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Oceanfront and Ocean View – What’s the Difference?

by Jerry Pinkas

 

What's the difference between oceanfront and beachfront

It is no question that Myrtle Beach, SC is known for its beautiful, warm beaches and glistening waters, and we certainly understand why the Grand Strand is known as having some of the most stunning beaches in the country. And because of that, many individuals, couples, families, and retirees are flocking to the area to take advantage of the beautiful weather and everything the area has to offer. Due to the influx of people coming to Myrtle Beach, SC for the beaches, we tend to get quite a few questions and inquiries surrounding available oceanfront and ocean view properties.

With that, a question we get asked all the time here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is what the difference is between oceanfront and ocean view. And we hear a lot of people say, “I just want an ocean view condo,” but what they really mean is a direct, oceanfront property. Much to some people’s surprise, there, in fact, is a difference between an oceanfront property and an ocean view property. Have you found yourself searching the web and not fully understanding the difference when you see the two descriptions? If your answer is yes, then this blog is for you. We hope the information below clears up any confusion you may have or equips you with the knowledge you did not know you were missing when it comes to these properties in the Myrtle Beach, SC area.   

What does ocean view mean

What are the perks and downsides of an oceanfront property?

Would you agree with us if we said that a sandy beach and warm ocean waters made the perfect combination for a backyard? How would you feel waking up every day to the sound of crashing waves and the calming smell of the fresh ocean mist? Well, that is pretty much what you can expect when you purchase an oceanfront property. ‘Oceanfront’ means that your unit is directly on the ocean with the beach right in front of you, and yes, we agree that it is as close as it gets to heaven on earth. 

Not that we have to point it out to you, but one of the main perks to an oceanfront property is that there is nothing standing between you and the warm sand between your toes, the glistening Myrtle Beach, SC sunshine and the dazzling, welcoming waters of the ocean. You have the beach and ocean available to you without having to drive, park and walk to put your beach towels down. You can walk right outside and you are there. Pretty sweet, huh? We tend to agree wholeheartedly. Lastly, if you are looking to rent out the unit, vacation-goers tend to favor oceanfront rental options, ensuring you will most likely see good rental income and a steady flow of renters throughout the year.

And while you may be thinking what could possibly be the downside of such an incredible setup, with the good comes the, well, not so good. The main downside of most oceanfront properties, as you may have guessed it by now, is the price. Due to the limited amount of oceanfront units in a condo building, those properties tend to be in high demand, and thus have a higher price tag than others that are not on the water. And not just condos, there are many incredible attached and detached oceanfront homes that will also carry a heftier price tag than those in a traditional cul-de-sac without the oceanfront view. But it is true when people say ‘you get what you pay for,’ and in this situation, most times you will have to pay a higher price for all the perks, beauty and convenience of an oceanfront property. It is just up to you to decide if that price is justifiable given your budget, your wants, and your needs.

Partial ocean view vs ocean view

What are the perks and downsides of an ocean view property?

On the other hand, ‘ocean view’ means that you are going to get a view of the ocean, and maybe a little view of the beach, but there may be things standing between you and the ocean. Image walking out on your balcony and instead of the ocean and beach being right in your backyard, you are able to see it in the distance. How much of a distance you ask? It depends on the unit. There are units that are extremely close to the beach and ocean but have a pool or smaller building in-between. Then there are units that are several blocks away and are a decent walk, or even a drive, to get to enjoy the beach and ocean.

But even though you are not right on the beach, the main perk to an ocean front unit is that you are still able to see and take in the beauty and tranquility of the water, but you are not paying the high price tag for an actual oceanfront unit. If a non-negotiable for you is being able to see the ocean, but you are not wanting or able to pay the higher price of an oceanfront option, and you are okay with a short commute (by foot or car) then an ocean front unit can be a great option for you. And similar to an oceanfront property, if you are looking to rent the unit out, a major perk is being able to list ‘ocean view on your rental listing. Many people who visit the Myrtle Beach, SC are wanting to see and/or spend time at the beach. So being in close proximity to the water is always a huge plus and can help ensure you have rental income coming in throughout the year. 

What is right for you Oceanfront or Ocean View

Since the views and distance to the water can vary in these units, be sure to contact our team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty so we can show you different options. We can work with you and your budget to get you the best view possible, as well as to check off all your wants and needs in a unit. There are so many incredible ocean front properties that have breathtaking views, and we look forward to showing you these options and finding your dream unit. 

Difference between oceanside and ocean view

What should I do if I am interested in purchasing an oceanfront or an ocean view property?

Now that we have discussed the differences between an oceanfront and an ocean view property, we hope that you have a better feel for what you are looking for. While there are perks and negatives to both options, I think we can all agree that nothing beats being in close proximity to, and waking up to see, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Are you still confused about which option best fits your needs and wants? Give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! Allow our incredible and knowledgeable agents to take you around to a few properties so you can see the differences in person, decide which option checks everything off your list and get all your questions answered. We know the internet can be a great tool, but nothing beats an in-person tour of some potential units. Our team has helped numerous individuals, couples, families, and retirees find their dream oceanfront and ocean view property, and we know we can do the same for you. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Why have average when you can have the best? Give us a call today, we look forward to working with you!

 

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The Differences Between a One-Bedroom and a Studio Condo

by Jerry Pinkas

Difference between a studio and one bedroom condo

A question we get asked all the time here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is what the difference is between a one-bedroom suite and a studio/efficiency condo on the beach. Whether you are a first time home buyer, scouting for a second home or just looking to purchase a rental property, you may have found yourself asking the same thing.  And you may think that the internet is the best place to go to decipher the difference, but in reality that just may make things more confusing for you. We have a lot of people that come to us after looking at these types of listing online and end up not only having a difficult time understanding the differences but are also a lot more confused than when they started their initial search on the web. So, as you may have guessed, in today’s blog post we are going to show you and outline the differences between a one-bedroom condo and an efficiency suite to help you better understand what option will best fit your needs.

Are studio apartments cheaper than one bedroom

What will I find in a one-bedroom suite?

