Get To Know Tanglewood Homes Association

Get To Know Tanglewood Homes Association: 8 Commonly Asked Questions About Tanglewood’s HOA

From the beautiful houses to the private community, Tanglewood truly is a luxurious place to live.  As Tanglewood residents, homeowners benefit from the close proximity to Houston, the excellent private schools, and of course, Tanglewood’s own homeowners association.

Tanglewood’s unique HOA, the Tanglewood Homes Association, is a collection of homeowners dedicated to creating a neighborhood homeowners can be proud to live in.  From creating a sense of community to providing the area with high-quality maintenance services, being a part of the Tanglewood HOA may just be the best part of living in Tanglewood.

Of course, no two homeowners associations are the same, and buyers considering the Tanglewood area often have questions about what makes the Tanglewood Homes Association so unique.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Tanglewood’s homeowners association:

 

1. How does the Tanglewood HOA compare to other nearby HOAs in terms of price?

Contrary to many buyers’ expectations, the cost is fairly inexpensive with an annual maintenance fee of only $1,350 as of 2018.

2. Does the Tanglewood HOA have a recycling program?

Yes!  The THA handles both trash removal and recycling through VF Waste Services, and both services are included in the annual maintenance fee.  Pickup day falls on either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on your household trash schedule.  Currently, the recycling program accepts paper, cardboard, plastics #1-#7, aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, and copper.  For more information, take a look at the full list of accepted items.

3. What are some of the benefits the Tanglewood Homes Association offers to homeowners?

 In addition to providing homeowners with regular trash and recycling pickup, the Tanglewood Homes Association preserves Tanglewood residents’ safety and privacy by managing a neighborhood security patrol team.  Security officers are available on duty 24/7 and offer a quick response time in the event of an emergency.

The THA also maintains the neighborhood’s quality of life by providing landscaping services to all homeowners.  Additionally, the THA runs the Tanglewood Garden Club, which hosts meetings and other local events where homeowners can gather to learn about nature and gardening.

4. What are some of the Tanglewood HOA’s guidelines for property conformity?

 In order to preserve the neighborhood’s neat and upscale appearance, homeowners may not store building materials on their property until actual construction will begin.

Each property owner must also maintain his or her lawn on a regular basis, and all plants, trees, and shrubbery must be regularly trimmed as well.

In addition, fences, walls, and hedges must not be taller than 6 feet and cannot be placed closer to the street than permitted, unless the homeowner has obtained written consent from the Tanglewood Corporation.

For more information on the specific property conformity guidelines, please view the Tanglewood Reservation, Restrictions, and Covenants.

5. How can I contact the Tanglewood HOA?

For general inquiries, you can reach the Tanglewood Homes Association office at (713) 781-1642, or you can contact the general manager, Steven Boyd, at stevenboyd@tanglewoodhomes.org.  You’ll also find a list of contact information for more specific services on the THA website.

 6. How often does the Tanglewood HOA meet?

The THA hosts monthly board meetings on the third Monday of every month, to which all members are welcome.  Meetings take place at 5 PM in the THA office, located at 5757 Woodway, Suite 160, Houston, TX 77057.

 

7. How can I join the Tanglewood Homes Association board?

 The THA hosts an annual meeting every January, during which an election is held to fill three positions on the board.  Members who are interested in joining have the opportunity to submit a brief resume, along with a signed written request, and must do so by December 1 in order to be eligible.

8. What types of home renovations require permission from the Tanglewood HOA?

 All home additions, remodeling projects, and exterior paint jobs must be approved by the Tanglewood Homes Association.  Tanglewood homeowners must receive permission from the THA prior to beginning the following projects:

  • Adding or replacing a fence
  • Adding new HVAC units
  • Installing pool equipment
  • Reroofing

 

Tanglewood homeowners are proud of their community, and take great pride in being a part of such a wonderful neighborhood.  For more information about moving to Tanglewood, please contact me today!

Houston Real Estate Market Analysis February 2018

Houston Real Estate Market Analysis, February 2018

Attention, Houston homeowners: are you thinking about selling your house this spring?

The January numbers are in, and the Houston real estate market is strong and stable!  Leading indicators show a diminished inventory, which means prices will strengthen and now is the perfect time to sell!

