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.

Selling Your Home

Selling Homes Safely in Southeast Texas

Have you been thinking about selling a home in Beaumont, Lumberton or Orange but have concerns about Covid and letting buyers come into your home?  

As a professional, local Southeast Texas Realtor my job of safely selling homes has taken on a whole new dimension in 2020.  There are many new safety measures we have put in place to protect both home buyers and home sellers from Covid.  You still may be asking is this a good time to sell. 

Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now?

Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now? | MyKCM

In today’s real estate market, the buzz is all about how it’s a great time to sell your house. Buyer demand is high, and there simply aren’t enough homes available to buy to meet that growing need. This means now is the time to make a move so you can close the deal on your ideal terms.

Even in today’s strong sellers’ market, there are homeowners who are choosing not to sell due to ongoing concerns around the health crisis, financial uncertainty, and life in general. According to Zillow, here are the top three reasons homeowners who are thinking of selling sometime in the next three years are not putting their houses on the market right now:

  • 34% - Life is too uncertain right now
  • 31% - Financial uncertainty
  • 25% - COVID-19 health concerns

If you identify with any of these, you’re not alone. Whether it’s the future of your employment situation or simply being uncomfortable having guests in your home for showings, life feels a lot different than it did at this time last year. The good news is, real estate professionals have spent the majority of 2020 figuring out how to sell homes safely, and it’s paying off for those who are choosing to move this year.

Real estate agents are doing two things very well to make selling your house possible:

1. Agents Are Implementing Technology in the Process

While abiding by state and local regulations as a top priority, real estate agents are making sales happen safely and effectively by leveraging key pieces of technology. Agents know exactly what today’s buyers and sellers need and how to put the necessary digital steps in place. For example, agents have capitalized on the technology buyers find most helpful when deciding on a new home:

  • Virtual tours
  • Accurate and detailed listing information
  • Detailed neighborhood information
  • High-quality listing photos
  • Agent-led video chats

They’re listening to their audience and leveraging the tools that help buyers get an initial look at a home without having to step inside. This helps reduce the number of people entering your home, so only those who are very seriously interested need to take the next step: in-person showings.

2. Agents Are Facilitating Safe and Effective In-Person Showings

After leveraging technology, if you have serious buyers who still want to see your house in person, agents are following the guidelines set by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and utilizing safe ways to proceed. Here are a few of them, understanding again that the agent’s top priority is always to follow­ state and local restrictions first:

  • Limiting in-person activity
  • R­­­equiring guests to wash their hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Removing shoes or covering them with booties
  • Following CDC guidance on social distancing and wearing face coverings

Getting comfortable with your agent – a true trusted advisor – taking these steps under the modern-era safety standards might be your best plan. This is especially important if you’re in a position where you need to sell your house sooner rather than later.

As Jeff Tucker, Senior Economist for Zillow notes:

“Homeowners who feel life is uncertain right now may think they can still get a strong price if they delay selling until they have more clarity. The catch is that waiting to sell may raise the cost of a trade-up. This fall's record low mortgage rates, which make a trade-up more affordable on a monthly basis, are not guaranteed to last.”

Bottom Line

In this new era in our lives, things are shifting quickly, and virtual strategies for sellers may be your ideal option. Opening your doors up to new approaches could be game-changing when it comes to selling your house while the market is leaning in your favor. 

If you have any questions about these new safety procedures that allow you to safely sell your Southeast Texas home I'm always here to answer any real estate questions.  Let’s connect so you have a trusted real estate professional to help you safely and effectively navigate all that’s new when it comes to making your next move.



Diane McNelis, Coldwell Banker Southern Homes

Ready, Set, Sell! Selling Homes in Southeast Texas. Episode 1

Welcome to my new video series.  I'll be featuring short videos packed with tips on things you can do as a seller to help your home sell for top dollar in the shortest amount of time possible.  In this first episode I give three tips that help with curb appeal.

Thinking about selling a home in Southeast Texas, let's discuss some proven marketing techniques that will make your home stand out.  



Diane McNelis, Coldwell Banker Southern Homes

Maximizing the Sales Price of Your Home in Beaumont Texas

Selling Your Home in 2020

There is still time to sell your home in 2020 but time is running out.  The average number of days a home is on the market in Beaumont Texas is around 103 or roughly 3 1/2 months.  We just started September.  Happy Labor Day Weekend coming up!   So if you are thinking about selling your home in 2020 it is time to get serious about listing it.  

Before you list

Here's a handy checklist of a few things to do before you call a professional listing agent to help you sell your home.  And, yes there are agents that specialize in listing and marketing homes for sale.  Don't think that every agent can or will do the same things to market your home.  You want to find one of the Top Listing Agents in Beaumont.  

Fall 2020 Home Sellers Guide

If you are seriously thinking about selling your home in Beaumont, Lumberton, Orangefield or any neighborhood in Southeast Texas I have a complimentary Home Sellers Guide design to help sellers this Fall.  If you would like a complimentary copy call, text or email me.  I'll email it to today. 











































I hope these simple tips help you get started working on getting your home ready to sell at the best price possible.   If you'd like a professional home valuation fill out the "What's my Home Worth" form here at the top of the blog.  

