North Texas Real Estate & Community News

Nov. 16, 2021

Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until Spring

Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your Home! NOW Is The PRIME TIME To Sell.

 

house for saleWinter is typically a slower time for home sales across the country. But will that be the case this year?  There is no indication that will be the case, and especially in North Texas.

The pent-up demand for homes that started during the pandemic has continued.  Interest rates are still at all-time lows. Add to that the influx of people moving to North Texas, and our seasonal shift in real estate will remain strong for sellers.

“Compared to other past winter seasons, this winter season’s sales activity will be stronger,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors®. “This winter, there will be more sales compared to pre-pandemic winters going back all the way to 2006.”

Let’s break it down further.
1. Usually there is a seasonal adjustment in the market for many reasons.  This could include the fact that school is back in session, people are busy with holiday festivities, the weather is more conducive to staying indoors than going out shopping for a home.

2.  Most of 2021 has seen an unprecedented increase in home prices due to a high-demand from buyers and an unwillingness to sell from home owners.  Many home owners that would love to sell for the maximum price today feel that they can’t sell because they will have nowhere to go.  (Supply and Demand is the primary factor of the real estate market)

3. Although there may be fewer buyers in the winter months, the demand is still high and the supply is still low.  This causes multiple offers from home buyers and price increases.

4. One of the things our market needs is more housing.  With builders running up against supply chain issues and labor shortages, new home construction will still be lagging behind demand.

Based on all of this information, NOW is the best time to sell your house.  Don’t wait until Spring/Summer to make it happen.  Take advantage of the market today.

If you know someone who needs our expert advice and professional service, have them check us out at www.NorthTexasTopTeam.com or call us at 469-759-3899. 

Posted in Blog
Nov. 15, 2021

Top 10 Things To Do in DFW

Looking for something fun to do in the Dallas Fort Worth area?  These are some of the top attractions to see and do.  

1. The Observation deck at Reunion Tower

2. Six-Flags & Hurricane Harbor

3. Professional Sports: Rangers, Cowboys, Stars, and Mavericks

4. JFK Memorial and 6th Floor Museum

5. State Fair of Texas (Must see Big Tex) 

6. Ft. Worth Stockyards and Billy Bob's Dance Hall

7. Sundance Square and Water Gardens 

8. Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History 

9. Kimball and Modern Art Museums

10. The Perot Museum and Klyde Warren Park

 

Planning to relocate to the area?  We can help!  Our agents live here and work here and can help you find the right home so that you can start enjoying your time here. Call us today at: 469-759-3899!

  Welcome to Texas!

 

 

Posted in Blog
Oct. 25, 2021

MOVING: Pack like a pro

Are you planning a move this year? If so, these packing tips could save you time and money on your move.

 

Plan ahead.
Develop a master to-do list so you won’t forget something critical heading into moving day. Include an estimate of moving time and costs, storage costs, and helpers that are willing to participate.

Discard items you no longer want or need.
Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it. Sort unwanted items into “garage sale,” “donate, and recycle” piles. Then pack the rest!

Pack similar items together.
It will make your life easier when it's time to unpack.

Decide what you want to move on your own.
Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you. Pack a moving day bag with a small first-aid kit, snacks, and other items you may need before unpacking your “Open First” box.

Put heavy items in small boxes.
Try to keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds. Don't over pack the boxes either. If so, the boses may break.

Wrap fragile items separately.
Pad bottoms and sides of boxes and, if necessary, purchase bubble-wrap or other packing materials from moving stores. Secure plants in boxes with air holes.

Label every box on all sides.
You never know how they’ll be stacked. Also, use color-coded labels to indicate which room each box should go in, coordinating with a color-coded floor plan for the movers. Consider using color-coded packing tape for the boxes as well.

Color coded packing tape

Keep moving documents together in a file, either in your moving day bag or online.
Include vital contact information, the driver’s name, the van’s license plate, and the company’s number. Also keep any important contact information for the Realtor, and the utility service providers. Consider printing out a map and directions for movers and helpers too.

 

Inspect each box and piece of furniture as soon as it arrives.
Ahead of time, ensure your moving company has a relatively painless process for reporting damages.

 

Good luck on your move!

