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I am a Real Estate Broker and Staging Designer in Fort Bend.

Are you a serious seller?

If you are really selling your home don't settle for estimates. Don't just based solely on your neighbors property value or outdated information. You owe the best for yourself.

You might need to do some research on the current state of your local real estate market to help you determine on the best value of your property. But the best that you can do is to ask for a professional help.

A real estate experts can help you along the way. A Comparative Market Analysis or often called CMA is the best tool to help you determine the value of your home. This report includes a lot of information  such as recent neighborhood home sales and unique property features. CMA's are more detailed than asking people in your neighborhood. The bottomline on this is CMA will help you find the perfect listing price for your home that will be fair to you but will still attracts buyers.

Professional consultation from an expert doesn't mean that you are already committed with them but it will give you a vast array of options that will help you decide whether it is the right time for you to sell or wait a bit more.

Anja Drewes Properties, 713-298-9177


As a Seller, we should know that aside from hiring a good realtor we also need to gauge if the realtor we are about to hire know how to dressed your house to sell.

Imagines a buyer looking at a blurred picture of a house online, do you think they will be interested in looking forward to this house? How about a living room with imbalance colors and types of furnitures, a limited space of the area and dark lighting of the house. All of that being said is one big factor of selling your house in a less amount of time.

Aside from good marketing skills, home staging is a great factor why a house can be sold in the next 30 days.

They said that mismatching of furnitures, colors and fabrics are a bad idea. That is a one big misconception on staging your home. To stop the monotony of space and replace it with more interesting area, we can do mismatching. For example, a dining table with all same chairs and colors. End chairs can be replaced with a contrasting style or color to add more visual interest in that area.

Contrasting colors. According to Sherwin-Williams 2014 National Home Design and Color survey, nearly two out of three homeowners said they want more colors in their home. We can use two different complementing colors in our toss pillows or candles in our living room, in that way we can avoid the stagnant look in our living room.

Proper lighting can affect our mood. We have to create ambiance and the feeling of serenity in our home. It is important for every working mom or dad to have this feeling at the end of the day.

Types of house and lifestyles. It is important for a realtor to know about what type of house you have and what distinctive interests you have in your neighborhood so that they can put up a compatible decorations in your house. Every neighborhood has its own cultural appeal, they have to know that so that they can create a vision for your house.

Painting cabinets of the kitchen into a lighter one can offer a dramatic transformation of your kitchen and can brighten up a space.

And last but not the least, your realtor should have a professional photographer to take pictures of your home. It is important that the house you are selling stand out in the market in order to get wide range of buyers.

You deserve the best for selling your home.



How do we often trust someone we don't know? Not often, right?

It's like jumping, from a plane with an instructor and you are not really sure if he will open the parachute for you or he will let you go by your own. But still, you choose to trust him because, he is professional in what he is doing.

Selling a home is like jumping from a plane. Trusting someone to represent the home you spent your sweet memories with your family, the home you bought with your hard earned money and now the home that you have to let go because of some reasons. It's not easy to choose who you will entrust your lovely home, but there's always a way for you to know who is who.

Here are some tips for you to know who you will trust to represent you in selling your home:

  • Find a realtor who is locally aware what is happening around the neighborhood. How the market goes up and down in your area.
  • A realtor who will not just make a listing agreement for you, but will build relationship to help you sell your home to the right buyer.
  • A realtor who will not just list your property but instead find a realtor who will advertise the features and benefits of buying your home.
  • A realtor who will have a better understanding about the structure of your home because the more they understand it the more they can easily market it.
  • A realtor who can communicate, but not just talk.
  • Search for their track record in the Real Estate field. It is important for you to know if you are dealing with the right person with an impressive professional reputation in the Real Estate world.

When you get a chance to be with them, face-to-face and have the opportunity to listen to what they want to say. This the best time to ask yourself, "Is she the one who I can really trust?"


Why to Sell With a Realtor

Choosing to sell with a professional rather than on your own makes sense for a variety of reasons:

  • A Realtor has access to market data about recent sales and other homes on the market that can be used to price your home appropriately. Studies show that homes priced right when they’re first listed sell more quickly and for a higher price than those that linger on the market.