The one-bedroom suite is the first item on our list to talk to you about today. In many one-bedroom suites, you will find a space comprised of a living room with enough space for a sofa and television unit, as well as a dining area where you can put a table to comfortably sit all your family and guests. You will also have a separate area for a kitchen, and in many units, you will find a galley style kitchen, that will have a stove and microwave. It is important for us to note here that some units come with a dishwasher and some come without. If that is a non-negotiable item for your desired unit, be sure to talk to an agent here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts and let them know so they narrow down their search to meet those specific criteria. You will also find closet space in the one-bedroom units, as well as potentially another closet that can either be used for additional clothing or as storage space.

The bedrooms in these units can obviously vary in size, but can typically fit two full or queen mattresses or a king size bed. There is also a standard bathroom that can either be attached to the bedroom or be a stand alone.  It is important for us to note here as well that the main difference between the one-bedroom and the efficiency suite is that the one-bedroom will have a door that separates the bedroom from the rest of the living and dining spaces, thus giving more of a ‘suite’ feel. Additionally, a benefit to a one-bedroom suite is that many times there will be space for a wall bed, which when not in use will not take up any extra room, but also allows for an additional bed if needed to accommodate additional guests.

What will I find in an efficiency suite?

While an efficiency suite shares similar qualities to a one-bedroom suite, there are subtle differences between the two that can end up making a big difference for you and what you end up wanting to purchase. And while many people tend to consider an efficiency condo to be a little too small for them, it can end up being the perfect option for someone looking for that specific layout, design, and price. When you think of an efficiency condo you may tend to think of a space the size of a hotel room or a studio apartment, instead of the more traditional one-bedroom concept where you have designated areas and doors separating certain rooms. When you walk into an efficiency suite, you will usually find one big room that contains a living area, dining area, kitchen, and bedroom, as well as a separate bathroom with its own door for privacy. These efficiency suites are ideal for people who like the openness of the space and are able to use the space effectively. Do you want to know the best part about the efficiency suites? You can buy a unit on the beach for under $100,000! And when you are that close to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, does it really matter how your unit is designed or laid out? We tend to not think so either. 

One Bedroom Condos Myrtle Beach SC

What are the perks of both a one-bedroom and an efficiency suite option?

There are many perks to both a one-bedroom and an efficiency suite, it really just depends on your needs and what you are looking for in a unit. With a one-bedroom, the obvious perk is that the bedroom is separated with a door, which may not sound like a big deal, but it can be a deal breaker for some people. If you have kids and want a separate, private room from them, then a one-bedroom option may be more your speed. Or if you tend to have a lot of people over and just do not want them sitting on your bed, which is right next to the couch and kitchen, then the one-bedroom suite is probably what you are looking for. On the other hand, if you are single or do not mind having all the areas of your unit be in one space, then an efficiency suite may be perfect for you. Due to the potential for the space being smaller and holding fewer people, an efficiency suite can tend to be on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of price compared to a traditional one-bedroom.

Beachfront Studio Apartments

Now let’s say that you are purchasing a one-bedroom unit or an efficiency suite in Myrtle Beach, SC as a second home or rental property. That situation definitely has the potential to change things as the unit will not be your permanent residence. This will allow you to be more flexible in what unit you choose, the space you are looking for, the layout that is available and whether or not you want the breakdown and privacy of a one-bedroom unit. Obviously, if you are renting the unit out, you may be able to get more rental income with a one-bedroom as the space, again, has the potential to accommodate and sleep more people. On the other hand, some people like the simplicity and openness of an efficiency suite and will be more likely to search those criteria.

Studio Room Design

What should I do if I am interested in buying a one-bedroom suite or an efficiency condo in Myrtle Beach, SC?

If you have your eyes set on a one-bedroom suite or an efficiency condo in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! As you can see from our above post, there are subtle differences in the two options, but you want to be sure to find a unit that fits your specific needs, all while avoiding pitfalls that can prove to be costly. Allow our team to sit down with you, understand what you are looking for in a unit and show you potential options that align with your wants and needs. We have helped many individuals, couples, families, and retirees find their perfect one-bedroom suite and/or efficiency condo in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, and we are confident we can do the same for you. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Give us a call today!

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Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Condo in Myrtle Beach, SC

by Jerry Pinkas

 

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If you are in the market to purchase a condo, today’s blog post is one you do not want to miss! At Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we have helped countless individuals, couples, families, and retirees purchase a condo here in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC, and have seen just about every situation you could image unfold. We understand the excitement, as well as the struggles and pitfalls, that can accompany the purchase of a new condo, which is why we wanted to bring you this blog today. We want to help you avoid those mistakes that can be costly and extremely frustrating when purchasing a condo in hopes to make it a smooth and successful buying process for you. If you want to learn about potential pitfalls and things to be aware of when buying a condo, keep reading below.

What mistakes should I watch out for when purchasing a condo?

Here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we understand why condos are so appealing to people, especially millennials and seniors who are retiring, so this information really spans and relates to all age ranges. The first thing we want to bring to light when purchasing a condo is making sure that you are using the right lender, as they will help you to review any litigations and homeowner’s documents on your behalf. Why would the lender be interested in this you ask? Well, the same way you would not want to get involved with a risky property, they equally do not want to loan you money on a project that is going to get them in trouble either. So using the right lender is definitely a bonus on your part as they will help to ensure the value of the investment.

Next, make sure to review certain aspects of the Homeowner’s Association such as their budget, if they have reserves (and if so how much), if they have money in the bank, are they are losing money and if the HOA has any pending litigations against them. These are all very important things to know. You can also take a look at the meeting minutes, as well as inquire about any pending projects that are outstanding. You may also want to ask about the stability and turn over rates within the HOA as that can be a potential red flag.

successful tips for buying a Myrtle Beach Condo

As far as the building itself goes, there are certain areas that you will want to inquire about. And this is a good time for us to point out that having the right real estate agent by your side will certainly help in making sure all the right questions get asked, as well as making sure that all the questions get answered and nothing is left unsaid. Especially when it comes to the condo questionnaire, you will want to make sure that everything is filled out properly to avoid any potential complications and headaches. You will want to inquire about any timeshare units in the building, how the commercial space (if any) associated with the property is set up, who make up the homeowner’s association and making sure that the HOA and the rental company are separate entities. You will also want to see if there are any structural issues to take note of such as mold, leaking roof - things of that nature. These are all things you want to know and fully understand before you get involved with a condo building.

