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3 Important Steps To Do BEFORE You List Your Home

In 2019, more people than ever are looking to buy, sell, rent, or invest in real estate. According to Zillow’s annual housing market evaluations, San Angelo home values have gone up 5.3% in the last year alone. With an increase in home values and homes selling 99% of the time at their asking price, now is a good time to think about how to sell your home in San Angelo during this impressive seller’s market. 

However, you need to become a home selling legend before you can dominate the San Angelo market. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting articles, contests, e-books, and more than a part of our “Be Legendary” campaign. Keep checking back and staying informed with our latest content to help you master your home selling experience. This week, let’s focus on making you a legend at preparing to list your home.

Before pricing your home, staging and decluttering, or anything else – you need to know if now is the right time to sell your home. Read below as we go through the various steps of being a home-selling legend.

Research & Preparation 

When preparing to sell your home you should first be aware of where you’re starting. Ask yourself important questions about where you started, where you are currently, and where you would like to be. A few questions to ask yourself include:

  1. How much did I buy my home for?
  2. What are the houses around my house selling for right now?
  3. Have property values increased around my property?

After establishing a brief outlook of where you currently stand, it’s time to decide how you’re going to sell your house. To be the most effective in San Angelo’s seller’s market, you’ll need to work with a Realtor or do a lot of research to make sure the technical details are nailed down.

The Technical Stuff (Working With A Realtor)

When you’re looking to get the best offer for your home and to get it sold quick, working with a Realtor is your best bet. Sometimes homeowners sell their homes themselves, which is called a, “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO). Although this can save you money on your agent’s commission, there’s a lot more work to sell your home than putting a for sale sign in your yard and waiting by the phone.

With a licensed Realtor, you will automatically have access to several resources and tools that they have at their disposal. Some agents have larger brokerages or different ways of selling, but overall – you want an agent that can market your listing, promote showings with their network, and be able to negotiate a fair price to sell your home for. A few questions you can ask that will give you a clear idea of your Realtor’s expertise include:

  1. How long have you been a Realtor?
  2. Is your license in good standing?
  3. What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio?
  4. How do you market new listings?
  5. Do you tend to represent more buyers or sellers?
  6. Can you provide references?
  7. Can you ensure I will be able to review all documents before signing?
  8. What is your fee?
  9. What separates you from the competition?

After selecting your Realtor, you should ask for a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and a marketing plan for how they’re going to market your listing. If you need an expert to help you sell your home – NextHome Legends Realty is a modern, client-first real estate brokerage that focuses on helping our clients get the legendary service they deserve. Each of our agents is specialized to help clients of every experience level, whether you’re selling your first home or your third. You can even win an APPLE WATCH SERIES 3 by signing up for your CMA with NextHome Legends (just click here). 

Getting The Right Price & Making A Plan

Once your Realtor has compiled the key information about your home, they will set a time to meet with you. At this meeting, you will need to discuss the market analysis your Realtor has created based on the market and homes similar to yours. Although this helps you determine a general starting point for pricing your home – it’s not the entire formula. 

Realtor’s are trained to help clients find the listing price that best fits their current home’s state. If you’d like more accurate pricing of your home, you or your Realtor can also hire an appraiser. Hiring a home appraiser can be an extra expense, but if you have a unique home (like a log-cabin or built-by-hand) then you should get an appraisal.

Before finally settling on your list price, you need to also take an honest look at your home in its current state. Make sure all essential repairs are finished to ensure your home is up to code and meets all certifications/clearances. If you need big repairs (like roof replacement or new plumbing), it’s important to make a plan to either address them or reduce your listing price. Last, consider the location and community of your home. If you live near a school or a lively neighborhood, homes like these sell for more than those in other neighborhoods. 

Finding the perfect listing price helps you get realistic offers in a short amount of time. It also helps you determine how much home you can afford to purchase after selling your current one. If you’d like to get an idea of what you may receive, figure out how much you still owe on your home mortgage. Subtract your balance from the final sale price of your home, and you’ll arrive at an approximate value to what you’ll receive (this doesn’t include any commissions, closing costs, etc). To boost your gains in equity many homeowners make improvements, sell during peak a seller’s market (like the one we’re in now), and by paying down your mortgage more.

Once you and your Realtor have a general idea of what to sell your home for, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a home selling Legend (while getting your home sold faster and at or above listing price). Check back next week to learn about what happens before your home actually hits the market and awesome DIY tips to make prepping your home easy and affordable (while increasing your home value)!

