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Moving on up

Many people buy their first homes before they start a family or become established in their careers. A few years later their life circumstance has changed. They need more space or have increased income to invest in a higher priced home.

Changes in lifestyle often create changes in housing needs. A big promotion may require you to do more at-home entertaining. This translates into the need for a larger kitchen and additional living space. If you are starting a family, it may be time to trade your sophisticated home in the city for a house which has a big yard and is located in a good school district.

If changes in your life have prompted thoughts of moving, one of our agents will be happy to discuss all of the possibilities with you. Your agent can determine what your present home is worth and show you homes that will meet your current needs.  Give us a call today at (254) 939-3800.

Finding the right real estate agent

Finding an experienced, reliable real estate agent whom you like and trust is the first step in locating your new home. Here is an approach to finding the right agent.

Call or stop by a real estate office and ask to speak with the manager. Describe the type of home you are looking for. The manager can refer you to an agent who knows that market very well. You might also use weekend “open houses” as opportunities to look for a real estate agent, as well as a new home. It is really a matter of chemistry! If you meet someone who is knowledgeable and with whom you feel comfortable, call that person!

Once you establish a strong working relationship with a real estate agent, your agent can show you a number of homes for sale, even if they are listed with other companies. Often the agent can show you a property as soon as it is placed on the market. Many of the best homes never even make it to the weekend classified section of the newspaper!

We’d love the opportunity to help you buy or sell your home.  Give us a call at (254) 939-3800 to see if a member of our team is right for the job.

Lower taxes with Capital Gains Exemptions?

Home sellers are always interested in their tax deduction options. If you recently sold a home without meeting the basic ownership and use criteria for waiving capital gains tax, you might still be able to claim reduced exemptions if you meet certain other criteria.

Homeowners who had to sell because of a change in place of employment can qualify for reduced tax. You must prove that the job change occurred while you owned and used the home as your primary residence, and that your new job is located at least 50 miles farther from your residence than your previous place of employment.

A reduced exclusion from capital gains tax may also be granted for health reasons. If your motivation for selling your house was to obtain diagnosis, treatment or cure for a disease or injury to you or a family member, you can apply for an exclusion. Unforeseen circumstances such as death, unemployment, divorce or natural disasters may also reduce your capital gains tax. Consult a tax professional for advice about your unique circumstance.

Improving your home to sell: now or later?

Many homeowners wait until they are ready to put their home on the market before painting, planting flowers, and making other improvements to their homes. After completing these improvements, they may be so delighted with the results that they wish they had done the work on their home sooner in order to enjoy the changes.

Whether you have recently purchased a home or have been settled in your home for several years, you should consider evaluating the condition of your house as if you planned to sell it soon. Maximize your home’s “curb appeal” now, so that you will reap the benefits every time you pull into your driveway. Plant those flowers and bulbs, and you will have your fresh flowers on your own dining room table. Add new window treatments to freshen the appearance of the main rooms. If your house needs an upgraded kitchen, go ahead with the renovation. You will enhance your whole neighborhood and experience the pleasure of living in a more beautiful and fully functional home.

The Listing Agent

Did you know that only about 2% of all listings nationwide are sold by the listing agent. When you list your house with us, we will try our best to sell it directly, but more importantly, we will simply get it sold.

Any of the Covington team or real estate agents who are affiliated with a cooperating broker may sell our listings. This is why we work hard to maintain a reputation for being very professional and easy to work with. Wemake the homes we list as easy as possible for other real estate agents to preview or show to buyers.

When you select a real estate agent to market your property, you are hiring them not only for their list of prospective buyers, but for their ability to tap the lists of other people in the business. We constantly lobby among our competition, asking if they have seen our listings, getting feedback and urging them to add our listings to the short lists that they show when they have a prospective buyer.

The Best Real Estate Agents

The best real estate agents in today’s marketplace are becoming even better about marketing the homes they list to the public, as well as to other agents who have potential buyers.

When you are interviewing prospective real estate agents to help you sell your home, ask how they find buyers. In the past, a “For Sale” sign would go into the ground, the basic information went into the Multiple Listing Service, and then there was an occasional Sunday classified ad and an “open house”. If the house did not sell right away, the agent might recommend a price reduction.

Agents today are much more sophisticated and pro-active about getting people into their homes. They rely on computers, direct mail, telemarketing, and just plain clever ideas that no one else has tried. Ask prospective listing agents for two things–a written analysis of what is happening with housing prices in your area and a marketing plan which outlines how they would get your home from “For Sale” to “Sold”.

Meet our team of agents to start the process of getting your home sold.

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