Selling your home in the fall? Read on!

The majority of people think the best time to sell a home is during the summer. Children are out of school which makes it much easier for parents to relocate and start a new life in their new home. In actuality more than half of homebuyers do not have children or have children that are out of the house. There are far less numbers of homes for sale during the holidays which makes the demand for a quality home that much higher.

1. Make Curb Appeal a Top Priority.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, trees have started to lose their leaves. This makes maintaining the exterior of your even more of a priority. Bare trees result in a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of leaves.

2. Avoid Clutter at All Costs.

Family visiting during Thanksgiving can add quite a bit of clutter to the home. In the case that a potential buyer wants to view the home, eliminating this clutter couldn’t be more important. If family has taken over a bedroom that’s usually used for storage, it can be wise to invest in a storage unit. These are not expensive and can be rented for a month or two while the home is on the market. Clutter decreases the perceived size of the home which could be a deciding factor whether a buyer puts an offer in or continues their search.

3. Appeal to the Buyer’s Imagination.

Creating a warm atmosphere during Thanksgiving and the holidays when your home is being sold can do a couple of things. The potential buyers could imagine themselves celebrating their own Thanksgiving in the home. This isn’t the time to put up huge amounts of decorations but rather enough to get into the spirit of the season. Warm colors should be abundant and those quirky holiday decorations that some families put up in their homes during certain holidays should be kept in the attic.

4. Price The Home To Sell.

Pricing the home to sell during the holidays is extremely important. If you accepted a new job and need to relocate by the end of the year this multiplies in importance. Many buyers if in the same situation will want to put an offer in around the Thanksgiving holiday. This will reduce the stress of trying to find a home during the Christmas holidays when many people travel for extended periods. Closing quickly will also allow you to write off closing costs during this year’s tax season.

5. Select an Experienced Real Estate Agent.

Picking the right agent is important regardless of what time of year that it is. During the holidays it’s more important as many facets of selling a home can be impacted by the holiday breaks. We would love the opportunity to earn your business!

Remember: Selling your home during the Thanksgiving and holiday season isn’t impossible. Taking care of the small details leading up to the sale will only increase your chances of considering offers with your turkey dinner. Happy Thanksgiving and good luck selling this holiday season!

How to prepare for who might buy your home

How to Prepare for Who’s Going to Buy Your Home

Where were you in 1980? A person born after that year might be buying your home this year.

Significant parts of the generational cohort are aging into new stages of life: marriage, kids, and buying homes. By the end of the year, they’ll account for 43% of all mortgages, according to a report by Porch.com.

To take advantage of this growing market segment, consider what aspects of your home could appeal to Millennials.

According to the Porch.com report:

  • 62% of Millennials say it’s important to be close to work, compared to 42% of all homebuyers
  • They’re more interested in being close to friends and family than other generations
  • The proportion of Millennials buying homes in urban areas has fallen from 21% to 15% in the past few years, with the number buying in suburbs nearly mirroring the national average.

Your Texas REALTOR® can provide additional research on Texas homebuyers and give you advice about how to best position your home for your local housing market.

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!

Seguin High School update

Based upon the weekly update information, the Seguin High School construction project is one week behind due to inclement weather. The contractors were actually having to pump water off the construction site!

Great things are happening in Seguin and we cannot wait to see the high school finished!

Seguin receives GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community designation

According to an article in the Seguin Daily News on May 19th, Seguin is now officially designated as a GO TEXAN Retirement Community. According to the article:

Seguin is officially on the state’s list of where you might want to live when you retire. The city of Seguin and Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) announce that Seguin, Texas is officially a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was on hand to present the recognition during Tuesday’s Seguin City Council meeting.

The Texas Certified Retirement Community (CRC) Program is an initiative from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to help rural Texas communities encourage retirees and potential retirees to make their homes in Texas communities that have met the criteria for certification by the department as a Texas Certified Retirement Community.

The Mission of the CRC Program is to promote Texas as a retirement destination to retirees and potential retirees both in and outside Texas; encourage tourism to Texas as a desirable retirement location and for the visitation of those who have chosen to retire in this state; establish a certification program that is user friendly and informative; and maintain a certification program that is reliable and trusted.

