The average buyer views 10 homes before they find the one they want.* When you view that many homes, it can be difficult to remember the details of each one. Below is a checklist to help you remember the features of each home you visit and your impression of the home and surrounding neighborhood.
How many bedrooms? ______________
Size of master bedroom? ____________
How many bathrooms? ______________
Does it have a basement or attic? Neither or both? _______________________________________
What do you think of the layout/flow of the home?
Number of closets: _____________
Is there sufficient storage for your needs? ____________
Type of flooring:
Wood? Carpet? Tile? Combination? Other? _____________________________________________
Paint? Wallpaper? Combination? Other? ________________________________________________
Kitchen: (size: ______________ )
Type of cabinets: _____________________________________________________________________
Type of countertops: __________________________________________________________________
Type of fixtures: ______________________________________________________________________
Bathroom: (size: ___________ , ___________ , ___________ )
Water pressure: ______ High ______ Medium ______ Low
Are there internet and cable hook-ups? Yes ______ No ______ CAT 5/6 ______
Is there a fireplace? Yes ______ No ______
If yes, is it wood-burning, pellet or gas? _________________________________________________
How sit he home heated? _____________________________________________________________
Is there air conditioning? ______________________________________________________________
Condition of exterior:
(Note: this is your initial impression. A home inspection will go into more detail.)
Is the exterior painted or siding? _______________________________________________________
Roof and eaves: _____________________________________________________________________
Type of windows and condition: ________________________________________________________
Gutters and downspouts: _____________________________________________________________
Is the yard landscaped? ______________________________________________________________
Is there a fence? _____________________________________________________________________
What do you think of the home’s overall exterior? ________________________________________
Are the surrounding homes well maintained? Yes ______ No ______
How is the traffic? Light ______ Medium ______ Heavy ______
Does the neighborhood feel safe? Yes ______ No ______
What’s the noise level of the neighborhood? Quiet ______ Some noise ______ Noisy ______
Is there street parking or do people park in driveways? Street ______ Driveway ______ Both ______
Are the following nearby? If so, how close:
School Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Child care Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Parks Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Fire department Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Police station Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Hospital Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Doctor/dentist Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: _____________________________
Shopping Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: _____________________________
Restaurants Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Places of Worship Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
Public transportation Yes ______ No ______ Proximity: ____________________________
What is your overall impression of the house?
Is there a HOA? Yes ______ No ______ If yes, how much?: ________________________________
Is this a house you’d like to make an offer on? Yes ______ No ______
* Source: National Association of REALTORS, 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
D Magazine takes a close look at DFW ZIP codes that have seen the most sizable increases and decreases in home values since 2000. Due to the health of the market, DFW is now considered among the nation’s hottest big-city housing markets, along with Denver, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. In some specific ZIP codes, average home prices have risen as much as 115.4 percent.
“Since 2000, average housing prices have increased 81 percent in the DFW area.”
See the full article here.
We are crazy about gorgeous homes, and Lakewood is not shy about giving us just that with their unique designs, styles and architectures.
D Magazine gives us a sneak peak into 6 of Lakewood’s one-of-a-kind Colonials, traditional estates and charming ranch style homes. This year’s Lakewood Home Tour will be held November 11-12, so if you’re interested, mark your calendar to see for yourself what makes this part of East Dallas so special.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or $20 at the door. Also, be sure to check out the premiere auction party, hosted by our very own Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (tickets available online).
For more details on the tour, visit lecpta.org.
4630 Beverly Drive
Highland Park, Texas 75209
4 Bedroom | 3.1 Bathroom | 4,056 sq. ft
This West Highland Park residence has been extensively updated throughout with major renovations in 2017. Highlights include beautiful white oak hardwoods, a chef’s kitchen with marble countertops, white cabinets, updated hardware, 48-inch Wolf range with double oven and commercial vent, oversized stainless steel refrigerator and cozy breakfast nook with gorgeous views of the backyard.
Ideal for entertaining, this home features a huge downstairs living room measuring 14×32 with a wall of windows. A front living room that can serve as formal entertaining or office space and is balanced out by a spacious dining room across the entry foyer. The house has an abundance of windows that flood the space with natural light. The second floor features an additional game room, spacious bedrooms and an impressive balcony that overlooks a lush, shaded yard.