  • A Realtor can show your home when you aren’t available, can respond to inquiries from potential buyers and their agents, and can get valuable feedback from visitors – all things that save you time.

  • A Realtor can look at your home objectively and suggest ways to improve its appearance – by staging and minor repairs – so it appeals to more buyers.

  • Buyers typically prefer to look at a home without the seller present so they can feel more comfortable exploring the rooms and visualizing themselves in the property. At an FSBO sale, the seller must be present.

  • A Realtor can screen visitors to your home, which provides a measure of safety that FSBO sellers don’t have. In addition, by checking to see if the buyers are legitimate and can afford to purchase your home, a Realtor can help you avoid wasting time showing your home to unrealistic buyers.

  • Realtors have professional marketing expertise, contacts with other Realtors who work with buyers, and the support of a brokerage that can market your home more widely than you can as an individual.

  • A Realtor can help you negotiate a contract that not only garners you an appropriate price for your home, but that meets your needs for a settlement date and perhaps includes a period when you rent back your home from your buyer. In addition, a Realtor can make sure your contract is in compliance with all local regulations.

FSBO Dangers
Most buyers today work with a buyers’ agent to represent their interests. If you choose to sell your home on your own, you’ll be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract. Not only could you end up selling your home for less money, you could leave yourself open to potential legal problems unless you have the contract vetted by an experienced real estate attorney. (source:

There are 4 types of buyers…

The first are serious and in a hurry they may be relocating from another city and have 3 days to find and buy the right home. Or they may be someone who’s home sold last night and today they need to find their replacement home. Because they are in a hurry do you think they will be with a Realtor or do you think they are reading every ad in the paper looking for fsbo’s?

The second type are serious but not in a hurry…they may be a first time buyer…proceeding cautiously… wanting someone to hold their hand…or…they may be looking for that perfect home….Did you know that last year the average buyer looked at 54 homes before making a decision? Naturally these people want a Realtor to help them, to guide them and make them feel secure.

The third type you may have encountered…they are investors or bargain hunters…preying on fsbo’s that are in a hurry to sell at a discount.

And of course the 4th type can’t afford to buy…and they will never buy….because they are just looking…We call them lookylous. In fact Realtors don’t put them in their cars because they can’t afford to buy and are not qualified to buy.

So you can see if Realtors have 97% of all the properties that are on the market it only proves that the serious buyers are going to work with a Realtor and what kind does that leave for you?

The investors, bargain hunters and the lookylous. Right?

Call me for a free Home Valuation 713-298-9177


Realtors have 97% of all the homes on the market listed with them and only 3% are fsbo’s.


Now is time for filing your homestead exemption in the country where the property is located.

Here’s how it works: The taxing authorities (school district and county) allow you to remove part of the taxable value of your home for tax purposes since you are using the property as your residence.

Copy of drivers license showing the address of the property and
Copy of car registration with the property address. In the absence of a vehicle, you can provide a utility bill with that address or complete a notarized affidavit

Harris County

If your property is located in Harris county, please print out the Harris County Application for Residential Homestead Exemption form , fill it out and mail back to Harris County Appraisal District, P. O. Box 922012, Houston, Texas 77292-2012 along with the supporting documentation from above. If you have any questions about how to complete the form, you can email or call me.

Fort Bend County

If your property is located in Fort Bend County, you can download the Fort Bend County homestead exemption application, and mail back to:

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District
2801 B.F. Terry Blvd.
Rosenberg, Texas 77471-5600

If you have questions, please call the Tax Office at 281-341-3710. Our office is located at 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469-3623.

Here again you will need to provide supporting documentation (driver’s license and vehicle registration or utility bill).

All the best



Have you taken a look at your 2014 property-tax appraisal yet? 

If not, now would be a good time to do it – you only have until the end of this month (May) to file a request for protest!

Texas law allows a property owner the opportunity to protest their appraised value.  You can do that in one of three ways: 1) schedule a formal protest meeting with your central appraisal district; 2) file a formal protest online (if your district offers that capability); or 3) go in person now and protest 

It is really easy to protest your taxes, yourself.

If you used a good Realtor when you purchased your Home, he/she will be happy to provide you with a CMA of recent sales which are similar in size, or you can email me. 

