Posted on February 2, 2015
If you are looking to get out of the house this weekend and you happen to be in the Smithville area please stop by and see this beautiful 1953 home that hit the market last week. This home will be OPEN to the public on February 7th between 1-3 pm so don’t miss out on the chance to see this 4-bedroom, 2-bath 2,057 sf home nestled under 6-massive producing pecan trees. Any while your at it bring your friends, family and anybody else you think might be in the market to purchase a home.
Posted on January 25, 2015
This beautiful two-story home with 2,477 feet of floor space located in one of Bastrop’s finest family neighborhoods hits the market in the coming weeks and it can be all yours for $169,500. You definitely don’t miss the opportunity to get ahead of the Summer time buying curb and view this spacious four bedroom, two and one half baths located in Riverside Grove. Located walking walking distance from Bob Bryant Park and the Colorado River. All bedrooms are located upstairs, along with two full baths. Downstairs you’ll find two formal living rooms with a fireplace, open kitchen with gas stove and breakfast area for the kids. if you are interested in purchasing this home or other please give me a call, I would love to be your realtor.
Posted on August 19, 2014
Estimates so far indicate that summer 2014 is likely to be a better than usual season for Bastrop, TX home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sale bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…”
If you will be taking advantage of the uptick by listing your property for this summer’s market, having an open house in Bastrop, TX is a prime way to attract prospective buyers. With a little focus and energy, getting your home in shape can be easier than you might imagine.
The checklist is short:
The place to begin is with the landscaping—it frames the picture that’s the first thing buyers’ see when they pull up during the warm months. If you don’t have summer flowers planted, that’s okay—improvise! Purchase a few hanging baskets and potted plants. Place them along pathways, the entrance, and other places that could use a little bit of color. Hose the exterior, but if the years have been too tough, you may need a refresher coat of paint or trim. Perk up the lawn with an easy-to-apply lawn food spray; edge where needed; then mow and admire!
Get a Fresh Outlook
Give your windows a good cleaning (outside first)—it’s surprising the amount of sparkle that simple job can add to your Bastrop, TX open house. Air the house thoroughly as you do a deep clean where it’s needed: usually a shampoo of carpets and rugs will accomplish the lion’s share of the work. Add some summer color to your rooms with fresh throw pillows, and as your open house draws near, see where a few well-placed floral arrangements would add bright color to draw the eye.
Before the day of your open house, there are a few more quick checks to be made. Walk around the house. Are the air conditioner units clean? Are the gutters and rainspouts in good shape? Outdoor spaces are great selling points to make your home more attractive to buyers, and a summertime Bastrop, TX open house creates the perfect opportunity to show them off. There are always a few little things you’ve been meaning to attend to…now is the time!
Looking for more open house tips? Call me today if you’re thinking of listing your Bastrop, TX home for sale. We can discuss a marketing plan to get your home S-O-L-D this summer!
Posted on August 1, 2014
When you begin scouring the Bastrop, TX listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is at least close to) your target number.
But as soon as the shopping starts to narrow the field, the financial implications of those other details begin to reveal themselves. Good thing! In fact, the true bottom line cost of your new Bastrop, TX home will be greatly affected by them.
Many buyers work with the details exactly as presented—but as a purchase grows more likely, they should consider them simply as starting points. Back when home prices were racing steadily upward, it may have been okay to assume that price appreciation would make up for any exaggerations or oversights about the property (whether inadvertent or not), but today’s more cautious buyers appreciate how the disclosures impact the real cost of a property. They know how expensive it can be to correct inaccuracies later on.
When comparing properties, it’s time well spent to confirm as much of the information as practical. It will give you confidence that you aren’t missing potential expenses or devaluing factors when figuring the cost of a home versus its true value. Some relevant factors
- •Even when there are laws requiring sellers to disclose obvious repairs, those that are less obvious can come as a surprise after the keys are handed over. Some may not even be known to the seller; for example, mold in walls caused from earlier flooding may not be visible, or termites that are just starting to colonize the structure might not be obvious. That’s why consulting with a home inspector is so important. The best ones know the places to look for the telltale signs it takes an expert to uncover.
- •If the property you are considering belongs to a homeowner’s association or is subject to any kind of maintenance fees, be sure to factor in those costs. Ask for copies of receipts for the last few payments—then find out what plans have been announced that might mean future increases.
