As a licensed Realtor (and a tech head), I like to keep up with new gadgets, websites, and technologies (especially new tech that will help me and my clients). Now, first let me say, I'm not a huge fan of all these different website that provide a list of homes for sale. Often, I find completely out of date information (homes currently for … [Read more...] about Should You Trust the Zestimate?
I know, I know, "curb appeal" has been drilled into our heads over the years. Real estate agents have continually told us over and over that "you have to have great curb appeal" to sell your house.... Well I say, "bunkus!" Don't get me wrong, curb appeal is still important but not like it used to be. With the dawn of a new century (and … [Read more...] about Homes for Sale: It’s NOT About the Curb Appeal! (Anymore)
Before I entered the world of real estate about 7 years ago, I worked in radio for a long time. Boy! You'd think that in the radio business I'd have some wild stories (and I do), but NOTHING compared to the stories in this business! Some good and some bad, but nevertheless, interesting. What's great about hearing all the other Realtor … [Read more...] about As the Real Estate World Turns – True Real Estate Stories
With the Texas Summer officially here, I usually get more phone calls from people asking about homes with swimming pools. It's not surprising with the warmer temps. The temperature in Waco today, I think the weather guy said, was 738 degrees! With the heat index, it feels like 1,216 degrees. Often though, some of those folks who are asking … [Read more...] about Waco Real Estate Update – The Swimming Pool Factor
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"
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?
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