The protest period for Fort Bend County runs from May 1st to Midnight May 31. 

Just fill out the notice of protest, take the list of comparable sales in your neighborhood with your appraisal form and take your case to the Fort Bend office located at

2801 FM 2218 in Rosenberg, or go to to protest online.


Good Luck



I highly recommend that you do use a real estate agent who will be working for and representing your interests when buying new construction. 

The builder's sales person will not volunteer items that will hurt the builders interest. They are WORKING EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE BUILDER. The building process can take up to 9 months or more to complete your new home. During this time, I will interface with the builder and and assist you in monitoring the construction progress to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. You may not think you need an inspection in a brand new home. However, in my experience, more problems are found in new construction than in most 20-year-old homes! A lot of buyers just think that, since their home comes with a one year warranty, that they will just wait to see if anything goes wrong. I highly recommend having 3 third party inspections done, 1st before pouring the slap, 2nd before Sheetrock and third at the end 4 days before closing. These inspection are beyond building code. 

When the home is completed the sale cannot close unless you sign off on the final inspection. Builders will often pressure a buyer to "hurry up and close the sale", in order to get their money. As your Realtor, I will make sure that you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your new home before you complete he contract. All commissions are paid by the seller (builder). There is no cost to you to have an Agent working for you. I can assist you in your choices and give advice on what is best for resale. For example: desirable floor plan, color choices, location, lot characteristics, upgrades and more. This alone will greatly improve your chances of a more profitable and quicker sale when it comes time to sell that home in the future.  

Many buyers do not consider the value of other homes in the neighborhood when building, or buying that 'close out' builder home. You do not want to be the one that paid $75K more for a home in a subdivision then all other existing home sales. I see this happen all too often, and it will be a big issue when you need to sell.  A future buyer of your home will not pay $75K more then the rest of the neighborhood just because you did.  I will research and review with you the value of other homes in that subdivision and surrounding areas.  This is a huge investment for you, let me help.

Anja Drewes


Anja Drewes

For Immediate Release:

Realtor, Anja Drewes, Opens Real Estate Office in Sugar Land, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas – December 2nd, 2013 – When you are trying to decide on a new home, it can be difficult to choose a realtor but now buyers have realtor Anja Drewes to help them in this process. Some choose a realtor who has a good selling record and has houses in their budget and others choose them based on commitment and passion to the customer. Now, the Sugar Land, Texas realtor, Anja Drewes is opening her own realtor office, Anja Drewes Properties, LLC on December 7, 2013.

There is no denying that Drewes has a passion for her clients. Drewes says, “I love real estate and I love working with people. At the end of the day it is the biggest joy to have a happy client at the closing table.”

Anja has dreamed for a long time to create her own real estate firm and previously worked for Re/Max as a realtor before starting her own venture with Anja Drewes Properties, LLC. “I am very grateful to Re/Max for having been a great employer and teacher for many years and so paved the way that leads to the coming opening,” continues Drewes.

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC provides services that come with a full service real estate office such as an agent for home buying and selling, rentals, investment properties, property management, and international real estate.

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC also has a network of lenders, inspectors, contractors, photographers and more that they work with in the buying or selling process of real estate. The new real estate firm also has a network of domestic and international clients that give buyers and sellers worldwide access.

The firm logo for Anja Drewes Properties, LLC is the coat of arms from her family, which dates back to her great grandparents in Germany. Drewes says, “I believe it is a great symbol and will bring my new firm good fortune because I know that my grandparents will be with me at all times.”

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC strives to be an agent for new construction and resale, listing agent, or property manager. The firm takes personal pride in achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction for each client and will work tirelessly to develop programs and strategies that bring together homebuyers and home sellers.

One client of Anja’s says, “Anja Drewes is by far the best real estate agent I have ever known. She has incredible attention to detail, excellent follow-through, and is extremely kind and personable. I would highly recommend her to anyone, and it was a real pleasure working with her.”

Anja believes that real estate is not just about buying or selling properties but about forming personal relationships and lifelong friends. Anja constantly puts clients first which is why she has been so successful at major real estate firms such as Re/Max.

The new office is located at 104 Industrial Boulevard, Suite # 201 in Sugar Land, Texas. To start looking for real estate ventures, visit today.


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