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MAY
22

By Kim Buish

Besides the kitchen and bathroom in your Houston Texas Home, your living room is the area of your home where you spend the most time.

These steps will help you improve the look of your living room and get your home ready for sale if you plan on selling your home in the coming months. 

Choose a Different Living Room Rug

One problem area in the living room of a typical Houston Texas Home is the living room rug because it usually isn’t large enough for the living room area.

To solve this problem you should purchase a living room rug which is wide enough to cover the entire width of your living room sofa.

Your living room rug must go at least six inches under your sofa and all of the seating in your living room should fit comfortably on your living room rug.

The benefit of choosing a larger living room rug is that this will make guests feel welcome to your home, like they are invited into your “circle”, and best of all it will help your living room to feel more professionally staged.

Invest In a Bigger Coffee Table

If you have a large living room, and a small coffee table, that’s a “no-no”, because your guests will never have enough space to sit their food or drinks. 

Choose a coffee table which is big enough for your living room, and most important of all, choose a coffee table which has a glass top since this will add depth and style to your living room.

One you choose a great coffee table choose a tray to place in the center of the coffee table since you can easily use this tray to display books, decorative rocks, flowers or books.

Go Ahead and Say YES To Color

Although one of the most common pieces of advice in decorating is to go with neutral colors in the home, you shouldn’t be afraid to use color in your Houston Texas Home.

Go with color in your living room by painting all of the walls, or paint one wall a beautiful color, especially dark colors, because, they can help a room to feel warm and inviting.

When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.” - HGTV

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MAY
14

By Kim Buish

HOUSTON – If you’re planning on selling your home, one of the very best things you can do to make sure that you sell your home for the most money, and in the shortest amount of time possible, is to stage your home before you list it for sale.

Although some people might be “on the fence” about staging, and want to sell their homes “as is”, staging is still a vital part of the home sales process especially for these reasons:

Reason 1 – Staging Presents Your Home as a Product

Yes, staging will help your agent to present your home as a “product” for sale because, it involves removing the personalization which you may have accumulated over the years,

Once the personalization is gone, this will help a prospective home buyer to see your home as their dream home and envision themselves living there.

Reason 2 – Staging Will Remove the Clutter from Your Home

Let’s face it, every homeowner accumulates a bit of clutter over the years that they live in their home right?

Staging is also effective since it will help you to finally deal with that clutter, and present more useable space to a home buyer who would be interested in living in your home.

Reason 3 – Staging Gives You the Advantage Over Other Homeowner

Last of all, but most important, staging will give you the advantage over other homeowners in the area who are thinking about selling their homes “as is”.

Recent studies, including one from the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agent’s, show us that over 80 percent of buyers will fall for a staged home, and want to purchase it, compared to a home that’s not been staged.

Sell Your Houston Home

For more tips on how to get your Houston home ready for sale, or to view the latest Real Estate listings, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 

MAY
4

By Kim Buish

HOUSTON – If you’re thinking about selling your Houston Texas home, maybe for the first time, this post will provide you with 3 tips which will help you to sell your home correctly.

Tip 1 – Price Your Home Competitively From Day One

Although you might be tempted to price your home at well above its listing price, the truth about selling a home is that you will draw the interest of more home buyers if you price it competitively, from the very beginning.

For example: Let’s say that your home is valued at $155,000, instead of pricing it at this price, you should consider pricing your home at $150,000 because this will draw the attention of more home buyers, especially those who have only been pre-approved for a $150,000 mortgage loan.

Tip 2 – Avoid Realtors Who Make BIG Promises

Yes, you may be tempted to hire a Realtor ® who promises to help you sell your home for the most money but what are their comparables (COMPS) to back up what your home is really worth?

It’s important to verify what your home is worth, before your price it, because, a home buyer will only pay what your home is worth.

Tip 3 - Include Extras with Your Home

Last of all, but most important, one of the best things you can do to make your home more desirable to buyers is to include extras which will make them want to buy your home for your full price.

Some extras you might want to consider including with the sale of your home are the refrigerator, washer/dryer, flat screen television or living room furniture.

Sell Your Houston Texas Home

To sell your Houston Texas Home contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 

MAY
1

By Kim Buish

Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Before listing your home for sale make sure you learn more about 3 ways you can turn off a Houston Texas Home Buyer so you don’t make these same mistakes.

A Dirty House

One of the first ways you can turn off a Houston Texas Home Buyer is by having a dirty house.

To make sure your home is thoroughly clean you should do the following:

  • Clean your windows both inside and out.
  • Clean floors and carpeting.
  • Clean baseboards.
  • Clean the top of your refrigerator.
  • Clean inside your medicine cabinets.
  • Clean doors and door knobs.
  • Clean walls and repaint them if needed.

