How a Mobile Closing is Going to Make my Transaction Smoother

 Historically, closing on a residential property and use of related vendors to do so has been a largely local (to the property location) endeavor.  It does make sense to do so since local real estate agents, attorneys and other vendors have specific knowledge of intricacies of the area and other special processes that may be required to provide relevant advice and complete a transaction most efficiently.  

Most times, it also requires a trip (or three) to the closing attorney’s office to sign documents and meet with other parties in the transaction in order to consummate the deal.  However, whether you are buying or selling a property (or potentially both within a short period) there are also many other closing items to be completed by various deadlines.  Cumulatively, those tasks might preclude you from, or make very inconvenient, taking several hours out of your day to travel to a closing attorney’s office to sign documents for a couple minutes.

It’s in these instances that having the option to handle your closing at the time and location of your choice can vastly improve the experience and your stress level during the closing process.  A remote closing is as simple as having a signing agent travel to you for all document signing.  Those individuals are very experienced and familiar with the closing process and, along with our closing attorneys available by phone, Skype, etc., and any questions can be asked and answered in real time.  

Many times remote signing is handled before or after usual business hours at request of the parties.  Not all closing attorneys have the capability, network and/or internal process to complete their closing work in this way, but Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A. has extensive experience handling remote closings and do so on a daily basis.  

If you have any questions or concerns about how their firm conducts mobile closings in your area, or you want to schedule a remote closing for a transaction you are involved with, contact Joseph Thompson at Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A., to assist you.

Joseph Thompson


Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A.

Homebuying Checklist

If you’re considering purchasing a home, make sure to plan ahead and get yourself pre-approved with a trusted lender. There are multiple required documents that you will need to turn in to your lender, and this will take some time.

By getting the work out of the way beforehand, you’re ready to put an offer in as soon as you find the right home for you! If you find the home first, you will have to go through the pre-approval process and can easily miss out on the home you really want!

Being proactive and taking the necessary steps before starting your home search will set you up for success each step of the way.

Another tip? Make sure to hire a real estate agent you know you can trust and has your best interests at heart! To guarantee that, give the Yancey Realty team a call at 704.467.8877 today!

Realtor® Magazine’s 2020 Economic Outlook

Unemployment is projected to remain steady throughout 2020.
“Low mortgage rates make purchasing a home more affordable, especially among the 46.5 million 25- to 34-year-olds who made up last year’s largest segment of home buyers.”
“Lack of housing inventory has been the primary constraint on the housing market. The housing supply is expected to improve this year, with housing starts expected to hit 1.42 million, up from 1.27 million last year. “
“In the commercial market space, investors are expected to pay a premium for multifamily, industrial, and warehouse properties because of low rental vacancy rates and the sustained demand for ecommerce sales. Cap rates for these properties will likely remain historically low due to the premium for these properties over other assets like offices and retail malls.”

Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, investing or renting, the Yancey Realty team is just a call or message away. Reach out to 704.467.8877 or to get started today!

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Take 5: What to do with an Unfinished Basement

Although currently dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potential. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space.

  1. Add a pop of color. Give your basement a whole different look without a big renovation by adding some color to the space. Consider painting and sealing the floors, opening up the room by painting the rafters white or a light color, or creating a bold accent wall. 
  2. Divide the space. Want to make your basement a multi-use room? Partition out the area by installing an inexpensive curtain system. This can be done either with a curtain track or a simple wire, some hooks, and curtains will suffice. 
  3. Add foam mats. Whether you’d like to use the basement as a home gym to get a quick workout in or a place for the kids to play and rough house, adding some foam mats into the mix is a great and easy solution. They come in various colors and can quickly be picked up and tucked away if need be. 
  4. Use a large rug. As an alternative to adding mats, find a large, eye-catching rug to be used as a focal point and furnish the area around it.
  5. Add lighting. Basements often offer very little built-in lighting and few outlets around the room. Consider stringing café lighting across the space from the rafters to give a nice ambience and glow without any difficult electrical work.

About Feng Shui

More than likely, you’ve heard about feng shui at one time or another throughout your life. But for those who have not adopted its ideas into their daily lives, this ancient Chinese discipline still may mystify you.

According to Forbes and author of The Happy Home Patricia Lohan, practicing feng shui allows you to “align your home for the highest good of you, your life, your business, your relationships, and the home itself.” This discipline takes a look at object placement in the home and how it can affect its energy. The goal is to create a space that becomes “magnetic to joy, love, pleasure, and abundance.” 1

If you’re interested in using feng shui in your home, here are a few simple ideas to get you started.

Make sure your foyer is open, bright, inviting, and devoid of clutter and dirt to allow good energy to flow in. Your bed represents you, your desk represents your career, and your stove represents your wealth. When you’re in any of these spaces, make sure you can see the door without being directly in line with it to receive positive energy and the best opportunities. This is called the commanding position.

To create harmony in the bedroom, you want to balance each side of your bed with matching side tables, lamps, and decor. Doors represent your voice and communication and allow new opportunities to enter your life so make sure yours can open to at least 90 degrees and that all doorknobs, locks, and hinges work properly.

Eye-Catching Ways to Decorate with Plants

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but here are a few of our favorite combinations.

  1. Geometric pots. Find geometric pots or planters of various sizes and plant small succulents of different styles and colors in each one. Then group a few pots together on a window sill or shelf or use them individually to adorn a side table or center of the dining room table.
  2. Long, hanging plants. Purchase a larger, draping plant like eucalyptus, fern, or ivy and hang it from the ceiling using a macramé plant hanger or place it on a high shelf or ladder. These plants are perfect for the corner of your living room or room with a large, plain wall that is in need of a little pop of color.
  3. Plant corner. Have a large corner in the dining or living room and need ideas on how to fill it? Consider turning it into a small plant sanctuary. Select plants of all different sizes, heights, colors, and style and purchase either matching pots or a mix of designs. Consider the use of a stool or small table to create additional levels and strategically place each one in the corner.
  4. Air plants. Air plants are universal and can be included in DIY wall art, hung from the ceiling or on the wall inside geometric metal prisms, or placed inside beautiful glass terrariums alongside other plants and colorful rocks or sand.