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Carlotta's Real Estate Corner

Straight talk on my 22 years experience in the local real estate arena, I will try to dispel misconceptions and highlight concrete positives in all areas of selling and purchasing homes.

Crazy Market Today--Questions I'm asked....


April 9th, 2013

Lately, homes are listed and sold by 3rd day on market.  Some are OP (option pending) by the time they hit the market.  My buyer clients are upset by this and dont get it!  Heres the deal---realtor offices have weekly m...
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Listings Needed!!


February 11th, 2013

 I live in The Woodlands and my experience of 23 years selling homes in this area gives me the knowledge and assurance to say that we have never seen the inventory of available homes so low.&...
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"Is it a buyers' or sellers' market?


January 9th, 2013

When you are looking at listings daily and they go to Option Pending in a week or less, the buyers may outnumber the sellers.   Let me be clear though---this only applies if its a trend, certain houses will go quickly becaus...
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Should I list my home now?


March 30th, 2012

 This question is being asked over and over....  the answer is a high-volume YES!   I am living through a situation here in The Woodlands where we are offering on a house, 2nd day on market and 4 offers including mine ar...
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Negotiating - 411


March 21st, 2012

When trying to get the best (highest) price for your listing or trying to get the best (lowest) price for your purchase, there are some things to avoid.   Lets begin with ---this is a business decision, not an emotional one! If s...
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Why isnt my home selling?


March 17th, 2012

Ok,   I have just gone through an interesting situation with a listing of mine----nice home w pool in better than average location.   All things would point to a quick sale in the current marketplace.  I had the ho...
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what is a home warranty?


August 18th, 2011

I am embarrassed to admit that I was not informed on home warranties until a few years back----what I have found is that I'm not the only one who has just ignored them and moved on.  So, here is the scoop---They are very beneficia...
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To list or not to list??


August 3rd, 2011

First,  I need to apologize for falling off the face............life happens and in my case, it was a back episode with a pinched nerve---really awful and kept me from working, driving, and of course, blogging for a bit.   Ho...
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" How do I choose the right realtor?"


March 31st, 2011

Talk about a tough question---this is it.  I have heard..,  "My sister is a realtor in town and I am going to use her when I find the right home" or  "I don't need a realtor, I can look it up on HAR, list my home on HAR and n...
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"That offer is too low, I'm not going to counter!"


March 24th, 2011

This is a tough situation and it does happens, unfortunately, it happens often.  Now, my first advice here is to remember what the objective is-----to sell the house, key word here is house........not your home.   S...
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1070 Evergreen Cir, The Woodlands, TX 77380   Get Directions
Phone: (281) 367-4000
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