Why in the world should I hire a REALTOR® to sell my house in today’s “seller’s market?”

Miracle🙏deal thanks to my agent partners in Victoria, Houston, and Austin, TX! #howdidwedoit

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I had the honor of helping the parents of a high school friend. A military Veteran and his wife weren’t sure which city to move to, and thanks to my global reach with eXp, I was able to have a team of other agents assist me!

This is how we helped a seller sell a house and buy their next house simultaneously…

🏡SAN ANTONIO MEDICAL CENTER TOWNHOUSE – LISTED FOR SALE – SOLD IN 20 DAYS:

We gambled and listed over market value and we STILL sold it over list price! But the price wasn’t a shot in the dark! I had to gauge the market and watch the activity throughout the transaction. Being strategic helped us select the best offer that fell within a price range I felt an appraisal could come close to so we wouldn’t risk losing our buyer. With the way the Appraisals are moving in today’s market, there was no guarantee! It may have been a gamble, but our strategy and confidence in the numbers paid off extremely well!

🏡COUNTRY HOME IN PLEASANTON, TX – ONLY 9 DAYS ON THE MARKET:

My clients were prepared to pay at least $15,000 above list price to secure the home. But I advised them not to. While it may have appraised that high, I wanted an opportunity to negotiate a better deal for my clients… saving them at least $10,000 (*WITH* the contingency to sell their San Antonio townhouse first)!We had back-to-back closings on the same day. And my clients were able to move from one home to the other as they had originally requested (and hoped for). In today’s market, it may sound EASY to sell homes over list price and ride the wave of buyers’ bidding wars. But not all deals are created equal! There’s so much more behind the scenes that we (experienced REALTORS®️) are working through and fighting for to help our clients. #agentVal

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Val J Aranda, REALTOR®️ & Mentor
A Wonderful Life Real Estate Group
eXp Realty, LLC

“Helping everyone own a piece of Texas!”
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Can someone please explain what’s happening in the real estate market today?

“The market is crazy!” Everyone keeps saying that, but what does that mean exactly?

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The real estate market that we’re currently in is new for most of us. Even in my 23 years of running a real estate business, I’ve never experienced anything like this! The “crazy”, from my point of view, is the tide-change from what used to be smooth sailing just before the pandemic, to the now choppy and unfamiliar waters. What that means to any real estate consumer is, now more than ever, consumers need an experienced REALTOR® to help navigate the crazy seas of real estate!

So, what’s so different? That’s an excellent (and a very loaded) question! I’ll try to explain…

Remember that other tidal wave that disrupted real estate back in 2007-2008? The market crashed and one of the results was a massive tsunami of foreclosures that flooded the real estate market. As a result, when homeowners needed or wanted to sell their homes, they had no choice but to compete with the HUNDREDS of foreclosures in and around their neighborhood. Foreclosures, at the time, were being sold as-is (in need of much repair) and for well below market value. So when trying to determine a list price, those foreclosures were dropping the housing values dramatically. Another domino effect was that in order for sellers to attract homebuyers, not only did they have to drop their list prices to stand out from the crowd of foreclosures but they also offered to pay a buyer’s closing costs. It was a BUYER’S MARKET (buyers had control and leverage). Even the builders jumped on that wagon and attracted home buyers with incredible incentives like price reductions, closing cost assistance, and free builder upgrades. Builders even went as far as to offer big bonuses to REALTORS® in order for us to help sell their products.

Between 2009 up to just before the pandemic, the rough seas of the real estate market were calming down. We were smooth sailing again. For homebuyers, for example, I was able to negotiate sales prices below list prices. I was able to negotiate to have sellers pay closing costs, title policies, and home warranties. If a seller needed to stay in the home for a short period of time after closing, buyers were able to charge “rent” for the temporary lease-back.

For sellers, on the other hand, I was able to rely on SOLD data from the past three to six months to determine a Fair Market Value (FMV). Properties that sold and closed within the past six months offered a reliable range of comparable pricing for similar properties (without a lot of foreclosures, like before). Understanding the data and the sales trends, we were able to help sellers get the best price without taking big risks of losing a deal because an appraisal fell short.

