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Selling Waco Homes Without Unwanted Baggage

July 19, 2017
There is no denying that the words “FIRE SALE!” and “CHEAP!” and “PRICES SLASHED!” and “GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!” have long been used to spur sales. Bargain hunters of all stripes are being asked to take a second look wherever those attention-snagging phrases are promoted. When it comes to selling Waco homes, a For Sale by Owner sign out front can seem to be a promise of an out-of-the-ordinary value being offered—a marketing tactic meant to rope in deal-hungry prospective buyers. But there’s a downside that anyone contemplating selling their…
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Tags: for sale, FSBO, REALTOR®, seller, selling your house, waco,

Waco Home Selling: Top 7 Avoidable Flubs

July 14, 2017
The reason “Top 7” lists draw such universal attention is their value as time-savers: you can skim down the bold-faced items to spot topics of interest, needing to read further only for those that can use further explanation.  When it comes to home selling in Waco, common flubs would be of interest if you’ve just been through a sale or are beginning to entertain the idea. Knowing the most common missteps certainly, can’t hurt. It has to be noted that home selling blunders to avoid are compiled for the benefit…
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Tags: blunder, flub, real estate, sellers, selling a house, top 7, waco,

Waco Real Estate Investing in the Internet Age

July 7, 2017
Has technology made investing in Waco real estate easier? Entrepreneur Magazine has supplied an answer to warm the heart of any Waco Realtor® (like yours truly). They say investing in real estate isn’t just easier—it’s grown significantly easier. The reason is the medium we’re communicating through right now. “7 Reasons NOW Is a Great Time to Invest in Real Estate” was the title of the essay. The screaming “NOW” was the initial attention-getter, although the single one of the 7 Reasons that had me nodding my head didn’t deal with…
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Tags: investing, investment, landlord, real estate, REALTOR®, technology, waco,

Waco Homeowners Note Latest Home Design Trends

June 27, 2017
Waco real estate—like all real estate—is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on Texas and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer preferences. For Waco homeowners in a remodeling frame of mind, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of “what’s hot.” When it comes to nailing down the latest home design trends, there’s no shortage of commercial firms whose publicity departments are determined to make convincing arguments that their products are in the vanguard. Since the National Association…
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Tags: 2017, design trends, home design, homeowner, real estate, waco,

Waco Dream Homes & the Newfound Avocado Dimension

June 21, 2017
I think you’ll agree that the relationship between avocados and dream homes has been elusive for a long time. In fact, any connection between the delicious green fruit (it’s not a veggie) and the Waco home of our dreams has been more than elusive. Until last week, it’s fair to say it was completely undiscovered. Last Tuesday, thanks to ace reporting by CNBC’s David Reid, the connection was finally unearthed. The breakthrough came with his published report, headlined “MILLIONAIRE SAYS MILLENNIALS SHOULD STOP BUYING AVOCADO IN ORDER TO BUY DREAM…
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Tags: buyer, buying a home, dream home, millenial, warning,

Waco Real Estate and the Love/Hate/Love Pet Issue

June 13, 2017
Pets and Waco real estate have a love/hate/love relationship—a strong one. For prospective Waco buyers and renters who own pets, a home’s suitability can be a make-or-break element in their decision. But how the home sellers handle their own pet wrangling is another matter entirely. The statistics give us a glimpse into just how consequential the issue has become. The majority (61%) of American households either have or plan to have a pet in the future—and of those who answered a real estate survey this year, 81% said it would…
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Tags: buyer, cats, dogs, pet-friendly, pets, real estate, selling a house, waco,

Housing Affordability: Critical for Waco Real Estate

June 7, 2017
Every now and again Forbes magazine assembles what it calls its “top financial brain power” to comment on a topic of interest. Late last week, the topic was real estate—more specifically, the answer to the question, “Is the Real Estate Market Still Healthy?” Speaking for our Waco real estate market, I’d have to the answer “yes.”(It’s a cinch I’ll never be asked by Forbes to join the panel because a one-word answer doesn’t make for a very long article). Their panelists did better at elaborating. They voiced a couple of…
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Tags: buyers, buying a house, housing affordability, market, real estate, waco,

Dodging Parental Help in Waco House Hunts

June 1, 2017
You’re excited to be searching for a home in Waco. Your parents are probably excited about your house hunt, too. They want the best for you—what parent wouldn’t want to offer their best wisdom and counsel during the house hunt? Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible for that very same best advice to cause a good home choice in Waco to slip away. Being aware of some common familial pitfalls can keep that from happening: Parents want to see you land your Waco home for the least amount of money—sometimes resulting in…
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Tags: advice, buyer, buying a house, family, house hunting, parents, real estate, waco,

Spring Cleaning Keywords to Google

May 22, 2017
Ah, springtime! As the daylight hours grow longer and buds and blossoms dot Waco’s trees and gardens, even when a rainy day is in the forecast, the feeling of new life in the air can’t be denied! Also undeniable is the all-too-apparent fact that Waco’s bright May sunlight is now illuminating months’ worth of dirt on the windows. And now we can see more areas of the carpet that show the winter’s accumulation of … what is that? For residents from one end of Texas to the other, the balmy…
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Tags: for sale, homeowner, keywords, real estate, sellers, spring, spring cleaning, springtime, waco,

Selling Your Waco Home: Beyond Marketing

May 17, 2017
Selling your Waco home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the Waco MLS lists for every property—is only the beginning. The number of bedrooms, square footage, lot size—even the architectural style—all help buyers eliminate offerings that won’t satisfy their housing requirements. These are quantitative marketing specifics that qualify a residence. Most have numbers attached. They’re also the basis for the “comps” that the bank or another mortgage lender will use to estimate your property’s market value. But they are only the first step in selling your…
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Tags: brand, branding, marketing, real estate, seller, selling, selling a house, waco,