Are you looking to buy a home? Especially if you're a first time home buyer, you need a guide on what your obligations are (as a home buyer) to your Realtor! "What? I have responsibities to my agent'? You bet! Most agents, it seems, are either afraid (or don't know) to tell you that they have certain expectations too. But if you can follow this … [Read more...] about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Home Buying
What? You called the real estate agent off the sign in the yard? What the heck are you thinking? Come here and let me slap you with a trout (an old IRC joke back in the "old days" of the internet - early to mid 90s). You may not even know why you should be afraid (be very afraid... Okay, now I'm just trying scare ya'). Actually, I'll … [Read more...] about "Oops…I Called the Agent on the For Sale Sign"
So you've decided to buy a home or maybe you're relocating to the Waco area. Either way, you'll want to do your research about Waco real estate and the area. Where do you start? I hear ya... searching on the internet can be a daunting task. Forget about the tons of information that's available online, but trying to find RELIABLE information can be … [Read more...] about Researching Waco Real Estate (And More)
We've all seen it - over priced homes on the market for sale. Not just a little over priced, but REALLY over priced! Not a home that's maybe $4,000 or $5,000 too high, but more like $40,000 - $50,000 too high. It makes you wonder what the seller is thinking. Makes me wonder what the Realtor is thinking. I know it's a numbers game. I know … [Read more...] about Over Priced Home Listings – What Are They Thinking?
May 2009 - By now you may have received your 2009 Notice of Appraised Value from the McLennan County Appraisal District. And by now some of you are back home from the emergency room after having a mild heart attack! No kiddin'! I was told that there was some sort of 'glitch' that caused well.... the total market value on some … [Read more...] about Property Taxes – Glitch to Blame for Sky High Home Values in Areas of Waco? – Info to Protest Your Appraisal
I know you've seen them. Heck, maybe even the photos of your house could win bad photo of the week! Not a good thing. Actually, there's a few different emotions I experience when I see exceptionally bad MLS photos. First, there's the comic relief. Some of those photos are just down right hilarious! But also, I feel for the home sellers … [Read more...] about Bad MLS Photos – A Home Seller’s Problem
I read an interesting (okay, funny really) press release put out by Trulia announcing their "Hair Cut" search engine. Apparently this new option for searches will let you specify only to search for homes that have had a previous price reduction. I guess that means that you can specifically search for homes whose price has had a "hair … [Read more...] about The Truth About Home Price Reductions and Good or Great Deals
As we head into the Spring season, the market usually picks up quite considerably from the winter months. If you're thinking about selling or buying a home, here's some quick stats that should give you a general idea of where the Waco Real Estate is today: There's currently 1392 residential properties on the market today. A … [Read more...] about Waco Real Estate Update