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19510 Kuykendahl Rd.
Ste B - Spring, TX 77379
14202 FM 1097 Rd. Willis, Texas 77318
Spring Location: 281-370-5100
Willis Location: 936-202-3131
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5 Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Seller’s Market

Purchasing a home in a seller’s market doesn’t have to be challenging. Some preparation and a strategy may give you an advantage over other potential buyers and increase your chances of having your offer accepted by a seller.

Selling your home in seller's market

  1. Get lender preapproval or prequalification. Determine your loan options and obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender prior to beginning the home search. Some homes are going under contract within days, if not hours, so being able to move quickly with financing is often a plus. The letter gives you an idea of how much home you can afford – so you can easily eliminate homes not in your price range – and lets sellers know you have been vetted financially. Remember, being pre-approved does not guarantee a mortgage – be prepared to shop around with different lenders or work with a mortgage broker.
  2. Be available to close as quickly as the seller requires. A seller wanting to close within 30 days may not be interested in an offer from a buyer who also has a home to sell prior to closing on a new one.
  3. Offer more earnest money. Earnest money, typically 1% to 5% of a purchase price that eventually goes towards a down payment, is held in escrow until a sale closes. By offering more earnest money, you’re letting the seller know that you’re a committed buyer.
  4. Make your best offer. In a seller’s market, you probably won’t be able to present an offer that’s below the asking price. If you love the property, present the seller with your best offer price.

Include an escalation clause. If you want your offer to compete with multiple offers, consider having your real estate agent include an escalation clause. The clause details how much you’re willing to pay over competing offers. Including an escalation clause in your offer is another way to show a seller that you’re a serious buyer.

Still unsure how to navigate the housing market as a buyer? The right home starts with the right agent. When looking for a real estate professional, call RE/MAX Integrity, offering two locations to better serve you! Spring office 281-370-5100 or Willis/Lake Conroe office 936-202-3131

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WHY RE/MAX INTEGRITY?

“OUR MISSION”
Our goal at RE/MAX Integrity is to support associates in building their business and increasing their success. RE/MAX Integrity measures success by attitude and commitment – we are committed to providing unparalleled quality service with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

RE/MAX Integrity is a full service real estate brokerage firm serving North Harris & Montgomery County – including but not limited to Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Lake Conroe, Montgomery and Magnolia. On average, RE/MAX agents sell more homes than any other Realtors. Today, choosing the right real estate agent has never been more important. Whether it is finding your dream home, investment property, or making certain your home sale stands out and sells for the highest and best price in today’s market, we take the goals of our clients personally and dedicate ourselves to making certain your real estate transaction is as seamless as possible.

RE/MAX Integrity is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Spring, Texas.  Founded in 2007, RE/MAX Integrity recently expanded to include their second office in Willis, TX – Lake Conroe area.  The brokerage has over 75 Realtors® and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Integrity is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Soles for Souls Foundation, and Texas Sentinels along with numerous other local charities.  Two office to service you better – 19510 Kuykendahl, Spring, TX and 14202 FM 1097, Willis, TX. To learn more, please visit www.realtorsatintegrity.com.

 

RE/MAX INTEGRITY… Doesn’t that sound like a company you would want to represent you with all your real estate needs?
Contact us at 281-370-5100.

 

Outdoor Checklist: Preparing For an Open House

By Emily Bishop

Selling a home can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t have to be! You can easily alleviate some of the headaches of the home selling process. Open houses are a great way to showcase your home with potential buyers coming through your door. Make sure to do these outdoor items before your open house so that interested buyers will want to make an offer on your home:

Keep It Mowed

Having a lush and well-kept lawn is one of the simplest landscaping elements that can increase resale value to a property. Initial impressions are important in selling a home and one of the first things that potential buyers will notice is the front lawn. Make sure to mow your lawn the day before an open house in order to keep an overall fresh look. Allowing your lawn to grow too long may deter some buyers or even subconsciously cause them to discount their potential offer. If you can’t make time to mow the lawn before the open house consider hiring a lawn care service to do it for you in order to get top dollar for your home.

