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10 Tricks in Selling Your Home

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

 Play the agent field- Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold. A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker!

Pricing it right- Find out what your home is worth, shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth.

The first impression- No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Entryways are important. make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

Always be ready to show- you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be "show-ready" at all times make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners.  Don’t leave dishes in the sink, and the bathrooms sparkling 

Take the home out of your house- The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. 

The kitchen comes first-  Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.

Don’t over-upgrade- You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.  Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls.

Conceal the critters- Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. 

Light it up- good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Maximize the light in your home.

Empty your closets- Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

First Time Home Buyer: Buying What you Want But You Dont Need

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

 

You may not be able to afford the house of your dreams first time at bat, but you will want a few of the amenities you've been yearning for. While you're making a wish list of features to share with your real estate agent, check it twice, literally, to make sure that the options you have in mind make monetary and practical sense, too.

A Big Yard

It’s natural to want your first home to be a sprawling property with plenty of yard space. Kids love big yards and pets do, too. Yards have curb appeal and are a nifty spot where you can enjoy an occasional barbecue with friends and neighbors. When scoping out potential homes, do yourself a favor and look for a rectangular, level lot. It'll be easier to maintain your lawn and easier to resell the property later. If you do invest the time and disposable income maintaining a large lot and well-developed landscape, don't expect to recoup all that money when you sell 

A Fireplace

Everyone loves a roaring fire for the holidays, but what do you do with dead space the rest of the year? If you're thinking a fireplace will keep you toasty warm and safe when the power goes out on a cold day, consider the fact that most of the heat from burning fireplace logs, more than 80 percent, goes up the chimney and not into your room

Stainless Steel Appliances

No matter when you shop for a home, there'll be items that are considered "in" that'll push your buttons. Often, these deceptively enticing elements are in the kitchen. From stainless steel appliances to all wood cover-ups that completely conceal your refrigerator, dishwasher and other conveniences from view, there's always a new trend to tempt you. As popular as these refinements are today, in a very few years, they'll be replaced by other latest, must-have styles. Worse, last year's "in" thing looks dated and drab once it goes out of fashion. Plain white is the most common refrigerator color sold every year in the United States, and there's a lot to be said for staying with classics that weather wacky fads and still look fresh. Seriously, have you tried keeping fingerprints off stainless steel?

Outdoor Kitchens

Who knew that dragging your stove and sofa outside would one day be a design trend? Employ your patio or deck as a kitchen cum family room combo when the weather's good, and you can keep the mess, cooking smells and heat outside. If you live in an area that experiences great weather for at least three seasons of the year, some indulgence may be warranted. Otherwise, keep your major assets indoors where you can give them the protection they deserve.

Formal Dining Room

Formal dining rooms have style and undisputed grace, but unfortunately, most folks use them infrequently If your family is into eating in front of the television, and Sunday dinners at your house are courtesy of the nearest drive-through restaurant, a formal dining room may be relegated to monthly bill paying duties and little else. When you're shopping for your first home, put your money into square footage that will serve your needs and add some convenience, like an extra bathroom, a large laundry room or plenty of walk-in closets.

Special Report From Jutta “Utah” Burden

The ability to reap additional profits on the sale of your home can be accomplished easily enough, if you make the ‘ improvements. Many changes can provide the prospective buyer with enhanced feelings about your home. Feelings of more space, more light, more rooms, more closet space, greater privacy, warmth and security. Basic, simple and inexpensive improvements can provide an improved emotional response in a potential buyer.

An example could be something as small as a crack in the paint on a wall. By simply applying some plaster and touch-up paint, you eliminated what may be an unstated concern that your home was poorly maintained. Though the feeling may be unconscious, it’s just as important that the potential buyer feel an overall sense of emotional desire for your home. If you are working with a small budget, these simple techniques will work absolute wonders.

1.         The Magic of Mirrors!

Mirrors can provide a greater sense of space and elegance when properly placed. Be careful not to overdo it, but when placed properly throughout your home, each area will seem larger to the potential home buyer. Try looking in your attic or basement for any old mirrors, but be sure they have a nice frame or at least give the frame a new coat of paint. You may also want to visit a local flea market or garage sale - you can often find a great deal on an old miror or two. Putting one- foot square mirrors on a closet door home in the master bedroom is always an attractive touch.

