Buyer Tips: Interest Rates in 2019

Last week on Instagram, we posted that interest rates were holding steady & that we may not see more increases in 2019! We got a lot of messages with questions, so we wanted to share a few quick takeaway & stats, and what all this may mean to you as a buyer or a seller.

As of March 27, headlines still read “Mortgage Rates Still Moving Lower After Last Week’s Stellar Drop” (Mortgage News Daily), “Mortgage interest rates dropped last week and may stay down for months“, and “Falling mortgage rates propel mortgage applications” (The Housing Wire)… so if you’re thinking about entering the real estate market, now may be the time to do so!

If you’re not planning on moving in 2019 or 2020, perhaps it’s time to refinance or find an investment property. We work with a lot of great lenders and loan officers that can help you to weigh your options. 

For all things real estate, give us a call today at 832-317-6006.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan

Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Homes for Sale: 2744 Clay Street, Houston, TX 77003

Welcome home to 2744 Clay Street. Enjoy the downtown view from the rooftop deck of this street-facing townhome with fenced front yard large enough to exercise your green thumb. This three-bedroom home is bathed in natural light throughout.

The second-floor open plan with kitchen, dining and living rooms is accented by high ceilings and gleaming wood floors. The island kitchen with breakfast bar features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, abundant cabinet storage and a large pantry.

The master suite and second bedroom are on the third floor and the third bedroom is on the first floor. A landing on the fourth floor leading to the rooftop deck would be a great place for a beverage refrigerator. You’ll want to host the July 4th party next year just to see the fireworks display. The attached 2-car garage is off a driveway with gated access and street curb parking is available for guests.

Just blocks from rail, downtown, sports and entertainment venues. Convenient to 59/69, 288, I-10 and I45!

 

For more information on EaDo real estate, or any other home in the Greater Houston area, reach out now!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Buyer Tips: Why Get a Home Inspection?

As a home buyer, it’s important to understand the current condition of the home you are purchasing.

Here are a few tips for buyers when home inspections!

If you’re thinking about buying, contact us today so we can discuss your plans and come up with a game plan to purchase your dream home!  

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Homes for Sale: 195 W Pines, Montgomery, TX 77356

Lovely home for sale in the prestigious Bentwater master planned community in Montgomery, TX. Enjoy life like you’re on a vacation with access to the country club, THREE 18-hole championship golf courses, the yacht club, sports club (think fitness center, day spa, tennis courts, pickleball courts, pool, and personal trainers), and more!

This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features a gas fireplace, tile flooring in the living areas, and an open kitchen overlooking the living room and dining space! Enjoy wood floors in the bedrooms and tons of storage space.  The garage is also extended to include extra storage!

Contact your Realtor for a private showing in this gated community today!

 

For information on this home, or any other home in the greater Houston area, please reach out today!

The TRUTH About Viewing Homes Online

It’s so easy to get sucked into looking at home listing after home listing online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although this is a great place to begin, it’s important to keep in mind that all may not be as it seems.

Here are our top tips to avoid getting duped by listings online.

  • Photos don’t always capture the full picture. Real estate photographers are very good at highlighting the best features of the home and often use wide angle lenses to make spaces appear larger than they really are. But, be aware that there may be less photo-worthy features they aren’t displaying. Don’t forget to look at the property features listed below to gather a better idea of what the home has to offer.
  • Ensure you are looking at current listings. Nothing is worse than falling in love with the perfect home, only to check out the listing date to find it was posted two years ago. Make sure you use websites that are pulling information daily from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and have your real estate agent verify it is available.

One GREAT feature we’re able to provide for you is our exclusive HAR.com App, where you can view Premium Content not normally accessible on the HAR.com, such as Sale Prices on nearby listings, and Property History Reports.

Use your real estate agent as a resource. If you find a seemingly great listing online, always run it by your agent to confirm you aren’t missing something important. They can also provide neighborhood details, price comparisons for similar properties just sold in the area, additional listings that match your criteria, and more.

