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About James Smith

Mr. Smith is an award winning Realtor in Charlotte, NC, winning the 2017, 2016 and 2015 5-Star award from Charlotte Magazine. Mr. Smith may be reached at james@executivesellers.com or 704-491-2870

HOA Fees: What Are They?

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January 6, 2019 4:46 pm

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When you buy your home in an HOA community you became part of a common interest development. As a result, you’re required to share the costs of maintaining and operating your community’s common areas

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Flood Insurance / Gov’t Shutdown

December 27, 2018 11:39 am

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FEMA today (Dec 27, 2018) notified insurers that they would not be able to sell or renew flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) during the partial government shutdown.

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Hiring a Real Estate Attorney to Close on your Home

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May 10, 2018 12:17 pm

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A real estate attorney is an essential member of a home buyer’s team. Especially in today’s low inventory real estate market, having the best legal representation helps a buyer move from accepted offer to closing. Don’t Hire Just Any Lawyer All good agents and attorneys say the same thing – hire a lawyer who specializes in real estate law.  Some agents and builders may recommend NON-LAWYERS to do your closing such as a notary signing agents(NSA).  When a non lawyer conducts the closing  your questions regarding the paperwork CANNOT be answered nor can anyone give you legal advice in case of a problem. You have a right to an attorney at closing, do not let builders or agents convinces you…

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Luxury Homes

April 19, 2018 2:30 pm

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Visit some of the most exquisite homes in the Charlotte Metro Area without leaving your computer.

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What is Homeowner Title Insurance?

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April 4, 2018 1:49 pm

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When it comes to real estate closings, most fees on the Settlement Statement are self-explanatory, but one question seems to arise from the buyer at most closings, “What is homeowner title insurance and why am I paying for it?” Title insurance is an agreement between the buyer and the title company to hold harmless the homebuyer in case of a loss/law suit caused by certain defects in the title, such as improperly recorded legal documents, Con-artist trying to sell a home they do not own, forged deeds or deeds by minors, errors in tax records or claims made against your home after the closing.  A focus of title insurance is to identify and correct potential issues in title prior to…

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Buying a Home: Do You Have a C.L.U.E.?

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September 12, 2017 4:27 pm

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You have just found your dream home, and being a smart homebuyer, you want to make sure there are no costly repairs or problems before you buy. Don’t forget the C.L.U.E report if you really want details of the house you are buying.

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Did you know homes sold in North Carolina are AS-IS?

August 31, 2017 8:54 am

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All homes in North Carolina are sold AS-IS, yet many buyers and sellers are unaware of the clause in Realtor contracts. When purchasing a home make sure you understand, Due Diligence and its role in buying or selling a home

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Wedgewood North’s 25th Anniversary

May 23, 2017 7:08 pm

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What Can You Expect When Selling Your Home? Silly  items on your inspection report, that is what:   When your home was built, the real estate industry and buyers were significantly more practical when it came to the purchase of a home.  Everyone understood, if you purchased a home that was not new, you could expect a certain level of wear and tear.  Well those days are gone!  When you sell a home in Wedgewood North, here are items that can derail your sale and/or cause headaches for the new buyers and yourself: • Light bulbs that are not working:   Inspectors rarely test light bulbs and/or fixtures in 2017, if a light bulb is not working,  the inspection report will indicate to the…

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NorthStone Community and Country Club is turning 20!!

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May 22, 2017 5:45 pm

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What Can You Expect When Selling Your Home? Silly  items on your inspection report, that is what!   When your home was built, the real estate industry and buyers were significantly more practical when it came to the purchase of a home.  Everyone understood if you purchased a home that was not new, you could expect a certain level of wear and tear.  Well those days are gone!  When you sell a home, here are items that can derail your sale and/or cause headaches for the new buyers and yourself: • Light bulbs that are not working:   Inspectors rarely test light bulbs and/or fixtures in 2017, if a light bulb is not working,  the inspection report will indicate to the new…

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1st time Home Buyers Guide

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May 10, 2017 4:16 pm

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Download your free first time home buyers guide developed for North Carolina and the Charlotte Region designed by Executive Sellers Realty

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Benefits of Buying a Home

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March 23, 2017 1:14 pm

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Congratulations, you are thinking about purchasing your first home. Many people reach this step; however, due to rumors or fear they never seem to complete the task of buying a home.

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Top 6 Real Estate Secrets

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February 1, 2017 12:11 am

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Real Estate:  Knowing the top 6 real estate secrets, will help you sell your house faster and allow you to get more value from the commission dollars you pay your agent. #1: Real Estate Open Houses Don’t Work. Open houses are a thing of the past. Years ago, when you wanted to sell your home, the only way that buyers could see the inside of your home was to be invited to view your home via an open house or making an appointment with the agent listing your home. Now, if a buyer wants to see your home, they can just go online, to any of a dozen sites, and see the inside of your home without ever having to…

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