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May 9, 2022

How to Avoid Buyer Remorse in a Hot Market


May 2022

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.How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse in a Hot Market


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Buying a home is almost always a great investment, and of course it’s exciting to find and close on a home that you will get to call your own. That feeling of joy and confidence can fade quickly though if certain things are overlooked during the process. 43% of homeowners have at least one regret about buying their home, and that number jumps to 64% for millennials, according to a recent Bankrate survey.

Here are a few tips for ensuring your home purchase is regret-free.

Happy Homebuyer

Get to know the neighborhood
Don't let your enthusiasm for a home run away with you. Before making an offer, plan on touring the neighborhood several times. If you see folks outside, stop and chat with them. We’ve found that neighbors love to talk about the neighborhood and will share both the good and the bad.

Do some research on local schools. Even if you don't have school-age children and don't plan to, buying in the best school district you can afford is a smart move. Homes there hold their value better and are easier to resell.

Consider other factors like crime rate, commute times, and distance to other things that are important to you like parks or restaurants. These things will have a big effect on how you feel about your new home once you are actually living in it.

Be patient
There’s no getting around it - the market is hot and buyer competition is fierce. In these conditions it can be tempting to snatch up any home that is halfway decent just to be done with it. Unsurprisingly, homes bought with that rushed mentality don’t always live up to their hype down the line.

Even if things are moving quickly, make sure you take the time to examine the details, get a home inspection, and think about what you really want in your home. Keep an eye out for red flags and be okay with walking away if a home does not meet your standards. Buying a home is a huge financial decision, and not one that should be rushed!

Remember your budget
Bidding wars are all too common, but it’s important to balance what you want with what you can afford. A bank may approve you for more than you want to spend every month, but outspending your budget will not improve how you feel about your home purchase down the line. It’s up to you to know what your true budget is, and factor in future maintenance costs, insurance, etc.

Work with experienced professionals
Working with a team you trust can help you avoid major regrets. Pick an experienced mortgage lender and loan officer that will help you evaluate all your options. Choose a knowledgeable real estate agent who listens to your needs, knows the area well, and will negotiate with sellers to get you what you need – Century 21 prides itself on these traits and would love to demonstrate this value to you.

Posted in Buying a Home
April 26, 2022

New River


New River

Renowned as the second oldest river in the world, the New is a National and State Wild and Scenic River and one of the first American Heritage Rivers. North Carolina maintains three parks along the river, each a day’s canoe ride apart for primitive riverside camping and picnicking.  Come spend some time in Ashe County and enjoy the best nature has to offer

Posted in Community News
April 13, 2022

Looking for Something to do in Ashe County?

Visiting Ashe County is an event in itself.  So if you get tired of viewing the beautiful mountains, clear rivers & streams, hiking trails and farmland, here are some upcoming events that might interest you during your visit:


Upcoming Events

·         Ashe County Farmers Market- open for the season April 16

·         Kool Nites and Hot Rods - April 16 

·         Mom’s Night Out - May 6

·         Backstreet Park Concert - Crooked Road Ramblers - May 27

·         Backstreet Park Concert- Wayne Henderson, Herb Key, Randy Greer - June 3

·         Gallery Crawl - June10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 15

·         Christmas In July - July 1-2

·         Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention  - July 22-23

·         Studio Tour - August 6-7

·         Art on the Mountain - September 24

Posted in Community News
March 17, 2022

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