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Some Interesting Real Estate Facts to Entertain Your Brain

by Scott and Tammy Watson

The world's largest treehouse has over 80 rooms, 10 floors and has taken the builder over 14 years to build.


From 1949 - 1952, the white house was completely gutted and rebuilt with concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden joists.


Fans of the hit TV show "Breaking Bad" continue to drive by and throw pizzas onto the roof of building featured as Walter White's house.


In 2013, 300 teenagers broke into a home while the owner was away and caused $20,000 in damages. Some of the parents threatened to sue the owner for outing them on Twitter.


There's a company that specializes in building secret rooms and hidden passageways (one requires a chess board played in a certain combination to unlock)


There are hundreds of ancient stones along the coast of Japan's tsunami affected areas that says, "Do not build your homes below this point!"


There is a machine that transforms concrete rubble into Lego like building blocks. The blocks allow victims of war or natural disasters to construct their own new, earthquake resistant houses.

The Empire State Building makes more money from ticket sales for its observation decks than it does from renting office space.


Built in 1859, the Cooper Union Foundation Building included an elevator shaft in anticipation of elevators someday being invented.


There are castles for sale in France that cost less than a two bedroom apartment in Australia.


The location of Tony Stark's mansion in Iron Man is the same cliff from Planet of the Apes where the Statue of Liberty is sticking out from the sand.


Most traditional Chinese temples were designed with curved roofs to ward off evil spirits, which are thought to only move in straight lines.


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Why You Should Only List Your House Once

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Let's change the meaning of YOLO from "you only live once" to "you only list once". When you decide to list your house for sale, list it like it is the first, last, and only time you are going to. Because, if you list it more than once...it's going to hurt you.

Selling your home begins in a hopeful manner.

When you decide to list your home for sale, you probably don't expect it to not sell the first time you list it for sale. Quite the opposite... Most people think their house will sell quickly. You hire a real estate agent. Pictures are taken. The house is entered into the multiple listing service. Open houses are scheduled for the first weekend. Ads are run.  Your home gets put on the Internet in more places than you can ever imagine, with just the click of a few buttons. How could it not sell?

Avoid withdrawing or expiring.

Alot of times, homes don't sell quickly. Or at all... If a house doesn't sell quickly, many homeowners start to get discouraged, even after just a few weeks. It gets worse if it starts stretching into months and months. Many homeowners start to wonder if their real estate agent isn't getting the job done, and they start considering either "withdrawing" their listing, or letting their contract with the real estate agent "expire", and plan on hiring a different agent. Some homeowners have total faith in their real estate agent. They want to stick with the agent they have hired. 

Big brother is watching.

Remember this from earlier? With just a few button clicks, your house gets distributed all over the Internet... In some ways, this is great. Your house is exposed to the entire market quickly and efficiently. In some ways it's bad, though... Not too long ago, it was pretty difficult to figure out if a home had been listed more than once, or for how long it was on the market. Real estate agents had access to the information, but consumers did not. Now, everybody and anybody can see:

  • If a house has been listed before.
  • How many times it has been listed.
  • How long it's been on the market.
  • And even more information...like if there's any pending foreclosure, for instance.

Basically put, more information is available than you would ever want made available. And you have no control over it. Nor does your real estate agent. All of this information is "scraped" and aggregated by real estate websites, like Zillow and Trulia. Back in the day, it was no big deal to withdraw your listing, or let it expire, and relist it. Few people would be aware of it, unless a real estate agent dug up the information and chose to share it with their client. Now, a buyer would almost have to deliberately avoid seeing this information.

So, what's the big deal?

Whether it's right, wrong, or somewhere in between, the number of times your home has been listed, and the length of time your house has been on the market, affect how buyers perceive your home and its value. This stinks, because you can have absolutely valid reasons why your home isn't selling quickly... Perhaps it's a supply and demand issue. (Too many houses available and too few buyers buying houses.) Or maybe you have a high-end home, and there just aren't many sales in the price range, so it takes quite some time to sell. Those sorts of reasons are valid. There's nothing you can do to affect that. And it's awful (for sellers at least), but the Internet and available information can cause buyers to sense that the house isn't selling because "something is wrong". Or buyers may feel like, "since the house has been on the market for so long, the owner has to be negotiable or desperate." There's plenty of other legitimate reasons a house may linger longer on the market... But way too often, the reason houses linger on the market is because homeowners list their home for way too much money. And, quite often, don't reduce their price to be in line with the market and actual value. That you can, and should control... Otherwise, you're causing buyers to dismiss, overlook, or undervalue your home...because the Internet.

