Thursday, September 10, 2020 / by Michele Barwick
Hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1st and goes through November 30th. Hurricanes can seem scary but being prepared will help keep your family and property safe. When a storm is approaching and becomes a potential threat to your area, the National Weather Service will issue watches and warnings to keep you up to date on how to prepare.
A "hurricane watch" indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This watch should trigger your family's disaster plan and protective measures should be taken, especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc. Many of us live on a barrier island which means we need to start preparing now, if not sooner.
A "hurricane warning" indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest lo ...
Monday, July 20, 2020 / by Michele Barwick
New Construction can be the perfect fit for buyers that want a turnkey property. You are able to customize your home the way you want it without the headache of having to change things after you move in. From fixtures to flooring, and even wall color. A great incentive that a lot of people aren't aware of is that most builders have up to a one year warranty on the construction of the house in addition to the appliances.
There are, however, some challenges you can face when working with the builder. Many times, they won't keep everyone in the loop on timelines, or if using the builder's preferred lender, they may not keep you updated on the status of the loan. This is where having an agent brings peace of mind. As a realtor, we are the eyes and voice for the buyers as we look out for their best interest. Especially for the first time home buyers that may not be familiar with the process.We will reach out to the builder to make sure all timelines are referenced and to stay up ...