Commonly Asked Questions

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In North Carolina, we close real estate transactions with attorneys. Earnest Money is a good faith deposit held in escrow with the closing attorney and will be a credit to you at closing.  Earnest Money is refundable if you terminate for any or no reason during your due diligence period.

Due diligence is the process of discovering and inspecting, securing funds or lender approval, and making sure you are comfortable moving forward with a property in an as-is condition.  If you are financing the property, your due diligence period could be up to 30 days. For this reason, we have a Due Diligence Fee to compensate the seller for taking their home off the market.  The due diligence fee is an incredible negotiating tool to encourage sellers to work with you in a competitive market. The Due Diligence fee is non-refundable if you terminate and will be a credit to you at closing if you move forward with the purchase.

There’s a lot more to it, but we’re here to help. If you're interested in buying a property here in the mountains, give us a call and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The following are the most requested basic inspections performed, with cost approximations included. The inspection costs can vary by the size of the home, the difficulty of the inspection, and other mitigating factors.

Home Inspection - $350-$550

WDO/Pest Inspection - $50-$150

Septic Inspection - $150-$250

Water Quality Test - $75-$150

Radon Test - $150-$250

When you're buying a home in North Carolina, the seller usually pays the real estate agent's commission. But that's not always how it works - the details of who pays the commission can vary depending on the terms of the contract between the buyer and seller. It's a good idea to talk to your real estate agent and figure out who will pay the commission before you sign a contract.

When you're buying a home in North Carolina, you'll probably see a document called a HUD statement, which is also known as a settlement statement or closing statement. It's a detailed breakdown of the costs and fees involved in the purchase. The closing agent usually prepares the statement and it includes information on things like the purchase price, the down payment, loan terms, and other costs or fees. The HUD statement is important for both the buyer and the seller because it provides a clear record of the transaction and makes sure everyone knows the terms of the sale.

If you're considering buying a property in North Carolina, you should know about the principle of "let the buyer beware" (aka caveat emptor). Basically, it means that you're responsible for making sure the property is in good condition and suitable for your needs. The seller doesn't have to tell you about any defects or issues, so it's up to you to find and evaluate them. To avoid surprises, you should always inspect the property thoroughly and get a professional evaluation before making an offer.

Keep in mind that caveat emptor isn't always the rule. In some cases, the seller has to disclose certain information about the property to you. For instance, North Carolina law requires sellers to tell you about defects that could affect the property's value, like a faulty roof or plumbing issues. And if the seller knows about any environmental hazards on the property, like lead paint or underground storage tanks, they have to let you know.

North Carolina is a 'Buyer Beware' state, meaning it is your responsibility as a buyer to do your Due Diligence and know everything possible about what you are buying… the Seller is under no obligation based on our NC Purchase contract to make any repairs. Properties are 'As-Is' unless negotiated otherwise.

Because of the Buyer Beware status, North Carolina allows clients to request a period to inspect the property, obtain financing, and prepare for Closing. A client can terminate the contract for no reason until the end of the Due Diligence period.