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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!

San Angelo residents having fun in downtown San Angelo

Home Sweet San Angelo NightLife

 Over the last few weeks, we have touched on many of the things that make San Angelo such a unique and rewarding place to live. We gave a glance into the deep historical roots that made their mark on our town and embedded themselves into our present day.  We also dug into our rich art culture and shared the many outlets offered to showcase the beauty built into our city’s core. Lastly, with summer here and many families joining our community, we jumped into the many local forms of recreation we proudly boast.  With this post, we will highlight another element people often look for when they move to a new city – NightLife.

San Angelo has so much to offer for families, but we don’t want to forget about those of us that like to get out when the sun goes down.  We don’t want to sound “cliché”, but millennials do make up a large part of any city’s population and going out is something that people, of all ages, enjoy.  San Angelo is no different and although we might be smaller than some of our neighboring cities, we are big in our ability to provide something for everyone.

A quick search and click on Downtown San Angelo’s website will give you a great starting point for where you might go to have a truly amazing San Angelo night out. If a nice glass of wine while you relax and listen to live music is something you enjoy, we suggest you start out somewhere along the lines of The Black Swan Wine Bar or Blaine’s Pub.  However, if a night of rock and roll is your thing, then definitely head on over to the one and only Deadhorse Lounge.  And if you’re ready for a night of retro fun and just an all-around great time like you’ve never had, you’ve GOT to head over to The House of Fifi DuBois.  We also have a good handful of traditional bar/pub establishments as well, Warehouse 150, SoCo Tap House and Fat Boss Pub are just a few.  This recent post that was done by San Angelo Live actually provides a list of San Angelo Nightlife Events going on here over the summer.

Like any other nice sized town, we do have a varied selection of sports bars.  We’ve not only got the well-known establishments like Buffalo Wild Wings, Twin Peaks, Hooters and Shenanigans, we also sport our own popular spots that are more along the lines of the “hometown” feel.  The Titled Mug is a hot spot for those looking for a few laughs and to listen to a few good tunes, or even sing a few!  Fiddlestrings Bar and Patio is another hot spot with pool, washers, corn hole, water volleyball & shuffleboard on site!  Then, we, of course, have bars and grills if you want to eat while you play! Outside of your traditional chain restaurants like Chilis and Outback, we have our very own Concho Pearl, Zero One Alehouse and Twisted Root.

We also understand that the live music scenes are not for everyone, which is totally fine when you live in a town that has plenty to do by just getting outside.  San Angelo also has a monthly event called the DSA & Cultural Arts District Downtown Stroll hosted every 3rd Thursday of each month. Open to the public, art, food, and fun line the streets of downtown San Angelo accompanied by the free trolley to take you wherever you’d like to go. No matter where you go, there is always something in San Angelo nightlife for people to enjoy.

You can also take a stroll down the Concho River after dark and experience it outside of the bustling of the day. Lighted walking trails, tons of fishing spots and life-sized games will surely entertain you and equal a great night.  Head over to the LoneWolf Bridge or any number of our parks and enjoy the coolness that comes with the sun setting. Stress comes with relocation and without a break from the process, burn out will set in. Take a minute for yourself and enjoy your new surroundings.  With work and the heat of these long summer days, a break from the norm and getting out at night is something well deserved. You have plenty to pick from, treat yourself!   

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Home Sweet San Angelo – San Angelo Recreation

School is officially out, and travel is underway.  If you’ve been following our blog series on “Home Sweet San Angelo”, you’ve learned a few tiny tidbits about our community and what it has to offer.  We primarily want to ensure that anyone coming to the area feels a little more comfortable in their transition through this series of information. But we also hope that those who already call San Angelo home can possibly explore our town more through the information we provide.  On this week’s post, we will highlight the most memorable San Angelo recreation activities that your family can explore this summer.

The primary source of attraction during the summer months is none other than Lake Nasworthy.  Not only is it a great source to cool down and have fun with the family, but it also provides a plentiful supply of fish.  As stated on the Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage, you will predominately find largemouth bass, white crappie, white bass and, of course, our channel and flathead catfish.  For many of us, fishing with family is a past time sketched into our memory books and with the many sources of water we have throughout the city, many memories are to be made here.  One thing you might not know if you aren’t from here is that Lake Nasworthy also has the perfect beach setting, found at Mary E. Lee Park.  With the fun beach atmosphere that offers barbeque pits and tons of space to set up tents and build sandcastle cities, you are in for many days of family entertainment on this shore.

If you are in the area of the beach you might also take a visit into the San Angelo Nature Center, located right next door.  With exhibits of animals ranging from local to exotic, your family will be in for a treat with guided tours and fun events, all throughout the year.  You can also enjoy a day full of water fun by visiting the Twin Buttes Reservoir that offers tons of trails for off-roading while you play.  If you decide to venture downtown, you can enjoy another water attraction, The Riverwalk.  On the Riverwalk, you will find Kid’s Kingdom (playground galore), The Bosque (fun for big and little kids alike), a skatepark, walking trail, the Riverstage and, once again, fishing!  If getting in the water is more up your alley on a hot day, then head right down the road to Love Municipal Pool.  Or, even make the short trip out to Brown’s Pool and enjoy the water and yarded activity area on site.

