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Curb Appeal in Texas : Real Estate Advice

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Tue May 3, 2016
Jmdorn77 asked:
What are the affects the value of homes when speed bumps are installed in a gated upscale neighborhood of less than 100 homes?
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Wed May 6, 2015
Clayton Reagan answered:
Give Leslie Lilly at Lonestar Natives a call! They are afforable, extremely professional, and they are local to the East Side. Check them out at or call them at 512 417 4934. Best of luck! ... more
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Tue Dec 16, 2014
Tim Moore answered:
I don't see your home even being for sale and the picture on Trulia is pulled from public records. If it's not for sale what is the goal?
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Tue Apr 29, 2014
Paula Raymond answered:
Its not a bad idea in any case - but if it's a VA loan - it will be required. Its always good to order it during the option period along with the other inspection. Just be careful about time - they are only good for 30 days. ... more
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Wed Mar 5, 2014
Kacey Wells answered:

Did this ever get addressed for you? If not let me know and I'll help you out.

Kacey Wells
G.J. Gardner Homes
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Sun Jul 21, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Well; has the Slate lasted FIVE YEARS?
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Wed May 29, 2013
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
The United Home Team answered:

Personally, I would only bring the properties condition up if it will place more money back in your pocket. This update would definately help however it might not be necessary. Please feel free to contact me directly depending on where your estates price point is, is what will determine the need to add new windows or not.

Keller Williams Realty
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Sun Apr 8, 2012
Next Door Girl answered:
i'm sure you have a HMA, homeowner ass. send a letter to them, explain your situation.
Usually, they go at the house make outside inspection and send them a review with the policies.
They also send how many days they have in order to repair or do the yard.
If they don't do anything, HMA send a company and make the requirement by the policies, and later they send to the owner the bill.
If you don't have HMA, look in your community/town what is the law said.
Good Luck
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Bruce Lynn answered:
Tough question. It brings to mind a whole block of unique homes, but this I probably have not seen.

In Dallas I guess I'm think Preston Hollow, Bluffview, Highland Park and University Park. Maybe some of the areas around these as well.

You can sometimes see some of these homes at the link below.
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Thu May 19, 2011
Torquil Creevy answered:
If it's not a tow away zone or fire lane,etc...or if there is no permit needed to park on that street--not much can be done legally. You have some excellent advice for the friendly neighbor approach. ... more
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Sat Apr 2, 2011
Rachel Sibley answered:
You might try the 1704 West Ave is a "Brownstone type" building of just 12 units/condos, located south and west of UT by 5 blocks and west and north of the Capitol by about 7 blocks...historic "Judge's Hill" neighborhood (where the early lawyers associated with the Capitol built homes for their families) the 78701 zip code but much more affordable, quiet, and secure.....with gated reserved parking and storage units :) ... more
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Sun Feb 20, 2011
Martha Busby answered:
Is there a property you were intrested in or wanted more details on?
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Fri Jan 21, 2011
Irma Klenk ABR, I.R.E.S SFR. answered:
Yes , I agree with everyone, new buyers and renters are watching HGTV.......pricing , comparing , and aware of what's new all those smaller details are not overlooked.
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Thu Jul 2, 2009
Jeffrey Schnabel answered:

It depends on what the green space is zoned for. If designated green space (owned by the HOA, or other entity that will hold it as green space in perpetuity, then yes, it adds value. Then it depends on what type of space it is. If it’s a relatively solid forest with some depth to it, or is a large field with trees that limit visibility beyond the green space, it’s valuable. If it’s more of just “space”, but you can see beyond it, it depends on what you “see” beyond it.

But more typically, the green space in outlying areas is just undeveloped land, then it depends on what it’s currently being used for, and what the likely potential future uses are. I have a brokerage client (I am also an appraiser) that bought in Liberty Hill in the Cierra Springs neighborhood. They have an Eastern rear exposure (highly desirable) and back up to a longhorn ranch. They are on a 1-acre tract and highly value the ranch land behind them, but know that it could someday be sold for other similar SFR homes. The value to them was on the order of $20K.


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Sun Mar 8, 2009
Andy asked:
I prefer two-stories that are more traditional in style (like those in Dallas), not the southwest or 'scrunchy' styles I keep seeing where there is only a door and garage in the front then…
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Fri Aug 1, 2008
Carol Pease, Broker answered:
I wonder if you completed your project? Did you do the hardwood as several agents suggested. This seems to be the trend everywhere. I myself prefer the rich look of real hardwood but I also like tile in bathrooms. For resale purposes we are seeing more and more hardwood. ... more
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Tue Jun 3, 2008
Don Tepper answered:
Jed, David, and Ruth are on target. They'll notice and consider the neighborhood even before they get to the house. And some will make a decision on whether to even go inside based on the neighborhood.

True example: There's a nice cluster of homes--late 1970s, 4/2.5, 1/3 acre lots on what used to be pasture--close to where I live. And there are three ways to drive there. One way is fairly rural, up and down hills, nicely wooded, past some other similar homes. The second way is past a number of horse farms--older houses, lots of acreage, white wooden fences. The third way is past a community of small poorly-built houses from the 1950s--3/1s that originally had outhouses. They're on small lots. Some have cars up on blocks in front. There are lots of plastic children's toys scattered on the lawns.

Any agent familiar with the area will provide directions to bring people in through one of the first two ways--rural and wooded, or rolling horse farms. It sets the right mood. Coming in the third way won't help sell the house or the community.

And once a buyer approaches the specific house, he or she again is looking at the neighbors. Another true story: I know some investors who rehab urban houses. When they're rehabbing, the work on the curb appeal not only of their rehab, but of the neighbors 4-5 houses in either direction on both sides of the street. And that's meant, on occasion (asking beforehand, of course) having their landscaping and lawnmowing crews take care not only of the rehab house, but of the neighbors' houses.

And once a buyer pulls in front of the specific house for sale, it's not just the overall effect and landscaping but whether there's a clear, visible entrance to the house. I've seen a number of houses where you pull up and you really don't know which way to go. Sometimes, there's been an addition to the house. Other times, it's a garage that sticks so far out that it obscures the whole entryway. Most of the time, even with poorly considered construction or design, it's something that could be remedied through landscaping, a defined walkway, a visible door (with surrounding potted plants), and so on.

Hope that helps.
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Wed May 21, 2008
Matt Stigliano answered:
There have been rentals available there, but currently the MLS is showing none available (as of Wednesday 5/21 8:50am). If you'd like I can set up an automatic notification for you if anything comes on the market, just let me know - (210)479-3948.

So you know the prices of the previous listings have ranged from $900-$2000. Any other questions, feel free to give me a call.

Matt Stigliano
Exit Realty North-San Antonio
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