Hydro Dam Repair Update

GBRA is continuing the repairs on the McQueeney Dam on Lake McQueeney, Nolte Dam on Meadow Lake, H4 Dam on Lake Gonzales, and the TP-4 Dam on Lake Placid.

They currently anticipate repairs to continue through the Fall of 2019 with the lake elevations impacted through the recreational season. Recent heavy rains delayed the work and flood releases from Canyon Dam identified additional needed repairs.

If you are interested in buying or selling waterfront property now is the time! As the weather warms up we have more and more calls about waterfront homes and land. Give us a call today for a free market analysis of your property!

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

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.

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Questions to ask about your first home inspection

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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

4 Reasons to Keep up Your House Hunt this Winter

We hope everyone had a safe a joyous holiday season.

12/05/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff Shared from TAR website

Winter months typically bring a lull in real estate sales, but this can be an ideal time for homebuyers. In fact, there are several benefits to being an off-season homebuyer.

Less competition. Even hot markets see a decline in buyers during the winter. This can mean fewer multiple-offer situations and more time to present your strongest offer.

Motivated sellers. Sellers who list during winter months are often highly driven to sell. And fewer buyers means fewer offers, so sellers may be willing to make extra concessions to close the deal.

Potentially faster closings. Mortgage brokers, inspectors, and other professionals involved in the deal may help you get to the closing table sooner since they’ll be dealing with fewer transactions this time of year.

A chance to see how the home performs. Systems such as the heater, insulation, and plumbing are put to the test when the temperature drops, and you’ll be able to witness how they handle winter stress.

If you’re thinking about starting or continuing your house hunt during the winter, ask your Texas REALTOR® about the benefits of purchasing a home at the end of the year, including tax write-offs for homeowners. You may decide that it’s worth donning those mittens after all.

Don’t Be Fooled by these 3 Selling Myth’s

03/07/2014 | Author: Summer Mandell

First-time sellers beware: there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell your home. While your Texas REALTOR® is your first line of defense against making these mistakes, here are three common selling myths busted:

Myth: I bought a house, so I know what it’s like to go through a real estate transaction. I’ll sell my home on my own and save money by not using a real estate agent.
Truth: Texas REALTORS® don’t work for free, but that’s because they provide valuable assistance through the home-selling process. Selling isn’t the same as buying, and a Texas REALTOR® can help you reduce your risk of making a costly selling mistake. Plus, they help clients with the ins and outs of property transactions every day and are plugged into your local housing market. If you DIY, that means you’ll have to spend time marketing your home adequately, be available to show the home yourself, and navigate your way through a tricky transaction alone.

Myth: If I price my home higher than market value, I’m leaving room for negotiations.
Truth: Buyers have no idea you’re employing this strategy and won’t understand why your price is too high. Many won’t even view your home, much less put in an offer. When your home is priced improperly, it’s more likely to sit on the market, making potential buyers think there’s something wrong it. When that happens, you’ll probably wind up with lower offers than if you had priced the home fairly at the start.

Myth: All I need to do is mow the lawn and hide my stuff in a closet and my home will be ready to show.
Truth: Is a mowed lawn and hidden clutter all it takes to attract you to a home? It won’t work for potential buyers of your property, either. Your Texas REALTOR® might go through your home with you and identify areas that could use some sprucing up to make your home more appealing. Or, he or she might recommend working with a home stager to make the best impression. Be open to those suggestions … your Texas REALTOR® knows what makes a property sell quickly for top dollar.

Shared from TAR Website

Give your home the “Sniff” test

One of the first things I notice when I walk into your home that is listed for sale is the smell. When marketing your home, you need to consider all of the senses. First, get rid of stinky smells: dishes, laundry, pet, etc. Then, accept the fact that you can’t bake a fresh loaf of bannana bread before every showing. I have seen and personally tried candles, melted wax warmers, and plug ins. My new favorite that I noticed in a beautiful house in River Chase. . .Bath & Body Works Wallflowers. You will need at least one in every main room and bathroom. You can mix and complement the smells. I like the Apple Crumble in the main rooms, and Lavendar Chamomile for bathrooms. Analyze the smell yourself when you first walk in the door from being gone. Make your home smell and show great!