Your Home Smells

Besides dirt, another way you can easily turn off a prospective home buyer is by having a smelly home.

Yes, you plan on listing your home for sale, but before you do, make sure you invite over friends and or family members then ask them to think like buyers and tell you honestly if your home smells or not.

To get rid of odors in your home consider doing the following.

  1. Place dryer sheets in vents.
  2. Air our your home thoroughly before buyers arrive.
  3. Empty the trash from your home.
  4. Remove potentially stinky items from your refrigerator.
  5. Use a deodorizer on your carpets to remove smells.

You Didn’t Stage Your Home

Last of all, but most important, if your home is clean and smells great, you can still make the mistake of turning off home buyers but not staging your home to sell.

Before you stage your home make sure you do the following:

  • De-clutter your home by removing items from each room which you haven’t used in the last 6 to 12 months.
  • Organize your home by purchasing totes or storage baskets to organize items which may don’t have a drawer or shelf to be placed in.
  • Remove any personalized touches from your home like: family photos or family mementos so a potential home buyer will be able to see themselves living in your home.

I Help Houston Texas Home Buyers

For more tips on what you should not do to turn off a Houston Texas home buyer, or to view homes for sale across Houston, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty & Associates by clicking here or calling me at (713) 819-1642.

APR
22

By Kim Buish

Are you searching for the latest Houston News? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This week one of the biggest Houston News items was that the city lead the nation again in growth last year.

Here’s a breakdown of the impressive stats:

  • 157,000 new residents chose Houston as their home last year and since the 2010 census the city has added well over 500,000 new residents.
  • Houston’s population has grown to 6.5 million and many analysts expect it to grow to 6.6 million in 2015.
  • Our booming economy has grown by over $114 BILLION dollars since 2010.
  • More than 1,500 companies have relocated to Houston in the last five years.
  • From 2010 to 2014 Houston added 375,000 new jobs

One of the 20th Largest Cities in the United States

If you want a strong economy, good jobs, excellent healthcare and affordable home prices then Houston has everything you could want in a city.

Recent reports have shown that Houston is only expected to continue growing during 2015 and beyond so if you’re planning on moving to Houston the right time is NOW.

Houston News – Learn More about Real Estate

Right now the average home price in Houston is $478,874 (Trulia) and prices here have seen an increase recently of close to 3 percent which can be attributed to warmer weather but one of the biggest reasons why more people are buying homes here is low mortgage interest rates.

The current mortgage interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage loan is lower than 4 percent. Many economists expect mortgage interest rates to decrease even more in the coming weeks since Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen views the economy as “not strong enough yet”.

To learn more about the latest Houston News, or to view homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty by calling me at (713) 819-1642.

APR
22

By Kim Bush

HOUSTON – If you remember the Real Estate market back in the 1990’s, it’s not hard to forget how high mortgage interest rates were back then compared to today but the good news is that we might be able to see interest rates go even lower in the coming months.

The Perfect Combination?

There are three factors which could lower mortgage interest rates to 2.75 percent, or lower, by October of this year and these factors include:

  • Increased investor activity – We can expect to see investors put more money into investment grade debt, and debt which is government backed, since most global economies continue “sputtering” while the United States offers investors a combination of high yield and low risk.
  • The Fed is expected to raise the funds rate.
  • Fannie Mae, Ginne Mae and Freddie Mac are all expected to issue more mortgage backed securities (MBS).

The Time Is Right To Buy

If you’ve been thinking about buying Houston Texas Real Estate, or a home in the surrounding area, now is the right time to buy a home or refinance your current mortgage and buy a second home which you can use to generate rental income.

Buy Houston Texas Real Estate

For more information about the local Real Estate market, or to view homes for sale across Houston, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me through my website. 

APR
10

By Kim Buish

As a long time Realtor ® I’ve spoken with many people over the years who have wanted to sell their Houston Texas Home themselves.

Although some people might think that this is a great way to save money and avoid paying a Real Estate Agent’s commission the reality is that less than 10% of homeowners across the United States each year actually succeed at selling their homes themselves.

What A Realtor Really Does For YOU

Besides saving you time and money, your Real Estate Agent will help you sell your Houston Texas Home by performing the following services for you.

  • Preparation – Your agent will recommend that you de-clutter your home and then stage it to sell.
  • Marketing – Working with an experienced Houston Texas Realtor also means that you will be have the pleasure of having an agent marketing your home both online and offline so buyers will be able to find it.
  • Negotiation – One of the most difficult aspects of selling a home is negotiation because some homeowners typically give away their homes for less money than what they are worth. Your agent will be an experienced negotiator who will also represent your best interests so your home sells for the MOST MONEY.
  • Closing – Last of all, your Houston Texas Real Estate Agent will also make sure that the closing of your home is handled smoothly and professionally including the signing of the contract.

