Taylor County, TX Real Estate News

By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Trent TexasIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you money e...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Abilene Texas!!If you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you.Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you mone...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Special Government Home Renovation Loan Program using FHA 203k Renovation Loans in Abilene Texas.Many people are not aware of a special government loan program that is part of the Federal Housing Administration or FHA (a department within HUD). A buyer or existing home owner can do meaningful amounts of remodeling or updates to their existing home without having a higher cost second lien thanks to this special FHA loan program.However, this loan program doesn't allow for "luxury items" in your home such as a swimming pool, hot tub, or other accessories. Although, you can repaint, replace flooring and appliances, add a room to an existing structure (which can add to value tremendously as you increase the square feet of your home) as well as remodel cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms.Thi...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
Texas - We need FHA 203k consultants in your areaIf you don't you may soon, renovation lending is up and your next project could be your first one. Better to be prepared. If you have a favorite home inspector or contractor/handyman the share this with them. We are in need of new prospects all over the USA but particularly in your area. We are wiling to train them for FREE, a savings of $489 and you could be the hero. We have never done this for FREE before but we are in serious need of more associates.  Free Training if you mention this code 7668TWith hurricane Harvey's exit the devastation is on going. More consultants are needed than ever before. If you are in TX and a contractor or home inspector for at least 3 years we need you.    downtown
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
The area surrounding Merkel,Texas is great for mortgages to help with your home purchase needs as a result of USDA home Loans. A down payment option of 0% exists to home buyers searching for home purchases in Merkel ,Texas. A lot of home buyers realize the significance of keeping their cash reserves for other purposes than home down payment.Fortunately, a special USDA loan government program is available that can help with this. An important part (for several reasons) for home buyers success is post closing reserves. It is always a good idea for the owner of a home to have 6 months or more of reserves on hand in case of emergencies, so that items can be replaced like oven, disposal, stove, air conditioning/heating and hot water heaters Next, many home owners want to purchase new furnitu...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
VACANT MEETS STAGED   Vacant Rooms need to be staged  to show the purpose of each room, and to show how to arrange the  furniture  and to get the buyer's attention.    Buyers buy houses with their own lifestyle in mind and need help seeing the rooms set up.  Rarely do buyers have the luxury of saying I will just add on the exta rooms that I need to have.  Buyers  need help seeing how the rooms in the home will work for them.    Staged rooms appear bigger than empty rooms due to the eye appeal.   Most  people can't acutally visualize how the furniture fits in the space without seeing it first.Vacant rooms are blah in photos.  I have before photos that I would not want to have to testify in court where they are located.  I simply can not remember!  An empty room is an empty room.   Unless...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Staged Living Room FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID IN HOME STAGING MISTAKE #1   STAGING A HOME BEFORE IT IS CLEAN. Staging before clean up  is as the saying goes, like  “putting lipstick on a pig.”  The steps prior to staging a home to sell are to 1) tidy up, 2) clean up 3) finish any repairs  and then start staging your home.   Home staging is dressing your home to sell and includes furnishings, decor, art, lighting, and plants. MISTAKE #2  STAGING AROUND OUTDATED FURNITURE Use your best pieces for staging and not your castoff furnishings.  If there is a disconnect between the age of the furniture and the age or style  of the house, then rent, buy, or borrow more contemporary furniture. The goal of staging is to appeal to the most prospective buyers.  Most buyers are looking for current trends,...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
SELLERS WANT TO SELL THEIR HOUSE WITH THE LEAST HASSLE AND FOR THE MOST MONE Y! I totally get it!  Every house that I have ever  had  of my own up for sale, if there had been a way to go straight to the closing table and skip the repair it, paint it, declutter it,  clean it, and then stage it phases, I would say, yup, let's do it.  It's possible if you are prepared to give up 10, 20, 30, even 40 percent of your equity if you even think you can sell "as is."  Buyer's don't want to even look at houses that need work or cleaning.  What makes you think your house is the exception?  Just because you bought it and did not fix the needed repairs, does not mean the next buyer wants to pay you more money for something  you never fixed!    Who can afford to leave cash on the table?   I sure could...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
This living room goes from drab to fab with a paint color change, and brightening with a fan light kit, and removing window valances blocking the natural light.   My first impression of this living room was most likely the same as other potential buyers, dark and a little dreary.   Without furnishings to provide an anchor to the room, and light to brighten, and a neutral color to highlight the walls, the living room was destined to be forgettable, not what you want when selling.   A homeowner decorator color can be perfect for living, but a hindrance for selling.  Although the green was a current decorator color choice, a lighter color was mandatory to lighten and brighten the walls.  Light and bright makes you money in a sale! I am borrowing a saying I heard,  "decorating is optional; ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
We offer a Special Government Home Renovation Loan PROGRAM with Abilene TX FHA 203k Renovation Loans.     Many people are not aware of a special GOVERNMENT LOAN PROGRAM that is part of the Federal Housing Administration or FHA(a department within HUD). This FHA LOAN program allows the buyer or existing owner of a home to do significant amounts of remodeling or updating to their home without a higher cost second lien.         "Luxury items" like a hot tub and a swimming pool are not allowed by this FHA loan program. But you can repaint, replace flooring, remodel cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms, add wallpaper, replace appliances – even add a room to an existing structure (which can significantly add to value as you increase the square footage of your home).         One of the biggest ...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Staging simply works!  Staging took this modest older home from ordinary to extraordinary buyer appeal.  Home was staged, has received three offers and is now under contract in less than a month.   Here are some before and afters:   Living Room Before Staging:   and after living room was staged!  (photo taken standing from other side of window)        Kitchen/Dining Before Staging:     After Staging!  Now, if I could have waved a wand and painted this paneling I would have. However, the staging highlights the spaciousness of the home and great features such as stone fireplace and the French door leading out to a deck with outdoor dining.   I stage all vacant listings and stage the entire house.  My staging is never a "cookie cutter" approach but a carefully designed staging plan is deve...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
    The floors were unbelievably ugly before refininshing., not to mention  the nasty stained carpet that had been on top of these ugly floors.  Who would have thought there could be redemption for these floors, but Abbott Flooring of Abilene made it happen.  Both The living room and bedroom floors are gorgeous now!I would definitely use Abbott Flooring again.      
