Home sales are down…again

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As most of us know, the real estate market as been rather crazy these past few years. No doubt, Covid turn things upside down and created a frenzy of sales, buyers, multi-offers, cash buyers, etc. to the tun we had really not seen before. Now with interest rates steadily increasing along with a lower inventory of homes to buy, home …

If we’re being honest about commissions…

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When I created Hill Country Flat Fee Realty several years ago, it was never, nor is it now, to create an adversarial relationship with other “traditional” real estate professionals (agents who adhere to the 6% commission structure). In fact, I am pleased to say I feel I have had a very good relationship and experiences with just about every agent …

So what fixtures stay with a house?

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In the real estate world, there are all sorts of stories out there about sellers taking various fixtures with them prior to closing that they should not have. Although fairly rare, items ranging from wall sconces to door knobs to even toilet seats have all been removed by a few sellers just prior to closing in some real estate transactions. …

Beachfront Malibu house selling for 40M!

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I like the beach, the ocean, sand between toes, the surf and the relaxed vibe most beaches offer. There is just something about soaking up the sun while on a beach or taking in ocean views with swells that roll in every few seconds. Whether I will ever live on a beach or not remains to be seen (highly doubtful), …

Fierce competition in 2022 coming to the real estate market!

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No one has a crystal ball. If any of us did, we’d be watching our bank accounts grow daily and probably wouldn’t have to worry about what certain markets will or won’t do (stock, real estate, etc.) in the future. In my last blog, we took a look at whether the real estate market had reached its’ tipping point or …

Some very old homes for sale this week!

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Check out this list of very old homes for sale this week. All are located in the northeastern region of the US (which makes sense due to where our country began) with one exception in South Carolina. The oldest house for sale, located in Pennsylvania, was built in 1683! All appear to have charm and lots of character. For more …

Carpenter from Fixer Upper Lists home

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If you ever watched any of the “Fixer Upper” home remodeling shows that featured Chip and Joanna Gaines, you undoubtedly remember their go to carpenter, Clint Harp of Harp Design Company. Clint was the expert that hand crafted, designed and constructed many of Joanna’s special orders for many of her clients. From tables and chairs to mirrors, hutches and more, …

Skinny Home in Boston is on market

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A very unique and extremely skinny/narrow row-style homes is on the market in Boston’s historical district for 1.2M. The back story behind the origin of this home is interesting with two brothers that had a feud after their father passed away. It is an interesting read for sure. It’s worth taking a couple minutes to read the article and viewing …

Interesting triangle house in Houston for sale!

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Check out this interestingly designed house in Houston. It contains multiple angles and has a contemporary influences throughout. Apparently, due to the size and shape of the lot, the homeowners needed to have a home designed that would fit within the set backs required by the city so low an behold they got with a local Houston architect and designed …

Yard projects that even kids can do!

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If you are anything like me, you may not ask your kids too often for help while you are outside working away. This is certainly a fault of mine and my wife reminds me that when I was a kid, I was expected to help my parents out with many outdoor projects and chores, including the yard. There are so …