Many homeowners tend to hesitate when the idea of selling first comes to mind, especially when they’re uncertain about current market conditions.  Thankfully, after reviewing the data, it’s safe to say the Houston market is thriving so far in 2018, and it’s no surprise that the housing demand in Houston is on the rise.

Houston real estate market YoY

January 2018 saw 8,797 new listings, compared to 9,274 last January.   Average days on market are currently 67, compared to 65 one year ago.   Sales price as a percent of list price is 94.3% as compare to exactly the same percent.  As I said, the Houston real estate market is strong and stable!

Post Hurricane Harvey shortages in labor and supplies are preventing builders from keeping up with the gap between resale, new builds, and the overall demand.   With a predicted increase of 70,000 jobs in the Houston area, demand will only continue to increase!

What this means for sellers in Houston

Current market conditions indicate that homeowners considering selling should not waste any time;  with demand increasing in the Houston market, your home’s current value could be higher than you expect, and buyers who are ready to move may be willing to place aggressive offers.

All this said to encourage you to contact me for a free consultation on your property.  If you’re considering listing your home, Springtime is usually the best time to get the most bang for your buck!

How Much Is My House Worth

How Much Is My House Worth? 5 Tips For Setting The Right Listing Price

When it comes to selling a home, figuring out the right asking price is arguably one of the most important tasks to complete.  Yet, despite how important this step is, many homeowners still continue to list their houses at the wrong price, and suffer the consequences in the long run.

While setting the listing price too high can increase the time it takes to sell a house, a listing price that’s too low may backfire during negotiating and could leave a seller shortchanged.

How to figure out your home’s value and set the right listing price

 Of course, there are many different factors that affect a home’s value, and the process of setting a listing price will vary for each homeowner.  There are, however, 5 universal tips that all homeowners can use to set the perfect listing price:

1. Research your local market

 Of course, one of the biggest determining factors of your home’s value is the value of your neighbors’ homes.  Research houses currently for sale near you, and look into homes that have recently sold in your area as well.  Find out as much information as you can about homes that have sold in your neighborhood during the past 3 months.  A local realtor can be an excellent resource for finding out more about homes in your neighborhood.

Aside from the purchase prices of recently sold houses near you, work with your realtor to find out how much these homes were initially listed for, to see how the local market responded.  This information can help you to set your own expectations in terms of understanding how much buyers may be willing to pay for your home.

While selling prices of homes in your neighborhood are a good starting point, you must also be sure your asking price reflects your home’s unique features, including square footage, bedroom and bathroom count, and any unique features or amenities that make the home desirable.  Make a list of your home’s desirable (and undesirable) features, and find out what houses with similar qualities have recently sold for in your neighborhood.

2. Have your home inspected

Many homeowners will skip this step, but completing a thorough inspection before listing a property can be hugely beneficial.  Not only can this extra step help with determining the right listing price, but sellers who take the time to have their homes inspected and make any necessary repairs will have extra leverage when negotiating.

3. Keep your ideal buyer in mind

Your home’s unique selling features and amenities will undoubtedly appeal to a certain type of buyer.  Figuring out who this buyer is and what their “profile” looks like could also help you understand how much your buyer will be willing to offer for your house.

Depending on what features appeal most to your buyer, you may be able to list your home at a higher price than the comps in your neighborhood, knowing that you have the advantage of offering desirable amenities.

Figuring out your ideal buyer’s priorities and budget may be a difficult task for a homeowner; a local real estate agent who’s familiar with the neighborhood and is well-versed in the demography of buyers in the area can help speed up the process.

4. Identify your home’s major selling points

 Equally as important as finding the right buyer for your home is finding the right way to describe your home to interested buyers, especially if you’re listing online.

Make a list of all of the benefits your home has to offer, starting with the following:

  • Neighborhood
    • If you live in a quiet or private neighborhood, make sure to communicate this to buyers.
  • Size of land
    • This is especially important if your property extends beyond your backyard.
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
    • Of course, this is standard information, but important nonetheless!
  • Recent upgrades, additions, renovations, and unique amenities
    • Features such as energy efficient appliances, smart heating and cooling, high-tech security systems, new flooring, and custom closet and storage space are all examples of selling features that must be communicated to interested buyers.
  • Views
    • A picturesque view alone can be a main selling feature for luxury property.
  • Proximity to local places of interest
    • Whether your home has easy access to transportation or a wide selection of local restaurants and entertainment, make sure buyers are aware of all the benefits your home’s address has to offer.