Clear It Away

Whether it is leaves, weeds, or trash that blew into your yard, make sure that your lawn is in top condition at the start of an open house. Rake leaves and clear away debris that has gone unnoticed for far too long. Pick up sticks that may have fallen from a recent storm and make sure to kill and remove all weeds in the lawn and garden beds in order to leave a good impression. Do a thorough overview of your lawn before an open house to make sure that things have been picked up and put away.

Add Some Color

Invite potential buyers into your home by adding pops of color near the front door. A simple pot with bright flowers will leave a positive impression on those entering your home. You may also consider adding a few planters near walkways to subtly welcome potential buyers.

Light It Up

Most open houses are planned in the afternoon where lighting most likely won’t be needed, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your outdoor lighting. Update your outdoor patio lights that will look sharp even without the lights on. Or consider adding walkway lighting that adds a safety feature to the home. Solar pathway lights are easy to install and are also energy efficient.

Fix the Small Things

Could your mailbox use a coat of paint? Is there a ripped window screen that needs to be replaced? Be sure to do these things prior to an open house. Other areas that are easily overlooked include a rust spot on the front door or a lightbulb that is burnt out on the patio lighting. These small projects are easy to forget when trying to sell a home but may become detractors for potential buyers. Make sure that everything is in tip top condition so that potential buyers will see only the good parts of your home.

Maybe even bake some homemade cookies, for the warm and inviting smell.

A RE/MAX agent can make sure your home is in great condition to show to potential buyers at an open house. Find one to work with on remax.com.

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is also a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.

Things you should know before listing your Spring Texas home

Spring and Summer is always the beginning! The Spring Texas real estate market heats up just as the weather heats up. So if you are planning on selling your Spring Texas home anytime in the near future, here are a few things you should know.

Showing your Spring Texas home.

Remember when buyers make a decision to purchase a home they do it emotionally! First they decide what area they want to live in. Spring Texas is many buyer’s first pick! Then they begin house hunting. The feeling they get from the homes they view in the Spring area, and the way they picture themselves enjoying the home are two of the most important factors in the decision process.

Prior to every showing.

1. Open drapes or blinds.
2. Turn on lights.
3. Turn on soft music.
4. Put any animals outside or in their kennels.
5. Be sure the thermostat is set for cool or heat depending on the time of year.
6. Leave during your showing if possible. Most buyers prefer to view homes with their Realtor only.

Removing these things from your home while you are on the market is recommended.

1. Personal Photos & Decorations – If your shelves and/or walls are covered with and abundance of photos and decorative pieces, it is time to start packing them up. When buyers are looking at homes, you want them to focus on the wonderful features your home as to offer, not your décor.
2. Your Personal Valuables – it is always best to put away any money, jewelry, and family heirlooms. Even though a licensed Realtor will be with any protentional buyers while they view your home, it is best to be safe than sorry.
3. Personal Documents – Sadly identity theft happens more than most people even imagine. Therefore, it is recommended that as a seller you put away any bills, personal paperwork, credit cards, etc. that someone could obtain your personal information from.
4. Medication – Many home owners tend to leave their daily medication in view as a reminder that they need to be taken i.e. in the kitchen, bathroom or next to the bed. To insure that your medication does not come up missing, be sure to put it away and out of sight while your home is on the market for sale.
5. Personal Calendars – Calendars, like social media, is one of the best ways criminals find out who is home and not home. Don’t make it public information by leaving out your calendars or any other information that might reflect when you will be gone. Why make things easy on today’s criminals?

Hopefully this information serves to be helpful to you as a Spring Texas seller. For more information please contact one of the professional Realtors at RE/MAX Integrity, 19510 Kuykendahl, SPRING TEXAS 281-370-5100.

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Celebrating 1 Year With The Dosey Doe Breakfast & BBQ!

