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Who are you?

by Jutta "Utah" Burden
Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere . . . else."
- David Campbell, PhD


WHO ARE YOU?

In the book "Unstoppable" by Cynthia Kersey, a cartoon appears showing a ship loaded with unkempt, bearded galley slaves rowing their life away at full-tilt. One of them says to another, "I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific!"

Chances are good that you work 8-10 hours each day, have 6-8 hours of discretionary time, and sleep 8 hours each day. Whether or not you choose to be specific about your direction in life, it's highly likely that the sun will come up and go down every 24 hours anyway. In other words, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere . . . else."

The alternative is really so much easier. In fact, it's downright exciting to think that you can be any "somebody" you want, just by deciding who that somebody will be. Really.

Instead of just fantasizing or daydreaming about the person you'd like to be, start acting like that person. Ask yourself how that person would act, talk, and walk. Begin taking on the characteristics of that person in your daily life, and then be passionate about it.

So often, we create our own limitations but simply fail to be more specific about our direction. We're like the farmer who placed a small growing pumpkin in a mason jar, then rediscovered it at harvest time. When the farmer broke the mason jar, he had a pumpkin which had grown to the exact (limiting) shape of the jar.

We are as limitless as our imagination will allow. When we break the mold - the mason jar - in which we have contained our growth, we will finally learn to fly. In the words of Richard Bach from his book Illusions, "In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice."

Spring Texas a place to call home!

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

                                   SPRING IS MANY PLACES

Real Estate in The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia, you’ll find it all!

When a client states “I would like to look for something in Spring”, I am reminded of the old story about the children’s fable: Seven Blind Men and the Elephant.  One can describe it depending on what part of the elephant you touch!  The same can be said for “Spring”!  One way to describe Spring is by zip code; there are twelve!  Another way is to track the areas bordered by main commuter routes.  But, I like to describe Spring in terms of the life style and land uses that the area offers.

So, what better way to start my description of “Spring” than one of my favorite shopping areas.  Old Town Spring is a quaint turn of the century town in zip code 77373.  It is bordered by I-45 (Exits 70A-B) and the Hardy Toll Road.  The town core is located near the original rail yards built in the early 1900's by the Great Northern Railroad.  The  Victorian-style shop fronts transport you back in time.  As a matter of fact, several shops are actually located buildings constructed in the early 1900's for the then booming railroad town.  Old Town Spring hosts five major festivals each year: Springfest, Celebration of Easter, Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, the Long Horn Rod Run, PetFest and Down Home Christmas. The town’s annual Christmas tree lighting at dusk November 6th at 6:00 pm.

Villages of Northgate Crossing, Spring Falls, and South Park are three subdivisions within easy access to Old Town Spring as well as I-45 and the Hardy.  At the present time there are some terrific buying opportunities in these subdivisions.  Most housing is ten years old or less.  If you are a first time homebuyer or want very affordable commuter houses check these neighborhoods!

Common mistakes that home sellers make, don't do it!

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

Serious about selling your home? Before you sign anything, read about these common mistakes that home sellers make:

1. PRICING TOO HIGH: It's no secret, price is everything. Overpricing does more to discourage buyers than any other single factor. When you overprice, you put your home in competition with homes that may be newer, larger or have more amenities than yours. You help your competition sell their home. This leads to long days on the market, and costs you, the seller, money in the long run. Make sure you get your pricing advice from a professional agent who knows the market.

Image: What Ever Home Seller Should Know

2. POOR CONDITION: A home that is in ill repair, or otherwise poor condition, does not excite buyers. A home like this is looked at by buyers as a work project and money pit. Having your home in good repair and great showing condition will significantly improve your chances for a sale at top dollar value. Having your home pre-inspected by a termite and dry rot inspector will also have a positive impact on buyers.

3. POOR CURB APPEAL:Most buyers today want to drive by. If your home is an attractive drive-by, it will gain more attention and certainly more showings. Doing the little things to help your home's curb appeal will make a huge difference.

4. DREARY DARK HOMES DON'T SELL: Buyers like updated, light and bright homes. Dark carpets, paint, and curtains are often buyer turn-offs. Go through your home and remove clutter; touch up and update paint, counter tops, and carpets. Open your home up and make sure the sun shines in. Offensive odors from pets and smoking are also huge turn-offs to most buyers. Rid your home of offensive smells by burning scented candles and create a pleasant aroma. The most important rooms to concentrate on are the living room, family room, kitchen and master bedroom. Your entire home's atmosphere is set off by these rooms.

