Don’t Miss the Chance to Sell This Spring

March 26th, 2018

Days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, and the spring market is heating up.

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Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer, and Easter is on its way. This means one thing: It’s almost spring!

But, spring brings more than greener grass in our yards—it also brings more listings and sales to our real estate market.

“Sellers need to prepare their homes for the market now.”

To take advantage of these conditions, sellers need to prepare their homes for the market now. Interest rates are a little higher than what we saw last year, but inventory is down. As a seller, this low inventory dramatically increases your chances of striking a deal.

Check out the video above to see charts that demonstrate our current market statistics.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Is a Pocket Listing?

February 19th, 2018

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It’s almost springtime—this is the season where houses sell, the days get longer, the grass gets greener, and the school year draws to an end. This creates an opportunity for our buyers.

Let me explain. Right now, most agents are actually preparing sellers’ homes to go on the market. That means they’re finishing up the paint, putting in counters, cleaning up the landscaping, cleaning out closets, and so on. The process of getting ready to sell takes a long time, especially for a lot of sellers who have lived in their homes for 10 to 20 years.

“We can find properties that aren’t even on the market yet.”

This time of year, a great percentage of our sales are what we call pocket listings. They’re listings that aren’t advertised yet because they’re not quite ready for the market; agents have the listing, they’re just not live on the market.

We look specifically for those types of properties for our clients. If a seller gets a fair-priced offer, even before their home has gone live on the market, they’re likely willing to take it. That way, they won’t have to go through the process of listing it every weekend and of touching it up; they can just sell it the way it is now. The buyer also gets a good deal without competing with multiple offers, and the seller feels good for getting to skip the extra work.

If you’re interested in pocket listings or have any questions about them, please feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to help you

5 Ways We Can Help You Get a Great Deal

January 19th, 2018

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If you’re looking to buy a new home, there are five ways that we can help you, whether you’re looking for new construction or resale. The greatest part about real estate is when you can make a big difference for people by saving them money or finding them opportunities that they couldn’t on their own.

First, you need to be aware of the number of Realtors that are in the business. Some are fantastic, some are good, and some make a lot of errors. You should know that the MLS is a flawed tool that even real estate agents can fall prey to. Sometimes, for example, a house will be listed as a 3-bedroom when it actually has four, so buyers on the market will rule them out due to the mistake. We can find these errors and turn them into opportunities for you.

Especially now at the beginning of the year, sellers are getting ready to put their house on the market. Whenever they get a fair offer, they’ll take it. We network with people to find houses with the specific features buyers are looking for. As much as 10% to 20% of the time, we can find properties that aren’t even on the market yet.

Another great opportunity comes from our connections with builders. When builders open up a new section, it often has problems with momentum, perhaps due to bad marketing. Builders will sometimes offer great prices on lots just to get momentum going. Builders will also sometimes expedite sales as a section closes to get the next section going or to get out of the neighborhood.

“We can find properties that aren’t even on the market yet.”

As far as negotiations go, we’ve developed negotiation strategies to protect our buyers from sabotaging themselves. We have systems set up so that buyers won’t be in the presence of another party that’s more skilled than them.

In this market more than any other, sellers are more apt to sell their properties as-is, creating great opportunities for buyers. We have a vetted vendor list with contractors that we use, so if you’re willing to do some work to improve certain areas of the home, you can often get a great deal, even in this market. This is especially true for sellers that now have new equity but lack the cash to fix up their house.

These are just five of the ways that we can make a big difference for you. If you want someone who is really caring, competent, and honest to help you or if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (512) 699-6911. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

 

 

Should You Sell Your Home This Winter?

December 14th, 2017

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Should you sell your Austin home this winter?

Winter sales in Austin aren’t bad at all. You will always have less competition in the winter, which actually gives you an advantage when selling your home.

Redfin recently released some statistics that show houses have a 9% better chance of selling in the winter. Homes also sell for 1.2% more and a week faster than the average for the rest of the year. Ultimately, winter is not a bad time at all to sell.

“Houses have a 9% better chance of selling in the winter.”

Traditionally, the spring market probably gives you the best chance at selling for the highest price of the year. April, May, and June are great months to sell your home, but so is the winter.

If you are thinking about selling or need to sell now, it doesn’t make sense to hold on and make mortgage payments if you want to sell in the wintertime.

If you have any other questions about selling in the winter market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you.

In the meantime, I want to wish you all a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and a happy New Year. Stay tuned for more information about our next client party.

 

 

 

Our Special Offer Can Set You Up for a Huge Home Sale in 2018

November 13th, 2017

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If you’re planning on selling your home in the springtime in 2018, we have a special offer happening in November and December where we’ll meet with you now to discuss how to prepare for that sale.

As we always tell our clients, it’s important to know what to do to get your house ready, but it’s even more important to know what not to do. Our mission is to position our clients to win in real estate and to make it fun and easy for them.

It makes sense right now if you’re a future home seller to be proactive and prepare ahead of time. There are no obligations involved—walking through houses and discussing a strategy with their owners to make the most money possible when putting that home on the market is what I like to do the most.

“It makes sense to be proactive and prepare ahead of time.”

