Friday, November 5, 2010

Preparing Your Home For Sale ... Keep Up the Good Work

So far we have completed General Cleaning, made sure Lights are lighting up, Windows are shined, and Bathrooms are polished. Let's move on to the Kitchen and Utility Room today.

Kitchen Comments:
- Keep all surfaces cleared off as much as possible. The countertops should have very little on them to show that there is plenty of available workspace. Keep appliances stored when not in use.
-Go over the kitchen as if you were a health inspector. Clean the oven, range, (replace drip pans) and don't forget to clean the seal of the dishwasher.
-Remove all magnets, notes, pictures, etc. from front and sides of refrigerator.
-Stow trashcan in Pantry.

Pantry/Closet Comments:
- Thin all closets dramatically and organize remaining items neatly on shelves. Be sure to allow space between hanging items. At one very visible spot, leave space, so the rear wall of the closet/pantry will show when the door is opened. Leave a small empty space on each shelf to show potential storage space.

Utility Room Comments:
-Organize shelves and put away non-cleanser items.
-Keep area clear of clothes (folded and put away) and clear all clutter.

Well keep busy my followers next time we will tackle the Bedroom and Living Rooms.

Call me if I can help with your Real Estate Needs!
Judy, 936-203-7761

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Getting Back to Listing Your Home

Let's get back to the busy task of preparing your home to list. Don't forget you have already completed airing out, cleaned woodwork, Cleaned A/C vents and changed the filter, and set the temp no cooler than 70 and no warmer than 75. Then you cleaned interior and exterior of the windows carefully. Be sure to see prior posts if you need those checklists.

Now let's move on to the Bathrooms:
-Clean all tubs, toilets, and sinks. Polishing with vegetable oil will make them shine!
-Stow unused shampoos, soaps, scrubbing implements, razors, etc. under the sink.
-Stow laundry hamper in closet.
-Stow wastebasket under the sink.
-Only 1 or 2 decorative items on the counter tops.
-Linen cabinets should be organized and items reduced.
-Use baskets to hold make-up and toiletries so that after use they can be stored under the counter.
-Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly caulked. The grout and tile should be clean and in good condition. There should be no leaks in the faucets or traps.

You are on your way to a successful listing presentation of your beautiful home. If I can help you further be sure to call or email!
Judy Reynolds

Monday, November 1, 2010

Voting is a Priveledge

I am taking a break from Real Estate Information to encourage everyone to cast your ballot. If you live in Montgomery County here in Texas and you are not certain where to vote please see the above link for specific directions.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Are you preparing your home for sale? After my last post you should have aired out your home (keep it up), cleaned the carpets, oiled wood furniture, doors and cabinets, replaced your A/C filters. That was just the Gereral ongoing list.

Now let's visit about the Interior of your home. Light fixtures need to be the highest levey of watage that safety will allow. Be sure to dust and wash all fixtures and fans because everything is going to show when you add that extra light.

Other interior tasks to keep in mind: Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges.
Remove any cobwebs inside and outside those windows. Remove the window screens and clean them, then clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors. I have a black lab and the glass doors are a constant issue of needing to be cleaned! When your home is on the market keep in mind to pull up blinds or shades and open the draperies to allow maximum light into the rooms.

Ok let's get these chores done and then I'll give you more... Be sure to call me!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Preparing Your Home For Sale

What more could you want than to get your home ready for top dollar in short order? This will begin a series of Preparing Your Home For Sale. If you use the suggestions you'll be on your way to a successful sale!

Let's start with General Clean Up:

1. Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers, or if you are a smoker.

2. Clean Carpets - now is the time. Bare floors should be waxed or polished as well.

3. Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood maintenance product such as "Old English", or "Liquid Gold."

4. Replace or clean A/C filters. Clean all A/C vents and intake grids.

5.Use an air freshener in each room (try to avoid floral scents as they can be too strong).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Movie 452 Apple Valley Drive

452 Apple Valley Drive
Panorama Village, Texas

Call me today to schedule your showing!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action

Lights Camera Action: Watch out online here I come! The quote at the bottom of my certificate of Accomplishment reads,
Move over Sun and Give me some Sky. I've got my wings and I'm ready to fly.
Video Logging is just around the corner and located right here in my office. My next post will be a Video Log!

As part of my continuing real estate education, I have completed Video Technology for the Texas Real Estate Agent. Desiree Savory and Joseph Petrie have shared their experiences and followed through with complete instruction. Through this course I have learned how to promote real estate online. I am very excited and ready to add a new dimension to selling property for my clients.

If you have a property to Sell call me today and let's Make Your Dreams Happen!

Judy Reynolds, 936-203-7761

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Second Mile | The Second Mile Movie

The Second Mile | The Second Mile Movie
I think this is a perfect Sunday afternoon post! Going the Second Mile makes it all worthwhile.

How can I put this to practice in my career? If you work with me you will understand that I believe in going that second mile for my Real Estate Clients. Let's make your dreams happen!
Judy 936-203-7761

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Texas Arbitrator Registry

It's official, you can find my name on the Texas Comptroller Arbitrator Registry. If you have processed a request for binding arbitration please consider choosing my name from the list of qualified arbitrators.
Judy Reynolds 936-203-7761

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer is Coming To a Close Quickly

Today, Sunday, Aug 1st begins the last few days of summer break. It was time to turn the page on my monthly calendar and I find myself wondering where the time went this summer. My son will be home for a short break from Ross University and the summer of 2010 is gone for sure. How I look forward to Fall and the cooler temperatures. But could we just slow the clock down a little?

