Now that Labor Day has past and fall school classes have started, it is a great time to list your home.  If you have considered selling your home, please contact us and let us show you how we can help.

 

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Another perfect 5 out of 5 HAR Client Experience Rating for 7119 Durango.

While other homes are sitting on the market for days or even months, this one sold after only being on the market for only 4 days! The difference is in the research, marketing, and management of the listing. Contact me and find why my approach is different from the “average” realtor.

Please see Evelyn Wallace’s Testimonial on my webpage for more details.

www.jodiecollins.com

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“Successfully completed the accredited luxury home specialist designation training May 2012”

Preparing your home for sale can seem daunting, but these tips will help you get the best price in the least amount of time.

1. Organizing and cleaning are crucial when prepping a home for sale. Potential homebuyers have a more positive reaction to a home that is clutter-free and that gives them the feeling it is “move-in ready.”

2. Determine replacement estimates before listing your home, even if you are not planning on making the replacements yourself. This information can help buyers make informed decisions.

3. Have your warranties ready—especially for home appliances that will stay with the home after the sale.

4. Curb appeal is a crucial factor because it determines first impressions. A poor first impression can cloud their entire opinion about the home.

*Taken from my monthly Keller Williams newsletter

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Here are some quick tips to help you conserve water, energy (and money) in your home!*
  1. If you don’t have it in your budget to upgrade to a low-flow or dual–flush toilet, put a brick or full 2-liter bottle in your toilet tank. These will take up volume and help you save water every time you flush!
  2. Turn down the temperature on your hot-water heater by at least 2 degrees and wrap your unit in a blanket.
  3. Replace your burned-out incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Simply swapping out the most commonly used incandescent bulbs in your home can save you $60 to $100 a year.
*Information from the pages of A Keller Williams Realty Guide: Green Your Home.
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Amortized Loan: a loan that is paid in equal installments during its term. © 2006 Keller Williams ® Realty, Inc.

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Adjustable Rate Mortgage: a mortgage that permits the lender to adjust the mortgage’s interest rate

periodically on the basis of changes in a specified index. Interest rates may move up or down, as market

conditions change. © 2006 Keller Williams ® Realty, Inc.

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Appraisal: An estimate of real estate value, usually issued to standards of FHA (Federal Housing Administration), VA (Veterans’ Affairs) and FHMA (Family Housing Management Account). Recent comparable sales in the neighborhood is the most important factor in determining value. © 2006 Keller Williams ® Realty, Inc.

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Simply put, there are more homes available for purchase, than there are people who are looking to purchase them.  With this said, you need to make sure that your home stands out from the crowd.

Helpful hints:

  1. The house has to be staged to sell. Potential buyers have to be able to see themselves in the home.
  2. Pack personal belonging such as picture, painting, etc. You want to potential buyers to see your home, not your personal belonging.
  3. The home has to be priced correctly and within fair market value, which varies per neighborhood.
  4. Normal home maintenance must be completed before your home is put on the market.

In a Sellers’ Market, new paint and flooring could bring a greater value to a home that is on the market. However, in the current market, it only makes your home competitive.

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Houston/Sugarland/Baytown, Texas: Two things are fueling the market here — oil and people. The energy sector in these cities continues to create jobs, and population growth is triple the national average. Incomes are higher than the national average, and the housing bust was almost nonexistent here, with just a 4% drop from the peak. The average home here is a bargain at $176,489. This market is expected to hit bottom next year and — you guessed it — gain 2% in 2013.

Click to see the entire article: http://realestate.msn.com/january-buying-advice-best-and-worst-markets#scptit

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