Picking the wrong asking price for your home can cost you a lot of money. Here are nine don’ts when coming up with your number:
Don’t assume your house is worth the same as your neighbor’s
Your neighbor’s home sold recently, but it has a pool, an updated kitchen, and a cracked foundation. Your house doesn’t have a pool, doesn’t have a cracked foundation, and has an extra floor. Comparing the two just won’t work.
Don’t go way back in time
Real estate prices can move up or down quickly. Old sales have little to do with the amount you should ask for your home today.
Don’t look far away
A recent property sale that has the exact specifications as yours doesn’t mean much if the home is in a completely different neighborhood. Sometimes property values can even vary from one block to the next.
Don’t put a price on your memories
No buyer will pay more because the house was your first, your parents’, or where you raised your children.
Don’t start high to allow room for negotiations
Most home seekers don’t want to deal with unreasonable sellers, which is what they could think if you price your home too high. You may eventually have to lower the price below what would have attracted an offer if you had started out with a reasonable number.
Don’t think buyers will understand your financial goals
You may want to net a certain amount from the sale of your home to buy another property or pay down debt; unfortunately, that doesn’t matter to buyers.
Don’t assume your upgrades have a dollar-for-dollar return
A remodeled kitchen boosts your home’s value, but by how much? It could be more or less than you paid.
Don’t rely on unreliable sources
You can find websites that tell you how much your home is worth. Look closely at what they say about their accuracy, though.
What should you do? Hire a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® has the most accurate data for your current market and the aspects of your property that can affect your asking price. Together, you can come up with a pricing strategy for a successful sale.
The new Seguin Public Library has recently received recognition by winning the Best of Texas Award for Government and Public Buildings through the Engineering News-Record.
One of the most recognized features of the library is the mill work in the furniture. The wood was from trees that were located on the actual site of the library so the furniture isn’t just purchased from somewhere – it has special meaning to the site and to Seguin in general. The trees removed for the project were turned into tables, benches and various wood accents throughout the library.
The Engineering News-Record is one of the top publications in construction and produces the Top 400 Contractors list nationally. The winners from the categories, including the Seguin Public Library, will compete in ENR’s nation-wide Best of the Best Award competition later on in the year.
It is a beautiful designed building with lots of fantastic architecture and of course plenty of books to browse and enjoy. Go see it for yourself if you haven’t yet!
Mark your calendars for Buck Fever next week at the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum. Buck Fever is on October 19th and 20th from 5:30 until 10:00 and admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children 6 years and younger.
The mission of Buck Fever is to provide a program for adults and youth to exhibit their previous years of deer harvest, exotic displays, and also to include educational/commercial booths. There will be educational opportunities for adults and children as well as exhibits and programs. On Wednesday, Gator 911 will have an exhibit and in the past it has provided interesting photo opportunities!
For a detailed events schedule and for additional information please visit their website ate:
The new Seguin Public Library opens on September 8th and promises to be amazing! The current list of activities include:
Thursday, September 8th:
5:30 – 6:00 pm Dedication, presentation of the flag, speakers, and ribbon cutting
6:00 – 7:30 pm Refreshments and music, teen craft activities and self-guided tours
6:15 – 7:30 pm Children’s Story Hour and crafts
Friday, September 9th:
9:00 – 3:00 Self-guided tours
3:00 – 6:00 pm Discovery Dome – Explore space in an inflatable, mobile planetarium
Saturday, September 10th:
9:00 – 1:00 Fun activities throughout the library
1:00 – 1:45 pm Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory
2:00 – 4:00 Dirty River Dixie Band
We hope to see you at the grand opening!
Seguin’s very own amusement park, ZDT, will be featured on the Travel Channel tonight at 7 pm! Bert the Conqueror is a thrill seeker that goes across the country to test out thrill rides and his quest landed him in Seguin for the Switchback, the parks wooden rollercoaster that opened in October of last year.
The Switchback is unique because it includes banking at more than 90 degrees, a reversing spike and riders even go backwards! ZDT’s Switchback is the first modern wooden roller coaster, part of the appeal for Bert the Conqueror to test it out! To see his quest to conquer the Switchback, tune in tonight, August 30th at 7 pm on the Travel Channel!