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Thu Aug 31, 2017
Xenophon007 answered:
And in that NEXT 500-year flood - Aug 2017's Hurricane Harvey? How are things now (writing on 1 Sept.)?
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
D. Carlotta Morris answered:
contact me and I'll be happy to help you find the rental------
Carlotta Morris
Beth Ferester & Company
carlottamorris@sbcglobal.net
www.carlottamorris.com
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Fri Dec 16, 2016
UpNest answered:
You don't necessarily need an agent to buy a house. However, an agent can help you negotiate and figure out if your spending above or below market value. If you want to find an agent with a good rate in your local area, I would visit UpNest.com. ... more
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Sun Jun 5, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
That's a very broad question. If you already have in mind which subdivision you are interested in then I would suggest asking that question to your realtor. You'll have a better idea of what you are getting. ... more
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Sat Jun 4, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
The answer varies. The updates, condition, location, and pricing of the home determines whether will sell at asking price, above asking price or below asking price.

Susie Kay
Realtor
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Certified Home Stager

United Real Estate Dallas
469-371-2899
www.dfwdreamhomes.net
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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Kevin Baker answered:
Whirlpool is a solid manufacturer of both washer and dryers. Also Whirlpool appliances are made in America with high quality standards. The Asian brands have lower quality control and with the plastics and rubber there is lower quality standards which translate into broken parts a few years after you buy. I have had clients with very expensive fancy looking LG and Samsung appliances break a few years after purchase due to broken plastic and other issues. Also the top load is always better and have less issues vs front loading machines. The new top load Whirlpool are very nice, check them out at Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowes. Sears brand is made by Whirlpool and Sears has a great warranty and customer service to back up the appliance after purchase. good luck! ... more
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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Kevin Baker answered:
over the last year home prices in the area have rose about 1.7-2%. over past years they fluctuated 3-5% depending on the neighborhood and other features. home prices are expected to rise almost 4% from 2016 to 2017 in the Magnolia and The Woodlands area. Houston TX homes for sale and looking at sold comps, follow this trend with pockets of Houston and North Houston with slightly variable rates of increase. Real Estate is one of the most stable long term investments and even in short periods can gain considerable equity if buy smart. The key is to have an expert real estate agent provide good information to guide your buying decision and also a professional Realtor to give accurate comps and staging plus marketing advise to help sell your home for the most amount of money. ... more
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Wed Sep 30, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
That depends on the home, the updates, the subdivision etc. I see that you are a home buyer, so I would suggest that you ask your realtor to provide you with comps. If you don't have a realtor then I would suggest hiring one.

Susie Kay
Realtor
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Certified Home Stager

United Real Estate Dallas
469-371-2899
www.dfwdreamhomes.net
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Tue Sep 29, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
It is hard for any realtors to give you a figure without knowing the condition/updates of the home. I would suggest that you work with a local realtor and get comps on your property. You may want to contact Amanda below as she is offering you her service.

Take care,

Susie Kay
Realtor
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Certified Home Stager

United Real Estate Dallas
469-371-2899
www.dfwdreamhomes.net
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Sun May 31, 2015
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
Since you already have a mortgage, the bank (lender) cannot just add another $50,000 to your mortgage. You will actually have to apply for a home improvement loan with the same bank or another bank/lender. If you are using a contractor, they may offer you their in house financing. But be caution and make sure you understand all the terms of the loan. A lien will be placed on your property since your home/equity will be considered collateral. Good luck Linda! ... more
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Thu Apr 9, 2015
Pilar H answered:
Thank you Jeri. Any local lender listing?
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Wed Apr 1, 2015
William Puentes answered:
Sure, they are. There are some properties for a short term lease in The Woodlands area!
Contact me, and I would help you on your home search!
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
Zip codes 77381 & 77382 are mostly zoned to the woodlands high school. Although the district may redraw the zoning areas as needed. The neighborhoods as of now include: The Woodlands Cochrans Crossing, The Woodlands Panther Creek, The Woodlands Indian Springs, The Woodlands Alden Bridge, the Woodlands Harpers Landing, The Woodlands Sterling Ridge, The Woodlands and Golden Sage.

