What is a Pocket Listing?

A pocket listing is one that does not appear officially on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). These listings, sometimes known as "quiet listings," are not public and are usually only discovered by word of mouth, private open house events, or other non-traditional marketing techniques. Occasionally, sellers will sign an exclusive contract with an … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: The Dining Room

Not all homes have a formal dining room, and some families do not use their space for sit down dinners on a regular basis. However, if you have a formal dining room, it is important to stage it as such, even if you use it as a home office or play room in your daily life. Buyers love the added entertainment potential of a formal dining room and it … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bedrooms

While compared to other rooms in a home, bedrooms may seem less important when trying to sell a home, but it's still essential to create a warm and inviting space for potential buyers. And, yes, it can be tempting to leave these rooms set up for your regular day-to-day lifestyle, but some thought should be put into staging, beyond just making sure … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bathrooms

While you may think bathrooms are all about the fixtures, it's still important to keep staging in mind when your house is on the market. Potential buyers do pay attention to these details, whether consciously or subconsciously. And since it's often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, it's important to put your best foot forward. After … [Read more...]

Home-made Air Fresheners

Making your home smell cozy and inviting for a showing or open house is one of the best tricks in the business. There are so many ways to create authentic, amazing scents that draw in buyers more than the uwrap-and-plug-in smells. I've collected the best scents I could find to use when showing a house, having guests, cleaning, or simply enjoying … [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...]

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...]

What is The Woodlands Township tax used for?

The Woodlands Township is the governing body of The Woodlands. In a master planned community, the Board of Directors of the Township is charged with maintaining the vision and the services of that community. Officially created as a “fully-elected at large Board” in 2007, the Woodlands Township levied the first property tax in 2010 and has since … [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...]