the market, 2593 in Cumberland County alone.  That doesn’t account for Hoke, Harnett or Robeson Counties.  There is a lot of competition among the sellers for the buyers’ attention.  Sellers are routinely willing to pay the closing costs of buyers, pay for a home warranty, complete repairs and some will even pay for inspections.  Homes rarely sell above list price and multiple offers are not that common, unless it is on foreclosures.

In the Raleigh area, it is a different story.  Their market is very strong right now.  There is a lot of industry and growth and sellers have a stronger position.  Days of the market for a home is less than here.  Multiple offers are more prevalent.

These two geographic areas are only a couple of hours apart, but the knowledge needed to get you, as a buyer or seller, the best deal is completely different.  So, please understand that you can not compare a real estate transaction that you had five years ago in Tennessee to what is currently happening in our area.  If you are a buyer, enlist the help of a real estate agent early in the process.  It is not going to cost you anything and it can help streamline your process and help you to have more realistic expectations of the process.  If you are a seller, time is money for you.  Pricing your home correctly and marketing it extensively can drastically reduce the days on the market.  Consult a local real estate agent and find out what is selling in the market and what to expect as far as time frames.  Hiring the right professional to assist you will be worth every penny that you spend.  It is a great investment to make.

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1229 Colts Pride Drive, Fayetteville, NC
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$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS (3 full)

This well maintained home, located in Holbrook Farms, sits on almost an acre. The home has new paint inside and out, new carpet and immaculate hardwoods throughout the living room, formal dining room and hallway. A spacious master with trey ceilings and two huge closets is located downstairs. The kitchen has granite countertops and tiled floors. The bonus room upstairs has a closet and can be used as a bedroom.  One of the unique qualities of this home is the huge covered veranda across the back of the home. There is also a sprinkler for the entire yard.

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What Sets Us Apart From Other Real Estate Agents

Last night Stefanie and I were having a discussion about listing appointments.  Sometimes when we are approached by potential clients about putting their house on the market the client has already made up their mind.  They have chosen us as their agent and our meeting with them is a planning meeting to make sure that we set the price correctly, cover the process and make sure that their property is show ready.  Sometimes when we are contacted we are going for an interview for the position.  This is the opportunity to show how we are different and how we would handle the listing that might be better than another agent.  This is actually a good thing.  It makes us evaluate our processes and learn to verbalize our worth.  Some people do not like to be challenged, but if handled correctly and with the right attitude, it makes us much better at what we do.  It keeps complacency at bay and sharpens your skills.  I may not have been in business as long as some of the agents around Fayetteville that have been here for 20 plus years, but that does not mean that I am not good at what I do.  If fact, years experience does not guarantee the best service.  Stefanie and I discussed the mechanics that we have in place to insure that the properties that we list are marketed to their fullest.  We discussed the honest communication that is needed to prepare properties to show at their best potential and the best price. And we discussed our committment to our clients.  I look forward in the future of continually adding to my level of experience, but I believe strongly that Homes in Motion Realty has a lot to offer their clients, buyers or sellers.  Just ask any of our prior or current clients.  Hope to hear from you soon, would love to assist you in your real estate transaction.

Are You Looking For Some Land?

20150107_093948I frequently get contacted by buyers looking for land in the area.  Most people want to build a home on it, but some just want the availability to own land or to hunt on it.  I was lucky to be able to list some beautiful wooded land last week.  It is located about 11 miles east of I95 on Cedar Creek Road. (Hwy 53).  It is 11 acres of wooded land, mostly pine trees, but it does have almost an acre cleared for a homesite.  If you are familiar with pine forests, the woods are not real thick and it is easy to walk through them this time of year.  The driveway that leads down to the property is about 400 feet wide and is very rough cut at this time.  You can drive down there with a truck because you need the clearance of a taller truck to make sure that you don’t hit any tree stumps.  If you don’t have a truck, it is easy to park at the end of the driveway and walk down to the clearing.  It is a little bit of a hike, but that just lends to the privacy of the setting.  Being the country girl that I am, the seclusion suits me well.  I think that it would be a beautiful setting for a home.  Kind of a Norman Rockwell moment.  If you know of anyone that might be thinking of building, have them contact me or drive by and see the location.  It is at 8371 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC.  I would welcome the opportunity anytime to be out showing land like this as opposed to sitting in the office.

Do Some Buyers Avoid Real Estate Agents?