Once you a find a home you’re ready to view, make sure you bring them with you to answer questions and be an extra set of eyes.

If you’re in the market for a new rental or want to buy a house, reach out today! We’ve got a team of agents, ready to work for you.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Buyer Tips: Five Negotiating Tactics that could Kill a Sale

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly.

Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

 1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.

 2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.

 3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.

 4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.

 5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Submitting Creative Bids During the Spring Market Frenzy

 

It’s that time of year again. The spring market is in full swing and crowds of buyers are fighting over their dream house—or at least the closest thing to it, considering this year’s nationwide inventory shortage isn’t leaving many options. So, what does that mean? For the most part, higher prices, more competition and a whole lot of bids.

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Listings in good condition tend to get multiple offers this time of year, and buyers are putting forth their strongest submissions—cash offers, over-asking, fast closings, no contingencies, etc. But creativity is the name of the game in this year’s competitive market. Buyers are inspired to win over the seller’s emotional side. Here are the latest home-buying trends for beating out the competition in a swarming spring market:

Love Letters
While they’ve been around for a while, they’re getting a lot more popular, being used by buyers as a last-ditch effort to win via the seller’s emotional attachment to the home. Most letters talk about favorite design choices the seller incorporated, plans to raise the family and proclamations that the home is “the one” after a long and tough home search.

Letters usually tell the seller that the buyer is serious and willing to take care of the home. But some sellers may only focus on the numbers and terms. It’s a toss-up, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Buyer-Crafted Videos
These are a little newer, emerging after YouTube’s digital push into vlogging, or video blogging. While they can come off as cheesy, they are a little more personal than handwritten letters, because sellers will feel like the potential buyer is talking directly to them.

According to REALTOR® Magazine, a couple recently won a bid on their dream home by making a music video to “Our House,” which just so happened to be the song the sellers sang to each other when they first lit the fireplace in their home. The connection instantly won the sellers over, beating out another offer that was $20,000 over the buyers’ submission.

If you’re considering making a move and purchasing your first home, check out our video on YouTube for more details on how to get started, then give us a call!

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

 

Coldwell Banker Open Houses: Saturday 05/19 & Sunday 05/20

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1207 Detering St, Houston, TX 77007 – 3 Bed, 4 Bath – $359,485

Open House: Sat May 19, 2:00PM-5:00PM & Sun May 20, 1:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/1207-detering-st-houston-tx-77007/homevalue_7888278

Nestled between Washington Avenue and I-10, just off TC Jester, this stunning move-in ready home provides a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy entertaining friends and family in an open second floor. Your bright and functional kitchen with stainless steel appliances, built-in oven and microwave, and island-gas range overlook both the dining area and the living area. Enjoy two patios off of the living space for everyone to spread out. Each guest bedroom features an en-suite bathroom plus ample storage space, with both walk-in closets in the bedroom and linen-style walk-in closets in the bathrooms. In your master retreat, enjoy a small Juliet-style patio, lots of natural light, and a spa-like bathroom. The master bathroom is expansive, with double-sinks, whirlpool tub, stand-up shower, separate water closet, and linen closet. Walk to local bars and restaurants, and enjoy the ultimate inner-loop lifestyle at an affordable price.

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7906 High Knoll Ln, Houston, TX 77095 – 4 Bed, 2.5 Bath – $259,000

Open House: Sun May 20, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/7906-high-knoll-lane/sale_92620823

Gorgeous semi custom one story home in the heart of Copperfield. Corner lot with detached garage, great curb appeal with lush manicured yard & water feature in backyard. Floor-plan includes game-room & additional half-bathroom. Huge Master witg sitting area & spacious two walk-in closets. Extensive tile floor, and carpet in the bedrooms. Updated Kitchen with island, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances & sink. Close-by (pocket) green space for kids or to walk your pets. Could this be your new home?

