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 the primary contact for buyers and buyers’ agents. However, sometimes a buyer’s agent will contact a seller directly to try to either win over their business or cut the seller’s agent out of the deal. This is not reputable behavior and you should report it to your agent immediately if it happens to you.

The Unscrupulous Vendor
Have you ever started a business or moved into a new house and suddenly found your mailbox full of junk mail? Unfortunately, this also can happen when you put your house on the market. When you sell your home, it necessitates all kinds of new purchasing decisions and less-than-ethical vendors are keenly aware of this. Though MLS organizations enforce rules on how posted information is used, some companies have found ways to cull information from various sources to produce mass mailing lists. If you find yourself regularly emptying your mailbox of junk, let your agent know. He or she can tap the appropriate sources to prompt an investigation into the matter.

The Naïve Buyer
Yard signs, Internet listings and other advertisements can generate a lot of buzz for your home. Some prospective buyers – particularly first-timers – will be so buzzed to see your home that they’ll simply drop by. If this happens, no matter how nice these unexpected visitors are, it’s best not to humor their enthusiasm by discussing your home or giving an impromptu tour. Instead, politely let them know that your real estate agent is in charge of scheduling tours and provide them with the agent’s contact information. If you attempt to handle these surprise visits on your own, you might inadvertently disclose information that could hurt you during negotiations down the road.

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 when your home draws the most attention from the public and real estate agents; i.e. the first 30 days that it is on the market. A well-trained real estate agent who looks out for your best interests will consult with you on your home’s fair market value and different pricing strategies for the current market.

Myth #2: Minor repairs can wait until later. There are more important things to be done.

Truth: Minor repairs make your house more marketable, allowing you to maximize your return (or minimize loss) on the sale. Most buyers are looking for homes that are ready for them to move into. If your home happens to attract a buyer who is willing to make repairs, he/she will begin asking for repair allowances that come out of your asking price. The amount of an allowance that you have to offer a buyer is usually more than what it would cost for you to make the repair (or hire someone to make the repair). Remember, buyers are comparing your home to other homes that are currently on the market. Your home should be inviting so that everyone who looks at it can see themselves living there.

Myth #3: Once a potential buyer sees the inside of your home, curb appeal won’t matter.

Truth: Buyers probably won’t make it to the inside of the home if the outside of your home does not appeal to them. Buyers and their agents often do drive-bys before deciding whether a home is worth their time to look inside. Your home’s exterior must make a good first impression so that buyers are compelled to stop and come inside. All it takes is keeping the lawn mowed, shrubs and trees trimmed, gardens weeded and edged, and clutter put away.

Myth #4: Your home must be every home buyer’s dream home.

Truth: If you get carried away with repairs and replacements to your home, you may end up over-improving the house. There is a point where improving your home doesn’t pay off. The key is to consider what competing properties feature and look like. A highly-motivated real estate agent will consult with you on what competing properties have to offer – he/she can even show you competing properties so that you can make sound home improvement decisions.

Myth #5: You are better off selling your home on your own and saving money on the commission you would have paid to a real estate agent.

Truth: Statistically, many sellers who attempt to sell their homes on their own cannot consummate the sale without the service of a real estate agent. Homeowners who succeed in selling their home by themselves usually net less than if they had a real estate agent working for them. The National Association of REALTORSâ surveys consumers every year, including homeowners who succeeded in selling their home without a real estate agent. Over 70% of these homeowners say that they would never do it again.

Myth #6: When you receive an offer, you should make the buyer wait. This gives you a better negotiating position.

Truth: You should reply immediately to an offer! When a buyer makes an offer, that buyer is, at that moment in time, ready to buy your home. Moods can change, and you don’t want to lose the sale because you have stalled in replying.

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 should I use an agent?

8) What about all the paperwork and legalities?

9) What about my next home? Should I buy or rent?

10) And more!

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I am more than happy to answer any of your questions. Please put a check Mark next to any of the above that you want to discuss.

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 determine its fair market value and price it right.

Prepare your property so that it is in top-selling condition. Most of us don’t keep our homes in top-selling condition. I will work with you to help you see things from a buyer’s point of view. I will consult with you on what to repair, replace or remove so that your home makes a GREAT first impression.

Implement time-proven, research-based marketing strategies. Your home will be marketed with a 10 point marketing plan that has the highest potential for bringing not only the most buyers, but also the most qualified buyers to your doorstep.

Show your property. Always keep your home in top-selling condition. When you leave for work, make sure that your home remains in top-selling condition. You know what they say about first impressions!

Receive an offer. When a buyer decides to buy your home, an offer will be presented. I will advise you on the offer and whether the buyer is qualified to purchase your home.

Negotiate to sell. Most offers require some level of negotiation. We will work together to decide your parameter and I will negotiate on your behalf.

Have your home appraised and inspected. Once you have accepted an offer, I will work with the buyer’s agent to coordinate an appraisal, inspections and a survey (if required). If the buyer requires that certain repairs be made on your home, I will continue to negotiate on your behalf and recommend vendors so we move successfully from contract to closing.

Prepare for closing. A few days before closing (also known as settlement), I will contact the title company and the buyer’s agent to ensure that all the necessary forms and documents have been prepared. I will meet with you to review the closing documents and let you know what additional forms and information you need to bring to the closing meeting.

Close! At the closing meeting, ownership of your property is legally transferred to the buyer. I will be present to advise you and ensure that everything goes according to plan.

Created by: Nema Ghalamdanchi – Keller Williams Realtor
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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.

Unfortunately, the most influential factor in determining your home’s appeal to buyers is something you can’t control: its location. According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), neighborhood quality is the No. 1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

While some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades, nearly doubling in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and “empty nesters,” or couples whose children have grown up and moved out.

Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the “hot ticket” items that are selling homes in your market. If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal, but be forewarned: That’s not always the right move. Using market conditions and activity in your neighborhood as a gauge, your agent can help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.

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 and should learn.

HISD serves a dynamic, highly diversified community and is one of Houston’s largest business enterprises.

Houston educators and the community as a whole are working toward creating a high-quality educational environment to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Other educational options in Houston include a diverse selection of private schools.





Clear Creek



Cypress – Fairbanks

Deer Park

Fort Bend

Galena Park


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North Forest




Spring Branch


The City of Houston Public Library, a department of the City of Houston, consists of a Central Library complex in downtown Houston, and a genealogical research library. It also offers 35 neighborhood branches, services for children and parents at the Children’s Museum of Houston and for patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital, and a book-by-mail service for the homebound. It serves the seventh largest service population in the country and has more than 300 public computer terminals. These terminals offer access to the library’s catalog, the Internet, and extensive electronic databases.

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions – offering higher education options to suit all interests.

Gifted & Talented Houston Students

Houston Schools families who have children who are identified as “gifted” or “talented” academically face unique problems. The biggest one is ensuring that the child in question is being adequately challenged, without suffering burn-out. “I’m bored” is one of those phrases that all parents hate hearing. I mean really hate. It’s frustrating for a parent to be relied upon for entertaining and keeping the child busy, especially when that child is of school-age. By the time they are in 2nd or 3rd grade, kids should be able to find things to entertain and keep themselves occupied. The bright ones are no exception, and may be the ones doing the most complaining. Too often, kids who aren’t being challenged in school get themselves into trouble. Some see no point in even attending classes, are truant, or get into things they shouldn’t. Keeping these Houston Public Schools kids busy and challenged is the best way to ensure that none of the situations mentioned above occur.

Houston Schools are working to make their centers of learning ones where the gifted and talented are continually challenged with unique magnet programs and rigorous standards.