5. Work with a realtor you can trust

One of the best ways to ensure your listing price is set appropriately is to work with a realtor who knows the local market.  Even more important, though, is finding a realtor you can trust.

The best realtor to work with when selling your home will focus on your needs, respect your time, and have experience working in your neighborhood.  You’ll have a much quicker time researching comps when you work with the realtor who sold them, plus you’ll be able to gain more insight into the current home sales in your neighborhood.

 

Figuring out your home’s current value might take some research, but once you’ve done your homework, the selling process will be much less intimidating.  For more information on figuring out your home’s value or if you have questions about selling your luxury home, contact me today!

BHGRE Gary Greene 2017 Top Performers

A Brief Q & A With 2017 Top Performer, Ces Guerra

Recently, Ces Guerra was named one of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene’s top 10 performers of 2017.  For years, Ces has consistently served the Tanglewood real estate market, and helped dozens of homeowners with buying and selling luxury properties.  As a long-time resident of the neighborhood and a client-driven realtor, Ces has become the go-to source for buyers and sellers alike.

We recently took the time to speak with Ces about this acknowledgement and to learn more about his experience as a Top Performer:

Q: How long have you been in Real Estate?

A: Technically 5 years in real estate, but 35 years of business experience from Operations, Sales, Training and Management in the corporate world.   Those years of business experience has given me such a broad and in-depth perspective in working for customers/clients.

Q: You previously worked in the corporate world.  What are your biggest lessons from that experience?

 A: I learned to focus on objectives and not to dwell on the clutter.   By being persistent, prepared and taking chances, I accomplished many things that the ordinary person would not have even tried.  Another is not being afraid to fail.   Failure has always been an opportunity to learn how to improve and be successful for me!

 Q: What do you enjoy most about the real estate business?

A: I love being an entrepreneur so work is not work, because I love helping people.  I love helping my clients and colleagues through collaborating on real estate transactions and affiliating with the best, hard working and intelligent realtors in the business.

Q: How have you become so successful in such a short period of time?

A: I figured out a few things that I did very well and that worked, and I kept doing them over and over and over.  I listened to my broker trainers and I implemented tried and true things that worked.  Like the saying goes,  “No need to reinvent the wheel.”   I stayed persistent, I developed routines and I was steadfast in surviving the pitfalls, failures and challenges.

Q: What are your plans for 2018?

A: More of the same.   Maintain my routines, keep learning, continue to take chances and surround myself with the best of the best.   I’m always positive and optimistic even in the face of failures, I’ll always learn the lesson and work to improve!

Q: What advice would you give to a new real estate agent?

A: My years of personal and business life experience, which has involved youth development training, military leadership opportunities and managerial experience puts me in a unique position to provide advice.   I often guide new agents to do a number of things:

  1. Find a mentor.
  2. Create a “MasterMind” group with other new agents.
  3. Develop the mindset to be resilient – get ready to weather the storm, because the real estate business is not easy.
  4. Utilize the training your broker provides and APPLY your learnings.
  5. Most of all HAVE FUN!!

Ces is an excellent example of the age-old sentiment, “hard work pays off.”  With his dedication, perseverance, and positive attitude, it’s no surprise Ces has been so successful in his career!

For more information on Ces’s experience as one of BHGRE Gary Greene’s Top Performers, or if you would like to invite Ces to speak to local organizations about the real estate market, please contact him today.

6 Biggest Reasons To Get Excited About Moving To Houston

6 Biggest Reasons To Get Excited About Moving To Houston

Whether it’s the warm weather, the amazing local food, or maybe even a new job offer, there’s plenty of reasons why moving to Houston is one of the best choices you can make.

As the largest city in the Southern US, Houston has plenty to offer its local residents, and whether you’re planning to move to the city or one its quiet suburbs, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll be happy with your decision.

