Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
Why a higher offer is not always better
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:12:55 +0000
If you received two offers on your house that were $5,000 apart, you should take the higher one, right? Not so fast. Sure, money plays a huge role in your decision to accept an offer, but it shouldn’t be the only one. Here are some other questions to ask: Does the Buyer Have the Money? … Continued
Think You’re Experienced in Selling and Buying Property? Read This Before You Do Anything
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:00:20 +0000
It’s easy to assume that because you’ve purchased and sold property in the past that you know what you are doing. Maybe you had one of the trickiest transactions among your acquaintances, experienced the smoothest closing your title company had ever witnessed, or were able to get top dollar for your listing. Here are a … Continued
What Sellers Should Know About the Risks of Recording Buyers
Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:00:12 +0000
If you have smart-home technology that can record video or audio, make sure you don’t run afoul of the law when your home is being viewed by potential buyers. Illegally recording is a felony offense in Texas, and anyone who has been recorded in violation of the law can bring a civil suit to recover … Continued
5 To-Do’s for First-Time Homebuyers
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:00:10 +0000
There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying your first property. Make sure you do these five things before you make an offer.  Make a checklist and use it. Determine what features are essential to you and refer to your list when viewing properties. Your list may change, but it can be a good starting … Continued
When it’s Best Not to Keep Your Opinions to Yourself
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:00:40 +0000
It’s perfectly normal to change your mind about what you’re looking for during your house hunt. Maybe the properties you’re seeing aren’t what you expected or you’ve learned something in the process that changed your perspective. Just remember that your Texas REALTOR® selects potential properties for you to view based on the search criteria you … Continued
4 Costs Homebuyers Should Consider From the Start
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:00:33 +0000
A real estate purchase includes costs more than just the sale price. Here are other considerations to include in your homebuying budget. Downpayment  Some lenders require a 20% downpayment at closing. While it can take time to save up that much, paying a lump sum up front will lower your monthly payment.  Monthly Payment  Your payments will cover … Continued
Managing Rental Properties Doesn’t Have to be Stressful
Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:00:14 +0000
If you’ve ever wondered if the headache of managing your own investment properties is worth it, you’re not alone. A recent survey of landlords by the home improvement company Porch found that 88% had experienced stress in renting out their properties. But the solution isn’t to divest or grin and bear it. Hiring a property … Continued
How Many Buyers Skip the Inspection?
Tue, 30 Jul 2019 22:00:56 +0000
A home inspection is a typical part of the buying process and required by many mortgage lenders, but over 10% of homebuyers reported not using an inspector in their most recent purchase, according to a survey from home improvement website Porch. Of those that did use an inspector, 72% considered just one option and only … Continued
Are You Interested In A Fixer-Upper? Read This First
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:00:24 +0000
Maybe you like the idea of landscaping, decorating, and remodeling. But if you’re a first-time buyer, it’s easy to romanticize the outcomes and forget about the steps it takes to get to a final product. Consider the following before you buy a home that requires some work. It takes time to get results. Enjoy those home-renovation … Continued
Managing Rental Properties Doesn’t Have to be Stressful
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:02:56 +0000
If you’ve ever wondered if the headache of managing your own investment properties is worth it, you’re not alone. A recent survey of landlords by the home improvement company Porch found that 88% had experienced stress in renting out their properties But the solution isn’t to divest or grin and bear it. Hiring a property … Continued

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