2.         Adding Additional Closet Space

One of the biggest complaints heard from potential buyers is that there just isn’t enough closet space! Simply purchasing an inexpensive closet organizer and installing it in any or all of your closets can make all the difference. You can also try putting a rod across one corner of a bedroom, for hanging clothes, further out put another rod higher up. From this rod hang a clothes-hiding screen made from a variety of choices. The screen could be matching material of the bedspread, drapes etc.. The idea here is to be creative so that the “fake closet” looks as though it was a part of the room

3.         Make a Bare Wall Beautiful

Wallpaper is inexpensive, quick and easy to do! The right wallpaper can brighten the room or hallway and bring it back to life. Be careful to choose something with a neutral design or pattern. Remember, you’re trying to move out!

4. Bring Old Floors Back to Life!

Nothing turns off a potential buyer quicker than dull, dingy, disgusting-looking floors. Whether you have wax, wooden or tiled floors, do whatever you can to make them shine again! For wax floors, either rent a

 

floor machine and do it yourself, or hire a professional if it’s in your budget. Have a professional give you an estimate and explain exactly what they would do to bring your floors back to life. If you have them explain what they would do, it may be just as easy to do it yourself. If you have carpeted floors you should either have the carpet steam-cleaned or, if it’s in your budget, install new carpeting. This may sound expensive, but new carpeting can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home.

5. Bring in Some Plants

Having plants in the house is not only healthy for you but you create a warm feeling with them. Ficus trees have become very popular and they can be purchased inexpensively. Attractive pots such as ceramic, brass or even designer plastic will add a designer flair to your home. Hanging plants such as Boston ferns are inexpensive, easy to care for and would go great in your new home wherever you move.

6.         Adding a Room Without Calling in the Contractor!

This simple but seldom-used technique can give a buyer the feeling there are more actual rooms in your house. Floor-to-ceiling room dividers are inexpensive and simple to install. When a buyer walks through your home, they will generally count the rooms in a subconscious manner. Each room will present an emotional response as they walk through your home. By dividing and designing each side of your room, you create a ‘separate room” feeling in the potential buyer. It may sound crazy, but it works.

7.         Clean Up the Bathroom

We’ve probably all heard that phrase a hundred times growing up as children! Well guess some what? It’s still valid. Give your bathroom a face-lift if needed. Fresh paint, decorative moldings, tile grout, new designer faucets are attractive eye catchers.

8.          What is That Smell?

People don’t like to admit it but, everyone’s home has a certain smell to it. We just never notice because we live with it day in, day out. Strategically placing fresh scent devices throughout the home will be pleasant to the nose of any potential buyer. As a matter of fact, an old Realtor® trick is to pop some cinnamon rolls in an oven 5 minutes before a showing. I bet you thought all Realtors just had a sweet tooth!

My hope with this report has been to help you make simple changes that can add thousands of dollars to the ultimate selling price of your home. I hope you found the ideas useful and if there is ever any way I can be of service to you or anyone you care about, please contact my office. Your initial consultation is always completely free of charge and you’re under no obligation of any kind. We’ll sit down for 15-20 minutes... no high pressure, just plain, honest talk about what it’s going to take to achieve your personal goals. Go ahead, pick up the phone and give me a call. I’d love to hear from you!

Jutta “Utah” Burden

The Woodlands Realty Group

Email: Jutta@JuttaBurden.com

 

How Can Good Pictures Help Sell Your Home

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

A very common mistake that most sellers
make is that they don’t have professional
pictures taken of the home!

And most Realtors don’t take the time
and energy to get decent pictures. They
will show up with their point and shoot camera,
take a few shots and call it good.
Professional pictures will make your home
look so much better. Photographers know what
to do to make their subject look its absolute best.
Whether it’s a cute puppy, a newly married couple,
or a home for sale, professional pictures are a
complete necessity in my book.

