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Your New Home Essentials Checklist: What to Buy for Your First Home

Feb 10, 2020 
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So you’ve just purchased your first home. Congratulations! Maybe this is your first time out on your own and you need all the essentials. Maybe you’re upgrading from an apartment to a house of your own and your checklist is a little shorter. Regardless, you’re probably looking for things to buy for your new house to spruce it up and make it feel like home. From fun upgrades to the necessities, keep reading to see what items can help you make the most of your new home.

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Do I Need Listing Photos?

Feb 10, 2020 
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It's no secret that selling a home can be a stressful process. Between showings, price adjustments, inspections, and coordinating your move, the last thing on your mind might be scheduling listing photos. But as inconvenient and unnecessary as they might seem. Listing photos can benefit almost anyone listing their home, helping to get more showings, more value, and interested buyers.

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2020 Interior Lighting Trends

Feb 6, 2020 
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Lighting can be overlooked when deciding to update your home. However, thoughtful lighting choices can help to bring character and warmth to your home. As we look to 2020, one thing is sure, industrial design is here to stay, and natural materials are making a comeback.

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Your 2020 Guide to Filing Your Homestead Exemption

Jan 6, 2020 
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2020 has officially arrived and it's time to start thinking about tax season! (We know, we know- your favorite time of the year!) However, tax season can bring some pretty sweet perks for homeowners who bought a home in the state of Texas in 2019. Starting January 1st until April 20th, 2020, every homeowner has the opportunity to submit an application for the residential Homestead Exemption for their primary residence. We've put together some frequently asked questions when filing your exemption, along with all the resources you will need to get started today!

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The Best Home Automation Platform for Your Home

Jan 3, 2020 
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Home automation is a growing trend. Our smart devices like phones are becoming the way we interact with your increasingly digital world. At the same time, homes are being "retrofitted" with smart devices and appliances. As the home becomes increasingly digital, the homeowner's ability to use technology to customize and automate their home grows. With many tech giants entering the field with their home automation platforms, you might be wondering which one is best for you.

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The Best and Worst Home Improvement Projects of 2019

Dec 6, 2019 
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As 2020 approaches, you might be looking for a change of scenery. Whether you are deciding on a kitchen remodel or thinking about moving to a new home, you’ll want to think about the return on your investment. Some home improvement projects do not carry the value put in when the time comes to resale.

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Should Sellers Be Present at the Home Inspection?

Dec 3, 2019 
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A home inspection is a critical part of any home sale, and there are many misconceptions and confusion surrounding it. One of the most frequent questions our Realtors get asked is "should the seller be present for the home inspection?" The short answer to that is, "Usually, no." If it is a pre-listing inspection ordered by the seller, they are absolutely okay to be there and should be. But, if it is a buyer paid inspection, it's just not a good idea, and here's why.

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Winter Home Safety Checklist

Nov 21, 2019 
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It's no secret that the cold weather months are setting in. With regular cold fronts and low temperatures, you'll more than likely be using your fireplace or switching on your heater, possibly exposing yourself and your family to carbon monoxide.

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5 Common Misconceptions About ibuyers

Oct 30, 2019 
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Keen Realtors have noticed a trend as of late - the proliferation of "ibuyers". There is still confusion as to what an ibuyer is and what an ibuyer does. One of the most prominent strategies behind the growth of ibuyers has been heavy online marketing. ibuyer stands for "instant" buyer. There are different kinds of ibuyers but they generally function by offering to buy a property at fair market value, accepting a fee for facilitating the sale, and then reselling the house for a profit.

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Ideas for a Practical Mudroom

Oct 9, 2019 
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A mudroom may instinctively sound like an inevitably messy space, but modern-day mudrooms with hidden storage and easy-to-clean furniture certainly don’t have to be. Whether your home was built with a classic mudroom or not, you can turn any small entry space into a practical space to keep the rest of your home mud-free.