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5414 Drumlin Field Way, Richmond, TX 77407 – 4-5 Bed, 3 Bath – $274,900

Open House: Sat May 19, 2:00AM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/5414-drumlin-field-way/sale_22988728

Next we have a four bedroom, three bath in Richmond, TX. This home comes with upgraded engineered wood flooring from the entry-way to the living room, a 5 burner stove, energy-saving dishwasher, and a new fixtures for the kitchen sink. Gorgeous Plantation shutters throughout entire house; Security Glass doors at front and back; enlarged patio with great Sunset-awning over patio with automatic remote; sprinkler system, yard nicely landscaped, and much more. Separate 4th-Bedroom with Full-Bath for guest or separated-suite for the in-Law’s. Wouldn’t you like to see this beautiful home?

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2858 Torano, League City, TX 77573 – 4 Bed, 3 Bath – $299,000

Open House: Sat May 19, 12:00PM-2:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/2858-torano/sale_61584305

This gorgeous Tremar floor plan built by Chesmar Homes is situated on a huge lot with a pool-sized back yard waiting just for you. You will walk in and fall in love with this well maintained, four bedroom, three bath home in the Heart of Tuscan Lakes, it features wood floors and tall ceilings with a warm, inviting, spacious living room that can fit a grand piano. The kitchen design makes cooking easy, a time-saving breakfast bar for those busy mornings, also features stainless steel appliances. Outside is a dream, you will enjoy the convenience of the underground sprinkler system that keeps your lawn and flowers beautiful the easy way. Watch the Kemah Boardwalk Fireworks from the second floor. Don’t wait, make the call.

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24311 Water Hill Ct, Katy, TX 77494 – 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $340,000

Open House: Sat May 19, 11:00AM-2:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/24311-water-hill-court/sale_63567694

This prestigious Katy golf course community home sits on a culdesac lot and backs to the community’s private golf course. With lush green landscaping and mature trees enjoy the shade on your covered back patio or get a little sun on your private balcony. This four bedroom three and a half bathroom home has well allocated spaces and fine finishes throughout. Enjoy walking in to this grand entry with rich hardwood floors, architectural elements, formal dining, study, gorgeous updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a two story living room with custom built-ins and a wall of windows inviting a lush green view of the golf course. Spacious bedrooms, playroom/flex room and game room upstairs. Low tax rate and convenient access with multiple routes to major highways. You deserve this, hurry up and don’t miss your chance!

For information on these, or any other homes in the Greater Houston area, reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

 

Coldwell Banker Weekend Open Houses: Saturday 05/05 & Sunday 05/06

 

9410 Beryl Lake Drive

9410 Beryl Lake Drive, Rosharon, TX 77583 – 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $289,900

Open House: Sat May 5, 3:00PM-5:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/641e1B0E1

This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath located in the sought-after Sterling Lakes is loaded with upgrades and exquisite features. Entry has tile flooring and 18′ ceilings that extend into the Den. Stacked Formals with high ceilings. The kitchen is sure to please you with an abundance of cabinetry & counter space, upgraded granite, recessed lighting, stunning back splash, walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances and a large island. The den has a charming gas log fireplace. Master is light & airy & leads to the luxurious Master Bathroom with a walk-in closet. The media room, located on ground level is enclosed for a peaceful retreat.

4629 Kingfisher Drive

 

4629 Kingfisher Drive, Houston, TX 77035 – 3 Bed, 2 Bath – $375,000

Open House: Sat May 5, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/Fb29175F5

Welcome to your outdoor paradise within minutes of the city! This 3 bedroom. 2 Bath home shows outstanding pride in ownership. The outdoor kitchen & lounge area provides you with the perfect space for entertaining after a relaxing swim in your private pool. The open concept living and dining area makes an excellent use of space and offers beautiful views of the back yard oasis. The recent updates on this home include crown molding, new exterior paint, recent pool re-plaster, new carpet and new roof in 2014. If you have been waiting for the right home to come along your wait is over!

