The Savvy Realtor with Angie Cole

The Savvy Realtor with Angie Cole

The weekly show teaching you the ins and outs of buying or selling a home in the Triangle of NC with A Cole Realty


December 7, 2023 13 mins

When selling your home, it can feel like there’s a lot to do to get ready! Angie lays out what to do first when wanting to get a good price for your home. How do you know when it’s right to fix it up vs. selling the home as is? How much effort should you put into it to get a return on that investment of time, money, and effort?


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Mailbag: How to get the best price for my home.
  • Mai...
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Sometimes people decide to try to do a for sale by owner. Is it worth it or are you likely to face more problems than it’s worth? Angie shares how to be savvy and aware when dealing with a for sale by owner, whether that be on the buyer or the seller side.


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Mailbag: How do I navigate the market when buying and selling?
  • Mailbag: Is buying from a "For Sale by Owner" risky?
  • The hidd...
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November 2, 2023 9 mins

How does Angie and her team help someone moving from out-of-state find the right spot for them? Even if you’re searching from afar, there’s a lot you can do to research the right fit. Listen in as Angie talks through what criteria to think through, what kind of home layout you need, and then outlines how her team works with long-distance clients.


Here are the questions Angie answers on today’s show:  

  • Mailbag: How can you hel...
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October 19, 2023 14 mins

It’s spooky season! When you walk in a house, do you ever get a sense that it’s haunted? We chat about some untold mysteries before we talk about the top fears homebuyers and home sellers face. From uncovering hidden home damage after closing to losing money in the sale, are any of these things keeping you up at night? Angie reassures us through these fears and strategizes how to overcome them with ease.


Here are the fears we dis...

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October 5, 2023 15 mins

When you are buying a home, there are a lot of expenses, so it can be tempting to skip out on one more line item. One listener asked, “Should we buy a home warranty? Or is that a waste of funds?” Angie weighs out the pros and cons on this decision that she calls a “no-brainer.” She also answers three more questions from listeners. 


Here are the questions we answer today:

  • Mailbag: We tried to sell our house on our own but foun...
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We’ve all heard that spring is a good time to list your home. But what about right now so you can sell in the fall? Angie explains why now is a great time to sell your home. Trusting your realtor to guide you through the process can make all the difference in how your experience goes. You might be surprised to get an even better offer now since there is more competition for buyers! Angie also answers listener questions about mortga...

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September 7, 2023 11 mins

If you are getting nothing but lowball offers as for sale by owners, what does that mean? And how can you set yourself up for success? This episode focuses on answering listener questions from people who are navigating the home-buying process.


Here are the questions Angie answers today:

  • Can I get a 30-year mortgage even at an older age?
  • If we get only lowball offers, are we priced too high?
  • How do you advise an engaged couple...
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August 17, 2023 9 mins

What are some of the “dirty words” in the world of real estate? Words can carry a lot of meaning, so pay attention to what each of these words can mean for the buyer. From "fixer-upper" to "cozy" to "cash only," Angie breaks down what each of these can entail when buying or selling a home.


Here are the words and phrases we discuss on today’s show:

  • A fixer-upper could be an opportunity or a headache.
  • Is being a motivated selle...
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August 10, 2023 12 mins

Wondering why the number of homes on the market seems lower while you search?  We tackle a few questions from the mailbag before we dive into expert predictions focused on the 2023 forecast in the housing market. From inventory levels to home prices, Angie shares what to expect right now in the Triangle (which can be different from the national market).


Here’s what you’ll learn on today’s show:

  • Mailbag: Feeling frustrated wit...
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Feeling ready to get the search started but worried about where to start? Angie talks about one of the very first steps to take in the homebuying process. Then, she answers another real estate agent’s question about putting down a strong offer to try to win the home! She shares what the risk is with this and what the thought process might look like on the other side. Finally, she shares about the speed of the market when selling a ...

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Ever thought about building your own home and wondered about the hidden charges? In this episode, we’re answering some listener questions about new home builds. Fisher and Renny, two of our listeners, are considering building their homes, so Angie dives into the costs and the hidden fees that could quickly add up, such as permits, running utilities, and preparing the lot costs. We’ll also explore the concept of virtual staging in r...

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June 22, 2023 10 mins

For many people, buying or selling a home happens with a primary residence. But what about a more unconventional route? Angie answers questions from listeners that include everything from a down payment with zero-dollars down to fractional ownership. You might be surprised by the creative solutions people have pursued as they work towards buying a home or investing in real estate.


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When you listen to the news, you might be wondering what’s happening with the real estate market. Angie shares how the Triangle market is a bit different than some of the other parts of the country. Will there be a real estate crisis? If so, how can you prepare now?


Here are the questions Angie answers today:

  • What’s the pulse of the local real estate market? (0:43)
  • Mailbag: Could the US debt default scare cause a massive real...
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When you buy or sell a home, you end up working with so many different people to make it happen. Today we talk with some of Angie’s preferred vendors and professionals to hear more about the home-buying process. 

From Tina Konidaris, we hear about the pre-qualification process for a mortgage and why it’s important. Then we talk with Amber Cole about why staging can make a huge difference when you go to sell your home. Craig McCall ...

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When you hear something from a realtor, do you know what’s a red flag and what’s a bit of brilliance and innovation? We talk through a number of hypothetical realtor statements to see what Angie thinks about these and which ones she has said to clients. Have you heard any of these when working with a realtor? 


Find out which of these realtor statements Angie agrees with:

  • “Let’s increase the cute factor and make this listing g...
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When buying or selling a home, you may face some questions about how to list it well or describe what it’s like. From hidden features to extra character, Angie talks about what motivates buyers and what’s nice to know when answering four questions from the mailbag. Join us as we chat about what home features you should market if you’re considering selling.


Here’s what you’ll learn on today’s show:

  • Where is the market right no...
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Think you are ready to buy your first home? Between finding an agent to signing the papers at the closing table, it’s a process that you’ll want to be prepared for. You’ll also want to be prepared financially for this major purchase. But how much do you really need before you begin the home search? Angie answers this and four other questions from the mailbag about what you need to know when buying a home.


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The past week or so saw a lot of excitement in the Triangle real estate market. To kick off this episode, Angie talks about a lot of houses that received multiple offers and went through a competitive bidding process. If you are hoping to buy in the area, be prepared to have a pre-qualification letter and a good real estate agent by your side! 


Here’s what you’ll learn from today’s show:  

  • The Triangle market is competitive o...
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March 30, 2023 12 mins

What are some of the pet peeves real estate agents face? We talk through a list and see what Angie thinks. She shares which of these mistakes she’s seen with clients and how they can cause a negative outcome in the long run. 

From unrealistic expectations to not trusting the agent, a lot of time and energy can be lost if you aren’t in the right place as a buyer or seller. Lean into your realtor for their experience and expertise to...

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In our area, there is so much happening, including new construction! If you are looking for a new build home, Angie suggests looking at Triangle neighborhoods such as Friendship Station, Townes at Westford, West Village, Kings Grant, Retreat at Cedar Crossing, and Smith Farms.

Before you get too far into your search, start by considering what you really want and need in a home. Working with Angie and her team will ensure you priori...

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