Ready to Sell – the Schwanbecks are Ready to Assist

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The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

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Decor that Adds Value to Homes | Realtor Magazine

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Here’s a look at some top accessories and decor choices that are easy to snag and that just might help your clients reach that perfect selling price.

A home’s price is based on many factors that can’t be changed, such as location, square footage, and age. While these fixed factors may seem like an end-all-be-all, you can present your client’s home in other ways that may add perceived value for buyers. A full overhaul or shiny new kitchen are not the only options — choosing the right home decor can go a long way in bringing buyers.

Read moreStaging for a Cozy, Minimalist Look

Here’s a look at some top accessories and decor choices that are easy to snag and that just might help your clients reach that perfect selling price.

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Ask any designer: Decluttering a home is one of the most effective ways to get it off the market and into the hands of a buyer. A cluttered, messy, cramped space can instantly detract potential home buyers. After all, how can they visualize their family in this new home when all they can picture are piles of junk and countertops filled with toiletries? Clutter may also send the message that the home does not provide enough room for the buyer’s needs.

Show buyers that your client’s home offers plenty of space for all of their belongings. External storage, like a pretty chest, a shelving unit, or an armoire is a great way to add a decorative element while allowing more room to store paperwork, movies, linens, desk supplies and other unattractive items that don’t add to the space. Internal storage, like decorative metal bins or wicker baskets, are perfect for decluttering bathroom cabinets and closets where buyers may sneak a peek. Now you can present a more airy feel and cleaner sight lines in the home.

Window treatments

Whether it was in our first college apartment or an old family vacation rental, we’ve all experienced just how uncomfortable it is to be in a space with dusty, weathered, outdated window treatments. Next to decluttering, window treatments can make a big difference in breathing new life into a home. The right window treatments can highlight and complement the home’s best features — from its natural light to backyard views — and can offer the top selling points of built-in privacy and improved energy efficiency (high on the list of many potential buyers).

Advise your client to replace broken and outdated blinds with new blinds, cellular shades or roman shades. They’re easy to install, and with a wide variety of finishes available, they’re a versatile and functional choice. Drapes are also a quick fix, especially in living and dining rooms. They add vertical interest and cohesiveness to a room, showing buyers a refined space.

Accessories

It’s important to make the home appealing and cozy to visitors, but with a polished look that gives buyers something to aspire to. Replace any well-loved duvet covers, bath towels, rugs, pillows or throws with fresh ones. Swap out overstuffed bookcases with carefully placed books, baubles, and a piece of art or two. Tuck away stacks of old magazines and remotes, and adorn tables with a chic tray and a few coffee table books.

It’s all about introducing fun yet neutral accessories that add to the overall theme of the house without filling the space with too much clutter. Show buyers how their new home could be a showpiece, and it’s sure to add to their perceived value.

Source: Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a passionate home decorator with a love of Mid-Century Modern decor, streamlined window treatments and blue.

Source: Decor that Adds Value to Homes | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Just Listed at Cedar Creek Lake – 2 Master Suites

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Move in Ready Custom Home in Eastwood Island on Cedar Creek Lake with a lake view.  This lovely home has 3 bedrooms with 2 master suites, 4 baths, 3-car garage, 2living areas one is over the garage and perfect guest quarters with bath, workshop and fenced back yard.  Kitchen has custom cabinets, breakfast bar, and walk in pantry.  Both master suites have separate entrance, baths with grab bars and large showers.  9 ft ceilings, laminate wood floors, new carpet in bedrooms, and vinyl windows.  Irrigation well for watering.  POA boat ramp.  Eastwood Island is located in the heart of Gun Barrel City and this is a well desired neighborhood.

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

 

First-Time Buyers Face New Competition | Realtor Magazine

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Institutional investors, who made it difficult for home buyers to compete for properties after the housing crash, are now being priced out of major markets.

Investors are scouring real estate markets looking for low-priced homes, and they’re increasingly stepping on the toes of first-time home buyers, who are hunting in the same price range. “The investor is starting to gobble up pretty much anything under $200,000,” Dennis Cisterna, chief revenue officer for Investability Real Estate, which markets rental homes, told The Dallas Morning News. “We are not adding any new supply to the market to serve that first-time home buyer.”

Housing inventories are at the lowest level in 30 years, and the shortages are most pronounced in the low and middle price ranges. “We are losing inventory at a record pace and in the segment of the market with the most demand,” says Javier Vivas, a realtor.com® analyst.

Investors comprised 33 percent of all single-family and condo sales in 2016, the highest percentage ever recorded by real estate data firm ATTOM Data Solutions. “This is setting the stage for a boom in single-family rentals,” says Daren Blomquist, an economist at ATTOM.

But while institutional investors dominated the rental housing market after the housing crash, they’re increasingly being priced out of markets such as Denver and Dallas. Smaller mom-and-pop investors are now stepping in to take their place. “The investors are competing for those starter homes,” Blomquist says, adding that 61 percent of investor purchases are for homes between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet.

Investors also tend to pay cash, which is making it difficult for first-time buyers who need financing to compete. About 19 million single-family homes in the U.S. are now owned by investors, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

Source: “First-Time Buyers Hunting Affordable Housing are up Against Property Investors … and Losing,” The Dallas Morning News (June 16, 2017)

Source: First-Time Buyers Face New Competition | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Ebby Halliday hits a new all-time record – $8 Billion in Sales

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$8 BILLION!