Now, fast forward to today – post COVID-19 Pandemic:

In short, everything that we were used to (the smooth sailing) turned upside down! And the best way people can express the change is by calling it, “CRAZY!”

“Crazy” is the “new normal” for the real estate market and for now it looks like this…

It’s a SELLER’S MARKET – SELLERS GONE WILD! Gone are the days of sellers having to “attract” buyers. Even foreclosures (the few we have to contend with) are earning top dollar. Today, we currently have more buyers than active listings. And what happens when you have one baited fishing line and hundreds of hungry fish? A FEEDING FRENZY! Now, when a new listing hits the market, it’s like dropping that fishing line off the boat right into shark-infested waters! You guessed it – it’s a bidding war. There’s no time to “test the market” or to offer under list price, “just to see what happens.” If you try that, what’s going to happen is that your offer will be pushed to the bottom of the 20 other (more serious) offers the seller already received.

In today’s market, if a potential buyer really wants to win the deal, they need to offer their “best and final offer” upfront. Why? Because sellers don’t have to counter every offer they receive. Listing agents will help sellers weed out the good, the bad, and the ugly offers and they’ll negotiate with the best ONE first. Chances are, that buyer will get the deal done.

How can we sweeten a BUYER’S offer to stand out from the crowd? Now THAT’S the question to be asking.

Call me or text me at 210-378-5987 right now, and I’ll tell you exactly what we can do for YOU! The strategy isn’t a secret, the strategy is customized to your needs.

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU TODAY?

~Agent Val


Val J Aranda, REALTOR® & Certified eXp University Mentor
A Wonderful Life Real Estate Group
Brokered by eXp Realty, LLC

Call/Text: 210-378-5987
http://www.aWonderfulLifeRealEstateGroup.com

Agent Val’s Mentorship Program: Mortgage-101 with Daniel Camacho, Gold Financial Services in San Antonio, TX

Before too much time goes by, I wanted to send a quick shout-out to the mortgage man, Dan!

Dan, thank you for inviting us to your office for a private lunch & learn for a “Mortgage-101” session for my team of eXp Realty Mentees. Your expertise, your advice, and your sincerity are priceless. These new entrepreneurs have a great career ahead of them, and I’m glad they have you as a resource!

THANK YOU!

Your pal,
Val

P.S. Wanna video chat? LOL 🤣#insidejoke #agentVal

Val J Aranda, Your Texas REALTOR
A Wonderful Life Real Estate Group
eXp Realty, LLC | 210-378-5987 Text/Call

CREATE YOUR DREAM MAN CAVE

Sometimes, the man or men of the house just need a little space to do their thing. That’s why, if your home layout allows, a man cave is a great addition. Now that you have the space picked out, how should you fill it? Check out the below to get you started!

Mini fridge and bar. Every good man cave has a stockpile of drinks and food. Purchase a mini fridge and fill it with your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Then, don’t forget to fill a basket with easy-to-grab snacks. Ample seating. You’ll likely be spending a large chunk of time in your man cave watching tv, relaxing, playing games, and more, so choosing the right couch or recliners is crucial. Plus, if you plan to have the guys over, you’ll want to make sure you choose furniture that can seat everyone comfortably and have back-up folding chairs in case you need more spots. Favorite décor. Whether you’re a big movie buff, die-hard sports fan, or dedicated concert goer, your man cave is the perfect place to let your interests shine by displaying your favorite memorabilia, posters, jerseys, and more. TV. The centerpiece of your man cave is your TV. You should purchase one that is large enough to see clearly from any spot in the room and comes equipped with streaming services to ensure you can catch the game or newest movie release with a click of a button. Games. Video games, card games, board games, and more. Fill your man cave with all your favorites to keep you and your guests entertained with some friendly competition.

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6 TIPS TO WIN IN A HOT SELLER’S MARKET

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MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR FIRST HOME

You’ve just purchased your first home and it’s time to start filling it up. But, where to start? Below is a list of must-haves for each room in your home!