Owning a condo in Myrtle Beach

What is the difference between a condotel and a condo?

There are a few main differences that are important to note when it comes to condotels and condos. When you think of condotels, image hotel units that are being sold to individual buyers but continue to operate with many of the same features as a hotel. For example, condotels offer many of amenities that people know and love about traditional hotels such as on-site restaurants, lounges, front desk check-in and gift shops. Additionally, the condotel units are usually sold furnished, so that takes some pressure off the buyer to have to purchase additional furniture. The owner is able to use the condotel whenever they wish, and the unit can also be rented out nightly or for extended stays during vacant times through a rental program. A large benefit of condotels is that, in many cases, they are rented, maintained and cleaned by the hotel management, or you can opt for an off-site management company to take care of this for you. Either way, you can expect the unit to be tended to in your absence. 

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On the flip side, in a traditional condo, the owners are responsible for everything listed above including in home security, maintenance, and housekeeping, and the units are typically sold unfurnished. If you are a long distance owner of the condo, you can imagine how this reality can present some difficulties, especially if you are looking to rent the unit out when you are not using it. You can hire a company to clean the unit after each rental stay, so there are definitely ways to make everything work and be profitable. It is also important to note that rental options in a condo usually require more than one nights stay, and the on-site amenities, such as the gym and pool, tend to be limited.   

What are the benefits of buying a condo versus a detached home?

There are many benefits to owning a condo, as well as a detached home, depending on what you are looking for. One of the main benefits that many people enjoy in condo living are the amenities. Many condo buildings have resort style amenities including spa-like fitness centers and pools, and these features may be too costly if you have to incorporate them into your own home. Additionally, condos are more convenient and tend to be more low-maintenance which is great if you live a busier lifestyle. Much of the maintenance of the building is covered in association fees, so the only thing to really worry about is the interior of your specific unit.

One of the main reasons that people look to purchase a condo versus a detached home, simply put, is the price. Condos tend to be much less inexpensive which is great if you are a first time home buyer or are looking to purchase a second home or investment property. The barrier to entry when purchasing a condo is lower, and therefore more attainable for a lot of people. And since there has been a large influx of retirees to Myrtle Beach, and many are on a strict set income each month, having the lower bills of a condo is much more appealing.

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What should I do if I am interested in buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC?

After all the information we covered above, it is clear to see that there is a lot that goes into buying a condo. And while it should be a fun and exciting time, you want to make sure you have the right people in your corner working for you to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls that can be costly, frustrating and a huge waste of time. Our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts have helped numerous individuals, couples and families find their perfect condo here in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC, and we know we can do the same for you. Give us a call today and let us walk you through the buying process, understand your wants and needs in a condo and show you listings that meet your desired criteria. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Why have average when you can have the best? We look forward to hearing from and working with you soon!

 

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What to Look for When Hiring a Buyer’s Agent

by Jerry Pinkas

 

How to hire a Buyers Agent

Buying a house, regardless if you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned pro, is an exciting time and has the potential to be a fun and enjoyable process for you and your family. As you sort through different neighborhoods and house styles, you start to envision what your new neighbors will be like, how each room will be used and what touches you will put on the home to make it uniquely yours. As thrilled as you are for your new chapter to start, you need to first focus on getting the right people in your corner as you being the home searching and buying process. And as you may have guessed, that is where our blog topic is going to be taking us today. We will be discussing all the important things you need to know about finding and hiring on the right buyer’s agent, and why the right agent is so crucial in determining your success and experience during the home buying process. 

Why is it important to hire a buyer’s agent when looking to purchase a home?

As we have discussed in a previous post, there is a pretty significant difference when it comes to buying and selling agents, and the importance of having the right agent on your side to meet your specific needs as a client. Why is it so important to have a buyer’s agent when purchasing a home? Simply put, you want an agent that is skilled and experienced when it comes to buying houses and will have your best interests at heart during the entire process. Having an agent that is solely focused on helping clients through the buying process will ensure that they are not bringing you only to listings they want you to see (i.e. their other listings) and that they have the skill set needed to help you throughout the journey.

Here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we split our agents down the middle and have a specific group of agents that are solely focused on helping our clients purchase homes and another set of agents that are solely focused on helping our clients list and sell their homes. And we are very calculated in that move because we know there are two completely different skill sets involved here. We understand that the needs of our clients who are selling their home are different than those of our clients who are purchasing a home, and therefore our agents cater to and use different skill sets for each. Understanding the importance of hiring on a buyer’s agent when looking to purchase a home can make all the difference and can save you a lot of time, energy and headaches along the way. 

Buyers Agent Fees

What traits should you look for when hiring a buying agent?

Before we touch on the traits you should look when hiring on a buying agent, we first want to touch on what their responsibilities are, as fully grasping what buying agents do can then, in turn, help you identify the traits you should be looking for. First and foremost, a buyer’s agent is responsible for being there and assisting their client through the entirety of the buying process. While it may not seem like it, there are many duties and responsibilities that the buying agent handles to ensure the process is not only successful but also that it runs smoothly for their client. After you find the agent you want to work with, you will sit down with them and review your “must have” list and you “want” list. This will help to give your agent a better idea of the nonnegotiables in a home, as well as things that are very important to you but not necessarily deal breakers. 

What does a real estate agent do for a buyer

Your buying agent will then take that list and search for listings that meet your desired criteria. It is important to note here that having an established and successful agent on your side can potentially mean that you will gain access to listings that are not yet on the market through connections and relationships they have with other selling agents. This gives you an edge on other buyers and therefore lessening the competition and widening your range of potential homes to choose from. Once your buying agent has a few homes they think you will like, they will then arrange for you to see and walk through the home. When you eventually find and fall in love with a home, you and your agent will sit down to craft an offer to send to the seller’s agent. Your agent will then negotiate on your behalf until agreed upon price and conditions are met. Your buying agent will be by you, representing you, the whole way through until every contract is signed and every contingency is met. 

