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 |

All I want for Christmas is…

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All I want for Christmas is to spend quality time with family and friends and serve clients. The holiday season can be a good time to work on that goal you made this year – to sell or buy a new home. Call or email us and let’s talk. | Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck at Ebby Halliday Realtors 469.283.8656 SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com Our Website .

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 |

Entertainment Get-a-way at the Lake

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Spacious Waterfront 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home on 2 lots with a 2 car garage in desired Star Harbor at Cedar Creek Lake. Large bedrooms, Open floor plan with 1 very large living area (can also be split into 2), dining area, kitchen has granite and gas range with stainless steel appliances, 2 large bedrooms upstairs with en suite baths. Wood burning stove and fireplace for those chilly days. This home is perfect for large groups and lots of space to entertain. A wrought iron fence surrounds the property. Mature shade trees and plenty of lawn to set up yard games and the firepit is waiting for lake stories. Two sun decks and a shaded porch are just waiting for you to enjoy watching the sunrise. Enclosed boathouse and PWC lift. Open water views. Star Harbor has a 9-hole golf course and area boat ramp.  To view the listing click here.

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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.  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 |

It is going to be a great season at the Lake. Come experience it for yourself!

Entertainment Getaway at the Lake

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Spacious Waterfront 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home on 2 lots with a 2 car garage in desired Star Harbor at Cedar Creek Lake. Large bedrooms, Open floor plan with 1 very large living area (can also be split into 2), dining area, kitchen has granite and gas range with stainless steel appliances, 2 large bedrooms upstairs with en suite baths. Wood burning stove and fireplace for those chilly days. This home is perfect for large groups and lots of space to entertain. A wrought iron fence surrounds the property. Mature shade trees and plenty of lawn to set up yard games and the firepit is waiting for lake stories. Two sun decks and a shaded porch are just waiting for you to enjoy watching the sunrise. Enclosed boathouse and PWC lift. Open water views. Star Harbor has a 9-hole golf course and area boat ramp.  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.  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 |

It is going to be a great season at the Lake. Come experience it for yourself!

It’s New – It’s Modern – It’s 4 Bedrooms & It Can Be Yours

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A Modern Custom Home completed in 2018 with stone accents. The colors are so pretty and you will love the vinyl wood plank floors. This 4/2/2 is just waiting for you. Arched doorways and rounded corners. Large open floor plan for open living, dining, and kitchen. Granite counters, and cabinets with crown molding. Lots of windows to let in the natural light. The master bedroom has an amazing master closet and bath with 2 sinks and tub/shower. The fourth bedroom could also be a study. Laundry room with w/d connections. 6′ privacy wood fence with a gate in the backyard. Partially sodded.

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 |

Livin’ Large: Texas’ Robust Luxury Home Market

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Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, helping Texans make better real estate decisions.

Source: Livin’ Large: Texas’ Robust Luxury Home Market – Real Estate Center

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.  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 |

It is going to be a great season at the Lake. Come experience it for yourself!

Highs and Lows of Floodplain Regulations – Real Estate Center

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Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, helping Texans make better real estate decisions.

Source: Highs and Lows of Floodplain Regulations – Real Estate Center

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.  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 |

The Schwanbecks Go To the NM Mountains

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Bruce and I recently had the opportunity to take part of our family snow skiing in Angel Fire NM.  We had so much fun and it was a blast to get our 5-year old grandson Barrett on snow skis for the first time.  The mountains had plenty of snow, wind, sunshine and gorgeous views.  We skied, we ate good food, we enjoyed company of great people, and we snowmobiled.  What a restful trip.

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 |

Which Home Projects Have the Highest ROI? – Texas REALTORS®

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Manufactured stone veneer, steel entry-door replacements, and garage door replacements recoup the most portion of their investment in Texas, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report.

Texas is part of the West South Central region’s data for the report, which also includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

To read more click on the link.   Which Home Projects Have the Highest ROI? – Texas REALTORS®

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.  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 |

It is going to be a great season at the Lake. Come experience it for yourself!