6 Benefits Of Moving To Houston

1. The city is located near peaceful, luxury neighborhoods

When you move to the suburbs of Houston, you really do get the best of both worlds.  While the city itself is full of excitement and opportunities, the beautiful surrounding luxury neighborhoods provide the perfect escape at the end of a busy day.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood is an upscale neighborhood just outside of Houston, consisting of updated California ranch homes as well as newer builds including traditional, Mediterranean, and contemporary styles.  Apart from providing a tranquil setting to call home, Tanglewood offers excellent school districts and easy access to Houston via the I-610.

The Galleria (Uptown Houston)

Named for the famous shopping destination, The Galleria is a posh neighborhood with newly built luxury homes located in Uptown Houston.  Residents of the Galleria area enjoy a variety of upscale boutiques and restaurants, as well as the tranquil Memorial Park located nearby.

Memorial

Closer yet to the heart of Houston is Memorial, which borders Memorial Park.  This neighborhood is known for its gorgeous luxury houses, and is perfect for homeowners seeking large plots of land.

2. The ongoing development offers new reasons for residents to appreciate Houston

Of course, like every other city, Houston is undergoing some impressive developments to provide residents with a truly enjoyable quality of life.  These undertakings aim to improve both the career and family aspects of life in Houston.

 Ongoing improvements to Houston’s public transportation

As one of the largest business centers in the country, a major challenge for Uptown Houston has been the previous lack of effective public transportation options.  While commuters have enjoyed taking advantage of Houston’s HOV network through a commuter bus service, public transportation will be even better thanks to the ongoing Uptown Dedicated Bus Lanes Project, which will help alleviate traffic while simultaneously creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

Memorial Park restorations and refinement

The Memorial Park Master Plan that was put into action back in 2015 is an ongoing project to restore Memorial Park and provide Houstonians with more options for outdoor recreational activities.  In addition to reversing the damage caused by 2011’s drought season, the project aims to equip the park with water lines, fire control, restrooms, and water fountains for picnickers.  Additional amenities that will be added include ball fields, as well as over 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

 

3. Houston offers plenty of job opportunities

 Of course, as one of the country’s largest business centers, Houston has plenty to offer in terms of career choices.  Some of the top workplaces in Houston include Microsoft, Edward Jones, and Houston Physicians’ Hospital, to name a few.  Houston also serves as the headquarters to plenty of Fortune 500 companies, catering to the skills and talents of workers across a number of fields.

 

4. Universities near Houston are among the best in Texas

Of course, the University of Houston is an excellent option for students seeking a quality education without having to leave the area.  Known for its excellent science and engineering programs, UH is a Carnegie-designated Tier One Research University and one of the top schools in the state.

Another excellent option for students is the Texas A&M College Station campus, where more than 62,000 students, ranging from undergraduates all the way to graduate & professional studies students, are currently enrolled.

 

5. Houston is packed with excellent restaurants

 Of course, Houston is not without amazing restaurant options, either.  While it may sound cliché, the Houston area is known for its wide selection of barbeque and Tex-Mex restaurants, but in a city this large, there are plenty of dining options every palate can enjoy.

In fact, Eater.com recently shared a list of Houston’s top 38 restaurants which range from Mediterranean cuisine to Spanish food to Ethiopian and more!  Thanks to Houston’s diverse population, Houstonians are never without options when it comes to dining out.

 

6. Families and children can enjoy plenty of entertainment options

Luckily for young families, there’s never a shortage of kid-friendly activities in the Houston area.  While the list of family-friendly activities goes on for miles, here are just a few options that for a fun afternoon in Houston:

 There are also dozens of unique events in Houston each month, so there’s plenty to do every day of the week!

 With all that Houston has to offer, it’s hard to imagine wanting to live anywhere else.  From the gorgeous luxury homes to the amazing career opportunities to the endless entertainment options, it’s no wonder why so many people are moving to Houston.  For more information about living in Houston or for help finding a home in the area, contact me today!

 

 

 

5 Expert Tips For Selling Your Luxury Home With Ease

Putting your luxury home up for sale can be a daunting task if you don’t know how to attract the right buyers.

It’s no secret that a gorgeous luxury home is going to attract attention once it’s listed, but getting the attention of the right buyer will help you sell your home quickly and easily.

When it comes to non-luxury homes, there are plenty of effective ways to find eligible buyers, but real estate is not one-size-fits-all.  To sell your house as quickly as possible, you must make sure you use the correct approach for finding luxury buyers.

