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While you don’t have to do a complete overhaul to get your house market-ready, you do need to make an effort. Your Texas Realtor® can suggest some ways to make your home appealing to buyers, but here are three ways you can prep your house for selling.
Don’t ignore fixable problems
Maybe you’re used to living with the dripping kitchen faucet, but a potential homebuyer may not be able to ignore it during a showing. Sure, it might be an easy fix for a new homebuyer, but it might be easy fix for you, too.
If there are repairs that you’ve been putting off, it’s time to consider which ones are worth making. You can also ask for some advice from your Texas Realtor® about which home repairs should be on the top of your to-do list. Some may be too large to tackle at this stage in your sale, like a major renovation. Others, like a leaky faucet, can probably be fixed for less money and in a short amount of time.
Remember, while you may be willing to lower the asking price because you’re not interested in remodeling your outdated bathrooms, you can get a can of paint to freshen up the walls.
Keep your clutter to a minimum
If you are living in your house while you’re waiting for it to sell, it’s going to look like someone lives in it. Buyers expect occupied properties to look, well, occupied. But that doesn’t mean that they need to see your dirty laundry pile on the bathroom floor.
Although Texas Realtors® encourage their buyer clients to look past those small things, many buyers have a hard time with it. If it’s not difficult for you to put a hamper in the bathroom to store your dirty towels, you might as well give it a try. If you’re having trouble deciding how much de-cluttering to do, ask your Texas Realtor® for some guidance.
Make sure the price is right
You made a lot of memories in your home, and maybe you even invested your time and money into improving it, but the fact is that the market is what dictates the sales price.
If you price your property based on sentimental value or the remodeling costs you hope to recoup, you’re probably not pricing it properly. When a property is priced too high, it doesn’t sell quickly. In fact, it might not sell at all. Your Texas Realtor® will be able to help you come up with the right asking price. She’ll even take into account those updates you made, but she’ll do so with accurate market information.
If the price seems lower than you want, don’t be afraid to ask why. But don’t forget that you might be accounting for emotions more than a buyer would.
You’re probably hearing that mortgage rates are at favorable levels and that now’s the time to buy a home. But maybe you’re also thinking, “I’ll never be able to afford a mortgage.”
Many potential homebuyers feel this way, but the good news is that there is help available. Homebuying-assistance programs at the local, state, and federal level make homeownership accessible for more buyers. This could be in the form of low- or no-interest loans, help with closing costs or even mortgages that don’t require a down payment.
Help is out there
Assistance programs are available for a variety of qualifying buyers, such as first-time buyers or low-income buyers, and there are even programs available for specific types of homes. And if you don’t qualify for one program, you may meet the criteria for another.
When you decide to buy your next home, the best first step is to talk to a Texas Realtor. He’ll have the latest information about assistance programs and their eligibility requirements, and will know about any changes to existing programs.
Here are a few examples of homebuyer-assistance programs in Texas that you may not know about.
Get rewarded for doing your job
In Texas, there are homebuyer programs that certain professionals—educators, law-enforcement officers, fire fighters and military veterans—might qualify for.
In addition, some Texas cities and counties have partnered with local employers to offer housing incentives for employees who buy a home within the city or county limits. Your Texas Realtor will know if these options are available in our market.
The property itself may qualify
Instead of the buyers, some homes could meet eligibility requirements for certain state or federal assistance programs. For instance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to encourage development in rural communities.
Or, if you’re willing to put some work into a home, the property may qualify for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rehab program for properties in need of repair or updating.
Where to start
The list of assistance programs is extensive and varies for each buyer’s situation. You can visit TxHomePrograms.org to search for local, state and federal homebuyer-assistance programs to get an idea of the many programs available. Then, when you’re ready to make that move, ask your Texas Realtor to help you find which programs you may qualify for.
Learn more about buying property in Texas at TexasRealEstate.com.
If your property has been sitting on the market for a while, don’t blame buyers. Re-evaluate your strategy. Take a look at what you’re offering and see how you can make your home more attractive and increase your chances of a sale.
Is it overpriced?
Overpriced properties discourage potential buyers, who may not even view the property if they think it’s worth much less than the asking price.
This doesn’t mean that you should underprice your home, but you should put some thought into pricing your home to sell. If you suspect your house isn’t selling because you’ve asked too much, ask your Texas Realtor® to conduct a new market analysis and decide whether to lower the price.
Properties priced too high sit on the market, and buyers often assume there’s something wrong with them. If your listing has become shopworn, look at reducing the price or offering incentives. These strategies may help pique buyer interest.
