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Several Things That Online Real Estate Apps Commonly Get Wrong

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Listing sites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, and Craigslist have become the go-to source for many buyers and sellers (particularly people attempting to buy or sell property on their own) to get information about the market, view properties and connect with property owners. But while most people believe these listing sites are a reliable source of information, there's actually quite a bit of misinformation that can throw a wrench in your home search or sale. Here are the three things real estate apps commonly get wrong (and how you can avoid them while selling or buying your home):

1. Not all postings are real

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One of the biggest problems on most real estate apps is that they don't require any verification from the people placing listings. So essentially, anyone with an internet connection can post any listing they'd like — including listings that are completely falsified. There are an immeasurable number of fake listings on these sites; posters either use the "bait and switch" method, posting photos of one property when they're really selling another, or create a completely fake listing in hopes of gathering people's personal information for marketing purposes or, in some extreme cases, identity theft. For these reasons you may waste a lot of time and energy looking through and engaging with fake listings, which can keep you from finding real listings — the kind that could end up being your dream home.

2. Not all postings are up-to-date

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Another big issue with these sites is that often times, listings aren't updated. So a listing you see for sale might have actually been sold the previous week or a listing that reads "sale pending" might actually be back on the market. This failure to update is a bad situation for both buyers and sellers. As a buyer, it means you might get excited about a home only to find out it's already been sold or you might pass on an amazing home, thinking it's already been sold... only to find out after the fact it actually was available. If your listing is out-of-date as a seller, it means you could miss out on potential buyers thanks to inaccurate information. Without up-to-date information, it's impossible to effectively manage either the search or the sale of your home. But unfortunately, when you work within these types of real estate listings sites, you're pretty much guaranteed out-of-date information.

3. Property information is often incorrect

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On top of fake listings and out-of-date listings, many listings on these sites are just flat out incorrect. And this can be a big problem for both buyers and sellers. As a buyer, you want to know what you're getting into when you look at a property. But if the information is incorrect — for example, the listing states the property is 4 bedrooms when it's really only three or that the home sits on 2 acres when it's really only 1 — you'll end up wasting a lot of time looking at properties that don't actually fit within your parameters. As a seller, not only will incorrect listing information waste time by connecting you with buyers who are looking for something different from what your property has to offer, but it can actually affect the price of your offers. Zillow, one of the top real estate apps, offers a popular feature called "Zestimate" which estimates how much a property is worth whether it's on or off the market. Anyone can access this information, including potential buyers. And buyers use Zestimates as a way to come up with offer prices. Unfortunately, Zestimates are often inaccurate. In fact, they're off by an average of 8% nationally, which is a pretty shocking disparity. Apps and listing sites readily admit their information might not be accurate; most all have a disclaimer page stating that information on their site may be inaccurate and encouraging potential buyers or sellers to verify all information independently. Moral of the story: when you deal with real estate apps, you're also going to be dealing with a lot of misinformation, which can derail your home sale or search.

What to do instead

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As you can see, real estate apps aren't your best bet when it comes to buying or selling a home. You'll end up wasting time and energy on fake or out-of-date listings or inaccurate information. That's why it's always best to work with a real estate agent. Agents have access to the most up-to-date, accurate information through the MLS, which will ensure that as a buyer, every home you see is exactly what you expect it to be, and as a seller, every potential buyer that comes to tour your home will know exactly what they're getting into.


GroupWatson has extensive experience in property valuations and are the go to professionals in our market area.

We have the expertise neccessary to make your transaction a smooth one, whether Buying or Selling!

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

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242 Hilltop Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$225,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13687654
Bedrooms: 3
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 2349
Lot Size: 0.165
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Tasteful Touches are Everywhere in this Impeccably Maintained Home. 3 Bdrms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Gar, Frml Dining Rm + Game Rm. Updates Include Fresh Int Paint, New Light Fixtures, Extensive Crown Molding, New Carpet & Beautiful Wood Look Laminate Floors in the Living & Master Suite. The Floorplan Flows from the Bright 2 Story Entry to the Living Area that is Open to a Lge Eat-In Kitchen Featuring Recessed Lighting, Gleaming White Cabinets, SS Appliances, Corner Pantry & Views of the Covered Back Patio & Great Sized Yard. Master Suite is Down & Boasts Stylish Cabinetry, New Counters w'Integrated Double Sinks, Lge Walk In Closet, Sep Shower & Garden Tub. Upstairs You Will Find a Big Game Rm & 2 Additional Bdrms.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

by Scott and Tammy Watson

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller's market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. On top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable ones) have multiple offers, making it harder to get into the home of your dreams. Buying a home in a hot market isn't impossible! You just have to approach it strategically and stack the deck in your favor to find - and successfully buy - the right home for you and your family. Here are four tips for buying a home in a hot market that will put you a step ahead of the home-buying competition:

