Andrew and Shannon, pictured above, make up one of many families that have chosen to call the Triangle home over the past few months. Due to COVID-19, many of our agents have used newfound technology to make the relocation process as seamless as possible for their clients. Agents from our Raleigh and Chapel Hill offices share first-hand accounts of their recent experiences helping clients make the move to the area.
Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker Gilliam Kittrell is currently working with two couples, one from New York and the other from New Jersey, who are moving to Raleigh for the lifestyle, climate and convenience to the coast. Gilliam said, “my clients from New Jersey grew up in North Carolina and have a beach home on the North Carolina coast. After no longer needing to stay in New Jersey for work, they decided to move back to North Carolina and settle in the Raleigh area. The couple purchased an 8,800-square-foot home on two acres with a pool and found the price to be a steal compared to what they were paying back in New Jersey.”
Due to current travel restrictions, Gillam’s clients from upstate New York have not yet seen their new home in person and are planning to close on it in two weeks. The couple had desired to leave behind the cold winters of New York and move south for warmer weather for a while, but the inconveniences brought about from COVID-19 sped up their moving plans. The couple has close friends from Raleigh who were willing to tour the home while FaceTiming with them before the buyers submitted an aggressive offer in a multiple-offer situation. Gilliam utilized technology to assist his clients with their relocation from afar. “After my client’s offer was accepted by the sellers, I had a Matterport 3-D tour of the home created so they could virtually walk through the home and try to decide on the future placement of their furniture before they move,” said Gilliam.
Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Aileen Stapleton and Giselle Feiger recently represented first-time homebuyers from Utah who were unable to travel out of state to view homes. Despite travel restrictions, the couple needed to purchase a home in Durham, North Carolina, before starting new jobs in the area in July. When the couple began their home search, in-person showings were not allowed in Durham. Once the couple found a listing they liked, Giselle and Aileen learned that the sellers of the home would not allow anyone inside their home and also did not want to move out until they had found a new home for themselves. After negotiating with the seller, Giselle, Aileen, and their clients found a creative solution. The buyers suggested allowing the seller’s two months to rent the property back from them, and agreed to rent an Airbnb as their interim home. Logistics were discussed between all parties by video chat throughout the transaction. Ultimately, the buyers proceeded to close on the home before ever entering the property and will move in at the end of July!
Clark Smith, a Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker at our Raleigh office recently helped a couple seeking to escape Manhattan during the early weeks of the pandemic relocate to Raleigh. The couple has an infant child and they did not wish to risk being exposed to COVID-19 during elevator rides to and from their 26th-floor residence. The couple had originally planned to live in Raleigh temporarily, but now they are unsure when they will return to Manhattan. When asked about the couple, Clark said, “The good news is that this wonderful young professional family is now giving consideration to permanently staying in Raleigh now that the husband’s employer has determined, as have many others, that his work can be performed remotely.” In addition, Clark’s newly listed personal residence was recently shown to another couple who is seeking to relocate to Raleigh from Manhattan for similar reasons.
Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty broker Anthony Greco has worked with several out-of-state clients over the past few months. As many people from the Northeast begin the move to the Triangle, Anthony notes that many of his clients are pleasantly surprised by the protection a homebuyer has in North Carolina. Anthony said, “recent clients of mine from Connecticut told me they appreciated the education I gave them on the laws and customs of real estate in North Carolina versus Connecticut. In speaking with them, I realized that contracts in Connecticut differ from contracts in North Carolina. According to my buyers, negotiations are much more complicated and nuanced than they are here. It was a real relief for them to move to a state where the real estate system is more structured and predictable.”
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