 

You have to view your house from a buyer’s
prospective
. If you owned the house in this picture, you may not notice the trees that dominate the photo, the blue coloring tint, or the really bad angle that that this was taken from. Heck, even if you don’t want to hire a photographer, at least get someone (I can do this) to touch h up the pictures and make them look their absolute best.If you’re trying to sell your home, I encourage you to list with a Realtor who will put the necessary time and energy into getting professionals made.

I consider myself one of the few Realtors who will put the necessary time and energy in the photos, but also the entire selling process. I would be more than happy to help you get your home sold and get you the price you’re looking for. Please contact me to set up a time to chat or set up a time for me to come check out the house.

Keeping Up With Your Mortgage

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

EARLY last year, Fannie Mae began offering a surprising option for struggling homeowners: an unsecured personal loan of up to $15,000 to cover missed mortgage payments.

But vast numbers of borrowers who took out these loans ultimately defaulted. And though still in operation, that program, called HomeSaver Advance, is now being de-emphasized.

Fannie Mae’s initiative was intended to help those who had missed at least two mortgage payments because of a temporary setback like a job loss. Borrowers were eligible only if they had overcome that hardship, but had not yet caught up on their mortgages. The program’s loan carried a 5 percent interest rate and a 15-year term.

But the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored company, said that the program’s participants got into trouble quickly. Of the first 3,300 loans made from February through April of last year, the agency said, almost 70 percent went to borrowers who subsequently defaulted again on their first mortgages. The agency said that Fannie Mae made more than 91,000 loans, averaging $7,100 each, in the first year.

The success rate has since risen slightly. Fannie Mae’s most recent quarterly financial report said that about 60 percent of the mortgages salvaged with HomeSaver Advances in the first nine months of 2008 were at least two months past due, or had failed.

Amy Bonitatibus, a Fannie Mae spokeswoman, would not say how many of the more recent loans were more than 30 or 45 days delinquent — levels that often indicate impending default. The fact that at least some of the loans have not gone into default, however, could help account for Fannie Mae’s decision to continue the HomeSaver Advance program. “HomeSaver Advance loans continue to be a viable foreclosure prevention solution,” Ms. Bonitatibus said.

But she added that other strategies — especially loan modifications like those recommended in the government’s “Making Homes Affordable” program — are increasingly a first line of defense against foreclosure.

Borrowing your way out of trouble is not an uncommon strategy, and can be useful for some people, said John Snyder, the manager of foreclosure programs at NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit group that assists homeowners. “But you have to do it carefully,” he added.

Credit card advances and payday loans, for example, amount to only short-term fixes with high interest rates, Mr. Snyder said. He noted that in many states, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups offer grants and “rescue loans” for those verging on foreclosure. But in almost all cases, borrowers cannot apply for these loans directly.

Rather, they must first seek counseling with a foreclosure-prevention specialist affiliated with the nonprofit group that offers rescue loans, or one that is sanctioned by the government agency that offers the loans.

In Fannie Mae’s HomeSaver Advance program, borrowers are not required to take part in financial counseling beforehand.

The counseling could account for the successes in some other rescue loan programs. The Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project in New York City, for instance, last year started making foreclosure avoidance loans to those who receive financial counseling. Of the 15 loans made so far, none has defaulted.If you are thinking of selling

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Welcome to Grand Central Park

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

  

Grand Central Park is a master-planned community in Conroe that will offer walk able neighborhoods, retail, dining and office space. Just 5 miles north of The Woodlands along Interstate 45 and Loop 336, Adding to the community’s appeal, the homes, townhomes, lofts, retail, amenities and office space of the 2,046-acre Grand Central Park will be surrounded by a pristine wooded environment. Residents will enjoy the best of both worlds  a distinctive urban lifestyle and the serenity of a naturally wooded landscape. Situated between The Woodlands and Conroe – one of the fastest growing cities in the nation

Grand Central Park is surrounded by world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor fun. Plus, getting into Houston is an easy jaunt down I-45, while getting out of town is simple thanks to nearby Lone Star Executive Airport.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Conroe Texas is a wonderful place to set up camp and plant some roots. Bursting with natural beauty, Conroe is a wonderfully wooded area anchored by the immensely popular Lake Conroe. Plus, close proximity to The Woodlands and Houston, America’s 4th largest city and Energy Capital of the World, offers a world of employment opportunities, metropolitan culture, conveniences and big city excitement.

