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  • 5 Strategies for Buying Smart in Today's Market

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Southlake  |  June 20, 2011 8:29 AM  |  502 views  |  No comments
    Right now is a great time to buy real estate. Home prices are low, interest rates are low, and inventories are high. Here are a few tips if you are thinking of buying:

    1.  Figure out what you can afford

    Before beginning your search, figure out what you can afford. This will depend on your income, credit rating, monthly expenses, and any money you have saved for a down payment. It's a great first step to get pre-approved for a loan through a lender. Getting pre-approved lets sellers know you are serious, and will save you time and energy from looking at houses that are out of your price range. To get an idea of what you may be able to afford, visit our pre-qualification calculator and our payment calculator. 

    2.  Have a vision

    It's really important before beginning your search for a new home to have a vision of what you're looking for.  Figure out what is most important in terms of location, amenities, schools, space, etc.  Having these written down on paper will help you have a clear idea of what is most important to you.

    3.  Find a local expert

    As real estate agents we help you understand everything you need to know about the home buying process.  Even though the Internet provides a lot of information for buyers, nothing beats first-hand experience. We are able to provide insight on schools, neighborhoods, and general community information.  We can take your vision a step further and identify neighborhoods and communities that are right for you! 

    4.  Be flexible

    After you've looked at a few houses and have a good idea of what's out there revisit your vision.  Figure out what are "musts", and what places you can be more flexible.  Even with high inventories there may be some places where you have to compromise.  If you're looking for a great deal in today's market, you may need to look into a "fixer-upper".  A 2003 study by the National Association of Realtors, found that on average fixer uppers sold for 24% less than other homes.  Or, you may find a home that isn't necessarily a great bargain, but you're planning on staying there a while.  We'd love to help you come up with a strategy to find a home that fits your needs and your budget.

    5. Understand that documents

    Buying a home is most likely the biggest investment you will ever make.  Be sure you understand the documents and read through everything.  There are a lot of documents that go into real estate transactions; good faith estimates, contracts, disclosures, inspection reports, and the list goes on.  It's very important to thoroughly read through all of these documents.  If there is something you don't understand be sure to ask!
    If you are thinking of buying we would love to help!

    The Blaser & Yoakum Team
    Brenda Blaser
    Pam Yoakum
    Rick White
    817-328-1128
    info@BlaserYoakum.com
    www.BlaserYoakum.com

    The Blaser and Yoakum Team serves buyers and sellers in the communities of Argyle, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club, Westlake, and more!
  • Client Testimonial - The Blaser and Yoakum Team

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Southlake, Home Selling in Southlake  |  June 20, 2011 8:27 AM  |  564 views  |  No comments
    TO:
    Lesli Akers, Team Leader
    Keller Williams Realty
    850 E. State Hwy. 114, #100
    Southlake, TX  76092

    This letter is written by Arthur and Lori Anderson to give high compliments to Pam Yoakum and Brenda Blaser for their hard work and dedication as our realtors.  Earlier this year we decided to begin the process of selling our townhome and look for another home in the DFW area.  We had driven by a house in a nearby neighborhood and decided to call the listing realtor to inquire about the house.  Within 24 hours Brenda  returned our call to tell us the house was currently under contract, but that she would be willing to help us find another home.  She asked us if we had a realtor, and we said no; so she offered to come by our house to meet with us to introduce us to her and Keller Williams to see if we would be interested in working with her.  We agreed to meet with her the following week.  At our initial meeting she was very professional, pleasant, and very helpful in explaining the process for selling our home and buying a new home.  We decided right then and there to enter into a contract for her and Pam to be our real estate agents. 

    They offered us any help we needed to get our house ready for sale including staging our house, minor repairs to do to get our house ready to show, and how to increase the overall beauty of our house.  We already knew a handyman who was already working on some projects for us so they got us in touch with a painter and a cleaning service, both services we used that turned out to be extremely beneficial in getting our house ready to show.

    Pam came by to take pictures and did an excellent job of showing off the best features of our house.  She also did a phenomenal job in making the document process as easy as possible through the docu-sign feature and keeping us current on any documents that needed to be signed.

    After each showing, Brenda and/or Pam would get in touch with us to give us any feedback the interested party and their realtor had.  Even if the interested party did not provide feedback via the showing service website, Brenda or Pam would follow up with the realtor to get any feedback possible.  They both were very encouraging during the process especially when we would get down because of negative feedback.

    When it came to looking at houses to buy, Brenda was always willing to go with us to see any houses we wanted.  She took us out several times and was very helpful in pointing out the good and bad of each house and neighborhoods. Her knowledge and expertise greatly helped us in evaluating each home to determine which would be the best fit for us and our needs.

    Then when it came to move, Brenda and Pam were right there with us making sure we had everything in order including referring a moving service that we used to move our stuff from the old house to the new house.

    During the whole process, both ladies were very professional and helpful.  They were both there every step of the way making sure we understood each step and helping us with each step including referrals to services we needed.  They both went above and beyond their call of duty to make our journey through the sale of our old house and purchase of our new house as easy and smooth as possible. They took all our calls, emails, and texts and responded within 24 hours even on weekends and evening hours.  Even though they had other clients, the attention they gave us always made us feel that we were their only clients.  They worked very well as a team to make the real estate process as positive as possible.

    Fortunately our townhome sold within two months and we found a wonderful home soon after.  We could not have done this without them!  They are such awesome ladies – your office is very lucky to have them as they give Keller Williams a first-class name.  We have never worked with Keller Williams before, but because of the hard work, professionalism, and helpfulness of Brenda and Pam we will always turn to you in any other real estate needs we may have and  we will refer any of our friends who are looking for a reputable real estate company to your company.