Buyers Agent Duties

As you can tell, there is a lot that goes into the process of finding and buying a home and therefore you will be spending a lot of time with your buying agent. They essentially will become your new best friend, which is also why finding the right agent is so important. A few traits you will want to see in your buying agent include someone that is honest, trustworthy, reliable and has a proven track record of success. If a realtor has a positive reputation and raving client testimonials, you will have more confidence in hiring them on to represent you. If a realtor does not have such positive testimonials or a track record of success, you may want to rethink that person and instead find someone that you know will be better suited to represent you.

Why should I choose Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts when looking to buy a home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area?

As we have said in previous posts, we know you have many options in realtors when it comes to buying and selling homes in the Myrtle Beach area. And while there are some good agents around, you want to make sure you have the best team representing you during this process to ensure you avoid the pitfalls that can be costly, frustrating and time-consuming. Our strongest weapon here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, and what really sets us apart from others in the area, are the incredible realtors we have on our team. We will work hard for you day in and day out to ensure you have the best and most successful buying and selling experience possible.

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We have many diverse and talented agents on our team that have a lot of experience, education, and knowledge around not only the general real estate market but also the Myrtle Beach, SC area. We have agents with different backgrounds, one specifically in home building, which allows our team to help you spot structural damage before buying a home. At Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we are not focused on our clients finding the highest priced home so we make the most commission, we instead are focused on helping our clients find the right home for their budget and taste, and want to help them make the best investment possible. We work with a lot of individuals, couples, families, and retirees to help them find their dream home in Myrtle Beach, and we know we can do the same for you. Why have average when you can have the best? This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Give us a call today, we look forward to working with you!  

 

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Home Selling in Myrtle Beach

When you think of the home selling process, what comes to mind? Maybe inconvenient showing times and unqualified buyers? Possibly a long and tedious process, paired with overwhelming frustration, and sprinkled with a bit of anxiety? While some people, unfortunately, do not have the best experience, the home selling process can actually prove to be a very painless and exciting adventure for individuals, couples, and families. There are many factors that go into your home selling experience, and one of the main ones being the team you have in your corner representing and working for you. The right real estate agent can make all the difference in getting your home sold fast and for top dollar, as well as helping to avoid the pitfalls that can prove to be frustrating and a waste of everyone’s time. In today's blog post we are going to be talking about a few mistakes that we want you to avoid when it comes to selling your home and red flags to keep an eye out for that can end up hurting you. 

What mistakes do I want to avoid when selling my home?

There are a few mistakes that you do not want to make when you are trying to sell your home, and keeping an eye out for these and can make a big difference in your selling experience. Many people are so focused solely on the sale of the property that they do not stop to think about things such as house keys, lock boxes and the security of the home during the selling process. At Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, when we list a home we go to great lengths to make sure that your home is secure and that we are not allowing people in that should not be there.

First off, it is important to understand the gravity of the internet these days as it can be both your best friend, as well as a source of unwanted attention. Depending on your realtor and where it is listed, most anyone can go online to see your property listing and therefore you are exposed to a great number of people. And while this can be a great asset as more eyeballs equal more potential offers and buyers, you want to be aware and cautious of the exposure as well. The key to it is to make sure that you are giving access only to the people that are qualified to see your home and not some stranger off the street. Now, most people are qualified because they are there with a realtor, but these are potential instances that we want you to avoid because we see them every day.

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Now you may be saying to yourself that most homes are secured with a lockbox to avoid this very issue. And while this is true, some realtors use old and weak technology that does not stand up against intruders. You may have seen the lockboxes where you have to arrange the numbers to get in to retrieve the key, and we can assure you these are still very popular and very unreliable. Think about it: if the realtor is not protecting the code, the people that are with the realtor will be able to see what the code is and can, therefore, access the house at any time.  Same goes with the old push code lockbox as you can almost hear which numbers are being entered.

If the realtor does not change the code after each showing, which most realtors do not as it is a hassle, the people they are with can access the home at their convenience, and as many times as they want. Here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we do not use old technology as we want to make sure that your home and property are secure at all times to avoid putting you and your home at risk. What makes us different? We use an electronic system that is much more sturdy and trustworthy. What is the difference in the old lockboxes and what we use? Well, in order to access our lockboxes, you have to have an app on your smartphone, be a realtor in our area and also have an appointment prior to (meaning, you can not just walk up to the door and get the key) in order to access the box. We are able to track what time that agent went into your home or condo, as well as know what time they left. There are also emails that are sent out after the appointment, an automated phone call and a few other things to follow up on the appointment. Again, we want to make sure your home is secure and your keys are not lost or end up in the wrong hands. We want to help you avoid these rookie mistakes as they are things we see every day and are the reasons that we bring you these blogs each week.

Tips for Selling your home

Another issue that we want to make sure to help you avoid when trying to sell your house fast is the thought process that you are going to get the proper attention and traction you need just by sticking the listing on the MLS and on social media. One thing we do very well here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is getting your property and the listing out there in front of numerous people. The more people the listing is in front of, the greater chance you have of obtaining multiple offers, therefore allowing you to be picky with which offer you end up choosing. That is also how you get maximum dollar, and in some cases, even above asking price. Getting the listing proper exposure is one of the reasons why we are so good at what we do and have such great success rates, as well as many happy customers.

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What should I do if I am interested in selling my home in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! We know there are many qualified agents in the Myrtle Beach, SC area for you to choose from when the time is right to sell your home. But when it comes to trusting the right team with your most precious (and costly) asset, you want a team that knows the area, has a proven track record of success and will work hard for you day in and day out. And that is exactly what we do, we do it every day and we are very good at it. It is one thing to just take on a listing and post the property online, but when trying to sell your home fast and for top dollar, you want a team that has some extra arsenal up their sleeve. Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

What to know when selling a house

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The Differences Between a Listing Agent and a Buyer’s Agent

by Jerry Pinkas

Do you need a listing agent or buyer agent

We understand the confusion that can come with buying and selling a home, especially if this is your first go around with either. There is verbiage that you may not understand, contracts that seem a mile long and you may not be sure where to start with the whole process. We get it and are here to help decode a real estate mistake that we see all the time that can end up making a large difference in your experience with buying and selling a home in Myrtle Beach, SC.

In today’s post we are going to be talking about the differences between a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent, and why knowing the difference between the two can save you from pitfalls that can be costly and frustrating. 

Why is it important to understand the differences between a listing’s agent and a buyer’s agent?

