Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
3 Ways to Give Sellers Your Best Offer
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:00:58 +0000
You don’t want to spend too much on a property, but you also don’t want to lose out on the perfect place. That’s why you should do some research before making an offer on a home. Take these three steps to present a compelling offer to sellers. Decide on the Right Price The sale price … Continued
Don’t Expose Personal Data When You Sell
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:00:06 +0000
If your smart home devices are staying with a property, be sure to remove any personal information on those devices. Here’s a two-step process you can use to remove your data. Reset the Device The manufacturer of each device has a factory reset that wipes any data on it and returns the product to its … Continued
What Fair Housing Means for Buyers and Renters
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:00:05 +0000
You’ve heard the term fair housing, but what does it mean when you’re buying or leasing property? Here’s how the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs explains it: The Federal Fair Housing Act refers to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. This Act, in addition to the Texas Fair Housing Act, protects your right … Continued
3 Ways Homesellers Scare Off Buyers
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:00:46 +0000
Sellers often unintentionally turn off buyers with all kinds of simple mistakes. Here are big ones to avoid.  Mistake 1: Price your home high so you have room to negotiate Wouldn’t it be great if you asked for $100,000 more than your home is worth and somebody bought it? If you consider a high asking … Continued
Consider These Costs of Homeownership, Too
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:00:05 +0000
Buying a home is a big expense. But the purchase price is not the only cost to weigh as you search for a house. Here are some other expenses to take into account. Taxes Property taxes can take a big bite from your housing budget. Keep in mind that your taxes could vary significantly from … Continued
Sellers: Staging is not the Same as Decorating
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:08:38 +0000
You know that making a good first impression with potential buyers is important when selling your home. But that’s not an invitation to unleash your decorating skills on the living room.  Decorating a home is personal, and staging is the opposite. Staging removes clutter, decorations, and anything else that distracts buyers from seeing themselves in … Continued
Why You Might Become a Renter Again
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:08:58 +0000
You probably figure that once you go from being a renter to a homeowner, you’ll never go back. But there are some situations where you might want to rent again. Say you’re thinking of moving downtown but aren’t sure city living will match your expectations. Instead of just going for it, you could rent out the … Continued
8 Mistakes When Pricing Your Home for Sale
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:08:41 +0000
Picking the wrong asking price for your home can cost you a lot of money. Here are nine don’ts when coming up with your number: Don’t assume your house is worth the same as your neighbor’s Your neighbor’s home sold recently, but it has a pool, an updated kitchen, and a cracked foundation. Your house … Continued
Steps to Boost Your Credit Score
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:08:36 +0000
There aren’t shortcuts to improving your credit score. You’ll need to make sound financial decisions for at least several months to offset previous damage you’ve done to your credit record. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here are four steps to improve your score and increase the chances you’ll qualify for a favorable … Continued
How to Prepare for Who’s Going to Buy Your Home
Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:23:38 +0000
Where were you in 1980? A person born after that year might be buying your home this year. Significant parts of the generational cohort are aging into new stages of life: marriage, kids, and buying homes. By the end of the year, they’ll account for 43% of all mortgages, according to a report by … Continued