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You’ll Never Believe!

Week 34_You'll Never Believe

You’ll Never Believe!

That Real Estate is a lot like delivering a baby!

It’s relatively easy to deliver a baby or close a real estate transaction when everything goes according to plan.  However, when things get challenging and life throws you that curve ball, that’s when the true professionals and specialists really show up.  Here are some examples of recent curve balls in real estate and what my amazing affiliates and vendors were able to do to help:

*Closing a home in 1 week (cash deal) and inspector finds foundation problems – Thomas Engineering was able to get us an evaluation with 1 day notice and this saved the sale for my client.

*AC went out on a listing 1 day before final closing walk thru and Golden Air was able to get AC serviced and repaired the same day we called.

*Buyer’s documents were late arriving at title, and our title rep at Old Republic Title stayed after hours to get our seller who was leaving town to sign closing paperwork.

*3 days before closing, the lender for our buyer told us that the trees had to be trimmed away from the house they were buying or they couldn’t close.  Dennis Elmore, my buyer’s agent personally trimmed the trees so buyers could close.

We love our affiliates, vendors and agents – and of course babies!

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Nearby Great Escapes

Nearby Great Escapes

Nearby Great Escapes

Helping our clients buy and sell property is our passion. We love what we do and work hard to do it well. At this time of year, many hard working people start to dream about vacations and exciting “escapes” from the steadiness of our schedules. What is so great about our area is that there are so many nearby Great Escapes that it doesn’t require a lot of money to get away from it all.

Check out these fun “daycations”

  1. In Ft. Worth – Visit the FW Zoo, Hip Pocket Theatre, Catch the train at the T&P Building, Sundance Square for music, Art at the Modern and Kimbell Museums, Movies at the Coyote Drive In, Drama at The Hip Pocket Theater, Nature at the Botanic Garden and Cowboy culture at the Stockyards.
  2. In Granbury – Visit the Granbury Opera House, Brazos Drive in, Granbury Marina for canoes, kayaks, fishing and food and the Granbury Town Square for food, wine, music, art and clothes
  3. In Arlington – Visit the Levitt Pavillion for outdoor music, Theatre Arlington for fun kid plays, Friday Food Truck night at River Legacy, Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, the Planetarium at UTA and The Rangers Ballpark
  4. In Benbrook – Ride horses at the Benbrook Stables, rent boats and sail or fish at Benbrook Lake, visit the Lost Oak Winery in Burleson – a stone’s throw from Benbrook, and on your way back to Fort Worth, eat dinner at the Edelweiss German Restaurant.
  5. In Dallas – Visit the Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Zoo, Arboretum, Dallas World Aquarium, Highland Park Villages for high end shopping, The Science Place Museum, Dallas Arts District and don’t forget Dallas Top Golf for a different kind of fun.

Make your summer a great one!

Preparing Your Yard for the Spring Growing Season

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The temperatures have been quite cool lately so most of us aren’t thinking about our yards, but when the sun peaks out and we have those warmer days there are a few things you can do to get your yard ready for performing its best.

1. Clean out gutters and clean out drainage/runoff areas – get ready for those April Showers
2. Trim dead limbs on trees and shrubs
3. Trim to the ground all dead perennial foliage
4. Cut back at least by a third all perennials with foliage (ie. Sage, Salvia)
5. Repair edging around beds and trellises
6. Feel free to pull any young weeds that are growing – if you see bare spots in beds, cover with 3-4 inches of mulch to help prevent upcoming weed growth
7. Rake the yard and mix grass seed with soil and spread in bare spots
8. Apply pre-emergent herbicides like corn gluten meal or generic brands with these chemicals – Bensulide, pendimethalin, oxadiazon and DCPA.
9. Transplant shrubs you want to move before they leaf out
10. Plant bulbs that are sprouting (daffodils, tulips, etc)

So, take advantage of those warmer Texas days that are woven in with the 20 degree ones and get out there and get your Vitamin D. Enjoy!

Organizing Your Home To Sell

 

We’ve all known the kind of people who everyone would like to buy things from. The kind that save all their records for repairs and keep great logs of service, get regular maintenance done and are just generally detailed and organized about caring for their things. We call it obsessive compulsive or sometimes pride of ownership. Bottom line is that this type of person can get more money and sell their items quicker than others.

When selling a home, if you are not a person who naturally does this, you certainly can benefit from at least appearing like you do.

Here are a few ideas to help you do just that.

1.  Keep your yard mowed and precisely edged. Mulch all beds, trim trees so windows show, pull weeds, and before a showing, water your grass so it sparkles. Make sure shrubs and trees aren’t touching the house or roof. Freshly paint your mailbox and front door and have large easy to read house numbers displayed. Clean your windows and remove the screens.

2.  Neatly organize in trays, boxes, or baskets your drawers, cabinets, and closets. Pack up everything you won’t use in the next 3 months and label boxes and store neatly in the garage or storage building.

3.  Clean and shine up all lights and ac/heat vents and ceiling fans. Make sure all light bulbs work. Don’t use the slow to brighten ones as your home will appear dark during showings.

4.  Freshen all caulk in baths and along molding

5.  Freshen up paint on trim, doors, window sills, and walls where needed

6. Clean and organize fridges and pantries

7.  Make sure your house is clean, dust free, and scrubbed, vacuumed and has a pleasant smell. Green apple or apple cinnamon are best for plug in scents.

Certainly this takes a lot of work, but will reward you greatly with how much you can sell your home for – and without it having to sit on the market for months.