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    Explore Westlake: A Top Community in Raleigh, NC

    By Kate Steadman | September 18, 2017

    Westlake neighborhood in Raleigh is the place to be in the Triangle if you are looking for a home in an established community with multiple home styles (ranch, colonial 2-story, etc.), mature trees and access to Leesville Road schools, Dog lovers also have a dog park nearby for their 4-legged family members, and the outdoor... Read More

    Understanding HOA Dues

    By Doug Yopp | February 17, 2016

    If you buy a home in a subdivision, planned unit development or a gated community, you’ll likely have to join a homeowners association (HOA). Which means you’ll be faced with the prospect of paying monthly, quarterly or annual dues. Some buyers aren’t interested in homes located within an HOA because there is a common misconception... Read More

    Stop renting! 2016 is not the right time for you to buy a home for someone else

    By Doug Yopp | January 27, 2016

    If you are currently renting you are, in actuality, a buyer.  The thing is, you are just buying a home for someone else. If low rates aren’t enough to persuade you to invest in real estate, record high rent payments might be.  In a recent article posted by Yahoo “American renters spend an average of about 30%... Read More

    Foreclosures and Short Sales – a great agent is key!

    By Doug Yopp | November 4, 2015

    Even though the real estate market has mostly compensated for the downturn of 2009, there continue to be opportunities to purchase properties in foreclosure or short sale status.  Navigating the process behind the purchase of a distressed property needs to be handled by a real estate professional that knows what to look out for.  As... Read More

    Buyer Agency is a Benefit to You!

    By Doug Yopp | October 28, 2015

    When a buyer agency relationship exists between you and your Rachel Kendall Team buyer specialist, you are entitled to special responsibilities, services, and benefits including, but not limited to: Loyalty – We act in the best interest of the buyer throughout the home buying process. Obedience – We work for you, the buyer, and are... Read More

    A September Success Story

    By Doug Yopp | October 15, 2015

    Wow – it’s October already?!  That means the holidays are soon upon us with the new year right around the corner.  We are excited about our future helping our amazing clients and look forward to counting you, your friends and family among them! The Rachel Kendall Team is built on a foundation of culture.  ... Read More

    Closing Expenses

    By Doug Yopp | October 6, 2015

    Closing expenses are costs associated with buying your home above and beyond the price of the home itself.  These are typically paid for at closing and need to be accounted for in addition to the downpayment you make.  Typical home buyer expenses include: Home Inspections Survey Yearly property taxes, association dues and other similar fees... Read More

    Questions To Ask Your Lender

    By Doug Yopp | September 28, 2015

    If you plan to obtain a mortgage to make your home purchase, be sure to prepare for the conversation with your lender.  Because you’ve chosen to work with a Buyer Specialist from the Rachel Kendall Team you will be connected to one of our local, preferred lenders.  Why are they preferred?  Because they have proven that... Read More

    Things To Consider When Buying Your Home

    By Doug Yopp | September 24, 2015

    There are several things to consider as you begin and progress throughout the Home Buying Process. One of the biggest mistakes a home buyer can make is not using a Buyer Specialist, a real estate expert that serves as an advocate for the buyer, from finding the perfect home to closing.  You’ve chosen to work... Read More

    The Home Buying Process And The Value Added By Your Buyer Specialist … It’s Complimentary!

    By Doug Yopp | September 21, 2015

    The Home Buying process is the road map to your new home.  For first time home buyers, this is a must.  For others, it serves as a reminder for what’s next, each step along the way. 1.  Initial Consultation – Our Buyer Specialists are trained specifically to find your perfect home.  Your first meeting with one... Read More