Next, find a local Realtor (maybe one that took the time to answer your question on Trulia.com) and start looking at existing townhomes and new builds.
Best of luck.
Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! As a REALTOR with the #1 selling Real Estate Company in the Triangle and a New Home Builders Service Team, I am confident I can help you find the perfect home for you to enjoy your retirement in.
Please call or email me and we can discuss your needs and your time frame. When you are ready to plan a trip to the area, I would love the opportunity to show you around!
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston
919.390.4885 - Mobile
I've been licensed since 1994 and would love the opportunity to assist you. I ask that you visit my website at http://www.RaleighHomeSite.com to learn a little more about me plus you can also search the local MLS via an IDX link set up on the site.
Best wishes for a successful move and congratulations on your retirement . Also, if you are also considering a move closer to the coast, I have several great contacts that I can get you up with their. My parents after retirement were looking at Florida and made a stop in Ocean Isle Beach... they never left and have been there 24 some years now.
Cash would only help to shorten the closing cycle if you are buying an inventory home, a spec home, or a resale. Seller doesn't have to wait for a 30 to 45 days loan period. If you purchase a lot to build, builders usually are not willing to lower their sales price because you are a cash buyer. There is a plenty of time for them to find a right buyer. With this low inventory market, getting a DEAL is not there anymore. Getting a right lot, right floor plan, right combination of upgrades at a reasonable price is more realistic in nowadays.
If you really want to a good deal, I would suggest to work with a very experience agent who has ABR Accredited Buyer's Representative and has a good relationship with the onsite agents. These agents on average are selling more homes and have a deeper knowledge about the local market and each community. Due to their personal relationship with the onsite agent and the builder, you might get a little more than others who just walk into the sales center and sign a purchase agreement.
Please do contact me if you would like to get a market overview in this area. I'm also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and have an extensive knowledge on 55+ communities.
Re/Max One Realty
I would recommend looking in the Triangle area to include Durham as well as Raleigh and Chapel Hill. I moved here from the DC area in 2001 and would love to help you. There are some fantastic deals here in comparison to the ared you are moving from. This is a great place to live.
My wife and I are both Realtors and we would love to help you in any way that we can. We work very hard at providing our clients with very straightforward information to their questions and concerns. While paying cash may decrease the time period after an offer is accepted, it will usually only decrease the period until a closing by a couple of weeks. After all, when a lender agrees to lend folks money, the mortgage amount is paid essentially in cash by the lender to the builder.
Having said that, we have an extremely broad assortment of townhomes from which to choose. What we normally do is arrange for a scheduling of a tour to see these homes when it's convenient for our clients.
What do we need to be able to provide you with some idea as to what may be available? Just let us know your price range and how many bedrooms, etc. And, do you need a first floor master? If you have some idea as to location in relationship to Raleigh, that would be good. If you don't, we can provide you with some maps and some ideas.
So, just give us a call at (919) 624-6726 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also take a peek at our website: http://www.HomesInRaleigh.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
For new construction, Builders often offer incentives by paying for some of your closing costs, provided you use their preferred lender and closing attorney. Getting your closing costs paid for on a resale in a sellers market is tough to do unless you pay full price or more. This also depends on the sellers motivation to sell.
The Raleigh area is becoming a popular place for retirees. If you need assistance is finding your retirement home, I'd be happy to help. You can contact me at 919-624-5073.
A buyer's agent can help you negotiate what is most important to you.
I recommend you shop for a real estate agent first, and have that agent get you good investment. And, if I was the hat-wearing kind of person, I would throw mine in the ring right now and offer my services to you. but since I'm not wearing a hat, I'll just offer my services to you :-) You can email me jose@TriangleResidential.com or call me at 919-809-9734.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy your retirement!