Make Your Offer As Attractive As Possible

When faced with multiple offers, sellers are going to go with the offer that's the most attractive, both in offer amount and the actual terms of the offer. If you want to stand out from other potential homebuyers and make an impact on the sellers, you need to make your offer as attractive as possible. The first thing you can do to make your offer attractive is to put more money down towards the house. Cash offers are always the most attractive, but that's unrealistic for most people. So if you can offer a larger down payment than the standard 20%, that will immediately make your offer stand out. If you don't have extra cash, there are other ways to make your offer more attractive to sellers. You can offer a short inspection period and agree to take the property as is, which will sweeten the deal for sellers (just make sure you know what you're getting into; obviously, any large repairs discovered during inspection can add a significant cost to owning the property). Or, if the owners want to stay in the house longer (for example, to finish out the school year), you can offer to rent the home back to them after purchase and delay your move in. Anything you can do to make your offer more attractive to sellers will up your chances of landing a home in a hot market.

Be Willing To Be Flexible

In a hot market, the sellers are the ones holding the cards. And if you want to find a home, you need to be willing to be flexible. Chances are, when you find a property, there are going to be things about it that don't fit your image of your "perfect" home. But if you wait too long on a property or ask for too much from the sellers in terms of repairs or changes, you risk losing out to other people who are ready to make a move. Don't budge on your non-negotiables; you want to be happy with your home purchase and not feel like you moved too quickly out of fear you wouldn't find another property in such a competitive market. But don't let a great home slip through your fingers because you aren't willing to be flexible in your wants and needs in a home. Because in a hot market if you're not willing to be flexible, someone else will be.

Be Willing To Be Agressive

While you always want to get the best deal possible on your home purchase, a hot market isn't the time to go in with an ultra conservative offer. In sellers markets, houses routinely go for well above asking price. And while you don't necessarily have to make an offer that's above asking price, if you want to land a home in a hot market, you need to be aggressive. If you find a property you love, talk to your real estate agent to come up with a strategy to make your offer aggressive and competitive. Look at the recent sales in the neighborhood to get an idea of what homes are selling for and make sure your offer is in line with the recent comps. Make your offer competitive, but don't commit to more than you can comfortably pay.

Write A Personal Letter

It seems like a minor detail, but when you're looking to buy in a hot market, is a good idea to write a personal note to the sellers. When faced with similar offers, many sellers end up following their emotions and going with the potential buyer they most want to sell to. And by writing a personal, sincere letter that introduces yourself and your family and lets the sellers know why you want to purchase their home, you can differentiate yourself from other potential buyers, appeal to their emotional side, and land the home. Buying in a hot market isn't easy, but it's possible. And with these tips, you'll put yourself a step ahead of the competition and get yourself a few steps closer to buying your home.

GroupWatson is a full-service team working hard for each one of our Clients when Buying or Selling In a HOT Market.  
We have the experience and expertise to make your transaction a smooth one from Contract to Close!

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING OF THE WEEK*

242 Hilltop Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$225,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13687654
Bedrooms: 3
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 2349
Lot Size: 0.165
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Tasteful Touches are Everywhere in this Impeccably Maintained Home. 3 Bdrms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Gar, Frml Dining Rm + Game Rm. Updates Include Fresh Int Paint, New Light Fixtures, Extensive Crown Molding, New Carpet & Beautiful Wood Look Laminate Floors in the Living & Master Suite. The Floorplan Flows from the Bright 2 Story Entry to the Living Area that is Open to a Lge Eat-In Kitchen Featuring Recessed Lighting, Gleaming White Cabinets, SS Appliances, Corner Pantry & Views of the Covered Back Patio & Great Sized Yard. Master Suite is Down & Boasts Stylish Cabinetry, New Counters w'Integrated Double Sinks, Lge Walk In Closet, Sep Shower & Garden Tub. Upstairs You Will Find a Big Game Rm & 2 Additional Bdrms.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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Open House Etiquette 101: A Guide For Buyers

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Open houses can be an interesting experience for first-time buyers and seasoned buyers alike — especially if the owners are still living in the home. It can be a bit awkward walking through someone's home, looking at their things, and judging whether their property is a place you can envision as a home for you and your family. But it doesn't have to be awkward! As long as you know what's appropriate in terms of etiquette, open houses can be a breeze. So, what are the rules for open houses? What's proper etiquette? And how should you as a buyer behave when attending an open house?

