5 Reason You Need a Realtor

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers where home buyers/sellers are asked about their experiences.  An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their realtors.
National Association of Realtor
Here are the top 5 benefits of using a Realtor, when you are looking to buy your dream home as cited by recent buyers:

1. A realtor is to help the buyer understand the process – 60%

An experienced Realtor will explain exactly what to expect during the entire sales transaction, so you aren’t caught off guard.

2. Pointed out unnoticed features/faults with the property – 56%

A Realtor will point out positives and negatives of each home.  They will also use their trained eye to see potentially disastrous hazards that may be hiding out of site.  Protecting your interests is their job!  Let them make sure your home buying experience is a good one.

3. Negotiated better sales contract terms – 47%

When it comes to negotiating the complex terms of your contract, it never hurts to have a Realtor.  One who has your best interest.  A Realtor will make sure that any needed repairs are complete prior to closing.  Furthermore, they make sure that contingencies are in place for you at the best price. Their analysis of comparable properties will also help to make sure that your dream home is priced properly for the market.

4. Provided a better list of service providers – 46%

Realtors are titans of networking. Many have a list of preferred providers who they trust to work as a part of your team to make your dream come true. This includes mortgage professionals (listed as the #8 reason to use an agent at 22%), home inspectors,  contractors, home stagers, plus so many more! In addition, Realtors can usually negotiate better pricing on many of these services.

5. Improved the buyer’s knowledge of search areas – 44%

Realtors are often members of community organizations and are usually well versed in their area’s history. Their ties to the community make them a great resource whether you plan to relocate to a new area or across town.

Bottom Line

If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your dream home, The Villarreal Team with RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you in this process. Thanks A Million!
Your Realtor for life!
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4 Steps to Moving in a New Home | Homes in Spring, Texas









Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

1. Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.
2. Steam clean the carpets
It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner-your local grocery store may have them available.
3. Call an exterminator
Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.
4. Clean out the kitchen
If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

Until Next Time,

Ruben and Nancy

God Bless Texas

On Friday August 25th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey began to hit the Texas coast. Five days of relentless rain and wind devastated the greater Houston area and coastal cities. From flooded neighborhoods and highways, to houses and communities being flooded; it caused havoc across the entire state. Hurricane Harvey is being called the most devastating rain event in the US with an estimate of over 50 inches of rainfall. What happened during and after Harvey’s path of destruction is the true story and testament to the wonderful state of Texas’ strength and compassion for our neighbors and others. Before the storm even stopped, before any form of government began to render aid, Texans loaded up personal boats and began rescuing those who couldn’t get out themselves. Citizens took it upon themselves to save fellow citizens side by side with our first responders and risking their lives. Not because they were called to or asked to, but because they wanted to help their fellow man. It was inspiring and humbling that created a massive ripple effect. Once the storm finally did stop and people could move they did. Within a matter of 48 hours, people were waiting in lines to volunteer, and being turned away because they had too many volunteers, to neighbors going home to home helping flood victims begin clearing out their homes. Donations coming into every shelter by the truck full and first responders offices being over run with food to show their thanks and it has yet to cease. Hurricane Harvey may have ripped our state apart, but our Texan spirit will mend it up quickly! God Bless Texas!


12 Steps to Selling Your Home | Realtors in Spring, Texas

The Villarreal Team loves helping home owners sell their homes. We take this task very seriously. We take our clients down a 12 step process to ensure they understand, acknowledge, and respect the home selling process. Educating our clients on the process is a huge priority. As realtors, it is our job and passion to make sure you understand the process 100%.  There are many things that can happen when trying to sell your home, so knowing the process before you begin can make a huge difference on the timing of the sale of your home. Here are the the twelve steps:

  1. Meet with your realtor (us) : There’s no commitment required on your part for the initial meeting. It will be educational and help you identify your next steps.
  2. Establish a Price: We will provide a market analysis, which will help you set an asking price.
  3. Strategic Price: As difficult as it may be, it’s important to review the market analysis and consider your home price objectively.
  4. Prepare Your Home: View your home through the eyes of the buyer and ask yourself what you’d expect. Your agent will offer some useful suggestions.
  5. List It For Sale: When everything is in place your agent will put your home on the open market. It’s critical you make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to view your home.
  6. Showings: Potential buyers may ask to see your home on short notice. It’s best if you can accommodate these requests, you never want to miss a potential sale.
  7. Offers and Negotiation: If everything goes well, a buyer and (most often the agent who represents them) will present your agent with an offer.
  8. Choosing an Offer: Your agent will present the benefits and risks of each offer. You will have the opportunity to either accept or counter any offer based on its merits.
  9. Under Contract: At this point, you and the buyer have agreed to all of the terms of the offer and both parties have signed the agreements.
  10. Final Details: While under contract, the buyer will work with their mortgage provider to finalize the loan and perform other due diligence.
  11. Inspection: The buyer will usually perform a physical inspection of the home. They may even ask you to make certain repairs. Your agent will explain all of your options regarding the inspection.
  12. Closing: This is the transfer of funds and ownership. Depending on when the buyer moves into the home you will need to be all packed up and ready to move.

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