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The Real Estate Corner is provided by Waymond Lightfoot with REMAX Genesis in Blanco. For more information, visit the REMAX Genesis website or call them at 830-833-2000.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
People may select homes based on their wants and needs, but their personalities affect the transaction, too. As a seller, you can benefit from knowing about the different types of buyers you’ll encounter. Such an understanding will help you avoid frustrations and make the transaction and negotiations go much smoother.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 21, 2014
Have you heard the saying that what you don’t know won’t hurt you? Well, when it comes to buying real estate, that’s not the case. You need to know if the house you’re buying had a flooding issue in the past or has a defective roof. That’s why full disclosure—a seller’s obligation to disclose facts about properties for sale—is critical for a successful real estate transaction.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
If you’re in the middle of your home search, you already know that there are many factors that affect a property’s price, how much a bank will lend you, and how much your monthly payments may be. But are you aware of some of the other costs of homeownership? Fortunately, they aren’t so high that you should be scared away from purchasing a home.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
Even the most organized, well-planned real estate transactions can go awry or fail to close – it’s the nature of the business. Sometimes after a deal falls through, parties simply move on and continue in their attempts to buy or sell, but other times, they find themselves in unenviable positions, like forfeiting money or finding themselves in court.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Posted January 31, 2014
There are many variables that come into play when you decide to purchase a house. You may save for a while toward a downpayment and determine what kind of mortgage payment would work best for your budget. But is your credit situation holding you back? Buying a home with less than stellar credit is possible.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 17, 2014
Making a good offer After months of searching on the Internet, attending open houses, and motoring around town with your Texas REALTOR®, you finally found a house that suits your needs. Now you’re ready to make the purchase – so the next logical step is preparing an offer. Let’s look at a few things to help get you started. Start with a number Obviously, the price you initially write into the contract has much to do with whether the seller looks favorably upon your offer.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
There's something about real estate that turns everyone into an expert. Tell a group at a dinner party that you're selling your home, and you'll get advice to go along with every course. That's because many people have bought and sold homes, so they have experience with property transactions. But experience is not the same thing as expertise Your friends and family aren't trying to steer you wrong, but they may be perpetuating myths regarding successful techniques to sell houses.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 • Posted January 3, 2014
Before you submit an offer on your dream home, get pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage loan. Either one can make your offer more attractive to the seller, but they mean different things. What are your qualifications? To get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan, you provide a lender your approximate income, current debts and any important details from your credit history.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • Posted December 27, 2013
Your home has a great value to you, but one time when you want your home to be worth less is when it’s time to pay your property taxes. Each year, local taxing entities collect these taxes for local governments to use to pay for public services such as schools, roads and emergency response services.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Posted December 20, 2013
With all the activity surrounding the winter holidays, why would you even consider selling a home this time of year? Many consumers think it’s not good to list their property in the winter months, but it’s not necessarily such a bad idea. Statistics show that the real estate market slows down a bit in October, taking off again in late January.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • Posted December 5, 2013
If you’re looking for a reason not to buy a home, you’ll probably find one. Maybe the den is painted in the school colors of your most-despised college team. Or the granite counter in the kitchen has a foot-long crack. Perhaps the otherwise fantastic house has only two and a half baths rather than three full bathrooms you desire. Before you decide undesirable features like these are deal killers, take a moment to consider them.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 • Posted November 27, 2013
From Waymond Lightfoot By Texas Assoc. of Realtors You’ve heard the old saying that real estate is all about location, location, location, and it’s pretty much true regardless of the property type or owner. Location is definitely important when it comes to commercial real estate, but once you get past the universal truth that location is key, the differences between residential and commercial properties start to emerge. Residential real estate is about your primary dwelling place.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 22, 2013
When you’re planning to sell your home, you most likely want it sold at the best price and as quickly as possible. But if you inadvertently discriminate against potential buyers, not only do you run the potential risk of missing out on a great offer, you may risk violating the law. Protected classes The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of a property based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 15, 2013
With all the activity surrounding the winter holidays, why would you even consider selling a home this time of year? Many consumers think it’s not good to list their property in the winter months, but it’s not necessarily such a bad idea. Statistics show that the real estate market slows down a bit in October, taking off again in late January.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
Sure, it’s true that you can successfully sell your home on your own, but you may find it a long, expensive and stressful process without the help of a Texas REALTOR®. Here are a few reasons why it’s best to use a Texas REALTOR® to sell your home. To get the best deal Do you know how much comparable properties in your area recently sold for?