The Benefits of a New Survey When Buying Real Estate in Western North Carolina

When you buy real estate in Murphy and Western North Carolina, the question ought to arise whether you pay for a new survey. It doesn’t matter if you are purchasing vacant land, a home, or a commercial parcel; you’ll get many key advantages from a new survey if you choose to do it.

  1. Remarked lines – this is the most obvious advantage. As part of the survey, the surveyor will go through and mark the perimeter of your land. Common markers are yellow, orange, or pink ribbons on a tree, “blazes” where they hack the side of a tree and paint it with spray paint, iron rods, or fence posts.
  2. A “map” of your land – when complete, the surveyor will provide a plat of your land, which is a big map showing the dimensions, direction of lines, and more on the land. Want to see a sample of what you receive from a plat? Click Here to see a Sample Survey.
  3. Verification of any encroachments/structure locations – in determining and marking lines, the surveyor will discover if there is an encroachment by your property or from an adjoining parcel. For example, he might find the neighbor’s fence, house, shed, garden, retaining wall, etc. is on your property. Even worse, what if the house or garage you’re buying is partially or wholly on another property? While it may sound unlikely, we’ve seen entire houses built on the wrong parcel of land. Normally, it is a matter of locating and showing your structures on the survey map itself.
  4. Review of Right-of-ways/easements – if the property you are buying has a right-of-way to it or through it (or easement. They mean essentially the same thing, some folks interchange the words), it can be a good idea to verify the location of it. Some easement locations are extremely specific of where they are while others are beyond vague; it can be beneficial to make sure you have good access to reach your property or that an easement to another property through your property does not go through your buildings etc.
  5. Verify acreage – want to ensure the size of your land is accurate? The only accurate way is a new survey. If it hasn’t been surveyed in a long time, acreage can vary wildly. I’ve seen 50 acre parcels that were really 80 acres and 50 acre parcels that were really 34. If properties have been surveyed within the last decade or two, it is generally accurate and varies within 1/10th of an acre. The older it gets, the more it can be off.
  6. Title Insurance to include boundary coverage – when you obtain a new survey prior to a real estate closing, the attorney can add boundary coverage to your title insurance policy at no additional cost. This is a huge benefit, especially on larger tracts. For instance, what if a neighbor builds a shed on or stakes claim to a certain portion of your property? With boundary coverage, the title insurance company will step in and protect your interests. They will not do this without boundary coverage specifically covered in your policy. Because of that, be certain to prompt and verify with your attorney they have included it in your policy. They MUST send in a copy of the survey to the insurance company.
  7. A new deed description – sometimes this is a huge benefit while other times it is unnecessary. For instance, a home built in a subdivision created with in the last decade or two likely will not need a new description as the description is accurate. If you’re buying an “old” parcel that hasn’t been surveyed in a very long time, a survey is priceless. Some old deed descriptions literally have a description that goes to the “old hickory stump” then fifteen poles to a barb wire fence. Those definitely need a new survey to be able to accurately know where boundary lines are located and the true size of your acreage.

A quick story – I purchase a rental house in downtown Murphy and did not get a survey. Whoops. Turns out the last time it was surveyed, that I could find, was somewhere around 1960’s. The neighbor, who I was fortunate enough to know, pointed out to me the carport, which is attached to the house, was partially on his land. I immediately called a surveyor, had it surveyed, and sure enough! The neighbor was kind enough to deed a small <0.01 acre triangle to me to correct it. Had it not been him, I may not have been so lucky to have such a good resolution. Since then, I almost always get a survey when I buy a property.

What’s the approximate cost of a new survey? Every surveyor has a different price structure and every parcel of land is different so there is no normal pricing. As a general guidance, the minimum cost is $550 and can be in the thousands the larger the tract of land is. The only way to get a true quote is to send in the parcel info and have it quoted.

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Click here to see a SAMPLE of a survey.

Written By: John Poltrock, The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX in Murphy, NC 1-866-Murphy-NC

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Advantages of Choosing a Realtor with a Closing Coordinator

Simply put, real estate is a demanding business. No matter if you’re in Murphy, North Carolina or any other corner of the United States, having a Realtor who is effective in getting everything done for you, and done well, is virtually impossible for a single real estate agent. That is why The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX embraced the Team Model as opposed to inefficiently trying to do everything individually.

When you’re selling real estate, hiring a Team with a Closing Coordinator is a huge advantage. From contract to closing, our Closing Coordinator ensures you have the most seamless closing possible. There is an incredible amount of moving parts behind the scenes you may never even realize must happen to ensure your property closes. 

What can you expect from our Closing Coordinator?

  • Sandy Payne is our amazing Closing Coordinator.

    Personal Point of Contact to answer the many questions that arise.

  • Coordinates any and all inspections with all appropriate parties.
  • Helps execute any necessary repairs.
  • Ensures all necessary documents are executed and delivered to the closing attorney’s office for closing preparation.
  • Coordinates & Schedules closing appointments with the attorney’s office. Continually follows up and reminds all parties to ensure your closing is as timely as possible.
  • Coordinating, Managing, and responding to the constant communication between parties to ensure a smooth transaction
  • Assists in timing to change, order, and/or cancel utilities and insurance.
  • And many more unseen duties and tasks.