I definitely think that some buyers do avoid aligning themselves with a real estate agent.  Sometimes I get a phone call from a buyer that wants to look at one of my listings. That’s a good thing! But it is not uncommon for those buyers to be very skeptical about forming a relationship with one real estate agent in particular.  I know that I can not influence everyone, but sometimes it is hard to watch someone make the process so much harder than it needs to be.  I recently showed one of my listings to a couple that have been looking for a new home for several months.  They are looking on Zillow and Trulia and could not be persuaded that an agent could help them finetune their search.  I told them that they did not have to choose me as their agent, but that I highly recommended that they find an agent that they were comfortable with and let that agent assist them.  I explained that when they found that perfect house, that they were placing themselves in the position to then ask an agent that was a relative stranger to actually write the offer for them and stay with them their whole transaction.  I suggested that they develop a relationship with one agent so that when they got to the point of signing an offer that there would be some level of trust and understanding between them and their agent.

Real estate agents are like any other professional.  Some are good, some are better and some need to find another profession.  Sometimes personalities between the agent and their client click and sometimes the mix doesn’t work as well.  So, spend some time and find an agent that you are comfortable with and allow them to do their job which is to provide you with information and to guide you through a very important transaction.  And that is my little tidbit of advice for today!

Questions That I Am Frequently Asked by 1st Time Home Buyers

I frequently am asked a couple of very simple and common questions when someone starts their home search. Buying a home is the single largest purchase that you will probably make in your entire life time, so people can, understandably, be nervous. The first question that I am often asked by buyers is “How much do you charge and when do we have to pay you?”  It is very easy to see why the assumption would be made that you would have to pay for my services to help you buy a home.  More than likely, although I love my job, I am not doing all of that work for nothing.  The truth of the matter is that the seller has, in a way, already committed to pay for all real estate services associated with getting their home sold  —  most of the time.  So, my answer to that question, 99% of the time is, you will have to pay me nothing to be your buyer’s agent and to help you purchase your new home.

Whew, good news, huh!  One less thing that you have to pay for.  So let’s get started looking for your new home.  But wait, there is one more question.  “What if I found a house that is listed with another real estate company that I want to look at?”  Another easy question…I can show you any home that is listed in our mls and most of them that are for sale by owner or in another mls.  In order to facilitate the marketing and showing of homes, most real estate agents in the area belong to our local Fayetteville Associate of Realtors.  That allows us to share information and to show each other’s homes, which is a marketing service to the sellers.  That means that I can show you all or most of the homes on your list.

Again, great news!  So, let’s get started.  Your search will be so much easier if you can choose one real estate agent and allow them to help you throughout the search.  We get to know you and what you are looking for.  I can tailor internet searches to meet your criteria and suggest possible homes that might interest you.  So take advantage of my experience and expertise and let’s get started on the journey to find your new home!

It's Time To Light the Fireplace

It’s that time of year. We are getting ready to get our first frost this week in Fayetteville, NC. It’s time to dust off the fireplace and get it ready. Do you even use a fireplace? I love to see logs burning! It certainly adds a warmth and ambiance to the room. You have a choice now in the type of fireplace that you install in your home. There are still die hard, split the logs, natural wood burning fireplaces. Nothing crackles and smells as good as a real wood burning fireplace. But of course, you have to have a source of real wood, preferably seasoned and from the right kind of tree. So, you either have to cut wood or buy it.

For those that do not want to haul wood in from the outside, you have two other choices. With the click of a remote, you can ignite your gas or electric logs. Gas logs have become very popular with their realistic look and real flames. All you have to buy is the gas. And then, there came the convenience of electric fireplaces. They are becoming popular with builders. Simple to install, simple to operate. Not the realistic look that I prefer. I have to tell you that I am very partial to real wood burning fireplaces. I love to use the poker and rearrange the logs. I love the smell of the wood burning. But, as in so many other things, we have compromised for convenience.

Later this week, when I get up to a light frost, I will light my gas logs and enjoy the flames and the heat for a few minutes. And then I will turn it off and leave the house for the day. But for a few minutes, I will have my fire! What is your preference?

It’s Time To Light the Fireplace

Selling Your Home – To Update or Not To Update

You are ready to sell your home, but there are a number of outdated aspects to your house.  You have wallpaper in the bathrooms and my favorite…brass colored runway lights over the bathroom sink (You know the ones that I am talking about!)  Should you spend the money and effort to upgrade or sell as is?  After all, it is easy enough for the buyer to do those things.  My professional advice is to spend the money and time to upgrade.  I’m not talking about spending millions to renovate your home.  I’m talking about strategically updating your home.  Will you recoup the money that you spend when you sell?  What you will do, is to place your house in a much more competitive position in comparison to others on the market.  You can definitely decrease the days on the market if you update and price correctly.  If you are considering selling, ask a real estate agent for their professional opinion on what needs to be done in your house to prepare it for selling.  And if you are in the Fayetteville, NC  area, sign up at www.debbiewaitleyrealtor.com to look at pictures of available homes and see how your home compares.