3 Questions to Get New Neighbors Talking

September 3, 2018
When your next home is going to be in an unfamiliar town—whether in Waco or somewhere else— learning as much as you can about your choice of neighborhoods is a practical starting point. It won’t be long before you’ll find yourself immersed in finding the perfect house—but it can’t be perfect if winds up being in a neighborhood that’s a poor fit for your family. You can get a general idea of the likeliest areas by doing some online tire-kicking. In addition to querying the obvious places like Facebook and…
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Tags: home, local, neighbor, neighborhood, real estate, waco,

Waco Real Estate Agents Cheer Wall St. Journal Exposé

August 22, 2018
Waco real estate agents who have happened upon a Wall Street Journal feature earlier in the year might have been jolted by the headline, “How to Sell Your Home Without a Real-Estate Agent.” Why would the Journal—one of the most sophisticated observers of today’s business realities—possibly want to lead readers down the FSBO (For Sale by Owner) path? Don’t actual market results point to the opposite approach? As it turned out, the shock turned out to be only headline deep. What seemed to be a how-to for homeowners intent on doing…
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Tags: FSBO, real estate, REALTOR®, selling your home, waco, Wall Street Journal,

Packing for the Move: 4 Steps Reduce the Chaos

August 8, 2018
From your first thought that you might be selling your Waco house until the day you accept the offer, most of us avoid dwelling too long on one less-than-delightful consequence of a successful sale: the dreaded move! There may be rare individuals who see moving as a valuable opportunity to improve their household’s organization. That’s actually true, but hard to bear in mind as you think about dealing with all those items we’ve shoved into the back of closets and drawers. Even if you’ll be remaining in Texas—or even here…
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Tags: move, moving, packing, real estate, REALTOR®, selling your house, waco,

About Those Waco Listings…Inside Scoop

July 27, 2018
As soon as you begin to search in earnest for your next Waco house, you are reminded once again how today’s Waco MLS listings have become all but indispensable. Yes, it’s possible that you might find the property you’re looking for by happenstance—as a “For Sale” yard sign that catches your eye, or by spotting an intriguing ad in the local paper. But if you are any kind of discriminating buyer, even then you will certainly refrain from presenting an offer until you’ve taken a hard look at the Waco…
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Tags: for sale, homes for sale, listings, MLS, multiple listing service, real estate, waco,

2 Obscure Factors that Affect Waco Mortgage Loan Offers

July 10, 2018
Whether you are about to embark on your first Waco home search or your umpteenth, unless you’ve managed to save enough to make you a cash buyer, soon you’ll need to secure a mortgage loan from a bank or other lending institution. To understand what lies behind any home loan decision, just do what any good business negotiator does: put yourself in the other guy’s shoes. Getting a yes (and a low interest rate) from Waco’s lenders starts with demonstrating a history of responsible debt handling. That’s been made easy…
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Tags: application, credit score, FICO, lender, loan, mortgage, real estate, waco,

Does the “Perfect House” Checklist Match Your Own?

June 28, 2018
It has been largely unchallenged since its debut in 2014: the list of nine elements that make up the “perfect” house. Originally formulated for a Houselogic feature by builder John Riha, the nine features that comprise an “ideal” house make a more meaningful list than most similar compilations. It can serve a thought-provoking checklist for house hunters weighing today’s Waco offerings—if for no other reason than deciding which listed items are personal priorities. The nine (with a few of my parenthetical asides): Single level (unless there is a killer view…
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Tags: buyer, home, house hunter, ideal, perfect, perfect house, real estate, waco,

Becoming a Landlord in Waco: 3 Tips for Profitability

June 21, 2018
Anyone who has ever thought about becoming a landlord in Waco has probably been attracted by its distinct advantages as an investment. Owning a property that appreciates in value at the same time it generates cash flow is a hands-on investment with obvious appeal. Yet that same “hands-on” factor can cause second thoughts: the very phrase “becoming a landlord” can inhibit busy would-be Waco investors who aren’t eager to enroll in a second or third career. In reality, becoming one of Waco’s next landlords is considerably less daunting than it…
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Tags: landlord, real estate, REALTOR®, waco,

Short Real Estate Quiz Would Expose Kids to Fundamentals

June 6, 2018
Even though the average adult homeowner spends about a quarter of his/her or their hard-earned income on real estate-related expenses, there’s no high school course that teaches real estate fundamentals. We may have all grown up accepting that fact, but when you think about it, it really is astonishing. Especially because most of us don’t discuss the very fundamental details of homeownership with our parents, either (at least not until we need a little help coming up with that first down payment). If there were a high school class on…
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Tags: fundamentals, quiz, real estate, REALTOR®, waco,

Sense-sational Real Estate Sales

May 21, 2018
When we think of traditional Waco real estate sales scenarios, most of us would initially picture the photos that dominate the MLS listing and the information we read onscreen. Then, if those impressions were positive, the next step would be seeing how well the property presents itself as a prospective buyer approaches (the renowned “curb appeal”). Notice that every impression up until the next step, positive or negative, had been exclusively visual. In fact, I think most of us think of real estate sales scenarios in exclusively visual terms. That’s…
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Tags: 5 senses, real estate, REALTOR®, selling your home, waco,

An Often-Overlooked Key to Choosing an Agent

May 3, 2018
One of the most important yet seldom discussed factors that should rate near the top of your list of requirements for a Waco agent is how comfortable you feel in conversation with him or her. What might sound like New Age feel-goodery is actually a crucial ingredient in the buying and selling of Waco homes. Selecting a real estate agent is more than a personnel decision—it also becomes a pivotal team-building exercise. Professional qualifications necessarily come first. In addition to being licensed to carry out the duties and obligations required…
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Tags: comfort, communication, key factor, professional, real estate, REALTOR®, waco,