Let me know if I can help.



Finding a Top Realtor in Beaumont, Texas

Did you Google it?  I did. 

There are a lot of ads that will tell you how to find the right real estate agent, the top three realtors in your neighborhood, the top seller's agent in Beaumont, the top buyer's agent in Lumberton.  You get the message.  A lot of money is paid to these referral based real estate companies from agents that what you to find them.  

But you clicked my blog.  Organic results instead of paid results is my goal.  Marketing is my specialty.  I help people in Southeast Texas sell homes. 

Ready set sell

I work with buyers too but usually only ones that are referred to me by a friend or past client. 

There's only so much time in a day and my area of focus is helping sellers get the top price for their home.  

If you are thinking about selling a home in Southeast Texas I would like to talk to you.  You can contact me from the blog, call or text me on my cell.  

There are five key marketing tools that I use to sell homes for top market prices.  Let discuss them.  There is no cost or obligation to list your home.  The market analysis is a professional service I offer to help you decide if you want to sell your home. 



Shortage of Homes for Sale in Vidor, TX

Its been almost seven months since Hurricane Harvey flooded close to 80% of the homes in Vidor, Texas.  For home buyers that is making it hard to find a home.  

Take a look at this chart. It shows the number of homes for sale in a given price range:

Vidor homes by price range
















Shortage of Homes Continues

If you are in the market to buy a home in Southeast Texas there are the first 2 things you should do.  First, get pre-approved with the lender of your choice.  Need a recommendation for a good local lender- text me.  Next, get your realtor to set you up with a listing notifier direct from the MLS.  Don't have a realtor yet?  Call me.  After you do those two things you are ready to start looking at homes.  






"As Is" Value of Flooded Homes in Southeast Texas



I ran this post earlier this week.  I'm running it again because a lot of people are asking the question "What is my home worth if I sell it "as is" with flood damage but gutted.  

Here's the chart that I posted earlier this week. 

As Is Value

I've spent the past week driving around showing flooded homes to investors and talking to people who are thinking about selling their home "as is".   My advice is if you have any way (any way at all) to fix your home then you will come out better in the long run selling once it is fixed up.  

The sheer number of flooded homes is going to far surpass the number of buyers who can buy homes in "as is" condition.  

Here's is an example of a homes "as is" value

Pre Flood Value –            $200,0000
*15% Stigma Discount –     $30,000
After repair value –         $170,000
*Repair Costs –                     $60,000
20% Investor Profit –         $34,000
“As Is” Value -                 $76,000
Now, the next factor to consider is how much inventory there will be of flood damaged homes.  If there are a lot for investors to choose from, this will have a downward effect on the prices.  And vice versa. 
Hope this helps.   These numbers are potential starting points for negotiation.  We are using our best guess since we don’t have any recent history to draw from.  Ultimately, the market will determine the sales prices.  
If you are considering sell your home and would like a professional market analysis, contact me.  There is no cost for the analysis.  This is a very difficult time for all of us.  Gather as much information as you can before you make any decision regarding your home.

5 Things Top Realtors in Southeast Texas Do That Other Agents Don't

Top agent tools

When it comes to listing and selling homes there are secrets that the top Realtors have learned through experience that other agents just don't know.   

Tops Realtors offer at least the following five services when selling a home:

  1. Maximum internet exposure for your home on multiple websites.  Coldwellbanker.com,  Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, just to name a few.
  2. Maximum social media exposure on FaceBook, YouTube, and other social media sites.  
  3. A property website and virtual tour of your home.
  4. Targeted direct mail campaign to your immediate neighborhood.
  5. Professional, high resolution digital photos.  

That is just the beginning of what a top local Realtor will do to help you sell your home.  If you are thinking about selling, let me show you all the things I can do to get it sold for the right price in the right amount of time.

"Happier in a New Home?  Call me."


Selling a Home in Southeast Texas_Tips to Get a Higher Sales Price.

A friend was asking me the other day what she could do to boost her home's value and where it makes sense to spend the money on renovations.  Here's a great video from Consumer Reports.  It gives some tips on what you can do to improve your homes value and help you get a higher sales price.

Don't worry about taking professional photos of your home.  That is a service I provide as your REALTOR.  If you'd like a professional market valuation of your home, contact me before you start getting your home ready for sale.  I can help show you what you can do to get the most bang for your buck in terms of improvements that will increase your sales price. 

Home Sales In Barrington Heights

2014 Barrington

  • There have been 16 sales so far this year.
  • The average days on the market is 115 with a low of 20 and a high of 289.
  • The average cost per square foot is $111.35 with a low of $94.98 and a high of $140.39
  • All information from the Southeast Texas MLS

If you want more information about ANY neighborhood in Southeast Texas, contact Diane McNelis, REALTOR, Coldwell Banker Southern Homes.