How a REALTOR® can help you as a buyer

Picture a home with a shady backyard overflowing with blooming flowers, chirping birds, and a spacious deck to enjoy it all. You might be a smitten first-time buyer already planning outdoor dinner parties with friends. Then your Texas REALTOR® asks “Do you like gardening?” A well-maintained yard can be an expensive, time-consuming, and water-intensive investment, but that might never come up without your Texas REALTOR®.

The Benefit of Having an Expert on Your Side

A Texas REALTOR® can be the one to ask tough questions that help you narrow your home search. Visiting open houses or touring homes solo may lead otherwise prudent people to fall in love with lush gardens when they can’t keep their current houseplants alive.

This is just one of the many ways Texas REALTORS® keep homebuyers focused as they look at potential properties. Having an experienced Texas REALTOR® at your side can help you feel more at ease with the process and encourage you to think hard about what you’re looking for.

Don’t Waste Your Time on a Solo Home Search

You may think you’re a strong researcher, but when it comes to being a first-time homebuyer, the best resource you can have is a Texas REALTOR®. She can point out aspects of homeownership that you won’t find online, provide lessons learned from experience, and be the helpful reminder that there’s a perfect home for everyone but not every perfect home is for you.How

Something You Should Know Before Looking At A New Construction Model Home

Picture yourself out for a drive one weekend. You see a sign that says:

New Construction Homes!
Models Starting At $XXX,XXX
Next Right!

Maybe you’re actively looking for a house, or maybe it’s just a spur of the moment urge, but you follow the signs to the model home.

You park.

You walk into the model home.

The builder’s sales rep asks you to please sign in.

You sign in.

Ouch. You may have just made a costly mistake…

It’s Not Like I’m Buying One…

Most people don’t think twice about signing in when they visit a model home. They figure, what’s the harm? It isn’t like I’m signing something to actually buy one. I just want to take a look, and it’s not like they’re asking me to sign my life away.

But sometimes you do end up buying one.

You get the bug. You fall in love. You picture yourself in this lifestyle. Next thing you know, you’re making an offer on the spot.

Or, maybe you leave, but you can’t stop thinking about it the whole ride home so you decide you’re going to buy one.

Either way, if you decide to buy one, having signed in with the builder, you may have signed away your right to involve your own real estate agent represent and advise you.

Is A Real Estate Agent Even Necessary?!

Some people question whether it’s even necessary to have their own real estate agent involved in the purchase. They feel like they’re an unnecessary middleman. After all, the builder has a sales rep. They feel like they “found” the house, not a real estate agent. The builder or their representative can handle the paperwork. And, ideally, not having an agent will perhaps give them some leverage to negotiate.

Others just don’t even think to bring their real estate agent with them or didn’t want to “bug” them to go see a house they could easily get in to see. They just stop in on a whim, and once the ball gets rolling, they feel like they can’t involve their agent, or they might even be “encouraged” by the builder not to. And they figure, what’s the big deal… the builder or their rep can handle everything.

And some people feel like real estate agents just want to latch onto the deal to make a commission, while doing very little, since the builder and / or their rep can handle the paperwork and process.

It’s More Than Just “Finding” And Pushing Papers…

Sure, a buyer can “find” a new construction house on their own. And a builder or their sales rep can certainly handle the paperwork.

But the value of having a real estate agent on your side isn’t just about “finding” you a house (new construction or not), or filling in a few blanks on a contract and pushing the papers through the process. It’s about their knowledge, advice, and representation.

Okay, some agents out there may just want to get a few papers signed and wait for closing day to get a commission check. And, yes, you’re probably better off not involving an agent like that in the purchase of new construction.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find and have an agent who truly understands new construction (and real estate overall) on your side.

A good agent can help you:

  • Avoid costly mistakes
  • Get everything you can and should get from the builder
  • Advise you as to whether buying a particular home is the best or right choice for you
  • Offer alternatives you may not have otherwise considered
  • Help you choose the best lot and model in a development for your own enjoyment and future resale value
  • Keep the builder and building process in check
  • Advocate for you when issues arise with the builder

Things To Know And Look Out For

There are quite a few things to know and look out for when buying new construction — more than I can cover in a brief article. So, I created a booklet that you can download and read at your leisure, rather than in one sitting before you scroll away.

