Who Pays the Realtor’s Commission?

Who Pays the Realtor’s Commission?

Understanding Real Estate Agent Fees and Who Pays Them It’s always prudent to hire a real estate agent to assist you with the sale or purchase of a home. Realtors know their local markets well, and the experienced ones are savvy negotiators. In exchange for their...
Hidden Costs When Selling Your Home

Hidden Costs When Selling Your Home

Costs to Expect When Selling Your Home Many homeowners are unaware of the numerous costs involved in selling a home. Some upfront expenses are required while others are negotiable. That’s why it’s best to do your homework before listing your home and to make sure you...
Top 5 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Top 5 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Selling Your Home Like a Pro Thinking of selling your home while the market is hot? These five cheap and easy to do upgrades will have your home ready for the market in no time. Update #1: Light Fixtures Dented, faded, gold plated…light fixtures come in all...
When Tenants Behave Badly

When Tenants Behave Badly

Basic Steps of Eviction Eviction is really the last thing you want to deal with as a landlord or rental property owner. The idea of removing a tenant from a property is stressful for all concerned. However, sometimes it’s the only way to handle a delinquent tenant or...
Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Keeping Your Eye on The Prize Selling a home can be an emotional process that is time-consuming and stressful. Some view it as an invasion of privacy and struggle with the potential criticism towards their home. From haggling over the list price to drafting up the...
Housing Market Predicted To Stay Strong

Housing Market Predicted To Stay Strong

No Signs of Slowing Down in 2021 When it comes to the 2020 housing market, the data doesn’t lie. With over 5.66 million homes sold, the year topped the charts with a growth rate of 6% over 2019! Home values went through the roof, and the market was a seller’s...
5 Tips for Selling Your Home

5 Tips for Selling Your Home

How to Sell Your Home Fast To ensure a quick sale, educate yourself on the most common ways other buyers have done so. When you sell your home quickly, it allows you to move on with your life, especially if it’s a career move. The best time to list your home is...
Real Estate Agent -vs- For Sale by Owner

Real Estate Agent -vs- For Sale by Owner

Understanding the Differences When selling your home, there are two conventional paths to getting the property on the market— For Sale by Owner -vs- Listing with a Real Estate Agent. Whether you want to tackle the housing market on your own or get some help from an...
Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Winter Being a homeowner means making sure that your house is ready for any type of weather. Preparing your home for the winter months is just one of those critical steps you can’t skip. At Oak City Properties, we suggest doing a...
What to Know About Foreclosure

What to Know About Foreclosure

Q and A About Foreclosed Properties A foreclosure can be a great way to get a deal on a property. While the financial reward may be significant, it is important to remember that there may also be a considerable amount of work. When purchasing a foreclosed property,...
Staging Is as Easy as 1,2…Clean

Staging Is as Easy as 1,2…Clean

Tips for Staging Your Home for a Quick Sell Not sure how to stage your home so that it is appealing to potential buyers? No worries, at Oak City Properties, we got you covered. Whether you are selling a home in Raleigh or across the county in a different time zone,...
5 Tips to Staging Your Home

5 Tips to Staging Your Home

Put Your Best House Forward Planning to sell your house, but not sure how to set the stage for success? Take a look at these helpful tips and tricks to entice potential buyers and get results. Tip #1: Focus on curb appeal When selling your home, it is essential to...
Is a Foreclosure Home a Good Investment?

Is a Foreclosure Home a Good Investment?

Diversifying Your Rental Portfolio Everyone loves a deal, and buying a rental property is no different. Whether it is a fixer-upper in your favorite neighborhood or a foreclosure that has been empty for years, we all know what it feels like to be swept up in the “good...
5 Steps to Setting Your Rental Rate

5 Steps to Setting Your Rental Rate

A Play-by-Play on Deciding Your Monthly Rental Price Nailing the pricing equation to maximize profit is key when setting your rental property rate. While there is no simple mathematical formula to determine your rental price, there are a few components that can help...
Is the College Rental Scene Right for You?

Is the College Rental Scene Right for You?

Answering the College Rental Market Question We all know that fall is the best season in Raleigh. From hoodies and flip-flops to the crisp mornings followed by sunny afternoons, it really is a great time to be a southerner. Fall is also the season that brings all the...
4 Tips for Collecting Rent

4 Tips for Collecting Rent

Getting Paid on Time As a landlord, the most significant factor in managing your cash flow is to collect the rent on time! While being a landlord isn’t just about getting paid, consistently collecting the rent payments each month is one of the most important things...
Increasing Rental Rates: Is it a good idea?

Increasing Rental Rates: Is it a good idea?

Things to consider when adjusting rent prices To increase rental rates or not to increase rental rates…that is the question! A long-standing question that should warrant a good amount of consideration before answering. If you find yourself questioning whether to...