Speaking of a ticking clock ... while interest rates are low, let's get out there and find your dream home now!
Judy Reynolds 936-203-7761

Friday, July 30, 2010

Closing Costs: How Much to Budget -- AOL Real Estate

Closing Costs: How Much to Budget -- AOL Real Estate

This is a great reminder of how important it is to work hand in hand with a mortgage company and a Realtor. As your Buyers Representative I can work with your mortgage officer to determine if and how many dollars a seller can contribute to your closing costs. It is so important to have a trained professional looking out for the buyer and negotiating on behalf of the buyer.
If you are buying a home in the Conroe, Lake Conroe, The Woodlands, or Spring areas be sure to contact me and I will be happy to be your Buyer's Representative and work through the entire transaction with you.
As Realtors we refer more than one mortgage company so that you can find the best fit for your home purchase. Be sure to call me and let's get the ball rolling!
Judy Reynolds, 936-203-7761

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I am always studying and looking for new ways to improve my business. Today one of the tips I have learned is that when taking pictures of a home, if you will remove area rugs it will make the room look larger. Who would have thought that?

To list your home on MLS and have wonderful photos taken of your beautiful property call me or email me today.

Judy Reynolds, 936-203-7761

Pray Down at High Noon

Even with our busy schedules if we can just stop in our tracks and take a few precious moments to verbalize The Lord's Prayer it's going to make a change. My own experience has followed with a peace that passes all understanding when I stop, bow my head and join with the guest who is leading the prayer each day over KSBJ. I challenge you to set your radio to KSBJ each day and pray with us.

Pray Down At High Noon

God is our good and loving Father; would you pause at noon each day and say the most famous of all prayers - the Lord’s Prayer?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Small blessings: Sunday I planted 8 purple Angelonias, 22 red Pentas and 4 flats of Vincas. I watched as butterflies already fluttered by and best of all a Hummingbird whizzed by! Quietly and being still I watched as the Hummer checked out what I was doing and then I heard the chatter of another in a nearby bush. There must be TWO and they will be back. Thanking God for my little blessings which stir my heart!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fix a Sticky Lock - Eric Stromer - GMC Trade Secrets - AOL Living

Fix a Sticky Lock - Eric Stromer - GMC Trade Secrets - AOL Living

The above video is awesome for unlocking a sticky lock! If you have ever struggled in the Texas heat while showing clients a home that the front door gives problems with the key then you need to run by Lowes and keep this in the car. I sure plan to pick it up myself. It's now on the memo pad of my blackberry.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Remodeling Incentives

For a Federal List of incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency check the following website:

And don't forget that I can help you shop for energy effecient homes in the Conroe, Texas area!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Did you know?

As of May 31, 2010, if a seller is financing a one-to-four family residential transaction other than his primary homestead or a sale to a family member, he must be licensed as a residential mortgage loan originator.
quoting Texas Realtor, page 6

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Montgomery County Houston Association of Realtors

The brunch was great today and the speaker was terrific. The big "take away" for me was a reminder that as Realtors we are not to "inspect", or "investigate" properties. Tell sellers, "Be Truthfull" and to check each blank on the Seller's Disclosure Form, don't just draw one line through all questions.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010: It's about getting back to basics following my personal move. The house sold in Panorama Village in just 8 days. We purchased a foreclosure in Spring. Sure it was a good monetary deal, however, it has been a tremendous amount of elbow grease. Painting, cleaning, removing carpet and ... and ... and ... Now to attack the tax appraisers!
I am back working on the basics and my career is taking off today! Call me if I can help you sell or buy a house.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Visit Texas

Come visit Texas. Below you will find a link for a guide to Texas I'll take you shopping for the home of your dreams while you are here!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Real Estate Tax Credit

Many questions come my direction about the Tax Credit that was extended. This credit is for first time home buyers as well as home owners that have owned their homes for five years or more. Interestingly, today I read that a home owner does not have to sell the current home in order to take advantage of this credit! Act now because the deadline for having a binding contract is April 30, 2010. Remember this is a credit that does not have to be repaid! Does it get any better? If you have additional questions regarding this opportunity please see the following article:
The Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit Could Chase Away the Winter Blues | RISMedia

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Short Sales and Foreclosures

Real Estate is beginning to see a possitive light! Sunday's headlines in the Conroe Courier - Real Estate Showcase, included "Market Street Opening Six New Retailers for 2010", "National Home Prices Rise Again:, and "Stay Positive in Local Real Estate Market". All of which shed a productive light on the Conroe area in Montgomery County, Texas.

This does excite me and I look forward to seeing continuous growth in the Houston area. If however, you are selling or buying and searching for a Short Sale or Foreclosure Resource I am prepared to help.

Let's keep watching and always remain possitive whatever the situation.

Visit NAR's Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Remote Keyless Entry

Today I ran across an article about a remote key less entry. As a Realtor I have used the Supra key boxes which require personal codes to access the key to a property. After I ran across this article, however, I think it would be an awesome device to have on my own personal home. No more fumbling for keys at the front door of my home. Just pull out the blackberry and punch in the numbers on the lighted keypad! Yeah!