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Why You Need a Home Warranty

Oct 9, 2019 
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New home buyers are faced with a myriad of decisions regarding different optional services, from home inspections to home warranty and homeowner’s insurance. It can be a daunting task to decide what is needed, especially when closing costs are mounting. Home warranties have proven to be a particularly misunderstood service.

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What the Behr's 2020 Color of the Year Means for Interior Design

Oct 8, 2019 
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Behr’s 2020 color of the year, is “Back to Nature” S340-4. Back to Nature is “a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside your home.” In addition to the 2020 color of the year, Behr has released several color palettes inspired by Nature that meet personal tastes. There’s no doubt that Behr is moving forward with natural colors and that consumers want a choice in customization. But what does this selection say about 2020 interior design trends as a whole?

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10 Dos and Don'ts for Homebuyers

Oct 7, 2019 
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Buying a home is a unique experience, with equally unique pitfalls and potential issues. To help you navigate these uncertain waters, we consulted two of our stellar Realtors®, Trudy Schoenborn and Carol Garcia, to give us a list of 10 dos and don'ts to follow when you're searching for a new home.

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5 Misconceptions about Selling a Home

Sep 12, 2019 
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There is a wide variety of information available today about selling your home. From the internet to TV shows, the home selling process has been broken down into easily digestible chunks that unfortunately do not paint an accurate picture of the intricacies involved. This has led to numerous misconceptions about home selling. I sat down with Realtors Peggy Orf and Narce Peña to discuss 5 common misconceptions that they encounter on a regular basis.

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The Benefits of Staging Your Home

Aug 8, 2019 
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Realtors are increasingly choosing to enlist the help of a staging professional when a client’s home is listed on the market. The trend is gaining popularity due to the increasing success that agents are reporting in recent studies of both time on the market and final sale amounts.

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The Value of a Home Inspection

Jul 25, 2019 
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When buying a new home, one of the decisions you will be faced with is “should I get a home inspection?” Home inspections add to both the cost and time of the closing process and it can be tempting to skip it if the home is newer or seems in great condition, but that could leave you vulnerable to stress and expensive repairs in the future. We sat down with Randal Pitts of BPG Inspections to discuss why a home inspection is important and how to make sure you’re getting a good one.

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The Simple Item That Could Save Your Pet’s Life During Hurricane Season

Jul 2, 2019 
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It’s not just hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and even gas leaks can keep you from your home for days or weeks. Without a plan, your pet could be left dealing with the aftermath without you. The solution? Take your pet with you. Crates provide a simple and easy way to transport your pet during an evacuation and for many dogs, a comfortable crate can help them to relax and stay calm. Whether you are on the coast dealing with a named storm or you are dealing with rain and flooding inland, your pets will need to be able to spend time in the car or inside shelter.

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We've Got Your 2019 Summer Playlist!

May 31, 2019 
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Selecting a soundtrack for your Summer gathering is key to setting the mood for your guests. A good playlist can spark conversation and keep the atmosphere positive and inviting. We’ve taken some of our favorite songs, and combined them with hits to create some fantastic playlists for you to enjoy this Summer no matter the occasion!

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How to Freshen Up Your Home for Spring & Summer

May 14, 2019 
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The last frost has passed, the kids are almost out of school for the summer, but for some reason, you feel like your home still has the winter blues. Maybe it’s the flannel sheets that are still on your bed, or maybe it's the cluttered shelves full of random knick-knacks you got during the holidays. Instead of letting your home become dull and dusty, it’s time to get it freshened up to match the gorgeous weather outside!

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Your Texas Style Spring Cocktail Guide

May 8, 2019 Alyssa Smith
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Good news, drink enthusiasts! It’s finally time to put those giant Mason jars you’ve been collecting to good use. We’re bringing you customized recipes for cocktails and mocktails with Texas-made spirits to get you inspired. Show off to your friends at your next Backyard BBQ with these semi-homemade thirst-quenchers.

