5 Tips for Researching an Investment Property in Murphy, NC

Pinpointing the right investment property in Murphy, North Carolina is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Whether you’re searching for a mountain cabin, rental home, or commercial building, you likely have several MLS properties that interest you. So, narrow the field by doing some due diligence on your top-tier candidates. Next, partner with a leading realtor who will gladly provide you with additional details and professional guidance. Then, you’ll be in a better position to make an informed purchase decision.

 

Get Acquainted with the Area
Naturally, you want to learn as much as possible about your potential investment property’s location. So, get in your car (or truck) and take a leisurely drive around the county. Look for adequate access routes to surrounding communities, and notice the number and type of shopping venues. Make a mental note of parks, recreational activities, and medical facilities. In other words, take the perspective of a potential home buyer or business owner.

 

Next, let’s assume you’ve browsed the MLS listings, and you’ve found several houses for sale or commercial properties in downtown Murphy, North Carolina. Can you easily access that part of town? Cruise through the business district; and notice the number and types of shops, restaurants, and other establishments. Adequate parking is especially important, as residents and visitors want easy access to local businesses.

Now, park your vehicle, and stroll around town like you’re buying a home there. Visit with several shop and restaurant owners. Learn about the business climate, and get a sense of business owners’ and residents’ relationships with local governments. Walk to the town hall or city manager’s office, and learn about upcoming business and residential development plans. Ask your real estate agent for any “inside track” information. Simply put, you want to know that you’re investing in a vibrant community that’s continuing to grow. Finally, for an up-close perspective of the town and/or county, call or visit friends or family who own a mountain home or work in that locale.

Obtain Local Demographic Data
Put on your detective hat, and do some in-depth due diligence on the town’s demographic makeup. Your goal: to determine how this town stacks up against other towns in the county or surrounding region. Begin with the local Chamber of Commerce website. This valuable resource will likely contain useful data on the general economy, population makeup, median income, business ownership breakdown, and much more.

Next, browse the town’s official website for additional nuggets of information. Besides assorted local government details, you might find listings of upcoming events and points of interest. Again, you’re looking for a lively, growing town with much to offer current (and potential) residents and visitors.

Pinpoint Each Property’s Potential
Now, let’s open the zoning can of worms. For example, let’s say you’re interested in a property that currently carries residential zoning, but you think it would make a terrific business location. Before you proceed down that path, learn about current property usage limitations. Next, talk to town managers about the feasibility of a zoning change. Also, ask your realtor about other clients’ recent experiences with zoning issues.

If you decide to pursue that option, realize that you’ll incur some attorney’s fees. You could also face logistical delays that further complicate your plans. So, if your commercial project carries a tight timeline, decide if it’s still workable given those limiting factors.

Visit the Registry of Deeds
Let’s say you’ve found a home or commercial building that piques your interest. To obtain valuable mortgage information on the property, visit the town’s Registry of Deeds. With a little digging, you can get the property’s current mortgage and last selling price figures. Most importantly, learn about any outstanding liens that could affect your potential purchase. Although sifting through these public records will take some time, this information will provide an insight into the seller’s perspective during previous contract negotiations.

Comb through the Permit Records
If you’ve gotten to this stage, you’re seriously interested in a property, and you want your ducks in a row before possibly making an offer. More specifically, you want complete permit data on the property’s previous construction, addition, and/or remodeling projects. If you can’t find these details online, view the written records at the town government offices.

For example, maybe the seller put up a new roof, but never pulled a permit because he wanted to avoid construction delays. That speaks volumes about his mindset, and potentially provides you with an advantage during contract negotiations. Share these (and other) relevant details with your realtor, so you’ll be in the best position to make an offer that aligns with your business goals.

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John Poltrock at REMAX in Murphy NC is Now Short Sale and Foreclosure Certified!

John Poltrock at REMAX Mountain Properties in Murphy, North Carolina is now short sale and foreclosure certified! He has completed his SFR designation, which is sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and specifically designed to help those who are facing foreclosure or needing to sell their home in a short sale.

Not only that, it’s important for both buyers and sellers! In the complex world of buying foreclosures or short sales, there are certain steps and information required to ensure the closing goes smoothly and happens as quickly as possible. Without the proper knowledge, a short sale can easily task 120 days to close! We have the experience to Short Sale and Foreclosure Logo - The Poltrock Team in Murphy NC - Your expert!