Here are 5 tips all luxury homeowners should follow when preparing to sell their homes:

1. Find a neighborhood realtor who specializes in luxury homes

One of the biggest mistakes a luxury homeowner can make when it’s time to sell is hiring the wrong realtor.  While it’s true that a realtor who doesn’t specialize in luxury homes may be able to sell your home quickly, your chances of finding the right buyer are much higher when you work with a luxury realtor who’s familiar with your neighborhood.

A local realtor who specializes in luxury homes will have a better understanding of the luxury market than a general realtor could.  In addition, realtors who are known for working in the luxury space offer the advantage of having connections that can help find a buyer for your home even if you choose to be discreet in your marketing methods.

Speaking of marketing, luxury realtors a great resource for marketing your home, because they’re more familiar with the intricacies of luxury home amenities that are uncommon in non-luxury homes.

In addition to marketing the house itself to the right kind of buyers, a luxury realtor will be able to effectively market the high-end design features that your ideal buyer is most interested in.

2. Identify features that make your home unique

Every luxury home has some unique qualities that are sure to stand out to buyers.  Don’t miss the opportunity to attract a great buyer; whether you choose to market the property online or offline, emphasizing your home’s unique features is crucial for selling a luxury home.

An experienced luxury realtor can help you identify your home’s top selling features, based on current market demands and expectations.

Whether it’s the exquisite spa-like bathroom, a breathtaking gourmet kitchen, a high-tech security system, or a myriad of other impressive features, your realtor can help you pick out the best features to emphasize when marketing your luxury home.

3. Identify who your ideal buyer is

 One of the most effective ways to find the right buyer is to work with your realtor on creating a so-called profile of him or her.  This is a classic sales tactic that’s effective for selling just about anything, and luxury homes are no exception.

Now that you’ve figured out what features make your home unique, the next step is to determine what kind of person is most attracted to those features.  For example, a home with a temperature-controlled wine cellar will likely attract a buyer who appreciates fine wines and enjoys hosting lavish events.

Generally speaking, a person buying a luxury home will be willing to pay more for a home that caters to their tastes.  Make this step one of your first priorities after you’ve chosen a realtor to work with.

Aside from identifying how to market to your buyer, you must also consider where you’ll market to your buyer.  For instance, using print ads to market your house may not be the best option if your ideal buyer is a techie who’s more likely to search online for homes for sale.

Again, an experienced realtor who’s familiar with marketing to people buying luxury homes is an excellent resource for you as a seller.

4. Pay close attention to other luxury homes for sale in your area

 Scoping out other luxury homes for sale in your area is equally as important as creating a profile of your buyer.  You can think of the other listings as your competition, in a way.

While comparable listings will inevitably impact your own asking price, you can still leverage your home’s unique features and their appeal to your buyer when setting your asking price.

A neighborhood realtor can help you determine the right asking price by focusing on how your home compares to nearby listings in terms of size and amenities.

Again, keep in mind that somebody buying a luxury home will not necessarily choose a lower-priced house over yours if your home has more desirable features.

5. Invest in staging and a professional photographer

Staging your home appropriately can help make a great impression with potential buyers.  Not to mention, hiring a professional photographer after staging will help you to market your home more effectively online with high quality still shots and/ or a video tour.

While it’s certainly not necessary to stage every room, it’s generally a good idea to at least stage the living room, kitchen/ dining area, master bedroom, and the master bathroom.

When selling a luxury home, you’ll also want to make sure your staging compliments the home’s selling features.  If, for example, a spa-like master bathroom is a major selling point of your home, you can stage this room by hanging up a fluffy white robe and arranging candles on the vanity, in order to emphasize the relaxing feel of the home.

By now, you can see how just a few strategic steps can make a huge impact on your ability to find the right buyer.  For more information on how to sell your luxury home, contact me today!

7 Helpful Reminders For Viewing Luxury Homes For Sale

7 Helpful Reminders For Viewing Luxury Homes For Sale

Buying a luxury house is an investment like no other.  When you’re looking at luxury homes for sale, you’re not only looking for a house; you’re looking for a home that provides comfort, space, and tranquility in excess.  You’re looking for your new sanctuary.