5. DON'T OVER-IMPROVE: Get your home in good showing condition, but don't over do it. Huge projects such as complete remodels of kitchens, adding decks, and expanding room sizes may not pay back your investment. Before you jump into a huge improvement project, get some good advice.

6. BE FINANCEABLE: Bad roofs, exterior paint, or structural problems may make your home un-financeable. The wider the scope of financing that your home can qualify for, the higher the overall market value. Remember -- government programs like VA and FHA will be the most picky.

7. GET GOOD ADVICE AND GOOD MARKET EXPOSURE: Hiring a professional agent will help you get your home priced right, and will also get you started with the best fix ups. A strong agent will get your home exposed to the largest number of potential buyers. Paying the agent fee is often the least expensive part of selling your home. Trying to sell your home yourself can be costly. Most 'for sale by owner' homes close for less than comparable homes listed with an agent, and you have no representation.

8. DON'T BE PRESENT DURING SHOWINGS: When your home is being shown, go for a drive or a walk. Take yourself, your family, and pets and let the agent and their clients have the freedom they need. An agent can always do their best job of showing your home when you are not underfoot. Buyers are more at ease and much more likely to spend time looking at your home's features and benefits.

9. LET YOUR AGENT DO THE NEGOTIATING: If there is ever a good reason to have a veteran agent working for you, it's during the negotiation of your home sale. A good negotiator can mean thousands of dollars to you, and will protect your interests. Don't let your emotions run wild during negotiations. Try to separate your emotions from your business side. Remain cool and calm during this time.

10. ACT FAST WITH OFFERS: When you do get an offer on your home, act quickly and decisively. Letting offers sit around without acting can be a huge mistake. Things can change quickly in the mind of a prospective buyer. Acting quickly while the excitement and interest level are at a high point can be very important. Typically, a buyer's motivation level decreases with time. Buyers' remorse can even set in. Acting in a timely manner is essential.

Utah Burden – Important Tips In Buying a New Home

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

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Searching for a new property is oftentimes a very daunting task. This is especially true if

you are a first-time home buyer. So if you are currently planning to buy a new home,

there are effective methods to save yourself from a lot of trouble and confusion. Make

the whole process of getting your dream house a breeze with the help of a realty expert

Utah Burden.

Buying a new home tips from the experts

Save some cash before buying a home. It is a known fact that getting a new property

entails a huge financial investment, so might as well get ready for the big thing. Several

months prior to getting a new property, it would be ideal to cut back on non-essential

spending. Give more priority to the needs rather than the wants. Of course depending

on the style and location of the house you want to buy, it may take years of

implementing money saving measures.

Be more familiar with terms used in real estate. It would be an added advantage on the

part of the buyer to be more knowledgeable about the different realty related terms.

Home buyers should also be aware of the existing rates of residential properties in the

specific area they want to buy from. Check out options for home loans even if it is not

needed at the moment, you never know when it becomes handy.

Consult with a reliable realtor Utah Burden. This expert can help you in determining

the right value of the residential property that buyers intend to buy particularly in

Woodland, Texas. Her skills and competencies can determine whether a particular

house is overpriced or not. Plus, she can assist a home buyer to get a loan if necessary.

Involve the other members of the family when checking a home. Take the other family

members when inspecting a property. They may see things differently and could give

you some pointers or comments which could be very helpful in your final decision.

Besides, they will live in the house as well for a long time, so it is best that everybody is

satisfied in the house’s features.

Looking for the ideal home may not be a piece of cake, however it is good to know that

everything is all worth it, especially if the buyer finds the appropriate home. Keep all

these tips in mind and for sure it will make the whole process a lot easier. Learn more

about Utah Burden; visit www.utahburden.com

What to Look for in a Good Realtor in The Woodlands

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

UtahWhat to Look for in a Good Realtor in The Woodlands

Getting a realtor is very important to achieve a successful transaction. So, there are 10 aspects

of a solid The Woodlands Realtor. Most home dealers which have no experience may cause you

financial loss more than you’ve ever known. A phenomenal land operator is similar to a

conductor, managing a gathering of assets towards an ultimate objective: the offer of the house.

Here are the top qualities of the land executors who do the best work.

Masters the Area

It is staggeringly imperative for the individual offering a home to have later bargaining

experience and success at offering homes in the zone. Another person around the local area or

who has never sold a home in a specific part of town is, from multiple points of view, a novice.

Venders have a right to pick a good realtor to begin things out right by verifying the

performance of a certain The Woodlands Realtor through past clients.

