Current Topics – Texas REALTORS®
Take Better Listing Photos
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:18:15 +0000
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take great photos. A few simple steps can elevate your pictures. Tidy up. Start by making your home look its best. Clean up. Remove any clutter from the room you’re photographing. Organize the space neatly. Make it look inviting to guests. See the light. Sunshine can … Continued
Is That Estimated Home Value Worth Anything?
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:02:10 +0000
A simple internet search will tell you what a home is worth. Or will it? Just because a website shows you an estimate of a home’s value doesn’t mean that’s what you can buy or sell the house for. In fact, many home-valuation websites include disclaimers about how inaccurate their information may be. The internet … Continued
Working on Your Behalf Since 1920
Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:07:12 +0000
Although some people use the terms real estate agent and REALTOR® interchangeably, they don’t mean the same thing. Real estate agents and brokers are licensed by the state to help consumers conduct real estate transactions. REALTORS® are real estate agents and brokers who voluntarily join the National Association of REALTORS® as well as their state … Continued
Are You Ready to Be a Landlord?
Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:22:02 +0000
Being a landlord can be a wise decision but it isn’t for everyone. Here are some things to consider before you put out a for rent sign. How Is the Rental Market? Just as you perform due diligence on a property and its condition, you should do your homework on the area’s rental market. Is there a … Continued
What to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Home
Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:10:59 +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
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

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