The Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent

When you’re buying or selling a home, it’s crucial to work with a qualified real estate agent. Not just a professional, but an amazing agent and a market expert. So how do you ensure you’re hiring an amazing real estate agent?

There are currently more than two million real estate professionals in North America.1,2 With so many options to choose from, how does a prospective home buyer or seller choose the right agent or broker? According to the National Association of Realtors®, trust and reputation are the top deciding factors consumers use when hiring an agent.3

But how do you measure trust and reputation … and what criteria can be used to help you make your decision?

In this guide, we’ve outlined the top attributes that amazing agents possess, as well as the questions you can ask to make sure you’re working with the right market expert to achieve your real estate goals.

5 ATTRIBUTES OF AN AMAZING AGENT

As we mentioned above, not all real estate professionals are the same. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and information about working with real estate professionals to buy or sell your home. In fact, many real estate markets are oversaturated with agents.

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Top 12 Apps for Homeowners and Renters

More than 77 percent of people own a smartphone.1 The average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day, with people under the age of 24 checking it an average of 74 times a day.1 We check it while we’re waiting in line and during our leisure time, whether we’re scrolling through social media, reading emails or getting up-to-date on the latest news.

Smartphones are not only a useful tool for communication. With the following apps, you can get organized (whether you plan to buy or sell), save money, learn about the homes in your neighborhood and get inspired for your next renovation project. If you’re like 81 percent of people, you have your smartphone with you during most of your waking hours; let it help you stay organized and make your life easier.3

Apps For Homeowners: Get Renovation Inspiration

These apps not only offer ideas for your next remodel or home décor project, some of them even give you a preview of what your home may look like once it’s finished.

 1.) Houzz (Free)

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Understand the Difference between Assessed Value and Market Value

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house-hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By partnering with a local market expert, sellers will avoid pricing their house out of the market (the kiss of death in real estate) and buyers will ensure they get a good deal on their next home.

So, how do you accurately calculate a home’s value? After all, the value a home is assigned by its town or county and the one it’s given when it’s listed are often dramatically different from one another. Which one is accurate and what does it all mean? Read on to learn more.

Assessed Value vs Market Value: What’s the difference?

When it comes to home value, you’ll often hear two terms, assessed value and market value.

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Find your Perfect Home with the Austin Board of Realtors’ Official Site

The Austin Board of Realtors has an official site where everyone who is not a broker or realtor can search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  You can find your next home, find out about open houses, or just poke around and see what activity is going on in a certain part of town.

Just go to this website: www.AustinHomeSearch.com

Once you arrive at the site it is similar to other search sites.  One the home page you will see a search box where you can enter the basic criteria for your search.  For a more detailed search you can click on the “Find a Property” tab near the top of the page inside the green banner and you will be able to enter more detailed search criteria. You can search by zip code, region, price range, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and square feet to name a few.  You can also select the type of property such as single family home, condo, townhome, mobile home, etc.

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Price reduced to $699K on 1304 Leona St. – New 2 Story Home in East Austin Neighborhood

We just lowered the listing price on 1304 Leona Street.  This is a brand new home built in 2016 and it has never been lived in.  It is a 2-story home with 2235 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs.  It has an amazing kitchen with granite countertops, pendant lighting, dark cherry color cabinets, and a center island.  The floors are dark cherry wood floors and tile and there is no carpet in the house.  This house has an incredible 3 living areas with two downstairs and one upstairs.  The master bath has a garden tub and a full-tiled walk in shower as well as a double vanity and a walk in closet.  The master bedroom has its own balcony so you can enjoy the outdoors before going to bed or just after waking up.  The house interior of the home is painted in a warm Tuscan yellow color that will make you believe you are on an Italian villa.  The kitchen and dining room and living room are all combined with an open floor plan.  The kitchen also has a place for a breakfast table.  You won’t believe the amount of windows in this house and you can bet it will make sure to keep the house looking bright.  The house has a first floor covered patio and a small private yard.  The home has a full finished attached 2 car garage that is accessible from the alley.  The home has hookups for both electric and gas dryers.  The new reduced listed price for this beautiful home is now $699,000

Contact me here to schedule a showing: http://torobravorealty.com/contact-us/

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Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.

Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Painting is a fairly inexpensive improvement with between 60 to 100 percent return on investment.1

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The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 or older say the same. There is no secret to becoming rich: it takes time, sacrifice and good financial sense. Here are a few ways to build your household’s wealth.

Let Compound Interest Work for You

Compound interest is your interest earning interest. While the concept may work against you when you take out a loan to buy a car or use your credit card, it works in your favor when you’re saving money. For example, if your savings is growing at a rate of four percent, your investment will double in eight years and quadruple in 16 years. Your money will grow exponentially the longer you save: the more money you’ve saved, the more your money will grow.

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Real Estate: What to Expect in 2017

Real Estate 2017: What to Expect

One of the most common questions I get at this time of year is, “What’s going on in the market?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners always want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is the American real estate market is strong and healthy: home values are up, prices and sales are strong, and millennial first-time buyers are eager to become homeowners.

We often use national real estate numbers to give us a clearer view of our local market. However, real estate is local, and while statistics and predictions help us understand the overall real estate market, our local market may be different. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, or just want to know how much your home is worth, give me a call! 

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