Bringing in a Local Clayton Real Estate Agent

There has never been a better time to jump into the real estate market and buy. This is a great market to buy into right now, as the rates are low and the required investment is small. Taking this advice will get you on the path to nearly guaranteed profits.  The Clayton NC area is very popular right now as people discover that the Johnston County area is an awesome place to be!

Local Clayton NC Real Estate

If you want to move, do some research on the internet about different communities and neighborhoods. You can find some great homes here at our Homes For Sale in Clayton NC page.  If you’re interested in looking outside the Clayton area into all of Johnston County and even some Wake areas like Garner and the 4042 areas, check out our Johnston County NC Real Estate page There is plenty of information available to you, even if you are thinking about moving to a small town like Clayton or Four Oaks. Do thorough research into any area in which you plan to purchase real estate. It is no fun to find out later that you have invested in dead-end real estate or will be too far from things that make your world to go round.  BTW, we DO have a Starbucks right here in Clayton if you’re one of those people 🙂

If a home is a real fixer upper piece and needs lots of work, you can probably get it for a good price.  If you are paying cash for properties like this, the restrictions are much less and a cash buyer may be very welcome.  Because of work involved to make one of those “fixer uppers” able to pass needed home inspections for mortgage loans, these properties may not even be listed!

There are almost always a number of properties that may not be listed yet.  Either the owner is not really ready for whatever reason (might need a lot of work as mentioned) or on the fence about selling.  A good local real estate agent is in touch with the community and will know about these kinds of properties – and THAT you won’t find on the internet.  You will save money on the purchase, and you can use that money to repair and upgrade the home as you wish. You can build up equity with each and every improvement as well as get the exact home you want. Make sure that you are looking at the potential a house has, instead of focusing on the negatives. The home of your dreams might be waiting for you behind an outwardly rough exterior.

If you make an offer and the seller doesn’t accept it, there’s always room for negotiation. Your realtor will likely have a good idea of what the wash-out on the whole thing is going to be.  If you’re the buyer, the goal of YOUR agent is to get the best price for you. If you’re a seller, then your agent’s goal is obviously to get the highest price for you.  In the middle somewhere is a price that hopefully both parties can agree on.  Your real estate agent should have a real good idea of what the going rate for your property, either buying or selling, is going to be.  Listen to them.The seller might be willing to meet you half way, cover closing costs, or finalize some repairs. It never hurts to counter offer and ask.

Clayton NC Communities

Riverwood - one of many communities in the Clayton NC area

Riverwood – one of many communities in the Clayton NC area

If you want to purchase a new home, do some research into the neighborhoods of any residences that you are interested in. You can find a lot of information, even for the smallest cities. We’ve got a number of popular communities listed on our homepage at  Consider all of the area’s demographics: population, unemployment rate, median salary, the number of households with children and the average age of the residents, before committing to a real estate purchase.

Be open to different possibilities. While you might not get the perfect house in the community of your choice, you may be able to find something that works for you. Consider all of the options that are available and weigh them out in terms of your preferred location, the desired features of the house and how much you can pay.

Before you meet with a real estate agent, think about questions you want to ask them. You should ask them specific questions about their track record. A good agent will be happy to answer these questions for you.

Get a professional inspector to look over any home you are thinking about making an offer on. As mentioned above, having a fixer-upper (and knowing it) is different than wanting to buy a house that’s ready for immediate move-in.  A professional home inspector can give you the low down on YOUR house.  Find out more at Some people want one and some want the other.  It is best to know exactly the depth of repairs your fixer-upper is going to need before making your offer. Buying a house that requires renovations is a decision that can cost you a lot of money if you don’t know what you are getting into. Dealing with unforeseen repairs can be expensive and some could be so big that you will have to find somewhere else to live while repairs are being done.

Don’t give up even if your offer is turned down, as many sellers will search for ways to make it work. The seller might be convinced to cover closing costs or perhaps repair some parts of the home prior to you moving in.

Teresa Byrd is a long established real estate agent in the Johnston County area.  When you’re interested in learning about the communities in the area and finding the one that will fit your idea of what your life should be like, you should call Teresa.  You’ll learn more in one afternoon of looking at houses than you ever can from the internet (or agents that don’t specialize in this area).

We specialize in residential / one family properties in Johnston County.  Looking for a home with some land to it?  Johnston County is an excellent place to start. There are a number of lots and land for sale readily available throughout JoCo.  Many of our houses have an acre or even more of land – ideal for youngsters or people just seeking somewhat more than a tiny front yard such as you generally get in Wake County real estate!

Call us today to find out why Johnston County and all of our towns are a great place to buy a new house!

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