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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, 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?
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
You may have heard that the holiday season is a slow time for the real estate business, but that’s not necessarily true. Serious homebuyers don’t take a vacation from their home search, so if your house is still on the market you’ll need to stay diligent about selling it now like any other time of the year.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 • Posted December 6, 2012
After crunching the numbers, searching your favorite neighborhoods, and weighing the pros and cons of each property you’ve seen, you’ve chosen a house that seems like the perfect fit for you. While it may be “perfect” when it comes to location, price, or features, it’s now time for you to find out about the home’s imperfections before you hand over your hard-earned cash. No matter how much time you spend looking over the home, you’re probably not qualified to perform an assessmen ...
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 • Posted November 29, 2012
As a homeowner, you know that there are certain aspects of a home that can’t be changed, like its location. You also know that some upgrades, like adding a deck or renovating a bathroom, don’t come without major costs. When you’re selling your home, though, there are some low-cost or even free tweaks that will give buyers a positive first impression. Get an objective opinion Don’t skip the basics that will make your home more attractive to would-be buyers.
, By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
You’ve crunched the numbers and decided to purchase a home. While you may be able to afford a new mortgage payment, you need to make sure that you’ve accounted for all of the long-term costs associated with homeownership. Here are seven other expenses you should know about. Which type of loan will you get? The loan you choose can greatly affect the amount you pay for your home over the years.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 • Posted November 16, 2012
If you’re in the middle of your home search, you have probably already considered the important financial commitment you’re about to make. In addition to a down payment, there are other costs associated with the homebuying process, such as applying for and securing a loan, hiring an inspector and getting title insurance.