Ideally situated with close access to the Dallas North Tollway and all the shopping and dining that the Park Cities has to offer.
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The State Fair of Texas is here! If you are planning to attend, you have until October 22nd to do so, and we have listed several ways below to help save a little money on your visit:
Dr. Pepper Tuesdays: Tickets are only $6 when you bring in one Dr. Pepper can.
North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays: Bring in 4 cans of food for donation and get one admission for $4.
Coca-Cola Thursdays: Tickets are only $7 when you bring an empty 20 ounce bottle of any Coca-Cola product.
Thrifty Thursdays: Special food pricing is available every Thursday.
Senior Thursdays: Senior citizens (60+ years) receive free admission every Thursday.
Dr. Pepper Half Price After 5PM: Pay 1/2 of regular priced ticket when you bring an empty Dr. Pepper can after 5pm.
Group Tickets: Buy 20 or more tickets at one time and get rates as low as $12/person.
First Responders Day – October 13th: Free admission to all active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency service agencies.
Kroger: Add tickets to your grocery purchase for $16.50 admission.
McDonald’s: Pick up a coupon for $5 off general admission or half off kid’s admission.
For more details on each of these deals, visit BigTex.com.
The serious and unfortunate Equifax data breach is already being considered one of the largest data breaches in recent history. Approximately 143 million consumers may be affected.
Your credit score plays a huge role in obtaining a mortgage. When looking to get prequalified, your lender will check your credit score in order to determine and provide a competitive mortgage rate, so we want you to be prepared and protected.
- Protect yourself against potential identity theft by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com to review your credit report for fraudulent activity.
- Place a fraud alert or credit freeze where needed to make it more difficult to open unauthorized accounts in your name.
- Stay educated and get more resources from the FTC’s Privacy, Identity, and Online Security site.
We encourage you to read the full article here for all the information.
This article is provided for information purposes only. Please contact your qualified professional for specific guidance.
Are you in the market for a home? If it’s your first time purchasing a home, you may wonder what to expect during the buying process. Even if you’ve purchased a home before, the process has many variables and may not be the same every time.
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a home, give us a call!
Do your homework. When you know act you want, you’ll have an easier time finding it.
- Where do you want to live? Drive around the neighborhoods and write down what inspires you about the homes that catch your attention.
- What do you want in a home? List the features of your ideal home, including the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen size and style. Also, note your ideal yard size, commute and proximity to schools or other amenities.
- What are your deal breakers? What features or characteristics do you want to avoid or would make you pass on a particular home?
Since buying a home is a process of elimination, not a process of selection, you may have to prioritize the items on your list to find the right home for your needs. Consider how much you’d be willing to give up for each item on the list. Would you consider a home that has a smaller yard than you want if it’s closer to work and great schools? You may not find a home that is one hundred percent to your liking, so decide which features you are willing to negotiate on.
Get prequalified for a mortgage, if you’re planning to finance your purchase. This will help you determine how much house you can afford. Use an online affordability calculator to get a general idea. Your lender will use your financial information to determine how much they’re willing to lend. Later on, when you reach the pre approval stage, you’ll be asked to submit paperwork, including bank statements and your W-2, to help your lender verify your finances and credit. If you need a mortgage broker, give us a call for recommendations.
- Make sure your credit is in great shape. Get a copy of your credit report and check your score. If you see any errors, be sure to get them taken care of before you apply for a loan.
- Avoid making large purchases. While it’s tempting to shop for big-ticket items for your new place, wait to make big purchases until after the sale closes, especially if you plan on using your credit cards or financing.
Start your home search. In addition to meeting with us to discuss your options, look online and drive through your desired neighborhoods to view homes on the market. When you see one you like, give us a call and we’ll schedule a showing. To save time, refer to your must have/deal breaker list to narrow down which homes to view in person.
- At each home, test the plumbing to check out the water pressure, turn the light switches on and off, open and close the doors and make note of areas for repair inside and outside of the home.
- Ask yourself if the home fits your needs. Will you have to undertake renovations to make it fit?
- Take notes of the neighborhood: are the homes well maintained? Is there heavy traffic and high demand for parking? What amenities are nearby?
