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spring tx tips for sellers: Where have all the proofreaders and spellcheckers gone? - 03/03/09 03:48 PM
Does no one proofread their work anymore? And what about the spellchecker tools are they all broken? I know I am probably being a little over dramatic but I am seeing more and more listings for Spring Texas homes with errors. Including these that I directly copied from our local MLS: Physical Property Description - Public: WOW! Custom home on huge cul-de-sac lot. Jenn-Air convection oven & mircowave 2007, flat surface range 2006, & 2 panties in kitchen. What .... 2 panties in kitchen? Are the sellers really including 2 panties in the sale of their home? I thought the lack of proof reading was (23 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Will St. Joe help sell your Spring Texas home? - 10/05/08 09:46 AM
Yesterday I was at a closing with my buyers who were purchasing a Spring Texas home when a discussion arose about a St. Joseph statue that the sellers had buried in the front yard. The sellers believed that if you want to sell your home, you bury a St. Joseph statue in the yard, say a prayer, and before you know it the house will be SOLD. Now for a little background on the sellers home, it had been on the market for 270 days which is 3X longer than the average days on market for Spring Texas homes. Its initial (11 comments)
What's going on with the Spring TX Real Estate Market? • Decrease in closed sales. The 2008 YTD closed sales for MLS area 13 was 1,629 which is a decrease of 14.6%. • Decrease in single-family median homes price of 1.8%. Even though the Spring Texas Real Estate market is experiencing a decrease in closed sales the GOOD NEWS is that our home prices are still remaining stable with only a small decrease over 2007. • Spring Texas homes remain affordable. At $143,400, our area's single-family median home price is over 30% less than the national median explaining why (1 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate Market: May 2008 - 06/11/08 02:00 PM
The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) has released the MLS statistics for the month of May 2008 for Area 13 which the majority of Area 13 would be considered Spring Texas. The closed sales for May 2008 were 283 which was 10.4% less than a year ago. The quantity of active listings for Area 13 are 1,703 which is 8.6% less than a year ago. The average days on market (DOM) has experienced a significant increase of 27 days from the prior year to 95 days. The decrease in closed sales is greater than the decrease in active listings which has resulted in an increase in inventory over the prior year. The months of inventory (absorption rate) for (2 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Market April 2008 - 05/17/08 01:16 PM
The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) has released the MLS statistics for the month of April 2008 for Area 13 which the majority of Area 13 would be considered Spring TX. The closed sales for April 2008 were 836 which was 12.5% less than a year ago. The quantity of active listings for Area 13 are 1,671 which is 2.5% more than a year ago. The average days on market (DOM) has experienced a small increase of 6 days from the prior year to 89 days. The combination of the decrease in closed sales and the increase in inventory over the prior year has added .8 of a month to the (2 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Market March 2008 - 04/13/08 09:03 AM
The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) has released the MLS statistics for the month of march 2008 for Area 13 which the majority of Area 13 would be considered Spring TX. The closed sales for March 2008 were 231 which was 16% less than a year ago. The quantity of active listings for Area 13 are 1,717 which is 4% more than a year ago. The average days on market (DOM) remains relatively unchanged from the prior year at 87 days. The combination of the decrease in closed sales and the increase in inventory over the prior year has added one month to the quantity of months of (2 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Negotiating a LOW BALL offer - 03/24/08 06:14 PM
Whenever I receive a low ball offer I have to hold back my gut reaction of wanting to call the buyer's agent and say "Is your buyer CRAZY? How could they offer so little for such a great real estate property?" I know that getting upset with the buyer's agent is not going to get my seller's house sold. So instead I calmly call the buyer's agent and seek first to understand. As I am hopeful that the reason I received a low ball offer is because of a misunderstanding of the comps, the Spring Texas real estate market, or the cost (5 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring Texas home sellers - how does the FHA loan increase affect you? - 03/07/08 04:12 PM
If your Spring Texas home is on the market for between $270,432 and $206,350, you need to say "Thank You" to the FHA. Because yesterday, they just made it possible for more buyers to qualify to purchase your home. As the requirements for subprime loans have become stricter and 100% financing loans are being eliminated, the popularity of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans has been increasing. FHA loans require only a 3% minimum down payment, FICO scores do not apply, they have higher allowable debt ratios than the debt ratios imposed on conventional loans, and the interest rates are competitive with conventional loans. (0 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Sellers Closing Costs - What should you expect? - 02/25/08 11:05 AM
If you ask a seller what's the first question he has about selling his Spring TX home, he will tell you its "How much am I going to net?". Its not "How long is it going to take for my house to sell?" or "What do I have to do to get my house ready to sell?". Its simply SHOW ME THE MONEY. And why wouldn't it be the first question. Especially since the majority of reasons why people sell their homes and move are due to lifestyle decisions. Not because someone or something is making them move. They are moving simply because a different (4 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Very Motivated Seller? - 02/23/08 12:21 PM