Starting in the ’07-’08 school year, students who are gifted or academically talented will all attend magnet schools called Vanguard Schools. Students are identified for placement in a Vanguard School by looking at various indicators and traits. The “identification matrix” used by Houston Schools includes test scores from the Stanford/Aprenza exam and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test. Report-card points and teacher recommendations are also considered.

Students who have limited English proficiency, are enrolled in special education, or qualify as having low socioeconomic status are also considered for placement in one of these special Houston Schools. These Houston Schools are continuously monitored to help ensure that high-quality and more-rigorous instruction is provided in all classrooms. These Houston Schools students are expected to score above grade-level on the Stanford test. In addition, any of these Houston Schools high-school students who are enrolled in a Vanguard School are required to take a minimum of two advanced-academic courses (ex: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual-credit).

Having programs like the Vanguard Schools help make Houston Schools a desirable place to be and learn. Most kids who fall into the “Gifted and Talented” category want to be challenged and learn more. However, these kids look at the world a little differently than most, and require a unique program that will serve their needs. Houston Schools have made sure to identify these students and provide them with excellent places that they can attend to make the most of their public Houston Schools education.

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, Houston, TX 77030
Houston Baptist University — 281-649-3000
7502 Fondren, Houston, TX 77074
Prairie View A&M University — 936-857-3311
P.O. Box 188, Prairie View, TX 77446
Rice University — 713-348-8101
P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
Sam Houston State University — 936-294-1111
1803 Ave. I, Huntsville, TX 77341
South Texas College of Law — 713-646-1819
1303 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002
Texas A&M University-Galveston — 409-740-4400
P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553
Texas A&M University — 979-845-2217
805 Rudder Tower, College Station, TX 77843
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center — 979-845-7902
John B. Connolly Building, College Station, TX 77840
Texas Southern University — 713-313-7036
3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX 77004
Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston — 713-794-2331
1130 M.D. Anderson Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
The University Center — 936-273-7510
3232 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center — 713-792-8500
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center — 713-500-3000
7000 Fannin, Suite 150, Houston, TX 77030
University of Houston — 713-743-8820
4800 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77024
University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch — 281-395-2800
4242 S. Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450
University of Houston System at Fort Bend — 281-275-3300
550 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478
University of Houston-Clear Lake — 713-283-7600
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058
University of Houston-Downtown — 713-221-8000
One Main, Houston, TX 77002
University of St. Thomas — 713-525-2160
3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston — 409-772-1902
301 University Blvd., Suite 604, Galveston, TX 77555
LeTourneau University — 713-622-1368
1233 West Loop South, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027
Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston — 281-618-5499
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
Southern Methodist University (Perkins School of Theology) — 713-662-9768
3471 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027
Southern Methodist University Advanced Computer Education Center-Houston —
713-662-9768 — 6575 West Loop South, Suite 700, Bellaire, TX 77401
University of Phoenix-Houston Campus — 713-465-9966
11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 590, Houston, TX 77079


