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Buying In A Sellers Market

Winning Strategies for Buyers in a Sellers’ Market

  • Expect the Sellers’ Market to continue for at least the first months of 2021
  • Buying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle.
  • Here are four ways to make sure you’re positioned for success when making a home purchase, even when the scale tips toward sellers.
  • Let’s connect to make sure you’re armed for victory in the housing market this season.

Homes Sold By Jessica Harless | NextHome Realty Center

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Homes Sold by Jessica Harless | NextHome Realty Center

Baby Sitters Certification Class

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Super cool day with the instructors from Breathing Hearts.
A great group of young ladies is now Safe Sitter Certified which includes CPR!

Of course, Luke was on-hand for moral support and some pizza!

#CypressTX #CypressSitters #BreathingHearts #CPR #SafeSitters #Babysitters

Viewing Homes - Jessica Harless

What To Look For When Viewing A home

Whenever you view a home for the first time (or the second)…

Walk through the entire house to get a feel for the layout.

  • Will you be able to live happily in the home as-is?
  • Are there major changes you will want to do? Be sure to consider their cost.
  • Is there adequate closet and storage space?

Check the condition of the floors.

  • Will the carpet need to be changed or removed? Check for hardwood under carpet
  • Will the hardwood refinished?.
  • If possible, check under rugs for stains or faded flooring.

Look for evidence of water.

  • take a close look at the ceilings and under windows for wet spots or water stains. Remember to check under sinks, too. In older homes with stone foundations, you are likely to find some moisture in the basement. A small amount is fine and to be expected in these homes, but a large amount of water in the basement is an issue. While you’re down there, check for mold, foundation cracks and the condition of the floor joists, if visible.

Locate the furnace, boiler, hot water heater, A/C unit, etc. You might be able to find a tag or sticker on these items with a date on it – this will give you an idea of its age. Your inspector will be able to tell you its remaining useful life.

Check out any appliances that may be staying in the home. Feel free to turn them on to make sure they work. Double check that the water line has been hooked up to the fridge, if necessary for filtered water or an ice maker.

Take a walk around the property for exterior issues. This is a good time to check for foundation issues and caulk around windows, doors, and siding.

Don’t stress yourself out about missing something – you’ll have an in-depth inspection once the property is under contract.

Bridgeland Cypress TX - Jessica Harless

17514 Broad Bend Bridgeland Cypress TX 77433

This stunning home should be #1 on your “Must See“ list!.”

17514 Broad Bend

is a One-Story home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4,222 sq ft of living space.

Marvelous entry with 13-ft ceilings opens to an office/study through double French doors and leads to a formal living room. A gourmet island kitchen makes meal prep a breeze. There’s a cozy family room off the kitchen for relaxing morning coffee or reading a best seller. The architectural features of the formal dining room are stunning.
The unique split floor plan affords privacy for the master suite. 3 good-sized secondary bedrooms. Nice backyard patio provides the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining and there are no back neighbors.
You will love the amenities of this master planned community. Students attend excellent CFISD Schools. Nearby retail centers, medical facilities, churches and easy access to HWY 290 and the Grand Parkway are a definite plus.
Nest Home Realty Center - Jessica harless

Change is Good

NEXTHOME OPENS THREE OFFICES IN HOUSTON WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEXTHOME REALTY CENTER

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NextHome Realty Center

Gayla Skates and Stacie Schafer

Gayla Skates and Stacie Schafer

Pleasanton, CA— November 3, 2016 — NextHome is proud to announce our latest addition to the franchise, NextHome Realty Center. The brokerage will feature three locations in the city of Cypress, Texas – Telge, Mueschke, and Fry.

The three offices will provide sales services in residential, luxury, farm and ranch, land, new construction, commercial and leases to the greater Houston Metro area that is home to over 6.3 million residents.

The brokerage will be owned and operated by 24-year real estate veteran broker, Gayla Skates, and her daughter, Stacie Schafer. Schafer will serve as the Director of Business Development for the offices.

After a decade of successful real estate sales under the RE/MAX franchise brand, Skates and Schafer are moving their highly successful brokerage to the NextHome franchise. With over 1,300 transactions annually, NextHome Realty Center positions the firm as one of the most productive real estate companies in the state of Texas.

Skates started her real estate career in 1992 with RE/MAX Preferred in Georgia. Skates quickly built her business and was recognized as the Rookie of the Year for the Northwest Georgia Association of REALTORS®. In the mid-2000s, Skates and her husband relocated to Cypress, Texas due to a job transfer and this is where she furthered her real estate success.

In November 2006, Skates fully made the commitment to helping other agents when she opened her own brokerage under the RE/MAX franchise model. In just under one year, Skates grew the company to over 30 producing real estate professionals

“As a broker, I have been very fortunate to attract some of the most experienced REALTORS® to create a brokerage that prides itself on customer service, integrity, and teamwork,”  said Skates. “We are excited that many of our agents have decided to join us on this new journey with us.” Through this culture, the office has grown to three locations in the greater Cypress Area; serving Northwest Houston, Katy, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands, and other surrounding communities.”

With over 16 years in the mortgage industry, Schafer joined the company in June of 2015 to assist in the growth of the company. As the company recruiter, Schafer brought on board 26 agents in less than six months.

As the Director of Business Development, Schafer is set to oversee the progressive changes to the office under the NextHome brand. With an increased focus on consistency in training, agent recognition, branding, office production, and family time for the agents, Skates, and Schafer pride themselves in focusing on their agents.

“We focus on the success of each and every one of our agents,” said Schafer. “We know that by focusing on agent’s productivity, success, and overall happiness, the brokerage will be successful as well.”

NextHome Realty Center offices feature significant resources for agents such as live classes in their 1,400 square foot training facility, full access to first-class technology, and accountability and coaching by the leadership team.

Please join us in welcoming Gayla, Stacie, and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty Center to the NextHome family!

 

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Presidential Election Impact on Housing

The Presidential Election and Its Impact on Housing

Every four years people question what effect the Presidential election might have on the national housing market. Let’s take a look at what is currently taking place. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week where they explained:

“A growing body of research shows that during presidential election years — particularly ones like this when there is such uncertainty about the nation’s future — industry becomes almost paralyzed. A look at the last several dozen election cycles shows that during the final year of a presidential term, big corporate investments are routinely postponed, and big deals are put on the back burner.

The research is even more persuasive on the final year of an eight-year presidential term, when a new candidate inevitably will become president.”

We are seeing this take form in the latest economic numbers. However, will this lead to a slowdown in the housing market? Not according to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the National Association of Realtors.

The Impact on Housing Throughout 2016

Let’s look at what has happened and what is projected to happen by these three major entities.

National Association of Realtors

“In spite of deficient supply levels, stock market volatility and the paltry economic growth seen so far this year, the housing market did show resilience and had its best first quarter of existing-sales since 2007.”

Freddie Mac

“Recent data darkened the growth outlook for the first quarter of 2016. However, despite the disappointing economic reports, we still forecast housing to maintain its momentum in 2016.”

Fannie Mae

“Consumers and businesses showed caution at the end of the first quarter…(but) Home sales are expected to pick up heading into the spring season amid the backdrop of declining mortgage rates, rising pending home sales and purchase mortgage applications, and continued easing of lending standards on residential mortgage loans.”

Bottom Line

Even during this election year, the desire to achieve the American Dream is greater than the fear of uncertainty of the next presidency.