- •Bastrop< TX property taxes will obviously figure in your home cost calculations, but it’s good to know the basis upon which the property is taxed. Unrecorded improvements could raise that figure: so have a look at the recent bills. If you have questions, a check with the assessor’s office should settle them.
- •Don’t just have a chat about the cost of utilities—you should request copies of the utility bills for at least the last full year. Water and power (and sometimes sewer and other utility expenses) can be more substantial than you’d expect, significantly increasing the cost of your Bastrop home’s annual operation.
These factors all play parts in determining the true cost of a home in Bastrop —its current purchase price and a sound projection of the cost of living in it. Accurate estimates of both are what you need to guide your decision about whether to make an offer—and what that offer should be.
If you are thinking of buying in Bastrop this summer or fall, do contact me today. I’ll help you to be sure the right questions are asked!
Posted on July 28, 2014
It’s a bit complicated, selling a home in Bastrop, TX. Although you can make a case for the feasibility of doing the whole thing yourself, there are enough areas of knowledge where experience, expertise, and even licensure are recommended that few would ever try it.
At the end of the day, selling a Bastrop, TX home is a true team undertaking. And you’re the one selling a home, so you’re Captain. In addition to interviewing and selecting the Bastrop real estate agent you will be working with, there are other professionals you should plan to engage as well. Here’s who and why:
It’s quite a good idea to have a professional inspection performed at your property before selling a home. In addition to any major issues that could affect your smartest listing price, you want to be made aware of any minor issues before buyers come across them. Sometimes small details that are easy to fix can upset timing and even derail a deal entirely.
As a seller, you shouldn’t try to value your property blindly. To do so runs the risk of over- or undervaluing it—and a smart listing price is a key element in the successful selling of a home. Your agent will give you key guidance on pricing. However, having a professional appraisal performed in advance can help support your price to potential buyers (especially if you are asking a high number that could be difficult to otherwise support). While the buyer’s bank will require their own appraisal, the money spent here in advance can help speed up the offer and/or negotiations.
The most difficult part of selling a home is finding and attracting a serious buyer. Fortunately, this is a burden your Bastrop real estate agent will shoulder for you. But before everyone has signed on the dotted line, it’s important to understand what the financial and tax implications will be once you’ve sold. If you have gains, you want to know how much—if any—tax burden it will trigger. If there is a loss, you’ll want to know how to turn that to your advantage. Either way, knowing the tax implications before you list may well affect the price you list at or will accept.
Thinking of buying or selling a home in Bastrop soon? Why not come by or give me a call? I’ll be here at the office, working hard for my clients all summer.
Posted on July 18, 2014
When you set about buying a house, you will have already taken as a given that this will be among the most expensive purchases you will ever make. It’s going to be your house on the line; you’ll want to make sure you have the top resources in your arsenal. Chief among them will be having a Realtor® in the Bastrop and Central Texas who understands your goals, respects your bottom line—and who sees the joint goal the way you do: recognizing the right properties when they become available, and helping to remove any and all obstacles to securing it.
But this summer, just how will you recognize the Realtor® in Bastrop, TX who fits the bill?
Who Do You Know?
The right Bastrop, TX Realtor knows every leading vendor in the business and can introduce you to as a valued client. Need an inspector or attorney? Maybe a floor guy to price out staining the hardwood? The right Realtor will know the key players at every step, and will be able to get the facts and inside scoop to help you sound out the right decisions. Often you’ll be presented with multiple options for each resource so you’ll be sure you have a vetted group of experts to choose from.
What am I Looking For?
The right Realtor in Bastrop, TX will interview you to pin down as closely as possible which of your goals are must-haves…and which want-to-haves. Before long, your Realtor will understand instinctively what matters to you, how that translates to the current listings; and even how it matches inventory that’s waiting in the wings. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’re likely to find that the right Bastrop, TX Realtor will answer some of your questions even before you know what to ask!
How Can I Reach You?
If you’ve ever had trouble—real trouble—reaching an agent, you’ll appreciate that a great Realtor in Bastrop, TX has not only excellent communication skills, but back-up systems in place to be quickly available for questions, showings and negotiations. So make sure you ask all Realtor candidates how she or he plans to field last-minute or urgent requests.