Schools

Grand Central Park residents are served by the acclaimed Conroe Independent School District. With a focus on academic excellence and outstanding achievement, Conroe ISD is committed to provide its students with exceptional opportunities to learn and grow. For more information, visit Conroe ISD's  at http://www.conroeisd.net/

Rice Elementary | http://rice.conroeisd.net 
Cryar Intermediate | http://cryar.conroeisd.net 
Peet Junior High | http://peet.conroeisd.net 
Conroe High School | http://chs.conroeisd.net

Town Center at Grand Central Park

For more local flavor, Grand Central Park’s Town Center will be home to quaint shops and unique boutiques, as well as a variety of pubs, restaurants and more.

Amenities

Grand Central Park is a wonderland of lush, forested beauty. In fact, a significant portion of the entire community is protected woods and pristine sparkling lakes. There are also miles of wandering nature trails to explore, picturesque green spaces to enjoy, parks, playgrounds and much more. Glorious outdoor amenities abound in Grand Central Park.

336 Marketplace

Featuring national retail stores, 336 Marketplace promises to be a main shopping attraction for Grand Central Park residents. 

Planned opening late 2016

Over 700,000 sq. ft. of shopping

The Woodlands Homes For Sale

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

Homes for sale in the Woodlands are of plenty, almost too plenty. When looking for a new home, prospective buyers have trouble narrowing down the number of homes for sale in The Woodlands that fit their wish lists. For this reason, it is important to consider a few questions before you begin browsing the never-ending list of homes for sale in the Woodlands. Are you looking for a property with a large amount of land? How many bedrooms do you think that your family will require in your home? What kind of neighborhood are you looking to live in? Knowing the answers to these simple questions can assist a prospective buyer greatly in eliminating homes for sale in The Woodlands that are not a perfect fit for them. Searching for new homes for sale can be a really confusing process. Being able to narrow down the number of properties that you are considering during the house hunt can simplify the process to make it more bearable.

Real Estate Land

Land is both a blessing and a burden in the real estate industry. While some families are thrilled to purchase homes for sale with multiple acres of land, others are terrified by the responsibilities that will accompany that land. Just be sure to make note of whether extra land is a positive or negative factor for you. If you are a city slicker who is allergic to grass, it may be best that you avoid acreage that would force you to venture through the tall grass on the daily walk to your car. However, if you have a love for large animals and want to purchase a few horses for your home, be sure to let your real estate agent know that you are searching for homes for sale with large animal friendly property with multiple acres of space.

Number Of Bedrooms

The number of bedrooms that you look for in homes for sale depends on how many members of your family will be living on the property. Often, families are also looking to have an extra bedroom for any impromptu guests or family members who arrive unexpectedly in town. The number of bedrooms in homes for sale in The Woodlands vary greatly. Just go into the process with an idea of what the best number of bedrooms would be for your specific family.

The Woodlands Neighborhood

What kind of neighborhood you wish to live in is another preference that you should decide upon before beginning your search for homes for sale in The Woodlands. Make a decision as to whether you think you want an older or newer neighborhood, whether you want that neighborhood to be gated and what kind of community facilities you expect from your new neighborhood selection. Let your real estate agent know what your preferences are in this category as soon as possible. One of the easiest ways to narrow down the pool of homes for sale for each prospective buyer is to zone in on the neighborhoods that they would most like to purchase properties in. If you are completely against seeing homes for sale in a particular neighborhood, do not keep this from your realtor. Every second is precious in the house hunting process. Do not waste a single minute looking at homes for sale in a neighborhood that you would never consider living in.

The Woodlands Homes For Sale

If you are ready to begin your search for homes for sale in The Woodlands, start doing some hard thinking about the questions above and really be sure that you are honest with yourself as you devise concrete answers. Looking for homes for sale in The Woodlands can be exhausting. Answering the questions above and keeping those answers in your head while shopping around for homes for sale can be extremely helpful.

 

First home inspections!

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

Listed below are just a few Inspection 101 questions that Texas REALTOR can answer for you when it comes to kick the metaphorical tires on your first house.