Posted in Blog
Oct. 6, 2021

Moving to North Texas: How to Make the Process Less Stressful

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Moving to North Texas: How to Make the Process Less Stressful



So, you’ve decided to move to North Texas. Whether you’ve already sold your house and found a job in your new city, or you’re still figuring out the logistics at this moment, you have quite a bit of work cut out for you. 

 

Moving can be stressful. Not only are there a lot of moving parts involved but you’re about to start a new life in a city you’re unfamiliar with. The Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth metro areas all have a lot to offer everyone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to go through an adjustment phase! 

 

Fortunately, if you start planning your move early, you can ease the stress of the process and help yourself settle into your Collin County-area home smoothly. And these quick tips from North Texas Top Team Realtors can get you off to a great start!

 

Stay Organized

If you start off your move organized and keep it that way, you’ll feel more in control of the process and able to handle your tasks more efficiently. 

 

  • Devise a plan for your move, including a timeline for decluttering, packing, reserving a moving truck, etc. 

  • Create a labeling system for your valuable and personal items, which will make the packing and unpacking phase more efficient; also, start packing early so that you can leave room for unexpected problems. 

  • When packing, tackle one room at a time, beginning with the rooms you don’t use as often. 

  • Work with a professional moving company to reduce stress and ensure all of your items get to your destination safely. 

 

Pave the Way

If you really want to make your moving experience less stressful, try to prepare the best you can for your new life before you arrive in your new city. 

 

  • Let important institutions—such as your banks, the postal service, and subscription providers—know that you are getting a new address. 

  • Set up utilities in your new home, including the water, electricity, and internet

  • Start putting together your medical team, and research nearby hospitals and pharmacies. 

  • Plan out any repairs that you will need to handle as soon as you arrive at your new home. 

 

Learn About Your New Area

Finally, the more you get to know your new city, the faster it will come to feel like home. 

 

  • Ask your real estate agent for important facts about your new city; North Texas Top Team Realtors know the Collin County area inside and out, and we can offer you tips on everything from traffic patterns to the best restaurants!

  • Even if your new home isn’t move-in ready yet, consider renting a vacation rental near your soon-to-be neighborhood for a few days and exploring the area. 

  • Visit local parks and malls to meet people and get a feel for how well the public spaces are kept up. 

  • As you’re getting to know your new area, pay attention to your home’s proximity to work, parks, restaurants, gyms, grocery stores, entertainment venues, and any other establishments you might frequent. 

 

Moving can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Try the tips above as you plan out your relocation to the Collin County area. And remember that the more diligently you prepare, the easier it will be to learn about your new city and settle in quickly!



Are you looking for a top-tier real estate agent in North Texas? Contact North Texas Top Team Realtors today!

Posted in Blog
Sept. 16, 2021

5 Home Upgrades Your Plano Home Needs Before Selling

5 Home Upgrades Your Plano Home Needs Before Selling



As a homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to boost the value of your home and make it more attractive for potential buyers. Most properties gain value on their own, regardless, but what if you can do more to add to that before you sell? 

 

Here are 5 home upgrades you can make to your home to get Plano buyers to give your property a second look. Whether you’re working on your kitchen, adding usable square footage, or providing buyers with a home office, adding any of these elements is sure to get buyers’ attention.

 

  1. Create a Home Office

 

One of the primary features that buyers are looking for this year is a home office. Since the pandemic changed things, most office employees are working from home, so a home office is an increasingly necessary addition to any home, especially for Millennial buyers. 

 

Luckily, a home office is the easiest update to make to a property, because it doesn’t involve any actual renovations or major additions. It’s a minimal investment that pretty much only requires staging. Bring in a desk, a comfortable chair, and make sure they have all the necessary amenities to work from home. 

 

What that does is it shows the buyer how they can maximize that space. If you don’t have an extra guest room, then commandeering a corner of your living room or kitchen counter is also a great way to show a different use for that space. It’s all about demonstrating versatility and ensuring the buyer that the home meets all of their needs. 

 

  1. Prioritize the Kitchen

 

The kitchen is one of the main rooms you need to pay attention to when sprucing up, for the simple reason that buyers pay special attention to it. If you’re on a budget, prioritize this space and dedicate a good chunk of your budget bringing in some more modern touches. 

