Does the List Price Sound too Good to be True?

Beware of the real estate agent that recommends a list price that sounds too good to be true. There are several reasons that real estate agent overprice properties, none of which benefit you and in the long run can  negatively affect you bottom line. They don’t know any better. Real estate agents and real estate…

Is the Housing Market Cooling Down?

Are their cracks in the market? Housing trends in Rockwall County, Texas show slowing sales, a cooling off of sold prices and an increasing number of price reductions.  The highest mean sold price thus far this year occurred in February with a mean of $278,546.  The mean for the current month is $269,000 a reduction of…

Should I Write A Letter to the Seller?

In today’s competitive real estate market one tool that may make a difference in your offer being selected is a cover letter to the seller. The purpose of the letter is to set you apart from other buyers. Typically sellers are emotionally attached to their home and so including a cover letter with the offer…

Remembering My Father: Cmdr. Pat Curtin, USN

I grew up “in the Navy” because my Father served. As a child, moving every 2-3 years seemed quite normal because I knew nothing else.  I still marvel at my friends who have known their best friends since kindergarten or remember all of their teacher’s names.  For me attending 9 schools in 12 years seemed…

What Not to Say at an Open House

Open houses are fun and it’s an easy way to see multiple homes in one neighborhood very quickly. However, if you visit an open house without your real estate agent, here are two conversations you should avoid. It’s the right house. “I love this house”, “This is what we’ve been looking for” or “When could…

Narrowing Your Choices, What to See First

Are you overwhelmed by the process? Many buyers choose to use the internet as the only tool to find homes.  While there are abundant property search sites available there is not an easy way to narrow down your selections except by looking at each home. There’s a better way, your RE/MAX Landmark Sales Associate has…

Buyers: 5 Steps to Success in a Sellers’ Market

Buying a home is not a decision to be made lightly in today’s market. Successfully buying the right home takes planning and fast reflexes.  In today’s market there are more people looking to buy than houses that are available for sale so the market dynamics are uncomfortable for many.  In order to move at the…

Under One Roof: Multigenerational Homes

Families and lifestyles are in a constant of flux, kids leave, kids return, grandparents move in to help with young children, grown children divorce and need a place to stay or aging parents move so their children can assist with their care. Whatever the reason, the need to house multiple generations under one roof is…

Beware of Buying a New Home Alone

The RE/MAX Landmark New Home Headquarters is designed to assist buyers of new construction avoid the pitfalls that plague many. These pitfalls can result in poor decision making because of the lack of information and lack of guidance offered by having someone on your side throughout the process. What’s Available? Most new construction homes are…

Finding a Puppy-Friendly Neighborhood

I’m stupid crazy about my dog and as one of the 36% of U.S. households that include a dog; I know that finding the right home for the family includes the family dog.   Families with dogs need to do a little more due diligence about the neighborhood before buying.  Here are some tips that will…

What do Tiny Houses, Joanna Gaines & RE/MAX Landmark Have in Common?

Tiny Houses | Many think  the  tiny house craze is something new but if you consider caves, yurts, tents, wigwams, igloos grass huts and so forth you’ll realize it really isn’t.  Today’s fascination with tiny house has been brought to everyone’s attention by the HGTV series Tiny House Hunters and has in turn spurred the…

What’s Driving Home Improvement?

Home improvement is surging. The leaders in the home improvement industry site 2016 as the best year since the 2007 financial crisis and 2017 is on track to exceed the previous year’s level. What’s behind the growth, there are three essential elements that are propelling the industry forward. Growth Driver #1:      The Age of…