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Home Appraisal - Calculator Showing a Home Instead of Numbers

Do You Actually Need a Pre-Listing Appraisal?

Listing a home for sale is often the largest business transaction most people make. After years of maintaining the residence, creating fond memories, and making valuable upgrades many find that they can come out of the sale with some serious cash. However, many wonder how exactly to price their home. Some suggest that the sales…
First Time Home Buyer Myths - Real Estate agent standing in front of a house in escrow sign.

First-Time Home Buyer Myths

Oftentimes, the home buying process can be stressful, especially for first-time home buyers. Becoming approved, finding and bidding on a home, and the closing process can be very overwhelming. There are myths floating around that can make the home buying process even more stressful. Read more about home buying myths to avoid these common mistakes.…
San Marcos Rental Property Info - Part 3

Rental Investment Property: Part 3

Setting Rent, Advertising and Proper Upkeep Our ongoing series of rental investment continues with Setting Rent. When choosing the rent amount, the basic laws of supply and demand applies. The best rate will maximize profit and minimize vacancy time. The first thing to do, is to evaluate your property. For example, what you can charge…
Central Texas Home Tax Deductions

Tax Deductions for Homeownership

The costs of house ownership are numerous, and ultimately, no one should have to pay more than they have to in taxes. There is a lot of various tax deductions that have been instituted to save money for homeowners. The first one is only applicable to sellers. Capital gains applies to homes, since capital gains…
San Marcos Rental Investment Property - Part II

Rental Investment Property: Part Two

If you missed our first article on rental investments, be sure to check it out here. We went over picking out the right home/property and tenants for you. If you are just getting into rental investment, you may want to take a look at it. But in this one we are going to go over…
Improving Your Credit Score Before Purchasing a Home in San Marcos

Improving Your Credit Score

A good credit score can help if you are renting a home between selling and buying your own home, taking out a loan, mortgaging your home, and pretty much anything relating to borrowing. Having a good credit score is a signal to lenders that you are not a risk when it comes to being paid…
San Marcos Rental Property - Part I

Rental Investments: Part One

Picking Out the Right Rental Investment Property It can seem daunting picking out an investment property to rent to tenants. Looking to invest? Every market is different, and every property will have its own unique challenges, but here are some general steps you can take to make sure the property you buy is the right…
Real Estate Boom In Central Texas

Central Texas Experiencing Huge Real Estate Boom, Growth and Bedroom Communities

Central Texas has been growing for the last several decades, but even with the recent economic downturn, the Central Texas real estate market has been exploding. And that growth is supported by strong economic figures and real industry and production, separating itself from the bad growth we saw in 2007. The state of Texas as…
Types of Real Estate Ownership

Types of Real Estate Ownership

There are several ways a person, or group of people, can own property. These depend on if you are the sole owner, own it equally with someone, hold different percentages of equity and things of that nature. Sole ownership (also knows as Ownership in Severalty) Ownership in severalty occurs when one person, or corporation, owns…
Improving the Value Before Selling Your Home in San Marcos, Tx

Realistic Makeover: Home Edition

Common Costs of Home Upgrades and Repairs The early 2000’s brought us a reality TV show called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They took peoples’ houses and made premium repairs and luxury upgrades with very little consideration of cost, paid for only by the good deeds of the receivers of the changes. For those of us…
Cost Saving Measures for Homeowners in San Marcos, TX

Cost-Saving Measures for Homeowners

We went over in our last two articles the costs, fees, and taxes a homeowner should expect. After that, we covered tax deductions for homeowners. But that does not include ways to save money on your bills, repairs, and general costs. When people imagine making upgrades to their home, especially ones that are supposed to…
Financing the purchase of a home, symbolized by a piggy bank

Financing The Purchase of Your Home

When financing your home, there will be some prep work that is necessary no matter which type of loan you decide on. The prep work can ensure you also get the best terms possible for your financing. This includes things like tax returns and proof of income, but we will cover more of what is…
Preparing Your Home for Sale in San Marcos Texas

How to Prepare a Home for Sale

So you’ve decided to sell your home. The first thing you need to do is put yourself in the shoes of the potential buyers. What are the things you’d like to see in a home you’re touring to purchase? What about the things you would hate to see? The reality is that for several hundred…
Taxes, Costs & Fees associated with San Marcos real estate

Taxes, Costs and Fees Home Owners Should Expect

When purchasing a new home, it is critical to remember that the listing price is not the only money owed. If a house is listed at $220,000, the end cost will be more than that figure alone. There are taxes owed to the local and state (sometimes even Federal) government, fees to the various lenders…
What Price Should I Sell my Home in San Marcos For?

What Price Should I Sell My Home for?

The first thing you will want to do when looking to sell your home is decide what the price should be. The first step in doing that is finding a home inspector who can recommend changes to be made to the house. Make sure you understand the differences between an appraiser and an inspector as…
Home Design Trends for Your San Marcos Texas Home

Interior Design Trends to Consider If You’re Selling Your Home in 2016

Now that 2015 is almost over, and 2016 is just on the horizon, there’s no better time than the end of the year to analyze what interior design trends are most likely to encapsulate the American collective. There were many top design trends in 2015, such as rich blue accent colors, that are likely to…

​Things to Do During the Housing Market’s Slow Season

As with the changing weather, there are some real estate markets that have expected slow periods, but that doesn’t mean the shop has to close down. During the off-season, it can be the perfect time to work on new business or take advantage of the additional time to do things you wouldn’t normally have time…
Central Texas Real Estate - Vacation Properties

Simple Steps to Take When Buying a Vacation Home

Have you had your heart set on owning a vacation home, but think the process of buying one may be a little daunting? Fret not, analyzing your choices is actually easier than you may think. Check out our tips below to help you weigh your options when searching for that perfect getaway. Is this choice…
A penny falling through the cracks of a wooden floor, with Abe Lincoln's face up

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Pay the Rent

Do you live alone, with your own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and car? If so, then you know how expensive it can be, to have a place all to yourself, a luxury that’s only becoming pricier as the cost of living in San Marcos goes up. It seems that in our search for independence and breathing…
Puppy Proofing Your New Home in San Marcos, TX - Close Up of Terrier

10 Tips to Puppy Proof Your New Home

If you have a puppy, you already know how curious and excitable they are. If you’re moving to a new home with a puppy in tow, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure your pup is safe as he explores his new home and gets settled in. We’ve put together 5 indoor…
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