5 Must-Dos for Buying a Home in Texas

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an experienced shopper, there are things that everyone who’s looking to buy a home in Texas needs to keep in mind during their search. These will ensure that you find the right house for your needs in a timely manner without frustration. Here are the top five must-dos to remember.

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Buying A Brand New Home In A New Subdivision Is Risky

Homebuilders and decorators make it very alluring; there is no doubt about it.   But yes, buying a brand new home in a new subdivision is risky.  Some homeowners have certainly found themselves in an uphill battle when the time comes to sell.  Competing with homebuilders, still actively building in the subdivision, when the unexpected or a relocation arises, can be tough.   The uphill battle will last as long as new construction continues in the neighborhood.  Builders will usually start discounting in order to complete one subdivision as they start building in another location.

A pre-owned home will always be a safer choice if there is any possibility of moving in less than 5-7 years. Continue reading

Realtor Mistake Cost Buyer $25,000

Some Are Worth Their Weight in Gold…Others Not A Penny!

AgentHarvest received an email from one of their elite listing agents in the Seattle area recently.  He shared a video of how a mistake by a Realtor cost their own client an extra 25K. It highlights how real estate contracts and contingencies can be confusing for the inexperienced Realtors. Continue reading

3 Tactics FSBO’s Can Use Against Buyers

Think commission is the only reason a homeowner sells FSBO? Not Always!

Most FSBO’s just want to save money and not pay the normal commission to list their home through a Realtor.  This article is a warning to homebuyers of unscrupulous reasons some other homeowners sell FSBO.  I would have not known this homeowners intent had we not met face to face.  She had no intention of being truthful to potential Buyer.  She refused to complete the Seller’s Disclosure Notice and went FSBO instead. Continue reading

Why Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent Is Critical

Why choosing the right real estate agent is critical

Whether you have decided to sell your current home, or if you are in the market for your dream house, it is essential to find the right real estate agent to help you. The question then becomes, “How do you choose?” Continue reading

Should You Consider Purchasing a Fixer-Upper?

Is buying a fixer-upper the best idea?

Are you an avid fan of HGTV? Does the season of spring cleaning elicit more excitement than annoyance? Forget Disneyland, is Home Depot the happiest place on earth for you?

If so, then you are likely a do-it-yourselfer. You have that innate knack for spotting a diamond in the rough. You see potential in everything and anything, as each object or opportunity you encounter becomes a canvas for your inner artist and craftsman. Always making this or doing that, there’s no project that doesn’t intimidate you. Continue reading

How Buying Real Estate is Like Dating

Did you think your dating days were behind you? Think again. Buying real estate is just like dating. From courting to making a long-term commitment, your adventures in dating have many similarities to searching for and buying a home. By applying what you learned dating to your next real estate search, you can enjoy a more pleasant house hunting experience. Continue reading

HOA Basics for Newbies

Homeowners Associations (HOA) basics for newbies

When searching for a new home, you may find that many desirable communities have homeowner associations (HOA) in place. This shouldn’t deter you from purchasing a home in your favorite neighborhood—there’s a lot to love about entering a community that features an HOA. Continue reading

5 Ways a Real Estate Agent Makes Your Life Easier

Hiring a real estate agent makes life easier

Buying and selling a home is a big deal – quite literally. In fact, it’s one of the biggest deals you’ll sign, seal, and deliver in the course of your life. That’s why when it comes to listing your home, you want to be absolutely certain you are protecting the value of your property and getting the best bang for your buck. Continue reading