Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
What Do You Really Know About Texas?
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:38:36 +0000
Whether you’re new to Texas or a lifelong resident, there may be a few things you don’t know about the state. Texas REALTORS® is sponsoring an email series that can help.  Teach Me How to Texas, from The Texas Tribune, will help you learn more about how government works. You’ll learn interesting facts about the … Continued
10 Maintenance Tips for First-Time Homeowners
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:00:04 +0000
If you’re first-time homeowner, you’ll probably experience some trial and error before you know how to properly care for your new place. But you can avoid some costly mistakes by doing routine home maintenance that protects your investment. Here’s a basic home-maintenance checklist to help you get started. Check gutters regularly to make sure they’re … Continued
Buying a Home? Research Insurance Now
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:00:45 +0000
If you’re in the process of buying a home or just starting your search, it’s never too early to start researching an important aspect of owning a home: insurance. Your lender will likely require homeowners insurance if you’re financing the purchase, and even if it’s not required, insurance can help mitigate some of the risks … Continued
How to Live in a Show-Ready House
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:00:30 +0000
Your house looks beautiful. You’ve cleaned, decluttered, cleaned more, and followed the advice of a professional stager. How can your family continue to live there without ruining it?  Use Containers You need a place to put your keys, the mail, the TV remote control, toothpaste, makeup, and countless other items that usually litter horizontal surfaces … Continued
How to Make Your Offer Stand Out in a Hot Market
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:00:03 +0000
Real estate markets are very competitive in many parts of Texas. As a buyer, how do you differentiate your offer from others that a seller receives? Show How Serious You Are If sellers are asking for 1% of the sales price as earnest money, you could offer more. The extra deposit shows sellers that you’re … Continued
5 Texas Programs Homebuyers Should Know
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:00:15 +0000
The state of Texas provides a number of financial and educational resources to prospective homebuyers through various agencies.  Texas Homebuyer University The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provides a 2-hour course that guides participants through preparing for homeownership, financing a home, and purchasing a home. Completion of the course also satisfies the … Continued
Is Selling Your Home Without Help Worth It?
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:00:48 +0000
Have you ever taken on a project that looked easy until you actually did the work? Selling your home without a real estate agent is a mistake like this that a lot of people make. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth your time to hire a REALTOR®. Figuring out the right price takes … Continued
Why Homebuyers May Want to Research Opportunity Zones
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 19:33:29 +0000
In areas where competition is stiff for moderately-priced homes and inventory is thin, potential homebuyers might want to research a segment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that has mostly attracted the attention of developers: Opportunity Zones.  The more than 8,000 federally designated Opportunity Zones across the country represent areas where new … Continued
5 Q&As About Your Home Inspection
Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:00:20 +0000
Whether you’ve had a home inspection done before or this is your first time, there are a few basics buyers should be familiar with. Here are five common questions and answers to help clarify the process.   Who pays for it? The buyer chooses the inspector, pays the inspector directly for the inspection, and the inspection … Continued
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