    Sincerely,

     Arthur and Lori Anderson


    If you are thinking of buying or selling we would love to help!

    The Blaser & Yoakum Team
    Brenda Blaser - 817-919-0917
    BrendaBlaser@kw.com
    Pam Yoakum - 214-929-5535
    PamYoakum@yahoo.com
    Rick White - 817-455-8304
    RickWhite@kw.com

    The Blaser and Yoakum Team serves buyers and sellers in the communities of Argyle, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club, Westlake, and more!
  • The Importance of Home Staging

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Southlake, Design & Decor in Southlake  |  January 20, 2011 4:37 PM  |  639 views  |  No comments
    In today's Real Estate market, it is more important than ever to put your best foot forward when selling your home. This means not only pricing your home right, but also highlighting the features of your home through staging. It's important that as a seller, you spend the time needed to prepare your home for the market.

     
    Staging is a growing trend, and is becoming an industry norm. Although staging has been around since the 70's, it has become increasingly popular through DIY trends and shows like HGTV's Designed to Sell.

     
    So is staging really worth the investment? The statistics really speak for themselves:

     
    1. The Real Estate Staging Association's 2010 report stated that staged homes sold 78 percent faster than un-staged homes! They spent an average of 40.5 days on the market.

    2. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, staging provides an 8-10 percent return on asking price.

    3. HomeGain's 2009 national survey reported that sellers receive a 586 percent return on investment for home staging.

    4. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 87 percent of home buyers start their search for a new home on the web. Hundreds of people will virtually walk through your home. Home staging ensures your photos will stick out above the competition.

    If you are not staging your home, it is costing you both time and money!The
  • Planning for Closing Costs

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Southlake  |  November 3, 2010 2:30 PM  |  585 views  |  No comments
    Whenever you are buying or selling a home, there are many fees associated with the transaction.  These fees are known as closing costs.  Some fees are paid for by the seller, and there are other fees paid for by the buyer. 

    Closings costs include things like title company fees, loan application and origination fees, recording fees, inspections, appraisals, homeowner's insurance and property taxes.  These fees typically range from 2-3% of the sales price of the home, however, can be more.

    As part of the loan process, your lender will provide you with a "Good Faith Estimate".  This should give you a good idea of the amount of money you will need to set aside to cover your closing costs.  The Real Estate Settlement Procedures ACT (RESPA) also states you can request a copy of the HUD-1 Settlement Statement 24 hours before your closing will take place.  This will break down all costs associated with the closing for both the buyer and seller. 

    We would love to provide you with additional information on planning for closing costs.  Feel free to contact us!

    The Blaser and Yoakum Team
    Pam Yoakum - 214-929-5535 - PamY@kw.com
    Brenda Blaser - 817-919-0917 - BrendaBlaser@kw.com
  • 10 Value-Adding Home Improvement Projects

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Grapevine, Design & Decor in Grapevine  |  September 15, 2010 7:16 PM  |  637 views  |  1 comment

    Great article with 10 value adding home improvement tips:

    Tip 1: Remodel your kitchen
    Tip 2: Add a Garage
    Tip 3: Remodel your bathroom
    Tip 4: Install the right flooring material
    Tip 5: Install granite counter tops
    Tip 6: Increase curb appeal
    Tip 7: Add natural light
    Tip 8: Open up the space
    Tip 9: Apply a fresh coat of paint
    Tip 10: Clean up clutter

    To read the full article visit http://rismedia.com/lowes/8355/9248.  These are also some great tips when planning to sell!

    If you are planning on selling in the near future contact Pam Yoakum or Brenda Blaser with the Blaser and Yoakum Team at 214-929-5535.
  • The Best Time to Buy a Home!

    Posted Under: Market Conditions, Home Buying, Financing  |  September 15, 2010 7:14 PM  |  564 views  |  No comments

    I received an e-mail this week from Mary Frances Burleson, President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.  I wanted to share a little of the e-mail with you. She stated that now could possibly be the best time ever to buy a home!  Here is why:

    1. Interest rates are at an all time low.  Many lenders are offering 30 year fixed rates below 4.5%, and 15 year fixed rates around 3.75%.
    2. Home prices are relatively low compared to a few years ago.
    3. Listing inventories are higher leading to a greater and more diverse selection of homes.

    All of these factors can present great opportunities for buyers.  If you are looking to buy a home in the near future we would love to help!

    The Blaser and Yoakum Team
    Pam Yoakum and Brenda Blaser
  • Keeping your credit clean when buying a home.

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Colleyville, Financing in Colleyville, Credit Score in Colleyville  |  September 15, 2010 7:10 PM  |  840 views  |  No comments

    I received an e-mail from Nancy Kleckner, Loan Consultant at Home Team Mortgage Company, of the Do’s and Don’ts of Mortgage Financing.  She provided some great tips on keeping your credit clean when buying a home:

    Don’t:

    • Apply for any new credit (large purchases on credit should wait until after closing)
    • Pay of collections or charge-offs
    • Close credit card accounts
    • Max out existing credit cards or consolidate debt
    • Pay late on any account
    • Change employers, move or change your address
    • Dispute anything on your credit report

    Avoiding these actions may minimize the likelihood that your credit score could drop, jeopardizing your ability to get a loan.

    Do’s:

    • Keep in touch with your loan consultant
    • Watch your credit closely
    • Stay current on all existing accounts

    If you plan to buy a home in the near future the Blaser and Yoakum team would love to help!  Contact Pam Yoakum or Brenda Blaser at 214-929-5535 or 817-919-0917. 

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