By visiting the San Angelo Parks and Recreation page, you can find a list of links to many area attractions and parks.  No summer is complete without the roller rink and ours comes with a putt-putt course, laser tag, and arcade!  With the San Angelo State Park, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (with TONS of summer programs) and SO much more, we know that you will find your place somewhere amongst our town’s bustling streets.  The saying goes “There’s No Place Like Home” but we also understand that when you are starting in a foreign place, your heart doesn’t feel at home.  We hope that through our continued series your heart will become more adapted to this new town and her people. And eventually, you will fall in love with the best of San Angelo’s recreation and engage the new sense of “Home is Where the Heart Is”.  Be looking for our next post which will highlight local nightlife for the millennials coming our way!

Home Sweet San Angelo - Arts

Home Sweet San Angelo – Arts

As mentioned in our last blog, a walk-through downtown San Angelo can feel like a stroll back in time with the historical hints found on basically every corner.  What you will also find as you travel down the roads of our small, yet larger than life town, is art that displays itself in many forms.

Of course, there is the focal point of the art district, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts where you will find a treasure trove of exhibits that range from ceramics to contemporary photography and everything in between.  Inside the decorated walls you will also find permanent collections that include glass sculptures, a Spanish colonial collection with items dated back as far as the 16th century and various other pieces with a distinct purpose to be used for study, scholarly research and exhibition.  With summer camps and various activities offered every week on “Art Thursday”, there is something for every member of your family to enjoy.

There are also smaller museums that can be found up and down the streets of our city’s center.  The S.A.M.F.A. has a page dedicated to local museums that can be found here.  If a kid-free evening (let’s face it, we NEED those) spent courting your date is something you’re looking for, then head over to one of our newer galleries, Raw 1899.  An evening spent here will provide you with a casual atmosphere surrounded by abstract art (created by local and non-local artists), topped off with fine wine and specialty cheeses.  A fun fact about this gallery is that it actually encompasses historical San Angelo within the walls that hold its art. Approximately built in 1899 (hence the name), the building itself is a time capsule of San Angelo’s past.  “Once owned by First Baptist Church San Angelo, the century-old walls, original tin ceiling, and floors made with Concho River sand echo the past.”  The Black Swan Gallery and Wine Bar is another treat that downtown San Angelo has to offer.  Rumor also has it that you can also commission an original portrait of your pets from Susan Daniel here.  Maybe we will have her do one of Luke and Lixie for us!

If a day of family fun, hanging with a group of exceptionally talented artists and an atmosphere full of life and color is more your speed, then you HAVE to visit The Chicken Farm Art Center.  With various events throughout the year and art that ranges from paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry making, sculpture and so much more, something for everyone can be found at this little “farm”.  The “first Saturdays” are once a month, year-round, featuring local artists, select vendors, live local musicians, great food, and activities for kids (and adults) of all ages. If you’ve never experienced this crazy little collection of art and talent, you have to check it out!

We’ve listed places to go to purchase and enjoy art within the walls of our town but you truly only need to take a little time and look around to catch the spirit of art culture blowing through our streets.  A simple click on Art In Uncommon Places gives you a literal map of breathtaking abstract art pieces, created by local artists, and placed in “uncommon” places for people to stumble upon.  Many downtown establishments are decorated with the Historic Murals of San Angelo through the streets connecting to historical Chadbourne.  The talent of our current generation of artists has captured the roots of our past and brought them back to life through paint and love.  The Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Garden is another point of pride for San Angelo to boast as passersby catch glimpses of it’s larger than life sculptures as they travel down South Bryant.  One of our newest art initiatives was in the revitalization of Paint Brush Alley. Located between Concho and Twohig Avenues, this section of exploding art is not an “alley” but an experience.  As seen through the many photos being shared with the Art in Uncommon Places Facebook page, you could spend hours looking at the splendor of each nook and cranny found in this tiny landmark of our town.

There are truly too many places and ways to enjoy the deep-rooted art culture of San Angelo to capture in one simple article.  From the art painted on our sheep sculptures to the locks placed on the heart cage at the Lonewolf Bridge, one thing can be found in every place piece… our people.  Our art doesn’t just represent pretty pictures and neat mosaics. It represents a community of individuals who have spent countless hours and years of handwork creating an atmosphere that can’t be bought and bricked.  We take pride in what we’ve built and displayed for not just those that visit but for those of us who drive and work these streets daily. We can share a culture with our youth that is dying out to modern amenities in many other areas.   They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, San Angelo must be beaming with pride looking at all this town has become.

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]