Please let us know if you have any other questions or if we can be of service in the future.

Amanda Nicodemus
Keller Williams Realty
281-380-5589
realty.houston@gmail.com
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
Home prices in the Houston and surrounding area have increased compared to the same time last year. For example, home prices in the Woodlands Texas have increased 15.8% since last year, (source: Houston Association of Realtors) which is significant.

As Joe indicated, the Woodlands is a highly desirable area due to it's prime location nestled in 'the woods'. The addition of oil & energy companies bringing a lot of jobs to the area which creates a high demand for housing, thereby driving up home prices.

Please let us know if you should need our assistance in the future.
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
There are some homes in the Woodlands Texas that are priced high. When a real estate agent/broker lists the home for sale in the Realtor(R) website, Houston Association of Realtors, they determine a market value based on recent sales in the last 3 months. Since we are in a 'sellers' market some real estate agents/brokers may price the home higher so that there's room for negotiation and because a lot of homes sellers are receiving multiple offers (which drives up the sales price).

The real estate agent/broker is not an appraiser, therefore they do not know exactly how much the home will appraise for. As you already know, the appraisal is done after the contract has been accepted and executed. If you are working with a Realtor(R) he/she should advise you & negotiate on your behalf. You certainly shouldn't be wasting more money on more appraisals.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
The minimum credit score to qualify for a mortgage loan is 580, however if it's higher you may be able to qualify for a lower interest rate. It's best to consult with a mortgage professional. I would recommend contacting Amcap Mortgage, a local mortgage banker in Spring TX. www.thetexasmortgagepros.com ... more
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
lewisremington19 answered:
A house should have a septic system. It's an essential part of your plumbing, and not having one would mean there is something wrong with the system as a whole. You should definitely check to see what the state of the current system is.
http://www.rotorooterak.com/septic-systems
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Fri Feb 6, 2015
Susan Trujillo answered:
The fees a Realtor charges vary and there is no set rate. The fees are based should coincide with the level of services the Realtor provides. I offer a note of caution for prospective Sellers on selection of the right Realtor. There are companies that offer low rates, but they may not be the bargain you thought you were getting. Have you ever purchased an item at a deep discount store, got it home and found out there was a reason it was so cheap...it just didn't work as well as you thought it would or it didn't work at all?

When choosing your Realtor, you need to understand what they are bringing to the table! What type of marketing are they doing? How frequently do they market? What does their social media campaign consist of? Do they use professional photography? Check HAR.com to see pictures of their current or past listings. What type of in-house marketing materials do they provide? Do they conduct open houses? Ask them about their track record of success. Ask them about their lessons learned. What is their communication strategy? How experienced are they at handling the many processes in getting the sales contract to the closing table? How well do they negotiate in YOUR best interests?

What is their Broker's reputation in the marketplace? Having a Broker's license does not always equate to excellent service so it is important to have a meaningful discussion with the Agent and/or Broker and ask the right questions. There are many great Realtors who don't have a Broker license and are delighted to be an associate who's focus is solely on sellers or buyers and not the management side.

A good Realtor works tirelessly to get the job done well. A good Realtor is worth their weight in gold. A not so good one could cost you more gold than you expected!

When discounting services in this industry it is often an attempt to get more listings, but provide less service. Ask yourself: is worth it if the discounting may result in slow or no communications, dumping your listing in MLS and doing little else, or worse yet, failure to follow up with the transaction and learning there is a problem right before the scheduled closing date. These are potential scenarios when you don't choose the right agent for the job. Real Estate presents many challenges, and bumps may occur, but the Realtor you choose should do everything in his/her power to navigate through those bumps and keep you informed every step of the way.

Susan Trujillo 281-755-7249
Better Homes & Gardens RE - Gary Greene
http://www.har.com/AWS/AWS.CFM?AGENT_NUMBER=431995
http://www.garygreene.com/agents/SusanTrujillo
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