 

The backsplash and countertops are easy replacements that can change the look of your entire kitchen. Because these elements tend to get worn out and become obviously outdated quicker, this simple fix elevates the whole space. 

 

Appliances make up a big part of the kitchen, of course, so a replacement is also in order. But do keep in mind that you don’t need to spring for a chef’s kitchen - that’s a waste of money you’re not getting back. Your investment should be moderate, you want to recoup as much of your money as possible. 

 

  1. Expand Your Bathroom

 

The number and the size of your bathrooms often dictate how much you can sell a house for. More living space and more bathrooms always drive the price up, so you want to make the most of what you’ve got, and ideally add to it. 

 

The simple solution is to simply renovate the bathrooms you’ve already got. Change the tiles and flooring if they’re damaged or outdated, replace the shower, and add a bigger vanity. That’s typically enough to give it a new “face”. 

 

If you want to add significantly more value, however, you’re looking at a bigger renovation, and even a possible expansion. If your master bedroom does not have a corresponding en-suite bathroom, then adding that, alone, can boost the overall value of the property and attract more buyers. 

 

Closets are often the ones that get “sacrificed” for this purpose, so if you have extra space, that’s a good bet. Otherwise, sometimes it makes sense to reallocate some of the space from an adjacent bedroom in order to dedicate it to a larger bathroom. 

 

  1. Maximize the Potential of Your Space

 

The best way to update your property and add tremendous value is to simply add to the square footage of your home. If you have any space that is underused or empty, it’s time to transform it into something else. The most common culprit? The garage. 

 

Expanding the garage to a two-car one is a great move, but so is transforming the garage itself into livable space. As long as you’ve got the proper permit, you can add to your home this way. Whether you’re adding a bedroom, a bathroom, or a bonus playroom, that’s extra value and guaranteed extra money in your pocket. 

 

The other unused space you can gain value from is your basement. Don’t just let it be dead space, giving it a use can do so much for the value of your home. You can gain valuable square footage by transforming this empty space into a recreational room, a media room, or a guest suite. 

 

  1. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

 

The other significant change the pandemic has made to our overall lifestyle is a much bigger emphasis on outdoor living. Indoor-outdoor living is actually one of the biggest home trends to have emerged in the past 5 years. The best thing you can do to upgrade your home before selling? Adding an outdoor kitchen. 

 

Yes, the cost is significant because you’re adding an entire kitchen. In addition to appliances, you also have to install piping and gas lines to make it functional. Not to mention building a pergola to make sure it’s protected. 

 

For an extra kick up in value, you also want to update the rest of your backyard. Add a table and seating, and some beautiful outdoor lighting to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience. A firepit is also a great addition for increased value, because it brings in yet another use for your backyard space. 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Ideally, your property appreciates in value by the time you’re ready to move on and sell, and it usually does. But you can also give it a little “push” to make sure that you’re maximizing its value and attractiveness on the market. 

 

When it comes to the Plano house market, you’re looking at prioritizing extra square footage like garages and basements. But there are also other tried and true upgrades you should consider, like updating your kitchen and bathrooms, and even creating a home office for Millennial buyers who are now working from home. It’s all about studying the Plano market and the average buyer here and catering to their needs. 

Posted in Blog
Sept. 9, 2021

Planning to Sell?

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Planning to Sell? Check Out These Resources First

 

What's the first thing you should do after deciding to sell your home? Yes! Connect with the local real estate experts at North Texas Top Team Realtors to get the ball rolling. 

 

Next, it’s time to prepare your home for sale, and this list of resources is the right place to start.

Estimating an Asking Price

Setting the right asking price for your home is key to securing a quick sale.

 

North Texas Top Team Realtors Will Be Able to Guide You

 

How to Price Your Home for Sale

 

Comparative Market Analysis: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

Making Repairs

Unless you're marketing your home as a fixer-upper, you'll have a hard time finding buyers if your home needs major repairs. 

 

10 Things You Must Fix Before Selling Your Home

 

8 Home Repairs You Can DIY—And 8 You Should Always Hire a Pro to Do

 

While Making Repairs, Consider Add Home Security Devices to Your Home

Cleaning and Decluttering

This is the time to go above and beyond your normal house cleaning to scrub, dust, polish, and tidy every nook and cranny of your home.