The right Realtor in Bastrop, TX will always demonstrate having your best interests at heart—from the first home viewing to the day you close. If you’re interviewing Realtors in Bastrop, TX to help with either buying or selling a home, I’d love to show you what my team and I can accomplish for you this summer!
Posted on July 15, 2014
This summer, success in selling a home in Bastrop, TX will depend upon the same factors as always: location; quality; buyer appeal.
A home’s location—short of calling in the house movers—is pretty much what it is. The structural quality of workmanship and the level of maintenance that it’s received though the years can be gussied up where it shows (and should be!), but that, too, is largely a done deal.
Which leaves that other factor in selling a Bastrop home—the little things that reach out to appeal to buyers. The difference between receiving a swift offer and not can hinge on what makes your home more desirable than others in its price range.
A good example is with closet space. Any property with a closet organization system will carry great appeal to a large number of prospective buyers. Likewise, advanced technological touches can stick in buyers’ memories at the end of a long day of house tours. They don’t even have to be expensive or whole-house systems: a simple programmable thermostat that can be accessed on a smart phone can be an interesting selling point that sticks in the memory. It’s the kind of touch that isn’t a great deal of trouble to install—but it can provide the edge that makes selling your home that much easier.
More extensive tech-savvy features, like tricked-out media rooms or home offices wired to the hilt, are also very hot right now (especially for today’s younger homebuyers) and can provide the edge you’re looking for—if.
What’s the “if”?
If when you are readying your home for showings and open houses, you-
- •prep to emphasize each of these special features (like leaving that system-organized closet door open with the light on);
- •you make sure your agent is in the loop, ready to showcase key elements; and
- •stage to bring out less visible features—whether it’s printing up a list of newly-refurbished utilities or setting out a wine bottle and glasses with a note to “be sure to check out the killer wine cellar downstairs”
It’s also possible that some appealing features are ones that you take for granted; you’ve simply gotten used to them, yet they ought to be emphasized. Often those are details that your agent will be helpful in pointing out. Whatever is unique and desirable will make selling your home that much easier.
If you will be selling your own Bastrophome in this summer, I hope you will give me a call. There’s never an obligation, but if you wish, we can go over your property to uncover the marketing options that will make it a stand-out: the one with the edge!
Posted on July 12, 2014
VIRTUAL HOME TOUR
Are you looking for an affordable home on two acres with peaceful country living with fresh air that you just can’t find in city Bastrop or Austin? Well look no further. I have this great manufactured home located in Rockne, TX just down the street from the Rockne Grocery Store and Leon’s Country Store , one of Bastrop’s oldest gathering place where you can shoot pool, have a beer and listen to live country music on almost any weekend. Although the home has a Bastrop address is’s actually located out Hwy 20 in Rockne, TX.
This three bedroom two bath home was manufactured in 1998 has about 1,512 square feet of open living space, large kitchen, master bath and two other bedrooms located on the opposite side of the home is perfect for the first time home buyer. The beautiful two acres is 100% fenced and suitable for horses, limited live stock, gardening,other outdoor activities and many other possibilities. This Rockne home comes with a refrigerator, large storage building that can store all of of your outdoor lawn equipment, horse tack, gardening supplies and who knows you might even be able to park the Porsche inside. There is another 12X18 insulated building complete with air-conditioning that is negotiable for the serious buyer only and of course for the right price. Oh, I can’t forget about the 54″ 26 Hp ridding lawn mower that’s a work horse and will be needed to maintain this property is negotiable as well for make us an offer.
if you or anybody you know are interested in taking a closer look at this home please give me a call to schedule a time. What’s it going to hurt and who knows you might just fall in love with the home and Rockne and and I can have you and your family moving in before you can blink an eye. Please take a look at the VIRTUAL TOUR and give me a call.
Posted on June 28, 2014
Virtual Home Tour
Take advantage of the limited number of homes on the market in Hunter’s Crossing and don’t pass up the opportunity to view this large 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,802 +/- home located at 102 Buck Shot Court Bastrop, TX. This home sits on an extra large culda sac lot with a six foot wooden privacy fence completely inclosing the backyard. The backyard has an air conditioned workshop and a really nice storage shed for the lawn equipment and several concrete patios for the outdoor lawn furniture and barbecue grills. This home has hardwood laminate floors, separate living rooms, solar screens and a water softener. This large beautiful is a rare find in Hunter’s Crossing and it wont last long so bring your offers.