Alvin Community College — 281-331-6111
3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Blinn College — 979-830-4000
902 College Ave., Brenham, TX 77833
Brazosport College — 979-230-3000
500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
College of the Mainland — 409-938-1211
1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591
Galveston College — 409-763-6551
4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550
Houston Community College System — Central — 713-718-6040
1300 Holman, Houston, TX 77004
Houston Community College System — Northeast College — 281-718-8010
401 Northline Mall, Houston, TX 77022
Houston Community College System — Northwest College — 281-718-5721
1550 Foxlake Drive, Suite 101, Houston, TX 77084
Houston Community College System — Southeast College — 281-718-7071
6815 Rustic, Houston, TX 77087
Houston Community College System — Southwest College — 713-718-7748
5407 Gulfton, Houston, TX 77081
Lee College — 281-427-5611
511 S. Whiting, Baytown, TX 77520
North Harris College — 281-618-5400
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — 281-260-3500
250 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East, Houston, TX 77060
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Kingwood College —
20000 Kingwood Drive, Houston, TX 77339
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Cy-Fair College —
9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress TX 77433
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Montgomery College —
3200 Texas 242 West, Conroe, TX 77384
North Harris Montgomery Community College District — Tomball College —
30555 Tomball Pkwy., Tomball, TX 77375
San Jacinto College Central — 281-476-1501
8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505
San Jacinto College North — 281-458-4050
5800 Uvalde Road, Houston, TX 77049
San Jacinto College South Campus — 281-484-1900
13735 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77089
Texas State Technical College — 281-238-8646
1707 Ave. L, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Wharton County Junior College — 979-532-4560
911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488
American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine — 713-780-9777
9100 Park West Drive, Houston, TX 77063
Center for Advanced Legal Studies — 713-529-2778
3910 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
College of Biblical Studies — 713-785-5995
6000 Dale Carnegie, Houston, TX 77036
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service — 281-873-0262
415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Houston Gradate School of Theology — 713-942-9505
131 Holman, Houston, TX 77004
ITT Technical Institute — 281-486-2630
2222 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058
ITT Technical Institute — 281-873-0512
15621 Blue Ash Drive, Suite 160, Houston, TX 77090
ITT Technical Institute — 713-952-2294
2950 S. Gessner, Houston, TX 77063
MTI College of Business and Technology — 713-974-7181
7277 Regency Square Blvd., Houston, TX 77036
MTI College of Business and Technology — 281-333-3363
1275 Space Park Drive, Houston, TX 77058
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary — 713-643-4303
4101 Broadway, Houston, TX 77087
Texas Bible College — 713-926-8808
816 Evergreen, Houston, TX 77023
Texas Chiropractic College — 281-487-1170
5912 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505
The Art Institute of Houston — 713-623-2040
1900 Yorktown, Houston, TX 77056
Universal Technical Institute — 281-443-6262
721 Lockhaven, Houston, TX 77073
Westwood College Of Aviation Technology — 713-774-2521
8880 Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77061

Houston Texas City Overview

Houston Texas – City Overview

Houston’s Downtown District

Downtown Houston is central to the largest city in state of Texas. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and is one of the top producing economic areas in the Gulf Coast region. The city of Houston is located in Harris County which holds title to that of the third most populous county in the United States. The City of Houston extends beyond Harris County with a portion of its southwest region extending into Fort Bend County and northeast a portion extending into Montgomery County.

Downtown Houston holds the site in which the Allen brothers first landed to establish the city of Houston. At Allen’s Landing, (which lies across from the University of Houston Downtown) John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen founded Houston in 1836. Houston continues to be one of the fastest growing major cities in the United States and has held this title for quite some time. The 2004 Census estimates Houston’s population at more than 2 million.

Downtown Houston is central as the main cultural and economic center of the Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County area. These counties coupled with 7 addition counties make the Greater Houston Area the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population beyond 5.2 million residents.

Downtown Houston and the Greater Houston area are world renowned for its energy, medical, and aeronautics industries. Houston is also famous for its ship channel. The Port of Houston is one of the busiest ports in the United States and second in the world in foreign tonnage. As the result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Port of Houston is handling even greater tonnage as the Port of New Orleans undergoes repairs. Second only to New York City in Fortune 500 headquarters, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center.

The Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest and most important concentration of research and healthcare institutions. This city unto itself is also experiencing a phenomenal rate of expansion as biotechnology and nanotechnology emerge as Houston dominated industries.