 

The Importance Of Cleaning Before Selling Your House

 

The Best Natural Cleaning Products to Add to Your Housekeeping Arsenal

 

Selling Your Home? Use These 18 Home Decluttering Hacks Before Buyers View It

Stage and Decorate

Finally, it’s time to put on the finishing touches through staging and well-appointed decor.

 

12 Tips on How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

 

Get Top Price for Your Home By Decorating It to Sell



Getting a home ready for sale isn’t a minor undertaking, but it’s well worth the effort, especially if you get top price. By using these resources to prepare your home for market, you’ll be putting up a sold sign in no time!

Posted in Blog
Aug. 17, 2021

4 Interior Design Projects for Staging a Home to Sell Fast

4 Interior Design Projects for Staging a Home to Sell Fast

Many buyers expect that their home will sell just as it is. And although it might sell quickly on its own, it could take a while. One trick of the real estate business is to stage homes before selling. 

 

Staging is the act of creating a beautiful interior space that buyers can picture their own lives in. Usually, most homeowners don’t live in a perfectly staged home because we like our homes to work for us. However, staging a home can help it sell a lot faster. 

 

Don’t know where to start? No worries, here are some interior design projects for staging a home so that it sells fast.  

1. Upgrade the Interior Doors

No one ever thinks of the doors, but they are actually pretty noticeable, just like the walls. Upgrading the interior doors is a simple project that you can do yourself with a little help. 

 

There are several interior door styles and each of them provides a different look. If your home is more rustic, you might choose barn-style doors that slide open and closed. If you have a beach home, you might consider french doors since they provide a light and airy feel. 

 

Regardless, upgrading the interior doors is an impactful interior design project when staging your home. It definitely increases the charm and character of a home. 

2. Swap Out the Flooring

Homebuyers love a home that has new flooring because it means that they can move right in without having to redo the floors first. If your floors are old or damaged, changing out the flooring can be a big sell. You don’t have to choose something expensive, even an affordable option like faux hardwood flooring is a great choice. 

 

Faux hardwood flooring is durable and provides the same great look as real hardwood floors. Some buyers wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference. Other options include tiling or putting in real hardwood floors. Make a big impact with flooring when staging your home. 

3. Remove the Ugly Wallpaper

No one likes to see ugly wallpaper when they walk through a home. That means that removing the ugly wallpaper is a great interior design project to do before selling your home. We know that it can be a pain, but if you follow these instructions, we know you’ll be able to do it! 

How to Remove Wallpaper

  • Start with protection: Protect your electrical outlets, floor, and yourself. Plastic sheeting and painter’s tape work well for the outlets and the floors, but for yourself, you should at least consider some protective eyewear. 

  • Try to pry up the wallpaper by using the edge of a putty knife or scraper. For some, the wallpaper will come off in sheets. For others, you’ll have to try some other techniques.

  • If you’re one of the unlucky ones, use a wallpaper scorer to score the wallpaper, and then mix up a hot water solution of either a 1 to 3 ratio for fabric softener and hot water or a 1 to 2 ratio of household vinegar and hot water. 

  • Then, apply the solution and get to scraping.

  • In the end, don’t forget to remove the electrical outlets (turn off the power first) and remove the wallpaper that may be behind them.

  • That’s it! Clean up and the wallpaper is gone forever! 

 

Did you accidentally damage the drywall or is there still adhesive on there? Let’s take a look at how to repair drywall after removing wallpaper

How to Repair Drywall After Removing Wallpaper

  • Start by getting rid of any adhesive. Wash the walls with a wallpaper paste remover from your local hardware store or use a 1 to 4 ratio of vinegar to water and a rough cloth to scrub them down. For either method, you’ll want to wipe the walls down with clean water and let the wall dry before doing anything else. 

  • You’ll then want to scrape any loose drywall paper. 

  • After the wall is smooth, prime everywhere that the surface drywall paper has come off using shellac or an oil-based primer. This is critical because spackle, paint, and drywall compound are all water-based which means that the paper underneath will wrinkle if you don’t. 

  • Sand the damaged areas of the wall to ensure it is smooth.

