Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
Understanding Earnest Money
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:36:30 +0000
An important part of the homebuying process that you may never have heard of could help you land the home of your dreams. Here’s an explanation of how earnest money works in a real estate transaction. What is Earnest Money? Earnest money is an amount agreed to in the real estate contract that you will … Continued
5 Questions to Ask Your Listing Agent
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:08:05 +0000
Ready to list your property for sale? Before you answer, consider asking your Texas REALTOR® the following questions to make sure you understand what it means once your property is actively on the market. Where will my listing info show up online? How are showings scheduled? Who will give buyers access for showings? Can I … Continued
Every Real Estate Agent Isn’t a REALTOR®?
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:21 +0000
If you’re planning to buy, sell, or lease property, you’re probably in the market for a real estate professional to help you through the process. But you may be stuck on who to choose. Depending on where you live, there may be many people interested in your business. Here’s one way to make it easier … Continued
Little Things That Make a Big Impression on Buyers
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:35:58 +0000
It doesn’t take much to ruin a buyer’s impression of a home. Take an otherwise appealing house and add peeling paint, a leaky faucet, and dirty dishes in the sink, and suddenly the buyer crosses that property off his list. Just as minor imperfections can turn off a buyer, a few small actions by you can … Continued
Don’t Let Scammers Steal Your Downpayment
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:21:01 +0000
Criminals are targeting homebuyers and stealing huge sums of money. If you’re not careful, you could be tricked into sending your entire downpayment to a thief. Here’s how to keep your money safe. Beware of emails with wiring instructions In the most common scam, you receive an email (or text or voicemail) that appears to … Continued
Don’t Make These Mistakes When Pricing Your Home
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:44:03 +0000
Deciding how much to ask is one of the most important decisions when selling your home. Here are some pitfalls to avoid. Mistake 1: Overpricing your home Setting a high asking price can backfire. Buyers are reluctant to make offers on clearly overpriced homes. And the longer a home sits on the market, the more … Continued
3 Tips to Help Your Kids Cope With A Move
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 06:37:02 +0000
There are more than just logistical challenges when you move with children. Many kids feel emotional about leaving their friends or old home behind. Here are some common challenges kids face when moving and ways to help them feel more comfortable in their new place. When your child is nervous about a new school … … Continued
Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Selling Myths
Tue, 22 May 2018 13:08:32 +0000
First-time sellers beware: there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell your home. While your Texas REALTOR® is your first line of defense against making these mistakes, here are three common selling myths busted: Myth: I’ll sell my home on my own and save money by not using a real … Continued
Bet you don’t know this about Texas REALTORS®
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:00:10 +0000
Do you know if your real estate agent is a REALTOR®? Wait, what? Aren’t those just different terms for the same thing? A lot of people think so, but the terms are not synonymous. Here’s the difference: All Texas REALTORS® are licensed real estate agents or brokers. However, not all real estate agents or brokers are Texas … Continued
The Most Important Negotiating Tip
Mon, 07 May 2018 20:00:52 +0000
There’s a simple thing you can do to put yourself in a powerful negotiating position: If you want something, don’t care about getting it. Does that sound crazy? Can you see yourself not caring about your dream home, the one you can see yourself blissfully happy in for years to come? Don’t misunderstand. It’s not … Continued