At Jerry Pinaks Reality we want to make sure that you avoid a major pitfall when you are buying or selling a home. A lot of the time we see people who hire on an agent they found online and do not take the time to ensure that agent is the right fit for their needs. If you are buying a house, you want to make sure that you go with an agent that is strictly focused on helping their clients buy homes. And if you are selling your home, you want to make sure that you find an agent that is strictly focused on selling their clients’ homes.  Here at Jerry Pinkas Reality we do not have agents that do both – in other words, we have a separate group of agents that only work with buyers and a separate group of agents who only work with sellers. Why do we do it that way you may ask? Well for one, there are two completely different skill sets for each group. And two, they only work to the advantage to the client they are working with.

Now understand this -  if you are out there looking to buy a property, is that agent that you picked up online or found randomly only going to show you the things they want you to see? Like their other listings? Or are they going to stop what they are doing with you because they have a scheduled closing appointment to be at? This is why we have split the team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty down the middle and again, we have listing agents who are only in charge of listing properties and only work for our sellers and will never disclose any confidential information that you have given to them. Same with buyers, they will never disclose any information to weaken your ability to purchase and will only focus on getting you the best deal. Because what can happen is you hire on an agent to help you buy a home and come to find out they are working on the side with the seller – which could lead to a bad deal for you. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, you want to get the best deal and work with an agent that has your best interests at heart. And that just happens to be what our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality does best. 

Advantages of a buyer's agent

What are the responsibilities of a buyer’s agent?

A buyer’s agent is responsible for assisting their client throughout the buying processes, and has many duties to ensure the process is successful and runs smoothly. One of their responsibilities is to assist their client in finding properties that meet their desired criteria. Typically, the agent will sit down with their client and go through a list of all their wants and needs in a new home. The agent will then take that list and search for homes that they believe to be good matches and set times to show the potential homes to their client. It is also helpful to point out here the importance of a good buying agent, as most of the time the agent will have access to listings that you will not be able to find on your own. For example, they may have connections and relationships that will inform them of properties that are not listed online yet. As a buyer, this will give you first access to listings and the ability to see properties before other buyers without this inside information.

Another responsibility of a buyer’s agent is to assist in determining which property is best suited for their client. It is one thing to search for listings that may fit their buyer’s initial criteria, but it is another ball game to dig deep into the listings and help spot problems when showing the home such as if the neighborhood will be noisy at night and what costly repairs need to be done. The buyer’s agent will research the history of each of the properties they show and help their client to make an informed and educated decision based on all the information they find.  

The buyer’s agent is also responsible for making and negotiating offers on their client’s behalf to ensure that the offer is fair and not too generous or insulting. They will be able to guide their client on things such as whether they should push for the pool to be serviced prior to moving in or whether the carport is really worth the extra money. Another responsibility for the buyer’s agent, similar to the seller’s agent, is to follow through on the contingencies (and make sure everything is met) until the sale closes.

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What are the responsibilities of a seller’s agent?

Now that we have touched on the responsibilities of the buyer’s agent, we are going to move on to those of the seller’s agent. A seller’s agent main goal is to sell the property for the highest price in the shortest amount of time, and to do this the agent must assist the seller in valuing and properly pricing the property to put on the market. The agent will ensure that the home is accurately and competitive priced and, since these two do not always add up, you want to make sure you have an experienced agent who is able to understand how to create the proper balance and sell the house for the price the seller wants – which can be trickier than you think. 

The seller’s agent will also suggest any necessary repairs and improvements to the home. It is important to understand that when the market is bad, buyers can be particular about the home they purchase because there are so few houses listed on the market. On the flip side, when the market is good, buyers are also particular because there are so many houses listed on the market. So either way, buyers are usually always picky which means that every details counts when it comes to selling the house, especially if you are looking to take home a certain number from the sale. The selling agent will be able to walk through the home and point out which details are the most important and worth spending money on. An example of this would be thinking your shutters just need a little coat of paint when in reality they really need replacing or thinking you should upgrade your kitchen countertops with expensive granite when in reality many buyers are actually not looking for granite in which case would be a waste of money.

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Not only will the seller’s agent do things like host open houses and put a ‘for sale’ sign up in the yard, but they are also responsible for marketing the property to buyer’s agents. This can be done through posting the property on the MLS, as well as networking with other agents who may have buyers that would be interested in the house. The seller’s agent will also present and negotiate offers on your behalf. They will help decide the difference between fair offers and low offers, as well as let you know if the market is going to allow you to sit and wait around for the offer that you really want or if you should take an offer that is presented. Having trouble understanding legal jargon or details presented in the contract? Your agent will be able to put things into more simple terms for you to understand and also outline what needs to be done in order to complete the transaction should you choose to accept the offer. Lastly, the seller’s agent is responsible for following through on the contract contingencies until the sale of the homes closes (same as the buyer’s agent). 

 

What should I do if I am interested in buying or selling a home in Myrtle Beach, SC?

If you are looking to buy or sell a house in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality a call today! As we have discussed throughout this blog, we split our team down the middle between buying agents and selling agents, and will be able to match you with the right team member to assist you. We understand the needs of buyers and sellers alike and can help you avoid the pitfalls that can prove to be not only costly, but also time consuming and extremely frustrating. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are very good at it. Why have average when you can have the best? We look forward to speaking and working with you soon!

 

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When you are looking to buy a house in Myrtle Beach, SC, we know you have your choice of realtors to choose from. And since it is such a large decision and costly purchase you want to make sure that you find the right agent to serve you during the process. Because you are on the hunt for a real stage agent to work with, you may start noticing how many agents use eye catching marketing material, a catchy tag line or a testimonial that pulls at your heart strings. And for these reasons, you may think that they are the best person or team to go with.

But we want to caution you that just because the real estate agent seems successful and credible from their marketing material does not always mean that they are the best person to serve you. And as you may have guessed, that is what we are going to be covering in today’s blog post. We hope the information below helps to give you a better idea of the characteristics and traits that you should be looking for in a real estate agent, and how finding the right agent to work with can make all the difference in your home buying experience. Enjoy!

Does it really matter what real estate agent I use when buying a house?

