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”

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”

ARM WRESTLING: Buyer-VS-Seller

BUYERS CAN HAVE LEVERAGE!  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  One seller lost out on my Buyer’s offer because he didn’t want to budge on his price or on closing costs. The Seller would rather wait and see if his “back-up” buyer fixes his credit and pays full price.  He HOPES the back-up buyer comesContinue reading “ARM WRESTLING: Buyer-VS-Seller”

I’M NOT CUT-OUT FOR USED CAR SALES

If I were a used car salesperson, I’d have the WORSE sales record EVER! If I knew a car was just pulled out of a river or if the engine was being held by twist-ties, I would send you to another dealership. I’m not saying that all car salespeople are unethical, I’m just saying thatContinue reading “I’M NOT CUT-OUT FOR USED CAR SALES”