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Finding The Best Neighborhoods In San Angelo For Your Family

Over the last few months, we have shared a series of blogs related to San Angelo and getting to know our town for those new to the area.  If you follow us on social media, you will also have seen a series of neighborhood videos that highlighted some of the most popular areas to live in.  Those areas include Bentwood, College Hills, Nasworthyand Southland.  Although these areas might be some of the most sought-after locations to set roots, there are many more neighborhoods in San Angelo to call home.

City of San Angelo – Neighborhoods In Depth

Start your search by heading over to the City of San Angelo’s website. They have an informative page on their website that will give you an in-depth look at each area of San Angelo.  On this page you will find information on zoning, schools within the zone and other landmarks within the area to include parks, police stations, hospitals and etc.

Nextdoor – View Recommendations By Neighborhood

Another pretty cool resource to look at neighborhoods is on Nextdoor.  By clicking on the San Angelo link, you will find information about restaurants, recreation and much more within the area.  There is also a keyword list that residents within the area have added to note why they love where they live.  For example, you might find “river”, “family-friendly”, “dog-friendly” and things of that nature.

Neighborhood Scout – Compare Neighborhoods, Get The Facts

One last stop that you might consider is heading over to Neighborhood Scout.  On this particular site, you can find more information regarding demographics, real estate and crime within the area.  You will also find details pertinent to our comparison to the national average for income, professions, commutes and etc. With resources like these, you’ll be able to identify the BEST neighborhoods in San Angelo for your family and start your home buying search with confidence.

With information at the tips of our fingers online nowadays, finding the perfect fit for your family has become a much less daunting task.  However, with so much modern technology, it can become overwhelming finding the starting point. Our hope is that through this article you can find a bit of ease in finding where to set roots in your NextHome! 

If you’re looking for an agent that knows San Angelo like the back of their hand – give us a call. We’re your San Angelo home buying & selling experts. Not sure where to start? We’ll help you get pre-approved, find the neighborhood that fits your needs, and narrow down the various properties throughout the Concho Valley – so you’re confident in your future home from day one. Give us a call and let’s discuss your family’s real estate needs today at 325-400-7100.

Win a vacation to Schlitterbahn from NextHome Legends Realty in San Angelo

The Winner Of Our Schlitterbahn Summer Prize Package Is…

We wanted to thank everyone who participated in our NextHome Legends Realty Summer Prize Package! With a value of over $1500, the winner will be able to take another adult and two kids on the vacation of their dreams. With season passes and a hotel/resort voucher – the winner will enjoy a relaxing, inclusive vacation at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas.

Without further ado, here is a replay of our live drawing:

Watch The Live Drawing Replay!

Congratulations to Sandra Lopez, our Summer Prize Package winner! Sandra lives in San Angelo and plans to take her family to Schlitterbahn with this prize package. Sandra’s childhood memory was as follows:

“One of my favorite childhood memories was on a weekday back 1983.. it wasn’t anything fancy or getaway.. but it’s a memory along with many others that have been implanted in my heart and mind. It was a bright sunny, but not a scorching hot day.. her front and kitchen (screen doors) doors, windows were open & the gentle breeze flew through her sheer curtains. Her TV was on and her favorite show showing.. “Young & the Restless” haha. My grandma always had lunch ready for my grandpa when he would come home from work to have lunch… That day she made fresh tea out in the heat of the 🌞 and the BEST fried chicken and sides. She would watch her show & when a commercial would come on back to the kitchen she would go 😁. My grandfather would soon arrive home from his mechanic job, wash up and sit at the table. My grandma would serve & pour him a glass of her tea over ice in his favorite clear glass mug.. then, of course, she served me a plate and some of the BEST West Texas tea! 😁
After, we ate she cleaned up the kitchen.. & when done we’d sit in her day room. She would get her crochet bag and start working on her dolls that resembled cabbage patch dolls. I would sit there and watch her make the coolest dolls.. Soon I would fall asleep & nap 😴
Now like I said nothing fancy or getaway, but a special memory of just being an innocent child 😊 at my grandparents home.”

We also have a few title prizes (winners were entered into the drawing for the prize package). The winners for the best photo, most shares, and most likes are as follows:

  • Sandra Lopez – Most Likes & Our Summer Prize Package Drawing Winner!
  • Heather Cavin – Best Picture!
  • Michelle Becker – Most Shares!

Again, thank you to everyone who participated and connected with us. We love building relationships and learning more about our fellow San Angeloans. If you’re looking for homes for sale in San Angelo, TX or are thinking about listing your home – give us a call. We’ll work with you side-by-side to help you find the home you love (or to get the most for your current home)! Give us a call at 325-400-7100 or stop by our office at 303 W. Harris Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903.

