As we approach summer (and the "busy" season), many folks are looking to sell or buy a home. Traditionally, with school out for the summer, June - August are the "hottest" months (boy you ain't lying!) for weather and real estate. The good news is that typically there are more homes on the market to choose from, the bad news is that their are more … [Read more...] about Waco Real Estate Update – Home Statistics and Market Information
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"
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