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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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A New Texas Travel

It’s #traveltuesday again, and I have a new awesome place for you to travel too!!!   Just like last week, the featured place this week is in Texas….. Johnson City, TX!!   Pedernales Falls State Park is the perfect family place. It is located just 30 miles West of Austin, TX.   At this place, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch, and ride horses. There is also a river that runs through it, this just adds to the enjoyment at the park. This includes swimming, tubing, and fishing....

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travel texas

Travel Texas

Do you like to travel?   Lets get #traveltuesday started with this awesome place!!!    Summer is creeping up on us, and there is a great percent of people that will travel over the time the kids are out of school… Every Tuesday, I will post a new place to visit. I can't promise that all will be in Texas, but I can promise that all are going to be awesome places. Of course, all places will be family oriented, so grab the family and get ready for some fun experiences.    This week, I am featuring a place here in Texas…. Blanco, TX to be exact!!   Do you like flowers? How about the color purple? Well, if you said yes to both…. then you will love this place!!!   Lavender Fields in Blanco, TX.   After Spring, when the Bluebonnets fade…. You will find this place covered in PURPLE LAVENDER!!! Lavender season is from May to early July, so only a...

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Important factors when buying a home

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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Winter is here

Winter is Here!

Winter is here! How to winterize your home for this crazy weather! It’s that freezing time of the year, where we will get below freezing a few times. There are many ways to help prevent any damage to your home and make sure you and your family stay warm. During the time you run your heater, you should change your filter once a month. If you don’t, the filters get dirty and that will restrict airflow. There are a few options for better filters, like permanent which will reduce the waste and is less hassle. Then there’s Electostatic filters which trap around 88% of the debris and are better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses, and pollen. All those ceiling fans you never expected to use in the winter? Turn them on, but put them in reverse. Doing this will pull the heat back up to your ceiling and circulate back...

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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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agent vs investor

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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