Win a vacation to Schlitterbahn from NextHome Legends Realty in San Angelo

Don’t Forget To Enter To Win A Schlitterbahn Prize Package {Ends Monday!}

As a part of NextHome Legend Realty’s initiative to become a larger part of the San Angelo community, we’ve made some changes around our site and in the way we interact with our visitors. If you’ve visited our site recently, you will have seen this Blog appear, new pages that educate visitors on various areas of San Angelo, and much more. Although we love being able to help our visitors with their real estate needs, sometimes we all need a little time to relax. Before school starts and Fall arrives, NextHome Legends Realty is offering San Angelo residents a chance to win an amazing vacation package to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels! This latest NextHome Legends Contest is valued at over $1500. It includes 2 ADULTS and 2 CHILDREN Season Passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels AND A $1000 Hotel/Resort Voucher (valid after August 18th through the end of the 2019 season)! 

Ready to find out how to participate? NextHome Legends Realty wants to know what your favorite childhood memory is and we want to share it with San Angelo! If you’re a San Angelo resident, complete 2 of the following in order to be considered for the Schlitterbahn Prize Package. This contest ends on Monday, July 24th, 2019 at 12:00 pm. The winner will be selected based on quality, memorability, and uniqueness of their submission. We’ll notify the winner by contacting them through whichever social media platform they’ve participated on. Don’t miss out on the chance to win this amazing family vacation by sharing with us your favorite childhood summertime memory.

How To Participate:

  1. Tell Us Your Favorite Childhood Memory & Tag 2 of Your Friends On Facebook That You’d Like To Take To Schliterbaun
    • Share this post by clicking the Facebook button below. Once you’re taken to Facebook, write your happiest childhood memory. You can even include a photo if you have one!
    • Use #nexthomelegends

AND

  1. Like Our NextHome Legends Facebook Page

We can’t wait to read all of your submissions and we’ll announce the winner Monday. Thank you for participating and get ready for the chance to have some water park fun!

Home Seller Worried About Selling His Home

Debunking Myths About Selling Your Home You Probably Still Believe

When selling your home, especially for the first time, you might not know where to start or who to ask.  Of course, we have family, friends, and co-workers that we can turn to but even the best information can be second hand and not quite “true”.  So, when it comes time to list your home, you’ll need to separate fact from fiction.

We’ve compiled a few real estate myths about selling your home and gathered the facts so you can be confident and on track to selling your property.

 

Myth #1: A home’s exterior isn’t as important as the interior

Truth: Home buyers will usually make an initial judgment of a home-based simply on its exterior. Therefore, curb appeal is very important.

“A lot of buyers search online or drive by properties before they even enlist my services,” says Bic DeCaro, a real estate agent at Westgate Realty Group in Falls Church, VA. “If the yard is cluttered or the driveway is all broken up, there’s a chance they won’t ever enter the house — they’ll just keep driving.”

The good news is that it doesn’t cost a bundle to improve your home’s exterior. Start by cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and clearing away any clutter. Then, for less than $50, you could put up new house numbers, paint the front door, plant some flowers or install a new, more stylish porch light. 

 

Myth #2: You can do it solo

Truth: The truth is you can but you are in for a world of headaches and stress.  Just to begin, ask yourself these questions:

Do I know the value of my home in today’s market?

Am I ready to work with a buyer’s agent?

Will I take charge of sales and marketing responsibilities?

Can I bear the criticism of my home?

Am I willing to screen potential buyers?

Am I able to take endless calls and meet potential buyers at any given point to ensure the sale of my home?

If you try to sell on your own, you have to do all the hustle—and there’s a lot of hustle to marketing a home. Plus, who’s going to weed out the creeps and the nonserious buyers? A Realtor® does the heavy lifting—to attract the right kind of buyer, sift out the ones you would never want to do business with, and negotiate the heck out of potential offers to get you the best possible deal.

 

Myth #3: You must make major repairs

Truth: A new front entryway will go farther to selling your home, at a lower cost to you, than installing a new roof. Of course, if certain repairs are required, you must do them.  However, if you feel like you need to sink a ton into repairs to enhance your chances of selling, tap the breaks.  Small things like fresh paint on interior walls will make your house more appealing than sinking a lot of money into new bathroom sinks.

Also on a side note, large renovations are unlikely to add tremendous value, or simply break even, with the sale of your home.