There are several important factors to keep in mind when you’re looking for this sanctuary.  Here are 7 helpful tips you can use to make sure your search is smooth and successful:

1. Hire an accountant if you don’t already have one

Understandably, the process of financing a luxury home is unlike that of taking out a traditional mortgage.  Lenders will require information beyond your income and assets in order to determine your eligibility, which means you’ll need to provide extensive documentation on your financial situation.

An experienced accountant can help you gather the materials and paperwork you’ll need, while guiding you through the process of applying for financing.

Having an accountant will also prove beneficial when you’re ready to start viewing homes, as some luxury homeowners will require proof of your financial standing before you can even visit their properties.

2. Start your luxury home search online to decide which houses you’d like to visit

Because luxury home sellers often invest in professional photographers, your realtor can help you find high quality photos and even virtual video tours of luxury homes in your desired neighborhood.

These resources can provide a great starting point for your home search, but of course, always take the time to schedule an in-person visit to any property you’re considering.

3. Work with a local realtor who knows the neighborhood

Working with local realtors is a great way to find out as much information on a neighborhood as possible.

When it comes to luxury real estate, working with local realtors is more important than ever, as some luxury listings may not be widely known about.  A local realtor is likely to have connections in the area that can help you identify luxury listings that aren’t heavily advertised.

4. Research the local market ahead of time

Buying a luxury property doesn’t mean you can’t still negotiate!

Talk to your realtor to learn more about recently sold homes in the area.  Consider how the house you’re interested in compares to those that have recently sold in terms of not only size, but other key features such as style and amenities, too.

Knowing the prices and important selling features of these homes will allow you to determine a strategic offer for the home you’re interested in.

5. Make sure to have the home properly inspected

 When buying a luxury home, you’ll need a more thorough inspection than a typical home buyer.  In addition to all of the typical inspection points (i.e., HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roof, insulation, foundation, etc.), make sure your inspector also assesses any extra amenities that come with the home.

Features such as in-ground pools, spas, outdoor fountains, lawn irrigation systems, or automatic awnings are all common among luxury houses, and are factored into the list price as well.

It’s in your best interest as a buyer to make sure these features are working correctly and safe to use.  Of course, if there are any issues with the home’s features, you’ll need to discuss these with the seller, and adjust your offer accordingly.

6. Consider your privacy and security

 Although luxury neighborhoods are generally private and safe places to live, never take your home’s or your family’s security for granted.

When viewing a luxury home for sale, always ask if there are any existing security systems in place.  You may find listings that have a home alarm system or security cameras around the perimeter with a corresponding “command center” to view the live feeds.

For homes that do not have security systems, consider the cost of installing one for added protection when you move in.  This is a critical step for all homeowners, and should not be overlooked!

7. Always think about the future and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

 Many luxury houses offer beautiful views or quiet neighborhoods, but quiet neighborhoods don’t always stay that way.  Ask around to find out about any potential plans to develop the neighborhood further, so you’re not blindsided by construction after you’ve already moved in.

Once again, working with a local realtor is a great way to find the information you’re looking for, but you can also place a call to the town for confirmation.

Buying a luxury home is an investment, but it’s also an exciting new beginning.

Your sanctuary is out there, and now it’s time to go find it!  For more information on luxury homes for sale in the Houston area, contact me today!

Living vs Clean Living

Here’s an interesting twist to the blog! I’m always happy to share interesting stories. My friend Kara Alloy has made some significant changes to her lifestyle. Here’s her story!

Are you ready to get healthy?
Are you looking to transform your life both physically and financially?

My story:
3 years ago, I was carrying 15 pounds of extra fat, planning each day around my afternoon nap, and hating my desk job. I thought tired was a way of life that came along with the 40/40 plan (40 hours a week for 40 years). I was introduced to nutritional cleansing, and my whole life changed. I released 15 pounds of toxic fat, and have kept it off for 3 years. I wake up each day excited and energized, and quickly realized I can help others feel the same way! This is me!

