Breaking Down Home Maintenance: The Costs, Timelines

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The average bill for sustaining a house each year is about $16,000. So where does it all go?

Source: Breaking Down Home Maintenance: The Costs, Timelines | Realtor Magazine

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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.

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3 Bathroom Trends Homeowners Might Want to Avoid

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Whether it’s redoing the tub or replacing tiles, owners shouldn’t try to be too trendy or it could create an unintended effect.

Source: 3 Bathroom Trends Homeowners Might Want to Avoid | 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.

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

ETIQUETTE FOR HOME SELLERS

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If you have listed your home for sale, you’ve probably cleaned it and staged it as if Architectural Digest were stopping by for a photo shoot.  But, the home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny.  You are, too.  No matter how nice your home is you can also affect how potential buyers feel about making an offer. Here are a few etiquette “rules” sellers should follow to best show their homes, and themselves:

  • Leave the home during showings or an open house – prospective buyers will appreciate the freedom to view the home with their agent.
  • Take your pets with you – not everyone will like your pet, and some may be intimidated by some animals.
  • Move your car – make it easy for visitors to park and view your home.  No one likes parking issues; having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.
  • Be patient waiting for feedback – you’ll want to know what viewers thought about your home, and the showing agent should be able to provide feedback.
  • Be willing to negotiate – everyone wants top dollar for their home, but an unwillingness to negotiate may inhibit a possible sale and keep your home on the market long after you hoped it would be sold.

Selling a home can be complicated,  and Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck with Ebby Halliday Companies’ is available to guide you through the process. Contact them for more on how to successfully sell your home.

Source: Mary Frances, CEO – Ebby Halliday Realtors – ETIQUETTE FOR HOME SELLERS

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 |

 

 

Pre-Sale Inspections

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Surprise, it can be great fun at a surprise birthday party, but not when it may delay or threaten the sale of your property.

Surprises such as a hidden water leak can result in unseen wood damage, or require bathroom repairs.  Could there be termites? A crack in your heating unit? Is the electrical system  in your home up to today’s code requirements? Is there a pan underneath the hot water heater? Are there little things that need attention like a cracked or fogged window pane, drippy faucet or chipped tile?

Having your own home inspection takes the surprise out of the picture for the buyer.  It also allows you the advantage of taking corrective action on needed repairs so that when the buyer’s inspector examines your property he cannot make them an issue.

If there are problems, you will have time to get competitive bids at regular rates, rather than waiting during peak times and having to pay overtime to meet closing deadlines.

Disclosure of the condition of your home also can protect you reducing the chance of post-closing problems.

A pre-inspection is something to which you may want to give some thought!  We recently experienced this with a client.  Although it was different than the norm, it worked out well because the seller kept his home on the market and the buyer was able to negotiate repairs before going under contract.

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 |

LISTED & SOLD

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The Schwanbecks LISTED & SOLD another property. We can sell yours too! We are still in an active market but we don’t have enough homes for buyers demand. We understand the market and what it takes to sell homes. If you would like and experienced, hard working, full time, professional team working for you, give us a call. We would love to exceed your expectations.

Source: LISTED & SOLD

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 |

Ready to Build on an Island at the Lake?

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Idyllic commercial property with 1,384 water frontage on 4.71 acres. Highway frontage is 688.  Original plat was 7.06 acres of which approximately 6 acres is useable and is comprised of 4.71 acres in fee simple and approximately 1.25 acres in easement. Utilities are already on the land.  The property is ideal for Townhomes, Residential homes or a Hotel.  The site is basically level to gentle sloping and slopes downward to the waterfront along the NW, NE and SW.  Conceptual drawings and surveys are available for Townhomes, residential homes, hotel, and marina.  What a perfect spot to build on – with Amazing and Wide Open Water Views.   This is one of the last islands left in Gun Barrel City at Cedar Creek Lake.  

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 more information regarding the island.

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

U.S. Military On The Move Rebate Program

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ATTENTION ALL ACTIVE DUTY, RETIRED MILITARY AND WOUNDED WARRIORS

We value your service, and we would like to offer you a special benefit to thank you.

U.S. Military on the Move® is a free real estate rebate and information program that allows you to earn cash back when you buy or sell a home (in states where allowed by law.)

To Be Eligible, you must register with U.S. Military on the Move® before contacting a realtor, and you must either be active duty, retired military (20 years of service)or a wounded warrior.

When you buy or sell a home through the program, you’ll receive a cash rebate based on the actual sales price – not a fixed amount based on a range of values – and you will receive your rebate at closing.

If you plan to rent a home, we can help. Our members will provide information about the area, counseling on local rental practices, and will send listings that meet your criteria.

Click here to learn more about the U.S. Military on the Move program.

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 |

Lovely water views on this Island at Cedar Creek Lake

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Idyllic commercial property with 1,384 water frontage on 4.71 acres. Highway frontage is 688.  Original plat was 7.06 acres of which approximately 6 acres is useable and is comprised of 4.71 acres in fee simple and approximately 1.25 acres in easement. Utilities are already on the land.  The property is ideal for Townhomes, Residential homes or a Hotel.  The site is basically level to gentle sloping and slopes downward to the waterfront along the NW, NE and SW.  Conceptual drawings and surveys are available for Townhomes, residential homes, hotel, and marina.  What a perfect spot to build on – with Amazing and Wide Open Water Views.   This is one of the last islands left in Gun Barrel City at Cedar Creek Lake.  

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 more information regarding the island.

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

Your Fishing Story Starts Here!

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Waterfront home (109′ ft waterfront) on cul-de-sac with open floor plan and fireplace; four bedroom, two and a half baths.  The downstairs master bedroom has pan ceiling and slider doors out to lakeside.  Three bedrooms upstairs with balconies on both sides (one on the lakeside).  Kitchen has granite counters, backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and breakfast bar.  The lakeside has large combination composite and wood deck with mature shade trees.  Lovely nature view that deer like in the mornings and evenings.  There is a concrete patio for sunning and fishing.  The water in this area attracts swimmers and fishermen alike.  The boathouse has two boatslips.  Are you ready to start your “FISH STORY” at this waterfront property at Cedar Creek Lake? The new price is $415,000.

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 |

Relaxation Therapy at the Lake

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Wishing for a weekend escape?  This custom waterfront home at Cedar Creek Lake is waiting for you.  Lakeside bedrooms, open floor plan, spacious kitchen, and a fantastic covered porch and it is move in ready.  There are many custom touches such as crown molding, knotty pine cabinets, granite tile countertops, wood burning fireplace with a knotty pine mantle, recessed lighting, and heavy splatter drag ceiling and walls, and surround sound speakers inside and out.  Double deck boathouse has a great view and lots of room for entertaining and stargazers.  The subdivision has a private POA boat launch very close and a park with amazing water views, picnic tables and restrooms.  Life is Better At The Lake  – Cedar Creek Lake.  To view the listing, click here.

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 SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |