Whispering Oaks (Fulshear, TX)
By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising InflationIf you're following along with the news today, you've heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):Consumer prices accelerated again in May as shelter, energy and food prices continued to surge at the fastest pace in decades. This marked the third straight month for inflation above an 8% rate and was the largest year-over-year gain since December 1981.With inflation rising, you're likely feeling it impact your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These climbing consumer costs can put a pinch on your wallet and make you re-evaluate any big purchases you have planned to ensure they're still worthwhile.If you've ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Make Your Virtual Tour IrresistibleVirtual tours are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Not only do virtual tours make it easier for buyers to view homes they might be interested in at any time of the day or night, they’re safe, even when COVID cases are high. With a virtual tour, a home shopper can eliminate homes they definitely do not want to see, making the whole process a lot more efficient.As the seller of one of these homes, it’s extra important that your home is staged so that the virtual tour makes people want to come in and see more. This often goes well beyond what you’d need to do for a regular showing, since your goal is to mimic the feeling of what it’s like to be in your house. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to get you started!Declutter Like Your In-Laws Are ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Sellers Have an Opportunity with Todays Home PricesAs mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes would fall. Here's the good news. Historically, when mortgage rates rise by a percentage point or more, home values continue to appreciate. The latest data on home prices seems to confirm that trend.According to data from CoreLogic, home price appreciation has been re-accelerating since November. The graph below shows this increase in home price appreciation in green:This is largely due to an ongoing imbalance in supply and demand. Specifically, housing supply is still low, and demand is high. As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homebuyers rushed to make their purchases before those rates could climb higher. The increas...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Do Mailbox Keys Convey?(This is based on Texas)  If your clients don’t have a mailbox on their property, they might get mail from a cluster box: a centralized unit of individually locked compartments.When your clients move, what happens to their mailbox key? Does the mailbox key convey to the next owner? Yes, according to Paragraph 2C of the One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale) (TXR 1601, TREC 20-14). That paragraph lists mailbox keys as accessories that convey to the buyer.If the box is privately owned, your seller clients simply give the keys to the new owners.However, if the U.S. Postal Service owns the box, the Postal Service would like the keys back.According to the Postal Service, sellers should return old mailbox keys when they move. Sellers who intend to do so should...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
The need for effective pest control is unfortunately all too real for many homeowners. As temperatures start to drop it can become even more vital as many critters begin seeking places to stay warm and dry during the winter. Add in a readily available food supply and your home can start to look awfully appealing to various rodents and creepy crawlers. The problem is only going to get worse as the nights get colder and the outdoors become more inhospitable.Obviously, no one wants to share their home with a bunch of freeloading pests. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help keep your home pest-free throughout the winter months and into the spring. There are also services available to help you evict even the most stubborn of unwanted invaders. Let’s take a look at some of yo...
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