Who pays for it?

As the client, you choose the inspector, pay him instantly for the inspection, and the inspection report he generates is yours. In the event you don’t have already got a house inspector in thoughts, ask your family and friends members for a referral, or your Texas REALTOR® might advocate someone. Whoever you chose, he have to be licensed by the Texas Actual Property Commission.
What does an inspector do?

An inspector will conduct an “goal visible examination of the physical construction and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation,” in accordance with the American Society of House Inspectors. He'll go through your entire home and make word of any harm, want for repairs, or upkeep points, and then give you a duplicate of the completed report based on his findings. It’s important to know that there could be defects a home inspector is not going to find and wouldn’t be expected to search out if the defects are in areas with restricted or no access.
When should I get an inspection?

Your Texas REALTOR® will discuss together with a termination option interval in your contract. This is an period of time during which you can conduct inspections, negotiate with the seller for repairs, and you continue to have the choice to terminate the contract.
Where ought to I be throughout the inspection?

You don’t must be on the property throughout the inspection, but it surely’s in your best interest to be there. Your inspector might not mind should you accompany him and ask questions as he checks all the things out, however ask him first.
Why should I've this carried out?

Shopping for your private home is probably the biggest funding you will ever make, so that you wish to know as a lot as you'll be able to up front. A house 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 points you want to ask the seller to deal with before you move forward. She has expertise with the home-buying process and can make recommendations which can be proper for you.

Adding To Your New Construction Wish List!

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

10 Home Design Improvement ideas you should consider when you are having a new home built.  These simple gems will return huge dividends and may increase your home's value!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is SO much to consider when building a home and in working with your builder.  Whether it be your primary residence or a vacation home, these tips may help.   

Home Features To Consider…….

 1.) Electrical outlets

-  In the mantel:  A must-have to plug in holiday decorations.  

 - On the kitchen island: Put the outlet right in the middle of the island.  It can rotate up when needed and lays down flat when not in use.  

- Under each window:  Similar to the mantel outlet, how are you going to plug in those holiday window candles?

- Bathroom or laundry closet:  For plugging in shavers, dust busters, etc.

- Bedroom:  Extra non-switched outlet(s) at bedside for phones, iPod, laptops, etc.

- Under the vanity in the bathroom:  If you have a vanity in your bath that is designed to have a chair- having an outlet lets you plug in items like hairdryers and makeup mirrors, then store them under the vanity rather than on top.  No more crowding the vanity top and no more unplugging and storing these items every time you use them.

- In the roof soffits:  Here we go again with the Holiday lights...but how about even plugging in things like those winter roof and gutter ice-melt cables. 

- In the garden:  Yes- to add low voltage lighting, lights for our outdoor Christmas tree, even water pumps for the water features,…not just on the house, but out in the yard. 

 

2) Heated garage:  Certainly not for everyone, but I'm a believer in having a garage that is 50 degrees, even when the outside temp is below 10. The family dog(s) also appreciate having a warmer place to sleep when not in the house.  Remember, if you decide to heat, you'll want to also insulate the garage.

 

 3) Hot water faucet in the garage:  A lot of folks have a cold water spigot in the garage, but adding a hot water line is easy stuff during construction.  No worries about frozen water pipes if you also heat the garage.

 

4) Drain in the garage floor:  Goes along with #2 and #3 and is also great when cleanup time comes for dogs, cars, kids, etc.  Not all areas will allow a garage drain, but if your does, think about adding one!   

 

5.) Mud Room:  A small area that can accommodate wet, muddy, snowy shoes near a side or back entrance is a must-have for an active family.  Depending on where you live in the nation, these rooms may be a standard in your floor plan.  A bonus in this area; coat hooks, bench and even a cleanup sink or 1/2 bath,especially with children!

 

 6.) Standby Backup Generator:  Whether you actually buy the generator when you move in, or you wait till another time, having your home pre-wired to accept a stand-by generator is a great thing to do.....and much easier to take care of during initial electrical setup. Just having the wiring in place improves your home's value.  While you're at it, pour a concrete slab to put the generator on.  Better early than waiting till the lawn is in.

