Now is the time to buy!

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a home because you’re unsure of the market, it might be time for you to take a cue from the majority.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey, nearly 70% of Americans believe that now is a good time to purchase a home. This buyer confidence is likely due to a number of factors, but one of the main factors at play is likely the upcoming increase in available inventory. According to a recent report on new constructionfrom the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, builders completed new homes at a record rate in May 2018 (a seasonally adjusted rate of nearly 1.3 million) and approved another 1.3 million building permits—which means a ton of new inventory is about to flood the market, making it significantly easier for potential buyers to find and purchase homes.

The Takeaway

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a home, it looks like it’s time to make a move and take advantage of what 70% of Americans believe to be a good time to purchase property.

You are ready to buy a house…now what?!

So you have made the decision to buy a home – and most likely part of your decision has lead you to Google or a similar search engine.  The good news?  You get LOTS of results.  The bad news?  You get LOTS of results!  Same thing happens when you search some of the consumer search options for buying a home.

It’s nice having options, right? Especially when it comes to making a big purchase like a home. If you’ve started your home search by using online listing sites, you’ve probably found a long list of properties you want to tour.

Even though it’s exciting to see what’s out there, are you wondering how you’ll be able to choose a favorite? Are you overwhelmed with your choices? That’s normal. In fact, research shows that when people have too many options, they have a harder time making a decision and tend to be less satisfied with their selection. Instead of making such an important decision on your own, there’s an easy way to get there faster: Hire a Texas REALTOR®.

Texas REALTORS® can help you quickly focus on properties worth seeing because they can eliminate those that may look good online but don’t actually meet your needs. They also have access to current information about whether a home is still on the market, and when homes you thought are out of your price range might actually be open to negotiations. This is information you won’t find on your own searching online, and even if you could, it would take a lot of your valuable time.

So give us a call today!  We can help you navigate the home buying process and get you the results that fit your needs!

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.

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!!!!!

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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

Expansion is a Good Thing

Stay Warm out there. Things are hot in the Real Estate business!!! Been thinking of Selling or Buying. Contact us! We are moving a lot of inventory. It going fast!!!
Congrats to the Granzin Family on their Expansion. Stop in one of the two current locations when you have your next protein need.

Granzin’s Meat Market adding third location in the San Antonio area
Dec 31, 2014 – San Antonio Business Journal

Granzin’s Meat Market is “beefing up” operations by adding its third full-sized location in the “Gateway To The Eagle Ford Shale.”

The New Braunfels-based chain is building a full-sized meat market at 393 Airport Road in Pleasanton.

Founded in 1981, the family-owned business currently has its original meat market in New Braunfels and another location in Seguin.

Co-owner Gary Granzin spoke to us about the new development in Pleasanton. Granzin said his family originally set up a simple “deer processing” center off Airport Road as a service to hunters. But Pleasanton is experiencing tremendous growth in the retail and housing sectors thanks to the oil boom targeting the Eagle Ford Shale.

Granzin said strong business at the deer processing center and rapid population growth in Pleasanton prompted its decision to open a full-sized meat market there.

The Pleasanton meat market is being built on the same piece of land as the deer processing center and should be open as early as March 2015.

Three great programs being supported!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!!
Below is a link that talks about a 100% Loan to Value Loan (LTV), Tax savings for short sales and Loan programs for first time home buyers!!!
Enjoy!

Posted from The National Real Estate Post 12/6/15
Awesome New Programs!!

Real Estate is one of the Most Significant Industries in Texas

Going by the latest information from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, the third most significant industry of the Lone Star state is real estate. This industry typically contributes about 7.8% – 12% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Texas.

Texas real estate industry goes across the boundaries of the state and affects the financial activity of other parts of the nation as well. The interrelated finance dealings form a complex web that reflects the scenario of the modern economy. So whatever happens in Texas influences the entire country, and to some extent, the world as a whole.

U.S. bureau report highlighted some facts: 

  • For every $1 million of revenue generates by the Texas real estate industry, about $0.5 million of revenue is earned in other parts of state economy.
  • For every $1 million of revenue generated by Texas real estate industry, 5.16 jobs are generated in the real estate industry, and 5 jobs are generated in other industries in the state.
  • Texas real estate industry has the largest proportion of self employed individuals

About 0.5 million people of the state work in the real estate industry, making it 3.9% of the statewide employment.  Looks like it’s a good time to buy a home in Central Texas.