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
In the big scheme of what is important in life, such as freedom of speech and freedom of movement,  good health, food, water and shelter, a working cell phone just doesn't make the cut. Yet, we are so plugged in, tuned in, and addicted to constantly checking a cell phone for texts, missed calls, email, facebook, activerain, etc, that to not have cell phone service makes one  feel like the world has been turned upside down.     That is exactly what happened to me and not by any plan of mine.  Rather, I switched providers and then found out my I phone could not be switched from Sprint.  It didn't make sense, but after speaking to tech people in Oklahoma City and Asia back to Abilene Texas in a face-to face encounter, each was adamant that my I-phone could not be unlocked.  Sounds bizarre,...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
    STAGED MASTER BEDROOM -  Yes, the lamp is casting a heart shaped shadow above the headboard of the bed.  Of course my staging plan says to create a heart shaped shadow over the Master bed.  (just kidding!)       You may be thinking - it is a seller's market so I don't need to stage. I am going to cash in on a higher sales price anyway. Maybe or maybe not. It may be a seller's market, but all that means is that more buyers are chasing fewer houses. The buyers typically still want the same things they do in any market, updated versus outdated, move in ready versus a fixer upper, and to be able to envision themselves living comfortably in the home with their own furnishings, The first reason to stage your home is to stand out from the crowd. Your home for sale needs to be the updated o...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
DO  YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET 10 STAGERS INSIDE YOUR 3600 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE? On July 30, 2014,  ten students of Barb Schwarz's  Accredited Staging Professional Training class, arrived at an owner-occupied  2 story home to stage it.    With the owner's full permission to move or rearrange furnishings as desired,  ten stagers took the challenge to showcase each room of this house.  The rule was that no additional  furnishings or decor from the outside of the house could be brought in.  Only the owner's furnishings could be used or arranged. Any furnishings not needed in the staging plans were to be relocated to the garage. That is exactly what happened.  Stagers arrived, created a staging plan for each room, implemented the plans, and provided full staging service for available r...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
 VACANT LIVING ROOM OF HOME STAGED AND SOLD IN 2014   In 2006, when I staged my first house, few people in Abilene knew what home staging was. At Coldwell Banker they had a booklet talking about home enhancement which was the basic clean and declutter mantra on how to prepare a home for sale.   In 2007,  I went to Dallas for three days and took the Barb Schwarz Accredited Staging Professional training. In this amazing training, I  experienced  hands on  staging training transforming an occupied home into a "staged" home, to be placed on the market to sell.    Since the training, I now have an online portfolio of homes that I have staged in Abilene and Midland, Texas.    Now, when I mention home staging to someone, many say, "Oh, I know about home staging, I  watch HGTV (the home and ga...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
STAGING DECOR MAKES A DIFFERENCE!   FIREPLACE BEFORE       FIREPLACE AFTER!         BATHROOM BEFORE       BATHROOM AFTER STAGING DECOR!     KITCHEN VIGNETTE     STAGING DECOR  CHANGES THINGS FOR THE BETTER. Staging decor helps to define a space, promotes buyer emotional appeal     
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
      Today, I sat through another class on social media.  I am beginning to think we are obsessed with media.   Yes, of course I am missing out on three zillion potential contacts but let's face it,  does quantity trump quality? Would you rather have ten tedious texts or a short & sweet message:  "love u."  We have probably  all run in to someone in our path who talks nonstop but doesn't ever really say anything. Then there is information overload.  The class I sat in today at the Realtor Board was like that.  It could have been called "Forty topics to bore you to death!"    Being the polite person that I am,  I promise I didn't put that on the class evaluation, but here I am complaining in a form of social media.  It ocurred to me, maybe I am a hypocrite. Is Active rain social media?...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
      Nothing slows you down faster than not having an available car!   My morning routine involved driving the car a mile and a half to Rose Park to walk around the park 6 times.  However, Thursday when baseball hail bashed the front windshield of my only car in,  I haven't had a car to drive to the park.  Now, that I am on foot, the blessing is that I have discovered the adventure of walking the local  neighborhoods.     I have discovered that I am less than a mile from Abilene High, less than 2 miles from HEB,  3/4 mile from the downtown library and only a short ten minute walk from the Family Dollar on the corner of Grape  and State Street. The biggest adventure so far is crossing N 1st, the railroad tracks, and crossing over S 1st at Sayles.  Before you laugh at me, try walking acr...
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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
BLOW HOME SALES THROUGH THE ROOF!    STAGE IT FIRST!    Incredible, this Abilene home sold in one day last summer.        The home sales market is even hotter this summer.  Are  you ready to make money on your home sale?  Call for a complimentary staging consultation today!   Calling for a staging consultation is the first step, the first stop, the first call to make.  Why is that?  A staging consultation is an assessment of the condition of your property to determine where value can be enhanced.   A professional stager knows that certain features attract buyers.  It is more than clean, more than decluttered, more than fresh flowers even though fresh flowers are never WRONG!  Can the buyer see themselves living inside your home?  Is is clear how to be comfortable in your home?  Is the p...
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