Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jaw dropping ranch just a short drive from B/CS

Jaw dropping ranch just a short drive from B/CS. This 45 acre property has everything you could dream of for your family (& extended family!). The main home boasts its custom features from the ground up. The interior rock work, the theatre room, cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, and the large wrap around porch are sure to wow (just to name a few!). Lets not forget the customized Rainbow Playsystems playground salt water swimming pool with rock inclosed water slide & beach area. The nearly 1200 sq. ft. guest home has 2 bedrooms with J&J bathroom, full kitchen with an open layout to breakfast room and large living room. There is a 1000 sq ft custom built apartment down by the barn with all the same fabulous features you have come to expect from this property: granite countertops, wood flooring, 9" crown molding. I have been saving the best for last: 1400 sq ft. cabin overlooking the 2.5 acre pond. 2 bedrooms, 1 VERY large bathroom with an open kitchen to breakfast room and living room. And with a view like that you will appreciate the 855 sq ft deck. And did I mention there is a custom built Rockin J barn equipped with a utility room and bathroom! 10 acre coastal hay pasture. 800 square bales per cutting average; three cuttings per year. This property is sure to meet every need! There are many more pictures to see, please email me if you would see more.

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Ft: 4,565
County Name: Robertson

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Home Buying Strategy for Millennials

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Whether in College Station, Texas, Bryan, Texas or anywhere else, buying a home relies primarily on finding the right location and saving for a down payment. Buying a home is cheaper than renting - by different margins depending on your location. However, saving for a down payment and finding a house in the right location doesn’t seem achievable for many millennials like yourself who have recently graduated from college and are starting new careers. That’s why I have created this home buying strategy list for you.

Low Interest Rates

Interest rates continue to remain low. So, it just makes sense to take advantage of the home buying opportunity while loan pay-back is more affordable.

Loan Options

Better deals are often available for first time home buyers. Meet with loan officers from a few reputable banks, credit unions or other lenders in your area to find out all the options available to first time home buyers. Some options require little to no down payment at all! However, weigh all options carefully as what you don’t pay down will require additional monthly interest payments. In other words, any down payment you make is interest free, and you will pay interest only on the remaining balance. So, the more you pay down, the less interest you will have to pay. Also, compare lenders’ loan fees and closing costs. 

Credit Scores

Consult with loan officers as soon as possible in case you need to improve your credit rating. If your FICO score is less than satisfactory, follow advice to improve that as quickly as possible.

Meet with Your Realtor

Contact your realtor once you are pre-qualified for a loan. A real estate agent is important to the home buying process for many reasons. She knows the other realtors in the region, understands the buying process and knows how to handle problems that may arise.

Be Patient

When you finally start house hunting, be patient. Finding the right home in the right location may take time. Another issue you may run into during your search is information overload. Don’t be overwhelmed by this. Your realtor can put things into perspective for you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. 
Buying your first home doesn’t have to be intimidating. The right strategy and a helpful realtor are all part of finding your dream home.  Good luck!

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Mariott Real Estate is dedicated to serving our clients with honesty, integrity, and quality customer service. Our goal is to serve our clients with the utmost respect and professionalism to guarantee their home buying or selling process is a smooth, joyful, and positive experience. Let our knowledge and expertise of Bryan/College Station enrich your real estate needs.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

10 Quick Tips that will Help You Sell Your House Fast

With an average of 1200 homes for sale in College Station, TX and Bryan, TX, I want to give you a few tips that will help you sell your house fast. Making sure your house stands out in the crowd will make the difference between selling fast and waiting several months for the right buyer to come along. 

Given the fact that College Station, TX is the second fastest growing city in the U.S., the time to sell is now while so many people are looking for houses to buy in our beautiful region. Texas A&M University graduates are lending to the population boom as they are looking for nice houses after getting jobs in the area after graduation. Relocating families who are being drawn in by the area’s attractive features - warm climate, numerous public parks, great employment opportunities, safe communities, highly ranked public schools and quality healthcare – are contributing to the population spike as well. As an immense number of new businesses continue to develop across the region, more people will follow. So let’s get your house ready for a quick sell.

1. Over 90% of buyers begin their house search online. Be sure everything is tidy and encourage several pictures to be taken of your house inside and out. More pictures uploaded to home selling sites improves house sells.

2. Always allow your home to be shown so as many people as possible will see it. By limiting the viewing times and days, you may lose a potential buyer. You should also leave the house when prospective buyers are brought by to view it.

3. Start packing! Not only will you have a head start when your house sells, but packing away unnecessary clutter and personal items such as collectibles and family photos will make the home look as spacious as possible. Try to remove at least half of the content from closets, cabinets, drawers and garages. Store everything off-site if possible, have a garage sell or donate to charities. With less clutter, buyers can envision their own items in your house.

4. Rid your home of any bad odors. A friend who doesn’t live in your house should be able to tell you if you have been successful during a quick visit. Don’t overpower visitors with masking fragrances. Giving the house a good cleaning – and keeping it clean - should make the house smell welcoming.

5. Potential buyers are looking at several homes with many common attributes, so try to make your home stand out above all others. In most cases, clean and uncluttered stand out the most. But adding something like a small vase of flowers will provide the inviting atmosphere that will be remembered when the time comes for buyers to make a decision.

6. Houses with more light sell quickly. Pull back drapes, open the blinds and clean the windows so natural sunlight can stream in. Add higher wattage bulbs in rooms with low light to improve viewing quality.

7. Opt for an inexpensive, quick house facelift such as fresh, neutral paint on the walls, cleaning the drapes, updating cabinet hardware or adding fresh mulch to the flower garden instead of pricey upgrades.

8. Have your home in prime condition by fixing items like leaky faucets and squeaky doors before your house is viewed.

9. Turn up the outdoor charm. Curb appeal sells many homes. A few colorful flowers, inexpensive bushes, a well-manicured lawn and clean driveway can make a big impression before house hunters even walk through your front door.

10. Go viral. With advice from your agent, a YouTube video of your house while talking about your favorite memories in the house and favorite places to visit nearby may be a helpful selling tool. Also, consider posting your listing on Facebook. 

With so many people moving to College Station, TX and Bryan, TX, the time is right for selling your home. Following these tips should help you sell fast so you can start looking for your new dream home.

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Mariott Real Estate is dedicated to serving our clients with honesty, integrity, and quality customer service. Our goal is to serve our clients with the utmost respect and professionalism to guarantee their home buying or selling process is a smooth, joyful, and positive experience. Let our knowledge and expertise of Bryan/College Station enrich your real estate needs.