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As you search for a new home, it's always a good idea to factor in the closing costs so you can properly plan and manage your finances. In general, you can expect to pay 2-5% of the purchase price in closing costs, not including the down payment.

Closing costs can include the following:

  • Down Payments
    0-20% of the purchase price depending on your qualifications and loan choice
  • Earnest Money Deposit 
    The money put down when a contract is written - it usually goes into an escrow account
  • Lender Fees 
    Includes charges for loan processing, underwriting and preparation
  • Third-party Fees 
    Includes charges for insurance, title insurance, title search, appraisal fees and other inspections
  • Government Fees 
    Includes deed recording and state mortgage
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2018 Housing Trends that promise to transform your home and your lifestyle like never before!

The housing trends of 2018 will be focused more on integrating technology while creating healthy and connected living environments.  Now days, we are seeing more and more generations living under the same roof, so home-specific features that provide a helping hand or peaceful influence are going to be welcomed fully.  Here are some items of what to expect in the coming year that you might want to incorporate into your home or think about when your looking to purchase your next home.

1. ) A rise in smart technology in the home - Homeowners are rapidly purchasing devices along with apps that perform various tasks such as turning on lights and appliances

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When buying a home you are also buying into an entire community.  It is important to make sure your new neighborhood suits your families needs and preferences just as much as the house you decide to purchase.  Most houses can be modified, whereas neighborhoods can not.

When you are evaluating a neighborhood, you want to ask yourself these important questions:

1. SCHOOLS-  A school district's reputation can have a strong impact on the desirability of certain neighborhoods, making this a top concern, even if they don't have school-aged children.  Buyers recognize that good schools can have a positive impact on their home's future resale value.  Visit https://www.greatschools.org for school ratings and more.

2. CRIME- Make a point to stay updated on

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Are the Holidays a good time to sell your home?  Research has shown that serious buyers are out this time and less competition really makes it a no brainer.

Holiday Home Selling Myths debunked:

Myth #1: No one wants to buy a home during the holidays. People often believe that during the holidays, the last thing people want to buy is a home. They want to avoid the hassle of looking, closing, and moving. The market just isn’t there.

Fact: Homebuyers who are serious about moving shop 365 days a year. The smart homebuyer knows there won’t be as much risk in getting into a bidding war with other homebuyers. The available homes might be slimmer, but perhaps homebuyers are fine with having fewer options. After all if they want to move in by the end of

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If you're thinking of selling your home or just want to ramp up your home value, it's important to educate yourself on which improvement projects will bring you the most return on your investment.

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New Holiday festival this year in Central Texas ---  Winter Wonderland at The Circuit!!!!

Circuit of The Americas will feature a .8 mile circuit of lights, skating rink, Santa's Village, petting zoo with camel rides, human snow globe, carnival rides and much more...

Dates:  12/1/17- 12/2/2017 & 12/8/17- 12/30/2017

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Do you have a green thumb?  No need, I have you covered with this Seasonal Landscaping Guide!

NOVEMBER: To prepare for the approaching winter months, lay out a light layer of compost over your lawn to lock in moisture.  Keep the covering thin to avoid blocking too much sunlight.

Flowers to plant: Carnation, Cornflower, Dutch Iris,Ground Orchid, California Poppy and Sweet Pea

Vegetables to plant: Kale, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach

DECEMBER: Winter begins the maintenance phase of lawn care and gardening. Start pruning and putting out frost blankets.  Some hardier flowers can still flourish in colder months. Consider varieties to keep color in your garden throughout winter months.

Flowers to plant: Snapdragons, Camellias, Pansies and flowering

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November celebrates Realtor Designation Month!!!  I have been honored the past years to help clients as an Accredited Buyer Representative with certified New-Home Construction Buyer Representation. 

See how working with a Buyer's Representative provides a Better Buying Experience:

1. Help arrange financing

2. Assist in finding the right property

3. Educate buyers on market conditions

4. Guide clients through making an offer and represent their interests in negotiations

5. Get buyer-clients to closing and serve as a trusted real estate resource

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