Submit an offer. When you find a home that meets your needs, we’ll help you make an offer. The offer includes a commitment for a deposit of good faith, so be sure to have the cash available. Within the offer, you can request conditions of the sale, such as repairs to be made or appliances you’d like to be included in the purchase. The seller can agree to the terms or make a counter offer. Once the offer is accepted and signed by both parties, the process is started.
Know the fees involved in the sale. There Amy be other fees and taxes associated with the sale, which vary by state. Give us a call and we’ll outline the other costs associated with your purchase.
Consider getting a home inspection. A home inspector will look for structural damage, potential repairs and other issues. Many buyers make the offer contingent upon the results of the inspection. If the inspector finds a major issue, you may have the opportunity to renegotiate or withdraw your offer.
- Review the inspection report and decide which repairs should be addressed by the seller before closing.
- Before the sale is finalized, you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the one and make sure the repairs were completed.
Learn the home’s value. Your lender will have an appraiser from a third-party company provide an estimate of the home’s value, ensuring you pay the fair price of the home.
Shop for home insurance. Home insurance protects your biggest investment. Meet your insurance broker to go over your options and ensure you have the coverage you need.
Closing. Prior to closing, your lender or escrow company will work with a title company to research the deed and ensure it’s free of any liens or other ownership entities, among the things. If you have questions about the terms of the sale or you have other legal concerns, a real estate attorney can address all of them.
At closing, you’ll read over and sign the paperwork. When the check is given to the seller from your loan company, you’ll be able to move in.
WHY BUY A NEW HOME?
1.) Avoid having to renovate or make repairs. Since everything is brand-new, it may be years before you have to update or repair major features or systems.
2.) Opportunity to customize the home. With a new home, you can ensure yours has the style and features you want.
3.) Amenities of living in a new community. Newer neighborhoods may offer community benefits, such as playgrounds, pools, clubhouses and walking trails.
4.) Energy efficiency. Many new homes include energy efficient features and appliances as part of the design.
WY BUY A PREVIOUSLY-OWNED HOME?
1.) Better price. You may be able to negotiate a better deal with a seller versus a developer, especially if they have to move within a set time frame.
2.) Better overall value. When you negotiate with a seller, they may agree to include a home warranty, appliances and other items with the deal.
3.) Charm and character. Older homes may offer unique architecture features, as well as certain “lived-in” charm.
Uptown Lease Available!
3235 Cole Avenue, #10
Dallas, Texas 75204
2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom/1,220 sq ft per tax
This charming end-unit townhouse features two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and an open floorplan with numerous windows throughout. Additional highlights include plantation shutters, a large eat-in kitchen with wet bar, central living room with wood-burning fireplace and double atrium doors that open to a private patio. Large master suite with walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. Full size utility in attached garage with ample storage plus additional carport for extra parking.
Refrigerator, washer and dryer included in the rent as well as water, sewer and trash. Also, available furnished!
Prime Uptown location within walking distance of the Katy Trail, West Village and all the popular dining and shopping that the area has to offer.
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Selling a home may be a stressful experience, especially for first-time sellers. One of the best ways to ease anxiety and reduce stress is to know what to expect. Here’s a general overview of the selling process. While everyone’s experience may be different, these steps tend to be universal.
Of course, once you’ve decided to sell your home, give us a call and we’ll help you every step of the way.
GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL
Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for its market debut.
Start packing valuables and items you don’t plan to use until after you’ve moved, including any personal photos displayed in the home. Removing clutter will make your home appear more spacious. While deciding what to pack, think about which appliances to take with you. For example, are the washing machine and dryer included or do you want to take them?
Get your home move-in ready. Most buyers want a home in move-in condition when they buy. For example, painting the interiors a neutral shad or white is a simple way to make a home appear brighter and allows potential buyers to easily incorporate their style into the space. Also, be sure to complete regular maintenance on your home’s cooling and heating and other systems to keep them in good working order for the next owners.
Have a home inspection. In many cases, a buyer will hire a home inspector to inspect the property. However, hiring one beforehand will help you assess what may need to be fixed before you sell. If the inspector finds major issues with appliances or your homes’s plumbing/septic, heating or electrical systems, you may be required to make the repairs. Don’t worry; this is a normal part of the process – one we’re happy to guide you through.