Again today, I saw another home in Spring TX that is being advertised as VERY MOTIVATED SELLER. But what exactly is a very motivated seller? Is a motivated seller a seller that wants to sell? And if that is the definition aren't the majority of sellers motivated? I can not say that all sellers are motivated. Because there are those sellers that say "if I can get the price I want for my home I will sell it and if I can't I won't". Its easy to spot the homes with the non-motivated sellers. They are the overpriced and non-staged homes. These are the homes (1 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: Getting Buyers through the door - 02/22/08 01:41 PM
The other day I received a call from a seller who has had his Spring TX home on the market for two years. He was thinking about changing his Realtor and he wanted me to come and talk with him. When the seller told me his house had been on the market for two years, I wondered what could be so terribly wrong with his house that it hadn't sold. Because even in today's real estate market, two years is a long time for a house to be on the market. At my first meeting with the seller, I asked a lot of questions. I wanted to know about the (5 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: The key is the KEY - 02/21/08 12:10 PM
When I am out showing homes to buyers I am frequently asked "Can we see the garage?" Sure no problem, I say. Until I realize that I have just spoken too soon. The home that we are viewing has a detached garage and there is no key or garage door opener to be found. I used to think that it is only a garage and just because we were unable to view it is no reason for my buyers to delay writing an offer. I was wrong. The garage has become much more than where we park our cars. In fact drive down the streets of any neighborhood in Spring Texas and you (6 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Spring TX Real Estate: How is the Market? - 02/08/08 11:27 AM
Based upon what the national media has been saying, you have to believe that the real estate market everywhere is terrible. Just the other day, I received a call from a potential buyer who was going to be relocating to Spring Texas. He said that he thought that I would just love to work with him because I was probably not busy. I was puzzled. He continued on saying that based upon how slow he has heard the real estate market is, he thought for sure that I would just jump at the chance to help him. He was right that I would love to help him but (1 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Tips for First Time Spring Texas Home Sellers - 02/04/08 03:18 PM
Numerous articles have been written and seminars held addressing the needs of the first time home buyer. But very few to help you, the FIRST time Spring Texas home seller. You have one real estate transaction under your belt as a buyer, but what you need to know as a seller is so very different than that of a buyer. So if this is your first time at selling a Spring Texas home, here are some things you should know: 1. Sellers Disclosure Notice - Texas law requires you to provide a sellers disclosure notice for the property. The notice is a disclosure (3 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Top 7 Tips on showing your house - 01/29/08 02:32 PM
You followed all the tips and staged your home to sell. It is now on the market and you are impatiently awaiting that first call from the showing service saying that the buyers and their Realtor are on their way. To get the most out of every showing of your Spring Texas home, follow these tips: Convenient - Make the showing of your home as convenient as possible to buyers. Buyers have many homes to choose from and if they can not get in to view yours they will just move on and find another home. Comfortable - Although the buyer is a (6 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Top 30 things to do before putting your home on the market - 01/09/08 11:43 AM
Top 30 things to do before putting your home on the market. Make your home's "First Impression" its "Best Impression" Trim your shubbery Add color with flowers and potted plants Powerwash the front sidewalks and driveway Clean the pine needles from the roof Repaint to a neutral color walls with vivid colors Wash the windows Refinish your front door and polish the hardware Get a new door mat that says "Welcome" Clean up after your pets Organize the garage to make the space seem larger Make sure all your light bulbs are working and replace any burnt out ones Replace old, (3 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Staging your Spring Texas Home - 12/10/07 11:18 AM
STAGING YOUR SPRING TEXAS HOME When you place your Spring Texas home on the market it becomes a product and it is now competing with other products. In order to gain an edge in the marketplace and get top dollar for your home, it must be priced right and look better than the competition. Staging is an integral part in this process. The reason model homes and staged homes work is because it looks like someone lives there but no one in particular, which increases the potential pool of Spring Texas buyers. The following are a list of pointers that will help (2 comments)
spring tx tips for sellers: Will your Spring TX home show better VACANT or OCCUPIED? - 09/26/07 04:33 PM
Which shows better a vacant or occupied home in Spring TX is a question I am frequently asked. Both vacant and occupied homes have there pluses and minuses. On the plus side for vacant, buyers know that they can move in quickly. They do not have to worry if the sellers time frame for move out matches their time frame for move in. In addition, the house will look and feel bigger since there will be none of the sellers over sized furniture nor the sellers accumulated clutter. Also viewing the house will be more convenient for the buyer's Realtor and the (0 comments)
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