The Dosey Doe Breakfast & BBQ lovingly referred to as the DDBBQ is now open! Located at 2626 Research Forest Blvd right next to the Dry Clean Super Center and featuring your Dosey Doe favorites from Huevos Rancheros and Biscuits & Gravy offerings to the Ginormous Chicken Fried Steak, Gumbo and, of course, our own Roasted Coffees.
Sixteen hour hickory and red oak smoked brisket, smoked and jalapeno sausages, pulled pork and smoked chicken, as well a great assortment of handhelds such as the Fried Catfish Sammy and Fried Green Tomato BLT.

Dosey Doe is a gourmet country restaurant and coffee shop located in an historic 150 year old barn transported from Kentucky, which was re-raised and given new life as a Dining/Live Music Hall. The main location of Dosey Doe is located on I-45 and offers live entertainment as well as a select menu of gourmet entrees. The “Little Doe” Coffee Shop is conveniently located in the Village of Alden Bridge offering your favorite Dosey Doe coffee and a full breakfast menu. The Dosey Doe Music Cafe was located on FM 1488 about a half mile west of I-45, until construction forced it’s closure at the end of 2016. Dosey Doe Breakfast and Barbecue offers just as the name says; Dosey Doe’s signature BBQ dishes, as well as favorites from the Dosey Doe breakfast menu – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All Dosey Doe locations are non-smoking.

Our own BBQ Sauce, Honey, Specialty Pickles added to Betty’s State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Marmalades and, of course, our own award winning Coffees are on the shelf.

We know that lunchtime can be tight so we make sure it’s FAST, FRESH & FABULOUS at the DDBBQ!

DOSEY DOE BREAKFAST & BBBQ : 832-823-4414

2626 RESEARCH FOREST DR SUITE B, THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS 77381

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Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR: PREDICTIONS FOR 2018 HURRICANE SEASON

NOAA Photo: Map of hurricanes strikes on the United States coast from 1950-2017

Colorado State University’s Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability For 2018 predicts a slightly above average amount of activity for the 2018 hurricane season and no anticipated El Nino event.

Colorado State’s Forecast

  • 14 Named Storms (average 12)
  • 7 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
  • 3 Major Hurricanes (average 2)

https://tropical.colostate.edu/media/sites/111/2018/04/2018-04.pdf

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast

  • including 10-16 named storms
  • 5-9 hurricanes
  • 1-4 major hurricanes (wind speed at least 111 mph)

www.fox26houston.com/news/us-forecasters-expect-10-16-tropical-storms-in-active-2018-season#/

GETTING PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON: MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT

  • Water (one gallon a day for each person for two weeks)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Medications and medical records
  • First aid kit
  • Medical supplies and batteries
  • Important documents
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene necessities
  • Cash (ATMs and credit card machines may not function immediately after a storm)
  • Sentimental or special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls
  • Maps
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle (to signal for help if needed)
  • Dust masks, plastic sheets and duct tape (to filter contaminated air and build shelter)
  • Manual can opener
  • Extra clothing and rain gear

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How to Safeguard This Big Investment

Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial commitments you’ll ever make, and it’s understandable to want to protect your investment throughout the purchase process. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, adding a contingency to your contract can give you time to assess the property and feel confident that it is a sound investment.

Here are five contingencies that can safeguard your investment:

1. A financing contingency ensures you’re not on the hook if something goes awry with your loan. If you’re unable to secure a mortgage or the terms and conditions change significantly during the contingency period, you can back out without any penalties.

2. An inspection contingency gives you a set time frame to have a professional home inspection done on the property. Should issues be found, you can negotiate with the seller to make repairs or adjust the sales price to account for the home’s condition.

3. An appraisal contingency protects you if an appraisal comes in below the sales price. When this happens, it’s up to you to make up the difference, either by securing additional financing, paying it out of pocket or renegotiating the deal. If none of these methods work, the contingency allows you to back out without losing your earnest money.

4. A home sale contingency is crucial if you’re selling an existing home while buying a new one. Essentially, its says your purchase relies on your ability to sell your current home by a specific date. If you haven’t accepted an offer in that period, you can withdraw and get your earnest money back.

5. An occupancy contingency protects you, should you need to move into your new home by specific time, Its gives you possession of the home on the date you specify.

