Germaphobic? Check Out the Restaurants Health Score First

What happens behind the kitchen door in restaurants has bothered me for years. I’ve worked with several food establishments in my lifetime, my first experience was in an Eckerd Drugstore Restaurant on St. Petersburg Beach in Florida (yes, I’m that old) and the next at a Wendi’s in Wichita Falls.  I must say that both…

From Festival to Benefit, The Story of One Community Making a Difference.

Balloon enthusiasts were preparing themselves for the 6th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Festival in Canton TX scheduled for May 12th & 13th when the unthinkable happened.  On April 29th treacherous tornados ripped through Van Zandt County, including the county seat of Canton, TX.  With wind speeds nearing 165 mps the damage is unimaginable.  In Canton…

So You Think You’re Closing Tomorrow

OBSTACLES TO ON-TIME CLOSINGS When you sign the contract to sell your home everyone assumes that the date on the contract is cast in stone. However, it is important to understand that there can be a number of issues that are beyond the control of the buyer or seller which could delay closing. Let’s look…

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…