The Ebby Halliday Companies – Ebby Halliday, Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew Real Estate – set a new, all-time record for closed sales during 2017 by successfully closing more than 18,800 transactions valued at over $8 Billion!

Sales of this magnitude reflect an exceptional level of service provided to the firm’s clients by more than 1,750 Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate professionals and clearly demonstrate why the Ebby Halliday Companies is one of the largest independently owned residential sales firms in the nation.

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

 

Are Builders Warming Up to Smaller Homes? | Realtor Magazine

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Home builders have been slow to meet the rising demand for smaller homes, but that may be showing signs of changing.

Competition is heating up among millennials and baby boomers for smaller, more affordable homes. But builders have been slow to meet demand. That may be showing signs of changing.

Home sizes are beginning to shrink, which may also help prices edge down, too.

“We are starting to see [smaller] starter homes come back,” says Rick Palacios Jr., director of research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

The uptick started slightly in mid-2016 as employment and wages rose.

More buyers are “now in that life stage of their early 30s [where] they’ve got a good job now, they’re getting married, they’re having kids,” Palacios says.

Some builders are heading farther from cities, where land is cheaper. Or they may construct more homes on smaller lots or build a line of attached townhouses.

“A builder can’t pay through the nose for land and then build a starter home on that land,” Palacios says. “It just doesn’t pencil out for them. [We’ve] started to see more builders gaining confidence in building lower-priced, smaller homes.”

Nearly 29 percent of the homes built between 2010 and 2015 were 3,000 square feet or more—hardly small by any standards. More builders focused on the high end of the market following the recession and built fewer smaller homes. Census data shows that 14.72 percent of new homes in the 1990s were between 1,000 and 1,499 square feet. Between 2010 to 2015, that percentage shrunk to 9.75 percent.

Robert Dietz, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders, projects about 850,000 new homes will be constructed this year, even though the market could really support about 1.2 million new homes.

An uptick in smaller homes is “not something that can be fixed overnight,” he notes. “It’s going to take a while.”

Source: “Tiny Might Be Trendy, But Homebuilders Have Been Thinking Big – Until Now,” realtor.com® (July 13, 2017)

Source: Are Builders Warming Up to Smaller Homes? | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Homestead Exemptions & what you need to know

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Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

What Thieves Are Most After in Homes | Realtor Magazine

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Find out the most commonly stolen items by state, and the belongings you may need to most protect.

Here are some sobering stats from the FBI: A robbery occurs every 1.6 minutes in the U.S., a burglary every 18.2 seconds, and a larceny theft every 5.4 seconds.

SafeHome, a home security systems reviews resource, analyzed FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data from 2015 to determine the items thieves most commonly target.

The most stolen items were classified as miscellaneous valuables, jewelry, and precious metals, according to the report. In some states, certain thefts were more common than others. For example, in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Colorado, thieves were more likely to target diamonds, gold, silver, and other jewelry. Meanwhile, clothing was the most stolen items in seven states, including California and Tennessee.

Burglary is the unlawful entry of a place, such as a home or office. Burglaries don’t just happen at night, either: The report shows that assailants broke in during daytime hours or evening hours at the same rate. In fact, burglaries that occurred during daytime hours tended to result in a higher loss than those that occurred at night, according to the report.

Source: “Stealing Strangers’ Stuff,” SafeHome.org (July 2017)

Source: What Thieves Are Most After in Homes | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home | Realtor Magazine

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Lure potential buyers with a simple and clean palette. Shades of white and off-white are the top colors for a quick home sale, Jody Finglas of Finglas Painting in Ossining, N.Y., told USA Today.

Watch Out: The All-White Room Trap

“White is the foundation that anchors the home,” adds Friley Saucier, a broker-associate with Sotheby’s International Realty in Naples, Fla. “This is absolutely what is most requested when I’m working with home buyers.”

Finglas says less is more. “We’re seeing a lot of requests for lighter, brighter colors,” he notes.

When working with a white backdrop, the trick is to add in color through the furnishings and accessories, Finglas says. He says selecting the right shade of white paint isn’t easy. “A white kitchen can mean 40 different colors,” Finglas says.

Homeowners should still bring home paint swatches, says Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors in Fort Myers, Fla.

“Whites can have a more blueish hue or more of a brown or even pinkish hue depending on the exact lighting,” Bergmann says. “Even a pure white is going to look different.”

Source: “Best Paint Color for a Quick Home Sale? White,” USA Today (July 12, 2017)

Source: The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to view the listing.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Back on the Market – Compound at the Lake

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1 Main 2017_04_27__0621The Buyers Financing Fell Through – Now is your chance to own a Compound at the Lake!  Do you need a 4-Car Garage – This one has it.  Two Homes – This one has it – Plus so much more…  3/2 main home open plan; 2/2 guest house also has kitchen & laundry.  Huge gourmet kitchen with SS appliances, solid surface counters, gas stove, built in oven and microwave, wine cooler, 2 islands & breakfast area, 2 living areas, covered porch & deck.  Detached 4-car garage is a man’s dream with pegboard & workshop space.  2-car carport & storage bldg; firepit; U-shaped drive; single slip boathouse with fish cleaning station.  Perfect compound for enjoying an extended family or business get-a-way from it all.    1.85 acres on 8.5 lots make up this fantastic property.  Beachwood is a gated community and has a pool, community center, tennis court, park and boat ramp.

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Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |