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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 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013
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. I’ll take it.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 22, 2013
So your family’s housing needs have changed and you’ve decided to put your home on the market. Now you need to find someone who can successfully market your property and get you the most exposure to attract offers … but where do you start? Use the good kind of traffic The Internet has become the starting point for many homebuyers’ property searches, and online marketing efforts have grown to reflect that trend. A 2011 survey of Texas homebuyers and sellers found that 89 percent of bu ...
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 14, 2013
Of the many advantages granted to homeowners, one of the most popular is the list of tax breaks they receive. As a new homeowner, you may be able to deduct some of the costs related to your purchase if you itemize your deductions rather than use the standard deduction when filing your taxes.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 8, 2013
You’ve found the perfect house – or buyer – and you’re on your way to closing, where ownership of the property is officially transferred and money changes hands. This final stage of a real estate transaction has many steps. Your Texas Realtor can help you navigate the closing process and answer questions that may arise, but here’s some advice to help you prepare. Understand the closing process Before closing, buyers should review everything that has been done in connection with insp ...
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
If you’re selling your home, being upfront with your buyers about problems with your property, such as prior flooding or a defective roof, is required by law and can help lead to smoother negotiations. That’s why full disclosure – a seller’s obligation to disclose known material facts about properties for sale – is critical when it comes to a successful real estate transaction. Disclosure laws were created to protect buyers, but they also protect sellers.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
For many homeowners, the monthly mortgage payment is a sizable chunk of monthly bills. You may have thought about the benefits to paying off your mortgage early. Who hasn’t? To be sure, making extra payments on your mortgage will save you thousands of dollars. For example, making just one extra payment a year on a $200,000 mortgage could save you more than $65,000. That’s not small change—after all, what better investment is there than your home?
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 15, 2013
We make small decisions every day, like what to wear to work. Bigger decisions usually take more time to sort through, like when it’s the right time for you to buy a home. While you probably don’t need help choosing an outfit every day, you can get help with your home-buying decision.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013
Buying or selling a property is one of the biggest transactions you can make, and many people find themselves overwhelmed trying to get the best deal. Since everything is negotiable in a real estate transaction – from price to the closing date to who pays to refinish those wood floors – it’s worth some extra effort to come to the negotiating table prepared. Your Texas Realtor has a lot of experience helping buyers and sellers take on negotiations, so start by asking for her advice.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • Posted January 31, 2013
Sellers often make a major mistake when deciding how much their home should sell for. Instead of thinking about what their home would really be worth in the current marketplace, they focus on what their property is worth to them. These emotions can lead to pricing your home out of buyers’ reach and interest, leading to a longer time on the market. Consider the correct, objective factors when determining your house’s value to determine an asking price in line with what the market will bear.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Are you dealing with a Realtor? Being a first-time homebuyer is a huge learning experience, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. With the right preparation, you can go into the process with enough knowledge to take on potential hiccups. Here’s a list of eight do’s and don’ts to consider as you purchase your first home. Do know your budget.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Are you dealing with a Realtor? A real estate licensee is someone who is state-licensed to engage in the practice of real estate. Holding an agent’s or broker’s license does not make someone a Realtor. Only membership in the National Association of Realtors, the state-level association of Realtors, and the local-level board of Realtors makes licensees a Realtor. Hiring a Realtor means you’ve retained someone who is committed to continuing education, professionalism and integrity.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Posted January 10, 2013
Buying a home for the first time or the fifth can elicit a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety. Owning a home you can make your own can be fulfilling, but taking on the responsibility of homeownership might be stressful. The good news is that you can reduce that stress and focus on the enjoyable aspects of homebuying with these eight tips: Be a smart saver.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 • Posted January 4, 2013
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, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
If you’re thinking of selling your home, finding the right Texas Realtor is the first step in the home-selling process. Your Texas Realtor will be able to help you determine the right price, the kinds of marketing that will work well for your property, and much more. But you can also be a proactive seller by checking into these basic home-maintenance issues before putting your house on the market: Inspect your roof.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
When you shop for clothes or even a new car, do you worry about how long they’ve been for sale? If you liked them, you’d probably go through with their purchase without wondering who didn’t want them before you or how long they’d been available to buy. But what about real estate?