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$ 215,000 / Single Family,
4 Beds , 2 & 1/2 Baths,
2,430 Sq.Ft. , Year Built: 1980 ,
MLS# 84349525 (HAR) /For Sale
Broker: Simien Properties
12627 Hartford Bluff Court Houston, TX, 77089
MLS# 87914617 (HAR)
Broker: Meritage Homes Realty
4514 KIMBALL DR PEARLAND, TX, 77584
MLS# 45516254 (HAR)
Broker: Coastal Living Properties
8111 Ginger Park Baytown, TX, 77521
MLS# 67410454 (HAR)
Broker: Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS
$0 - $10,000 / Rental,
3 Beds , 2 Baths,
1,651 Sq.Ft. , Year Built: 1981 ,
Broker: Texas Home Shop Realty
Since your question is a few days old, I am hoping you were able to complete and submit the offer for your client. I am assuming by your question, that this may be the first offer you have submitted. As you are starting out, it is best to walk through your first transactions with your broker or another respected agent at your office as maybe a mentor. This will ensure you are using the correct forms, and completing them correctly and presenting them in a manner for a successful transaction. Thoroughness and accuracy in an offer, is just as important as the dollar amount.
See the link below from TREC 535.92. Typically 18 hours which must include 4 hours Legal Update I and 4 hours Legal Update II. Additional if you are a broker.
Visit the TREC website below. Type in your name and you will be able to see all classes, dates and credits for courses you have taken.
It is up to your buyer as to which box in Section A to check. I am finding that most of the information is now online, so often a buyer will opt to check #4. In regards to the other fees, they are necessary/required if your client wants to close on the home. In paragraph C I will often have the buyer pay the full transfer fee or have an amount so it splits the fee with the seller. In paragraph E I will try to have the seller pay for this portion. The advantage of this is \"if\" the contract does not go through most times the resale certificate can be used for the next contract by the seller if it is within certain time constraints and purchased by them. The best strategy is what works best for your buyer, and what will help them achieve an accepted offer and a smooth closing.
Great question! For all my listings I use a professional photographer. I also offer basic staging of my expertise walking the house, suggesting improvements, furniture arrangements and decluttering etc for best photos. I have on hand simple items I place in the home to help it photograph better. I always buy a fresh new welcome mat (the seller can keep when they move) I give clients an option of paying for a professional stager. I have also had a company come in and do a floor plan to make the listing stand out. These floorpans are helpful in that they measure the garage as well as closets which aren\'t in the MLS - and it shows the flow of a home. There are some new apps that create floor plans as well, but I have not looked into them. Depending on the location of the home, and if an aerial view will help sell it, I would consider doing that. My standard is excellent customer service and communication throughout the process - that will get you a client for life.
I would recommend using the Client Portal in Matrix. After speaking with your clients about their criteria, you can create a custom search for them that they (and you) can view, make notes, rank etc. I always set it up a bit broader and then narrow and refine as I get to know my clients needs better or per their request. While you can search anything from countertops to flooring as well (i.e. granite to wood) I would not put those selections in since many agents do not use this fully. You can ask your clients how often they would like to receive the emails (it will notify them when some new has listed or comes back on the market) It can be set to ASAP if they are actively looking, to daily or even monthly. My clients love it! It allows them to mark favorites, possibilities or rejects as well as make notes. I can see their selections and make notes as well that they can see. It can spur conversations so you can help them find the perfect home. You can also set it up so you view the properties first before sending on to them. Follow the link below for how to set it up
Any \"coming soon\" that is over 30 days defeats the purpose, in my opinion. Those in the neighborhood will start ignoring it as will any prospective buyers. The flip side, is the listing agent may be trying to use this as a \"pocket listing\" to drive all inquiries directly to them off the sign and not the MLS - a practice I also have an opinion on. For myself, I will typically only place a \"coming soon\" sign if it is a few days before listing as the seller\'s make the final preparation and we are waiting on photos. Consumers are not going to wait over 30 days \"in case\" it the perfect home for them. Most are in a time constraint and aren\'t going to wait around
I\'m in agreement with the other posts. Any involvement in a lease to own proposition should be drafted and reviewed by an attorney....for both parties. There are many cons to such a proposition and each party should be fully aware and understand what those are before proceeding.
Most showings slowed/stopped immediately after Harvey but it is now picking back up to a normal pace. Before lowering the price I would evaluate the listing objectively on the whole. If it was in an area where Harvey hit bad (but remained dry), buyers might be suspect that it was listed because of flood damage OR be leary of the area. A description in the MLS could address this. Talk to other agents with listings in the immediate area and see if they have experienced similar results. Objectively look at your online photos and description as well to see if that might be a deterrent to showings. You can use HAR\'s tool to check the online traffic to see if at least eyeballs have been on the home online. Sometimes changing up the first photo can help drive traffic to the home and make it stand out or look different from the last time a consumer looked. A broker\'s open house with invites to your office can get opinions on price and the home in general. Ultimately we work for our clients so if the seller wants to lower the price, it may bring some more attention to the home
As long as the seller/listing agent sites the source they can change the square footage. I have run into a few situations where the square footage was significantly different than the appraisal district (larger and smaller). A seller typically does not notify the appraisal district if their home is larger because that is like saying \"hey I want to pay more taxes!\". While I don\'t believe a survey is an accurate measure of useable square footage something from an appraiser is. If there is a question about square footage it will obviously be rectified when the buyer has their own appraisal done, or you can request the home inspector do a general measure. FYI this measurement may vary from an appraiser who uses equipment specific to this.
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