Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
Your First Step Before Deciding Whether to Buy a Home
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:00:21 +0000
If you’re thinking of buying property, you’ll probably apply for a mortgage. But before lenders decide what they’re willing to offer you, they’ll want some financial background, such as your employment history, salary, bank-account balances, and your credit history. Know Your Status Before a Lender Does While you could wait to find out how your … Continued
What Form do You Use for That?
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 06:13:40 +0000
A real estate transaction can require many forms, contracts, and addenda. Even in a straightforward sale or purchase, you may eventually sign dozens of legal documents. But knowing which form to use—or even knowing whether you should use a form—can be tricky. Thankfully, your REALTOR® has experience and knowledge about the many available forms. Also … Continued
5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Home
Tue, 07 Jan 2020 06:10:22 +0000
Is there a spot that you visit so often you’d like to purchase property? Or are you thinking of buying a vacation home that you will rent out when you’re not staying there? Whatever your motivation, there are a few considerations to make when you’re purchasing a second property. Be Realistic About its Use Does … Continued
If Your Real Estate Agent Doesn’t Have This Title, Get a New Agent
Tue, 31 Dec 2019 07:00:40 +0000
Is your real estate agent a REALTOR®? Although some people mistakenly use the two terms interchangeably, they are not the same thing. A real estate agent or broker is a person licensed by the state to help others buy, sell, and lease real property. But only real estate agents and brokers who join the National … Continued
Don’t Fall Victim to Wire Fraud
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 07:00:41 +0000
Imagine the sinking feeling you would have if you found out the enormous sum of money you just wired to buy a home was sent not to the the real estate title company but to criminals. Unfortunately, real estate wire fraud is is on the rise, with 11,300 victims in 2018, according to the FBI.  … Continued
The Pre-Listing Plan You May Be Neglecting
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:02:58 +0000
If you’re selling your home, you’ve probably thought about the work that needs to be done before listing—painting, a deep clean, or yard work, for example. But have you put any thought into what you’ll need to do once the house sells? What if it Sells Fast? In the hottest markets in Texas, some homes … Continued
What You Need to Know About Title Insurance
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 06:05:49 +0000
If you haven’t heard about it during your homebuying process yet, you will soon. Title insurance may not be as well-known as homeowners insurance or even flood insurance, but it serves an important purpose. Here are the basics. What is Title Insurance? Title insurance is protection for you and your mortgage lender against mistakes made … Continued
‘Tis the Season to Check Your Energy Usage
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:55:18 +0000
In Texas, summers are the season when electricity bills are typically the highest. However, that’s no reason to neglect energy-saving strategies you can easily implement to manage your fall and winter usage. Harness the Sun Open window shutters in the morning to let the sun heat your home naturally. In the evening, close the shutters … Continued
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