Living room. Aside from standard furniture, like a couch, chairs, coffee table, and television, there are a few other staples you should consider purchasing, such as a plush rug, floor lamp, TV stand with cupboards or drawers, and throw blankets.

Kitchen. On top of dishes, silverware, and glassware, don’t forget other kitchen essentials such as a can opener, bottle opener, toaster, strainer, oven mitts, baking sheet, measuring cups and spoons, and cooking utensils. Plus, it’s a good idea to stock up on basic seasonings, oil, and other commonly used condiments.

Bedroom. When you think of your bedroom, purchasing a bed frame, mattress, bedding, dresser, hangers, and bedside table are the first items that come to mind. In addition to those, you may want to consider picking up a table lamp, laundry hamper, wall or full-length mirror, wall or door hooks, and under bed storage bins.

Bathroom. A bath mat, shower curtain, shower liner, toothbrush holder, hand soap dispenser, plunger, and toilet brush are must-have items for each bathroom in your home.

Cleaning supplies. New home means new cleaning supplies. Start by purchasing dishwashing soap, laundry detergent, handsoap, disinfectant spray, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, mop, broom, and sponges.

Other. It’s always a good idea to keep a few maintenance and safety essentials on hand in your home. Some items to consider are a step ladder, small safe, first aid kit, batteries, flashlight, lighter, extension cord, toolbox, and duct tape.

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Who do you know who’s looking for the perfect home in Schertz, TX?

CALL OR TEXT ME TODAY
(210) 378-5987 Val J Aranda

“Cheery Aviation Heights home on almost 1/4 acre in the heart of Schertz. Also included is a detached studio apartment with its own kitchen, full bath, and separate water heater – perfect for guests or multigenerational living.”

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SMART KITCHEN PRODUCTS

As technology continues to evolve year over year, new products hit the market that help make our lives easier. Check out these five amazing innovations that can assist you in the kitchen!

Instant Pot Smart WiFi 8-in-1 Multicooker.

This handy appliance is an electric pressure cooker, steamer, rice cooker, warmer, and more. It’s compatible with Alexa and connects to WiFi, allowing you to access more than 1,000 recipes, control cook settings, and check on your meal’s progress with their free app or voice assistant.

NutriBullet Balance Bluetooth Enabled Smart Blender.

Using Bluetooth to connect the blender to your smart device, you can use the free NutriBullet Balance app to set your health goals and select from hundreds of recipes. Then the blender counts calories, proteins, carbs, and more based on the volume of each ingredient you add.

Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker.

By pairing this smart coffee maker with an Echo Dot, your morning routine becomes a little easier. Ask your Alexa app or the smart speaker to start brewing up to 12 cups of coffee, switch between regular or bold brew, or turn the coffee maker off.

Qi Aerista IoTea Brewer.

Not a coffee fan? Not to worry, we have you covered. This smart tea brewer has 9 automatic tea programs for different types of tea and can be controlled with the free Qi Aerista app.

COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer. Combining the power of this air fryer with the Echo Dot, use the voice assistant or the VeSync app to cook your favorite meals or choose from 100 pre-programed recipes.

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Night Owls & Early Birds!

This hot potato was just listed in the Historic Jefferson area!

*RED ALERT* If you’re paying over $1,400 in rent – STOP! Stop stressing about your lease expiring, stop worrying about rent hikes, forget about not being able to paint and decorate the way YOU want!

HERE’S THE HOME FOR YOU!
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Gorgeous wood floors, an open layout, and an oversized Sunroom that makes for an additional living room or office space.
THE EXTRAS:
* Almost 1/4 acre lot
* Central Air
* Gas cooking
* First-time buyers and Investors welcome

>> Ask about our investor who’s offering a lease with an option-to-buy. Text: “R2O-1520667” to 210-378-5987 <<

Brought to you by:
Val J Aranda
A Wonderful Life Real Estate Group
eXp Realty, LLC
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