So, here's what you do...


Control what you can control.

  • Make sure you hire a real estate agent who gives you an honest assessment of your home's value.
  • Do not hire an agent that simply says your home is worth the amount you want to hear. Or one who agrees to list your house for a higher price than they recommend, just to appease you and get your listing.
  • Price your home appropriately within the market. Price it to sell...not to linger. (This does not mean "give your house away". There's a fine line and balance. A good agent will help you find that perfect balance.)
  • If your home is not selling, assess whether the price is reasonable for the market. If it's, be patient.

GroupWatson understands the local market and will formulate a Marketing and Pricing Strategy to maximize a home's exposure to consumers, minimize the number of days on the market, and yield the most return on what is most people's largest investment, their home. 

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11028 Coventry Lane

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$550,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13696654
Bedrooms: 5
Full Baths: 4
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 4804
Lot Size: 0.270
Garage: 3
Heat Source: Central Air-Ele
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

$5k Buyer Credit! Classically Designed Sotherby Home on an Oversized Corner Lot! 5 Bdrms, 4 Baths, 3 Car Gar, Game Rm w'Wet Bar & Media Rm. Welcoming 2 Story Entry w'Iron Door, Hand Scraped Hardwoods, Study w'French Drs & Frml Dining Highlighted with Curved Walls & a Crystal Chandelier. Lge Living Rm has Vaulted Ceilings, Cast Stone Gas Log FP & Surround Sound. Island Kitchen w'Built in Desk Area, Granite, Elegant Lighting, SS Appl's, Gas Cooktop & Dble Ovens. Master Suite w'Plantation Shutters, Tray Ceiling, Crown Molding, Granite Counters, Oversized Shower & Jetted Tub. Guest Suite Down. Media Rm Speakers, SCREEN & PROJECTOR STAY. Private Backyard w'BOB Fence, Lge Flagstone Patio & Pergola w'Ceiling Fans.

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 Selling Your Home is Kinda Like Making a Lasagna!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

How many layers are there in a lasagna? There's no right or wrong answer to that. Other than, "more than one" probably. Even two is pretty skimpy. So, let's say three is minimal for argument sake. (But, four or more is better.) The number of layers probably just boils down to using up all the lasagna noodles and sauce you have, or getting to the top of the pan you have to use. No exact amount. Use what you've got. But, if all you've got won't stretch to make three layers in the size pan you have, perhaps you should use a smaller pan. At least have the three layers.

This isn't a lasagna lesson.

You could say that it doesn't really matter how many layers there are, as long as it tastes good. And, there really isn't any rule that you can't have a one or two layer lasagna. So, you'd be "right". It just wouldn't look exactly right. Not a big deal. It's lasagna. But, this article isn't really about lasagna, it's about real estate. Specifically, the critical "layers" you need to have when you list your house for sale. Like we were talking about above with lasagna, for the sake of argument, you definitely need three layers. More would be better. So, let's look at the three most important layers when listing your home for sale.

The 3 layers

The three "layers" you need to have when you list your home for sale are:

1- Price

 2- Exposure

 3- Ease of access

Price

The price of your home is the first, and most critical layer when you are listing your home. If you don't nail the pricing, the next two layers won't matter a whole lot. It won't matter how much exposure your home has if the price isn't in line with the market. Buyers have a good handle on values, and they won't waste their time looking at a house if the price is way out of whack. There's certainly a little room to be on the "high" side. You don't need to "give your house away". But, you really need to be priced well against the current competition, and justifiable against similar homes to yours which have recently sold.

Exposure

Exposure has gotten easier over the years because of the Internet. But the easiest way to ensure you reach every single buyer in the market is to make sure you're on the local multiple listing service (MLS). Beyond that, you want to make sure your listing "populates" or "syndicates" to all of the real estate sites out there. Again, the easiest way to do this is typically to list your home on the local MLS. Most agents have a system that then allows your listing to be picked up by more real estate websites than you can imagine. Beyond that, it doesn't hurt to have some other exposure in terms of marketing. This will vary from agent to agent, and company to company. But the bottom line is this — your home needs to be easily found. And since most buyers are actively looking online, make sure it's on there as "everywhere" as possible.

