Vickey Wachtel

Imagine Realty International

"Making Dreams Come True...Call me I answer my phone"

Vickey Wachtel Bio

Welcome to my Har web site. Please take some time to brouse around and click on my listings to see more photos. See something you like, I'll be happy to show it to you. Don't see something that will work, I can find something else!! "Free market analysis of your home" Thinking of selling your home or just curious about what it is worth today! "Free auto-notification of homes meeting your criteria" Looking for the perfect home and having trouble finding it! What ever your need, I can help, just give me a call.

Briefly about me! After living out of the country for 12 years in Indonesia, Pakistan and Dubai, my husband and I returned to Houston. I opened a retail store in Old Town Katy "Imagine That Creations" a one stop decorating accessories center. I worked with clients and Realtors, decorating and consulting for 5 years before deciding to close the doors and get my license.

I enjoy being active in my associations and serving on committies: HAR 2013 Management Central Committee HAR 2013 Technology Committee HAR 2013 MLS Committee HAR 2009/2010/2011 Members Training and Profitability Chair in 2011, HAR 2010/2011 International Council TAR 2010/2011 International TAR 2010 Education TAR 2010 Regulatory Affairs Sub-Committee TAR 2009-2015 Professional Standards, CRS Lone Star Houston Finacial Chair 2010/2011

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Is seller allow to deny the buyer an option period?

Sure he can, everything on the contract is negotiable except the names and legal description. But why would they? More details would have been nice. I have had properties under contract that were for investors where there was no option period so the buyers had to do the inspections prior to making the offer but it has been extremely rare.

in Home Inspections, 8 months ago
Should home inspectors be banned from providing repair cost estimates when they are not necessarily general contractors?

Great question.... I do not like it when the inspector gives the buyer price opinions because like with everything the rates can vary depending on who you hire, so the inspector says it\'s going to cost $300 to fix something and then the buyer hires someone to do the work and it\'s more like $600... Now what? The inspector is hired to inspect and that is all. If quotes are needed the get then help the buyer get quotes from people that could do the work so they know where they stand for real. Now if the inspector is a General contractor and is willing to do the work for the price quoted that might be a different story because I would hope a contractor that went to the trouble to get a license with the state wouldn\'t take the chance of falsifying a report just to drum up business.

in Home Inspections, 8 months ago
What is your opinion on the agent attending the home inspection and walking through with the Buyer and inspector?

This is one question that comes up a lot. I used to go to every inspection for years when I was an active agent. A few years back legal experts advised against it and I fought the idea for a few more years...thinking it was my obligation to be there. Now that I have agents working under me it is an office policy that they cannot attend, they can go and open the door for the inspector if needed but to be there or to make comments on the report is not allowed. The relationship between the inspector and the buyer has nothing to do with the relationship between the buyer and the matter how we feel we need to be a part of it. Now, I will council agents/buyers to be aware of what should be risk or items that could cost a lot to replace or repair...elec, roof, AC/heat etc. items of less value that the buyer could do themselves, well that might be left off the list so the seller can concentrate on the more important items. From the agent/Broker stand point it is all about limiting exposure to law suits when it comes to attending the inspection. We have been \"not attending\" for the past 6 years and has worked out great so far.

in Home Inspections, 8 months ago
Swimming pool inspection

Awe...I want a pool... We get about 50% of the buyers coming to the Houston area wanting pools and it is much cheaper to buy one already in the ground...but with that there comes the chance that you might not be getting what you see. An Inspection of the equipment is vital!! That stuff is expensive and if you are going to put it on your home warranty then must have an inspection done. We bought a house with an older pool and lived there for 11 years, after about 10-12 years they start to need finish repairs ours was already there when we bought it, so had it re-plastered, new tile, added a little fountain and new coping the total cost around 10,000, we switched to salt water and that forced us to change out the filtering system, we replaced the Polaris parts a few times totaling less than $ cost to bring it back to like new was a fraction of a new one. Get your pool, have it inspected and enjoy!!

in Home Inspections, 8 months ago
Repair request prior to Inspection

Asking for repairs prior to inspection can be dangerous for negotiations, once the buyer has asked for something to be done the seller will in most cases consider it double dipping to come back and ask for more things after the inspection...even though the contract allows for this to happen legally it wont set right with the seller. Best to keep it all on one list. Also please try to make the buyer understand that what they are getting is not going to letter perfect and code violations do not necessarily mean there is something that can be done about it.

in Realtor Only, 8 months ago
Any good tips and advise for first time landlord?

Congrats on starting your life as a landlord. It can be both rewarding and maddening at the same time. Good Luck!\n1. Use list the property there at no charge, the tenants then list their SS# and DL# and you will receive a credit report and criminal background report and the tenant is only out $25 per adult.\n2. Alway charge more for the deposit than the lease...example if the lease is $1200 charge $1400 for the deposit...this will help prevent them from skipping out on the last months rent thinking you can just keep the deposit..\n3. Consider Houston Housing Authority (sec 8 as it was called) It takes some time(about 2 months) to get it set up but once you are in you do not have to worry so much about the rent being paid and the house being damaged. Those that have waited sometimes years to get approved for the voucher are not as likely to take a chance on losing it. They inspect the property and if there has been damage done by the tenant the tenant can lose their voucher and they will cover the eviction cost as well. I just set up my first property and will add more as they become available. There is a real shortage of properties available for those that have been approved.

in General, 1 year ago
Is It True I Need 20% down to get into a home?

The answer is \"No\" you do not have to have 20% to purchase....but if you put 20% down you do not have to pay PMI and that will save you a lot of money!!!

in Neighborhoods & Communities, 2 years ago
As a consumer, would you ever consider "love at first sight" walking into an "Open House" and saying "this is the one?"

IN a heart beat if it is the one!!!

in Open Houses, 3 years ago
Resale Furniture Establishment?

Have you heard of Offerup?? It''s a great App

in Realtor Only, 3 years ago
Houston new construction detached garage

All you need to do is hire a Realtor to help you. Let the agent do the research for you and relax. The seller pays the fee so why not take advantage of it.

in Home Buying, 3 years ago

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Imagine Realty International

22210 Highland Knolls , Katy, TX 77450

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