Reduced Price in Southlake’s Timber Lake – 820 Parkdale Dr., Southlake, Texas

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This lovely home has a reduced price!  The Sellers are able to move quickly.  They are willing to give a flooring and paint allowance, as well. This is one of Southlake’s most popular communities!  It is close to everything, conveniently located, and has amazing walking and biking trails (plus many more amenities).

Southlake’s Timber Lake – 820 Parkdale Dr., Southlake, Texas.

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Pools…

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One of the criteria that we often receive here in Texas is that a home must have a pool.  At that point I typically ask if the client is willing to put in a pool if they find the “perfect” house and yard, but it doesn’t have a pool.  It seems that more often than not, the response is “no”.  The task seems daunting, I suppose.  I try to reassure them that it is not that difficult.  It doesn’t take very long.  You get to choose what you want.  And yet the answer remains “no”.

A few facts about building a pool or remodeling, if necessary:

1.  It usually does not take more than 6 weeks to build a pool.  If you contract your pool builder while waiting for your home to close, choose the layout and materials of it, the builder can start immediately following closing.  You will have a pool in no time!  I bet your last box isn’t unpacked before you can swim.

2.  Choose a reputable pool builder.  Ask your licensed Realtor for some suggestions.  Chances are we know some good ones.  It is important that you don’t just choose the least expensive.  This is a big investment and you need to treat it like one.  Choose someone who has been in business for a while.  It’s a good thing to interview a couple.  And again, don’t choose the cheapest!!

3.  The best part???  You choose the design, materials, and colors of your new pool!  How fun is that?  Add some beautiful landscaping around it to make the colors pop.  You choose!

4.  Pool Remodel…  It is not inexpensive.  You feel like you could almost have a new one, if it didn’t cost so darn much to pull an old pool out of the ground properly.  HOWEVER, the rewards can be great.  I have to say that when we bought our home a little over a year ago, there was so much remodeling that was needed, that I didn’t look that closely at the pool.  Last summer as I really started looking at it, I realized that it was truly one of the ugliest pools I’ve ever seen.  And that’s saying a lot!  I see many houses and many pools.  I swore that a previous homeowner built it himself.  I even bet my husband that I was right.  We asked the neighbor, who has been here forever, and yep, he confirmed it.  The guy built it himself.  The angles were off, there was absolutely no symmetry, and the materials were just gross.  I am happy to say that it is now gorgeous.  Some of the angles are still off, but the materials we chose, along with the colors, make it look just beautiful!

5.  The last thing to know is that there are loans available where you can add the pool into the cost of the house in order to build it after closing.  Again, ask your Realtor for a referral for a good lender.

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One of my favorite streets in Southlake

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Stanhope. Wide street, custom homes set far back from the street, and mature trees make driving onto this street special. In a town where beautiful homes abound, this street and these homes are unique. The elegant home sits on an acre of lush landscaping and complete privacy. Congratulations to the Sellers and to the Buyers, who have their new dream home!
http://www.wynnemoore.com/property-page/?l=12176874&propertynumber=22275&a=1260-stanhope-court

Open House Sunday! Northwest ISD

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This Graham Hart home is a must see for your pickiest buyers! The roomy foyer opens to the study, dining room and angled staircase. Oversized great room with cast stone fireplace, an open kitchen with custom knotty alder cabinets, beautiful tile backsplash and granite countertops, oil rubbed bronze plumbing and light fixtures, custom cultured marble countertops in bathrooms, huge walk in shower and deep soaker tub in Owners bath.

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened in recent months due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to recover.

  1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

  1. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, who knows what these actions are to make sure that you acquire your dream?

  1. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process.

  1. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS“the typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

  1. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low-ball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying/selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line:

You wouldn’t hike up Mt. Everest without a Sherpa, or replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of your most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

Article by by The KCM Crew on August 14, 2014 in For Buyers, For Sellers

Questions to ask a Real Estate Agent

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On the advice of a former Real Estate Agent friend, I decided to interview three potential agents. The list of questions below was critical to the success of the project. The second agent I interviewed anticipated most of them, and had all the answers in hand when she arrived.

20Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

The person you choose will be involved in preparing your home for sale, establishing a listing price, marketing your property, and ultimately negotiating the transaction on your behalf to a successful conclusion.  Since all real estate agents are not the same in terms of talent and ability, it is to your advantage to ask questions before hiring one. Here are 20 important questions any agent worth his or her salt should be prepared to answer:

  1. How long have you been a real estate agent and are you also a Realtor?
  2. Is your…

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