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REMAX on the Lake - Lake Gaston Real Estate Sales

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Doug & Marcia Kerr

252-678-2100

Multi-Million Dollar
Sales Producers

Doug@OnLakeGaston.com

Buying Lake Gaston Property

Real Estate Buyer Information...

Real Estate Tips for Lake Gaston Area Investors

Contact a Lake Gaston REALTOR® - First Step

As RE/MAX real estate sales associates, Doug & Marcia can assist you through the entire process of buying a Lake Gaston home or property, starting with the mortgage and continuing right through closing – and beyond. We can help you shop for the best interest rate and terms and, if you wish, suggest mortgage lenders.

Get Preapproved for a Loan

Obtain a copy of your credit report and your FICO score and, if necessary, do what you need to do to improve it. The higher your FICO score, the better interest rate you can command. You can get this information online, or Doug & Marcia can also help you. Contact several lenders and determine which one will give you the best deal.

Determine Your Price Range and Lake Gaston Area(s) in Which You're Interested

By now you should have a good idea of how much home you can afford. This helps you narrow down your home search. You should also begin researching the Lake Gaston neighborhoods and quadrants in which you might want to purchase your home or property. If you need assistance with the area logistics, call Doug or Marcia, they are very familiar with the entire Lake Gaston region.

Amenities and Features - Which are a 'must' versus would be nice but not 'Necessary'

For homes, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Would you prefer a newer home or an older one with established landscaping? Are hardwood floors a must? Is an updated kitchen important to you? Walk-in closets? Which features would you be willing to give up if you find the otherwise-perfect home?

For property, how many acres? Do you want Lake Gaston Waterfront, Waterview Property, or off shore?

Testing & Searching the Real Estate Market

CLICK HERE to find listings that meet your criteria as well as neighborhood data. Identify Lake Gaston properties that seem to meet your needs, take an afternoon and go on a driving tour, or call us to view Lake Gaston Property by boat. See what's available in your price range and explore Lake Gaston waters and neighborhoods.

With Real Estate Agents Doug & Marcia, Begin Seriously Looking at Homes

As Lake Gaston Real Estate Agents, we can add to the list of Lake Gaston property or homes you've already identified – including ones that have just come on the market. Look at homes with a critical eye – does the floor plan work for you, is the property in good condition, would it be right for your lifestyle? In short, can you imagine yourself and your family living there?

Take notes at each home you visit. What do you like and not like? Narrow down your choices; re-visit homes in which you're interested. See them at different times of the day. Learn more about why you should choose Doug & Marcia Kerr as your real estate agents on Lake Gaston.

Making Real Estate Offers

When you've identified the Lake Gaston property or home you want to buy, be prepared to help your Lake Gaston real estate agent prepare a written offer quickly. Your agent will be familiar with market values and will help you arrive at a price that gives your offer the best chance of being accepted.

At this stage, try not to become emotionally attached to a home. Your offer may not be accepted for any number of reasons. Have backup homes in mind. Be prepared to negotiate through your Lake Gaston real estate agent with the sellers.

Once Your Offer Is Accepted:

  • You'll be asked to submit an earnest money deposit that usually isn't refundable.
  • Begin making moving arrangements (select a mover, obtain change-of-address cards, inform friends and relatives).
  • Have the property professionally inspected.
  • If necessary, request repairs.
  • Obtain homeowner's insurance.
  • Contact utilities (phone, water, power, etc.).
  • A few days before closing, stage a walk-through.
  • Obtain a cashier's check for the down payment and closing costs.

At Closing:

  • Make sure the terms and conditions of the loan statement are correct.
  • Carefully read everything before you sign.

Why You Should Use a Lake Gaston REALTOR® in Your Home Search

Buying a home is probably the largest investment you'll make in your lifetime. Having an experienced, knowledgeable RE/MAX  professional representing you in this transaction just makes good sense.

Buying a home is not like buying a car, a mutual fund or other commodity. It can be a life-changing event. Lake Gaston RE/MAX  agents fully understand the real estate process – and just as important, they understand the Lake Gaston local market.

Of course they know the right steps to take, but they can also help you avoid a misstep in your home purchase. If a new freeway is going to be built a few blocks away, they'll probably know it. If you're unsure about school districts, they'll be able to direct you to answers. If you're unsure of a builder's reputation, they'll know how you can confirm it.

Your Lake Gaston RE/MAX Sales Associate also performs another important function: minimizing the emotion involved in a home transaction. You may be in love with a home, but your agent can point out factors that might not make it right for you.