Treat the host with respect

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The first — and most important — rule of open house etiquette is to treat your host with respect. Whether you're dealing with a real estate agent, an owner, or both, it's important that you're polite and respectful. If you fall in love with the property but made a bad impression at the open house, the owner or agent will likely be less inclined to work with you. No need to go overboard, but make sure you say hello to the host and thank them for having you. Sign in and leave your contact information. Say goodbye when you leave. Treat the host the way you'd like to be treated if you had a bunch of strangers walking through your house.

Don't take a seat

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The last thing you want to do when touring an open house is make yourself comfortable and take a seat on a chair, couch, bed or any other piece of furniture. There are a few reasons for this. If the house is staged, the furniture might not even be real; professional stages are known to use fake furniture like cardboard couches to keep the budget down. And if you sit on one of these fake pieces of furniture, you'll likely to fall straight through and end up on the floor. If the house isn't staged and the owners are still living in the house, it's disrespectful to sit on their furniture without their invitation to do so. You don't need to know if the couch is comfortable in order to make a decision about the property, so keep off.

Ask before snapping photos

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If you like a property, you may want to take photos to share with your family or review after the open house. And while that's usually fine, it's important that you ask before you snap any photo or video. Remember, if the owners are still living in the property, that's their home. There might be things in their home they would rather not have photographed, so make sure to get permission before you get out your camera.

Be efficient

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When attending an open house, it's important that you're efficient and get in and out in a reasonable amount of time. While open houses typically run for a few hours at a time, there's no need to spend more than a few minutes walking through the house. Tour the entire property, take notes, ask any questions, then leave. By using your time efficiently, you're respecting the hosts and allowing them to show the property to other potential buyers.

Don't overstep your boundaries

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It's important when touring an open house that you don't overstep your boundaries. It's ok to look in the master closet to check for spaciousness; it's not ok to rummage through the drawers. It's ok to open the refrigerator to make sure it's working properly; it's not ok to grab a bottle of water out of it. It's ok to explore the property, but it's not ok to treat it as if it was your own. Use your best judgement.

Don't criticize the property while you're still in it

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Chances are, there are going to be a few open houses you attend where you absolutely hate the property. And that's ok! Seeing properties that aren't the right fit for you and your family is just part of the process of buying a home. However, it's important to remember that the open house you're attending is a house that belongs to someone. And badmouthing the home while you're still inside it is just bad form. Even if the owner isn't in the house, you never know who might overhear you, like the real estate agent or a neighbor. You wouldn't want someone you invited into your home to criticize it. So don't do the same at an open house. Wait until after you leave to share your criticisms with your partner, family, or agent. Attending an open house can be a great way to find your dream home. And now that you know the proper etiquette, it's time to get out there and start exploring some open houses!

GroupWatson is a full-service team working hard for all our Clients.  
Come show off your best Open House Etiquette at one of our Open Houses this Weekend!

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING OF THE WEEK*

 

242 Hilltop Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$225,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13687654
Bedrooms: 3
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 2349
Lot Size: 0.165
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Tasteful Touches are Everywhere in this Impeccably Maintained Home. 3 Bdrms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Gar, Frml Dining Rm + Game Rm. Updates Include Fresh Int Paint, New Light Fixtures, Extensive Crown Molding, New Carpet & Beautiful Wood Look Laminate Floors in the Living & Master Suite. The Floorplan Flows from the Bright 2 Story Entry to the Living Area that is Open to a Lge Eat-In Kitchen Featuring Recessed Lighting, Gleaming White Cabinets, SS Appliances, Corner Pantry & Views of the Covered Back Patio & Great Sized Yard. Master Suite is Down & Boasts Stylish Cabinetry, New Counters w'Integrated Double Sinks, Lge Walk In Closet, Sep Shower & Garden Tub. Upstairs You Will Find a Big Game Rm & 2 Additional Bdrms.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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4 Small Changes That Can Add Major Value To Your Home!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

When it comes to selling your home, obviously you want to do everything you can on your end to add value to your home and secure the highest offer. But while you might automatically assume that major added value comes from major renovations, sometimes it's the small things that add up ending the most value to your home. Here are four small, inexpensive changes that can add major value to your home (and get you higher offers in process):

1. Spruce Up Your Exterior

While many homeowners focus their renovations and changes on the interior of their home, the exterior of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see. And if you want to get off on the right foot and make a positive first impression, it's important that the exterior of your home is inviting and well-designed. You don't have to completely landscape your property in order to make a good first impression. A few minor changes to the exterior can really spruce things up and make the space feel more inviting for potential buyers. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Line the walkway leading up to your entrance with inexpensive potted plants. If you have room, add a small chair or table to create a sitting area on the front porch. And always make sure your lawn is watered and mowed. Having a clean, inviting, and well-decorated exterior will have buyers falling in love with your property before they ever even walk through the front door.

2. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

One of the most inexpensive ways to add serious value to your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint, particularly if it's been awhile since your walls have been redone. Old, peeling, or out-of-date paint can make your home look like it's in rougher shape than it actually is. A fresh coat of paint will breathe new life into your rooms and frame them in the best light to potential buyers. When choosing paint colors, go for neutral colors like gray or beige; using bright or unique colors can be off-putting to some potential buyers. Neutral tones makes it easier for buyers to see themselves in the space. Just be sure to avoid white - the color can feel overly harsh and can make your home feel cold and impersonal (not exactly the feel you're going for when selling a home).

3. Update The Bathroom

If you have an older home, making a few minor updates to the bathroom - even if they're only cosmetic - can go a long way in adding value to your home. Things like outdated wallpaper, tile, or light fixtures can make your bathroom feel dated, a feeling which may carry over into the rest of your home and turn off potential buyers. Take stock of your bathroom and see what changes might help it feel more modern and up to date. Currently have wallpaper that looks like it belongs in the 80s? Ditch the wallpaper for a more modern print or a fresh coat of paint. Does your vanity feel ancient? Try replacing the hardware for a more sleek look. Renovating a bathroom can be pricey, but cosmetic changes are not - and can have a huge impact on the value of your home.

4. Hire A House Cleaning Service

When you're selling your home, it needs to be spotless. Dust bunnies under the couch, stains on the sink, or fingerprints on the wall can keep you from getting offers on your home - even though all of those situations are temporary and completely reversible. And while you might be great at cleaning under normal circumstances, when you're selling your home, you should definitely consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Professionals are trained to cover every nook and cranny and ensure that your house is sparkling by the end of the service. And having a house that's expert-level clean can be a huge selling point to potential buyers. Look for a local cleaning service that has experience preparing homes to sell and book their services before your next open house. This minor investment can pay off big time when potential buyers are drafting up their offers. Before you sell your home, you want to do everything in your power to drive up the value and walk away with the highest offer possible. And these four changes are so small, inexpensive, and easy, there's no reason not to use them to your advantage!

GroupWatson is a full-service team available to every customer, providing advice on the best home improvements to increase property values and working had to get your most important investment, your Home, on the market and SOLD for the BEST PRICE!

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details on how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING OF THE WEEK*


4811 Holly Tree Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$559,900
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13668304
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 3237
Lot Size: 0.230
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Seller Motivated-BRING ALL OFFERS! Seller is Offering $5000 Allowance for Updates. 1.5 Story w'Backyard Oasis. 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Forml Dining & Huge Flex Room Perfect for 2nd Living or Game Rm. Travertine Flrs Greet you in the Bright Entry Way. Large Living Rm Features Over-sized See Thru Gas FP. Kitchen Flaunts Granite, Ample Storage, Desk Work Station & Butlers Pantry. Master Suite w'Seating Area & Fireplace. Updated Master Bath Displays New Seamless Shower, Marble & Great Walk-in Closet. Backyard w'Pool & Hot Tub! All New Pool Equipment that Works w'your Phone App! Recent Updates Include: Granite in Baths, Triple Crown Molding, Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters & Upgraded Lighting.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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Why You Shouldn’t Let A Website Tell You Your Home’s Value

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Picture this... There's an inexperienced real estate agent in your town. He hasn't sold any homes yet. He wants to drum up some business. So, he climbs up onto your roof and paints what he estimates to be the value of your home. He feels like this could be a win-win: YOU get to know the value of your house, so he was helpful to you, without even having to meet with him... and HE gets to show you how that he knows his stuff. Hopefully you'll turn to him for help once you want to sell your home. But you're kind of ticked off, aren't you? First off, this guy painted on your roof. That's just vandalism. Beyond that, he wasn't even close to accurate! The value he painted up there is tens of thousands of dollars off.

He didn't even see inside your home

You notice he did the same thing to all the other houses in the area. He seems off on the value of all of them. It's still kind of intriguing, though, because you're like, "Hmm, I always felt like Bill's place was worth less than mine. Looks like I was right. But there's no way Gary's house is worth more than mine, that agent is craaaazy. Unless maybe Gary did some major remodeling inside..." But how would the agent know? He never even went inside your neighbor's house. Or your house. Or anyone else's house. He just eyeballed everyone's house from outside, and took a quick peek at some data available to the public. Then slapped his estimate up on your roof for everyone to see. His estimates are all over the place. Some high. Some low. Once in a while he seems to be somewhat in the ballpark.

His "value" affects your actual value

Beside the fact that this guy vandalized your roof, now you have people sizing up the value of your home based upon a number he came up with, without even seeing inside your home. It was careless and thoughtless. He lacked respect for your privacy, your equity, and ultimately your wealth. The value of your home can now be viewed by anyone, for whatever reason they feel. It would be even worse if you were in the middle of trying to sell your home, and now you have buyers pulling up, seeing your painted roof, and considering his estimate when (and if) they make an offer.