Boost curb appeal. The exterior is often a potential buyer’s first impression of your home. If it’s well-kept outside, many buyers also assume it’ll be well-kept inside. Paint or clean your exterior, trim hedges and shrubs and mow the lawn. These small activities have a big impact on attracting the right buyers to your home.
Clean. Hire a professional cleaner to thoroughly clean your home for potential buyers.
Stage. Make your home look its best by staging high-traffic rooms, such as the living room and kitchen. Staging helps buyers picture themselves in the home. While many sellers hire a professional, especially in competitive markets, you may also be able to do it yourself.
MARKETING IT RIGHT
Once your home is ready to sell, it’s time to think bout marketing. Marketing helps find the right qualified buyer to purchase your home. It all begins with pricing. Homes that are priced right are often picked up by buyers in a short amount of time. To price your home, we’ll review comparable homes in your area that are currently on the market or have sold in the last few months. We’ll also take into account your home’s location, square footage, amenities and condition, as well as local market conditions. All of this information is included in the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA).
SHOWING YOUR HOME
Interested buyers will make an appointment to see your home in person. It’s standard to leave your home while potential buyers are there; doing so makes them feel more comfortable talking about the home and encourages them to take their time. Be sure to let us know what appliances and fixtures will not be included in the sale so we can let buyers know before they submit an offer.
1.) Identify and remove potential hazards ahead of time. During showings, keep your walkways clear, take your dogs to the park and, if you have a pool, make sure the gate is closed. If a potential buyer gets hurt while viewing your home, they may try to sue.
2.) Open the curtains and blinds to let light in and turn on all the lights in your home. Also, turn the thermostat to a comfortable temperature.
3.) Keep your home in show-ready condition. Keep the clutter under control and home maintained, inside and out.
When you get an offer, we’ll present it to you and negotiate on your behalf. The offer may include the amount the buyer is proposing to pay, how much they plan to mortgage, their ideal closing date, any contingencies, and personal property they want included or excluded.
Once you’ve accepted an offer, we’ll outline contingency dates and start the paperwork process. During this time, it’s important to make sure all contingencies, including inspections and repairs, are made by the deadlines. On closing day, the buyer will do a final walkthrough to check the condition of the home and ensure the required repairs were made.
During the closing process, you and the buyer will sign the final paperwork. Additionally, the title will be transferred to the buyer and they’ll receive the house keys. Most importantly, you’ll receive payment for the home, minus the payoff of the existing mortgage and transaction costs.
Avoid These Common Mistakes Sellers Make When They List:
1.) Getting caught up in emotions. Selling a home may be an emotional process. It helps to remember it’s a financial transaction; you’re selling your home, not the memories you made in it.
2.) Overpricing the home. It may be tempting to overprice the home, especially if you’ve made improvements. However, overpriced homes may sit on the market longer than they would if they were priced properly.
3.) Expecting buyers to pay the asking price. Buyers will attempt to negotiate a better deal unless you live in a seller’s market where bidding wars are common.
4.) Not taking listing photos. More than 44 percent of buyers search for homes on the web first, making hour home’s listing photos the first impression they’ll have.* Make sure your photos are clear and show your home in its best light.
5.) Hiding issues. Buyers have the option of hiring a home inspector to look at the home before they buy it. Any issues will be revealed during this inspection, and, as a result, your buyers may walk away from the deal unless you repair them before the transaction goes through.
*Source: National Association of REALTORS, 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
Again, once you’ve decided to sell your home, give us a call! We’d love to help you through the home selling process.
3030 Bryan, Unit #304
Dallas, Texas 75204
2 bedroom/2 bathroom/2,053 sq. ft.
This gorgeous building is one of Dallas’ best kept secrets. Stunning loft featuring commercial grade construction, 11 ft ceilings, & great flow for entertaining. Chef’s kitchen with large island and stainless steel appliances opens to dining area and living room. Master bedroom has spacious walk-in closet and huge guest bedroom measures 14 x 24 and can double as an office or additional living room. Balcony with gorgeous city views overlooking the pool. Additional amenities include saltwater pool, full gym, secure garage parking, rooftop deck with full kitchen and 360 degree city views. Affordable HOA with most utilities included. Located in the middle of two beautiful parks with access to the active Arts District, Klyde Waren Park, Deep Ellum & Ross redevelopment. Enjoy all the benefits of downtown living without the noise.
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