Houston has much to offer, including the lowest cost of living and the least-expensive housing among 27 major U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of more than 1.7 million.
Houston ranks in the top 10 in the follow categories:

#1 Least-Expensive Housing among 27 Metropolitan Areas with Populations of More Than 2 Million
ACCRA Cost of Living Index, First Quarter 2003

Least-Expensive City for Cost of Living Alone, Best Cities for Singles, June 2004

Largest Collection of African-American Art in the Country, Museum of Fine Arts
Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2004

Most Diverse University Campus (University of Houston)
U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges Guide,” September 2002
#2 Fortune 500 Headquarters (in the city)
Fortune 500, April 5, 2004

Best Cities for African-American Families, September 2002

#3 Top U.S. Cities for Starting or Expanding a Business
ING U.S. Financial Services Gazelle Index, February 2004

#5 Top Metro Areas Favored for Relocations or Expansions
Plants Sites & Parks Magazine, March 2003

Top U.S. Cities for Black Americans
Black Enterprise Magazine, June 2004
#7 Potential for Economic Growth
The Rise of the Creative Class
By Professor Richard Florida of Carnegie Mellon University, May 2002

#8 Fastest-growing Metro Areas for Women-Owned Businesses
Center for Women’s Business Research, February 2004

Houston has been nicknamed the Space City as it is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, home of the Mission Control Center (referred to by space missions as simply “Houston”). Houston offers a wide range of business, entertainment and cultural opportunities, including a respected and thriving theater district central in Houston Downtown. For residents living in Downtown Houston the sunny beaches of Galveston are less than an hour’s drive away. Residents in Houston’s Downtown area also enjoy the benefits of proximity as Downtown has apartments, lofts and luxury residential high rises to fit all tastes and lifestyles. Downtown Houston is also home to shopping and retail with tunnel, street level, and high-rise shops numbering in the hundreds. Additionally the benefit of being centrally located between both major Houston airports insures that Downtown Houston is the center of Houston’s mass-transit system. For those on the move in both career and education, the University of Houston Downtown offers an environment that caters to the working professional in Houston’s Downtown area. Additionally South Texas College of law furthers central Houston’s role in success and achievement. For those with few hours in the day Downtown Houston offers such amenities as childcare centers, a hospital, clinics and dozens of doctors and dentists.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.

Founded in 1836, the City of Houston has a population of 1.9 million.

Houston metro area’s population of 4.8 million is 10th largest among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.

Houston has professional teams representing every major sport.

More than 38 million people each year fly in and out of Houston’s two major airports: Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby.

Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. Houston has more than 11,000 restaurants.

Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City in terms of a concentration of seats in a single geographic area. Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats.

Houston has a unique museum district offering a range of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions, including the Houston’s major museums.

Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts.

More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.

Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The largest rodeo in the world, it attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year.

Houston has a young population; 37 percent of Houstonians are 24 years old or younger and 34 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44.

Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions – offering higher education options to suit all interests.

Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.

Home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. Companies headquarted in Houston include Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Corp and Dynegy.

The Port of Houston ranks as the nation’s largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage.

Houston has the most affordable housing of 10 most populated metropolitan areas; Houston housing costs are 39 percent below the average of 26 U.S. urban populations of more than 1.5 million.

Houston has the second lowest cost of living among major American cities.

Greater Houston Area Independent School Districts

Greater Houston Area Independent School Districts

Complete List of Independent School Districts in Houston Texas

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Getting Your Home in Top Selling Condition