Can you imagine if a real estate agent actually did this?!

You'd probably want to report him to the police, his real estate broker, the real estate commission... and all of your friends, family and neighbors. You'd want everyone to know not to trust this guy, or give him any business.

Online valuation sites are basically doing this to you

You've probably seen or heard about websites where you can look up the value of your house (or anyone else's house) for free. It seems great because there's no need to even talk to a real estate agent. Just pop in the address, and voila, you get to see the value of the home. You might figure that it's super accurate, since they use fancy algorithms and stuff. However, these online real estate valuation sites are all basically painting a number on your roof, without ever having gone inside, and without ever having sold a house. And they're definitely not experts in your local market. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about it. They're using public data to come up with their estimates. They didn't steal anything. They didn't actually paint on your roof (they just hover a value over it digitally). They post disclaimers about their accuracy (or lack thereof), at least if you really, really look for them. Plus, who would you even report them to anyway?!

Start valuing real estate agents' values

The thing is, these sites exist because people tend to like them, and look at them. They wouldn't exist if people didn't continue to click on them. But people do. They certainly are convenient, and entertaining, even if they are not accurate. Many people just don't want to deal with real estate agents, until and unless they have to. But that's actually what you should be doing if you want an accurate value of your home. Great real estate agents take a lot of time and pride in estimating the value of a home. This is not something you can do remotely by simply reviewing public data and algorithms. In order to be accurate, even a local real estate agent needs to see inside of your home. So, instead of encouraging these online valuation sites to exist, by visiting their sites and clicking around... ...click on a local real estate agent's site, and invite him or her in to take a look at your house, and come up with an accurate value. Don't rely on an online valuation. And, whenever possible, spread the word about the inaccuracy of these online valuations because they can affect the perceived value of your home... and beyond. And they will exist as long as people continue to pay them any attention. Pay attention to real estate agents instead.

GroupWatson is a full-service team available to every customer, when they are ready to get their most important investment, their Home, on the market at the RIGHT PRICE!

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING OF THE WEEK*


4811 Holly Tree Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$584,900
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13668304
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 3237
Lot Size: 0.230
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Seller Motivated-BRING ALL OFFERS! Seller is Offering $5000 Allowance for Updates. 1.5 Story w'Backyard Oasis. 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Forml Dining & Huge Flex Room Perfect for 2nd Living or Game Rm. Travertine Flrs Greet you in the Bright Entry Way. Large Living Rm Features Over-sized See Thru Gas FP. Kitchen Flaunts Granite, Ample Storage, Desk Work Station & Butlers Pantry. Master Suite w'Seating Area & Fireplace. Updated Master Bath Displays New Seamless Shower, Marble & Great Walk-in Closet. Backyard w'Pool & Hot Tub! All New Pool Equipment that Works w'your Phone App! Recent Updates Include: Granite in Baths, Triple Crown Molding, Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters & Upgraded Lighting.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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How You Can Help Fellow Texans Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Scott and Tammy Watson

 

Hurricane Harvey made a first landfall Last Friday as a Category 4 storm, slamming Texas with brutal winds and severe flooding, leaving Houston underwater and millions of residents in need of aid. The relentless storm has dropped record-breaking rainfall and made a second landfall Wednesday in Louisiana. Here are some ways you can help.

Red Cross

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recommended that those who want to help victims should donate to the American Red Cross, which he called a “tremendous asset.” A number of other organizations at the national, state and local levels will provide vital assistance to residents in the coming days, weeks and months.

Local and national relief organizations

The Salvation ArmySave the ChildrenSouthern Baptist Disaster ReliefHeart to Heart and Samaritan’s Purse are all on the ground in devastated areas and seeking donations to continue their response efforts. Texas Diaper Bank is sending out disaster relief kits to those affected. Team Rubicon is an emergency response team made up of military veterans and first responders. Oath (which is the parent company of Yahoo News) offers matching funds for donations to the Red Cross and some other organizations.

Food banks

Feeding Texas is a statewide network of food banks, and Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks serving the area hardest hit by Harvey. That list includes Houston Food BankGalveston County Food BankFood Bank of Corpus Christi and San Antonio Food Bank, among others.

Pets

To help nonhuman Texas residents, animal welfare organizations will be focused on rescuing, sheltering and rehoming pets. The Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas and their affiliated shelters will need money, supplies, food and foster volunteers.

Blood

Blood donations can be made through the American Red Cross, and Carter BloodCareWe Are Blood and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are all Texas-based organizations sure to be seeking increased donations.

Other relief efforts

Airbnb has set up an Urgent Accommodations page, allowing evacuees to find a place to stay for free with the help of those able to offer their space at no charge.

