I am not an investor but would like to advertise that I will buy a house in certain subdivisions. How?

Asked by Jason Mckinney, Mount Pleasant, SC Wed Aug 27, 2008

I am very interested in just three areas (Cooper Estates, Hidden Cove, and possibly Old Mt. Pleasant). Dont want to make a series of lowball offers on everything. Would love to somehow advertise that I am a buyer in those subdivisions and have interested owners/agents contact me. Is there any way to advertise that I'm a buyer (excepting classifieds, or craigs list)??

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Chris Havila…, Agent, Isle of Palms, SC
Thu Aug 28, 2008
There are basically three types of homes that fit into this mold.
1. Homes currently listed in MLS, including . (These are homes that any agent has access to. Trust me you do not want every agent in Charleston contacting you every time a home in your area comes on the market or changes price!)
2. Pocket listings. These are homes that an individual agent may know is for sale but the owner has asked that it not be placed in MLS for one reason or another.
3. Homes not currently for sale, until you give an owner the idea, which they may then act upon.
My suggestion would be to find one agent and do the following:
a. Fine tune your wish list. (These neighboorhoods are rather diverse with varying price ranges. Let your agent know what your wants and needs are to better pin point your ultimate home.)
b. Sit with your agent and thoroughly go through all of the properties that meet those expectations that are currently on the market. It's improtant to note that our MLS search tools are far superior to those the public has access to.
c. If you do not see what you want go to plan "B" which would include looking up recently expired and withdrawn listings as well as moitoring all new properties that fit your criteria in those areas. (sometimes in these markets owners just get tired and give up even though they are still interested in selling)
d. Soliciting homes not currently for sale is effective but be prepared for the reaction from the seller that you are expecting to pay more than market.
Jason, I'd be happy to help you with your search. Feel free to visit my web site at http://www.HavilandEstates.net. or call me at 843-327-8986.
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The Charlest…, , Charleston, SC
Wed Aug 27, 2008

I believe Vicky is correct. You could certainly pull addresses from tax records and call or write homeowners on your own to see if they will sell to you. More than likely you will not be taken seriously. Or you could hire a professional to broker the deal.

Opinions vary on Realtors; usually depending on people's experiences with them and/or their preconceived notion of their cost/value. There are knowledgeable, competent, and professional Realtors out there (some, not all) who are well worth the cost (and will most times save you money) - do some research, hire the right one and leave the driving to us.

Jim Grady
The Charleston Real Team
Keller-Williams Mount Pleasant
(843) 460-4939
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John Spehl, Agent, Irmo, SC
Sun Jan 19, 2014
Sellers often make decisions based on emotional circumstances not easily known or understood and they often don't want to "put their business out there". If you absolutely do not want an agency involved, I would suggest riding your target neighborhoods on Saturday afternoons and talking with everybody you see. Somebody knows somebody.

Additionally, I would arm myself with financing prequalification letters or proof of funds. This is true whether you go with a broker or find something yourself. You want to be ready when the seller yells "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

I found my house on Isle of Palms in this exact way. When I finally found the home for me, the seller was extremely happy he didn't have to deal with people coming in and out of his house and I showed him that I could buy right away. I did it and I would be delighted to help you do it too.

John Kent Spehl
SC Broker In Charge
SC General Contractor
SC Real Estate Appraiser (inactive)
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Jason Mckinn…, Home Buyer, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tue Sep 2, 2008
Thanks for everyone's response. I should have mentioned I already have a buyers agent. I will attach my email just in case anyone knows of someone ready to sell in one of those neighborhoods (Hidden Cove, Cooper Estates, or Old Mt Pleasant, 2000+sf) in the low $300's. My email is JM18866@yahoo.com. I am a young professional looking for a primary residence at a good price. Not an investor. Thanks to all!
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They should send out a mailer to the community asking for a one time showing. This helps market them and helps you so most agents would do it.

I am contacting you today because I have a client who is looking to purchase a home in your neighborhood. They are particularly interested in your 3 bedroom home, located in SUBDIVISION, specifically your subdivision.

This family is pre-approved with their money in the bank. The homes currently on the market today just do not meet their needs.

Please feel free to give me a hassle-free call or have your agent call if you are thinking of selling.
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Cheryll Wood…, Agent, Mount Pleasant, SC
Thu Aug 28, 2008
Dear Jason,

I think that Jim's answer was the best response that I have seen but make sure that if you use a Realtor, that you hire an ABR (Accredited Buyers Agent) and that you choose someone that is very familiar with the area. As you probably know, as a buyer, the services of a Realtor are generally free to you since commissions are paid by the seller. You may also want to make sure that the agent has some knowledge of financing and short sales if you are looking for foreclosed or pre-foreclosure properties. Please feel free to search my website, http://woodsflowers.com for all currently available properties or give me a call if you have any questions. I would be happy to help!
Cheryll Woodes-Flowers, ABR
Keller Williams Realty
cflowers@woodsflowers.com 843-442-2219
Web Reference:  http://woodsflowers.com
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Laura Sargent, Agent, Awendaw, SC
Wed Aug 27, 2008
As an active ABR in Mount Pleasant - I'd love to help you achieve your goals.
I'm ready to work for you.

Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate
email: lsargent@carolinaone.com
cell: 843-509-2375
Web Reference:  http://www.laurasargent.com
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Vicky Chrisn…, Agent, Purcellvile, VA
Wed Aug 27, 2008
I'd like to suggest that you hire a buyers agent who will "farm" these areas for you. I am working with someone in a particular neighborhood in McLean, VA right now. We've been working together for about 6 weeks, and are currently negotiating an offer, which I have very high hopes for. You'll need to be willing to pay your buyers agent, since they are likely to find you homes that are NOT advertised on the open market, and you'll have to be patient with the process. My buyers had been looking themselves for over a year, and tried everything. Even though they started with hesitations and doubts about what I could do vs. what they had done, they are now experiencing the difference working with a professional. I'd be happy to help you find an agent that serves those areas and knows how to do this kind of work - not every agent can. If I can refer you to someone, please email me vchrisner@kw.com
Web Reference:  http://www.vickychrisner.com
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