Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
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
Did You Know You Might Be a Target for Cyber Scams?
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:00:05 +0000
Real estate transactions are an attractive deal for cyber criminals. One targeted, fraudulent email can cause an unwitting consumer to redirect a high-dollar real estate payment to a scammer. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from real estate scams. Beware of suspicious emails. Real estate scammers spoof legitimate sources, like your title company, … Continued
DIY or Not: Which Projects Should You Do When Getting Ready to Sell?
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:49:49 +0000
The popularity of home improvement TV shows has raised buyer’s expectations of what properties should look like, but home sellers aren’t necessarily the trained pros seen on HGTV. There are certain home improvement tasks inexperienced sellers should stay away from just as there are easier ways to spruce up a house even an inexperienced DIYer … Continued
What to do if Schools are Important in Your Home Search
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:16:47 +0000
Whether you’re moving to a new city or a new neighborhood, you might be wondering about the quality of the schools. Fair housing laws prohibit agents from steering clients, whether toward a particular area or away from that area, based upon the buyer’s race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin. That means … Continued
4 Ways to Stay Safe as a New Homeowner
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:50:15 +0000
Just moved into your new home? Take these simple safety steps as you settle in. Change the locks. Have you ever made extra keys for your home for the dog walker, your best friend, or as a loaner to give to visitors? You’re probably not the only one. Even though sellers surrender the keys at the … Continued
Is Your Home Search About to Get Easier?
Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:57 +0000
More homebuyers are feeling optimistic about their housing search this year than last, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders.  Of prospective buyers surveyed, 22% said they expected their search to get easier in the months ahead—compared to just 16% who had the same expectation last year. There also was a … Continued
A Sure Way to Kill a Potential Deal
Tue, 28 May 2019 16:00:28 +0000
How would you respond to a really low offer? Many sellers are offended—so offended that they refuse to respond. After all, it’s an insult! That’s one way to look at it. Another way is that someone just showed interest in buying your house. Isn’t that why you put it on the market? Perhaps the person … Continued
Sellers, Are You Making These 4 Mistakes?
Tue, 21 May 2019 15:00:22 +0000
Did you put your house on the market so it would stay there for a long time? Probably not, but if you’re making these mistakes, that’s exactly what will happen. The good news is that it’s never too late to change your ways. See if you’re doing anything on this list, then stop right now. … Continued
What’s a Seller’s Disclosure?
Tue, 14 May 2019 14:00:10 +0000
In many residential sales, sellers are required to provide information about the condition of the property, which benefits the buyer and seller. It’s Required by Texas Law Sellers of a single-unit residential property are required to provide a seller’s disclosure notice to a buyer. The notice details what the sellers know about the property at … Continued
88% of Landlords Say Renting Properties is Stressful. Does it Have to Be?
Tue, 07 May 2019 15:00:48 +0000
In a recent survey of landlords by Porch, a home improvement services company, just over 88% of landlords said they had experienced some stress in renting out their properties.  Nearly 49% of landlords surveyed had been asked to break a lease early, just under 45% have had to evict a tenant, and about 40% have … Continued