  • Fill in any gouges with joint compound. Apply two or three layers and extend the compound inches past the damage so that it will be flush in later sanding processes. 

  • After dry, sand the areas with a 100 grit sandpaper or drywall sanding mesh. 

  • After that, the drywall is repaired and ready for a water-based paint primer. 

 

 

This is a good time to talk about paint colors because of course, you don’t want to leave the wall unpainted.

 

When staging your home for a quick sell, always choose more neutral colors so that the next owners are more likely to love it. Common color choices include shades of gray, beige, and white. 

4. Deep Cleaning for Photos

One of the biggest mistakes of staging a home to sell fast is not cleaning surfaces before taking photos to post. Surfaces like countertops, shelving, floors, cabinets, and furniture all need to be clean. One thing that homeowners always have trouble cleaning is their quartz countertops so let’s go over how to clean those. 

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

There are three main steps to cleaning a quartz countertop. First, wipe with mild dish soap and a soft cleaning rag. Then you’ll want to gently scrape off any food or dried gunk using a putty knife. Be careful because quartz is scratch-resistant but not scratchproof. Finally, use a degreaser approved for use on quartz. You’ll want to stay away from harsh cleaners and bleach. 

 

Clean surfaces in your home will make it look a lot better in photos and for walkthroughs. 

Is Your Home Ready To Sell? 

 

If you have staged your home by using some of the things on this list and are ready to sell, North Texas Top Team Realtors can help! They are experts in the North Texas area and are ready to help you sell your home fast. Contact them today to get started!

 

Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

Posted in Blog
July 30, 2021

4 Trending Remodeling Projects That Boost Property Value

4 Trending Remodeling Projects That Boost Property Value

When it comes to the value of your home, there are a few projects you can do around the residence to help increase the appeal and monetary value. These simple upgrades can mean the difference in finding that perfect buyer or waiting around for longer to sell when you wish. Remodeling projects are fun and exciting when you have the right information to help guide you in the direction of increasing appeal and value.

These remodeling projects below can help you take the home you’re in to the next level. Whether you’re wanting to sell soon or you just want to give the residence a fresh look, check out these options to help you do all that and so much more!

1. Garage Door Replacements

One of the main pieces of the home that can take a beating is the garage door. It is used on a daily basis, can be damaged by severe weather, or other means. It is important to consider a replacement depending on the style, type, and look of the current door. When it comes to garage door replacement costs, it’s important to know what you’re looking at.

The cost to replace your door depends on the style of door you want and installation. There are several types of doors such as aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or faux wood. These can range from as long as $600 upwards of $4,500.  The style of door you choose also impacts the cost. You could be looking at anywhere from a custom door starting at $600 to a Carriage door that could cost upwards of $13,000.

2. Steel Plank Siding

Another trendy project to consider when you want to give your home a facelift Is steel plank siding. This beautiful addition to the outside of your home comes with a variety of benefits to encourage the installation. This type of siding is highly versatile so it will fit well in a variety of settings.

Homeowners also love the fact that this is highly rated for fire safety. The materials utilized are more fire-resistant than traditional types of siding materials. If you live in an area prone to severe weather, this is a great addition as it is a weather-resistant siding.

If you choose this route to go when it comes to siding, you’ll also notice that it is highly consistent with color throughout the entire range of options. You also don’t have to maintain this near as much as traditional wood-style siding. It is a low-maintenance option to keep your home looking great for years to come.

3. Slate Tiled Roof

One of the many ways homeowners are improving their residence today is with a slate tiled roof. This beautiful addition not only helps to keep your home insulated but also increases its value. Homeowners will love the many benefits this type of roofing provides. For starters, it is a composite material that is friendly to the environment. You can truly go green with this type of roof on the home. Another benefit is that this roofing option comes in a variety of colors to fit any décor you already have.

Homeowners also love that this roofing material does not require a special substructure to be put in. If you ever need to get on the roof or have someone do it for you, there’s no worry about the tiles breaking. 

4. Wallpaper

For years wood paneling was the way to go when building homes. However, there are many homeowners who still have paneling that want to modernize the look of the home while increasing the value. One way to do that is with wallpaper over paneling. You can choose from a variety of colors, styles, and designs to help you update the look while keeping the original wood as well.

