Month: February 2017

How to Price and Sell your Houston home to Make a Profit

Price and Sell your Houston Home for a profit How to price to sell and still make a profit The asking price you set for your home significantly affects whether you will profit in the sale, how much you will profit and how long your home will sit on the market. Your real estate agent’s knowledge of the overall market and what’s selling – or not selling – will be invaluable in helping you determine the price. The objective is to find a price that the market will bear but won’t leave money on the table. Here are some points ... Read more

Importance of Pricing @ Fair Market Value

Local Houston home prices Importance of Pricing (Fair Market Value) The Fair Market Value (FMV) of your home is determined by the market – that is, what today’s buyers are willing to pay. Buyers are comparing your home to other homes now on the market.         Buyers do NOT care about: What your neighbors say What another Realtor Says What you spent on Upgrades What it costs to Build Today What you spent in repairs What you spent on remodeling What you spent on New Carpet What you Paid when you bought What you need What you want

Increasing Your Houston Home’s Curb Appeal

Increasing your Houston home’s curb appeal Increasing your Houston home’s “Curb” appeal Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.         Exterior  Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.  Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.  Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.  Tighten and clean all door handles.  Clean windows inside and out.  Powerwash home’s exterior.  Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.  Paint the front door.  Buy a new welcome ... Read more

Practicing Good Seller’s Etiquette

Practicing good seller’s etiquette Practicing good sellers etiquette Let’s face it: When your house goes on the market, you’re not only opening the door to prospective buyers, but also sometimes to unknown vendors and naïve or unqualified buyers. As with any business transaction, there is an expected protocol to how sellers, buyers and their respective agents interact. Should you find yourself in a sticky situation, alert your agent so he or she can address and remedy the problem. The Aggressive Agent When your agent puts your house on the market, typically all promotional materials state clearly that your agent is ... Read more

Six Selling Myths Uncovered

Six selling myths Six Selling Myths Uncovered Myth #1: You should always price your home high and negotiate down. Truth: Pricing too high can be as bad as pricing too low. If you list too high, you’ll miss out on buyers looking in the price range where your home should be. Offers may not even come in, because buyers who are interested in your home are scared off by the price and won’t even take the time to look at it. By the time you correct the price and list your home at its fair market value, you will have lost that window of opportunity ... Read more

The many decisions to Buying and Selling your home

So Many Decisions There is so much to think about when selling your home: 1) Is it a buyers’ market or a sellers’ market? How can I price my home so that it sells quickly? 2) What marketing strategies are effective and will sell my home quickly? 3) What’s this thing called “curb appeal?” 4) What should I do to have my home in top-selling condition? 5) How much should I fix? How much should I leave as-is? 6) How much of a hassle is involved in showing my home? 7) Should I try to sell my home all by myself? Or ... Read more

10 Steps to Selling your Home

Ten Steps to Selling Your Home Define your goals, wants, needs and expectations. A good place to begin is by exploring your short and long term goals in life and how selling your home fits in. I will walk through a process I use to thoroughly understand my client’s goals, wants and needs to ensure that your expectations are met. Determine the best price for what’s going on in the market right now. We assess the current state of the market and what comparable homes are actually selling for by reviewing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) on your home. That way, we can objectively ... Read more

Understanding the Buyer

Understanding the buyer As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home: * The home’s condition * Asking price * Marketing strategy However, it’s important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer, and you need to understand these consumer trends when you enter the sellers’ market. The more your home matches these qualifications, the more competitive it will be in the marketplace. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to best position and market your home to overcome any perceived downsides. Location Unfortunately, the most influential ... Read more

Houston Education School System

Houston Education School System Educational opportunities play a key role in Houston’s quality of life. Houston is a City known to be rich with distinguished school districts and prominent colleges and universities. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in the Houston area. Ranked as the nation’s seventh largest district, HISD serves 312 square miles with 288 schools, 13,000 teachers and more than 210,000 students. Newcomers with families and those wishing to pursue higher education are amazed at the City’s countless educational opportunities. Houston-area independent school districts operate with the basic premise that every child can ... Read more

Houston Colleges and University Location Map

Houston Colleges and Universities Location Map Greater Houston Area Colleges and Universities Location Map Accredited two-year and four-year Houston area Title IV colleges as reported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the National Center for Education Statistics. Institutions participating in Title IV financial aid programs must offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, have been in business for at least 2 years, and have signed a participation agreement with the department. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Baylor College of Medicine — 713-798-4951 One Baylor Plaza, Suite 143-A, ... Read more