If you think your home is appropriately priced and everything else seems to be in order, it could be that the market has changed since your initial listing. It’s important to understand the state of the current housing market and to stay on top of what’s happening in your neck of the woods, which is where a Texas Realtor® can be so effective.
Is it accessible?
Most sellers opt for a lockbox to make it easy for buyer’s agents to access your home. Without one, agents representing buyers are forced to work around your schedule, setting an appointment to gain access and view your home. That may prove too much of an obstacle for potential buyers.
Additionally, imposing restrictions on the times the home is available for showings can dissuade traffic. Your house probably isn’t the only one a potential buyer is going to view. If your house can only be toured after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’re reducing the number of potential buyers.
Does it need repairs?
You say it’s a “fixer-upper.” Well, those typically sell for substantially less than other properties. Maybe you’ve already accounted for your home’s condition in the price, and it’s still not selling. You may want to look at making major cosmetic repairs or review ways to improve serious maintenance problems. You might also entice buyers with a cosmetic allowance. A cosmetic allowance is money allocated by the seller to the buyer to offset the costs of repairs. If you already offer a cosmetic allowance but buyers still aren’t biting, you may want to consider fixing major problems and removing the allowance.
Is it your neighbor’s fault?
Nearby homes and neighborhoods can significantly affect the value of your property. If you believe the condition of your neighbor’s property is stifling your opportunity for a sale, it’s time to address the situation. It’s important to open the lines of communication and look for a win-win solution. The sooner you do this, the better your chance of success. Voice your concerns to the property owner and see if you can resolve the problem. If the condition of the neighbor’s property is affecting the entire neighborhood, get everyone to work together to find a solution. If feelings get hurt and the problem escalates to name calling or worse, you may need to bring in a neutral party, such as a friend or community arbitration board.
You can also review local laws and zoning ordinances. If your neighbor has a disabled vehicle in the front yard, a typical “junk vehicle” ordinance may apply.
Many factors may affect the sale of your home, including price, condition and location. If your property is shopworn and potential buyers are just not coming around, sit down with your Texas Realtor® and discuss measures that may boost your chance of a sale.
For more on selling your home, I invite you to visit TexasRealEstate.com.
Which emotion surges higher when buying a home … excitement or anxiety? You will probably experience both during the homebuying process. Imagining the possibilities of your new house can bring great joy, while the financial implications of making such a purchase can create worries. Take these steps to reduce the stress, though, and you will be able to focus on the enjoyable aspects of buying a new home.
Long before you start walking through properties, you can lay the groundwork for a good homebuying experience. The sooner you start saving for a downpayment the better. Having some money to put toward the purchase gives you more flexibility when it comes time to get a loan.
You’ll want to check your credit report, too, to see if there are any mistakes or problems you can clear up prior to applying for a mortgage. You can request one free credit report annually from each of the three credit-reporting companies by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com.
Speaking of mortgages, learning about various types of loans and assistance programs will give you the knowledge to find the right loan for you – one that you will be able to afford for the life of the loan. You can research whether you qualify for any assistance programs at TxHomePrograms.org.
Finally, you’ll put yourself in a strong position by getting pre-approved – not just pre-qualified – for a mortgage. And don’t necessarily jump at a high loan amount just because someone says they will lend you that much. Take a hard look at your own finances and future plans to make sure you are living within your means.
What do you want?
Do you see yourself in a ranch-style home in the suburbs? A downtown loft apartment? A neighborhood where you can walk your kids to school?
Take the time to figure out what features are most important to you. You will also find it helpful to decide if there are some items you desire but might be willing to look past if everything else falls into place. Once you can determine the must-haves, you can quickly make decisions about which properties to view.
Get someone on your side
Buying real estate is much more involved than most other transactions – even high-dollar purchases like automobiles and stocks. It can be a tremendous help to have a professional looking out for your best interests along the way.
I’m sure it won’t shock you that I recommend hiring a Texas Realtor®. Your Realtor® can explain the entire process, help you negotiate, keep the transaction on track, and make sure you have the information you need to make good decisions.
Understand what goes into an offer
There’s much more to a good offer than deciding what price you’re willing to pay. Before you start searching for homes, talk to your Texas Realtor® about earnest money, option periods and fees, inspections, contingencies, closing time frames, and other factors that may make your offer more attractive to the seller while protecting your interests.
Don’t let up after your offer is accepted
Not every transaction successfully progresses from an accepted offer to a closed deal. However, you give yourself the best chance of getting the keys to your new home if you and your Realtor® stay on top of the deadlines and tasks to move the process forward.
If you have questions during this period, ask as soon as possible. You want answers long before you get to the closing table.