A list of individual crowdfunding campaigns related to the hurricane can be found at GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Relief pageGlobalGiving, another crowdfunding site, is aiming to raise $2 million for a relief fund.

Most of the above organizations have volunteer opportunities available as well.

All of us here at Group Watson feel that even the smallest gift can make a difference, so please contact any of these agencies to see how you can help. 

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details on ways you can help.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING*

 

4811 Holly Tree Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$584,900
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13668304
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 3237
Lot Size: 0.230
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Seller Motivated-BRING ALL OFFERS! Seller is Offering $5000 Allowance for Updates. 1.5 Story w'Backyard Oasis. 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Forml Dining & Huge Flex Room Perfect for 2nd Living or Game Rm. Travertine Flrs Greet you in the Bright Entry Way. Large Living Rm Features Over-sized See Thru Gas FP. Kitchen Flaunts Granite, Ample Storage, Desk Work Station & Butlers Pantry. Master Suite w'Seating Area & Fireplace. Updated Master Bath Displays New Seamless Shower, Marble & Great Walk-in Closet. Backyard w'Pool & Hot Tub! All New Pool Equipment that Works w'your Phone App! Recent Updates Include: Granite in Baths, Triple Crown Molding, Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters & Upgraded Lighting.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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3 Ways Real Estate Agents Actually SAVE You Money During Your Home Sale

by Scott and Tammy Watson

One of the main gripes that people have with real estate agents is their commission. Many homeowners (mistakenly) think, “Why should I pay a real estate agent to do something I’m perfectly capable of doing myself?”

The reason people avoid working with agents is because they think it’s going to cost them money. But in reality, working with a qualified real estate agent is worth far more than what you’ll pay in commission. In fact, working with a real estate agent can actually make the process of selling your home less stressful, less time consuming, and less expensive.

Here are three ways real estate agents more than earn their commission — and can actually save you money — during your home sale:

1. They know the right people

As the old real estate saying goes, when it comes to selling your home, it takes a village. And if you don't have the right villagers in your corner, the process of selling your home can get expensive, fast.

During your home sale, there's all sorts of vendors you'll need to work with: contractors, landscapers, inspectors, tradesmen, professional stagers, movers... depending on your needs, the list can be lengthy.

Finding all of those vendors on your own will take a lot of time & and there's no way to ensure you're getting a good deal when you hire them. But when you work with an agent, they have professional contacts across the board and can recommend the right vendors at the right price.

Having access to your agent's network is a huge time and money saver during the sale of your home.

2. They know exactly how to price your home

Pricing your home is tricky business. If you don't price it high enough, you'll be kicking yourself when you get less than what you believe your home is worth. But price it too high and you won't get any offers, leaving your house on the market & possibly stigmatized as "having something wrong with it" & and costing you money in the process.

When you try to sell your home on your own, pricing your property can feel like a guessing game. But when you work with a qualified real estate agent, their deep market knowledge will help you price your home in a way that works for both you and potential buyers.

It's an agent's job to know what's going on in your market. They know how much homes are selling for, how long homes are sitting on the market, and exactly how you need to price your home if you want it to sell quickly and profitably. This information will significantly speed up the process of selling your home AND help you fetch a higher price & both of which put money right back into your pocket.

3. They give you your time back

Many sellers who try to manage their home sale on their own start the process thinking that it's going to require a minimal time investment. They think posting a few ads on home listing sites, hosting an open house or two, and signing a contract are all it takes to get a house sold.

But unfortunately, that's not the case.

Selling a home is a full-time job. That's why there's an entire industry built around it! Homeowners who go the sale-by-owner route in an attempt to save money often find their time, and lives, completely monopolized by the process.

And, as they say, time is money.

If you're spending all of your time trying to get your house sold, it's taking you away from your life — your family, your job, your hobbies. And there's no price tag for what that's worth.

Working with a real estate agent takes all that time burden off of you. Selling your home is their full-time job, and they can devote the time and attention necessary to get it done quickly. The amount of time and hassle this will save you is invaluable.

Not working with a real estate agent to save money on commission fees makes sense... in theory. But in practice, working with a real estate agent saves you immeasurable time, energy, and cash. Any good real estate agent will more than earn their commission & and then some & before the time comes to sign the closing papers.

GroupWatson is a full-service team available to every customer, when they are ready to get their most important investment, their Home, on the market.

