I Want to Buy a Home!

Once upon a time, I was a first time home buyer. Now I am an Agent and Realtor, helping other people on their journey, either buying and/or selling. It’s an interesting story actually, since that initial buying experience, led me to where I am today!

It was 2012 and real estate was still recovering from the collapse that had effected the entire nation in 2007. My husband and I were getting ready to have our first child and realized, as many others do, that it was time to find our first home. We wanted to stop wasting our incomes, on paying someone else’s mortgage, and pay our own. It was an investment and something to call our own. The time was right, the interest rates were at an all time low and we felt comfortable and excited about this new opportunity so we started our search. Sound familiar?

When you start to look for a home, ESPECIALLY your first home, you begin with a list of “must-haves”. We started looking in the area where we were currently renting and realized that we could comfortably afford older homes that would soon require expensive updates, like a roof or HVAC systems. This caused us to expand our search and realize that we might have to adjust what our “must-haves” were.

Long story short, we ended up building in an area a bit farther away than expected and found that we got much more for our money. We were able to put our money into what mattered most to us. It was a good trade and couldn’t have been a better first home choice.

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I had such a good time during this process and was lucky enough to have a good agent on my side, that I decided to begin a career in this field. I wanted others to enjoy this as much as I had and wanted to be a part of the reason why!

I eventually joined a real estate team as their Risk Management Specialist, taking care of their national investor. I was able to train other agents in what the investor was looking for, procurring properties, analyzing their best interest and then taking them from contract to close, excluding any negotiations. I was in this position for 9 months and was involved in the closing of over 50 properties.

Next, I moved into the Team Manager role, continuing the same duties for residential buyers and sellers and after six months transitioned into the Director of Operations. I worked on a team for a total of two and a half years, being involved with well over 100 closings, finally deciding to go out on my own as an individual agent . I was excited to realize my long-awaited dream to assist others in their real estate needs, finally becoming a Broker.

I share my journey with you because the road travelled is one filled with many relatable parts and it is always helpful to know who you are working with.

I believe in my clients and their needs; valuing COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION and SUPPORT. This is what I offer you as your real estate agent and look forward to working with you!

 

Ashley Hadi

Broker/ Realtor

Ahadirealty-com
www.AHadiRealty.com

 

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Millennials Are Ready to Buy!

It looks like now is the time for the Millennials, also known as Generation Y, to begin their house hunt, according to new research. This group born in the early 80’s through the mid 90’s are finally on board with real estate investment, seeing the benefit of home ownership.

As late as last year, this was not the case. Millennials were still weighing their options and jumping at the opportunity to buy. What has made them change their mind? Possibly seeing the rates finally begin to increase. Maybe the current market trend and the buyer’s craze, jumping in, making multiple offers and fighting over the less than substantial inventory that is available. The fact that the elections are now a memory and the political climate is changing could also be a factor. Whatever it is, they are now in.

Looks like the one thing holding them back is down payment. This has always been seen as an obstacle and sometimes a misunderstood hurdle. These days, there are many financial loan options available, either alone or combined, so that buyers can move forward to find that new place to call home.

Have more questions? Follow up with me and I can get you in the right hands.

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Watch Out Zillow!

For most of us, we understand that the Zillow Estimate is not to be taken seriously. For others, they live an learn that it is usually seen as a “guestimate” and not to be trusted much more than any other automated estimate. Still others are putting more weight on these Zestimates and it is making it more difficult for the truth to shine through for any particular market.

Now Illinois Homebuilders have had enough of this charade and have filed a lawsuit. Let’s see how this will turn out, what affect it may have on others in the same situation and how it may effect the way Zillow continues to do business in the future.

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REALTOR Political Action Committee-RPAC

May is REALTOR Advocacy Month where we do our best to spread the word about how to Vote, Act and Invest.

Let me first say that I am not political and I have recently become very passionate about a hidden aspect to us as REALTORS here in North Carolina. There are so many of us who are not aware of what we have at our finger tips, being part of the National Association of Realtors. If you weren’t already aware, the National Association of Relators (NAR), is the second strongest lobbying committee in the nation. How does this help us as Realtors? It helps us keep our industry, our clients and ourselves in a strong position politically to advocate for those who are unable or unaware of just how many potential bills and votes fall under the real estate umbrella.

Just this past month of April 2017, there were over 280 bills going through our House and Senate that were particularly tied to real estate. Sometimes, we as agents and Realtors, get so wrapped up with what is right in front of us and can neglect the larger things going on around us that will effect the future of our business. Many of these bills that could become law would impact our clients in potentially negative ways. Are we all aware of what those are? Most likely not. That is why I am speaking out to raise awareness. I understand that we all do not think that we have the time to go down and personally speak to our Representatives and Senators, but trust me, they are there to listen. Especially in times of Crossover, when many bills are finally passing the House, with a Yae or No, on their way to the Senate. These people, who we have put in power, want to hear from us because we are personally involved with many of these issues. They want to understand all sides so that they can better vote for their community.

I personally spoke to several Representatives and Senators about some of the top issues that were up for vote and could vastly effect our industry. They took the time to listen and share points of view, many voting for us and our clients, once they understood the true impact on their constituents.

The first step is to understand the issues. There are many sources open to us as REALTORS and the public. Take a few moments to understand what is coming up and find out what you can do about it. If you’ve never visited our local Legislative Building in Downtown Raleigh, take one day to go. It will open your eyes to a whole different aspect of our business.

Sign up for mobile alerts or get the mobile app, which will allow you send automatically generated letters directly to your Representatives and Senators with a push of a button. I’m sure many of you have seen the emails with the “Call To Action”. These are extremely important, as they represent a vote that is shortly coming up that could have a sever impact on our industry. Please take the time to answer these. It only takes one click and the lobbyists have already done all of the work for you, writing the letter, which you are able to change the verbiage if needed, and send directly. Just one click!

You don’t have to take my word for it, check this out to learn more and how your RPAC will best help your industry.

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Worried About the Housing Bubble?

The Triangle area of North Carolina has had a stable housing environment for some time now. Here is another vote for our area from Realtor.com. When is the best time to buy or sell in the Triangle? at #3 in the Nation, how about NOW! #AHadiRealty

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You’ve Decided to Sell. Now What?!

Once you’ve decided to sell you home (and why not since inventory is low and it’s a great time to sell) and chosen the right agent for you, what is one thing you can do to get the most out of your sale right out of the gate? First of course, listen to your Realtor, and make sure you don’t make these mistakes!

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