It’s no secret that today’s housing market is a competitive one, and bidding wars can be intimidating. Get in touch today to ensure that your bid stands out and your investment is protected.

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8 TIPS FOR AN EASY MOVE

1. Declutter Before Your Move

The more you can clean out your house before you move, the better off you’ll be.  The less you have to physically move, the less exhausted and stressed you’ll be on moving day.  If you’re felling overwhelmed by how much you have, try the 12-12-12 rule.  Donate 12 things, throw away 12 items, and return 12 items to their proper place.  This is an easy, laid back way to declutter your space quickly.

2. Pack for a Successful Move

Packing your boxes well is critical to all your belongings arriving in tip-top shape.  Pack your plates, dishware, frames, and books vertically.  This will help reduce shifting and maximize space.  For packing your clothes, keep them on their hangers and wrap trash bags around a bundle at a time.  This makes them easy yo carry without falling on the ground.  For your beautiful accessories, thread delicate necklaces through a straw and fastening the clasp so they don’t get tangled.

3. Label Everything! Color Coding Works Wonders

Pack your house with the thought of unpacking it.  Labeling boxes with the things you’ll need as soon as you arrive, “Unpack First.”  Load these labeled boxes into your truck or portable storage container last.  When taping up your boxes, but different colored tape and assign a color for each room.  This will make unloading and sorting in your new home easier.

4. Take Pictures of your Audio & Video Components

Take a photo of your electronics wiring configuration before you pack them so you’ll be able to reconnect them at your new place.  There are tons of apps, like Evernote, Sortly and Google Keep that let you take images, record audio, and create checklists.

5. Buy All of Your Moving Supplies Before Moving Day

Stock up on rope and clothesline prior to moving day.  Make sure you securely pack all of your belongings and have your big items covered in the storage container to minimize shifting.  Moving bands are also a great way to wrap moving blankets around soft furniture, like couches and mattresses, before you tie them down in your container or moving truck.

6. Hire Packers and Loaders

You can be referred to labor help from trusted moving and storage companies.  Before hiring a company for your move, check their reviews, social media, and ask a friend for any recommendations as well.  Hiring professional and highly rated moving help can be the icing on the cake when it comes to planning an easy move.

7. Maximize Your “Cubed” Space

Pack as many of your items in boxes as you can, opposed to garbage bags or duffel bags.  Boxes stack well on each other and can give you a tight fit in your storage container or truck.  This makes all your belongings more secure and allows you to efficiently fit more stuff in a small space.

8. For Moving and Storage  – Think Outside the Truck

Portable storage containers allow you to have unlimited time when loading and unloading your belongings.  Stay organized and in control by loading your boxes into your container as soon as you pack them.  If you label them properly, this will eliminate confusion and spare you from drowning in a sea of boxes inside your home.

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Improve Your Home, Inside and Out

According to Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, “Spring is the time for plans and projects.” For many homeowners, these projects include home improvement projects around the home. The May Marketing Flyers are sure to help homeowners plan their next project, whether it’s to boost curb appeal or create more space in their homes.

What’s in the Box?

Spring is commonly thought of as the best time to list a home. Many homeowners who are thinking of selling turn their attention to their home’s exterior to find ways to make it more attractive to potential buyers. Even if homeowners aren’t thinking of selling anytime soon, they may be focused on exterior maintenance and repair projects as well as their overall landscape. The U.S. and Canadian Marketing Flyers outline several ways for homeowners to improve the curb appeal of their home to help them appeal to buyers and make their home the envy of the neighborhood. This is a competence piece intended to give you the opportunity to discuss the selling process with your clients, suggest improvements and connect them with service professional in your network.

With more people taking care of aging parents and adult children moving home, it’s become necessary for many homeowners to create more space in their existing homes to meet these changing needs. For homeowners who don’t wish to move, adding on tends to make the most sense. The Alternate Marketing Flyer provides an overview of the most common types of additions, including building a detached addition to use as an office, hobby space or put guests. This is a character piece intended to show your clients you care and discuss potential financing options with them, if appropriate.