There are so many things to consider when selling your home and so many questions to answer.  These are just a few real estate myths about selling your home that you don’t have to worry about! If you’re looking to sell your home with confidence and expertise, call us today and let one of our agents guide you through the process!

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Budget Friendly Tips For Creating A Great Outdoor Space

Having an outdoor space comes with many advantages—morning coffee as the sun’s rising, evening wind-down sessions amid the stars, and backyard barbecues, to name a few. In order for your space to be as relaxing as possible, however, it requires regular maintenance and the occasional upgrade. Fortunately, you can do just that with your outdoor space without draining your bank account. Here are a few budget-friendly tips for preparing your outdoor space to entertain you and your guests:

Start with the furniture

An outdoor space without furniture is just space. No one wants to stand for long periods of time outside, no matter how nice the weather is. Getting outdoor furniture is the first key to creating a relaxing area. Whether you have a deck, patio or terrace, you can find reasonably-priced tables, chairs, and loveseats at retailers like Walmart—and you can save even more money by using Walmart coupons and promo codes. If you already have good furniture, perhaps it needs new covers. Replacing your cushion and pillow covers doesn’t cost a lot of money, but it can make each piece look like it’s new. If you’re crafty, you can save by creating your own slipcovers and shopping for fabric at budget-friendly retailers like Joann Fabric (don’t forget to keep an eye on their sales).

Bring on the lights

Placing some budget-friendly lights out can really liven up your outdoor space. You can also get creative with how you add the ambiance. For evenings, light sources like oversized lanterns, glass hurricanes with candles, and other forms of candle holders can work perfectly for bringing a relaxing atmosphere. If you plan on hosting get-togethers, string lights, pathway lights, and pendants can do the trick. Besides the fact that you can easily find affordable lighting, the best part about lighting your outdoor space could be that it’s hard to have too much lighting. You can put string lights, candles and lanterns all over the place, and it will only add to the ambiance.

Show some love to your landscaping

No matter how much time, money and effort you put into your outdoor space, you probably won’t end up using it much if your landscaping is out of shape; a ratty lawn and dead plants can kill any vibe you’ve managed to create. You can do some basic landscaping at little to no cost. Keep the lawn mowed, trim your shrubs and tree limbs, and make sure you keep your lawn from becoming cluttered with branches, leaves, unused tools, and other junk. Here are some other budget-friendly ideas for impressing guests (and yourself) with your landscaping:

  • Tastefully add a mulch alternative (e.g., pine straw, shredded leaves, grass clippings, etc.) in your plant beds and around your trees.

  • Repurpose buckets, storage baskets, and trash cans into planters, and spray paint them a bright color.

  • Plant natural perennial ground covers (pansies, violets, creeping periwinkle, etc.) to add color and keep weeds at bay.

  • Build a DIY fire pit.

Add some extras

Along with furniture, lights, and landscaping, you can put some extra flavor and function into your outdoor space by adding rugs and curtains. Whether it has an elaborate or simple design, an outdoor area rug can transform your space by contrasting and complementing the surrounding design elements. If you have a covered outdoor space, hanging curtains can up the level of comfort and officially make your outdoor space the coolest in town. Outdoor rugs and curtains are typically less expensive than their interior counterparts.

Getting your outdoor space ready to entertain doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Invest in good outdoor furniture from stores like Walmart or refresh it with new fabric accents, and add as much affordable lighting as you desire. Put some sweat equity into your landscaping, and consider adding outdoor rugs and curtains. Before long, your outdoor space will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Photo Credit: Pexels

Ray Flynn | Guest Blogger

Ray Flynn is a civil engineer and co-creator with Bret Engle of DIYguys.net. Take a look at their site for amazing DIY tutorials and easy tips and tricks!

NextHome Presents The History Of San Angelo

Home Sweet San Angelo – History

Summer is rapidly approaching and with that often comes relocation.  Many will be moving to our small town, sometimes referred to as the “hidden oasis” of Texas, in the weeks to come.  Our primary goal here at NextHome Legends Realty is to earn the trust and business of those that call San Angelo home, including newcomers.  But, what about the city that houses the homes our potential clients are looking to buy? We take pride in our town and want to not only ensure that our clients feel secure in their real estate decisions but also in where they are choosing to set roots. We’re excited to show you the rich history of San Angelo and all it has to offer!

If you are not local to the area, you most likely have no clue that Texas is a world all of its own and changes drastically from 100 miles to the next.  San Angelo is unique not just in geographic features, compared to our Midland/Odessa neighbors, but is a region full of history, culture and a deeply connected community.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to share a series of posts that showcase our beautiful city and what it has to offer.  History is flooding the streets of San Angelo and as you travel her roads, you will be able to venture back in time and understand what sets us apart.  

