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The Tallest Realtor in Town

Hill Country and Highland Lakes Real Estate Blog by Jeff Spears, 6 ' 7" Tall.

September 2009 - Posts

Septic Systems and Waterfront Property
The mighty, not-for-profit, sudo-government agency known as LCRA has jurisdiction over septic systems installed with 1/2 mile of the lakes and rivers in Central Texas. This is another great reason to use a realtor with local knowledge when buying or selling Read More...
Hot Tip on Insurance
Make sure you complete a full investigation of the Insurance implications for a potential home purchase. This should be completed during your option period in-case there are serious issues to consider. Your Insurance Agent can provide very valuable information. Read More...
Making an Offer is Easy and Low Risk
Many folks enjoy viewing properties and agents are happy to take you on a tour. If you are a serious buyer, be ready to move quickly to secure the best deals. In our area, only the good deals are selling regularly. As a buyer have your financing plans Read More...
Seasonal Fluctuation - Not in Today's Market
In previous years there might have been as much as a 10-15% premium when purchasing a lakehouse in the spring/summer vs. the fall/winter. The current market challenges have mostly eliminated this scenario. There is much more inventory than in the past Read More...
Dos and Don'ts for Sellers
I have discussed very similar topics in previous blogs, but credit for this list goes to one of my favorite television shows on HGTV, Bought and Sold . Great advice. 5 Dos Consult your real estate agent before prepping your home for the market. If you Read More...
First Time Buyer $8000 Credit
Until November 30th of 2009 First Time Home Buyers receive an $8000 credit towards purchase. Don't let this opportunity pass along with the low interest rates available today! You can actually be a repeat "First Time" Buyer. If you have Read More...
Local Expertise Required
It is always best to use a Realtor local to the area of interest. It is a disservice when an out-of-town Realtor attempts to represent a client in an area they know nothing about. I would refer a client to a local expert if I was asked to represent someone Read More...
Prepare for Financing
Lenders are in difficult situations as guidelines and rules are changing frequently. Everyone should know financing is available and loans are being made everyday. There is also a large increase in re-financing. Due to downsizing and layoffs, along with Read More...
Internet Exposure
Did you know almost 90% of buyers currently use the internet to search for properties? What is your REALTOR doing to keep up? Make sure your home is getting massive exposure through the internet. The days of newspaper and magazine/circular prints for Read More...
Realtor Income - Not What You Think
6%, a common commission, seems like a lot. Keep in mind there are many expenses when marketing a home. First, a REALTOR and their Broker must maintain offices to serve the public. Advertisement is another very large expense. Brokers must also pay insurance Read More...
Listing Your Property
When considering listing your property with a REALTOR, interview several. Ask for a Listing Presentation. Do not be afraid to challenge any comments the REALTOR makes. Ask them what they do and get specifics. Tell them you want a written Comparative Market Read More...
Setting the Price
Don't be duped by what you see on television. The REALTOR never sets the price when a property is listed for sale. The owner must determine the asking price. A good REALTOR will provide a recommended price range based on your goals and needs. Important Read More...
Keeping Appointments
As an agent, I really appreciate the opportunity to show a client properties and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, some people feel comfortable not keeping their appointments with agents. Please keep in mind you are not only affecting one person. I Read More...
2 Story Split For Sale in Sunrise Beach Village
Great Alternative to Waterfront! • 1,008 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story split - MLS® $135,000 - Amazing Lake LBJ Views Sunrise Beach Village, Llano County - Here's a great alternative to expensive waterfront. Amazing 180-view of Lake LBJ! Eastern Read More...