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

*GROUPWATSON'S FEATURED LISTING*

 

4811 Holly Tree Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$584,900
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13668304
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 3237
Lot Size: 0.230
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Seller Motivated-BRING ALL OFFERS! Seller is Offering $5000 Allowance for Updates. 1.5 Story w'Backyard Oasis. 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Forml Dining & Huge Flex Room Perfect for 2nd Living or Game Rm. Travertine Flrs Greet you in the Bright Entry Way. Large Living Rm Features Over-sized See Thru Gas FP. Kitchen Flaunts Granite, Ample Storage, Desk Work Station & Butlers Pantry. Master Suite w'Seating Area & Fireplace. Updated Master Bath Displays New Seamless Shower, Marble & Great Walk-in Closet. Backyard w'Pool & Hot Tub! All New Pool Equipment that Works w'your Phone App! Recent Updates Include: Granite in Baths, Triple Crown Molding, Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters & Upgraded Lighting.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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One Glaring Real Estate Lesson We Can All Learn From The Solar Eclipse

by Scott and Tammy Watson

You've probably heard lots of people scurrying to find solar eclipse glasses. There's going to be quite a few people who simply can't get a pair in time for the eclipse. People waited too long to get them. Perhaps because they weren't entirely in tune with how rare, and how big of an event the eclipse is. But also because they underestimated the supply, availability, and accessibility of the glasses compared to the demand for them. Who'd have thought they'd be about as rare as the eclipse itself?

Don't wait 'til it's too late

Don't Wait 'Til It's Too Late

This is similar to something seen in real estate... When people hear there's a great house on the market, they often wait to go see it or make an offer...until it's too late to do anything about it. By the time they motivate, the house has been scooped up by another buyer, and often there were even more buyers who were trying to buy it, but lost out.

Houses aren't "a dime a dozen"

Houses Are Not "A Dime A Dozen"

The solar eclipse glasses were practically "a dime a dozen". They were all basically the same, inexpensive, and plenty to go around...yet still not enough for everyone who wanted a pair. Houses, on the other hand, are often one-of-a-kind... ...which makes it all the more likely that if you hesitate even the slightest bit, you're going to miss your opportunity.

But there's always another...

But There's Always Another...

Lots of people won't be able to look directly at the eclipse, since they don't have the glasses. They're going to miss the rare opportunity. There will be disappointment. But even though they're rare, another one will occur fairly soon in the U.S in about 7 years. Or, you can see one in a mere 2 years in other parts of the world. They're still rare, no matter how you cut it. But you can see an eclipse at other times if you're willing to travel. Same thing goes for houses... If you lose out on a house because you hesitated, it's disappointing, but it's not the only opportunity you'll have. In fact, you could probably find a similar house to the one you like pretty soon after losing the one you had your eye on...if you're willing to travel. But most people want to find the house of their dreams where they live, not somewhere else. So don't miss your opportunity when you see the perfect house, in the perfect location. Jump on it. Otherwise, you may be waiting a while for the next one to appear.

GroupWatson is a full-service team available to every customer, when they are ready to make an offer on the "perfect" home!  No waiting and no missing opportunities!  

Call 972-370-1775 today for more details of how we can help you sell or purchase your next home.

 

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3958 Harbor Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$299,990
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13656676
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 2562
Lot Size: 0.150
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Hard to Find 1.5 Story 'Plantation' Home Nestled in Sought after Stewart Peninsula is CLEAN, VACANT & READY for IMMEDIATE MOVE-IN! 4 Bdrms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Gar, Stacked Formals & GAMEROOM UP. Recent Updates Include:Fresh Paint, Updated Fixtures, Extensive Laminate Flrs, Double French Drs & Full Length Windows View Extended Patio w'Cool Decking & Both Baths have Been Remodeled. Kitchen offers Gas Cooktop, CORIAN Counters & Built-in Book Shelves. Lge Living Rm w'Vaulted Ceilings, Gas FP & Lots of Natural Light. Spacious Master w'Lge Walk-in Closet! Split Bdrms, Sep Laundry Rm & Fabulous Landscaping. $500 Allowance for New Counter Tops in Master, $2500 Allowance for New Carpet. Mosquito Misting System, $88 per Mo.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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4 Small Changes That Can Add Major Value To Your Home.

by Scott and Tammy Watson

When it comes to selling your home, obviously you want to do everything you can on your end to add value to your home and secure the highest offer. But while you might automatically assume that major added value comes from major renovations, sometimes it's the small things that add up ending the most value to your home. Here are four small, inexpensive changes that can add major value to your home and get you higher offers in process.

As always, contact a GroupWatson professional for additional renovations that add value to your home. Contact us at 972-370-1775 or email at info@groupwatson.com!

