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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Don't Be A Victim To Scammers

Today, there are bad guys everywhere. Scammers are a part of living in the 21st century and they are not likely to go away any time soon.

At a certain point in your real estate transaction additional monies will be due (typically for closing).

It is important that you follow the title company directions - and if in doubt or anything looks suspicious - VERIFY.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Staging To Sell

Perhaps all through life you have heard "first impression matters" - and it does. You only get one chance to make a first impression (you probably heard that too)! Both are true.

The mount of light, the open space, the arrangement of furnishings, and your choice of decorations all matter. If you prefer, you can invest in a professional stager to help you get it right.

Whatever you decide, staging properly helps to sell your home.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Home Pricing Mistakes

Home pricing can be a slippery slope!

Price your home too low and you lose money. Price your home too high and you lose the sale. Most often, the folks who try FSBO (for sale by owner) can make the most relevant error in pricing.

Having the latest market information is paramount to pricing your home correctly and your real estate professional is best equipped to guide you.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Are Instant Offers Good?

You may be inclined to think I would automatically say NO - and you would be right.

But the reason may be different than you might think.

The NO is not because I sell homes - not at all. I actually think instant offers can be a good thing for some folks.

If you MUST sell right away for cash or whatever your reason, if you are financially super well off and don't care about money, or if there is some other defining reason, then instant offers may be good for you.

But let's look at instant offers for what they are.

They are a convenience - and you PAY for convenience - BIG TIME.

No matter who your real estate agent, it is best to go over the numbers and see just how much it will cost you to opt for an instant offer. As always, my best to you no matter what you decide.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

What Are Mortgage Points

Mortgage points, aka discount points, are fees paid to a lender at closing in exchange for a reduced interest rate.

Also known as “buying down the rate,” which can lower your mortgage payment. One point costs 1 percent of your mortgage amount (or $1,000 for every $100,000).

Paying points to get a lower rate on a mortgage is often a losing proposition. Homeowners who do not stay in their homes long enough to recoup the up-front cost of paying points are on the losing end of this proposition.

You can and should review this with your real estate and your mortgage professional.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Benefits of Homeownership

There really are a number of benefits to owning a home versus renting a home or an apartment. Have you made your own list?

Friday, January 31, 2020

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Selling Your House


Actually, you may have many more questions and a bunch for your real estate agent. Best is to write them down so nothing is forgotten. A real estate professional can guide you along the way - and give you other information important to the sale of your home.

Most often asked is "What Is My Home Worth" and, chances are, you already have a number in mind. If not, an easy way to do that is search for similar homes and properties listed for sale in your area. After all, that is the competition. When you are ready to sell - or even if you just want to talk through it - call me AL. Reach out today (and ask about our special offer for folks selling and also buying another home).

Monday, January 27, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Can the Landlord Keep the Security Deposit?


If you are a landlord - or a tenant - this is a short video from Texas REALTORS that may be worth your time! If you are looking to rent a home: Rent.sanantonio.homes If you are looking to buy investment property: IncomeProperties.sanantonio.homes


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Experts 2020 Housing Forecast


We like to share the opinions of experts. Find out what they have to say in this short video about the housing market forecast for 2020. If you are ready to shop - or even just browse - you can do it here without all the commercials: https://www.sanantonio.homes

Friday, January 10, 2020

Energy Costs Day

A typical US family is said to spend over $2000 a year on energy costs. Many folks spend way more than that!

There are ways to reduce your costs and your footprint. Have you explored the options?

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