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Sharon Gunter: Can you tell us the value a home builder gets when building a home?

– [Freeman] Welcome to Texas Top Homes where home buying, selling andfinancing are all simplified.

I'm your host Freeman Sawyer.

With me is my co-host Tracy Wesman.

Today we're chatting withone of Texas top builders Sharon Gunter with First Texas Homes.

– Sharon can you share with us some of the value you get when youbuild with First Texas out there in the preserve,mainly some of the things that are included with your home that maybe aren't includedwith the other builders or even in other First Texas communities.

– Sure.

Some of the things that are included that I think are reallyexceptional, first of all, are our cabinets throughout the home.

They truly are custom cabinets.

They're not box cabinets, every single cabinet in the home is custom built.

So I always tell peopleopen up the drawers, look at it, see how it's built and compare that.

There's not a bunch of little nails and that sort of thing.

– [Freeman] Alright soyou've got beautiful bathrooms and beautiful kitchens.

– [Sharon] Exactly.

Yes, they're very, they'rejust really above most builders.

Also we are an energy star builder.

A lot of builders are energy star but one of the things we also add are the tank-less water heaters.

To me, that is one of thebest things in the world.

I actually had them comeout and put one in my house and I can take a showerall day long (laughs) and not run out of hot water.

– [Tracy] I need one of those.

– I absolutely love that,that is one thing that most builders are going to charge you for.

– [Freeman] For a tank-less water heater? – Exactly.

Then we have the great wholehome automation system, the Savant System.

That is really cool, I can even program it which is, that's saying something.

So that you now havecontrol with your phone or whatever for music, cameras, the heating and air conditioning, the garage door opener, thelights, everything in your home.

That comes standard withour First Texas homes and there isn't anotherbuilder that I know of in the Dallas Fort Wortharea that has that.

That's really important, itcomes with some extra things like the surround sound pre wire, pre wire for cameras, pre wire for speakers.

You can even set upscenes so like at my model I have a scene that turnson the lights 15 minutes before I get there towork, turns them off.

Turns off the music, turns down the heater and the air conditioning.

If you're interesting in that, – [Freeman] I think that's awhole new wave that's coming to the home world is home automation.

It sounds like you guyshave easy home automation and what we've actuallymet the guys from Home Pro and they do a great job for you guys.

They're a lot of fun, but the Savant Systemsounds just wonderful.

– [Sharon] It is, andit used to be, years ago only really high end homes, I mean multi million dollarhomes had this sort of available.

Today First Texas hasthat in all their homes.

– [Freeman] And I'm thinking by the way you made that commentthat even you could do it, it does not require teenage tech support? – Oh no, no, no, no.

No I can do it.

I actually understood it when he was showing me how to do it.

Now that's something.

– That's great, that's great.

Sharon if folks wanna come out to Rockwell and pay you a visit andpick out a home site, what's your website and phone number.

– [Sharon] Our website is FirstTexasHomes.

Com and our phone number at the preserve is 972 722 1719.

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How To Sell Utah Home When Out Of State

My name is Tracy Leabo and my house was locatedin South Ogden.

It was a rental for a few years and I just decided I couldn’t holdon to it anymore and I needed help selling it.

I got the help I was looking for! It ended up selling very quickly.

I foundyou guys through my parents.

Basically my parents had sold a property.

They’d hadreally back luck with the prior Realtor.

He’d just drop the ball continuously and they hada hard time with it.

They turned to Joel and Ann and they sold their property so quickly.

I was just as thrilled with the process! I really expected it to be on the market forat least a couple months.

It was shocking! To get a call after three days that therewas an offer on the house, and the offer was good, and it was decent.

It was a huge relief!I wouldn’t have to make a trip up to Utah in order to sell the property or sign documents.

With the emails and the way I was able to sign the documents was just, it was so easy!I was really floored! Being able to contact Ann and Joel at prettymuch any time was great.

Any time I had a question they were very quick to get backand that really helped with the out of state issue.

It was a non-issue.

With the marketing, I love the way my housewas photographed! Everything looked really good.

It looked very pristine.

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I have no doubt that that’s why it turned around so quickly.

Call Annand Joel right away! They’re on top of their game.

They’ve really got the selling ofhomes down to an art! They did a great job with me.

They did a great job with my parents.

And I think that anybody would benefit from contacting them!.

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When The Right Time To Sell, And When Should You Rent or Hold It?

Brian: I’m Brian Spitz, president of BigState Home Buyers.

Thanks for joining us and today, as our guest, we have Amber Carrillo,with Carrington Real Estate Services.