Let me Sell Your Houston Texas Home

To connect with a Realtor ® who really knows Houston Texas and will be an agent you can depend on, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty by calling me at (713) 819-1642.

MAR
30

By Kim Buish

Are you planning on buying or selling a Houston Texas Home? You’re not alone.

Houston is on the move right now thanks to a great Real Estate market, and historically low mortgage interest rates.

When you work with an experienced Realtor ® they will bring a lot of VALUE to the table especially in the following areas.

Realtors Are the Real Specialists

Since a Realtor ® only specializes in just Real Estate, they will save you the time, money and hassle of having to handle the more complex aspects of trying to buy or sell a home yourself.

A Real Estate transaction represents a deal that could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars so it makes sense to work with someone who has bought or sold homes many times before in any situation.

You Will Enjoy Lower Risk

Did you know that another benefit which comes when you work with a Realtor is that your risk will be lowered regardless during your Real Estate transaction?

For example: when you buy a home you won’t have to concern yourself with understanding contracts all by yourself, and if you’re selling your home you won’t have to worry about dealing with unscrupulous agents or buyers who may try to get you to accept a discount on your home.

Your Realtor Will Have a Better Understanding of The Market

Last of all, but most important, your Houston Texas Real Estate Agent will have a better understanding of the Real Estate market than you and thanks to their experience level they will be able to insure that you are able to sell your home for the most money possible or buy a home without paying more than what it’s worth.

Buy a Houston Texas Home

For more tips on how a Realtor will help you buy or sell a Houston Texas Home, or to view the latest homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642.

MAR
27

By Kim Buish

As a home buyer it may be easy for you to know what you want when it comes to buying a Houston home or sale but how do you know that you’re buying a home in the right Houston Texas Neighborhood?

In today’s post I will breakdown four simple clues that will let you know you’re buying a home in the right Houston neighborhood.

Clue #1 – You’re Excited about the Neighborhood

Spend 10 minutes walking around the neighborhood.

If you’re excited about the neighborhood, and can see yourself and your family living there for years to come, then it’s going to be the right Houston Texas Neighborhood for you.

Clue #2 - The Neighborhood Meets Your Image of What a Neighborhood “Should” Be

Does the neighborhood having children playing outside?

Are the neighbors showing pride of ownership in their homes?

Is there a neighborhood park nearby?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the neighborhood is going to be perfect for your family.

Everyone has a mental image of what a neighborhood “should be” in their minds, and if you’re honest with yourself about what you’re really looking for in a neighborhood, you will find the exact Houston Texas Neighborhood you’re searching for.

Clue #3 – You’ve Found the Neighbors to Be Friendly

Besides taking the time to tour the neighborhood you should also spend time talking with the neighbors there too.

Although it’s not a deal breaker, friendly neighbors really make a neighborhood livable and you want to make sure that you can walk away feeling optimistic and happy about the people you will be sharing the same neighborhood with.

Clue #4 – The House Is Close To Everything

Last of all, but most important, when the neighborhood meets your criteria and specifications for a neighborhood, the next thing to do when analyzing the neighborhood is to see how close it is to everything.

Will you future home be close to your job, work, stores and entertainment options in Houston?

Make sure that you can answer yes to at least some of these questions since the distance of your home from the places that you need to use or commute to on a daily basis will affect the quality of your life.

For more tips on if you’ve found the right Houston Texas Neighborhood, or to search for homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at (713} 819-1642.

MAR
18

By Kim Buish

In Real Estate ® one of the oldest questions people have been asking for generations is if it’s better for them to move to the city or suburbs.

This is an important question to ask because, moving to the city or suburbs both have their pros and cons.

Before making a decision on your next move read this post to learn more about if the city or suburbs are right for you.

Why Move To The City?

Pros - Some of the pros of living in the city include: many restaurants to choose from, more stores for shopping, lots of entertainment options and better access to Internet or telecom services which you may want to use at home or in your business.

Cons – Higher crime rates, higher home prices, busy streets and fewer friendly neighbors are just some of the things you might find when you move to the city but if your goal is to enjoy a fast paced life, and options which can’t be found in the suburbs, then the tradeoff may be worth it for you.

Why Move To The Suburbs?

Pros – Lower home prices, safer streets, more green spaces and that small town feel are some of the things you will find when you move to the suburbs.

Cons – Yes, the pros might outweigh the cons when it comes to living in the suburbs, but, it’s also important to consider that living away from the city might increase your commute if you work there and that will also mean less time with your family during the week as well.

Ultimately your decision to live in the city vs. living in the suburbs all comes down to personal choice so it’s best to weigh all of the pros and cons plus the real financial costs of both before making your decision.

For more Real Estate tips, or to view the latest homes for sale in Houston and surrounding counties, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here

 
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