To make the most money possible, you must not only prepare your house, but also position it at the exact time on the market where you can receive the biggest price for it. Traditionally, that will be in the spring. Everyone knows that, but you have to have a better understanding of exactly when to do it and you have to watch the market carefully to strike when demand is highest. If you wait too long, it will be over.

As you can see in the chart in the video above, the market has been very predictable for the past five years in Austin. If you know how to predict this market and position yourself correctly, you’ll make a lot more money.

As I said, if you decide to take advantage of this offer, we’d be happy to help you. If you have any other questions about this offer or are thinking you want to set up an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime. We’d love to speak with you.

 

 

October Market Update for the Austin Area

October 13th, 2017

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Today, I want to take a moment to update you on what’s going on in our October real estate market.

People have once again been asking if we’re experiencing or expecting a shift. Right now, we can see from the current statistics that there is no shift in the market.

The reason for this is that sales are as good as they’ve ever been. This is despite low inventory. In fact, we have 20% less inventory than last year, including new constructions.

There’s a lot of demand for housing in the Austin area, so the market won’t shift or go down any time soon.

“This is the time of year, I tend to try to buy houses myself. “

In the last four or five years, we’ve seen 8% appreciation like clockwork. This occurs at the same time every year, so positioning yourself to make the most money is key.

Right now, we are seeing a little bit of a seasonal shift, but this is completely normal. As the holidays approach every year, there are simply fewer sellers on the market.

Nevertheless, the buyers and sellers that are on the market are much more motivated. This means it’s still a great time to buy or sell. This is the time of year I tend to try to buy houses myself.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

Red Relief—Helping Those Impacted by Harvey and Irma

September 21st, 2017

      

Keller Williams is here to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

When it comes to Keller Williams, family is everything.

Our Red Relief program is dedicated to providing disaster relief to every family impacted by these storms.

Hundreds of Keller Williams agents have gone to Texas to help those in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont, and more. More agents are on their way to help families in the path of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

“Help us provide disaster relief to those impacted by Irma and Harvey.”

So far, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of love from our volunteers and donors. Rebuilding these areas is going to take more than a couple of weeks, so it’s important that we keep the energy going in the coming months as we help people get back to their normal lives.

As we work to rebuild these areas, we could use your help.

Please consider donating to our Red Relief program. Your contributions will help us supply food, water, clothing, and building supplies to these communities.

If you have any questions about KW Cares, the Red Relief program, and our ongoing disaster relief efforts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We appreciate your support as we work to help others through this difficult time.

Where to Donate for Hurricane Harvey Relief

August 30th, 2017

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Hurricane Harvey has been absolutely devastating, having caused a massive amount of damage to businesses, homes, and the coast in general.

Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can help. First of all, making a donation is a fantastic, tangible way to make a difference.

There are many different organizations to which you can donate, but today I’ve compiled a list of just three that I believe to be highly beneficial. You can donate to the Red Cross by clicking here, Houston SPCA by clicking here, and our own Keller Williams Cares by clicking here.

“We are serious about helping those affected by the storm. “

We would also encourage you to consider making non-monetary donations, such as relief supplies, as well. These collections are being organized and managed by top professionals at Keller Williams who are serious about helping those affected by the storm.

Supplies can be dropped off at our office, which is located at 900 Quest Parkway in Cedar Park, Texas 78613.

A few of the items we’re encouraging as donations include: toothbrushes and toothpaste, bar soap, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers, formula, canned goods, and more. Cleaning supplies such as mops, safety glasses, bug repellant, sunscreen, gloves, and shovels are also encouraged.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Austin Market Update for July

July 27th, 2017

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We’re right in the middle of summer here in Austin, which means resale homes are at their highest inventory levels of the year. Peak inventory is always in July and August. What has happened so far this year, though?

We expected an appreciation rate of around 2% to 5%, but that didn’t happen. Appreciation was more like 4% to 9% this year. The higher appreciation means your taxes are going up, but it also means home values are going to keep climbing.

The rest of the market has been the same. The big story is that there is a huge shortfall in inventory of about 10% to 20%. The good news is that home builders have made up for that shortfall by building 10% to 20% more homes.

The only other minor difference is that sellers are willing to put their homes on the market in more of an “as-is” condition. As a result, homes are selling for a fraction of a percent less.

“There’s not a lot of inventory right now.”

Home sellers shouldn’t be worried, however. We can still help you win in this market.

The exciting thing about the end of the summer is that this is the time to buy. I always buy homes in September because the bargains are irresistible. If you’re looking to buy or invest in real estate, we would love to help.

If you have any questions for us or if you’re looking to buy or sell real estate some time this year, give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

How Donna of The Bob Guest Team Helped Anastasia Move in a Time Crunch

June 22nd, 2017

“I planned on moving to Colorado, and while visiting there looking at houses, I realized I could not afford a nice house there. I had already sold my house in Texas, and from my Colorado hotel room I entered find a Texas Realtor in the browser and a representative from a company contacted me with Donna Garel’s name. Donna was available to show houses to me any day and any time, she knew I was in a time crunch to find a place. It seemed like I was her only client, and she was available to me whenever I needed her. I would definitely recommend Donna Garel to anyone I meet that is looking for real estate.”

-Anastasia