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Remodel & Renovate in Harris County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Jan 4, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
It's hard to put a value on this as it depends on whether the future buyer has a dog or enjoy having dogs nearby. How the park is maintained will determine whether this has a positive or negative value as well. If you want to increase the value of your home typically you'd want to upgrade it such as having hardwood floor, granite counter top, updated kitchen etc. However, before you start upgrading I would suggest that you work with a local realtor to compare your home to other similar homes in the area. Then you can determine what upgrades/updates you'd like to do.

I hope this makes sense!
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Tue Jan 3, 2017
Karen Peyton answered:
A single picnic table is not going to add any monetary value, but a property that appears well-kept will sell faster. Good luck!
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
Yes, she may, but it also depends on what your next buyer is looking for in a home and what the renovation on your mom's home is going to look like. If she's going to have a home with bedrooms and bathrooms and a breakfast nook then it's probably not a very typical home. Has your mom considered selling her home then purchases a new one with a master suite on the first floor? I'd be happy to assist your mom is she's in DFW.


Susie Kay
United Real Estate Dallas
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Barbara Coker answered:
You didn't mention whether or not you have a current mortgage. If you do, you can't just demonish your collateral. In theory, you could have an interim loan to build your new 3-story home, but the first draw would need to payoff any outstanding mortgage on that property.

Barbara Coker
Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer
100% Home Loans All Over Texas!
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Thu Aug 30, 2012
Heart Realty answered:
Your best bet is to team up with a broker that handles a lot of foreclosures. Tracy Nicola is a big office, that would be a good place to start.
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Sat Jun 9, 2012
Mark McNitt answered:

Adding a garage will add value as many buyers (and their Realtors) only look for properties with atleast a one car garage. If you could add a room above it, that would also help maximize your space. Also extend the side roof a bit for a possible covered patio.

It would likely be detached. Try not to take up too much of your backyard. Drive around the community and see if there are other similiar homes with garages. This might give you some ideas.

Good luck! Remember to get min 3 bids!

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
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Sat Mar 10, 2012
Carolyn Wolfe answered:
Great answers here, but if you purchased a foreclosure, then the seller wasnt even required to give you a seller's disclosure. I would consult a Real Estate attorney about your meter problem, he/she may be able to work something out with the your MUD district that works for everyone since the situation existed before your purchase. ... more
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Sun Feb 5, 2012
Chris Schilling answered:
Given your great street location and lot size for the Heights, you do have lots of options. Couple of clarifying questions first:

1. If you sold- what do you think you would net, and where could you move to with that amount of money that you both would enjoy?
2. How averse are you to a remodel project and would you try to live in the property during a major remodel and if not, where would you go for the time it took to complete?
3. Tearing down and starting over take lots of time and can be a wonderful experience with the right contractor and banker and a freaking nightmare without the right team members. Does your current work life allow you the freedom to take on this large a project.

I can help with each and every choice you have here and would love to see your place to help make a final determination. I owned a house on 13th and now live in Garden Oaks. I have done this type of project for clients and myself about 7 times now...with mixed results. My wife has promised to use her knowledge from CSI to kill me in my sleep and dispose of my body if I opt to ever put her through it

If you liked my questions, make sure to give me a "Thumbs Up" and drop me an email so we can talk offline. I also appreciate being awarded the best answer or in this case the best questions....

Good luck to you either way!

Chris Schilling, ABR, CRS, GRI, GREEN
Turbo Realty
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Fri Dec 2, 2011
Don Groff answered:
This loan is not available for properties in Texas. It does not exist. 80% is the absolute maximum you are allowed in Texas. If a lender lends you a penny more than that amount they would be in violation and you would get a free mortgage... It's the law in Texas.

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o.512.669.5599 m.512.633.4157
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Sun Jul 18, 2010
Robert Armacost answered:
According to the International Residential Code (IRC) your allowed 15" from the center of commode to a wall and 21" clearance in front, Houston may have not adopted the 069; IRC edition so you should call them. ... more
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Mon Jun 29, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:

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Mon May 11, 2009
Dominick Dina answered:

Check you Bylaws and Covenants. You were provided a copy at closing. If you cannot locate them, contact your Property Management company and get a copy.

The Bylaws and Covenants are what you agreed to follow when you purchased your home in Hearthstone. They are binding. Failure to abide usually carries a penalty.

Good luck.

Dominick Dina, Broker/Owner
Christian Realty San Antonio
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Tue Oct 9, 2007
ian cockburn answered:
It depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.
Fiberglass tubs can be really good, but a marble tub is in a whole different category. For the price of a fiberglass tub jacuzzi starting at $700.00 you can start to think about a marble tub.

Lowes has a really good fiberglass tub, nice and deep and long enough for a big guy, and older folks really like its sides...a design of a much more expensive tub. Get a fiberglass and put marble tile around the top of will get the best value for money that way, and done right, it will look great...stick to neutral colors...with a layer of a tile with some detail such as a raised impression for the Roman bath look.
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