Doing this on your own may seem like a daunting task. However, it can be done with a little elbow grease and time. You’ll start by preparing and priming the wood. Take out any nails or fill holes that you find in the paneling. Prime the wood with a top-quality primer suitable for installing wallpaper.

Cut the wallpaper to fit the wall you’re working on and attach it with the proper wallpaper tools. Make sure to choose a high-quality wallpaper to cover the paneling securely and give you a smooth finish overall. You’re going to love the life it brings with one simple step.

When it comes to upgrading your home, these current trends are a great way to do just that. Take time to discover the many ideas that could help you to not only bring fresh life to your residence but increase your property value as well. Working with professionals can help you to find the right style you want while reducing the stress of the job itself. You’re sure to love the home you’re in after some of these updates.

Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

Posted in Blog
July 29, 2021

How do you become a Real Estate Agent in Texas

Realtor Logo with MLS logo and Equal Housing LogoSo, you think you may want to become a real estate agent.  I get asked quite often about what it takes to become a real estate agent in North Texas. Here is some helpful information about the steps to becoming a REALTOR in Texas. 

 

How do you become a Texas REALTOR?

Step 1
You must take the real estate pre-license classes.  My recommendation is to go through a company that has instructor-led classes (some are on-line as well as in-person).  There are cheaper options that provide on-line self-paced classes, however many people struggle because there is no one to ask when you have a question.  Whatever you do, I recommend taking some sort of "test prep" class before taking the test.

 

Step 2
You need to get fingerprinted and get the FBI background check.  Many times people get this done toward the end of their pre-license education.  You should do this before you actually take the test. 

**Note: If you are concerned that your background check may not be approved, you can file for a "fitness determination" with the Texas Real Estate Commission before you ever start your pre-license education.  That way you can determine that you will be eligible before spending your time and money on the education classes.

 

Step 3
After completing the classes, and passing your background check, you can apply with the Texas Real Estate Commission to get a license.  They will issue you an "inactive" license.

 

Step 4
After you complete the items above,
you must take the Real Estate License Exam.  The test is pretty long and you have to take it at a facility with a proctor.  The test includes both the state and national exam questions. You must have approval from the Texas Real Estate Commission before scheduling your test.

 

Step 5
You need to choose a broker to sponsor you.  Once you have a broker, you can "activate" your license.

 

Step 6
Your broker will help you join the REALTOR Association so that you can start working.

 

How much does it cost to become a Texas REALTOR?

Please note that these estimates are for the North Texas area, prices could be different depending on your location.

Pre-license classes:  $500 - $1000 depending on what education provider you choose.  Most providers have a package of all needed classes at a bundled price.

License fees (test, fingerprints, TREC application):  Approximately $300 - $350 for these items combined.  This is a 1-time cost at sign-up.

REALTOR Association sign-up fee:  $100 - $150 plus pro-rated part of dues shown below

REALTOR Association dues (annually): $450 - $500 REALTOR dues, $450 - $500 MLS dues, $200 - $225 Lockbox Access

Brokerage fees:  Generally, brokerage monthly fees are around $125-225 per month ($1500-2000 per year)

 

What about renewing my Texas real estate license?

Each licensed agent in Texas must renew their license every 2 years.  There are continuing education requirements that must be met before submitting your renewal application to the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Continuing Education Required:
Your first renewal period, you are required to take SAE (Salesperson Apprentice Education). There are specific classes that are required, then you can choose your elective class topics to complete your education.  Please note that SAE classes are always provided as 30-hour classes.  You cannot take multiple shorter classes in lieu of the 30-hour SAE classes.  

For all future license renewals, you will take CE (Continuing Education).  Generally speaking, there are less CE classroom hours required to renew a license than when you took your SAE classes.  There are specific classes that are required, then you can choose your elective class topics to complete your education requirements.

Costs of classes vary (based on subject matter and who the class provider is), plus there is a renewal fee to TREC.  The first 2-year renewal is more expensive than later renewals because you need more education class hours during the first 2 years of your license.

 

I hope this information is helpful to you as you begin your journey to getting a real estate license in Texas.  If you would like more information, or if you would like to learn more about working with our brokerage, please email Melissa Hailey.

