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Michael Sullivan

We all need a helping hand….
Home sellers, landlords, renters and home buyers all find themselves in need of help during housing transition periods.
My web site, TeamMichaelSullivan.com offers a wealth of resources for those moving, thinking about moving or just living.

Use this link to link with top notch attorneys, trades people and specialty services. If you don’t see your name and if you’re in business in the Raleigh/Durham , Triangle then email me and we’ll add you to the list.

http://www.TeamMichaelSullivan.com

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8 Flagstaff Court Durham NC 27713

This home is ready for you to move right in because the current owners have taken meticulous care of this property. The exterior has been freshly painted, the deck power washed and new heating and central air conditioning added in the last couple of years.

The home is nestled on a cul de sac in the Woodlake neighborhood, the lot is level, the backyard is huge and the home is within walking distance to the community pool, lake, trails and a nearby city park.

Inside you’ll find custom moldings, hardwood floors in the foyer, nine foot ceilings down and a nicely flowing floor plan. The kitchen is modern, functional and offers a wealth of work space. The living room and dining room are both sun splashed and inviting. Upstairs are three bedrooms and the master offers two walk in closets and a spa type master bath complete with soaking tub.

Interested in learning more about this lovely home? Call, text or email me Michael Sullivan, the expert on all Durham NC properties.
919-608-2372 mobile/text
MSullivan@fmrealty.com

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822 Lynn Road Durham NC 27703

What goes around comes around and so does 822 Lynn Road. I’ve sold this home once already and now I’ve got it for sale again. There is so much to like about this home, the floor plan is open and has a terrific flow. The living space is light and bright and the hardwood floors gleam.
The yard has tons of garden space with lots of perennial plantings that are sure to thrill any gardener.

822 Lynn Road is a short ten minute drive to Duke Medical Center, The VA Medical Center, shopping at Brier Creek and the Research Triangle Park.

Call Michael Sullivan, the real estate expert on Durham, Research Triangle Park, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. To learn more about this and other properties in the area. You can Michael at 919-608-2372 mobile/text or MSullivan@fmrealty.comVisit his web site at TeamMichaelSullivan.com or TeamMichaelSullivan.net.

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The right buyer’s agent; how the heck do you know?
I suppose before you can know, you need to understand exactly what it is a buyer’s agent is supposed to do and how they are supposed to operate.

In North Carolina a real estate agent is required to work for someone. That someone can either be a buyer or a seller or sometimes both. Being a seller’s agent is traditional agency, the agent is working for the seller’s best interest. Being a buyer’s agent is just that, working for the buyer’s best interest. Being a dual agent is working for both parties best interests. Believe it or not with experience this is not tough to do.

So back to buyer agency; most if not all problems associated with a real estate transaction boil down to communication.

1. An agent doesn’t have the experience to know and understand where pitfalls may be within a specific transaction.

2. Through training or lack thereof, the pitfalls have not been communicated to the agent and the agent has not communicated to the buyer the pitfalls.

3. The buyer agent does not adequately communicate to the listing agent what it is the buyer wants or expects.

4. The listing agent doesn’t know about a particular deficiency in the property.

5. Through training or lack thereof, the seller agent has not explored the red flags that would uncover a deficiency.

6. The buyer agent doesn’t show the buyers what they want to see.

7. The buyer agent has not asked the proper questions to determine and vet out exactly what the buyer wants or can afford.

8. The buyer agent doesn’t know the market and cannot adequately inform or show the buyer what is available in the market.

It boils down to communication. As a consumer of real estate take your time, sit down with your potential buyer agent or seller’s agent and talk to them, interview them. One of the most important practices that I typically engage in with my clients is an interview. We sit down and before we look at one home, we talk for a half hour. I ask a million questions so that I can better assist my buyers in making a home buying decision.

There is more but a blog is not the venue to go into all of that. Call me, Michael Sullivan at 919-608-2372 for a free no obligation consultation where we will discuss whether I am the right agent for you. I have 17 years market experience in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill real estate market where I have helped thousands of families find their spot to call home. You may text to 919-608-2372 or email me at MSullivan@fmrealty.com. Learn more about Team Michael Sullivan at TeamMichaelSullivan.com

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Interested in buying, selling, renting or leasing real estate in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough NC, call Michael Sullivan REALTOR, 919-608-2372 or email MSullivan@fmrealty.com

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Don’t get caught

I recently read a home inspection report which was the most evasive report that I’d ever seen. The report itself was very nice, full of photos and general observations but when it came to some the meat and potatoes, I was very disappointed. Thankfully I didn’t encourage the buyers to use this inspector.

The inspector noted that the home has aluminum wiring, not in and of itself a problem, especially since the house has copper pigtails. What was disturbing is the inspector refused to comment as to whether the terminal connections to the breakers and bus bar are secure and functioning properly. All of this done with the panel box open and with enough time to snap multiple photos.

I guess he couldn’t put his fingers on the wires; no danger here if one touches just the insulation and jiggle them a little to see if they are loose. The same true with the breakers. The home inspectors recommendation; hire an electrician to evaluate. The inspector did a political dance to the left. He took the fifth and passed a very expensive buck.

The same was true of some water stains in the house. He wouldn’t say yah or nah to whether or not there were active water leaks in this home. He said, get a plumber and investigate further. I imagine that a moisture meter placed on the spots and running the water at full force during the inspection didn’t cross this guys mind. That’s what other inspectors do; so that they can then say, ah ha here’s a water leak. To be fair to this fellow, he did find a lot.

However this side stepping at over $300 for a townhouse home inspection is unfair to the buyer, the seller and the agents involved. This is exacerbated too by his sarcasm and hostility when I asked him about the homes grounding, breaker box, wiring and “plumbing leaks.” I was told in no uncertain terms to read the whole report and reference all of the links he’d placed in it. Reading the report and following the links are all admirable and well spent time tasks but those tasks still don’t answer the questions left begging, are the bathrooms leaking? Is the electricity working properly?

 I guess that I’ll have to go elsewhere to determine those answers. Care to know more about finding the best home inspector to evaluate your future home? There is more but a blog is not the venue to go into all of that. Call me, Michael Sullivan at 919-608-2372 for a free no obligation consultation where we will discuss finding the very best inspectors for you. I have 17 years market experience in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill real estate market where I have helped thousands of families find their spot to call home. You may text to 919-608-2372 or email me at MSullivan@fmrealty.com. Learn more about Team Michael Sullivan at TeamMichaelSullivan.com

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