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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat

Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: When the Goalposts Move

My client and I had just left the closing attorney’s office and everything was ready for a one-two punch; the closing for the home she was selling was scheduled for the next morning, and the closing for the one she was buying would be the day after that. It had been a difficult few months …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Getting to Know You

While the act of settling into your new home may not entice you to belt out the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show tune bearing the same title as this column (though don’t be surprised if you do feel so moved), the idea itself is certainly good advice, especially from a safety & security aspect. Years …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Ready, . . . Set, . . . Not So Fast

On the back of my business card is my working motto: “Preparation, Execution, Follow Through”. Just off the top of your head, which of those three directives would you say is the most important? We are an impatient lot. We want to get to where the action is, and we want to get there now. …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: You Can’t Take It with You

Of the seven homes I’ve bought in my life, two of them were For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Nothing wrong with that, and for the most part both of the purchases were relatively issue free, however, they both also shared something in common that the other five did not. In the first case, a home …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Stigmatized

You, your spouse, and your three young children have just moved into your new home at the end of a quiet, shady cul-de-sac nestled deep in the suburbs. You’re relieved to have made it through the home buying process, excited to finally start settling in, and looking forward to the memories you’ll make in the …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: A Counter Offer

Recently, I presented an offer on a home for one of my clients. The particular property was very nice and located in a popular neighborhood but had been on the market in excess of a year and, like many homes in our area, had suffered some minor flood damage which had resulted in the installation …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Buyer’s Remorse

The house was gorgeous. It was located in a beautiful neighborhood with mature hardwood trees shading the streets & sidewalks; a definite advantage in the battle against the brutal Central Florida summers. The backyard was fenced, the roof was new, and the fireplace was huge (to battle against the brutal Central Florida winters?). My wife …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: No Representation (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 1 we delved into the concept of “No Representation”, which allows sellers of residential property in North Carolina the leeway to essentially divulge no information about their property at all to potential buyers when filling out the disclosure statement of their property. To put this in perspective, completion of the property disclosure form …

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Coldwell Banker Willis Smith Awards

Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith Recognizes Top Producing Associates of 2018 at Annual Awards Celebration

Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith in New Bern honored its top producing real estate agents and brokers at the company’s annual awards celebration, held this year at the New Bern Golf & Country Club. The company recognized its agents and brokers for their performance not only locally, but also within the Coldwell Banker network during 2018. “The …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat

Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: No Representation (Part 1 of 3)

Way back in the 1700’s, Americans demanded that there be “No taxation without representation!” from the British. Certainly, seems fair enough to me, although history has shown that the Crown saw things a bit differently. But what about in real estate sales? Can a home be sold without representation? Can a homeowner tell you nothing …

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