Simply put, yes. Some people think that hiring just any real estate agent during the home buying process is sufficient, and friends we are here today to tell you that is just not the case. Buying a home is a fun, exciting and time consuming journey.  There are a lot of factors that go into showings, making offers and the eventual closing on the house. And since there is so much that goes into this process, you want to make sure that you have the right person standing in your corner working hard for you and your best interests. 

Whether you are looking to purchase an investment property, find a retirement home, a beach house or you are a first time homebuyer, you want to have the best real estate agent and team standing next to you each step of the way. We often times will see people use a friend of a friend or a family member as their agent, and while this is not always a bad idea, we find that more times than not it is not a good buying experience. Just because you have a connection to an agent does not mean that you necessarily should go with them. You want to vet out their experience, success rate and what customers are saying about them before you jump into bed with them. Your real estate agent becomes your new BFF – make sure they are someone that will do right by you.

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What traits should I look for in a real estate agent?

There are many traits that you should look for when choosing a real estate agent and keeping them in the back of your mind will ensure you are making a good, informed decision. The first trait is making sure that your real estate agent is knowledgeable not only about the neighborhood you are looking to buy in, but also about staying up to date on what is happening in the local market and the latest topics in real estate. Having an agent that is knowledgeable in all things real estate will ensure they are able to serve you best and stay at the forefront of the real estate market. On that same note, you want to make sure that your agent understands the local housing market in order to help educate you on what you can expect from certain areas and neighborhoods.  

Attention to detail and organization are other traits that you want to look for in a real estate agent. As we spoke about briefly above, there is a lot that goes into purchasing a home and you want to ensure that your agent pays close attention to each and every detail along the way, as well as stays organized and communicative throughout the process. This will help things run smoothly and help avoid costly errors that can end up wasting your time. Another trait to look for in an agent is someone who is honest and has integrity. Especially if you are a first time home buyer, you want to make sure that the agent you put your trust into during this process is going to correctly guide you through uncharted waters. And finding an agent that has a good professional reputation, as well as had a long and successful real estate career is a good way of vetting the agents’ ethical standards and integrity. You want to stay away from agents who will try and lead you into a bad purchase just because their commission will be lucrative.

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Lastly, and one of the most important in our opinion, is to find a real estate agent that will work hard for you. It is one thing to be really smart and educated in the real estate market, but at the end of the day all that does not mean a whole lot if your agent is sitting at their desk not working to find the right home for you and your family. The best agents are the ones that are out in the field, networking, connecting and working endlessly to find exactly what you are looking for and making all your ‘wants’ and ‘wishes’ in a home a reality.

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What should I do if I am interested in buying (or listing) my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Many people think that they can go online, search different websites and can find the home of their dreams. And we are sorry to say that things just do not work that way. As we spelled out above, it is so important to have the right real estate agent by your side during the home buying process. Not only will the right agent save you from many potential pitfalls that can prove to be costly, but a lot of the time agents will have inside information on homes that are not listed yet and give you a wider range of options that can fit your desired criteria. And that is where we come in.

As we always talk about, if you are looking to purchase or sell a home in Myrtle Beach, SC give our team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today. Our experienced team has worked with numerous individuals, couples and families to find them their perfect home in the Myrtle Beach area and we know we can do the same for you. We understand the characteristics and traits it takes to be successful in real estate because we exemplify them everyday to our clients. Why have average when you can have exceptional? This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. Give us a call today!   

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What are clients saying about Jerry Pinkas Reality?

One of our main passions here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is our clients, which is why we strive everyday to provide the best real estate experience for them as possible. We are fortunate in our own right to work with some pretty incredible people and are proud of the exceptionally positive feedback we have received throughout the years. Not only do our clients feel like their needs and wants are being heard, but they appreciate the dedication and energy that we give day in and day out until the final document is signed. We know how important reputation is, especially within real estate, and we are so pleased that we have been able to make a positive impact for so many individuals and families in the Myrtle Beach, SC community.

 

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When is the right time to sell in Myrtle Beach?

by Jerry Pinkas

Myrtle Beach real estate market outlook 2018

If you keep up with our weekly blogs, you know that we touch on quite a few questions that surround the home selling process. And, as you may have guessed, today is no exception. When the time comes for you to sell your home in Myrtle Beach, SC things can seem a little confusing and you may have a lot of questions. Especially if this is the first home you are selling your home, you may feel your brain spin a few times while trying to wrap your head around everything. We can assure you, however, that it is not as overwhelming or scary as you may think, and when working with the right realtor and team, it can actually prove to be a very exciting time for you and your family.

A question we get quite frequently here at Jerry Pinkas Realty is when the right time to sell in Myrtle Beach, SC is. And as you may have guessed, that is where our blog post is going to take us today. If you or someone you know has been trying to figure out the best time to put your/their house on the market, and are interested in other items that go into the process, this one is for you. We hope you enjoy this post and that it covers any potential questions you have or that may arise in the future!

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When is the best time to sell my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

The answer to this question, simply put, is right now! Contrary to other markets across the country, Myrtle Beach, SC has a very strong market year round. Residents here do not have to worry about a blizzard in the winter or a hot ghost town in the summer. With a pretty temperate climate, Myrtle Beach, SC has a welcoming charm and something for everyone to do, no matter the time of year. The market is hot and houses are selling fast, so if you are ready to list your house the time is now! With many vacationers, retirees and people relocating, Myrtle Beach, SC is an ideal place for people to settle down, or even to purchase a second home in. And with warm weather, sunny days, breathtaking beaches, stunning golf courses, endless entertainment and incredible dining options, we do not blame them for having their eyes on Myrtle Beach!

Now if we are really going to break it down, while the market is strong year round, it is no secret that Myrtle Beach, SC has a lot of spring and summer visitors. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, many people venture here for spring and summer breaks to soak up the warm weather and enjoy beach days with their family and friends. Due to the large volume of people (and eyeballs) here during that time, spring and summer can definitely be a hot time (pun intended) for you to sell your house. 

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What contributes to Myrtle Beach, SC having a good market year-round?

