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Bankruptcy vs Foreclosure

Money is tight, bills are piling up, and you’re not sure what to do. No matter how hard you try, it just is not enough to makes ends meet. You start getting “Notice of Default” letters in the mail and they won’t stop calling you. Your home is about to go into foreclosure. Your mind immediately starts racing to thoughts of filing Bankruptcy, the lender for your home can’t take your home way if that happens……   Not entirely true!!   There are 2 different types of Bankruptcy you can file, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. They are very different from each other and how they help, so please do your research before making a choice. Bankruptcy is usually filed after 2-3 payments have been missed on the mortgage of the home. Once the bankruptcy is filed, the process of foreclosure will be postponed automatically until the bankruptcy is finalized. This process will usually...

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Important home buying factors

Home buying can be very stressful, so here are a few tips to factor in. What is the most important thing you look for in a home when you are buying? When we are buying a new home, we have a long laundry list of things we want it to have already. That list can be different for each family, but these are the top things to look for. Try to make sure the home you pick is made to your family’s needs and lifestyle.   Location – Location can mean many things. A lot of people want their home to be of decent proximity to their job. We all know that after a long day at work, the last thing we want is a super long drive home. As well as having a home close to work, we also think about how easy it is to access other places close to the...

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Technology Change in Real Estate

Have you ever noticed how the Technology of selling a home has changed in Real Estate? Back in the day, there were only a few ways to get your property noticed to the public when you were trying to sell it. Remember the Green Sheet? Remember the little booklets you would pick up in a grocery store with all the homes for sale? Those are just a few ways you had to use to get your home noticed. Of course, putting a sign in the front yard, then people would drive by and call you. All you had to do was write a little description of your homes features and a picture of the front of your home.   Let’s move forward a few years now. How has the technology changed from then? This is where you would get online and post some pictures of the outside and inside of the home...

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curb appeal

Small Budget Curb Appeal

Whether you are looking to sell your home or just spruce it up a little, curb appeal is the best way to do that. Here are some things to think about changing for that exterior pop on your house.   Paint front door, trim, or shutters: Pick a color that matches the rest of the house, but also makes your house stick out from the rest.   Upgrade your mailbox: Doesn’t matter if it is by the street or attached to your house, an upgrade gives your house a better curb appeal. Just make sure you comply with the city regulations if you are upgrading a mailbox that is by the street. Here is a DIY Mailbox video.   New House Numbers: If your house doesn’t have any numbers on it, then you can purchase some. If it does, you can paint them or buy new ones. One idea is to have them match the light...

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DIY Appliance Update

We all know a focus in any home is the Kitchen. Ever wanted stainless steel appliances, but just couldn't bring yourself to spend that kind of money? Admit it, when you bought or rented your home, the kitchen was one of the deciding factors to make you choose that home. Appliances can make a big difference in how the kitchen looks as well. What happens when you find that amazing home, but the appliances are not exactly how you had hoped? What if one of your appliances breaks and you don’t have the money for new stainless steel one? Good news for you, there is a fix that is much cheaper, you can DIY your appliances.   Materials All you will need for this project is: Stainless steel Contact Paper: Walmart $13 Credit card or something comparable to smooth out the contact paper Scissors Razor blade A helper And a little patience   How To First...

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Investor vs Realtor

So, you’re in the need to sell your home quickly, but not sure what to do? Maybe you are just trying to figure out the whole process of how it all works. There are different types of investors out there to talk to. Some investors will talk to you on the phone and after looking at the property online and knowing what you tell them, they can possibly make an offer over the phone. Other investors will schedule an appointment to go look at the property and evaluate the situation to give an exact offer after talking on the phone. Then there are investors who do a pre-qualification over the phone (like Gulf State Homebuyers) and if that goes well, come look at the home to make an offer. Each type gets a little more serious about what type of home they give offers to, they are looking for more...

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Harvey Recovery Time

Yes 2 months later, we are unfortunately still talking about Hurricane Harvey. Crazy to think it was already that long ago, it seems like it was just a few days ago we were all surrounded by tons of water. Nearly 203,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the catastrophic Harvey, costing an estimated $180 billion of damage. This is more than any other natural disaster in U.S. history. Harvey made its first landfall on August 25th, 2017 and then made landfall another 2 times after that over a 6-day period. A total of 738,000 people who registered for assistance with FEMA.   The recovery time for Harvey is very well above average, rebuilding is expected to start around 3 months after landfall. How long is this rebuilding process expected to take? BuildFax is estimating that the rebuild recover time will be up to 20 months. BuildFax is a data analytics firm...

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Housing Market Post Harvey

What will happen to home prices post Harvey?   Houston is the 4th largest city in America, accounting for 25% of the housing market in Texas. After devastating Harvey floods, what will happen to this huge city and surrounding areas? It is being said that it will take months for all affected to enter recovery phase and a few years before the impacted communities fully recover. I think the major question pondering minds is “what will happen to the housing market?”   Facts about the Flood   Before Harvey hit, Houston was a rare fast-growing area in the U.S. The homes were strikingly affordable even though the prices had risen in recent years, but stayed the same during the 2014 oil crash. The average median home price for July was $230,000 for selling price and off the market was around $190,000. Now that Harvey floods have put a damper on the city and surrounding areas, will that...

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Why you should sell your house to a real estate investor?

Why sell your house to a real estate investor?   This is a question that we get asked a lot when we have clients that call us.  There are many things to think about before selling a home in general and we thought it would be a good idea to break down the pros and cons of selling a home to a real estate investment company.   Pros:   Payment options - Most investors have the ability to pay in all cash so this means you can close very quickly.  This might be your whole reason for selling your property in the first place.  In this situation it is best to get proof of cash funds or verifiable certified funds to back up the offer before closing.  Some investors may even offer to take over the existing mortgage on a property to allow the debt burden to be lifted from the homeowner.  The most important...

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Looking to sell a house fast? Check out our process to sell today.

Do you have a property that you are looking to sell but you want to sell it fast?  Do you have a home that needs a lot of repairs but you would rather sell it as-is?  Or maybe you inherited a house that you want to sell fast in order to settle the estate.  We have years of experience handling all of these situations.  We have been buying houses in Houston and the surrounding areas for over 15 years.  We have assembled a team of professionals here at Gulf State Homebuyers that have experience in all of these areas.  Our core values here at Gulf State Homebuyers have been centered on making sure that our seller’s needs are met from start to finish.  We make sure that our wonderful sellers have all of their questions answered and that the process of selling their home is stress free.  Give us a...

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