Buying a home should be an exciting time in your life. If you plan well and work with people who are looking out for your best interests, you can minimize the pressures involved and enjoy the process of purchasing a new place to call your own.
For more information, I invite you to visit TexasRealEstate.com.
You can’t change when or where your house was built. And unless you want to spend a lot of money that you’ll never recoup in a sale, now’s not the time to knock down walls or build an addition. But there are ways to make your rooms look bigger, and I recommend that you try some before you put your house on the market.
You don’t have to be a professional home stager to accomplish this trick, and you don’t need a lot of money. There are plenty of decorating tricks that can have buyers feeling like your living room is spacious, not small.
Get rid of clutter
This step is the most basic but can be hard for some sellers. Removing clutter doesn’t mean putting your books and magazines in neat piles—it means getting rid of the books and magazines. Take all your knick knacks and put them in storage. You want tables and shelves with space on them, not clogged with photos and curios. Lose any area rugs and pare down your furniture, too. It’s better to have a few large pieces than several small ones.
Keep traffic patterns clear
Every house has natural paths that people take. Whether it’s from the kitchen to the dining room or from the living room to the bathroom, make sure these walkways are clear. You may not mind having to walk around a large sectional to get from the TV room to the kitchen, but buyers will think your TV room isn’t big enough.
Preserve your views
Related to clear walkways are clear views. Keep tall furniture like bookshelves away from doorways, and pull back the shower curtain to expose the entire bathroom. Don’t block any part of windows, sliding glass doors, or French doors.
Choose your colors wisely
You probably plan to repaint some rooms. Make sure you choose light colors that feel cool, such as light blue or light green. Not only will light colors create a sense of openness, actual light helps, too. Open curtains or blinds to let in sunlight, and consider adding a lamp to dark corners.
Get an objective opinion
When you’re “done” making these changes to your house, ask for feedback. Your Texas Realtor® is a great source for such information—and she likely has other suggestions to make your house seem bigger—but also ask friends or colleagues who don’t often visit your house to give their impressions as if they were buyers.
These are just a few ways you can get buyers talking about the space you have, not the space your home is missing. No amount of interior decoration or home staging will alter your home’s size, but a few of these tips might get buyers double-checking your listed square footage.
For more tips on preparing your home for sale, visit TexasRealEstate.com or talk to a Texas Realtor®.
I’d like to tell you that we no longer need laws to protect homebuyers and renters from discrimination, but we’re not there yet. While I hope you never experience discrimination, know that federal law prohibits denying an individual or group the right to buy or rent a home based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, family status, or disability.
So, how pervasive is housing discrimination in the 21st century? The National Fair Housing Alliance reports that in 2009, the most recent available data, more than 30,000 people reported fair-housing violations. More troubling, however, is that the alliance estimates that almost 4 million other violations went unreported.
For example …
Housing discrimination takes many forms, but here are a few real-world scenarios:
• An owner or landlord falsely tells you that his property or unit is unavailable because of your religion
• An agent only shows you homes in one neighborhood because that area has a high concentration of residents of your race
• A landlord asks you for a higher deposit on a rental unit than other tenants because you have kids
• A landlord refuses to accommodate your need as a disabled tenant, such as allowing a service animal or installing grab-bars in bathrooms
It’s lenders, too
When people think about fair-housing violations, they usually conjure up images of a slammed door or a restrictive advertisement. But violations of the Fair Housing Act are not only about a living situation or steering allegations. There are problems in the lending industry, as well. Because the lending process is so complex, it’s difficult to identify discrimination with any consistency.
Realtors go beyond what the law requires
You may know that members of the National Association of Realtors® adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that holds them to higher professional standards than what state and federal law require. However, you may not know that this year the Code of Ethics was amended to prohibit Realtors® from discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation, in addition to the seven classes protected under federal law.
So … what should you so?
Violations of fair-housing laws are not always obvious or easy to detect. After all, unless victims are somehow able to compare their experience to someone else’s, they likely have no reason to suspect any prejudice ever occurred. Fair-housing laws do have teeth, however. So if you believe you’ve been the victim of housing discrimination, you can submit a formal complaint with HUD (visit HUD.gov) and any local private housing enforcement agency.
For more consumer-oriented tips about buying, selling or leasing real estate visit TexasRealEstate.com.
Real estate is a diverse industry, with residential, commercial and other specialties. If you’re selling a house, you obviously want an agent who knows residential real estate, but what else should you look for?
