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Nancy Hawkins, Both Buyer and Seller in Ocala, FL

We are a retired couple living in a gated community in Ocala, Florida,we would like to move to North Carolina.

Asked by Nancy Hawkins, Ocala, FL Fri Jul 13, 2007

What do you think of our chances to sell out home and what type of realestate realtor should we get. Thanks

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Hello Nancy, My husband Philip and myself lived in Oak Creek Caverns in Ocala and relocated to the beautiful mountains of Banner Elk 3 years ago. We are so delighted about our decision. The weather is gorgeous year round, and the people of our small town are like family. I would highly recommend to a fellow Ocalian to check this area out. There is plenty of vacant land to develop or beautiful pre-existing homes here ready for you to move in. If you decide to take a trip to the High country, we own the Little Main Street Inn and Suites right here in town and would love to show you around. Fall foliage is just around the corner and it is a spectacular show. I would love to hear about Ocala as well. As for the sale of your home: I would do google searches for homes for sale in Ocala and see what realtor or company appears at the top of the list, in todays technology 85% of your buyers will come by internet, (that is how we sold our home in Ocala - to a gentleman from Cape Cod, Ma), look in the local magazines to see who is advertising and what types of homes are they handling (how close to comparison to your home and price range), request your agent to have your home present on all of the websites geared for real estate sales. (many are actually free and for a small fee can be upgraded to give you a larger presence on their site and the web. Virtual Tours are a big hit with buyers today as well. If the pricing of your home is within 0-5% of the comparable market value, the days on the market will be much less as well. Good luck to you both, if you would like to chat further, please feel free to give me a buzz or drop an email.
Lori (little) Dean 978-340-0441
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 17, 2007
Interview 3 or 4 Realtors and give some thought to what your specific expectations are from these agents. This will help you achieve more meaningful discussions and aid you in choosing the best agent for the job of selling your home.

I strongly advise everyone to choose a full time Realtor. It's your home; you deserve to have a full time professional working on your behalf.

Buyers are on the internet, so how your prosective real estate agent will market your home online is important. Ask how they will do that, how they track results, and what support they have to accomplish this. This is where your buyer will most likely be looking. You want to be found.

Discuss how often you expect updates on the marketing activity for your home and what form of communication works for you. For example, we provide our sellers regular written reports discussing market changes, inventory, web tracking results, etc. Who will shedule showing? Will he/she follow up on showings and provide you feedback? How often do you think you should hear from your Realtor? In what format? Discuss this in the interview process to ensure you and the prospective agent are on the same page.

While I do not consider it to be a criteria to hire an agent or not hire an agent, you may want to discuss their personal activity levels with buyers. I do not recommend hiring a listing agent on the basis that they have a lot of buyers. Hire a listng agent because that person is going to market your property to the public and brokers to find your best buyer out there. The reason I suggest you discuss buyer activity with an agent is it will give you a feeling for how in touch with the market they are.

What tools will they use to market your property? Brochures, Broker Open Houses, Public Open Houses, virtual tours, etc.

Do they work solo or as part of a team? Who will show the property if a buyer calls the listing office?

What is their experience in real estate? How long? How many transactions? In which neighborhoods and with properties similar to yours?

What experience from outside the real estate industry do they have that adds value to their skill set as a Realtor?

The type of realtor you 'should get' is one that is skilled and knowledgeable in your market area, willing to work hard for you and has a work and communication style that is compatible to your expectations.

I hope the above questions help you in developing meaningful conversations with prospective agents. Best of luck.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
It is important to interview several agents to find one that you are comfortable working with on selling your home. Create a list of questions, you will know the right agent for you the minute they walk into your home. It is important to hire a Buyers Agent that knows the area that you are relocating to. Ask several questions and you will know who fit your needs.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
Hi I am a North Carolina realtor working in the area between Charlotte and Statesville. If you are looking in this area, let me know your criteria and I will be glad to help you locate property.You can search the local MLS on my website
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
Hi Nancy, You will love North Carolina. We bought our home here on the outskirts of Conover, NC, which is only 15 minutes from Hickory and all the major stores. Conover is a lovely village with small town charm. Has a great library, antique shops and a couple of nice restaurants. A new Walmart sets just on the outskirts of town along with a new Burger King and a new Zackbys chicken. Conover has lovely parks that are beautifully decorated at Christmas time as well as a wonderful old fashion type Main Street. It has recently been completely redone with brick , new lanterns, trees and everything that makes it so charming.
Sad to say, we have to move to Illinois and have recently listed our 1900 sq. ft. home on approx. 1 acre. We have done so much work on landscaping, a new wood barn for storage, and completely remodeled the inside as well. It was built in 1998 and has had a lovely sunroom added to the rear of the home. We sit just on the outskirts of Conover. We have woods backing up to our rear lawn. So the privacy is wonderful.
We hate to leave but our business in lawn and landscaping is waiting in Illinois. I hope you get your home sold soon in Ocala and get to move to North Carolina. By the way, we love being near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is great for a Sunday ride in the cool mountain air. The prices here in our area are very reasonable , what with the housing crunch and all but even in good times, they certainly are in the middle price range of other locations. Good luck to you. Nancy Dawson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 9, 2008
Welcome to North Carolina. Iw ould like to promote the Charlotte region to you. A great city with quite a few smaller towns around if you don't want to actually be in the city but close to what it has to offer. Your dollar will buy you more here than in Florida as far as the housing market goes. You will be only a couple of hours from the beaches or the mountains. Truly a great area to call home.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 2, 2008
Hi Nancy! I am glad to hear you are considering a move to North Carolina. Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower, but not backwoods! The cost of living is reasonable, and home prices, while not on the bottom of the chart, are still very, very reasonable here.
I am located in the Raleigh/Durham area. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which was cited on CNN last week as the 6th fastest growing county in the US. While Raleigh is certainly growing, so are the bedroom communities surrounding....and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I have access to a great supply of homes for that have a 'country' neighborhood atmosphere but are within a 15-20 minute commute to the city. The majority of my work takes place in the area just north of Raleigh; Wake Forest, Franklin and Granville Counties. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the great communities you will find and the wide choices of homes and floor plans available to you.
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website at http:// .
I have worked with many many buyers who have relocated here from Florida....I just signed a contract on another one this week! CALL ME! I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
If you are a fan of gated communities, there is a golf course community in Chapel Hill called "Governor's Club". There is also a nice neighborhood called Fearrington Village nearby that you may also like. I believe both are searchable but I would be happy to send you additional info if you contact me.