If you have ever been to Myrtle Beach, SC you will understand why this is such a hot market and why people are flocking here from all over the country. Whether they are relocating for the weather, beaches or beautiful homes, or just looking to purchase a vacation home, there is always something for everyone to do and an adventure to be had around every corner. As we touched on above, the Myrtle Beach, SC area has also been an ideal place for people to retire to. Beautiful golf courses, pleasant weather and an affording cost of living all contribute to the ever-growing retiree population in the area. All in all, and we understand we may be biased, Myrtle Beach is one of the top places in the country to live. And with the influx of people and booming market, we have a feeling that we are not the only ones who feel that way. 

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What things can I do to help my house sell fast once it is on the market?

Now that we have covered the ins and out of the best time to sell your house, next we wanted to touch on certain things you can do around your home to help it sell quickly, and for top dollar. Because let’s be honest, at the end of the day you want the home selling process to be quick, as stress free as possible and walk away with the most amount of money. And here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve this!

First, and one of the most important steps of the home selling process, is to find an agent that will work hard for you and your family. You want an agent who not only knows the area well, but also has a track record of success. It is no secret that the first thirty days of your house being on the market is a very important time, and you do not want to waste your time or the beginning momentum with someone who is still learning the ropes. The right agent and team will know exactly what advice to give you on any improvements the home needs, make sure the marketing material accurately reflects your home and will work with you to set a listing price. We cannot stress enough the importance of having the right realtor by your side!

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Second, you want to make sure the home is DE cluttered and all personal items, such as pictures, are removed from around the house. When a potential buyer walks through and sees the home, you want to have a clean and tidy canvas for them to picture settling into. If you have a variety of pictures and clutter everywhere, it will limit the appeal to the buyer and make it more difficult for them to imagine their own life in the space – they just see the home you live in. Third, if you are not looking to make any major renovations, it is always a good idea to update fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms that may be a little old, professionally clean the carpets/floors and paint any rooms that are looking dull. These are great ways to spruce up the home and give it a slight facelift without breaking your wallet.

Lastly, it is always a great idea to give the home some curb appeal if it is lacking. The front of the home is the first area a potential buyer will see, and you want to be sure to make a good first impression. Doing things such as painting or replacing the front door, adding some fresh flowers to the front yard, updating the landscaping and adding a new mailbox are all things that can drastically change the appeal of the front of the home without spending an arm and a leg.

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What should I do if I am looking to sell my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

We know you have your choice of realtors in the Myrtle Beach, SC area when it comes to selling your home. But when it comes to something as important as selling the most expensive asset you will probably ever own, you want to make sure you are in the best hands and have a realtor that will work hard for you. That is where we come in. Our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty has a proven track record of success, and we are confident you will have a positive and successful selling experience with us. Give us a call today and let us work with you to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

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How to Sell My House Fast in Myrtle Beach SC

by Jerry Pinkas

 

How to Sell my Myrtle Beach Home Fast

The time has come to sell your house in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Between your mile long “to-do” lists and overwhelming thoughts of all the packing that needs to be done, you find yourself consumed with the excitement that comes with closing one chapter and opening up a new one. We see it all the time. And whether you are just moving up the road to a different neighborhood, or are changing cities and zip codes altogether, one thing will be the same – you will want to sell your house quickly and for top dollar. And as you may have guessed, that is exactly what we are going to be talking about in this week’s blog post.

We are going to be brining you all the ins and outs of selling your Myrtle Beach, SC home in the fastest amount of time, while still getting the most amount of money. Whether you are a first time home seller or a seasoned pro, we hope that you will find this information helpful and insightful as you start the process of listing and selling your home!

What is the most important step when trying to sell your home quickly and for top dollar?

While there are many important factors that go into selling your Myrtle Beach, SC home quickly and for the most amount of money, we are going to be talking about the most important one first. And that is finding the right agent to list with. We are not sure if we can fully get across just how vital it is that you trust your listing to the right agent in just one post, but we sure are going to try.

Your real estate agent (AKA your new BFF) is going to make all the difference when it comes to selling your home, and the relationship you form with them is going to be the foundation of your home-selling process. Your agent is more than likely going to be the first expert you will meet on your journey, and you will find yourself relying on them the most for information, their opinion and their expertise. After all, you are trusting them to sell one of the most precious and (probably) the costliest investment of your life. It is important to find the real estate agent that is right for your specific needs, one that will work hard for you and one that will produce results.

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But instead of just preaching, let us give you a real life testament of a situation that hammers our point even more. We received a call from a husband and wife who had their home listed on the market for two and a half months with no showings, no traffic and no offers. And with the area being such a hot market for families, visitors and retirees, our ears perked up when we heard this. They proceeded to tell us how they saw our marketing everywhere, they saw our name everywhere and they wanted us to list their house. After a few questions, we discovered that they had listed their house previously with a friend of theirs who is a licensed real estate agent in the state. And while working with friends does not always prove to be a fail, in this instance it did.

Needless to say, we took on their listing, spent a lot of money on marketing, got the house in front of a lot of people and ended up under contract in seventy-two hours (a cash offer just two percent under listing price, may we add). You may call it luck, but we call it hard work, experience and dedication to our clients. So if you are thinking of listing your house, we want to urge you not to make the mistake that so many do. Don’t just pick any agent or rush into a decision of who to list your house with because there is so much that goes into the process. You can have any agent go online and stick the listing on the MLS, but it takes a specific agent and team to be on their game to know how to serve you best and have a proven track record of success. And we have found that driving traffic is one of the most important things you can do when selling your house. The more traffic and eyeballs you have on the listing, the higher the potential offers that you will receive, and the better chance you have of selling your house fast.

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What are some other tips to sell your home quick and for top dollar in Myrtle Beach, SC?

We thought you would never ask. While listing your home with the right agent is at the top of our list (if you are wondering why, just scroll up a bit), but there are also other things you can do to help your home sell quickly. The first one being pricing the home right from the start. This is also where the right realtor comes in because they can work with you to determine what the number is based on the current state of the home, comps in the area, etc. Another thing you can do is to boost your homes curb appeal, as this is the first part of the home that potential buyers will see. And you know what they say, first impressions are everything. Updates such as painting/replacing the front door, adding some new flowers, updating the landscaping or replacing the mailbox if it is dated can really go a long way.