It’s free and there’s no obligation. And, even though it’s more detailed and longer than this article, covering more than a dozen topics, it isn’t a long read. You can breeze through it over a medium sized cup of coffee.

Just fill in your information below, and I’ll get a copy to you right away!

Myths about Real Estate

I love trivia… he’s useful information that helps understand some myths about Real Estate posted from NAR website on 2/26/15

Myth Article

Navarro Crossing

Things are still growing in Seguin. Below is the article Seguin Economic Development posted today…. Enjoy!!!!

Navarro-Crossing-to-bring-duplex-condominiums-to-Seguin–Texas.html?soid=1107990347452&aid=axwy10YJSds

To Stage or Not to Stage…

Thinking of Selling? Have your house Listed? Staging a home is recommended by Realtors often; some clients choose to and some don’t. Does it help? Here is an article posted by NAR on the Texas Association of Realtors on February 16, 2015…you decide…

Does Staging make a home sell for more?

01/29/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

If you want to increase the price that buyers offer for your listing, staging the property might be the way to do it. According to NAR’s recently released 2015 Profile of Home Staging report, 32% of buyer agents surveyed said staging a home can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer by 1% to 5%. Sixteen percent said it could increase offer prices by 6% to 10%.

According to the report, the median dollar value to stage a home is $675, and 62% of seller agents offer the service to their sellers. If you want to give staging a shot, but do it on a budget, start with these five tips:
1.Try a theme for each room, like a reading nook or movie theater.
2.Remove personal items so buyers can picture themselves in the home.
3.Rework items a homeowner already has rather than making new purchases. This could be as simple as rearranging the furniture to highlight a room’s feature, or using old frames to display new artwork.
4.Paint the walls neutral colors.
5.Get a third party to suggest changes if you’re concerned about a seller having a negative reaction to your ideas.

Selling Steps

The Market is moving quick and things are about to get busier!!!! Here is the process your will be guided through with a licensed Realtor.
Give us a call and we would be honored to help you out.

The Selling Process Shared from TAR website 2/13/115

Selling a home can be complicated—you’re not only selling one property but likely trying to find a new place to live. Here are some steps to take to ensure you’re prepared.

Find a Texas REALTOR®

Why? A Texas REALTOR® will save you time and money by setting the correct price for your home, marketing and showing your property, advising you about the pros and cons of offers submitted for your home, helping you negotiate favorable terms, and , and negotiating on your behalf. Ask your friends and relatives for their recommendations, or use the Find a Texas REALTOR® search.

Sign a Listing Agreement

The listing agreement allows the Texas REALTOR® to sell your home during a given period and compensates him when your home sells. The amount of compensation, the length of the listing period, and other terms in the agreement are negotiable.

Set a Price

If you ask too much, you may not find a buyer. If you price the home too low, you’ll cheat yourself out of money. Websites with quickie value estimators aren’t the way to determine the value of your home. Go to the only people with the data and the expertise to accurately read your market: Texas REALTORS®.

Market Your Property

In preparing your home for viewing by prospective buyers, remember that people buy on emotions. Your home has to feel right, or buyers will look elsewhere. Look at your home objectively and listen to suggestions from your agent about ways to make your home more appealing, such as cleaning, de-cluttering, removing personal items like pictures, making cosmetic repairs, etc. And talk to your Texas REALTOR® about his or her plans to advertise your listing and show your property.

Consider Your Options

When a buyer makes an offer, what do you do? Your Texas REALTOR® will help you review it and understand the pros and cons. If you’re lucky enough to have more than one offer, he or she will discuss your options to do what’s best for you. Once an offer is accepted by you and the buyers, the buyers will perform inspections and finalize the deal.

87% of all homes qualify for some sort of down payment assistance program and over 90% of all DAP’s across the country are funded

Check out the link below to see if you qualify. Then give us a call. The market is active and moving out there!!!!!

Qualifying Programs

New HEB to be Built!!!!

Howdy! I get stopped quite a bit and asked how the economy in Seguin is looking and every time I go to answer; I have an addition to add to the growing opportunities come to this area…..

