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.

Navarro ISD recognized

Navarro ISD is being recognized for great things!

Congratulations to the staff and students at Navarro Intermediate School for being selected by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education as one of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2016 Texas Honor Roll School. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

Congratulations to the HS staff and students for being selected as a 2017 Recognized Best High School from US News. The High School earned a Bronze recognition for high-performance on state exams, their graduation rate and college readiness scores.

Go Panthers!

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 Crossing

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

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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.

1,500 Rooftops coming to Seguin!!!!!

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release Contact: Terry Treviño
December 15, 2014 Phone: (830) 401-2476
Email: ttrevino@seguintexas.gov
Contact: Danny Welch
Phone: (210) 602-7859
Email: dfrankwel@cs.com
1,500+ Rooftops Planned for Seguin, Texas Update on 299 Acre Greenspoint Development
Seguin, Texas serves as the county seat for the second fastest growing county in the nation, Guadalupe County. According to the US Census, Guadalupe County has seen a 47.75% increase in population from 2000-2010. Guadalupe County has a 154% projected population growth increase from 2010-2040 according to the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Seguin also serves as the retail hub for 3 major counties-Guadalupe, Gonzales and Wilson. Seguin is seeing business expansion city-wide, with many nationally known retailers entering, returning and expanding in the market. With Seguin’s abundant growth, Seguin’s housing is booming-with over 1,500+ new single family rooftops planned. This includes: 800+ homes for Mill Creek Crossing by Perry Homes, 382 homes for The Meadows at Nolte Farms by D.R. Horton and 400+ homes for the Greenspoint Development.
One of Seguin’s new major housing developments is Greenspoint. Located along SH46 at Rudeloff Rd., Greenspoint is a 299 acre master planned community on the City’s west side near the NewQuest Properties’ Seguin Commerce Center being developed along IH10. Greenspoint will include more than 400 homes in Seguin ISD.
“We saw it as a great opportunity to invest in Seguin’s growth,” Al Kay, Greenspoint Development investor, said. “We’ve got a lot of room to expand and a lot of interest in what we are doing.” After closing on the property in September, Greenspoint entered into a Public-Private
Partnership with the City of Seguin to install a sewer line. Sewer line construction will be the
first visible sign that development has begun. “We’ll put the sewer project out for bid and a contractor will build it for us,” Harry B. Jewett, development manager/partner for Greenspoint said. “Once we have the sewer line in
place, it opens up the rest of our property for development. The other utility systems are
already in place. We’re in a good spot and we are ready to go.”
“The scale of the Greenspoint Development will allow us an opportunity to craft this property into a very desirable Seguin community,” Jewett continued. “With the amount of acreage
we control, we can develop a variety of residential communities including single and multifamily neighborhoods, garden homes and senior living facilities”. These will have easy access to the commercial businesses planned for the SH46 frontage.
The development is going to incorporate low impact drainage design. “We are trying to incorporate systems in our subdivision design so we don’t end up with a lot of drainage infrastructure,” Jewett said. “We’re going to do that more naturally in a manner that is green and sustainable”. Greenspoint also worked with the City on Seguin’s major thoroughfare plan. An important part of the development agreement is the design of the outer loop parkway.
“The developers of Greenspoint are committed to the implementation of the vehicular circulation pattern that incorporates elements of the major thoroughfare plan for the city,” Jewett said. “This means that the residential and commercial facilities in our development will benefit from the maximum utilization of SH 46 with a planned 200 foot-right-of-way parkway. These two major facilities will create the framework for the pattern of collector streets, neighborhood streets, walkways, bike lanes, parks and open spaces that will be essential characteristics of the final Greenspoint development project.”
The Greenspoint development has a contract with Corner Store. The Seguin Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved the Corner Store’s preliminary subdivision plat for the site at the southwest corner of SH46 and Rudeloff Rd. “The Corner Store is the leading USA based company that is committed to bringing a very high level of convenience service to the traveling public,” Jewett said. “We believe that the facility that they will construct as part of our project will be a model of the most up to date facilities for a convenience store experience.” “We felt that Seguin was a new frontier for all the growth that’s going on,” Danny Welch, Greenspoint Development, marketing, said. “We are excited about Seguin and the new companies coming in here and the chance to bring in some rooftops. We’re looking forward to working with Seguin.”

Shared from Seguin Economic Development Corporation 12/15/2014