What’s in a name? A lot
Holding a real estate license does not make someone a Realtor®. The main thing that distinguishes a Realtor® from someone who’s merely licensed by the state to sell real estate is the Code of Ethics, which requires Realtors® to put their clients’ interests first at all times. Hiring a Texas Realtor® means you’ve retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism, and integrity. So, before you ask potential real estate agents any other questions, ask if they’re Texas Realtors®.
Look beyond dollar signs
When considering an agent, it may be a mistake to choose your representative based solely on compensation. Agents charge differently and provide different levels of service. Make sure you know what you’re getting.
The price may not be right
It’s also not always the best idea to go with an agent solely because he suggests the highest asking price. Yes, you want to get as much as possible for your home, but neither you nor your agent determines what a buyer is willing to pay. An agent who prices your home too high to get your listing isn’t doing you any favors.
Where are all the buyers?
Suppose your house is beautifully remodeled and priced to sell. What good is that if no one sees it? Before you hire an agent, ask how she plans to market your property. Agents have different marketing strategies that may include the Internet, MLS, print ads, open houses, staging and other means. Make sure you’re comfortable with the efforts planned for your property.
Staying in touch
Find out how an agent stays in touch with clients. Phone calls? E-mails? Posts on your Facebook wall? Tell the agent which method you prefer – and how often you want to hear from her. It’s better to find out now if an agent doesn’t use text messages, which may be your preferred method of communication, than to find out during negotiations with a buyer.
Don’t be afraid to interview several agents. Ask your friends and family who they’ve used. There are lots of us available to help you, and we each have our own style, personality, strengths and business models.
To find Realtors® in your area that can help you sell your home, visit TexasRealEstate.com and use the Find a Texas Realtor® search. You can narrow your search by criteria such as city, whether they represent buyers or sellers, what languages they speak, and what type of real estate they specialize in.
Location! Location! Location! Seguin has it!! Logistically, Seguin is sitting pretty for well planned growth as a hub of some of Texas’ famous highways. With its small town atmosphere, friendly people, excellent schools, and proximity to great jobs, Seguin is a great fit for all ages.
Seguin is home to a variety of real estate. . .farm & ranch living close to amenities; historical homes rich in history; gated communities; waterfront living on Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Lake Seguin, and Meadow Lake; new and established garden homes and residential communities close to shopping and Guadalupe Regional Hospital; and fantastic opportunities for commercial growth near I-10, Hwy 46, Hwy 123, and SH130. The diversity of Seguin Real Estate is what is often most surprising. The Seguin Board of Realtors is here to welcome you and help you find the right home or investment to meet your needs!
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When you’re buying anything—and that includes a house—you want to be as informed as possible.
One of the most important factors in the purchase of a home is determining what makes a fair asking price and, by extension, a fair offer—one that is more likely to be accepted.
How do sellers arrive at an asking price?First, it’s helpful to know that there are two primary considerations most homeowners use to determine the asking price for a property—and they’re both about motivation.
The first motivation is to sell the house quickly. Sellers in this situation may be more aggressive in their pricing strategy—and that could mean good things for you. It may also mean a multiple-offer situation, so be prepared to act.
Some sellers don’t need to sell in any particular time frame. Their main motivation is to maximize profit on the property. In many cases, the home may be owned outright or be a second home. This can mean the seller is looking for a certain price and will likely be less flexible.
In most cases, though, there’s a happy medium between the two extremes—and that’s where most homeowners end up.
So how do you know if an asking price falls is reasonable?Do your research
As I mentioned at the outset, it’s important to be an informed consumer. The best way to get informed is to do your research. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University (www.recenter.tamu.edu) is a good place to start. The center offers sales data from around the state, which enables you to learn about the local market.
You should look for things like how quickly homes have been selling in a neighborhood and the surrounding areas.
Aside from the seller’s motivation, which you will likely not know, think about what factors may go into pricing a home—renovations that have been done, the general condition of the home, school district, location, and more.
Get help from an expert
Buying a home can be an intimidating, confusing and lengthy process, and I strongly urge you to use an expert to guide you through the transaction.
Texas Realtors® are certainly industry experts, but more than that, we’re local experts who know what’s going on in a particular neck of the woods. Real estate market conditions can greatly vary within a city, so it’s this local expertise that really offers value to you.
From the specific to the general
You may only buy a few homes in your entire life, but most Texas Realtors® conduct several transactions per year—often in the same area. This frequency not only enables us to spot local trends in pricing and market conditions, it also affords a familiarity with the process so there are no stones left unturned, no documents left unsigned, and fewer chances for the transaction to fail.
For more real estate advice, tips and information about buying, selling or leasing property in the Lone Star State, please visit TexasRealEstate.com.