Corner Post Real Estate would love to help you find the perfect home for you to retire in our beautiful community! Call us today! Katie Clark 830-305-0699 or Melissa Trost 830-556-0927

Guadalupe County Courthouse Update

If you haven’t been by the courthouse lately, take a peek! The work being done is showing progress and it looks like a great refresh for the beloved county icon. Once construction is completed, the Commissioners court offices and other administrative offices will move back to the courthouse from the Justice Center.

This is a quick picture from Facebook last week – cannot wait to share more progress.

If you haven’t been to downtown Seguin lately you are missing out!

Resources for first time home buyer

As a potential home buyer, it is important to be informed. In the latest issue of our Texas REALTOR® magazine there was a great resource to help you learn about the home-buying process. There are two courses available from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs that are free and available online. Here is some information that could be beneficial for those considering home ownership:

Begin a lifetime of homeownership through My First Texas Home. This program allows qualified Texans access to competitive interest rate home loans and down payment and closing cost assistance. Homebuyers who meet the following minimum requirements are eligible to apply for a loan under the program:

– First time homebuyer or a homebuyer who has not owned a home as primary residence within the past three years

– Homebuyer(s) income does not exceed program’s income limit guidelines

– Purchase price of home does not exceed program’s purchase price limit guidelines

– Credit Score/DTI Requirements

Government Loans (FHA, VA, USDA):
Minimum 640;
Max DTI – 45%

FNMA HFA Preferred Loans:
Minimum 640 for LTVs 95% or lower;
Minimum 680 for LTVs 95.01-97%
Max DTI – 45%

My First Texas Home also provides down-payment/closing cost assistance to eligible homebuyers.

As your REALTOR® we can help you understand just what the home buying process is all about! Call us today!

Seguin High School construction updates

Despite the recent rains, the new Seguin High School construction project is on track for the anticpated August 2017 opening. The changes are visible every day and the district invites you to drive by to see the changes, just keep in mind Cedar Street is still closed.

If you do drive by, you will see the steel structures going up and notice changes every day. The performing arts center is currently having the raised seating built and the three story administrative and classroom structure is visible as well.

As a graduate of Seguin I am proud to be a Matador and see the changes that our district is embracing and excited to see the great things that are to come!

Walnut Creek changing the dynamic of downtown Seguin

Walnut Creek has always shown potential and beauty for downtown Seguin and it will soon be much easier to enjoy. Between the pedestrian friendly hike and bike trail and the beautification factors of all the new trees and the wetland area – Walnut Creek will be a great place to enjoy!

The hike and bike trail is 2 ½ miles running from Convent Street to FM 78 South. The trail is estimated to be 95% complete as of early April. The trail is expected to open in mid-April with the portion located at the library site closed for pedestrians due to the library construction.

What is unique about this project is that it helps to revitalize some of the amazing history in Seguin. The historic Walnut Branch Walk was built in the early 1930’s by the same man who later designed the San Antonio River Walk.

Get ready to enjoy the great things going on in Seguin – we are on the cusp of exciting things!

Recent GRI designation – Melissa Trost

I am happy to announce I woke up to an email congratulating my on my new designation as a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute! The press release provided by the Texas Association of REALTORS® provides some of the details of the designation and what it means.

LOCAL REALTOR® EARNS PRESTIGIOUS GRI DESIGNATION

AUSTIN – Melissa Trost of Corner Post Real Estate, LLC. recently received the nationally recognized Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation.

The GRI program is offered through the National Association of REALTORS® and administered by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Graduates complete three 30-hour courses in specialized subjects such as contracts, finance, professional standards, agency, marketing, and implementing technology to improve their business. Roughly ten percent of TAR’s 80,000 members have earned their GRI designation.

The GRI designation signifies the graduate’s commitment to increasing their knowledge and enhancing their professionalism to perform successfully in today’s complex real estate field.

The term REALTOR® is a registered and protected trademark. A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, his or her state association of REALTORS®, and a local board or association of REALTORS®. By joining the REALTOR® organization, a real estate professional pledges to adhere to a strict code of ethics and high standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence. Only REALTORS® who complete all three GRI courses can use the GRI designation.

The Texas Association of REALTORS®, headquartered in Austin, is the largest professional membership association in Texas with more than 80,000 members statewide. The association is dedicated to increasing professionalism in the real estate industry and is affiliated with the 1.3 million member National Association of REALTORS®.

I am excited to put what I learned to use! Call me today to discuss your real estate needs! Melissa Trost 830-556-0927