Dreaming of Your First Home?

Homeownership has long been part of the American dream and yet it eludes many. According to Realtor.com the 3 top hurdles to home ownership are the down payment, poor credit history or simply not enough cash flow.  With commitment, discipline and desire these can be overcome using these 3 strategies: #1 Automate Your Down Payment…

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

Finding the right home is challenging under the best circumstances. Today’s frenzied market adds even more challenging so before you sign, ask yourself these questions: Must I “own” this house or must I “win” this house Have I seen the home more than once? Have I compared my wants and needs list against this house?…

Don’t Let Your Piano Kill the Deal

As a Buyer’s Agent my role is to find a home that meets the needs of my client within their budget and in their desired location. At times the role feels like one of a matchmaker and finding the right home is just as exciting for me as it is my clients.  However, there have…

Accepted Contract? Not Over Yet!

Finding the right home and the buyer and seller agreeing to terms can be exhilarating and worth celebrating. However, as any experienced Realtor will tell you, the signed contract is just the start of the journey to closing. It is essential that from contract to close you and your Realtor track the critical dates, deadlines…

BUYING NEW CONSTRUCTION: Don’t Expect a Discount

BUYING NEW CONSTRUCTION: Don’t Expect a Discount Yes, it does happen. But overall, remember that Builders, etc., have established a set of prices that they feel best makes their product (the houses) marketable with an expected profit margin. Furthermore, lowering the price on a house drops the comparable value of other houses in the community,…

Home Buying: Making Compromises

  Most buyers have their dream home in mind when they start house hunting. However, most don’t take the time to put a pencil to paper and create a checklist for their dream home.    Defining exactly what you are looking home will make the process much easier and allows you to evaluate the homes you…

FOR BUYERS: Tips for Surviving a Seller’s Market

Buying an existing home in today’s market is challenging and stressful. In the current seller’s market there are fewer properties available then there are buyers.  Surviving (successfully buying) in this market requires preparation and strategy. Preparation: Time is of the essence.  Multiple offers have become the standard in the current market which means that when…

For Sellers: Taking Advantage of a Seller’s Market

Selling a home in a seller’s market has advantages. An experienced agent knows how to take advantages of the seller’s market and position you to sell successfully, while minimizing the concerns of seller’s that come with a fast moving market. Quick Sale: In a balanced market when Days on Market approach 6 months Sellers are…

HOA’s: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Sign

There are many things to consider when purchasing a home. Today, most communities have Home Owners Associations so it is essential that as a buyer you carefully consider what membership in the HOA means for you. Know the answer to these 10 questions before signing a purchase contract. What are the monthly/annual fees? This is…

HOA’s: Questions People Forget to Ask

In an earlier Blog, I discussed the essential questions to have answered about a Homeowners Association. The following questions have been derived from 15 years of real estate experience; they are the little things that when discovered after closing can cause major annoyances for some owners. Please consider the following: Pets:   Are there pet restrictions?…

BUYING NEW: Know What’s Standard and What’s an Upgrade

When you start looking for new construction it is easy to be caught up in the style and finish out of the builders model. However, before you fall in love with the home it’s important to understand that for the builder the model home is their showroom. Therefore you will find that the model includes…

Basil Cafe: Great Japanese Food in Rockwall

If you haven’t yet visited Basil Café in Rockwall make it a priority. The restaurant is easily overlooked because it is tucked away on the east arm of the Kroger Shopping Center which faces Horizon Road.  Once you find Basil Café, you’ll be hooked.  Basic café has a quaint dining room has a modern Asian…