5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale

NEW SERIES FOR SELLERS:  Helping Owners Get Ready To List Their House [Article 1 of 6 – “5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale”] There are so many indicators flashing and pointing to the light at the end of the tunnel.  HOUSES ARE A HOT COMMODITY, AGAIN!  Two big indicators are Appraisals and Surveys.Continue reading “5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale”

A House is Like a Box of Cereal

A FACEBOOK FRIEND BRINGS UP A GREAT “LISTING” QUESTION.  When preparing a house for sale:  “Extreme Makeover.  Is that the direction of today’s real estate market?” I enjoy interacting with customers, clients and friends on my Facebook page (Val-A-Homes.com on Facebook).  This week, I had a potential seller post a web page showing some beforeContinue reading “A House is Like a Box of Cereal”

THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE

In case you haven’t heard, I’m running a Thanksgiving Giveaway titled, “Agent Val Gives Back-2012!”  It’s just my way of giving back to folks who follow my social sites and support my business efforts. Once upon a time, about three years ago, I closed my eyes and took a dive into Facebook.  I wanted toContinue reading “THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE”

AGENT VAL GIVES BACK: 2012

11/20/2012 – GIVEAWAY STATUS UPDATE:  GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!  Congratulations to the winners and…  THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRIES!  Giveaway Status Update – 11/19/2012:  Thanks to my business partner, Daylon Brady, Senior Loan Officer with Castle & Cooke Mortgage, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $50.00 each to spend at “Thirty-One Gifts” by Laura Ramon Meza, Consultant! *** ***Continue reading “AGENT VAL GIVES BACK: 2012”

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

During our first face-to-face meeting, my buyer looked me straight in the eye and stated, “Val, I watch those Home Shows, and the REALTOR® always shows a house above the buyer’s price range.”  Showing frustration, she asked, “Why do they do that?”  Noticing that her guard was slightly elevated, I explained (for one), that’s theContinue reading “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”

FOURTH OF JULY IN SAN ANTONIO – 2012

If you’re still undecided on what to do for the Fourth of July, maybe I can help.  I teamed up with my wonderful niece Savanah, and after hours of picking and poking through web sites, we found some smokin’ hot things to do in and around town.  Along with our list of events, we’ve included linksContinue reading “FOURTH OF JULY IN SAN ANTONIO – 2012”

HOUSE-HUNTERS

HGTV is my MTV and “House-Hunters” is one of my favorite “music videos!” HGTV has been airing “House-Hunters” over and over and over again.  The scenarios with each couple are also repetitive.  On each episode, there are two people buying a home for the first time. They have THREE categories to seriously consider… 1. Price 2.Continue reading “HOUSE-HUNTERS”

LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS (Curb Appeal)

[Express News, San Antonio, TX – SUNDAY, 11 March 2012 Edition – referenced article; “SELLING A HOME:  Nailing the Curb Appeal.”] MY THOUGHTS:  For many home sellers, January can be a rough month.  Their properties might have been listed for six to twelve months, and never got a SOLD sign.  When February comes around, someContinue reading “LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS (Curb Appeal)”

Between Friends (Newsletter) 2012

BETWEEN FRIENDS is a monthly newsletter filled with household tips, a monthly recipe and general real estate news.  Get your copy today! “Between Friends” – Jul 2012In this Month’s Issue:Health & Safety:  Sharpen Your MemoryHelpful Hints:  Beating ProcrastinationSavor the Flavor-Recipe:  Greek Grilled CheeseBrain Teasers:  Olympic TriviaHousehold Tips:  Ideas for Creative Reuse BetweenFriends-Jun2012In this Month’s Issue:Health & Safety:  Guidelines for Child SafetyContinue reading “Between Friends (Newsletter) 2012”

REALTORS® are Secret Weapons

Chances are, if you’re thinking about buying a home, you are wanting to research as much information as possible before speaking with a “salesperson.” I don’t blame you. When I’m shopping for a car, I do the EXACT same thing. I want to be armed with information so I feel like I have more control.Continue reading “REALTORS® are Secret Weapons”