Thursday, August 25, 2016

Too Much Clutter

Have you been told that to sell your home you must declutter?  It is true ... Homes that are staged properly sell faster and most times, for a higher price!

What about a deep clean in order to sell?  There are cleaning jobs, I personally know, that are difficult to accomplish on my own.  Consider hiring a professional company to do a deep clean and give your home a refreshing uplift.

Do you have multiple family portraits hanging in the home?  Consider this ...  It is easier for people to envision their own décor if they have more of a blank slate.  Also, it always concerns me to see photographs of young children on the walls knowing those pictures might show up online.  If names of children are spelled out with blocks I always recommend the artwork be boxed.  Never do you want a name of a child to appear in pictures online.

Contact me if you are ready to Sell your home, or ready to look for your Dream Home!  I'm ready to help!

Judy Reynolds

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2016 Fall Home and Garden Show

What:  This weekend is the annual Woodlands Home and Garden Show

When:  Starting Saturday, Aug 13th the hours are 9am-7pm; and opening again on Sunday, Aug 14th from 10am-6pm.

Where:  The Woodlands Waterway Marriot

ParkingFree Parking is located in the Parking Garage behind the Convention Center next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion on Six Pines and Lake Robbins. (Parking at the Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center is NOT free.  If you park in the hotel garage, there is a charge, and Texwood Shows would be unable to reimburse you for the parking.)
The website link containing directions and a map:

Ticket Prices:  Cash only (hey folks I'm only relaying the info, I don't make the rules)
Adults - $9, Seniors $8, children under are free.

Don't forget there is a coupon available at this link:  simply put in your name and address and it's a $1 off coupon.

Will I run in to you there?  Which day?  Let me know what you think of this year's show.

When you're finished dreaming at the show contact me, the show might put you in the mood for shopping for a Dream Home.  I'm  Standing By to Be Your Realtor, let's Wrap Real Estate together!

Judy Whipple Reynolds

Friday, August 5, 2016

Second Homes

When purchasing a Second Home be sure to plan the following in your Budget:

  1. Higher interest rates
  2. Higher insurance rates
  3. A property-tax adjustment after the purchase
  4. Furniture, remodeling and decorating
  5. Routine upkeep and emergency repairs
  6. Travel expenses to and from your new haven

Don't be overwhelmed though by the above points.  Buying a second home has certain financial advantages.  Taxpayers can write off interest on more than one home if the properties total debt is less than $1.1 million.

The above information is found in the June 2016 issue of the AARP Bulletin.

Visit with your accountant to confirm local information that pertains to Texas.  Then contact me and let's find your dreamy Second Home, maybe, in the Lake Conroe Area!  Judy@JudyReynolds.Realtor

The National Association of Realtors has recently posted on their Blog Your Second Home is Just a Dream Away in which the following statistics are revealed. 
Percentages Motivating a purchase of a Vacation Home:
  • 37% Buyers plans to use the property for vacations and family retreats
  • 16% Plans to convert the Second Property into their future Primary Residence
  • 13% Buyer found a great deal (Who could resist a great deal?)
Other interesting statistics found from their survey included facts about where you might want to consider in the purchase of your dreamy Second Home. 
 Location of Second Homes:

  • 40% Near a Beach
  • 19% In the Mountains
  • 19% By a Lake
Now if you are considering how to pay for the property you dream about ... 52% financed less than 70%, while 39% paid cash.  That's not to say you must have available funds to pay cash or even most of a mortgage.  So be sure to speak with your Loan Officer.  If you need to know names of Loan Officers in my area, let me know and I will provide a list.
One more fact to leave you with ... The typical Second Home/Vacation Property was located 200 miles or more from a primary residence.
Going back to how I can help, lets talk about locations.  If you are wanting a beach location then  I live less that 2 hours from the Gulf of Mexico.  Thinking of investing in  the Kemah or maybe Galveston areas?  They are both in the Houston Association of Realtors and I can find properties on MLS for you.  I would love to help!
  Or maybe a cooler Mountain location would be your preference to hot summer days.  May I suggest Ruidoso?  As a matter of fact, I would love to bring the following beautiful home to your attention!
 Make an appointment with Mary Austin (COLDWELL BANKER SDC, (575) 257-5111)  to see the property.  Mary's contact information is also at the link above.  By all means tell her that you saw Judy Reynolds' blog!  Also, here is my disclaimer, this was my father-in-law's second home which turned into his primary residence.  It is now in the family estate so that another fortunate buyer can purchase.
Now, last but not least, would be that Lake Location, Lake Conroe is a 21,000 acre Lake and I actually live in the Lake Conroe Area.  No kidding that is the area of my specialty for Real Estate.  Contact me right away and let's get you on the lake.
I am standing by ready to help you as your Realtor,
Judy Whipple Reynolds


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Did You Know?

The following information has been taken from the June/July 2016 AARP Bulletin:

  • Using surgical paper tape on your feet is the easiest and most effective way to prevent blisters.
  • Tea Bags in your shoes can reduce odor.  First, wipe the inside of each shoe with a cotton ball moistened with rubbing alcohol (kills bacteria).  Next, place a dry tea bag in each shoe and let them sit at least overnight.
  • The gelatin in roasted marshmallows coats the throat and relieves irritation and pain (just don't eat them too hot!)
  • It's not enough to apply bug spray and sunscreen for protection.  You need to make sure you do this in the right order.  Sunscreen goes on first, then the insect repellent.  Avoid combo repellent-sunscreen products, because sunscreen usually needs to be reapplied more often than the bug spray.
  • Your messy kitchen could be causing you to overeat!  Researchers suggest the stress you experience in a chaotic environment may interfere with your ability to exercise self-control.

Now I know that I must go home and clean my kitchen!  It's the answer to the diet plan.  :-)

Would you like to look at dream home kitchens?  Contact me and we can schedule appointments to see the kitchen of your dreams.


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