How much should you set aside for home repairs? Most experts recommend setting aside anywhere from 1% to 3% of the purchase price of your home each year to cover maintenance. Keep in mind that a home is a long-term purchase, and these annual reserve figures represent an average. Therefore, for example, if you set […]
Should you sell your home or rent it out? This is a question you may be considering if you need to move out of your home. As always, there are pros and cons to both options. Here are some of the factors that you’ll need to weigh as you consider your decision. The Market Right […]
Forest Hills is a historic neighborhood in Durham, with buildings dating as far back as 1923. The Forest Hills Historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 28, 2005. Durham architect George Watts Carr (1893-1975) and his firm designed many of the early structures. One of the more charming elements […]
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Early in Larry Tollen's real estate career he realized there was only one answer when buying or selling a home. "Money. Sellers want to know how much they can get and buyers want to know how much they're going to have to pay." With over 1,200 transactions throughout his 25-year career, Larry attributes his success to a keen focus on market data, in-depth knowledge of his specialty area, and a strategic approach to pricing.
"I have always been what's commonly referred to as a people-person", says Larry. "The best part of my job is that it satisfies my natural interest in people. Here in the Triangle I am continually fascinated by the people I meet in my day to day business... Read More!
Larry helped me in the search process for my home, and helped me purchase the one I eventually selected. Larry absolutely shines in a number of ways. He worked with me quite well in selecting plausible candidates, respecting my choices and learning from them, and adding some very good ones of his own to the mix. When evaluating homes, Larry is not one of those “Mr. Sunshine” brokers — he was quick to point out flaws, and was quick to walk away when it was clear one of our choices was not a good …
Boyce Byerly - Buyer and Seller July 2014
Larry Tollen is unquestionably the best Realtor we have ever dealt with. We live in Minnesota and about a year we started looking for condos in the Durham area. Our daughter and family live in Durham and she found Larry’s website and we followed suit.
Within a few months we arranged an appointment with Larry. From our first meeting we concluded that he was truly a professional, and exhibited a willingness to “go the extra mile”. He was always available to address whatever issues came …
Bruce and Peggy Lodewyk
We doubled down with Larry in the winter of 2012 to sell our home and help buy a replacement. From the first phone call it was clear Larry was upfront and engaged which continued until both deals were closed and signed. Most impressive was his bead on market value and costs. He could dig up data to back it all up. Aside from his online skills he brings experience beyond the natural negotiating needs for the very practical needs you have as a homeowner. Sellers looking to market a home benefit fr…Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $225K in Durham, NC
Larry has helped me buy and sell many homes over the years. Anyone can show a house and anyone can write an offer to purchase. But, where Larry is invaluable is in guiding both the buyer and the seller, and sometimes another novice realtor, through the due diligence process, keeping everyone focused and on track. He brings everyone back to focus on the most important parts of the process while steering them through the maze of emotions and things that can easily sidetrack a contractual agreement…
Testimonial about Larry Tollen by Dr. Karen Bremer
We were first time home buyers that knew what we wanted. Andrew was great. He understood our needs and took all the steps need to accomplish the goal. He walked us through the process and made sure to check with us every step of the way to make sure we were comfortable before processing. He even meet us on a day off to get some paperwork. Thank you Andrew! We love our new home!Nick Kuhn and Andrea Roush Testimonial- Buyer 2014
We were just moving into this area from out of state. Larry was GREAT in getting us the best possible deal on our home and also advised us on how to take care of it with maintenance suggestions. Since we are not from here, we call Larry to find out who to call for service on our current home. He knows good and reputable contractors and service people whom all have done an excellent quality job on our home. Larry is GREAT, BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the sale of your home. Wouldn’t use ANYONE else!Bought a Single Family home in 2005 for approximately $225K in Hillsborough, NC.
We first got to know Larry as our buyers agent in 2010. That process went very smoothly, and Larry was very responsive over the years helping us find excellent contractors to work on our home when needed. Aware that we would be selling again in a few years, we also talked with him before doing improvements to make sure we weren’t maxing out our home’s potential value.
We recently had an unexpected job offer across the country and consulted Larry on whether to rent our house out through the fall…
Jim and Lindsey Bennett - Sellers October 2014
Andrew Palumbo has been wonderful to work with especially because he worked out many details of the transaction while we lived in another state. He has complete knowledge about the finer points of real estate and goes the extra mile in getting things done. His attitude is always calm,cheerful and efficient. He worked closely with his partner to insure that the deal went thru without any hitches. You will be fortunate to have Andrew on your side. A really nice guy.
Michael and Paula Schneiderm…
A great experience using Larry as our buyers’ agent. We were new to the triangle and Larry came highly recommended to us. His depth of knowledge made our home buying experience a very smooth one.Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $200K in Durham, NC
Before we even moved to Durham, my husband and I contacted Larry to help us find a house. After a quick conversation Larry ascertained our needs and desires and put together a list for us to peruse, and from that list we selected houses of interest. Once we arrived in town Larry took us on a multi-day tour to visit every house we wanted to see, and let us spend as much or as little time as we needed to get a feel for each home, while asking important questions along the way so he could further t…Ali Rosenberg, Buyer, MyNCHomes