Be sure to ask for buyer representation so that you have someone protecting your interests throughout the transaction.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 5, 2008
My home is for sale in Oxford, NC and you may view listing with MLS#967786 if you are looking in this area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 1, 2008
Ocala Florida....I had an Great Uncle that lived there for years. His name was Alden Rogers and has a son named John Alden Rogers.

I am a realtor in Roxboro North Carolina. We have a quaint little town with 2 Lakes, Hyco Lake and Mayo Lake. There is also a County Club with golf course and Lake Winds is in the Rougemont area near Durham. If you like a slow space of life you may would be interested in the area. We a number of people retiring and relocating here due to the mild winters. I wish you luck in your venture and if I can help....I would welcome the oppportunity...check out my web site
Thanks for your time.
Amelia Hicks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
I hope this helps or maybe not. But I am a national commentator and author on R.E. Forecasting. The Ocala area is expecting a slight decrease in overall value over the next 12 months. Just too much supply. So selling is going to be hard (maybe 6+ months of excess inventory on market). But I tell you that it is a great time to buy in most all of North Carolina. These are the metro area forecasts for 2008. Hope this helps. You will be making a lot more money in NC over the next 3 years. If you want address specific data you can get it free at (my site).

Ed Ross
NC Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.16%
NC Burlington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.02%
NC Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area 0.71%
NC Durham, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.83%
NC Fayetteville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.26%
NC Goldsboro, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.03%
NC Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.90%
NC Greenville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.24%
NC Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.96%
NC Jacksonville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.39%
NC Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 1.68%
NC Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.05%
NC Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.20%
NC Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.19%
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 1, 2008
Sounds Great! I would love to speak with you Nancy. I working in and around the Raleigh North Carolina market. In fact, I focus in a gated lake & golf community that may be of interest to you. Let's talk soon!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 17, 2007
As an agent in the Raleigh-Durham market, I would not venture to tell you what your chances of selling your home in Ocala would be. I will say that if you do find yourself in a position to move to North Carolina, the Triangle area is a great place to be. We are home to three major universities, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Durham Bulls baseball club , and many other attractions. We have many different museums, and other attractions that offer seniors opportunities to explore and enjoy the area. There are golf courses, and communities that are great for an active lifestyle. Theater in the Park, the Broadway South series, and Raleigh Little Theater offer cultural entertainment for all ages. Located in the middle of the state, the Triangle area is only a few hours from the coast as well as the mountains. Day trips are possible to both places. For more information on the area, go to for an overview of the real estate market here. Good luck on your quest to move.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 16, 2007
Hi, I'm a Buyer's Agent in Asheville NC and as a Buyer's Agent I only represent the Buyer in the RE transaction; this is really important especially in NC. If you are considering Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains I would be glad to help you find your next home at the best price. The link below will take you to the MLS search for this area.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 25, 2007
North Carolina's Triad is central NC at its best. I've helped many Floridians move here and answer this question when asked" how did you get here"...they say "we got lucky". Tremendous values are common. is just one! I work primarily in the Greensboro/GuilfordCounty area. Greensboro has 7 colleges, a thriving downtown and is 3.5hours to the beach and a 1 to 3 hours to the mountains. Come to Greensboro, I can help win you over! Safe&Sound is my buyer agent business model.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 15, 2007
Thanks for considering the Carolinas. I did some preliminary research based on your question about selling your home there and while it will definately take longer than in years past, most folks moving from Florida are suprised at how far their money goes here in the Carolinas. In your general area of Ocala, there were half the number of sales last month than during the same time a few years back. That means that the professional you hire down there to sell your home should be one with a specific plan to get your home shown by the available buyers in the area. Without it, you could be in for a L-O-N-G listing.

Unlike Florida, North and South Carolina has 4 types of real estate agents: a sellers agent (doesn't represent you), a subagent (doesn't represent you) a buyer's agent (represents you and you alone) and a dual agent (represents both buyer and seller). In most cases, buyer's agents are paid by the seller so its imperative that you choose the very best one who takes in consideration your needs, wants, and desires and will work however long to find you that perfect place. Also, its important to choose one licensed in both North and South Carolina so that you have the most options available to you.

Finally, I want to share a video with you from when Nightline recently took a look at the market here in Charlotte. All Real Estate is local and there are hot markets everywhere right now. We're being eyed right now as one.…

Also, check out my website below. I've got an interactive map that allows you to see what's listed where right on the map. Its really cool. Hope this helps
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2007
If you are interested locating near the coast but not at the beach, we can help. My team serves the New Bern area, about 45 minutes inland from the coast at the confluence of two rivers. There are many retirees in our community, although this is not just a retirement area. Please visit our website to learn more about New Bern and give us a call or email if you are interestede. We'd love to tell you about New Bern!
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