3809 Avenue M

3809 Avenue M, Galveston, TX 77550 – 5 Bed, 2 Bath – $295,000

Open House: Sat May 5, 12:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/2D831aC4b5

You have to see it to believe it. This Galveston getaway features original hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite counter-tops and extensions to the master bedroom and the den. The front room is purposed as a living/sitting room area, although could easily be a 6th bedroom. Come live the island life in this well maintained beauty!

82 S Trace Creek

82 S Trace Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381 – 4 Bed, 2.5 Bath – $359,500

Open House: Sun May 6, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/341b59eeB4

Highly sought home backing to Natural Reserve. High and Dry during Harvey. This is a must see property. Creatively designed to be filled with natural light and endless views of nature. This home comes with an updated kitchen including granite counter tops and glass mosaic back splash not to mention upgraded wood laminate floors throughout most of the home. Stone tile flooring in foyer, kitchen and breakfast room. No Carpet. Updated custom stack stone fireplace surround with glass rocks. Recently updated light fixtures and hardware. Granite bathroom vanities. Amazing storage. Premium outdoor living area with over sized deck & paving stone pathways perfect for entertaining. Centrally located in The Woodlands and boasts walking distance to the entry of the Mitchell Nature Preserve.

2906 Bay Isle Court

2906 Bay Isle Court, Houston, TX 77059 – 4 Bed, 2 Bath – $360,000

Open House: Sun May 6, 11:00AM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/070EbD6bf

Starting with 100 yr. old reclaimed wood floors from Stewer Furniture this home, needless to say is very special. The gourmet chefs kitchen has been completely remodeled with custom maple cabinets, high end SS appliances, a six burner gas cooktop, granite countertops, and wood accent beams but the updates don’t stop there! The master bath includes a seamless shower and granite counter-tops. Both A/C & heating systems were replaced in 2016. Double French doors from den open to outdoor kitchen and pergola.

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2010 Beall Street, Houston, TX 77008 – 3 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $369,900

Open House: Sun May 6, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/3941b49C

When you first enter 2010 Beall, you’ll notice an array of custom features and upgrades, designed with convenience and comfort in mind. The second floor provides an open living-dining space is perfect for hosting friends and family for Astros watch parties, dinner parties, and intimate gatherings. If you want to spread out, a private patio provides lots of space for guests to enjoy themselves. The island kitchen provides ample cabinet space/storage and full appliance package, plus a huge walk-in pantry with a built-in electrical plug for charging small appliances! Throughout the home, the seller has outfitted the large windows with custom-fitted Smith & Noble sheer 2-way blinds, perfect to keep your home cool and provide privacy. You should also note that the seller has replaced the recessed lighting with LED bulbs for maximum savings + efficiency!

 

1302 Misty Bend Dr

1302 Misty View, Katy, TX 77494 – 4 Bed, 3 Bath – $399,000

Open House: Sun May 6, 3:30PM-5:30PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/u/263AD91E61

The Victorian in Katy is on the market! 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with a massive game-room and kitchenette area, large pool with spa, renovated master bathroom and secondary bathrooms (2015). Tons of other updates you’ll have to check out in person!

For information on these, or any other homes in the Greater Houston area, reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Feature: 2504 Rusk #104, Houston, TX 77003

Imagine hosting your friends + family for a BBQ on your rooftop deck with fabulous skyline views. Enjoy the convenient location + walk to Dynamo, Rockets, and Astros games, as well as TONS of bars and restaurants! This beautiful 2 bed, 2.5 bath townhome has 1,726 sq. feet of living space and is ready for you to move in. Call to set up a tour, or contact your Real Estate Agent today.

Join us on Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to take a look at this gorgeous home!

Lovingly maintained and conveniently located, this EaDo townhome offers a great location for you to call home. Entertain in style with your open first floor living, dining, and kitchen area. Upstairs, you’ll appreciate a split floor plan with private dual-master bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, jetted tubs, and walk-in closets.

To take a 3D tour, visit www.2504Rusk.com.

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com