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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Helping My Son and Daughter-In-Law with Their Coast-to-Coast Move

"First of all my situation was very different since I was trying to find a house for my son and daughter-in-law who were living in California and wanting to purchase a house before they were moving to Florida. So even though I felt pressured dealing with this situation, as soon as I met Dwight and Sharon, I felt very reassured and positive rapport with both of them and realized that the team had very special and unique qualities and that we were in good hands.Sharon’s expertise in the housing market, as well as her listening and communication skills, made such as tremendous difference through this process since she was always taking into account my feedback on the various listings.Her personal attitude and grasp of this area made it very easy to find a house I thought they would love, not to mention Sharon’s videos of every aspect of the house inside and out made quite an impression on my son and daughter-in-law in California. In addition, Dwight’s extensive knowledge of construction, as well as his personal and professional dealings with the contractors, made this long-distance purchase as seamless as possible. He not only helped with every aspect of buying this house, but he has repeatedly checked in with them since their move and offered his help and advice on every aspect of this house. Sharon’s negotiation skills were amazing and Dwight’s constant presence through the walkthroughs and rapport with the builders gave me constant reassurance and eased my mind during this process.Their advice and professionalism and also their follow-through along every aspect of this coast-to-coast real estate purchase could not have been handled any better. They surpassed every expectation I could have. But the most important aspect of this team that makes them so successful is their professional and positive rapport and the mutual respect with construction team members since I’ve never seen negotiations go so smoothly. It was obvious that the contractors were very willing to negotiate and work with this amazing team. Sharona and Dwight made me feel that I had met two new friends who were helping me find a new house for my kids. They also respected my input and I never felt the usual high-pressure sales tactics and restraints. They made this entire process very positive and each step along the way so stress-free. I have already recommended this dynamic duo to some of my friends and I will never be able to thank them enough for all of their help and expertise along our journey. So my honest opinion of Sharon Dwight as a real estate team is priceless I’ve never been so pleasantly surprised I’ve ever been in anything I’ve ever purchased. I’m 62 years old, bought many houses, many cars. I’ve never been so surprised with the teamwork and positive rapport everybody had with each other. Usually, I always feel like I have to do the negotiation and do all the hard work. I actually sat back and just watched everyone else work together to make this happen and it seems so seamless and stress-free, it was amazing."

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

What Happens After the Contract Is Signed for Your New Home?

From contract to closing, there are many steps that need to be taken before you can call your new home your own.

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What happens after the contract is signed for your new home?

There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes from contract to closing, so it’s very important that everyone involved in the transaction work together and be proactive.

First, you must turn in your escrow deposit to the closing attorney or title company within the time frame specified in the contract. This time frame is usually one to three days.

Next, you need to schedule all your inspections for the new house. These can include a general home inspection, a termite inspection, a well and septic inspection, and any other inspection you feel you need. It’s important that you get these done as soon as possible so you can start negotiating repairs for the home.

Your most important job at this juncture is to remain in contact with your lender in case they need any additional documentation. We also recommend keeping copies of anything you send them in case they ask for something you’ve already sent. We know this sounds frustrating, but it happens.

It’s very important that you, your agent, and your lender work together.

Also, don’t change your credit status during this process, or at least check with your lender before doing anything that might affect it, like opening or closing a credit card or buying a car.

Once the repair negotiations are done and all the necessary repairs are made, it’s time to order an appraisal. Make sure the inspection report is squared away before doing so. If the house appraises for the price you’re paying or higher—perfect! If it appraises lower, you can renegotiate the price, walk away from the deal, or work out another plan. Though you’re the one who pays for the appraisal, it’s mainly done for the benefit of the lender because they’re trying to protect their investment.

While that’s going on, you’ll need to gather all the necessary information needed in order to transfer the home’s utilities to you and obtain homeowners insurance.

After that, if your financing is good, all the repairs are handled, and everything else checks out, you can set the closing date. At that point, the contract you signed 30 to 45 days ago is pretty much a done deal.

Now you can celebrate your new home!

As always, if you have any questions or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the St. Augustine area, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Day Trip with Dwight and Savannah

Dwight and Savannah recently headed out to Cumberland Island National Seashore. They saw so many amazing things that they had to record them and share with you.

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Dwight and Savannah recently took a trip out to Cumberland Island National Seashore and had a great time. While they were there, they took a ton of great footage that they wanted to share with you. You can see all of it in the video above, but here’s what they did on their trip.

First, they boarded a ferry out to the island in St. Mary’s, Georgia. They were greeted to the island by over 120 feral horses that roam the 9,800 acres that the island sits on. It was pretty amazing to see. They even saw a young foal nursing from her mother. While the horses are feral, they are descended from Spanish domestic breeds. They didn’t give them any trouble, but they certainly kept their distance.

The earliest record of horses on the island was all the way back in 1742 at the battle between the Spanish and English over Ft. St. Andrews, but the modern occupation of the island began with Spanish missionaries in the 16th century.

This was an amazing trip.

The Dungeness Ruins were also quite a sight to behold. They were originally built by Catherine Greene, widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.  Later, Thomas and Lucy Carnegie built on top of the original foundation. However, the building burned down in 1959 and remains in ruins to this day.

If you have any questions about Cumberland Island or anything real estate-related, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.