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Things You Shouldn't Do if you're trying to sell in Pearland, tx

So, it's time to fulfill your plan to sell your house.  And you've read all the books and blogs about the most important things to do to maximize your return when selling your house.  But what about the things you shouldn't do when trying to sell?  Perhaps we should consider those as well so that you don't make many blunders that so many would-be sellers end up making.

Don't Smoke Inside The House

That seems simple enough, right? I mean, smoking inside went "out-of-style" many years ago, didn't it? Ha! You'd be surprised how many people still smoke inside their houses, their cars, and only go to restaurants and bars where they are allowed to smoke inside! Having grown up with a chain-smoking mother, I remember when a carton of cigarettes made a

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Oil Prices and Real Estate in Pearland

No doubt the price of oil is down . . . and will remain down for some time. I mean, the other day I filled up my car for $12 (with my 50 cent per gallon discount at Kroger). While part of me says, "wow, that's sure cheap!" The other part says, "hmmm . . . would I be better off if that was back to the usual $36 for a fillup?"

Local Real Estate Markets Feeling The Effects Of Oil Prices

On one recent listing appointment . . . where this cute young couple is putting their home up for sale, they explained that although they both have jobs, because of the oil industry layoffs, they are both now "underemployed" from where they were a year ago. So they needed to "scale down" a bit economically. This is a classic example of what Dr. Ted Jones, chief

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After 41 years as a Houston-Pearland Realtor, and nearly 9,000 homes sold, I've learned a few tips to help you get Top Dollar when you sell. Of course, everyone's goals when they sell are different.  Some want to sell quick and "getting top dollar" is less important to them than a fast sale.  Others want to get top dollar no matter how long it takes.  Of course, it seems that most people want to sell fast AND get Top Dollar!  And that's the reason you hire a seasoned veteran of the industry when you sell.

The Top 5 Tips To Maximizing Your Home's Value When You Sell

And now, I've written a report entitled "5 Tips to Maximizing Your Home's Value When You Sell," and you can get a FREE COPY.  Would you like to have one?  All you have to do is click here

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Wow, what a year 2015 was!  The housing market started off strong -- with multiple offers on many (if not most) homes that went on the market!  Prices rose . . . but then October came.  The market slowed down through the holidays, but many homes continued to sell at a terrific pace, but the multiple-offer concept was reserved for the more "demand-area" homes.  Still, it was a great year for home sellers.

For home buyers, however, the selections were more limited because fewer homes actually went on the market for sale (hence, the multiple offer scenarios that played out on many homes).  Many sellers found that although they wanted to move up or downsize, the selections were very limited for what they wanted to move into.  So, they chose to stay in

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Which areas were "hot?"  Which areas were "not so hot!"  What's the market doing to your home's value?

The answers to these and other exciting real estate questions -- for the Greater Houston Area (including the Pearland Real Estate market) -- are within my December 2015 Housing Trends E-Newsletter.  You can search for homes, look at National, Local, and Neighborhood market trends.

Is it time to buy or sell in 2016?  You just may find the information you need to make an informed decision.  And if not, then simply email me any question that you may have about real estate.  I'll respond ASAP!   

Now . . . Meet "The Sam Truck!"  When you buy or sell with The Sam Team, you can use our Moving Truck for FREE!  We added this value to your experience so

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HAPPY NEW YEAR . . . we scream it every year (encouraged by a little bit of champagne)!  And every year, we make "resolutions" of how we'll make this year the "best year ever!"  Already, the gym is starting to fill up at 3:00am (when I go in the mornings) with fresh faces who've "resolved" that "this will be the year I _____________!  (Fill in the blank with "get in shape," "lose weight," "get healthy," etc.)  But by February or March, the gym goes back to the way it was . . . and those well-intended resolutions seem to disappear with the first chicken-fried steak.  Oh well, there's always next year!

But how about making some lasting financial resolutions?  Like buying a Pearland or Houston Home?  Or how about selling your home?

Pearland Real Estate New Year

Moving up?

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One of the big banks has a voluntary program available that transfers $100 each month from your checking account to your savings account. In five years, the account owner would have over $5,000 because of a type of forced savings. iStock_000059416596-250.jpgSimilarly, when a person buys a home with a standard amortizing loan, each month, a part of the payment is used to reduce the principal loan amount.

Amazingly, over $4,000 would be applied toward the principal in the first year of a $250,000 mortgage at 4% for 30 years. In five years, the loan amount would be reduced by almost $25,000 through normal payments.

The other dynamic that is in play is that while the unpaid balance is being reduced, appreciation causes the value to increase. The difference between the two makes

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