Is Selling Your Home Yourself Worth the Risk? NO!

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Deb Jpeg eb16310206.jpgAs a couple who has moved over a dozen and a half times in the last 4 decades, I understand the reasons why you may want to try to sell your home yourself.  We each have giftings that we are born with or through experience, good at.  Then there are the things we know nothing about. They are things that each of us just want to be able to do ourselves, but we don’t know where to begin or how to finish it.  Would you design and build a home yourself?  Would you fix your car, lawn mower, computer, plumbing, electrical work yourself? Would you color and style your hair?  Would you cook a 10-course meal or cater an event yourself?  Alot of us love HG TV, all the real estate cable shows and Pinterest, but can each of us actually do the things we see on TV and Pinterest?  Watching it on TV seems easy enough, reading the recipe seems simple – but once we get started on a project, it just simply isn’t as easy as we thought.

Buying and selling a home is not easy and for the seller there are alot of emotions mixed in with it.  There are lots of rules, regulations, property owners and home owners bylaws and covenants and more.  How do you price it?  There is expertise to that.  What do you focus on to get the home presentable? What do you spend the money on to sell it?  Your home is your kingdom and may be your “Zen spot” but that doesn’t mean that a new buyer will like the purple walls, unique art, and stuffed wildlife everywhere.  How do you market the home within the state, other states, globally and in other languages?  How do you get the word out?  How do you handle the showings and do you think the buyer will be comfortable with you the owner dogging every step they take as they look around?  Will your feelings get in the way when prospects say that the tree your loved one planted when you married has got to go, that wall has to be blown out etc.  Do you have experience negotiating?  What do you do when someone wants to make an offer?  What paperwork will you use?  Where do you close?  The list is endless and there are a thousand details to take care of. There is an art to selling a home.  That is what Bruce and I, as experienced Realtors do for you.  We take care of that and all those important details.

Ohh, and guess what – statistics show that an agent assisted home sell will get you MORE money for your home than selling it yourself, using a discount brokerage, or one of those nameless iBuyer brokers who don’t tell you about all those assessment fees they are going to charge you. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reported that FSBO’s typically sell for less than agent assisted homes. FSBO homes sold at a median price of $200,000 last year (same as year before). Agent assisted homes sold at a median price of $280,000. Do you really want to lose that kind of money? That is a significant amount of money the FSBO seller is losing even after the agent assisted commission is paid.

So if I haven’t convinced you to use an agent to sell the biggest investment that you may have, take a look at the article published recently in USA Today.   Here is another one published on the National Association of Realtors website.

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs in DFW and east Texas.   Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

The Schwanbecks would love a chance to Exceed Your Expectations!

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

Is Selling Your Home Yourself Worth the Risk? NO!

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Deb&BruceAs a couple who has moved over a dozen and a half times in the last 4 decades, I understand the reasons why you may want to try to sell your home yourself.  We each have giftings that we are born with or through experience, good at.  Then there are the things we know nothing about. They are are things that each of us just want to be able to do ourselves, but we don’t know where to begin or how to finish it.  Would you design and build a home yourself?  Would you fix your car, lawn mower, computer, plumbing, electrical work yourself? Would you color and style your hair?  Would you cook a 10-course meal or cater an event yourself?  Alot of us love HG TV, all the real estate cable shows and Pinterest, but can each of us actually do the things we see on TV and Pinterest?  Watching it on TV seems easy enough, reading the recipe seems simple – but once we get started on a project, it just simply isn’t as easy as we thought.

Buying and selling a home is not easy and for the seller there are alot of emotions mixed in with it.  There are lots of rules, regulations, property owners and home owners bylaws and covenants and more.  How do you price it?  There is expertise to that.  What do you focus on to get the home presentable? What do you spend the money on to sell it?  Your home is your kingdom and may be your “Zen spot” but that doesn’t mean that a new buyer will like the purple walls, unique art, and stuffed wildlife everywhere.  How do you market the home within the state, other states, globally and in other languages?  How do you get the word out?  How do you handle the showings and do you think the buyer will be comfortable with you the owner dogging every step they take as they look around?  Will your feelings get in the way when prospects say that the tree your loved one planted when you married has got to go, that wall has to be blown out etc.  Do you have experience negotiating?  What do you do when someone wants to make an offer?  What paperwork will you use?  Where do you close?  The list is endless and there are a thousand details to take care of. There is an art to selling a home.  That is what Bruce and I, as experienced Realtors do for you.  We take care of that and all those important details.