With a single agent, do you think your closing would be smooth and happy if they’re out showing, at an open house, on vacation, or simply not answering the phone? If you read many of the feedback responses, our closing coordinator is constantly referenced as one of the best parts of the buying and selling experience.

Having a closing Coordinator is invaluable as we move your property from For Sale, to Under Contract, and ultimately to CLOSED. While you may read this article and have an idea, you won’t understand how much of a strategic advantage it is for you until you experience it for yourself! The best part? It costs you nothing extra to have our whole Team working for you. Our fee structure is identical to that of a single real estate agent. 

Ready to sell your property and experience the advantage of having a Closing Coordinator working for you? Have more questions? We’re ready! Contact us today by clicking here or calling 1-866-687-7496.

THE FINEST HOME IN MURPHY NC!

Talk about the most stunning home in Murphy! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is one of the nicest homes you’ll find! It features tons of upgrades and stunning features both inside and out. Not only that, you’re situated in the best spot in downtown Murphy.

Outside it shines like no other. The home and double garage feature low maintenance hardieboard siding that is pristinely painted. It’s craftsman styled elegance features a timber frame flair. Combined with elegant stonework, you’re sure to fall in love before you even step in the front door. 

And if the outside isn’t enough, then inside the home is certain to win your heart. Immediately inside, there are several key features that jump out at you. The Lennox wood burning fireplace features stacked stone that stretches all the way to the vaulted tongue and groove ceiling. The Brazilian Andorra Mahogany hardwood floors are both exquisite and unique.  And the kitchen, oh the kitchen… The kitchen is extraordinary. It boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Solid cabinetry, and is perfect for the gourmet cook or microwave warrior. 

As you step into the fully finished basement, the entertainment room is the first thing you see – and it certainly doesn’t let you down!! Another stone fireplace with a Lennox wood burning case is quite impressive towering over the slate tile floors. Coupled with a wet bar, dry Finland cedar sauna, another porch, and so much more, you won’t believe just how stunning it is till you see it in person!

And the loft and master suite are great! The master bedroom is quite large and has its own walk-in closet and bathroom! The bathroom boasts both a tile shower and a whirlpool bathtub! It’s a stunning arrangement that you surely will enjoy waking up to every day.

Click here to see our Video Walk Through of this home

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Another 10 Rating For The Poltrock Team

The Poltrock Team was recommended to me by a friend who knew The Poltrock Team had a reputation for results in selling homes in the real estate market. I wanted to sell my home, so I contacted John Poltrock.

I found John to be very assertive, aggressive and was proactive on getting my home sold. I absolutely would work with The Poltrock Team again.

~~Linda Kennedy, Hayesville, NC

Above 10 Rating For The Poltrock Team

I heard of John Poltrock from word of mouth and local advertising. I have worked with other real estate agents in the past, but I think John is the best!  Excellent communication and overall my experience was very nice. I would absolutely would recommend John Poltrock and The Poltrock Team of Murphy, NC.

~~Joseph Cody, Blairsville, GA

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com– Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

A 3 Time Customer Of The Poltrock Team

We have used The Poltrock Team a total of three times since 2012 and are very happy with them, especially John Poltrock. He has given us great detailed information on our properties. We absolutely will use The Poltrock Team again and rate them a 10 when it comes to real estate in Murphy, NC, whether you’re buying or selling.

 

~~Larry & Susan Klerk, Murphy, NC

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Best Performing Real Estate Team In The Area

I found The Poltrock Team doing an internet search when I decided to sell my home in Andrews, NC. I found John and his team to be very friendly, positive and cooperative. My home sold in 2 days with closing on time and without issues! I would definitely do business with them again.

~~Paul Hofmeister, Madison, AL.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com– Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

I Would Highly Recommend Donna for any Real Estate Needs

We recently purchased land in Murphy, NC. Our agent was Donna was great to work with. Donna gave me all the information we needed e.g. bank contacts and closing attorney. In addition, if I had any questions she answered them immediately. She walked us through the processes and contracts so we did not have any unexpected issues. I would highly recommend Donna.

–Veronica Nelson

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com– Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Wayne Cofer Helped us Find the Perfect Home

We found out about The Poltrock Team while searching properties on the Internet. After Wayne Cofer called about one of our inquiries, we decided to work with the team. During our real estate transaction, Wayne Cofer’s services were most helpful. We spent several days with him, and his guidance and questions made us really “think.” We feel that Wayne is a true asset! We are very pleased to have found the perfect home, in the perfect location!

Also, The Poltrock Team’s business relationships with attorneys and insurance companies definitely made the legal end of our purchase seem flawless. Overall, we rate the level of service received as a “10.” We would absolutely work with The Poltrock Team again.

–Nevada Myers

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com– Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team