Tina Cliffe's Blog Posts

How to be part of a win-win real estate negotiation — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

There is a common trap that buyers and sellers fall into when negotiating a deal. It's called the 'mythical middle trap' and it's something to be aware of before you start making offers or put your

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How to buy your first investment property — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Buying the right investment property can put you on a high-speed path to financial freedom. As with any large financial decision though, it's critical you get the right advice before you jump in

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How to negotiate when the building inspector finds an issue — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The building inspection is a make or break moment in any property deal.When your inspector visits the home, their feedback will either give you the confidence to move forward, or it might put you

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How to make your offer stand out when buying a home — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

For many owners, choosing which offer to accept is not always strictly about dollars and cents.While price is the primary influence, other factors can come into play. Some want their home to go to a

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Five ways to add value to your home this weekend - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Are you looking for cost-effective ways to add value to your home? Would you like to increase your potential selling price or valuation without spending the earth?When it comes to renovating, costs

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How to Avoid Underselling Your Home - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

When it comes to selling your home, there are 4 common traps that many owners fall into. Avoid these mistakes to maximise your chances of achieving a great result.Mistake 1. Listing with an agent

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Should you buy first or sell first? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The hardest time to buy a home is when you already own one. Financially, you need to sell your home to buy the next one, but the person you are buying off doesn't want to be tied down waiting for

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When to hold out for a higher price — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

It can take a lot of work to get your property on the market: Last-minute fix-ups, hours in the garden, decluttering, choosing an agent, getting ready for viewings, and finding somewhere to move to

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5 key features of a great investment property — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Many homeowners fall into property investment, almost by accident. They end up buying the home next door when it comes on the market, or they buy a home from a family member who is looking to sell

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Is now a good time to buy property? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, you would be forgiven for feeling a little cautious about jumping into the property market.One thing stronger than our fear of missing out is our

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How to win your next real estate negotiation — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The right time to sell your property is when you have something better to do with the money.You might sell the home you live in to find more space for a growing family. Or to downsize to a more

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Should you sell your home now? Or wait? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The right time to sell your property is when you have something better to do with the money.You might sell the home you live in to find more space for a growing family. Or to downsize to a more

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Buyers and Sellers - act now to beat the holiday rush — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Welcome to that time of year when it feels like everyone is in a rush. It's all systems go as we race to get everything sorted before the end of the year.It is normal to see an uptick in the number

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Tips for buying a home in an area you don't know - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The journey of buying a home often begins in an unfamiliar location. This could come about if you are constrained by budget, moving to a new area for a job, trying to stay close to family or any

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How to avoid buyer's remorse when purchasing a home — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Buying a home is an emotionally charged decision.First, you are trying to decide where to spend the majority of your time in the years ahead. Second, you have to beat every other buyer who wants the

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How to prepare your home for viewing — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

It goes without saying that first impressions count for a lot. Especially when it comes to selling houses.When a buyer walks into your home, you want to maximise the possibility that they fall in

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Is it a good idea to invest in bare land? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

There's an old adage in real estate that goes:"It's not the house that increases in value, it's the land beneath it..."Meaning, the land is the scarce resource that actually represents the majority

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How to work out your ROI for rental property renovations — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

How to work out the potential return on improvements to your investment property...Formula: Estimate the rent increase per year after improvements are complete, and divide that into the cost of the

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How to find reliable tradespeople — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

In this article, we'll share tips to help you build a team of trusted tradespeople. That way, if a problem ever comes up at your property, you can get it fixed asap, with all work completed to a

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Tips for upsizing your home — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Ready for more space? A second bathroom? Better weather? Or just a change of scenery? Now is the time to make that move and find the home you've been dreaming of.There are more houses on the market

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How to manage fear of overpaying when buying a home — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Everyone loves a good deal. But when it comes to real estate, most buyers and sellers are just trying to avoid making a big mistake.Buying a home is not something most of us do regularly. There's no

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If I was a buyer, what would I do? - — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Warren Buffett once said it is wise to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” This line of thinking applies to the property market just as much as it

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5 Real Estate Myths Busted — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

How to protect yourself? Hire an agent that seeks to create a competitive situation between buyers if at all possible. And if you are happy to market your property publicly, try to ensure all

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How to seal the deal on the home you love — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

You've seen the home of your dreams and now you want to own it. In this guide, we will run you through the steps to take in order to maximise your chances of securing the keys and making it yours.