Notices Small Details

A realtor that is orderly in his work and likes to work with tender loving care is the particular

case that is unavoidably set to offer a home. This is particularly correct in a hard-to-offer

market. Extraordinary realtors know the littlest progressions vendors can make to enhance the

deal capacity of their home. They are innovative with their Mls postings and they take the best

photos of every home. They return customer calls quickly and set aside a few minutes.

Associations and representation

The top executors go to a home with a prospective purchasers record. They additionally are

working with a well known realty organization. They know different brokers in the zone, too,

and are eager to work with others assuming that that offers the home quicker.

Perseverance

Dealers need an executor that is industrious. They catch up rapidly after each time the home is

demonstrated. They seem to buckle down and they infrequently surrender even after failures.

Combative yet amiable mentality

The best real estate broker is not hesitant to talk up. He or she ought to be exactly as special

about the vender's home as though it was their own. By being forceful, the real estate agent is

striving to put the home in the bleeding edge of the neighborhood advertisement.

Steps to Find the Right Home for You

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

house-keysSteps to Find the Right Home for You

Notwithstanding that you're primed to buy your very own home, you need to verify whether it’s

the right one for you. Accompany these tips to discover a home that is fit for you:

Strive for the whole deal

The point when searching for the Woodlands homes, look for one that you could see yourself

living in for a few years - no less than five to seven years is perfect. Purchasing - and moving - to

another home moves along at a comfortable pace and exertion, and can include fundamentally

in shutting off high moving expenses.. Besides, the additional time used in your home could be

only enough to bail your ride out a downturn in the market.

Leave room to develop

Opt for the Woodlands Homes that can adjust to your requirements as your life progresses, say,

assuming that you have another infant, or a child that moves back in after school. Assuming that

you can't bear the cost of a spot that is vast enough to develop now, search for one that will

permit you to expand later on.

Be adaptable

Think about a spot with rooms that can serve numerous capacities, so the home remains

exceedingly practical for you as the years progressed. For instance, an open-floor-plan-style

home is extremely adjustable. A kitchen that ignores a family room is accommodating when

one's youngsters are adolescent (you can cook while viewing the children), while such a kitchen

is additionally extraordinary for amusing your companions once the youngsters leave the perch.

Try for your sort out from the Woodlands Homes

Consider what style of home fits you best - house, condominium, town home, and so on -

they're not one size fits all. For instance, a solitary family home - which sits on its own parcel and

must be looked after by the property holder - may be extraordinary for an individual looking for

security, yet not so heavenly for someone who would like to stress over cutting the grass,

altering the pipes, and so forth. In the interim, a condominium could be ideal for some

individual who needs a "lock "n" leave" lifestyle, yet not for some individual who doesn't like

offering a divider to his neighbors.

Are Luxury Homes in the Woodlands for You?

by Jutta "Utah" Burden

Are Luxury Homes in the Woodlands for You?

Luxury homes in the Woodlands are very expensive and usually owned by prominent people in a society or people of higher rank. A luxury home's characteristics varies among different countries, though. It all depends on the place's marketing status and the location's property values.

The classification of a luxury home takes the surrounding homes' presence into account, as well as the waterfronts, views, amenities, commercialization, the place's peacefulness, and architectural or historical significance. The better a home's location is, the more it is classified as having greater value. Because luxury houses are now spreading, the market for luxury homes in the Woodlands is booming.

Usually, luxury properties start in the lower millions and then start to go up from there. However, buyers of luxury homes in the Woodlands are usually not very concerned with prices. They tend to focus more on the house's location and quality instead. They also typically recognize a home as the best personal investment and because of this, they try to choose a home that's best for them.

It is the dream of many people to own a home near the sea. However, if you decide to purchase a luxury home located by the sea, it is important that you anticipate all of the possible consequences. In order to do so, remember these crucial factors before deciding to look at luxury home ads.

Sea water, of course, is salty. Combine that with the stormy or windy environment of the sea, and it can prove to be very harmful to houses as well as to cars. So owning a house located right next to the sea will require effort due to frequent car and house cleaning activities. Because of this, it would be important to keep your house and car clean in order to remove the salty substances present in the air. Even without windy or stormy weather, though, the salt in the sea air is still enough to cause some erosion on cars and houses.

Owning luxury homes in the Woodlands comes with the responsibility of high upkeep and maintenance. Therefore, if you are able to afford a luxury home but cannot afford to maintain it, then you should put your dreams of purchasing a home on hold. After all, without the proper maintenance, your beautiful luxury home will wear out.