Shared from the Seguin Economic Development Page 1/28/15

Grocery store to provide new jobs, economic bonus for Seguin

(Seguin) — The construction of a new HEB store in Seguin is apparently more than just expanded products and more elbow room.

HEB General Manager Danny Crowson says the construction of the new store is in response to a growing customer base.

“I’ve been in this store for 14 years and felt like I knew just about every customer that came in here, but in the last six months, it’s been unbelievable to me. I go down on the sales floor on Saturdays and Sundays. I see new faces. I see younger people, a lot more younger folks are coming through the store than what they used to. When I came to this store 14 years ago, I believe our customer count was somewhere around 20,000 customers a week and now, we’re in excess of 30,000 customers a week (that) come through this store — 31,000 sometimes and as many as 32,000 customers in a week’s time come through this store. This town is growing and certainly things are changing,” said Crowson.

Crowson says the growing pains and changes in customers, however, aren’t only limited to Seguin. He says the local store attracts customers from all over.

“We have a lot of folks that travel 30-35-40 miles to shop in Seguin. Obviously, there’s other reasons to come to Seguin other than just groceries but we have a lot of customers in the Nixon, Stockdale area, Gonzales even though there is a new HEB there, there’s still lots of folks that come in here form Gonzales, Luling and San Marcos. We have a lot of folks that live right outside of San Marcos that come here and shop in this store and of course, it gets difficult to get around in New Braunfels during the summer time when all of the river people show up. There’s lots of folks that really live closer to New Braunfels, but don’t like the hassle and come into Seguin as well,” said Crowson.

Crowson says the new store, of course, will also mean\ the need for more employees at the store.

“One of the things that we will be doing is obviously — we’ve got about 249 — what we call partners — working at HEB today. We will be well in excess of 300 partners whenever the new store opens. So lots of new opportunities for jobs,” said Crowson.

A variety of positions are currently available. However, a large number of employees are expected to be hired during the summer. Those wishing to apply for a position are asked to submit their information to www.heb.com

Questions to ask about your first home inspection

Hello! Things are really moving out there. Contact us soon if you are thinking of Selling or Buying! We would love to help you out.

Poster from Texas Association of Realtor’s webpage:

01/02/2015 | Author: Jaime Lee

You’ll learn a lot about home inspections as a first-time homebuyer. Here are a few Inspection 101 questions that your Texas REALTOR® can answer when it’s time to look under the metaphorical hood of your first house.

Who pays for it?
As the buyer, you choose the inspector, pay him directly for the inspection, and the inspection report he generates is yours. If you don’t already have a home inspector in mind, ask your friends and family members for a referral, or your Texas REALTOR® may be able to recommend someone. Whoever you chose must be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

What does an inspector do?
An inspector will conduct an “objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation,” according to the American Society of Home Inspectors. The inspector will go through the entire house and make note of any damage, need for repairs, or maintenance issues, and then give you a copy of the completed report based on his findings. It’s important to know that there could be defects a home inspector will not find and wouldn’t be expected to find if the defects are in areas with limited or no access.

When should I get an inspection?
Your Texas REALTOR® will discuss including a termination-option period in your contract to purchase the home. This is an amount of time during which you can conduct inspections, negotiate with the seller for repairs, and still have the option to terminate the contract.

Where should I be during the inspection?
You don’t have to be at the property during the inspection, but it’s in your best interest to be there. Your inspector may not mind if you accompany him and ask questions as he checks everything out, but be sure to ask first.

Why should I have this done?
Buying a home is probably the largest investment you will ever make, so you want to know as much as you can up front. A home inspector will point out items that need regular maintenance and identify any problems.

After your inspection is complete, talk with your Texas REALTOR® to determine if there are any issues you want to ask the seller to address before you move forward. A Texas REALTOR® has experience with the home-buying process and will make recommendations that are right for you.

Seguin Aerial Video

Happy Friday!!! I am enjoying this wintery weather. It makes me appreciate the upbringing I had and enjoy our active spring days and the warmth of our summer.

Seguin is in the spotlight again. The Seguin Economic Development Board did an outstanding job showcasing our wonderful town!!!
Enjoy and stay warm!!!

Seguin Shines