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Tackle this Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodel Before You Sell

May 6, 2019 HomeCity
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Believe it or not, a slim remodeling budget doesn’t mean putting off much-needed home improvement projects. This is especially true for rooms like your bathroom, which is such an essential part of your daily routine. You can make your bathroom a beautiful and functional space with a little creativity and careful consideration of how you spend your renovation dollars.

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4 Fun Ways to Welcome the Warmer Weather to Your Kitchen

Apr 11, 2019 
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The Texas sun has already begun to kiss our cheeks after even a short 10-minute stint outside. Being outdoors can be a blast, but so is the cool air when you’re indoors. The Entertaining Season will begin soon, and your kitchen will be an inevitable popular hangout area. Bring the warmth of the sun inside (without all the heat!) by freshening up your kitchen with some bright and fun decor.

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Spring Revival: 3 Ways to Embrace the Season

Apr 8, 2019 
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With winter officially behind us, spring is in full swing. Fresh air, sunshine, and chirping birds are a welcome sight as the days get longer and the temperatures warm up. Our homes and bodies will need a little adjusting to get used to the changes. You can welcome the season with big changes like new color or landscaping, or small changes that make you feel more energized and connected to your home.

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Simple Ways to Invest Your Tax Return In Your Home

Mar 27, 2019 
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For most owning a home is the single biggest investment people make, but usually, that’s forgotten during tax time. Many people get their returns and quickly spend them on fun while forgetting to reinvest in their home. If you are still thinking of creative ways to reinvest all or some of your tax return into your home, here are some ideas.

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Bring Balance to Your Space with These Spring Inspired Scents

Feb 6, 2019 Alyssa Smith
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Spring is nearly here, and it’s time to get ready for the warmth of sunshine and brightness of flowers again. Adjusting to a new season in your home is a layered process, but the very first step is to build the feel of the room starting with the sense that is closely tied to memory -- your sense of smell. Let your oil diffuser and candles get to work!

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New Year, New You: 5 Organization Tips for Your Home

Jan 2, 2019 
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It’s a new year, and we’ve got some clever ways to help you reach your organization goals in 2019. Your home should run like a tight ship, so if you’ve got any pesky problem areas getting in your way, it’s time to address them for good with these organization tips for your home.

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How to Downsize Without the Stress

Aug 8, 2017 
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Downsizing and de-cluttering your space can feel refreshing and liberating! Whether you’re moving to a smaller home, or just simply looking to de-clutter, taking the plunge to throw away your earthly possessions is sometimes necessary. An organizatio

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10 Things to Avoid When Purchasing a Home

Jun 21, 2017 
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We asked our agents what they tell their clients to look out for when searching for a new property. What they came back with was advice on not only physical issues in a home, but also common things to avoid during the home buying process.

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

Oct 11, 2016 
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It can seem daunting to consider all of these things before setting foot in your first open house, but we promise, it’s important. To make things easier, we caught up with Jason Lewis from Supreme Lending to help walk us through the steps necessary t

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The Dangers of Overpricing Your Home

Sep 30, 2015 
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You’ll want to make the most you can off of your sale, however, you and your agent must be wary of the pitfalls involved in pricing your home too high. What many people don’t realize is that pricing your home too high initially may end up getting you

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Social Media Basics for Newbies

Aug 21, 2015 
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Social media marketing is all about developing relationships with your followers while adding value to the conversations relevant to your industry. You want to become known as an expert in your field who should be referenced whenever questions arise,

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Tips for Young Homebuyers

Aug 13, 2015 
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While planning the purchase of a home as a young person many be intimidating, there are many ways to tell if you are financially and emotionally stable enough to begin the process. Once you decide that it’s time for you to take the plunge, consider t

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8 Tips for Greening Your Home TODAY!

Jul 23, 2015 
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Greening your home will not only create a safe, healthy environment for your loved ones, but also help you consume less energy and even cut down on bills. We pulled together some simple ways to make your home green and healthy today!

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