Hi. I'm Diane McNelis, Award winning Texas Realtor(R) with Coldwell Banker Southern Homes. Selling and Buying homes in Southeast Texas can be complicated. I'm here to help. When we work together I become your advocate. My goal is to get you the best deal possible and to exceed your service expectations. On my blog, I share tips and strategies for selling and buying homes in Southeast Texas.

Buying and Selling Tips

Home Sales in Westchase Village, Beaumont, Texas

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Since Jan. 1, 2020 there have been five homes close in Westchase Village.  Most of the top Beaumont Realtors refer to Westchase Village as one of Beaumont's premier neighborhoods.  Home prices start in the mid 200's and quickly go up into the 500's.  

Take a look at what homes have sold in Westchase Village this year.

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If you are thinking about selling a home in Southeast Texas, not just Westchase Village then these are data points you will want to know.  The best listing agents will always know this neighborhood sales data before they price a home.  We get our data from the MLS.  Zillow can't tell you what your Southeast Texas home is worth.  They don't have anyone here looking at homes.  They are giving you a computer generate guess called a Zestimate.  

If you really want to know the value of any home in Southeast Texas work with a top real estate agent.  What house do you want to know the value of?  Ask me.  I'm here to help.  My specialization is helping sellers strategically price their homes to sell at top dollar in a reasonable amount of time.  I work with relocation clients including Cartus Relocation, SIRVA relocation and several others.  Customer satisfaction is my highest priority.  If you are thinking of selling your home contact me here on the blog or by phone, text or email.  



Finding a Top Realtor in Beaumont, Orange, Lumberton, Texas

Qualities to look for when you choose a Realtor include: 

  • High level of Customer Service
  • Marketing Expertise
  • Years of Experience
  • Award Winning Performance
  • and .....
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Hi.  My name is Diane McNelis, top producing Realtor with Coldwell Banker Southern Homes.  You found my Blog.  Here I post information that is helpful for anyone who is thinking about selling a home in Southeast Texas.  

I've been an award winning agent with multi-millions in sales volume for the past decade.  Wow. That makes me feel a little old.  LOL.  My specialties are marketing homes for sale, relocation sales and outstanding customer service.  

Here's a link to my Website for Desktop Use and my Mobile App  You can search for homes for sale with a direct connection to the MLS for the most accurate information (unlike Zillow).  

If you have any questions about selling a home in Southeast Texas, reach out to me by text, voice or email.  I'm here to help.  



Selling Your Southeast Texas Home

If you are thinking about selling your home in Southeast Texas this spring call me.  Let me show you the marketing advantage I can provide with the power of Coldwell Banker Southern Homes.  

Better marketing = more buyers = better sales price.  

Relocating with the Cartus Relocation Network?  I'm certified with Cartus and a Cartus Marketing Specialist.  I can help you sell your home with your benefits.



The First Steps: Buying a Home in Southeast Texas

I'm often asked what is the first step to take when buying a home.  Should I go look at homes first?  Should I get pre-approved for my loan first?  Great question!  There's no wrong answer but I think it is most helpful to talk to a lender and find out what a comfortable monthly payment for you will be.  No sense falling in love with a home that will make you house poor.   Watch this video for more tips. 


If you don't know any local lenders call me.  I work with lenders all the time and I'm happy to share.



Silsbee, Vidor, and Orange Home Sales Summer 2018

Let's continue with yesterday's post about the ten Southeast Texas residential areas with the highest number of home sales this summer.  Today, Silsbee home sales, Vidor home sales, and Orange home sales are shown on the chart.  

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You might notice the average sales price in these three areas is quite a bit lower than the average sales price in Lumberton, Orangefield and Bridge City.  Keep in mind Vidor and Orange had a substantially large number of homes flood during Hurricane Harvey.  The sales of flooded and gutted homes at low prices is bringing down the average sales price.  

Of the 1o55 total homes sales from June 1 - Sept. 15, 2018, the average sales price was $179,294 and the average days on the market was 121.  

Which area or neighborhood of Southeast Texas are you most interested in?  Let me know in the comments and I will share some market data for you.





Choosing a Top Realtor in Beaumont, Texas. Diane McNelis


How do you choose a top Realtor?   There are a few simple things to check before you choose a real estate agent.

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  1.   How long has the Realtor been in the real estate business?  The longer the better.  The more contracts they have written and homes they have sold has added to their knowledge and experience.  Look for an agent who's been in the business at least five years and has sold over 100 homes.  I've been helping people buy and sell homes for about 18 years and have written hundreds of contracts. 
  2.  Is the Realtor a Relocation Certified Agent?  Relocation agents are chosen by their brokers because they are the top agents in their office.  Relocation agents take extra training and meet high customer satisfaction goals.  I've been a Relocation Agent for over 10 years.  I work with Cartus clients, Brookfield clients, Weichart clients and several others.
  3.  What do past clients say about the Realtor?  We live in a world of reviews.  If you agent can't show you good reviews from past clients you might need to look around for another agent.  

If you are thinking about selling a home in Southeast Texas and you are looking to talk to a top Realtor, please call me.  Text me if you prefer to text.  I'm always available to discuss real estate and the ways I can help you sell your home. 







Picking the Best Realtor for You.



If you search the Beaumont Enterprise archives for my name you will find several real estate articles I have written for them over the past ten years.  

Last Sunday, in the Sound Off column I answered the question "Should you use a friend as your agent?"  

Its true I do work with a lot of friends and people in my social circle.  It is also true that frequently clients become friends.  Especially when they have young children like me.  

If you have a friend who is a professional full time realtor then you will benefit from working with them on the sale or purchase of a home.  

Whether we are friends or not, when I work with you I become your real estate advocate.  My job is to protect your interests and get you the best deal possible.  

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Southeast Texas I'd like to talk to you.  






Home Remodeling Projects that Payback When You Sell

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Kitchen renovations and upgrades are among the top remodeling projects most likely to add value to a home at resale and most likely to appeal to home shoppers, according to the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, conducted by the National Association of REALTORS┬«. The report takes a look at the cost of the most common exterior and interior remodeling and replacement projects and gauges how much appeal they have to buyers at resale.

If you are rebuilding your home after flooding from Harvey, spending money on upgrading your kitchen and installing new wood flooring are at the top of the list in terms of what appeals to buyers and where you get the most money back on sales price.  

Good to know as my husband and I start to rebuild our Wexford Park home that got 3 1/2 feet of water thanks to Harvey and the Dam B water release.

If you need help determining the value of your Southeast Texas home contact me here on the blog, call or text me.  I'm happy to give you a market analysis.   There is no cost.  #409Strong  #409Sold