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The Tallest Realtor in Town

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

October 2009 - Posts

Network of Agents
Thank you for visiting my website. The great thing about my web service provider is the partnerships allowed with other local agents. You will see listings from over 80 member agents of the Highland Lakes MLS. This is by far the largest group of partners Read More...
Property Owner's Associations
There are multiple POAs in our area. If you purchase a property requiring mandatory membership to the POA, you have accepted some liability for the organization. Make sure you request official POA documentation, including financial data, as part of your Read More...
Interest Rates Near Historic Lows
Interest rates at near their historic lows. Quite possibly the lowest rates we will see in our lifetime. The combination of low rates and depressed home prices make this the best time to buy ever. I understand the economic market also makes this a difficult Read More...
Buyers - Plan for Misc. Expenses
Everything is negotiable in a contract to purchase a property. However, there are some costs a buyer often pays that should be expected in a transaction. These are items beyond the down-payment and mortgage fees. Prices are an average range. Home Inspection Read More...
Get Your Financing Upfront
I know it is tempting to jump out there and look at properties right away. Most people make this their first step above all others when they are thinking of making a purchase. It makes sense that other steps will not be needed if you do not find a property Read More...
For Sellers - Ask for a Short Listing Agreement
Listing your property with an agent includes a binding contract. Unfortunately, some agents make a much better pitch than performance. Meaning, they sound great but do not follow through after the sign is up. Ask your agent what kind of feedback you will Read More...
Single Story For Sale in Burnet County
New Listing with Huge Price Reduction • 2,028 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story - MLS® $699,000 - Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ Burnet County, Texas - Outdoor paradise in the aptly named private subdivision of Shangri La. 67 feet of open water Read More...
The Market is Not Dead
Ever have a great weekend? I sold two homes, representing both the buyers and sellers on each. And, I secured two new listings this weekend. That is a great weekend in any market. My point is the market is moving towards the positive and appropriately Read More...
Contract Killers
Most agents will sell you on their ability to market a property or find you the best deal. Obviously, these are critical basic skills. Don't forget to ask your agent about their negotiating skills and advice on contract terms. The silliest items sometimes Read More...
Surveys are Critical
The importance of a good survey is often misunderstood. A survey is key to identify the exact boundaries of your property. Just as important, a survey will tell you if any encroachments or easements exist and provide details. If another party is using Read More...
People Are Funny
If you do not like every make and model of persons, real estate is the wrong business for you. The difference in personalities and they way people think is amazing. It is true no two persons are alike. And, just when you think you know how someone will Read More...
Don't Forget to Ask for a Home Warranty
Home warranties are a great way to protect your purchase, especially when the home is not new. Sellers are often happy to provide the warranty at their cost when asked. A typical policy is $400-500 good for one year. All major appliances are covered including Read More...
Alphabet Soup and Realtors
Does that parade of letters after many Realtors name drive you crazy? Me, too. However, Realtors are required to take continuing education throughout their careers. This is a good thing for everyone. I am proud to have completed my GRI, The Graduate Realtor Read More...