If you need assistance, please call 281-317-0445

  • Keller Williams Realty Blog

    Monday, June 05, 2017   /   by Jake Lippincott

    Just What is a Contingency Anyway?

    I'll buy your house, once I sell mine
    People move for various reasons of course and sometimes find themselves with a home to sell before they can complete the new purchase.  If you find yourself in this position, here are some key points to keep in mind when considering making an offer on that new home that you're in love with.

    This is my priority list of an offer being accepted when making a contingent offer.

    1.  Your house not on the market yet- Seller will not take it seriously. 

    2.  Your house is just fresh on the market- Better, but barely.

    3.  Your house is on the market, is having showings, and maybe even an agent who has shown it  twice to the same client.  Getting warmer!

    4.  Your house is on the market and has an agreed upon offer- NOW we're talking!

    5.  Your house not only has the executed contract (agreed upon offer) but has had inspections, and any repairs have been negotiated.  In other words ...

    Read More

    Saturday, November 01, 2014   /   by John Duncan

    I'll buy your house, once I sell mine

    A contingency sale in short is when a person says, "I'll buy your house once I sell mine." 
     
    People move for various reasons of course and sometimes find themselves with a home to sell before they can complete the new purchase.  If you find yourself in this position, here are some key points to keep in mind when considering making an offer on that new home that you're in love with.
     
    This is my priority list of an offer being accepted when making a contingent offer.
     
    1.  Your house not on the market yet- Seller will not take it seriously. 
    2.  Your house is just fresh on the market- Better, but barely.
    3.  Your house is on the market, is having showings, and maybe even an agent who has shown it  twice to the same client.  Getting warmer!
    4.  Your house is on the market and has an agreed upon offer- NOW we're talking!
    5.  Your house not only has the executed contract (agreed upon offer) but has had in ...

    Read More

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014   /   by John Duncan

    What do you *really* want in your new home?

    Make good choices.  How many times have we heard that?  Maybe even said it to your kids on occasion (or multiple ones!)  Although it was prior to my real estate career, I very well remember my first home.  While not a large home, it was custom built because I thought I needed all the bells and whistles.  Without a doubt, it was very nice.  However I was a single 21 year old and found myself *house poor* and trust me, it was not fun.  I couldn't do anything else because I was paying for that darned house.  One of the things I enjoy the most these days is causing people to think when it comes to their home purchase; or even their decision to purchase at all.  So I put together some questions that you may find helpful.
     
     1.  Commute times to and from work - what's the upper limit.  Retired?  Where are the places you frequent?
     2.  Schools - Do you have kids in school?  Be sure and consider the future ...

    Read More

    Wednesday, January 01, 2014   /   by John Duncan

    5 Simple Things You Need To Know To Make The Home Buying Process Easier

    In reality, there are only 5 things you need to know and do to make your home buying experience as simple as possible.
     
    1. Get pre-approved for your loan.
    If possible, get “pre-approved” for a loan in the amount you’re willing to borrow.
     
    With this pre-approval, you are in a stronger position to buy a home when you’re ready – rather than finding your dream home, only to lose it to another buyer, because you were waiting on the approval.
     
    2. Find a great real estate consultant.
    Once you’ve decided to buy a home, find a great real estate consultant. What you’re looking for is a Buyer’s Agent. This means that the consultant represents YOU as the buyer, rather than the person selling the home.
     
    They will have YOUR best interests at heart. Really good consultants know their markets, and will help you find the best match for your needs and wants.
     
    They can also recommend mortgage brokers with whom they& ...

    Read More

    Wednesday, January 01, 2014   /   by John Duncan

    6 things to know before you jump

     
    They will have YOUR best interests at heart. Really good consultants know their markets, and will help you find the best match for your needs and wants.
     
    They can also recommend mortgage brokers with whom they’ve worked in the past.
     
    3. Look before you leap.
    Drive around the neighborhood at different times of day. Get out and walk around and chat with neighbors. Some people like friendly neighbors, others think of them as nosy.
     
    Drive to the local grocery store, laundry, anywhere that you frequent.
     
    Visit nearby schools and see for yourself how the kids behave and how the grounds look. The point is to see if this is really the type of neighborhood you want to live in BEFORE you make an offer.
     
    4. Be prepared.
    Make sure your contract has reasonable contingencies included to protect you as a buyer. Reasonable can be things like -- approval by a home inspector and title clearance.

    Read More