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Rivers Island Is Open for Homebuyers

If you’re looking to buy a home quickly in the $400,000 to $500,000 price point, River Islands has plenty of new home developments we’d like to tell you about.

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Today we’re coming to you live from inside the River Islands Welcome Center to talk about new home developments that are for sale within the River Islands community. Specifically, we’re looking at four different brand-new neighborhoods: 360 Lakeside, Crystal Cove, Tidewater, and Summer House.

If you’re looking for a home in the $400,000 to $500,000 price point, there are many great options available in these locations. Starting prices will depend on the home’s square footage and the lot it sits on, and there is a huge array of different types of homes available. The lowest price point can be found in 360 Lakeside, which features 4,000 to 5,000 square foot lots starting in the low $400,000 range. Crystal Cove and Tidewater both offer homes starting in the mid $400,000 range. Summer House features homes as large as 3,000 to 4,000 square foot that start in the low $500,000 range.

360 Lakeside, Crystal Cove, and Tidewater all have lakefront property available, but the premiums are different for each because the lakes in 360 Lakeside and Tidewater are different sizes and Crystal Cove has a shared lake.
There are many great homes available in this community.
River Islands is a master planned community, which means there are all kinds of parks, lakes, and schools built around the houses. River Islands is 5,000 acres in total, and by the end of the project—which they estimate will take 20 more years—they will have 11,000 homes built. They will also have a town center which will include restaurants, retail stores, apartments, condos, a grocery store, and a gas station.

The first facility they built was The Boathouse at River Islands restaurant, which offers lakeside dining and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also rent the entire place out for events like weddings and other parties.
If you have any questions or are interested in buying a home in this area, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you!

How Can a Buyer Consultation Help?

Our goal is to help our buyers prepare to be patient through the buying process. We do this through buyer consultations.

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Many of the first-time buyers we work with are starting to feel like they can’t catch a break. To avoid this type of situation, we like to go over all the situations that frustrate these buyers in our buyer consultations. By explaining the process from beginning to end, we are able to help our buyers set realistic expectations. We’d like to share some of those tips with you today.
Limited inventory is just one thing frustrating buyers.
Limited inventory, pricing, and mortgage rates are just a few things frustrating buyers in our market. The goal of our consultations is to help our buyers prepare to be patient through the process and understand that some homes just aren’t winnable in the end. However, if they stick to the plan we discuss in the consultation, they will enjoy the benefits of being a homeowner at the end.

If you have any questions for us or are looking to buy a home yourself, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Importance of a Pre-Sale Inspection Before Listing

With a pre-sale inspection, you can avoid a lot of hassle down the road. Instead of having to negotiate when a buyer comes back with a list of repairs from their inspector, you can provide a list of your own up front.

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The reason I chose this topic is because I’m finding time after time when I go to help buyers purchase a home there are no pre-inspections which is bad for the seller because we will be coming back to renegotiate after inspections are completed.
Without a pre-sale inspection, when the time does come for a buyer to inspect the home, they are going to come back with a list of repairs and we are going to have to end up re-negotiating the offer price midway through the contract, which is really not good for sellers.
With a pre-sale inspection, there is no second negotiation.
We get a property inspection, termite inspection, roof inspection, and sometimes even a sewer inspection for our homes before they go to market. That way, the seller is 100% sure on what repairs will need to be done and all those negotiations are done on the front end as opposed to midway through the contract. That’s crucial because it will give you a better idea of your net up front instead of halfway through the transaction. Pre-sale inspections are vital. That’s the most important thing to know.
If you have any more questions about pre-sale inspections, how they work, or anything else related to real estate, give me a call or send me an email. We look forward to hearing from you.