 

 7.) Wiring for extras: Like speakers (indoor and outdoor), security systems, etc.   Again, whether you add these things on move-in or prep for later, running wire before sheetrock/drywall is way better than after.  Most folks think of speaker wire, but not everyone thinks to run the wires to their 3-season porch or deck.  Put a volume control in each location to...you'll be glad you did.

 

8.) Outdoor ceiling fans - Fans in 3-season porches or on covered patios and balconies is another over-looked great idea.  It is amazing how much a nice fan breeze can improve your ability to sit outside.  It also helps shoo the bugs away so you can eat outside.

 

9.) Empty PVC pipe under the driveway:   You never know what you are going to want to fish under your driveway one day.  Invisible dog fence wire?  Electrical?  Who knows.??? Just put in a path from one side to the other and you may avoid cutting through your driveway one day.  Inexpensive and easy to do, before the driveway goes in.

 

10.) Extra hose bibs:  Why be strapped with only two hose bibs (which is standard) and 100 foot hoses to get water to every side of the home?  It is a minimal cost and saves you a lot of time and hassle to have 4 hose bibs.

Take these into consideration and talk to your new construction builder prior to the completion of your brand new home!

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Realtors An Invaluable Resource

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

Realtors An Invaluable Resource

Realtors in Magnolia Texas can be an invaluable resource throughout the real estate property hunting process. First time homebuyers may be tempted to stray on their own without a realtor in Magnolia Texas, relying on online resources to view and select properties to visit. Though this is most definitely a great resource for prospective real estate buyers, nothing can top the expertise of a professional realtor in the home buying process. Realtors in Magnolia Texas specialize in dealing on a daily basis with the issues that come along with the property hunting business. Realtors know what properties are priced reasonably and where a diamond in the rough can be found. When it comes to the real estate purchasing business, realtors are the experts that everyone should consult. No prospective buyer should be deceived by the idea that they can find everything that they need to know online. You simply cannot get the same valuable advice that realtors can provide from an online listing service. Seek out the assistance of a realtor if you are considering purchasing a home in the near future. You will be glad you did.

Local Realtors in Magnolia Texas

Local realtors in Magnolia Texas have looked at properties in the exact same areas that you are considering buying in. However, unlike you, realtors have the knowledge of the average pricing of the homes in that area. While the figures that you find on online listing services can tell you how a seller’s asking price compares to the asking price of other sellers in that area, it cannot provide you with background information as to whether any of these asking prices are realistic to what homes in that area have historically sold for. Realtors dealing in the local market can let you know when a price is outrageously priced compared to the listings in that area that have sold recently. Realtors can help you to make the personal decision as to whether or not the asking price on a home is reasonable, but also whether or not that asking price is negotiable. Negotiating the price on a home is tricky business. However, it is tricky business that realtors encounter on a daily basis. Do not attempt to do the job of a realtor and negotiate your own deal. Without background information on the pricing of homes in that area, you are clueless as to the reasonability of the sticker price on the property you are considering purchasing without realtors.

Identifying Red Flag Issues

Realtors can also assist homebuyers in identifying red flag issues with a listing that may have gone unnoticed because of a bargain asking price. No one wants to be fooled by a seller in Magnolia Texas who is hiding issues with a property that will soon cost them a sizeable amount of money. Realtors assist prospective buyers in noticing issues that may not be noticeable to an untrained eye. Once again, this is a profession. Realtors see issues with listings on a daily basis. Realtors can identify the trends in these issues and then are quick to spot them out when they see them in a different property. Do not let your naivety allow you to purchase a bargain priced home simply because you think that you can get it quickly and cheaply. Have a realtor take you on a tour of this home and take a look at some common issues that may incur hidden costs. You will be thankful that you identified any issues before closing a deal with a seller so that you can negotiate those values into the closing costs. However, if you do not have the assistance of a realtor, you may not identify the issue before closing and you may end up footing the bill yourself.

Magnolia Texas Realtors

Realtors are professionals whose advise is extremely valuable to the prospective homebuyer IN Magnolia Texas. Whether it is dealing with the sticker price of a home or the condition of a home that is going cheap, realtors have the expertise to assist you in assessing the situation with a level head.

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