Selling your home? Start here!

Whether you’re selling your home for the first time or the fifth, your goals stay the same: Attract buyers and secure a good sales price. Take these simple steps to reach your home-selling goals.

Price it Right

A REALTOR® can access reliable market data to help you determine the right price for your home. And when your home is priced properly for the market, you will get more interest from buyers. A home priced too low for the market may mean a quicker sale, but it also means you’ll be missing out on extra cash. Finding the sales price sweet spot is how you’ll meet your goals.

Make it Look Nice

You might be surprised at how many sellers don’t de-clutter or make basic repairs before listing their home. Even in a seller’s market, buyers won’t make it past your listing photos if they are less appealing than others. Simple changes—like potted plants on the porch and a new coat of paint for the front door—can help make your home more marketable. Talk to your REALTOR® about what appeals to buyers in your market.

Be Flexible About Showings

A REALTOR® will try to accommodate your schedule, but you should be realistic about having potential buyers see your home. Weekend and evening showings are helpful for prospects with a 9-to-5 job. And if your area attracts people relocating, they might only be in town for a few days with a compressed schedule. Most important: Give buyers space. It’s hard to get a feel for a property when an anxious seller is following you around during a showing. Your REALTOR® can help you meet buyers’ showing expectations.

A REALTOR® can help you market your home effectively to attract buyers and secure a good sales price.

Help us sell your home with these tips!

3 Ways Sellers Can Make a Good Impression During a Showing

You may not be there in person, but what you leave behind for a showing can help your home make a good impression to potential buyers. Here are some tips to try.

Keep it squeaky clean. You may be saving money by cleaning your home yourself, but you might not be doing it as frequently or thoroughly as you should. Consider investing in a regular cleaning service while your house is on the market. You’ll stress less when your REALTOR® calls and says it’s time for a showing, and you’ll also help your home put its best face forward while its for sale.

Create a binder of property-related documents. Gather documents like utility bills, before-and-after photos of upgrades you’ve made, and other pertinent property resources a potential buyer would find informative. You don’t have to get very fancy; a simple three-ring binder with plastic page protectors will do the trick.

Share your home’s charm. Think about creative ways to showcase some of the nice details of your home. For instance, pick a few flowers or vegetables from your garden and place them in plain view with a note explaining where they came from. Or share some baked goods with recipe cards and a note mentioning how they were prepared in your gourmet kitchen.

We can help you show off the best parts of your home! Call us today!

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!

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.

Ready to sell your home? Here are some quick tips to make a big impression!

It doesn’t take much to change a buyer’s impression of a home.

Add some peeling paint, a leaky faucet, and dirty dishes in the sink of an otherwise appealing house, and suddenly the buyer crosses that property off his list. Just as minor imperfections can turn off a buyer, a few small actions by you can make your home seem even more appealing.

Fix conspicuous problems. You want to put your home’s best foot forward. If you can’t afford to remedy all the problems with the house, at least fix obvious ones. A buyer will notice the rotten porch railing or cracked window pane on a casual walk-through.

Show the owner’s manuals. Sure, everything’s available online, but you still need to know the model number of your oven, dishwasher, and microwave when something breaks. Showing buyers that you’ve kept that information suggests that you’ve taken care of other things related to the house.

Make an effort outside. Short grass makes bare patches less obvious, and a few bags of mulch around trees and in flower beds can work magic on an otherwise lackluster yard. Add in a planter of colorful flowers by the front door, and you’ve added significantly to your curb appeal.

A little effort goes a long way with buyers, so ensure your home makes a great first impression.

 

This information is from a blog available to Texas REALTORS and we have many other great useful tips when you are ready to sell.  We can help you get your home ready to make a great impression on buyers and get it sold!  Call us today!

Navarro Moving Forward

Everyone has been talking about the great job our Navarro students are doing!  Here is an update:

Navarro Lady Panthers Volleyball team is State Bound!

The Volleyball State Tournament Broadcast Information – NFHS Network and Spectrum Sports will provide live broadcasts of the 2016 UIL Volleyball State Tournament on November 16-19 from the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. To access the broadcast you must purchase a subscription to NFHS. The subscription costs $9.95.http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/uil/ab69c31db3

The Navarro Football team is moving forward to area playoffs as well!  Corner Post Real Estate and all of our community are behind these great kids and wish them the best of luck!

Navarro Elementary update

Navarro ISD just shared pictures of the walls going up on the addition of the elementary school!  It is so exciting to see the progress made every day!  And while we don’t have an exact date yet, they are expecting to break ground on the new intermediate school in late spring or early summer.  We will keep you updated with progress and pictures as available!  Go Panthers!

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