Do this first if you want to buy a home, local real estate agent says

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Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Amy Dupree-Stroupe consistently goes above and beyond for clients and has the awards and accolades to prove it! She received the Five Star Sales and Service Award: Best in Client Satisfaction— seven times—and has been recognized by Charlotte Magazine as one of the best in the business.

The Florida native has called Charlotte home for over 20 years, and her 19 years in real estate means she brings tons of been-there, done-that knowledge to first-time homebuyers, relocation clients and those looking for luxury and investment properties.

C5 caught up with Amy to find out what challenges she sees for buyers and sellers this spring and the first step those looking to purchase a home should take.

C5: Why do you love being a Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent?
ADS: I enjoy building long-lasting relationships with my clients, and I want to be their Realtor® for life! After selling real estate for almost 19 years, I have worked with many clients on multiple transactions and am honored when I can become the family Realtor®.

C5: What’s special about working with first-time home buyers?
ADS: I have an extra special place in my heart for first-time home buyers. I love helping educate and guide them throughout the transaction. Sharing in the excitement of owning their first home and seeing the joy on their faces when they get the keys on closing day is priceless.

C5: What is a good first step for someone who is thinking about buying a home?
ADS: My biggest advice for home buyers is to get pre-approved before starting the home search. It is helpful to know how much home they can afford and make sure there is nothing on their credit that would keep them from being able to purchase.

I also suggest having a buyer’s agent to represent the homebuyer, even if it is new construction. The seller or builder typically pays the buyer agent’s commission so there is no additional cost to them to have that critical representation. Whether it is your first home or 100th, it is important to make sure the interests of the homebuyers are put first.

C5: What is your approach to negotiations?
ADS: Negotiations can be emotional for buyers and sellers. I stay calm and keep positive, even when I have to deliver bad news. I think years of selling real estate has taught me that things usually work out for the best.

C5: What challenges should buyers be prepared for as we get into the busy selling season?
ADS: The biggest challenge for home buyers that I’m seeing is the lack of inventory and increasing home prices. In some price ranges, there is a lot more demand than supply. Buyers are experiencing multiple offer situations, and that can be disappointing and frustrating. It’s another good reason to have a buyer’s agent on your side!

C5: What about the challenges for sellers?
ADS: Homes are staying on the market a little longer, and there could be increased competition and more choices for buyers in certain price points. More supply than demand can also be frustrating for sellers.

C5: Is there anything sellers can do to make their homes stand out?
ADS: Yes! Make sure the house is show-ready when you put it on the market. That means cleaning out the clutter and repairing anything that needs to be fixed. Add a fresh coat of neutral paint to help it look clean and updated. Buyers are usually willing to pay top dollar for a home that is show-ready, and it will typically sell faster!

Ready to talk about the next steps in your home buying or selling journey? Reach out to Amy—she’s ready to help.

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