An inside look at the residential real estate market in Southeast Texas including: the hottest neighborhoods, proven home selling strategies, home buying and negotiating tactics, median prices by neighborhood, average days homes are on the market, and professional advice on how to get the best deal when buying or selling a home.

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January 2015

Getting Your Southeast Texas Home Ready to Sell: Fixing Nail Holes

Want your home to sell for top dollar and sell quickly?  To make it happen, your home needs to come on the market in top shape.  One thing to do before listing your home, look at the walls.  Buyers expect clean walls and no nail holes.  Here's a quick video that shows you how to spackle those nail holes. 


For more tips on how to get your home in Southeast Texas sold for top dollar, contact me for a no cost home enhancement guide.  Because little things you do to your home to get it in top shape can make a big difference in the price it will sell for. 

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Filing For Your Homestead Exemption in Southeast Texas

If you bought a home in 2014, this is the time to file for your Homestead Exemption.  Each county has its own form that must be used to file for the Homestead Exemption.  Here is a link for the Jefferson County Appraisal District.  Click Here

Homestead form

Jefferson County identifies six types of Homestead Exemptions that may be applied for.  Everyone who owns a home that is their primary residence can apply for the General Homestead Exemption. 

You must file your application between Jan. 1 and April 30.  To get copy of of the application for Jefferson County Click Here



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Southeast Texas Homes Sales, 30 Days or Less

Curious to know what areas sell the fastest in Southeast Texas?  Here's a chart that shows the how many homes sold by area in less than 30 days during the past six month period.  Many of these sales were cash closings which are the fastest of all closing since there is no lender involved in the transaction. 

Fastest sold areas

This is just a general overview of where homes sell the fastest.  More details to follow.  If you want more information on which neighborhoods have the fastest home sales, just contact me. 

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Southeast Texas Farms and Ranches that Sold in 2014

Near and dear to my heart, Ranches.  There's nothing like your own place to call home especially, when that place has a lot of land. 

In 2014, 11 homes that I will considered "ranches" or "farm properties"- because they had at least 20 acres of land- sold.  All properties had at least a two bedroom home on the land. 

Interested in where the Southeast Texas ranch homes are located and how much they sell for on average?  Take a look at this chart. 

2015 Ranch sales

There are special features to consider when selling or buying a home with acreage.  In fact, there is a special contract used to purchase Farms and Ranches in the State of Texas.   If you are planning to buy or sell this type of property, work with a professional that specializes in Farms and Ranches.  I live on one, I've bought and sold several and helped clients through the ins and outs of the purchase and sales process many times.   So call me, I'll pull on my Ariat's, climb in my F350 and show you the best farms and ranches Southeast Texas has to offer.

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Southest Texas Home Sales Tips

The Prime Time to List a Home

Daily Real Estate News |      Thursday, January 15, 2015  

Thursday and Friday are the most common days of the week when real estate professionals list a home for sale, according to 2014 existing-home sales data analyzed by the National Association of REALTORS®. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday follow in popularity in that order. The least popular days to post a new listing are Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, the most popular months for new listings are in spring, with two-fifths of all new listings in 2014 coming on the market between March and June, according to NAR's analysis.

Also, "while home closings exhibit a strong tendency to get done at the end of the month, listings are much steadier throughout the course of the month, with a slight tendency to be posted earlier rather than later," researchers write at NAR's Economists' Outlook blog.

The following were the most popular home listing dates in 2014:

  1. Thurs., May 1
  2. Tues., April 1
  3. Thurs., May 15
  4. Fri., April 11
  5. Fri., May 30
  6. Thurs., April 10
  7. Fri., May 16
  8. Fri., June 6
  9. Fri., May 2
  10. Fri., May 9

See Original Article Here

Food for thought if you are thinking about selling your home,  in our local Southeast Texas market, the average number of days homes are staying on the market is 110.  If you want to move this spring or early summer now is the perfect time to list your home. 








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Southeast Texas Home Sellers, Get Your Home on YouTube.

Coldwell Banker has its own YouTube channel where you can find a lot of helpful videos.  I haven't tried this one but I'm going to.  Its a simple way to clean your microwave. 

If you are getting ready to sell your Southeast Texas home and want to get maximum exposure from the internet, including a video on YouTube, contact me.  Coldwell Banker's seller marketing platform beats the competition hands down. 

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Fairfield Homes Selling Quicker than Other Beaumont Neighborhoods

With ten sales in the past 12 months and half of the sales taking less than seventy days, Fairfield continues to be a hot neighborhood in Southeast Texas. 

2015 Fairfield

Another sign of a hot neighborhood is the percentage that the sellers negotiate off their original asking price.  In Fairfield, sellers are negotiating less than 3% off their asking price.  With a great location off Major Drive and a sought after school track its no wonder Fairfield is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the area.

What neighborhood do you want to find out about?  Comment here with the neighborhood you want to know more about.  I'll pull the figures for you and post them on the blog. 

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Barrington Heights Home Sales_High, Low, Average and Median Prices

2015 Barrington resales

Interested in what the new construction in Barrington Height is selling for?  I can help.  When you work with a professional REALTOR who has membership in the MLS you will have the advantage of getting this information to help you make a smart decision on what any home in Southeast Texas is worth in today's market.  

If you are thinking about selling or buying a home, I can help. Contact me for a professional home valuation.


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