The Top 4 Real Estate Questions Answered By Expert Agents

Frequently asked questions about real estate

Real estate agents guide home buyers and sellers through the process of selling or purchasing a home. It’s no wonder our clients have plenty of real estate questions for our team of expert agents. Part of being a successful real estate agency is building trust with clients by answering their tough questions.

We’re bringing our experience to you by answering the top 4 real estate questions our agents get asked by our clients.

#1: Should I sell my home before buying a new one? (Susan Stelling)

“When it comes to selling your home before buying a new one, you need to see if you can qualify for a loan without having to sell your house first, that is the ideal situation. In our current market, many sellers are not accepting offers if it is contingent upon the selling of property. This has not always been the case, but in a strong seller’s market, where the demand far exceeds supply, sellers can be very picky. Another benefit of not selling before you buy is the reduced stress of moving. You can calmly transfer from your old home to the new home and then staging, listing and showing your old home will be much easier and stress-free.”

Susan Stelling, North Carolina Broker and Realtor®

#2: What is the MLS?

The MLS, or multiple listing service, is a tool that real estate agents use to market properties that they are selling. It allows agents to provide verifiable and hard data on properties that other agents can search for and reference for their clients. The MLS puts all of the known information about a property into one place, where any agent affiliated with that MLS can access it, which levels the playing field so that any firm or agent is given the same opportunity and information to sell a property. MLSs are privately run and funded by local real estate associations and can typically only be accessed by licensed agents. Agents can share a “portal” with their clients, which allows them to be notified of listings and to do some searches of their own. Real estate websites such as and syndicate from local MLS sites to provide their data, but since it’s taken second-hand, it’s not always as accurate as an MLS listing would be.

Jordan Sellers, North Carolina Realtor®

#3: When I sell my home, how much of the sale price do I get?

“The answer to home much of the sale price you get after you sell your home depends on a few factors. First, do you owe any money on your house? If you have an existing mortgage loan or other outstanding loans on your home, that balance gets paid off with the money from the sale of your home. Also, if realtors are involved, which they should be, in my opinion, the agreed upon commission is taken out of the proceeds at closing. Depending on the purchase contract, you may also have seller paid closing costs and attorney fees that get paid at closing.”

Emily Shack, North Carolina Realtor®

#4: What happens if my home doesn’t appraise?

“In a very competitive market for buyers, homes not appraising at value seems to happen more often. A lender will only lend a borrower on the appraised value of a property. If the appraisal comes in below the contract price, there are several options for buyers and sellers assuming everyone wants to still make it work. Here are some of my suggestions:

  • The seller can reduce the price to the appraised value.
  • The buyer can bring extra funds to closing to bridge the gap between the appraised value and contracted price.
  • They can split the difference

On rare occasions you can review the appraisal and if something looks very off, you can reach out to the appraiser and ask for re-consideration by offering alternative comparables.”

Sarah Long, North Carolina Broker and Owner of 828 Real Estate

Get Answers to Your Real Estate Questions

Ultimately, the goal of buying and selling real estate is to create a win-win where everyone in the deal walks away satisfied. To ensure all parties have a good experience, we strive to answer as many real estate questions as you may have.

At 828 Real Estate, we’re here to get you answers to those questions and be a resource for your buying or selling journey in the High Country of North Carolina. From finding the right property, to home owner advice and local information, we help you ever step of the way. Sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter to get more answers on all your burning real estate questions sent right to your inbox or submit a contact form to have one of our experts assist in finding your solution!

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!