What is nutritional cleansing?
Nutritional cleansing allows the body to function the way it was designed to by releasing toxic chemicals from the system and nourishing it with the nutrients it requires. Eating “clean” or “organic” is no longer sufficient because our food is nutritionally bankrupt. This isn’t 30-day crash diet, this is a lifestyle. You are going to feed your body the best possible nutrients it can get, while systematically removing toxins. In the process, you may see your energy levels surge, your mental clarity improve, lean muscle increase, your mood change (for the better), and inches and pounds come off.

What system is right for you?
We offer products and solutions for weight loss, energy, athletic performance, and overall healthy aging. So whether you’re looking to kill it in the gym and get that 6 pack, or lose that last 10 sticky pounds of fat, there is a system to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget. All of our products are non GMO, organically sourced, and free of artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors!

What will your before and after picture look like?
These are people just like me and you that decided it was time to take control of their life.

What does you dream life look like?
If time and money were no issue, what would you be doing with your life? What if I could show you a way to live the life of your dreams by helping others achieve their goals? You can fit this business into the pockets of your time, and the only requirement is a willingness to learn and help others.

If this sounds like something that would be right for you, or you just want me to answer some questions, please contact me! I love connecting with other people who are passionate about life!
Kara Alloy
817-201-4533
kara.alloy@gmail.com

First Time Homebuyer? Does ZERO Down Sound Interesting?

Today, Josh Anderson, one of Houston’s most highly recognized lenders provides some inside perspectives to working with first time home buyers! As is the case in many situations the down payment can be a major obstacle. Not anymore!

“Recently, a friend asked me how can folks get a loan if they don’t have a down payment?

BancorpSouth is committed to providing special loan programs to increase opportunity for homeownership. Our special loan program, called Right@home tackles the lack of downpayment barrier to homeownership by offering 100% financing.

This loan program is an excellent opportunity for a first time home buyer to either get into a home more quickly than they may have thought – but you don’t have to be a first time home buyer to utilize the program! Anyone who qualifies can take advantage of this zero down loan.

Right@home is different than other loan programs in many ways. The only other traditional zero down loan is for veterans, with Right@home, you don’t have to have a military background. Additionally, there is no private mortgage insurance (PMI) required- which equals big savings. The borrower can receive up to 6% of the sales price from the seller to pay for closing costs and is only required to invest $500 either during the loan process or at closing. This loan is not a form of down payment assistance or grant, which may be required to be paid back and usually have large fees associated with them in order to participate.

The Right@home loan is only available at Bancorp South.

Contact:

Josh Anderson Email: Josh.Anderson@bxs.com Cell: 832-687-8499

Five Staging Tips for Houston Sellers

Dear Sellers,

I’m thinking about you!   Just some handy dandy everyday tips to freshen and prepare your house for sale ….   Ready?  Go!

Staging Tips:

Everyone who plans on selling their house could use some staging tips. Staging makes a house more appealing to any potential buyer. According to the National Association of Realtors, staged homes sell faster than unstaged ones and may even garner a higher asking price. Staging your home to sell it is very different than regular interior decorating, so take a look at these staging tips to make your house looks like someone else’s home!

Staging tips - cleaning

Clean your home from top to bottom.

This may go without saying, but it’s important to keep your house as clean as possible while it’s on the market. Buyers want to know that the previous owners took care of their future home. Sticky counters, dirty floors, and grimy bathrooms will make buyers turn around and move on to the next house on their list.

Get rid of clutter and personal items.

You want buyers focused on your house, not on the items in your house. Personal photos, keepsakes, and other items can be very distracting. Excess clutter can make space appear smaller and should be cleared away to make your home look clean and roomy.

Paint your interior walls with neutral colors.

Now isn’t the best time to show off your lime green feature wall. Color preference varies widely by person. Avoid bold colors to help buyers picture themselves in your space. Even if you avoid dramatic colors, you don’t have to paint all of the walls white. Rich grays, browns, and cream colors all look wonderful and keep a space neutral.

Show off your closet space.

Storage sells! Keep your closets clean and organized. Take out some of your belongings to give your closet the appearance of spaciousness. When you have showings, keep the closet doors wide open so buyers know that your closets have nothing to hide.

Don’t forget to stage the outdoors.

A few pieces of furniture, some potted plants, and a fresh coat of paint can give a home the perfect amount of curb appeal. Give potential buyers an idea of how they might use the space, and that may be the tipping point that leads them to make an offer!