Tips for Organizing Your Garage

Not only is a stuff-filled garage an embarrassment and a deterrent to guests, but it also is a huge turn-off for buyers. I've written before about removing clutter to make spaces feel larger, and the garage is no exception. Buyers love big garages--they want to picture their vehicles inside, a work space, extra storage, the whole package. If your … [Read more...]

Best Smartphone Apps for Residential Real Estate

The real estate industry is getting increasingly digital. And this is putting more tools and resources in the hands of you, the clients, to find information and help focus your search. Having a realtor with digital marketing experience is crucial, because more and more buyers are looking to web platforms for their searches and taking their process … [Read more...]

Tricks to Make a Room Look Larger

When getting ready to sell, one of the most important preparations is staging your home to show. There are many things to consider when staging and preparing your home to appeal to the widest range of buyers (which I go into in detail in my staging post). But one of the most important parts of staging is doing everything you can to make your rooms … [Read more...]

How to Sell a House With Pets

When preparing your home for a showing, one of the most important things aside from cleaning and tidying is removing all personal traces -- you want buyers to picture themselves in the home, not your family. And this includes your pets. Contrary to what we pet-lovers may believe, not everyone is excited about animals and particularly not in a space … [Read more...]

Beat Cooling Costs #3: Green Is In!

My last post in this series on home energy efficiency has probably the most fun topic -- decorating. Making small repairs or big fixes to your home is satisfying when you see your energy bill drop, but getting to redecorate your home AND make a difference in energy costs? Brilliant, if you ask me. And it all improves the value of your home. And … [Read more...]

Beat Cooling Costs #1: Do Your Homework

Writing about the benefits of storm windows last week got me thinking about how valuable it is to save energy--especially in the summer. As the temperature starts to climb, so do the costs of air conditioning. Trying to beat triple-digit heat can really weigh on your bank account, but sweating in your home is not the most desirable alternative. I … [Read more...]

What is the Residential Homestead Exemption?

The Residential Homestead Exemption is essentially a tax break offered for homeowners. The exemption reduces your property taxes by lowering the value of your home’s taxable value that the tax liability is based on.  For example, if your home’s appraised value is $100,000 and you qualify for a $15,000 homestead exemption, then your tax liability … [Read more...]

The Art of Staging: 7 Easy Tips

When getting ready to sell, it's extremely important to take a fresh look at your home through the eyes of perspective buyers.  The way you organize and decorate your home may be perfect for you to live in, but buyers need to step into your space and immediately imagine themselves.  The process of neutralizing and rearranging a home to appeal to … [Read more...]

What are my closing costs if I am the Seller?

Every market has closing costs associated with each side of a real estate transaction that are customary to either the buyer or seller in that local market.  If you are considering selling your home in Texas, you may need to plan that the following costs are customarily paid by a home seller: Broker’s marketing fee – This fee is usually stated … [Read more...]

Ready to Sell?

Spring is in the air….well, at least for us in the real estate world. This is the time of year when the phone calls and follow-up appointments with soon-to-be sellers occur. The most frequently asked question is: “What do I need to do to get my home ready for the market?” Here is my advice: De-clutter. The process of minimizing the “stuff” in and … [Read more...]