 

Pop-By Ideas

-Deliver flowers to the mothers in your database
-Protect your clients while they enjoy more hours of sunlight with sunscreen
-Remember Memorial Day with American Flags (U.S.)
-Celebrate Victoria Day (Canada) by giving clients UK and Canadian flags
-Give your green thumbed clients garden tools and gloves
-What to Say: Follow-up Calls

Standard/Canadian:

“Spring is here and if you’ve been thinking of listing your home, you may be wondering how you can boost its curb appeal to make it stand out in our market. The information I sent this month offers several tips to help you get started. If you’re not thinking of listing, these tips are sure to help your home stand out in your neighborhood. Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals and would be happy to follow up with them.”

October 2017 Standard IOV Alternate:

“A home addition can help you add space to your home when you’re not interested in moving. The information I sent this month provides an overview of the most common types of additions and also offers tips to renovate within your existing home. Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals and would be happy to follow up with them.”

Business-to-Business Ideas

Standard:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

Canadian:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

Alternate:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

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Texas Sentinels Mission

About the Texas Sentinels Foundation

PROVIDE DEBT-FREE HOUSING
We believe taking this burden will allow wounded military veterans to focus on recovery.

UNITE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO SERVE
Bringing the community together creates a lasting bond with the wounded military veterans & his/her family.

COUNSELING & FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
By helping the wounded military veteran with rehabilitation and financial training, we are providing them with life skills.

PROVIDE LASTING MENTORSHIP
While adjusting to their new life, the wounded military veteran will need the continued support of their team.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation (501(c)3 organization) was founded in 2007 by Richard and Jeanne Filip to give back to the military men and women of our Armed Forces who have served our country.

Jeanne and Richard Filip, first and last from left, enjoy a recent outing with Texas Sentinels recipients. The Filips are the founders of the Texas Sentinels Foundation.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation believes that through the personal sacrifice and heroic dedication of American Soldiers, freedom and security is available to all Americans.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation provides opportunities for all citizens to help create a better life for Wounded Military and their families and they appreciate the support from countless volunteers who participate in numerous activities throughout the state to honor our Wounded.

The Foundation’s mission is to provide qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 with support adapted for their needs.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation offers support, primarily through the provision of housing and life scholarships, and helps these Wounded Military readjust to civilian life and prosper in their hometowns or new communities.

The Texas Sentinels Program continues to successfully adopt deserving soldiers throughout the state of Texas.

The foundation plans to continue this success in other areas of Texas, and it is through the commitment and support of individuals and businesses throughout Texas that they are able to make the dreams of these wounded military come alive.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation is led by its Executive Officer, Susie Barlow, who reports to the Texas Sentinels Foundation Board of Directors consisting of Richard Filip, Jeanne Filip, Charles El-Moussa, Brian Parker, Corby Callaway, Al Menconi and Dana Tuggle.

Since it’s establishment in 2007, the Texas Sentinels Foundation has supported Wounded Military in cities across Texas including Arlington, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Victoria, The Woodlands, Melissa, Richmond, Spring, Lake Belton, Alvin, Fresno, Baytown, Pearland, Sanger, Katy, Abilene and Missouri City.Barlow is a Gulf War combat veteran who has also served in Iraq, Southwest Asia, Europe and various stateside assignments. Before accepting the position of Executive Officer for the Texas Sentinels Foundation, Barlow served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years and is a retired and highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel.

When it began, the mission of the Foundation was to coordinate teams of RE/MAX Realtors and other partnering organizations and businesses who would then rally around a Wounded Military to raise local money and support in an effort to build a home for the recipient.

In 2012, the mission of the organization expanded to provide other services to Wounded Military on an ongoing basis – and independent RE/MAX Realtors are still some of the biggest supporters of the organization.

Richard Filip, Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founder said, “It is the generosity of the Texas community that drives the organization’s effort. Community involvement is key, be it by contractors, suppliers, artisans or everyday citizens,” Filip said. “The community has embraced and accepted this opportunity as a way of saying ‘We want to help. We can do this. It is the right thing to do. We have room at the table in our Texas communities.’”

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