What to Expect

Buying a Home
Buying a home is about more than the structure and property. It is also about your new lifestyle as well. 

Our clients count on us to assisit them with insightful market knowledge and trustworthy financial partners so they can make good financial decisions. 

The best approach to buying a home is a system, making the home buying journey less overwhelming and chaotic. Once your values are clear, your decisions are easy. As your Realtor, we help you uncover and define  those values and guide you through the journey. With a system in place,  you know what to expect. We do have fun  along the way but also take the time to make sure you are comfortable with each step.

Real estate is local. Being a resident of beautiful Southern Oregon for so many years, we know the communities very well.This indepth knowledge of the area and the real estate market as it varies in each area, helps you make informed decisions of where you want to live.

Successful negotiating encompasses the acquired ability to use certain skills and techniques to bring about coveted win-win results After all if the other party doesn't feel like they won too, then the journey becomes labored and can often fall apart. We, at Redd McCarty Realtors are certified mediators/negotiators and can help you stay focused, objective, and not let our emotions rule. 

If it has been awhile since you have purchased a home, rules change almost daily anymore. With those changes comes more paperwork, inspections and timelines. 

Home Inspections
Inspections are designed to help you understand the overall condition of a property, potentially saving you considerable time with the purchase process and  possible hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Some of the inspections for our area include but not limited to are the following:

Standard Home Inspection
The areas which may be covered include lot and grounds, roofs, exterior surfaces, garage/carport, structure, attic, basement, crawl space, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, fireplace/wood burning devices, and appliance condition. Remember that your inspection rights are clearly stated in the Purchase Agreement.  In some cases homes can be sold "as-is" even though an inspection may take place.

A Pest and Dry Rot Inspection 
This inspection can be done at the same time as the standard home inspection. The home is inspected for the presence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) or wood destroying organisms (WDO, i.e. fungus) and conducive conditions that exist. 

Lead Paint Inspection
Painted surfaces of a home can be evaluated to determine the presence of lead paint. Homes that were constructed before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead exposure can be harmful to young children and babies. Children with lead in their bodies can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, and headaches.

On-Site Waste System Inspection ( in the county)
This inspection is performed by an on-site waste management professional. It involves accessing the cover of the septic tank to examine the fluid level inside the septic tank. The tank is then pumped to check the condition of the tank and its baffles. The leaching field is probed to check the level of sub-surface liquid waste (effluent). This test alerts the buyer to a wide range of potentially costly septic system repairs or failures. 

Pool/Hot Tub Inspection
This is usually done separately from a home inspection and will determines the overall condition and operability of a pool and/or hot tub's equipment.

Private Well Flow and Potability Inspection ( in the county) 
Designed to determine whether or not a private well adequately supplies water to the house. Samples are sent to a lab for potability (drinkability) analysis. Seller is required by state law to provide the potability analysis.