And we’re going to talk about when is the righttime to sell your house, and whether or not you should rent or sell it.

Whether it’sin this current market or just in general.

So, thanks so much for coming today.

Amber: Absolutely.

Thanks for having me.

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1) Brian: Absolutely.

So, tell us about renting your home or selling it.

Amber: Well, when it comes to renting your home or selling it, there are just so manydifferent factors.

A lot of it is going to depend on you, on personal finances.

And whatworks best for your situation.

Are you in a situation where you need to sell your housein order to buy another one? Or are you in a situation where you’re going to be a longdistance landlord.

There are so many factors that go into that.

Brian: Yeah, that’s true.

I mean, a lot of it, I guess, is whether or not you needthe down payment and the equity of your first house or whether your mortgage lender requiresthat you only have one loan.

Amber: Exactly.

Brian: When you see people rent houses out, in my experience, at Big State Home Buyers,we buy houses directly from sellers and one of our biggest client bases is actually, afunny word, is tired landlords, people that have been landlords and want out of the business.

So, what I tell people is it’s not as easy as it looks.

But what is your experience?Of course, it works out really well for some people, especially if you get the right tenants.

Amber: Right.

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8) Getting a Property Manager ifRenting Brian: What do you see for the average personwho is thinking about renting their home, rather than selling?Amber: Well, if you do not have the experience, I would absolutely recommend that you contractthat out with someone to handle the property management, because there are just so manydifferent laws, you know, tenant rights and landlord rights, and you really need to bestudying up on those types of things.

If not, have a really good real estate attorneyin your corner that you can call whenever a question or situation arises.

When it comesto doing evictions and stuff like that, it can get really hairy, so it’s not somethingthat you would always want to handle hands on.

Brian: Oh, yeah, definitely not.

The biggest reason people try to take that on themselvesis basically to save the money you pay the property manager but my philosophy is youshould pay people to do what they do best so you can do what you do best.

Amber: That’s exactly right.

Brian: Property management is a tough deal.

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4) Screening tenants Amber: It is a tough deal.

And it’s so important,if that’s something that you’ve chosen to do, is that you screen the applicants verywell and you’ve got a system in place to screen those.

Brian: Right.

Amber: So a lot of times, if you’re goingto list it with an agent to lease it out, we have those resources available to do backgroundchecks and credit screenings and stuff like that.

Brian: Right.

Amber: To be able to prevent putting felonsand stuff like that in the property.

Brian: Right.

And so a lot of times, peoplejust put a For Rent sign in front of their house and they kind of take whichever tenantlooks like they can pay the rent.

But the reality is if you just wait for the righttenant, you end up in a much better position.

Amber: That’s right.

Brian: So, definitely, you know, and the market right now for rentals, just like for sales,is really strong.

So you can hold out for the right tenant.

Amber: Right.

Absolutely.

There’s tons of investors in the market that are snappingup the houses and turning them, holding them for a period of five to ten and even twentyyears, in some cases.

And they’re renting those properties out.

And there’s a highdemand for rentals.

There are so many people moving to Houston on a weekly basis, so, yeah,there’s a need out there.

And at every turn that you make here in Houston, you see newapartment complexes going up.

Brian: Everywhere.

It’s crazy.

Amber: Yeah.

And occupancy rate is very high right now, so rentals, they are a great investment.

Brian: So you can hold out for a good tenant.

If you’re going to rent your house, holdit out for a good tenant.

Amber: You can, but again, that just dependson if you have note on that house that you need to pay.

Yeah, if you’re in a bind financially,then that’s going to effect on how long you hold out for a good tenant.

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5) When is right time to sell Brian: Right.

Oh, I guess, that’s true,too.

How do you know when it’s the right time to sell? You know, there are a lot ofthings about the time of year or the market.

Obviously, the market, the perception is themarket is very strong in Houston, which it is, but what do you tell people when theyask you, what is the right time to sell my house?Amber: Well, you know, many people are looking to sell during the summertime.

That summertimefrenzy starts right in May and goes until about the end of August, beginning of September.

And that’s when you run into situations where you have multiple offers and there’sjust, you know, it’s not uncommon to have your house shown ten times a day.

So, butthat’s a time where people are moving.

You know, teachers are out of school for the summer.

Their kids are out of school for the summer.

And so it’s just more convenient to moveduring that time.

Generally, though, when people are lookingfor a house, if they’re going to be looking for a really good deal, they know the seasonsand they know to hold off.

Only people who really need to sell their house are goingto put their house on the market during Christmas time or during the holiday season.

Brian: Right.

