A Review For Reed Wilson

I LOVE my career, and LOVE helping people through this process of buying or selling a home.  I have always enjoyed working with people, and continue to go above and beyond anyone’s expectation of me, and especially of their Realor.  Here is a review from someone who just closed on their fantastic home.

 

“I’m writing this from my newly furniture family room on 9477 Williamsville Road in Mechanicsville, VA.

Okay, the furniture isn’t new – but the family room is.  And it literally feels like a family room – this place feels like home!

 

I don’t remember for sure when I first contacted Reed Wilson – but my guess is that it was about six months ago.  I was living in Raleigh, NC – in my bachelorette pad – but tinkering with the idea of moving to Mechanicsville, VA.

One hitch in the plan was that I didn’t know a soul in the area, and certainly not a realtor.  I was referred to Reed who, as it turned out, was on the complete opposite side of Richmond as Mechanicsville.

 

I fully expected him to bow out gracefully – nobody wants to drive that far week in and week out.  However, after one phone call – we were both sold on the idea of working together.

 

Reed got a complete handful with our situation.  I was moving from Raleigh and in with my fiancé (Rich) and his two kids.  Our plan was to buy a larger house in Mechanicsville, but only after my house sold in Raleigh.  Rich brought with him 43 years worth of ‘stuff’ and I brought the same.  We had to remain in the kids’ school districts.  We needed about three times the space we had and yet came in with a potentially unrealistic budget. 

 

For four months, Reed drove to and from Mechanicsville – often with only a day’s notice (I may be considered a The Wilson Group website stalker) – to see homes.  We learned fairly early that homes did not stay on the market long in Mechanicsville and the pickings within the school district would have to be moved on quickly.  We’d find a house we sort of liked, then another we kind of liked, then another that was pretty close.  Reed kept right up with our indecisiveness and never balked at our desire to find the perfect house.  He recognized our frustrations and kept us motivated – and also recognized when we needed a break here or there.

 

In December – we found it.  THE house.  My house in Raleigh hadn’t sold yet (obviously) – so Reed walked us through the contingency offer process.  Again and again.  Because no matter how many times he explained it, we just couldn’t quite understand it.  Together we all waited – my house in Raleigh finally sold, my loan finally went through and today, we are home.

 

Reed has a perfect blend professionalism and friend-ism.  He is extremely well-versed about the Richmond area market and the national trends.  Reed is also very sensitive to his client’s needs and seems to know what is needed to provide the right motivation for the search.  Reed was always available to us – and if he knew he might not be, he provided a backup plan.  Once we selected our house and moved forward with it, Reed stayed right by our side to guide us through the buying process. 

We would recommend Reed and The Wilson Group to everyone – and are thankful that we’ve not only gotten our dream home, but made a permanent friend in Reed.”

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Who Is In My House??? No, Really…

As someone who works with investors looking for their next flip, or property for a rental home to put in our property management program, this question has come up.  ( not as much as you think, but something to be informed about)

 Squatter: 

squat·ter
ˈskwätər/
noun
 
  1. 1.
    a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land.
     
    So now you are in the process of buying a foreclosure/bank owned property, and it is discovered or appears that someone is making this property their temporary home.  Here is some great information from Realtor.com.
     

    Evicting Squatters in REOs

    Handle any unwanted residents on your new property

    By Gilan Gertz
    As an owner of a newly purchased REO, you might be unpleasantly surprised to find squatters living in the home. You can buy an REO, or real estate owned property, directly from a bank, often at a discount. An REO is a home that the bank or other mortgage lender reclaimed because the homeowner did not make mortgage payments on time. After the bank did not succeed in selling the house at foreclosure auction, the bank took ownership of the property, cleared all liens against it, and marketed it as an REO. The bank selling the REO is supposed to evict the previous homeowner, but you might still find the previous homeowner living there. Or, during the time lapse between the previous owners’ losing the home and you buying the home, squatters might have moved into the vacant property. You will have to evict the squatters.
    If the previous owners won’t leaveThe bank selling an REO is usually the party responsible for removing the previous owners and squatters on the property. When you close on the purchase of the property, it should be unoccupied. If not, speak to the bank about its responsibility to remove squatters.If the bank is unresponsive, speak to a real estate attorney. An attorney can explain state eviction laws, so you can proceed with eviction on your own. Be aware that when you seek financing for a new REO, lenders might turn you down if they know that the REO is occupied. They know that evicting squatters can be a lengthy and difficult process, so they view a loan on an occupied home as risky.
    Are they squatters or trespassers?As the new owner of an REO, you might find that strangers have moved into the previously vacant property. Once you notice signs of occupation, such as food wrappers or clothing strewn around, make a plan to move the squatters out and keep them out.Before taking legal action, determine whether the people living in your home are squatters or trespassers. Squatters move into an empty property, and after they have been living there for a while, many states give them rights. In contrast, trespassers break windows or doors to enter the properties. In that case, they are breaking the law.Speak to the local police department about your situation. If they agree that the occupants have trespassed, they can arrest them for committing a crime. After the police arrest and remove the occupants, repair broken doors and windows, and change the locks. Consider installing an alarm system as well.
    Obtain legal helpIf the police are unable to help you, or the status of the occupants is difficult to discern, contact a lawyer who is experienced in squatters’ rights. A property lawyer should be able to help you reclaim your property.Be prepared to show proof of ownership. Your attorney will need all the documents from the purchase, including the title. To ensure that the squatters have not tried to take ownership, your attorney will have to run a title check.
    Evict the squattersEven if your attorney is still researching legal aspects of the situation, be sure to physically evict the squatters. Avoid confronting the squatters on your own, as that subjects you to the risk of physical attack. Instead, hire an eviction specialist. A professional eviction company will handle the eviction, allowing you to avoid personal confrontation.After the squatters have left, again you should change all locks, repair broken windows or doors and consider an alarm system. Your attorney will probably instruct you to refile ownership with the county court. You will provide all your ownership documents, and file a repossession claim. By doing so, you will re-establish right to the property, giving greater muscle to the police to evict any squatters who try to return.