  • Negotiate with lenders – both primary and secondary mortgage lien holders
  • Direct sellers to the proper finance, tax, and legal professionals.
  • Develop a short sale package for sellers giving them the greatest likelihood of being approved
  • Limit your risk! Both buyers and sellers have some risk, and we know what to minimize it!

Arming yourself with The Poltrock Team’s knowledge, expertise, and education ensures your short sale or foreclosure transaction in Murphy NC goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re looking for the best, call The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX TODAY!

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Perils and Advice of Short Sale Real Estate Buying in Murphy, North Carolina

Short sales in Murphy NC Real estate has been on my mind a lot lately because there are a handful of homes out there that are short sales. Last night after writing the Basic Information on Short Sales in Murphy NC article, I felt compelled to continue on with it because there are so many things that be a challenge with them.

You can get a great buy with them, there’s just a few things that you need to know with them.

  1. Has the listing price for the short sale been approved by the mortgaging bank? This is probably the most important question you can ask. If not, who’s to say the bank won’t approve it? I had an instance a month ago where we wrote an offer for more than the list price and the bank did not accept the offer.
  2. Be patient. Like with foreclosures, you must be patient.
  3. Have buyer agency. Make sure you have your real estate agent representing you and giving you good, sound advice. If you don’t feel like they are working for you, fire them and get another real estate agent who is – CALL The Poltrock Team!! 😉
  4. Be prequalified with a bank for a mortgage prior to making an offer or buy in cash. Just like with a bank owned property, money talks and they want to know you have the ability to follow through with your offer to purchase.
  5. You’re not appealing to a seller. Yes the seller is involved and must sign your Offer to Purchase. In many cases though, they don’t care what it will sell for unless they have to bring money to the closing table. You are appealing to the bank and your offer needs to be written so it protects you and so it appeals to the bankers, not a “person.”
  6. Be prepared for stupid requests. Although it won’t be as bad as in a foreclosure, there are a lot of stupid forms you may be required to sign. Smile, grin, and bear it 😉

That’s a great start as to what you should expect from a short sale. Be certain about item #1. Otherwise, there’s a good chance you are wasting your time trying to buy it. If you like the house, have patience, and follow the rest of the advice, there’s a possibility you will get a great buy!

If you would like to know more information about short sales, what to do, and need a Realtor to represent you, give us a call! We’re here for you and in business because of you, so let us know what we can do to do help.

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Understanding a Short Sale in Murphy NC Real Estate

Short sales in real estate have been a popular topic not only in Murphy NC, but all over the United States. National media has brought attention to this topic, and many people simply don’t understand what a short sale is. A short sale is not like a real estate foreclosure, which is is where a bank has repossessed a home or land parcel because the borrower failed to make their payments.

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Need Help with a Short Sale? Get The POLTROCK TEAM!

A short sale happens when the owner (or borrower) still has possession of the property and sells the property for less than what is owed to the bank or mortgage holder.

A mortgage must always be satisfied (paid off) in full in order for a property to sell. In order for that, one or a combination of three things must happen:

  1. The most popular and most talked about is the bank/mortgage holder writes off the loss and “forgives” the borrower. In some instances, it can still negatively impact your credit – but not as bad as a foreclosure.
  2. The borrower brings cash to the closing table to pay for the difference. This rarely happens because if the homeowner had the money to pay the difference, they would likely not need a short sale in the first place. Short sales are generally reserved for when foreclosure seems inevitable and the borrower has no way to pay back the note.
  3. The owner borrows the money to pay the difference. Many times the institution (so long as it is not a mega-national company) will loan the difference or a personal loan can be given from another bank.

Many sellers who are “upside down” in their real estate are trying to attempt this option. On the surface, it seems very easy. The truth is, there are a lot of hoops to jump through and you may not qualify for it. I was working a short sale and had the buyers about two weeks ago. The president of a large local bank told me, “If we did it for these guys, then we would have to do it for everyone. That would say it’s okay to default on a loan you promised to repay and that’s just not right. We’ll foreclose on it before we’ll even consider short selling it.” On the other hand, some banks would far rather a short sale than to have to go through the expensive process of foreclosing. We’ve closed short sales and they do happen.

There are so many things that come into play on these that I will have to save them for a later time. Keep an eye out for more on this topic and I will try to link them together to make them easily found. If you have any questions, call us or email! We’re in business for you and are happy to help any way we can.

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John Poltrock, Certified Residential Specialist – The Poltrock Team at REMAX Mountain Properties – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com – Toll Free 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496