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Now on to the interior. Minor updates such as a fresh coat of paint on the walls, updating fixtures and professionally cleaning the carpets are never a bad idea. And on that note, you want to make sure to DE clutter the home and remove personal items, such as pictures, to ensure that buyers see a clean and open canvas that they can easily turn into their own. Staging the home to show how rooms are supposed to be used can also help with this. You also want to make sure to remove your pets, and their paraphernalia such as food dishes and toys, when you have house showings. While you may think that your pet is the most precious thing in the world, buyers may not have those same warm and cozy feelings.

The last tip we have is to ensure that your listing has good photos (and many of them!). Seeing as how many people go online to start their home buying journey, having beautiful, alluring images online that accurately represent the home are a must in todays day and age. And this again goes back to having the right listing agent, as they should be able to give you advice on what buyers are looking for and use those images to market the listing properly to give it the traffic and attention it deserves.

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What should I do if I want to sell my home in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality a call today! As we spoke about earlier, deciding on the right realtor for your needs can make all the difference in not only your experience, but also how quickly and for how much you end up selling your home for. Save yourself time, energy and many frustrating days by starting your home selling process with a team that knows the area, has a proven track record for success and will work hard for you and your family. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. Give us a call today, we look forward to working with you!

 

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So the time has come to sell your beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC home! You are probably experiencing a lot of excitement for a new chapter to come, but you also may be feeling a little anxiety as you look at your seemingly mile long to-do list to get the house ready for showings. We see it all the time. But eventually the time will come when all the boxes are checked, “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed – you can rest easy now as you wait for the offers to come through the door. It sounds simple, right?

As we have talked about before, we get a lot of questions that circulate through our door here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team. One question that we get asked quite frequently is in regards to selling a home in Myrtle Beach, more specifically about what potentially can go wrong when you have a buyer looking to purchase your home. And while there are many things that can go perfectly smoothly during the purchase, as with all things, there are items that can definitely go south. And as you may have guessed, that is exactly what we are going to be talking about in todays blog post.

What is the biggest problem that you see when selling a house?

As we talked about earlier, the question we get asked all the time is what problems we see that slow deals down or make deals fall apart when you are selling a property. As you can imagine, we have seen it all – the good, the bad and everything in between. One of the issues we see consistently is a problem with the buyer of the property submitting an offer on the home and ending up not being properly qualified. Picture this: an offer comes through, everyone is excited that it is finally happening and you find out after 25 or 30 days that there is an issue with financing. Major bummer, we know.

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Everyone is excited to get the deal done and closed, but what many people do not realize (or do not want to admit) is that deals fall apart sometimes and it is very disappointing. It is always better to find these things out upfront and make sure that the buyer is not only serious, but is a qualified buyer to purchase your home. As you can imagine, when this does not happen it not only wastes people’s time, but also is very upsetting and frustrating. This is one of those things that we want to make sure you avoid when you are selling a house, and that is where we come in. Our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Reality are here to help you and give you the guidance you need to ensure that potential buyers really are ready and qualified to move the purchase process along.

We also want to touch on the fact the issues can arise at any point throughout the purchasing and closing process, not only when it comes to financing. There are contingencies and issues that can arise even when you have a buyer that wants to make a full cash offer. The best way to avoid these pitfalls that can be costly and frustrating is to work with an experienced agent that knows the area and can ensure that you do not waste your time or energy on offers that do not have the proper backing. You want to make sure that you go into the selling process with an open mind and an understanding that anything can happen – good or bad – but that the right agent will ensure you are taken care of at every point.

 

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Should I be more confident if the buyer has been pre-qualified and/or pre-approved?

Absolutely! But before we get into this topic too much, we want to properly define these terms so you can fully grasp what they can mean to you during the selling process. The terms pre-qualified and pre-approved, while they sound similar, do have some differences and it is important to know how to differentiate the two. When we talk about a buyer being pre-qualified for a mortgage, all that means is that they have submitted a financial overview (such as debts, incomes and assets) to a lender and that lender has given them an overall picture of the size of the mortgage that they can qualify for. And while this is usually a pretty simple process, it is important to understand that this is not a comprehensive look at the buyer’s ability to purchase a home – it is simply an overview at the potential of the loan amount. 

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Now don’t get us wrong, having a pre-qualified buyer is great. But on the other hand, having a pre-approved (especially a fully pre-approved) buyer is an even better scenario.  What is a pre-approved buyer? We thought you would never ask. The pre-approval process is one that is definitely more involved and takes other items into account. A buyer will complete an official mortgage application, and the lender will then review the buyers tax information, verify their credit score, verify that they are employed, verify their income, etc. At the end of the evaluation, which typically takes around 21 days, the lender will provide the buyer the specific mortgage amount that they qualify for. So as you can see, having a buyer that is pre-approved does hold more weight than someone who is just pre-qualified. But in the end, having a buyer be either pre-qualified or pre-approved trumps someone who has not gone through either process, and can therefore be a much more appealing buyer with less risk for potential issues arising down the road.

On a side note, if you are a buyer, going through the process of getting pre-qualified or pre-approved is a great way to see where you stand when trying to get a mortgage. You can see what things you need to work on, spend time on and essentially work to correct to attain the type of financing you are looking for. On the other hand, if you do not have time to work on fixing the things holding you back, it may be a good way to understand the type of home you can afford and therefore refine your search based on what makes sense for your current situation. And since the pre-approval process can take around 21 days, you may want to start the process sooner rather than later if you are in a hurry to purchase a home.

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What should I do if I am looking to sell my house in Myrtle Beach, SC?

We understand the process of putting your house up for sale can be a mix of emotions. On one hand you may be stressed and overwhelmed thinking of the process and all that must be done to prepare, and on the other you are excited about new beginnings and all that lies ahead for you and your family. Our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty have seen it all and we understand all that goes into the home selling process, which is why you should give us a call today. Our team can give you great insight into the marketplace and help you to avoid the potential pitfalls that can be not only costly, but extremely frustrating as well. We have helped numerous people successfully sell their home with ease in Myrtle Beach, SC and we are confident we can do the same for you. This is what we do, we do it everyday and we are good at it. We look forward to hearing from and working with you!

 

You have questions, we have answers. Give us a call at 843-839-9870.  We can recommend a trusted, local mortgage loan provider.

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