Amber: So, if that’s something that you’refaced with, if it’s possible to put your house on the market during the frenzy, thebuying frenzy, I would definitely recommend it.

If not, you may take a hit in the priceby putting it on the market during the holiday season.

Brian: What’s the cut-off point? Like, if I have a house ready, can I put it on themarket November 1st? Is that too close to Thanksgiving? What is your opinion?Amber: There are people, sometimes, there are so many people moving into Houston, alot of relo’s are happening.

So there will be people, those people come any time of theyear.

Brian: Right.

Amber: And they still need to buy, just like everyone else.

And because we have such adeficit of homes and listings on the market available, right now, you’re not seeingthat impact as greatly as we did several years ago.

Brian: Right.

So really, any time right now in Houston is a good time to sell a house.

Amber: Absolutely.

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3) Homestead ExemptionBrian: One of the other things that I see is, in our business, because we’re alwaysbuying, selling, buying, selling.

So we’re always closing houses and the fourth quarterof the year that, you know, November, December, October, those months can be some of our busiestmonths.

And one of the reasons I see in the past couple of years is the Homestead Exemption.

Doesn’t the Homestead Exemption cut off at the end of the year? You have to file forit by December 31st, don’t you, for the following year?Amber: You have to live in that house by December 31st.

Brian: Live in it.

Amber: Yes, of that year, in order to fileit for January.

Brian: So, there’s often a push to get closingsdone in the last weeks of the year so that you can get that Homestead Exemption.

Amber: There is.

And if you work with investors, like a lot of us do, then you’ll find abig push, you know, people are needing to make wise investments before the end of theyear for tax purposes.

So we usually, November, December, are some of our busiest months.

Brian: Yeah, they are.

Well, what else can you tell us about when to sell your house?Amber: Well, let’s see.

Brian: Or when you need to sell it.

Amber: Or sell it when you need to sell it.

Exactly right.

As far as seasons go, gosh(laughter).

I’m drawing a blank.

Brian: Well, that’s a really good start.

So if you want to rent your house, you can contact a good real estate agent, like yourself,and how can we reach you at? Amber: CarringtonRealEstateServices.

Com.

Brian: Okay, so CarringtonRealEstateServices.

Com.

If you want to sell your house fast and youdon’t want to list it and you don’t want to fix it, or if you’re a landlord that’stired of being a landlord, you can contact us at BigStateHomeBuyers.

Com.

But for theperson that wants to rent their house out, and I agree, get yourself a good agent.

Makesure you screen the tenants.

Hold out, if you can, for the good tenant that’s stablewith a job they’ve had for a while and good rent history.

And if you want to sell it,even though the seasons, the old thing is sell in the summer, hold in winter.

If you’rein Houston and you want to sell your house, it looks like any time is the time to do it.

Amber: Any time is a good time.

Brian: Great.

So again, I’m Brian Spitzwith Big State Home Buyers and we are here with Amber Carrillo with Carrington Real EstateServices and thank you very much for joining us.

Amber: You got it.

Brian: Great.

Thank you.

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Five Common Mistakes When Selling Your Home – How to Sell Your House | Jobe Real Estate Group

Selling a home isn't exactly an easy process,but if you avoid these five mistakes, it’ll be a whole lot easier for you.

First, homeowners, they fail to do a greatjob cleaning the house.

If you were to sell your car, you’d takeit in, get it cleaned, vacuum it out.

Now let’s do that to your home.

Number two, let’s make sure you have yourheating and air conditioning serviced by a professional.

Also, let’s have them look at the hot watertank.

Or, if it’s a tankless system, let’s havethem look at that tankless system as well.

The third mistake is a repeat of number one.

You failed to clean the house the first time.

I mean, really get in there and clean it.

Vacuum the garage.

Clean everything.

Get in there.

Scrub it.

Scrub it.

Clean it.

The fourth mistake, you fail to price yourhome correctly.

That means you could be pricing it over themarket, or under the market.

If you price it under the market, you’releaving money on the table.

If you price it too high, the reality is you’llend up selling it for less than market, because no one’s looking at your home when it’soverpriced.

And the fifth mistake, is they don’t makethe home available for perspective buyers.

So really, be flexible.

Understand they might not schedule an appointment,they might just show up.

Let them in.

So if you don’t fall in to these five commonmistakes, you’re going to have a much better selling experience, and at the end of theday, you’re going to get the most amount of money for your home.

And that’s what you want, isn’t it? The most amount of money with the least amountof headache? So when you’re ready to sell your home andwant professional help, give us a call, or go to our website.

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