Luxury homes in the Woodlands are not for everyone and are mostly for people who can afford to buy and maintain them. If you're a rich or famous person who has the money to afford it, then it's probably the right time to search for the perfect luxury house that suits you perfectly.

Your weekly "fill-up" for mind and Spirit!

by Jutta "Utah" Burden
Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple.
But, who among us can say how many apples there are in a seed?"
- Dr. Wayne Dyer


WANT ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

Who among us would answer "NO" to that question? Yet abundance often seems beyond our reach. We see it in others, but do not believe it is in us. We see ourselves as the apple (limited), rather than the seed (limitless).

So, what's the first step on the road to abundance? Wayne Dyer thinks it is giving thanks - for what you already have. That might include good health, a new baby on the way, loving parents, a career you enjoy, or money in the bank. You do have a few things going for you - right?

Just as the potential of the seed in the apple is limitless, so is your ability to attract abundance. By focusing on what you already have, you begin to deny what you don't. Your attention is drawn away from the scarcity in your life - and towards the abundance that already exists in your world.

You may be thinking that when you achieve abundance, you will finally be complete. Therein lies the surprise - that you are already complete. You are never going to get it all, because you have it all already. That's right. If you are not currently thankful for the good in your life, having more of it will make no difference.

The secret to abundance then lies within you. Place your thoughts squarely on what you already have, be grateful, and it will expand beyond your wildest dreams. Believe you have nothing until you get more, and you will spiral endlessly downward in despair at how unjustly the world is treating you.

Want abundance in your life? Think about it!

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

by Jutta "Utah" Burden
Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple.
But, who among us can say how many apples there are in a seed?"
- Dr. Wayne Dyer


WANT ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

Who among us would answer "NO" to that question? Yet abundance often seems beyond our reach. We see it in others, but do not believe it is in us. We see ourselves as the apple (limited), rather than the seed (limitless).

So, what's the first step on the road to abundance? Wayne Dyer thinks it is giving thanks - for what you already have. That might include good health, a new baby on the way, loving parents, a career you enjoy, or money in the bank. You do have a few things going for you - right?

Just as the potential of the seed in the apple is limitless, so is your ability to attract abundance. By focusing on what you already have, you begin to deny what you don't. Your attention is drawn away from the scarcity in your life - and towards the abundance that already exists in your world.

You may be thinking that when you achieve abundance, you will finally be complete. Therein lies the surprise - that you are already complete. You are never going to get it all, because you have it all already. That's right. If you are not currently thankful for the good in your life, having more of it will make no difference.

The secret to abundance then lies within you. Place your thoughts squarely on what you already have, be grateful, and it will expand beyond your wildest dreams. Believe you have nothing until you get more, and you will spiral endlessly downward in despair at how unjustly the world is treating you.

Want abundance in your life? Think about it!

Inspiration for today

by Jutta "Utah" Burden
Monday Morning Coffee

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"If you want to learn something new, concentrate on getting that 'right feeling' that is true to yourself.
Take the risk of letting go the precious little control you've struggled to gain, letting go enough
to immerse yourself in what you are doing. Then - do it!”
- Drs. Tom Rusk & Randy Read


THE SEARCH IS OVER!

Have you ever read Shel Silverstein's wonderful book, "The Missing Piece and the Big O"? It's a whimsical fable that has touched readers of all ages. It chronicles the search most of us have undertaken at one time or another in our lives to find the one person who can make us whole.

As the "Missing Piece" searches, it encounters other "parts." Some of them fit, but cannot roll. Others have too many pieces missing - while still others have too many pieces. The missing piece continues the futile search until one day it meets the "Big O" - a whole (not a part) with no pieces missing.

Thinking it had, at last, found its whole, the Missing Piece exclaims, "I think you are the one I have been waiting for - maybe I am your missing piece . . . I was hoping that I could roll with you." The Big O replied, "But I am not missing a piece . . . perhaps you could roll by yourself."

How often have we all felt that we needed someone else to be whole (or to roll) - not realizing that we are all in fact already the "Big O." We are already self-contained, have the ability to roll in any direction we like, and need nothing else to achieve every dream we've ever had. Then, unexpectedly, we find that there are others who are also "Big O's," with whom we can share our own "wholeness."

If I've lost you with this mysterious tale, go by the library or pick up a copy of this unusual story. Trust me - you'll understand. It's the type of book you can give to a loved one who may be feeling like a "Missing Piece."

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