Posts by Missy Stagers

5 Tips for Purchasing New Construction

 Today I’ll share five tips to help you purchase a new construction home. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Here are five tips to keep in mind when you’re buying a new construction property: 1. Have representation. The representative in a new-build home is there to represent the builder, not you. Their goal is to get the builder the best deal, and that’s why you need your own agent to help you negotiate the best deal. 2. Know the incentives. See if you can look up
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Q: What Upgrades Should I Avoid?

 These are the three upgrades not to make on a temporary home. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report If you’re buying a home but plan to move in just a few years, there are three upgrades you shouldn’t make to your new house. You should instead focus on purchasing a property that already has these if they’re desirable to you. 1. Solar panels. If you’re moving in three to four years, don’t add these to your home. You won’t recoup the investment. Some appraisers give a
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Your June Market Update

 May 2020 wasn’t immune to COVID-19’s impact, but it did show promising signs. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report What kind of summer market can we expect? Well, here are last month’s stats to give you an idea of how the market is bouncing back after the initial COVID-19 shock: Week of May 4—May 10, 2020 Average sales price: $289,242 Number of homes sold: 318 Median sales price: $247,494 Week of May 1—May 17, 2020 Average sales price: $284,937 Number of homes sold: 398 Median sales
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Protesting Your Property Tax

 Here’s a quick guide for protesting your property tax. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report It’s that time of year where everyone should be receiving their property tax bill in the mail. If you haven’t yet received it, I suggest visiting your county’s website because they’re currently posting 2020 property values. What do you do if you want to protest your property tax, though? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the protesting process has changed somewhat, but the forms are still being sent out and filling them
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The Latest From Our Market

 Here’s what the latest numbers say about our market.   Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report   What’s going on in the real estate market?    Before the pandemic hit, things were very busy. Then we experienced a two-week slowdown around Easter before activity picked back up again. We have a lot of buyers who are buying sight unseen, and virtual walk-throughs are all the rage lately.    Here are the latest weekly numbers spanning the month of April and the first half of May, according
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Home Seller Tax Deductions

 There are five tax deductions you can take advantage of if you’re putting your home on the market.   Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report   Here are five tax deductions you can take advantage of when selling your home: 1. Selling costs. These consist of the agent’s commission, title and legal fees, advertising costs (which you don’t pay if you work with M. Stagers Realty Partners), etc., and you can deduct all of them! 2. Home improvements. The key thing to remember is that these
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How COVID-19 Has Affected Our Market

 Here’s what you should know about how our local real estate market has fared amid the pandemic. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I’m sharing the latest market stats and insights to illustrate how the pandemic has changed the real estate landscape. This year, there were actually more sales during the period of March 1 through April 20 than in that same stretch of 2019. We’re leveraging awesome technology like 3D Matterport tours and the ShowingTime app to
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The Importance of Home Inspections

 Here’s why everyone involved in a real estate transaction should prioritize home inspections. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report You should have an inspection done on a house you’re buying, a house you’re selling, and even a brand-new home. The importance of this simple procedure cannot be overstated. An inspector thoroughly looks at the entire property, assessing the electrical, plumbing, and overall structure of a home. It’s important to have that generalist lay their eyes on things. When there are concerns about a house, especially when
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Buying a New House Before Selling Your Current One

 How do you buy a home before you sell your current house? Here’s one good idea. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report How can you buy a home before selling your current house? If you’re blessed, you won’t have to sell before you buy, and you’ll qualify for both mortgages. Many out there are blessed this way, but there are many more who are not—so what can they do? If you’re in a position where you must buy before you sell, try opening a home equity
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Business Spotlight: What’s Brewing?

 For my latest local business spotlight, I’m featuring What’s Brewing? Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report In today’s business spotlight, I’m visiting renowned San Antonio coffee shop What’s Brewing? Previously, this family-owned establishment was a roasting company for 40 years, but they opened their doors to the public a couple of years ago. In addition to a great cup of coffee, you can buy freshly roasted beans, coffee grinders, and other great accessories here. Joining me for an interview is Sami Chbeir, who co-owns the business
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