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JUN
22

 

By Kim Buish

HOUSTON – There’s no denying that the 2015 Real Estate market can be classified as a sellers-market and it’s a great time for you to sell your home this year.

In this post I will provide you with 7 tips you can use to sell your home during a sellers-market.

Tip #1 – Go To Market on Thursday Night

One of the advantages of going to market, or having your Real Estate listing online by Friday morning, is that your listing will be online just in time for home buyers on Friday when they start searching for homes for sale in Houston, Texas.

Tip #2 – Limit Days and Times for Showings

Since it is a sellers-market it’s important to remember that you can limit showings of your home since there will be a lot of demand for it.

Instead of showing your home to every buyer’s agent who calls you with interest in it you should schedule one or more set days and times during the week for buyers to see your home.

Tip #3 – List Your Home with a Slightly Lower Sales Price

Although most homeowners might be inclined to list their homes for more money during a sellers’ market you can actually make more money on your home by listing it slightly lower than its current market value.

This simple step is a powerful tactic which will catch the interest of more buyers because they won’t want to miss a great deal on a home.

Sell Your Houston Home

To get started with selling your Houston Home contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling us at (713) 819-1642 or CLICK HERE to connect with me through my website.

JUN
9

By Kim Buish

HOUSTON – So you’re thinking about buying a home for sale in Houston and are planning on using your V.A. loan benefit.

Although V.A. Loans are an awesome benefit to use in 2015 the reality is that most home buyers who qualify for this benefit have no idea about what the real truth is behind V.A. loans and they cannot separate fact from fiction.

In this article I will break down the truth behind V.A. loans so you can have confidence that you will be able to successfully be able to buy the Houston Home using your benefit.

Your V.A. Loan Can Only Be Used One Time

This is false. The reality is that you can use your V.A. loan benefit multiple times during your life since there are not any limits as to how many times you can use it.

You Can Use Your V.A. Loan to Purchase or Refinance a Home

This is true! You can use your V.A. loan to either purchase or refinance a home and in many cases you can use is for up to 100 percent of a home’s value.

A V.A. Loan Can Only Be Used For a Small Houston Home for Sale

False – The truth is that you can certainly use your V.A. loan to buy a home which costs up to $1,000,000 in value.

V.A. Loans Take a Long Time to Close

When you use your V.A. Loan benefit you can have confidence that you will be able to have your loan processed and closed in the same period of time as a typical conventional loan.

You Have To Be Discharged To Use Your V.A. Loan

False – You will be able to use your V.A. Loan benefit NOW regardless if you’re an active member of the Armed Services, retired or discharged.

Members of the National Guard or Reserves Are Not Eligible For the V.A. Loan

No, this rumor is also false, members of the National Guard or Reserves are eligible for the V.A. after they’ve been serving for six years.

Search for a Houston Texas Home

To learn more about the Houston Real Estate Market, or to view homes for sale, contact me today by CLICKING HERE or calling me at (713) 819-1642.

JUN
5

By Kim Buish

HOUSTON – There’s no denying that buying a home is an exciting part of life but during the home buying process it can get a little confusing since there will be many terms that you’re going to hear referenced and you may not be able to understand them all.

In this post I will break down some of the most common Real Estate terms you can expect to hear when buying a home so you can be a more knowledgeable home buyer.

Mortgage Loan

Your mortgage loan is what you’re going to use to purchase Houston Real Estate.

Some of the most common types of mortgage loans include: 15-year, 30-year fixed, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, FHA, HUD, VA and USDA loans.

Down Payment

During the process of buying a home you will expected to come up with a down payment which is between five and 20 percent although with some mortgage loans like FHA loans you are only expected to come up with a down payment of just 3.5 percent.

Closing Costs

These are the fees you can expect to pay to the surveyor, attorney, home inspector and to the company you are using for title insurance.

Escrow

When you buy a home your down payment money will be put into escrow instead of that money being paid to the homeowner directly.

Principal

This Real Estate term refers to the total amount of money you are borrowing to buy Houston Real Estate.

Buy Houston Real Estate

For more information on common terms and their definitions when you buy Houston Real Estate, or to view homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at: (713) 819-142, or click here to connect with me online. 

JUN
4

By Kim Buish

As a Realtor ® and a homeowner I know that your dream as a homeowner is to sell your Houston Texas Home fast and you may be thinking about moving out of your home before you sell it.

Moving out of your home before you sell it isn’t always the best choice especially for the following reasons:

#1 – Your Empty Home Will Amplify Their Negative Ideas

Every home buyer is looking for a Houston Texas Home which offers them the features they are really searching for like an open concept floor plan, large master suite, spacious kitchen or a spa-like bathroom.

Homes that lack furniture amplify negative thoughts or feelings that a buyer has about the home because, they are not able to see how the home really “flows” with the use of furniture.

#2 – An Empty Houston Texas Home Has No Vision

In 2015 buyers are more visually stimulated than ever before by great pictures and videos of homes, this is why your Houston Texas Home should have furniture in it when you list because, that furniture will help buyers to envision themselves living in your home, and how the space or features will work for them.

#3 – Homes without Furniture Lack Emotion

One of the most important reasons why you want to keep the furniture in your Houston Texas Home when you list it is emotion.

Most buyers these days also buy homes based on their emotions and if your house has furniture in it you will be able to appeal to their emotions and ultimately have the advantage over other homes for sale on your street.

Sell Your Houston Texas Home

To get started with selling your Houston Texas Home 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
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

Sell Your Houston Texas Home

When you’re ready to sell your Houston Texas Home contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or CLICK HERE.

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. 

 
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