Getting Your Home in Top Selling Condition

Curb Appeal
• Drive up to your home and look at it from afar. Look at it through the eyes of buyers.
• Check the shingles – repair or replace damaged shingles.
• Clean and repair the gutters.
• Clean and repair the HVAC units.
• Repair broken windows and shutters. Replace torn screens. Make sure frames and seams have solid caulking.
• Repair or replace door knobs, doorbell and light fixtures if necessary.
• Remove all toys, equipment and litter.
• Remove cobwebs and nests.
• Remove mildew, moss and stains from the side of your home – use bleach. Remove stains from the walkways and driveway – use concrete cleanser and/or kitty litter.
• Repair and clean patio furniture and deck area. Remove anything that can’t be repaired.
• Make sure the spa and pool sparkle.
• Go around and touch up the exterior of your home with putty and paint.
• Clean or paint the front door and mailbox.
• Hose off the exterior of your home, especially around entrances. Use siding cleanser.
• Wash the windows.
• Wash your garbage can and put it in a place where it’s not the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up.
• Stack the woodpile neatly.
• Mow the lawn.
• Trim the trees and shrubs.
• Weed the gardens.
• Add colorful plants or foliage to fill in bare spots.
• Edge the gardens and walkways.
• Sweep the walkways and driveway.
• Replace doormats that are worn and torn.
• Shine brass hardware on the doors and light fixtures. Polish stained wood doors and trim.
• Drive up to your home again and look at it from the eyes of a potential buyer. Walk into your home as a potential buyer. Determine what kind of impression the walkways and entrances now make.

Overall Interior
• Walk through your home. Store, give away, throw, or donate anything that you won’t need until after the move; e.g. furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, toys, equipment, appliances, worn rugs, papers, books, cosmetics, jewelry, games, CDs, etc.
• Walk through your home again, this time with some tools. Fix loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaky faucets. Remove cob webs.
• Replace worn or broken door knobs, cabinet fixtures, light fixtures, light switches, outlet plates, faucets and vent covers.
• Clean the fireplace.
• Clean the vents.
• Clean and organize your closets. Add extra space by storing or giving away items.
• Add a fresh coat of paint in light, neutral colors.
• Shampoo the carpet. Replace if necessary. Clean and wax the floors.
• Vacuum the window blinds, shades and drapes. Wash or dry clean curtains. Wash all the windows, frames and sills.
• Add dishes of potpourri.
• Remove all valuables, such as jewelry, artwork, knick-knacks, medications, cash, coin collections and so on.
• Open all the window shades to create a spacious and bright look.
• Put pet supplies and dishes in a place where they are not the first thing potential buyers see or smell when they walk into a room.
Living Room and Family Room
• Make these rooms spacious and inviting.
• Discard or repair chipped furniture. Replace worn rugs and pillows.
• Remove magazines, games, toys and so on.
• Make sure the entertainment center sparkles.
• Vacuum upholstery, drapes, pillows, etc.
Dining Room
• Clean out your china cabinet. Polish any visible silver.
• Put a lovely centerpiece on the table – treat yourself to fresh flowers. Set the table for a formal dinner to help potential buyers imagine entertaining there.
• Arrange furniture to create a spacious look.
• Remove games, toys, magazines, cosmetics, jewelry – especially on the nightstands.
• Replace bedspreads, quilts and pillow shams if they are worn or faded.
• Remove rust and mildew stains.
• Wash or replace shower curtains.
• Make sure everything sparkles – including grout.
• Replace worn rugs and towels.
• Make sure all appliances work.
• Throw or eat the foods that you’ve been storing for so long.
• Clean the inside of the refrigerator, stove and cabinets. Make sure everything is organized to create a spacious look.
• If your stove has electric burners, purchase new drip pans for each burner. Wash removable knobs in your dishwasher.
• Polish the cabinets with furniture oil.
• Make sure appliances, countertops and the sink sparkle. Install new faucets if necessary.
Attic, Basement and Garage
• Get rid of unnecessary items. Store or pack items you won’t need until after the move.
• Organize everything to create more floor space and make inspections easy. Put things on shelves or in matching boxes.
• Provide bright lighting.
• Clean all equipment and vents. Replace filters. Fix any insulation that might be showing.
• Take care of stale or musty odors. Open the windows, dust and wash the walls and floors, purchase room deodorizers.
When It’s Time to Show
• Make sure your property folder is out in the open. It should contain utility bills, an MLS profile, your Seller’s Disclosure, extra property flyers and extra business cards.
• Do a quick clean and vacuum. Air out your house. Dispose all trash.
• Put pets outside if it’s safe to do so.
• Turn on a radio with peaceful music.