Ohh, and guess what – statistics show that an agent assisted home sell will get you MORE money for your home than selling it yourself, using a discount brokerage, or one of those nameless iBuyer brokers who don’t tell you about all those assessment fees they are going to charge you. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reported that FSBO’s typically sell for less than agent assisted homes. FSBO homes sold at a median price of $200,000 last year (same as year before). Agent assisted homes sold at a median price of $280,000. Do you really want to lose that kind of money? That is a significant amount of money the FSBO seller is losing even after the agent assisted commission is paid.

So if I haven’t convinced you to use an agent to sell the biggest investment that you may have, take a look at the article published recently in USA Today.   Here is another one published on the National Association of Realtors website.

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 or acreage home in East Texas.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

The Schwanbecks would love a chance to Exceed Your Expectations!

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

Henderson County Holiday Events

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Bruce and I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season filled with good food, lots of Joy and Laughter, Blessings and Provision for the upcoming year.  If you live in Henderson County, here is a list of some of the activities happening around Athens and Cedar Creek Lake.

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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.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  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 |

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake

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fireworksIf you haven’t been to Cedar Creek Lake over the July 4th weekend, you are missing out.  During this big holiday weekend, there will be music, there will be fireworks, and there will be a mock World War 2 flying airplane battle and air show over the lake.  While you are here, let’s plan a day to look at some fantastic waterfront properties.

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Another happy client at Cedar Creek Lake

 

Click here to find more information about the Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake.

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 |

April 14 – Happy Gardening Day

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I wish I had time to do some gardening.  Sometimes it just feels good to get your hands in soil and plant something that you can watch grow.  These days we are too busy with real estate and 7 grandchildren to find time to garden.  So for those who enjoy Gardening – this day is for you – Happy Gardening Day.   I want my yard to look like this.  Does someone want to come plant my yard to look like this?

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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 more information regarding the island.

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

How to get your Creativity flowing

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I recently went to one of those paint and wine studios with my daughter in law and her firefighter wives group.  What a fun time we had.  The artist, directed us on how to paint a picture and we drank wine while doing it.  Everyone had a blast and each one of us had a different picture to take home at the end.  (Mine is shown above.)

I would say that I used to be a very creative person.  I grew up in a artistic creative family and used to paint, make bread dough flowers, sew, and do stitcheries.  Going to the art studio reminded me about how much I enjoyed painting.

I was surfing the web the other day and this article caught my attention on what can I do to get the creative flow going again.  The one thing that was not on the list – is babysit my grandchildren and pull out the playdough and watercolors with them and see what we can create.   Click here to view the article.

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 DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

When do You take down Christmas Decorations?

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I love decorating my home for the holidays.  My tree is filled with ornaments that my children have made while growing up, ornaments they have picked out through the years, and things I have picked up.  The only kind of themed tree it would be called is FAMILY.  I love putting up all the Santas, and lights (which we didn’t do this year).  What I don’t enjoy doing is wrapping, but it somehow gets done.  I have one room that really becomes a mess with paper, bows, boxes, and all the gifts awaiting wrapping.  On the weekend of Thanksgiving I will make our home festive, and get everything out and decorate the tree.

I equally love taking everything down an reclaiming our home.  I usually get everything down a couple of days after christmas.  It is all definitely down and put away in the attic before New Years.

In our household, for Christmas morning, there are two breakfast Must-Haves.  One is my Mothers Breakfast Casserole (egg dish) which I make the night before and let is set in the fridge.  Then there is the sweet and gooey Monkey Bread.  This year for Christmas Day dinner, we did a Mexican Fiesta buffet with homemade Enchiladas, tamales, rice, cheese dip and all the fixings.

When do you put the decorations out and when do you take them down?  What holiday traditions does your family have?

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Oversized Ornament Balls – Genius!

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Oversized Ornament balls to hang outside.  When you see how easy they are to make, you will think “Why didn’t I think of this?” I’m even picturing super hero ornaments for my grandchildren in their yards.  Debbie Schwanbeck, Realtor Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Jillee comes up with the most amazing ideas.  Here is the link with directions.