Atypical Home Pitfall In Relocation Guaranteed Buyout Program

A Corporate Relocation Package can include some nice employee benefits when their employee is relocated to another city. The range of benefits vary, depending on the transferee tier level and whether you are buying or selling a home, or both.  One of the most desirable benefits, not offered to all employees who need to sell a home, is the Guaranteed Buyout Program.  This is a benefit where the employer buys the transferee’s home, after being actively marketed by a real estate agent for a specified period of time.  Due to the employer assuming the risk of ownership, for the employee, the company can restrict certain types and atypical homes from the buyout benefit. Continue reading

Real Estate Agents Are No More … They Just Don’t Know It Yet

Real Estate Agents have lost their jobs, they just don’t know it yet. The real estate industry is on its last gasps.  The ramifications from the agreement made by NAR and the local MLS associations, making the choice to give listing information to Zillow, was the beginning of what will be a slow, painful, and inevitable death to the Real Estate Services industry. Continue reading

The Plano & Frisco, Texas Real Estate Market and Lifestyle Guide

This guide is for the many thousands of newcomers relocating to Collin County.  Included is a summary of the hottest new developments, urban living with walk-ability, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, family fun, fitness, and pro sports venues that you’ll want to live near or at least visit.  We’ve also highlighted some of the best single family home subdivisions with neighborhood amenities such as community pools, playgrounds, trails, parks and in an array of price ranges in the Plano, Frisco area.  Literally everything can be found within a 12.5 mile stretch along the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) between Plano and Frisco. 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

6 Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors

Traits that successful real estate investors share in common

Investing in real estate is a daunting, but potentially lucrative, endeavor. Being a successful real estate investor requires diligence in keeping a pulse on the market. It also is a necessary hunger to see long-term returns. Below are six common habits of successful real estate investors. Continue reading

5 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

5 Factors That Real Estate Agents Consider Before Setting a Listing Price

Factors real estate agents consider before setting a listing price

We make decisions every day, in every minute and moment of our lives. Some are simple – should I take the bus or train to work today? Some are seemingly insignificant – should I wear the red tie or the blue tie? Some are so obvious it hurts – should I have dessert tonight? Continue reading

5 Easy and Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas

Easy and inexpensive home staging tips

Getting your home ready for sale can involve major effort and expense. Before you even look into hiring real estate agents, you may have to contend with replacing roofing or fixing code violations.

When it comes to home staging, you might not have a ton of money at your disposal. Here are just a few easy and inexpensive ideas that can help you to stage your home for a speedy sale. Continue reading

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Aside from finding the right Realtor, you will need to follow these steps outlined in order to best prepare to sell your home.

It’s time to move. That means it’s time to get your home ready for the housing market. You’re going to need to do some work both inside and out to make it the most desirable and sought-after listing among all buyers who are looking for a home. Continue reading