South Coast Real Estate Blog

Happy Friday everyone!  I have shown some REAL interesting homes this week, and I not in a good way.  Unfortunately, Sellers are either ignorant or uninformed on three simple things to take care of before listing... 

Some of these suggestions may seem obvious, but I have encountered each of them at least once in the past month.

ONE.

CLEAN YOUR HOUSE.  I mean... REALLY clean it up.  Clean the kitchen, clean the bathrooms.  HIRE someone to clean your carpets professionally.  When you have showings scheduled, do the dishes, clean the cat's litter box, control the laundry, and take out the trash.  

TWO.

Make sure your house smells good.  This seems funny, but it's SO true! I am not saying you need to fall into the "bake cookies every time you

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Happy happy July everyone!

I apologize for the lack of blogs lately, but we are in full and steady swing for our busiest time of the year here in Corpus Christi (and surrounding areas)!  Andrea, Erin, and I have been busy with our existing Buyers and Sellers and moving through our transactions at a rapid pace!  Fortunately, we work with a great team of professionals in our related title and mortgage industries that have been helping us churn through the summer with great efficiency!

Congratulations to so many of our clients that have successfully sold or purchased a new home recently!  Since the summer began, we have helped over 50 families with buying, selling, or leasing homes, which means the three of us have been VERY busy!

We greatly

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We have had an increased frenzy of rental scams again lately.  It's a real pain for everyone.

What happens is-- someone steals a listings photos, property description, and details from a legitimate posting online, reduces the price, and tries to intercept potential tenants and steal their deposit money while posing as a property owner, investor, or property manager.  I had  someone steal one of my rental listings this week, and here's even a cell screenshot of how this has been playing out via text between me (AKA "Susan") and the person who stole my listing and is trying to pass it off as their own.

Scammer Convo

So, how do you protect yourself from being scammed?

1)  Ask the landlord to describe the property. Do they know the complete address and zip

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Home warranties have come a LONG way since their first inception, but they tend to leave a bad taste in consumers' mouths due to misinformation.  Here are the Top 3 myths I hear on a regular basis...

1)  Home warranties will fully cover repairs/replacements. 

NO! Always make sure you review your selected company's materials to review what they will or will not cover.  Usually, the home warranty companies are pretty good about repairing systems for only the trade call fee.  However, if a system needs to be replaced (Like your AC, water heater, etc.) there are expenses that will NOT be covered.  Make sure you educate yourself before lodging a hefty complaint.  In my opinion and experience, even when I have had to pay for some of these additional

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Thinking of selling your property?  Not sure how to select the right REALTOR to represent your best interests?  Here are a few questions you want to be sure to ask your prospective representatives.  Remember-- this is the likely to be on the the largest financial transactions you make during your lifetime, choose your professional REALTOR wisely.

1) How long have you been in real estate?  Is this your full-time job?

Don't immediately discount new agents- they can be extremely driven, are typically current on laws and regulations, and may be able to afford you more personal time and attention that more established Agents.  But, do make sure they are working under or with an experienced agent or team that can help them if needed.  Experience doesn't

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Real estate has provided me a wonderful and very rewarding career (not just financially), but it's not as easy at it looks and it's not just about "i love to see houses".  If you are considering your own real estate career, here are 5 things I strongly urge you to consider to prepare yourself to take the leap!

1)  Money doesn't roll in the door immediately.  Once you actually get your first transaction under contract, it usually takes 30-45 days for it to close and fund (if it doesn't fall through and you actually make it to the closing table).  So, best case scenario, you'll get your first paycheck in 1-2 months. Let that sink in. This issue alone is why I see 90% of new agents fail in their first year.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE plan ahead and prepare to

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Summer is here!  In the past 10 days we went from "a nice mild spring" to "it's hot".  As we continue to see the temperature rise, consider these suggestions to get your home in tip-top summer shape (and save you some bucks).

1)  SERVICE YOUR AC SYSTEM.  During the summer months, your air conditioner works overtime.  Contact your HVAC contractor and have them come out and take a look at your system to make minor repairs or have it cleaned.  Beware of anyone that immediately tries to get you to buy a whole new system if your system is still working well (don't be afraid to get a second opinion either).  Always remember to change your AC filters monthly (or as recommended by your system).  If your system is older, you may also want to consider getting a

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Happy Monday!  I had a long discussion with a first-time Buyer over the weekend, which make me consider today's blog.  Here ere three REALLY important 
"Things NOT to do" when you're getting ready to buy a home-- for the first time or any time thereafter!

#1-- DON'T OVERSPEND.  Own your home, but don't let your home own you.  Buying a new home is a always a big deal, and you definitely want something that will at least work for your 5-Year plan, but do not let yourself get wrapped up in "keeping up with the Joneses".  Before you start home shopping, consider what are are REALLY comfortable paying on a monthly basis, and get pre-qualified with your Lender.  Stick to your budget.

If you aren't currently connected with a Lender or Mortgage Officer,

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At least once a week, we get calls from Investors or "investors" asking about good deals on foreclosures.  Well, here's the truth.  THERE ARE NO GOOD DEALS ON FORECLOSURES.  OK, ok.  That may be a stretch, but it is more true than false.  Here are some really important things to keep in mind about researching, buying, and closing deals on foreclosures.

First, the bank is NOT selling it for ONLY what is owed on the loan. That may have been the case in bygone years, but it certainly isn't the case now.  Local agents have relationships with different Lenders (the entity foreclosing) and they submit valuations of the properties before they are listed on the active market.  The homes are valued similar to how any home for sale would be valued, with

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We are pleased to offer a small selection of residential and commercial rental properties in the Coastal Bend region.  We pride ourselves of hosting clean, and well-maintained properties owned by a select group of experienced and responsive Owners.  If you are considering investing in rentals properties, here are some VERY important points to consider:

1)  Can you lease the property for enough to cover your existing mortgage, taxes, and insurance?  Good investments should be a blessing, not a burden.  If you are losing hard-earned money every month (or cannot "break-even" with your rental) then it may be time to re-evaluate the situation.  First, shop around on you insurance rates-- you may be able to find something more competitive.  Make sure your

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