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How to buy a home when you have one to sell - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The hardest time to buy a home is when you already own one. Financially, you need to sell your home to buy the next one, but the person you are buying off doesn't want to be tied down waiting for

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What is a Free Appraisal? - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

If you own a home already, you have probably been offered a 'free appraisal' dozens of times from local real estate salespeople in your area.You may be wondering: What does a 'free appraisal'

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How to make your home stand out online — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Tip 1. It’s all about the main photo.Ask for feedback on what attracts the eye. Different people are attracted to different aspects of a property. It’s key to canvas a range of opinions

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Should you trust online property valuations? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

What are the main issues with online valuations?1. No one has physically looked at the property.Are you going to trust the opinion of a computer program to decide how much you should pay for the

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Tips for moving house with kids — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Tips for moving house with kidsLet's face it, moving day can (and probably will) be stressful. Not just on the day, but leading up to it too. There is a certain weight that sits on your shoulders

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Preparing to sell your home in the New Year — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

If you are thinking about selling your property in the New Year, it pays to start planning right away.In this article, I'm going to walk you through the steps you can take now, to make sure you

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Five reasons not to sell your home privately — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

It is completely understandable to be tempted by the idea of selling your home yourself, without the help of a real estate agent.Real estate agency fees are a sizeable amount of money no matter what

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Seven steps to a smooth house sale — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Selling your home doesn't have to be a stressful process. Here are seven steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition to your next adventure...Plan aheadYou can increase your chances of a great

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Why a good real estate agent is worth more — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

You would be forgiven for thinking that all real estate agents essentially appear the same.Real estate professionals collectively tend to dress the same way, drive the same kind of cars, talk the

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How to make sure your home doesn't get flipped — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Have you ever watched those TV shows where they buy a property that needs work, do it up and sell it a few weeks later to make a profit?This is often referred to as a 'fix and flip’. Many

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Holiday homes - are they worth it? — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

There is something innately heart-warming about the idea of a holiday home that makes many of us wish for the opportunity to own one.The desire can be linked to certain locations where we spent time

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How to find the best real estate agent in your area — New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Selecting the right real estate salesperson to market your home is the single best way to increase your chances of a positive result.The professional you select has a direct influence on the number

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Buyers and Sellers - act now to beat the holiday rush - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Welcome to that time of year when it feels like everyone is in a rush. It's all systems go as we race to get everything sorted before the end of the year.It is normal to see an uptick in the number

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What to do when selling your home feels like too much work - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Many of us dream of moving to another home one day. But often, when we start thinking of the practical implications of getting ready to move, the obstacles start mounting and the dream of a move

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Is the market starting to turn? - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Are we switching from a hot, seller's market to a more balanced market?In some centres around the country, we're starting to hear of open homes getting a little bit quieter and fewer offers being

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How to attract home buyers online - - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

When your property finds its way into the search results of a potential buyer, you have mere seconds to make the right impression. To ensure your property stands out from the crowd.How do you know

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How to decide whether to DIY or hire professionals - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

There is an innate desire in all of us to 'do it ourselves'. To complete a job that needs doing without requiring any paid help, if at all possible.Nowhere is this more prevalent than around our own

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Project managing pre-sale renovations - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

The hardest part of selling a property is getting it ready to sell. If you can nail the preparation, the marketing should take care of itself (as long as you choose the right salesperson). In this

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Why it's good to get low offers on your home - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Who would want to invite a low offer on their home? What a crazy idea.In this article, I’m going to explain why you should welcome low offers on your home and how they can help you sell your

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When to adjust your asking price - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

No one goes on the market for fun. When you put your property up for sale you want to see a result. As good a price as possible, in a reasonable period of time.It's natural to want to maximise the

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If I was a seller, what would I do? -- New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

We all understand the market has changed. Prices have moved and buyers are harder to come by. Even still, prices are historically high compared to 3-5 years ago, meaning there is still an

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Tips for upsizing your home - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Ready for more space? A second bathroom? Better weather? Or just a change of scenery? Now is the time to make that move and find the home you've been dreaming of.There are more houses on the market

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The benefits of selling in a buyer's market - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

No one likes to sell their home when property prices are dropping. It's mentally challenging to accept a sale price which you know is lower than you would have achieved 6 months ago.But what if I

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Thinking of selling? Act now to beat the spring rush - New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, James City, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Island, and Swansboro, NC

Every year we see a big rush of properties go up for sale in spring. The weather is improving, gardens are blooming, houses look better and feel warmer. Sellers are also motivated by timelines,

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Why are the Prices of Real Estate Keep Rising?

If you’ve ever dreamed of buying your own place, or selling your current house to upgrade, you’re no stranger to the rollercoaster of emotions changing home prices can stir up. It

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How Buying a Multi-Generational Home Helps with Affordability in 2023

In today’s world of rising housing costs, many buyers are looking for ways to still be able to buy a home. Some of them have found a solution in multi-generational living.Multi

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