As with any other town, we began with a few looking to settle unfamiliar land and prosper from the natural resources at hand.  Our beginning looked a little different with Fort Concho being in place, “built to protect frontier settlements, patrol and map the vast West Texas region, and quell hostile threats in the area.”  Not only were the benefits of the region (ample supply of water, ranching, agriculture, and the coming of the railroads) in place but the earnings of soldiers were at hand.  “Downtown” San Angelo flourished as a result of the combined resources offered within the city limits and set the stage for our town’s success. The fort now serves a functional and educational museum benefiting the San Angelo community, the state of Texas and the nation at large.

With San Angelo being located at the juncture of the North, South, and Middle Concho rivers and surrounded by farms in the east and ranches in the west, our town became more diversified than that of many other early frontier settlements.  Cattle and sheep ranching were prosperous and laid the bricks that paved our streets. You can actually find a few original brick roads left that, literally, represent our small beginnings. This article, written by the Texas State Historical Association, gives an in-depth look at how San Angelo came to be.

You can walk down Concho Avenue and feel the nostalgia of traveling through the past while enjoying the luxury of modern shopping and dining.  Eggemeyer’s General Store and Miss Hattie’s restaurant are prime examples of symbols representing downtown San Angelo that attract thousands to our city limits each year.

With a rich wool heritage, San Angelo has also captured that part of our DNA with the sheep statues you will find showcased all over town.  As stated on the dedicated webpage for our sheep statue project, “San Angelo was known as the wool capital of the world, and it is still an important economic base to the city.”  Our history is kept alive through many physical remnants, like these statues, made by the hands and hard work of our people.

Intersecting with historic Concho Avenue is another road that has seen many travels  – Chadbourne Street. Many storefronts have changed in appearance and name but can say they have stood the test of time.  San Angelo National Bank still stands as one of the oldest historical buildings in San Angelo and has witnessed many travelers and events that lock our past in place.  We also cannot forget our beautiful Cactus Hotel, one of the original Conrad Hilton Hotels, that is a treasure trove of our history and a West Texas landmark.

The San Angelo Rodeo, Old Town Historic District, Sanitorium and so many other entities of hidden history tell the story of San Angelo.  You might have lived here your entire life, or, are fixing to start a new one here and will most likely never know everything there is to know.  These foundations were made and have built San Angelo into what it is now. San Angelo is much like the rare concho pearls our region is known for.  We have so much hidden beauty if you take the time to truly seek it out. Next up in our series will be a look at our deep-rooted art culture that came from these humble beginnings.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

NextHome Corporate Hosted The 2019 Conference In Las Vegas

A Look Inside: NextHome Conference 2019

Each year, NextHome’s corporate office hosts an annual convention as a means for franchise development and to provide individual office recognition for the hard work and dedication produced across the nation. Hundreds of agents, brokers, and executives attend from the over 350 franchise locations. It may seem like a bunch of business-types who don’t know each other, but this conference is easily compared to a huge family reunion.

This year’s convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. NextHome members came in and painted the town orange for those few days. Owner/Broker, Rick Hanby, along with Agent Ben Thompson attended to represent the local NextHome Legends Realty office and, of course, to show off a little San Angelo pride.

For those unfamiliar with the history of the San Angelo office, it has been operating for less than two years within the NextHome franchise. During that time, Legends has jumped ahead to be first to earn the business of many here in Tom Green County. The agents are fierce in their desire to assist the local community with their real estate needs and it shows.

Out of the hundreds of teams at the convention, NextHome Legends Realty was recognized alongside some of the best. This location earned the recognition of the “Masters Club Team Award” which means more than $20 million in sales volume or 50 transactions were achieved within 2018. What that equates to for NextHome Legends Realty, itself, is that an impact has been made in San Angelo and it has been proven to many that this office can be entrusted with the buying or selling of homes and properties.

As this year progresses, NextHome Legends Realty commits to being even better than in 2018. The focus will remain on “Family, Community, and Collaboration For a Better Today and Tomorrow”, as it does for all NextHome franchises. The responsibility of helping those in need throughout San Angelo will continue to produce results. The desire to create an experience, not just a transaction, for those served will continue to be a primary motivator. To know you’re in great hands with your real estate needs is to know to call NextHome Legends Realty.

Stay Legendary,

Autumn Barnes
Marketing Manager
NextHome Legends