Ease of access

Your home needs to be easy for buyers to come and see. Sounds simple enough... You want your home sold, so of course you figure you'll make it easy to come and see. But not everyone does. More people than you can imagine make real estate agents and buyers jump through hoops to schedule a showing. Saying no to a showing, or trying to corral every showing into a tight window of time during the week is going to hurt you. So, just make sure you keep your house ready to show at any given moment, and say yes to any request to come see the house. (Within reason, of course...) If you just do all three of those things, you're in pretty good shape to get your home sold for as much as the market will bear, in as short a time as possible. But, it won't necessarily be as good as it could be if you were to add just a few more layers to your "listing lasagna".

The "extra" layers.

While the first three layers are more or less non-negotiable, and will most likely get you as close to the highest offer as possible, as quickly as possible, you may want to consider these extra layers. Adding these into your mix will increase your chances of getting the highest and best offer possible, as quickly as possible.

1- Hiring an agent who knows and understands the market.

2- Hiring an agent who is a strong advisor.

3- Hiring an agent who can negotiate.

4- Hiring an agent who keeps things together.

Knows and understands the market

It's easy enough to hire a real estate agent. There's plenty of them. But, you should really make sure to hire one who truly knows and understands your local real estate market. You want one who can analyze the activity on your house, and the overall market, so that the agent can...

Advise you

There's a lot of talk about selling homes "as quickly as possible". The key words there are "as possible". Sure, you and your agent want your home to sell, and sell quickly. But "quickly" depends on the market. And you want an agent on your side who, after analyzing the market and activity, can advise you on what to do... Should you stay firm on your price and just be patient? Should you lower your price? If so, how much? Is there something you can change about your house that buyers are getting hung up on? If so, is it worth doing, or will the cost be too much for it to make sense? There's way more than that to list, but those are just a few examples of advice your agent should be relied upon for, and be able to provide to you.

Negotiate

This is another thing that gets a lot of lip service. But an agent who negotiates well is a huge asset. Sure, you want one that will negotiate a "win-win" enough to make a deal come together. But, you really want one that gets you the fatter end of the win. And that isn't always just about price. A good negotiator will get you the best price and terms. And, more importantly, it's important to have an agent who will...

Keep the deal together

There's a lot of time, and a lot of things that can lead to a deal falling apart between signing the deal and a closing. Things go wrong. People get cold feet. Buyers get greedy and ask for credits and repairs, or threaten to bale on the whole deal. Appraisers throw their opinion into the mix. Again, just to name a few examples... but there are so many things that can make a deal fall apart. Having a strong agent on your side, who can almost predict and nip problems in the bud before things get out of control, is a huge layer to add to your listing lasagna. And, if things do get dicey, you want an agent who can wrangle it all in and get things back on track.

Looks can be deceiving.

People often look at selling a house as pretty simple. And the truth is, it is pretty simple...in terms of the first three layers. But that doesn't necessarily make the best "lasagna" possible. It might look OK enough to be called lasagna, but it's not gonna be quite as tasty as it could be, if you take enough care to add the next four layers.

Now that you are really hungry, give us a call today and put Group Watson to work for you!

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2632 Leisure Lane

 

PROPERTY DETAILS
$344,900
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13688202
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 3309
Lot Size: 0.176
Garage: 2
Heat Source: Central Air-Ele
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

$5000 Buyer Incentive with an Executed Contract by 10-15-17. Meticulously Maintained Home Features 2 TRUE MASTER SUITES, One on each Floor both Offer Luxurious Private Bathrooms w'Large Walk-in Closets. 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 2 Car Garage + Study, Formal Dining & HUGE Game Room wired for Surround Sound. Easy Care Ceramic Tile Throughout, Lots of Natural Light, Great Floorplan. Living Rm is also wired for Surround Sound & Open to the Eat-In Kitchen w'42 Inch Cabinets & Gas Cooking w'Double Ovens. Pool Sized Backyard has a $15,000 Must Have Covered Patio, Green Space, Landscaping & 2 Storage Sheds That Stay. New Dishwasher, Micro & Disposal in 2015, HVAC in 2014 & New Roof 2017. Fridge, Washer & Dryer Also STAY!

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.

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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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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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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