1. Spruce Up Your Exterior

While many homeowners focus their renovations and changes on the interior of their home, the exterior of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see. If you want to get off on the right foot and make a positive first impression, it's important that the exterior of your home is inviting and well-designed. You don't have to completely landscape your property in order to make a good first impression. A few minor changes to the exterior can really spruce things up and make the space feel more inviting for potential buyers. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Line the walkway leading up to your entrance with inexpensive potted plants. If you have room, add a small chair or table to create a sitting area on the front porch. And always make sure your lawn is watered and mowed. Having a clean, inviting, and well-decorated exterior will have buyers falling in love with your property before they ever even walk through the front door.

2. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

One of the most inexpensive ways to add serious value to your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint, particularly if it's been awhile since your walls have been redone. Old, peeling, or out-of-date paint can make your home look like it's in rougher shape than it actually is. A fresh coat of paint will breathe new life into your rooms and frame them in the best light to potential buyers. When choosing paint colors, go for neutral colors like gray or beige; using bright or unique colors can be off-putting to some potential buyers. Neutral tones makes it easier for buyers to see themselves in the space. Just be sure to avoid white - the color can feel overly harsh and can make your home feel cold and impersonal (not exactly the feel you're going for when selling a home).

3. Update The Bathroom

If you have an older home, making a few minor updates to the bathroom - even if they're only cosmetic - can go a long way in adding value to your home. Things like outdated wallpaper, tile, or light fixtures can make your bathroom feel dated, a feeling which may carry over into the rest of your home and turn off potential buyers. Take stock of your bathroom and see what changes might help it feel more modern and up-to-date. Currently have wallpaper that looks like it belongs in the 80's? Ditch the wallpaper for a more modern print or a fresh coat of paint. Does your vanity feel ancient? Try replacing the hardware for a more sleek look. Renovating a bathroom can be pricey, but cosmetic changes are not - and will have a huge impact on the value of your home.

4. Hire A House Cleaning Service

When you're selling your home, it needs to be spotless. Dust bunnies under the couch, stains on the sink, or fingerprints on the wall can keep you from getting offers on your home - even though all of those situations are temporary and completely reversible. While you might be great at cleaning under normal circumstances, when you're selling your home, you should definitely consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Professionals are trained to cover every nook and cranny and ensure that your house is sparkling by the end of the service. And having a house that's expert-level clean can be a huge selling point to potential buyers. Look for a local cleaning service that has experience preparing homes to sell (this is called a "make-ready" cleaning) and book their services before your next open house. This minor investment can pay off big time when potential buyers are drafting up their offers. Before you sell your home, you want to do everything in your power to drive up the value and walk away with the highest offer possible. And these four changes are so small, inexpensive, and easy, there's no reason not to use them to your advantage!

 

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2709 Las Palmas Lane

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$285,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13608209
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 2062
Lot Size: 0.200
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Outstanding Home with Backyard Oasis. 4 Bdrms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Game Room. Extensive Wood Floors Greet you in the Bright Entry Way & Lead Past the Formal Dining Area Highlighted with Unique Lighting & Bay Windows. Updates Include Fresh Interior Paint, New Roof & New Carpet. Large Living Rm Features Gas Start Fireplace with Mantle, Crown Molding & Skylight. The Kitchen has Freshly Painted Cabinets, Ample Storage, New Granite Counters, New Cooktop & Double Ovens. Master Suite Boasts Designer Glass Tile Counters, Double Closets & New French Doors to the Backyard. Salt Water Diving Pool, Attached Spa, Water Feature & Board on Board Fence. Seller is Offering a $5K Allowance for Pool Updates! Great Location!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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Eco Friendly Features For Your Home

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Whether you are already living in a green conscious home, or trying to move in that direction, the suggestions below will give you a better idea of how to "green up" your home!

Contact a GroupWatson Professional today for more information about making your home eco-friendly or, if you're thinking of selling or buying a home. Call 972-370-1775 or email us at info@groupwatson.com!

 

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3808 Shoal Creek Drive

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$350,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13635665
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 2978
Lot Size: 0.163
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Enjoy Sunny Days on your Oversized Covered Front Porch! Home Offers 4 Bdrms, 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Gar + Game & Media Rms. Immaculate Home Features a 2 Story Entry, Stacked Formls w'Picture Frame Molding, Updated Light Fixtures & Hardware, New Carpet, Fresh Int & Ext Paint. Island Kitchen Boasts Skip Trowel Walls, 42 Inch Cabs, New Granite Counters, Tumbled Marble Backsplash, Tile Floors & is Open to the Living Room w'Gas Log Fireplace. Spacious 1st Flr Master has Crown Molding, Double Closets, Jetted Tub, Updated Shower & Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures. Flex Rm Perfect for Media or 5th Bdrm Down. Gameroom Up w'3 Oversized Bdrms & 20x14 Walk-Out Attic Storage. New HVAC in 2016. Walk to Lake & Golf Course. Won't Last!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville TX 75056
214-682-7002
972-370-1775
Fax: 214-522-5519