 

*please note, the prices noted in this blog post are subject to change based on your location and future price increases

Posted in Blog
July 19, 2021

Sell Your Vacant Property Faster Using Virtual staging Today!

Sell Your Vacant Property Faster Using Virtual staging Today!

Selling a property lying vacant for a long time is a challenge. Experienced real estate agents know that buyers respond better to occupied homes or properties. A human touch adds to the appeal and character of the listing. On the other hand, empty space can feel unwelcoming and unattractive. 

To overcome this drawback, real estate agents often opt for the staging of vacant properties. Physical staging is an elaborate exercise that calls for furnishing, accessories, décor and property beautification. Often real estate agents end up spending thousands of dollars just for staging an empty house to sell. 

Thanks to the latest technology, sellers can save a lot of time, effort and money by opting for virtual staging. Virtual staging offers fully-furnished photorealistic staging at a fraction of the cost of physical staging. Virtual staging leverages visualization technology to populate furniture, furnishings and décor in photographs of vacant properties for sale. Here’s why this technology could be the key to selling a vacant listing faster – 

  1. Showing Numerous Possibilities

Apart from sharing the original pictures of the house in a vacant state, if you can show multiple possibilities of décor for the vacant listing, it piques your buyer’s interest. For example, one room may be showcased as a guest bedroom, an office room, and a nursery to help the buyer understand the potential of the space. Virtual staging also gives buyers an understanding of the room dimensions.

  1. Customized Staging for Your Audience

Virtual staging allows you to customize the staging according to the tastes and preferences of your audience. In physically staging an empty house, changing the furniture and accessories involves great cost and effort. On the other hand, virtual staging offers complete flexibility and a plethora of themes to choose from. A customized furnishing theme can help your target audience relate to the space and consider the possibilities the property offers.

  1. Unfinished Homes can Appear Complete

Virtual staging makes it possible to make an unfinished home appear complete. You can add flooring, skirting, kitchen décor and even details such as switchboards and lights to showcase the listing. Buyers are reluctant to consider under development properties because it is difficult to judge the space. With virtual staging, you can help them get the right idea about the dimensions of the property and the available space.

  1. Provide Your Prospective Buyers Multiple Virtual Design Options

Virtual staging artists can create various room designs that allow prospective buyers to view the property in a different light. If a staged property’s look and feel don’t resonate with a buyer’s lifestyle, they may give the listing a miss. However, in virtual staging, you can share multiple interior designs for the same property to help your buyers see the versatility and potential of a house. 

  1. One 3D Floor Plan to Showcase the Whole House

Create an appealing 3D floor plan of the vacant listing you are trying to sell. A 3D Floor Plan is a miniature view of a house. It includes all the furniture, fixtures, décor and accessories in the floor plan to give a realistic view of the property. It will help buyers visualize the property better. 3D floor plans are also helpful for online marketing.

  1. Add Virtual Tours to Your Listings

Make your listings more immersive and engaging by including a virtual tour of the property. Designers use 360-degree cameras to create an explorative experience for property buyers. Virtual tours are increasingly gaining popularity in real estate. Virtually staged property tours help buyers gain a better understanding of the listing. Showcasing your property through virtual tours increases the appeal of your listing on email marketing, social media and real estate portals. 

A vacant listing can put your buyers off because it is difficult for them to decide based on an empty space. Revitalize your listing and appeal by using virtual staging to showcase the home. Looking at virtually staged photos of a property can help your buyers make an informed decision. It helps them visualize themselves living in the space they see. Virtual staging is a great place to start engaging your potential buyers, and then you, as real estate agentss, can do the rest. 

Author Bio: 

 



Rahul Agrawal is the Co-founder & Chief Business Officer at Styldod, where he has taught a computer to do interior design! Styldod provides the most hassle-free & inexpensive virtual staging solutions for real estate agents so they can sell their listings faster, and for higher prices. Rahul was also a co-founder of Mebelkart (which is acquired by Ask Me). He's your everyday IIT Kanpur nerd who pushes the boundaries with his innovative entrepreneurial stints and is also a sound startup investor & advisor. Rahul attributes his success as a professional to the discipline he has learned from his district hockey days, being a swimmer and a gym enthusiast.

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