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

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  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!

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]

A homeowner doing a diy repair on his home

How to Know When It’s Time to Call Professionals for Common Home Repairs

As a responsible homeowner, you should and will take care of many maintenance projects on your own. However, there are some jobs that should always be left to professionals, whether it’s for time, efficiency, or safety. It can be detrimental to your future budget and the appraisal of your home when you opt to sell it. To make sure you’re aware of possible risks, here are some common home repairs you should never do yourself and some smart solutions for when you do need a professional.

When You Have a Major Problem with Pests

If you have a random rodent or bug in your home, you may be able to take care of that pest on your own. But for more serious problems, such as termite infestations, you will want to call in the pros – without question. Using pesticides and trying to address pests on your own can expose you and your family to potentially toxic chemicals that you are not trained to handle. Plus, you may not be able to take care of the infestation completely. So, if you have termites or rodents in your home, leave the dirty work to the pros. You should also check to see if your insurance covers termite repair, as well as any other serious pest-related issues around your home. The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,000.

When You Have Big Plumbing or Electrical Issues

Pests are not the only reason you should consider calling in the pros. If you are experiencing major problems with your plumbing, you may be better off calling professional plumbers as well. Those major problems include burst pipes or even low water pressure in your home. If you do not call a plumber to catch leaks or issues early enough, you could be left paying for water damage repair to your home. What’s more, a hefty water bill can cost you a few extra hundred dollars depending on the severity and longevity of your leak. The only DIY plumbing projects you should attempt are the simple ones, such as unclogging a toilet or repairing a running toilet. Electrical work falls under the same set of DIY rules, and a good rule of thumb, you should always hire a certified electrician to deal with any electrical problems in your home.

When You Could Be Legally Responsible for DIY Damages

Okay, so there are a lot of maintenance tasks homeowners can take care of on their own. You can change out your batteries in your smoke detectors or clean the foils under your refrigerator to keep things running smoothly. But there are some repairs and maintenance jobs that won’t save you time or money to do on your own. In fact, they could land you in big trouble. Most of those repairs are actually illegal for homeowners to DIY, and trying to work around the rules could leave you paying for any resulting damages on your own. For instance, if you attempt to cut down a tree on your property and you damage your neighbor’s fence, you could be liable for the costs of those repairs, as well as any resulting legal fees. So, it’s best to shell out a few bucks for a pro when safety is a top priority.

When You Aren’t Completely Confident in Your DIY Abilities

If a repair is not very complicated or illegal to DIY, should you attempt it on your own? Well, the answer depends on your comfort level with handling home repairs. There are tons of online tutorials that can take you through the steps of basic home maintenance and repairs, but you may not have the time or patience to tackle repairs on your own. Whatever your reason, sometimes it’s just best to get help from a pro. You may not even need a full-scale contractor; instead, you can have a handyman service take care of these tasks, which can take a lot of pressure off of you and prevent additional issues for your house. The average cost of hiring a handyman in San Angelo is $929, but costs will vary based on the time it takes to complete the job.

Trying to take on certain home repair tasks on your own can have major consequences. So, make sure you know when it’s okay to DIY and when to call the pros. That knowledge can protect your home, as well as the people living in it.


Ray Flynn | Guest Blogger

Ray Flynn is a civil engineer and co-creator along with Bret Engle of DIYguys.net.