Posted by Brent Germany on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:11 PMBy Brent Germany / April 23, 2018Comment
Welcome to the lap of luxury, complete with your own private elevator! This Toll Brothers home has it all! Mother-in-law or teen suite adjacent to elevator can serve as second master. You will fall in love from the stamped concrete driveway to the two-story entry with hand-scraped hardwoods leading to the crown jewel - a remodeled chef’s kitchen with white granite, cultured marble backsplash, SS appliances. Owner spared no expense on the $40k kitchen renovation. Cozy family room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, huge media room and gameroom, study, oversized bedrooms and plantation shutters throughout, 3-car garage. Backyard has waterfall and luxury patio plumbed for outdoor grill and sink.
Posted by Brent Germany on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1:05 PMBy Brent Germany / April 19, 2018Comment
AMAZING Bob Thompson custom home on fourth hole of prestigious Gleneagles Queens Course! This 4 bedroom, 3 full and 2 half bath, 4,587 square foot home has panoramic views and showcase golf course views from almost every room in the home with expansive windows throughout and soaring ceilings. Kitchen was just completely gutted and redesigned, nominated for national remodeling awards. Thermador appliances, six-burner gas stove, quartzite countertops. Refinished hardwood floors throughout, including upstairs. Huge secondary bedrooms and remodeled secondary baths. Gorgeous French doors open to outside veranda, pool, spa and backyard paradise. A little slice of heaven in West Plano!
Posted by Brent Germany on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 2:01 PMBy Brent Germany / December 28, 2017Comment
It's that time of year again when freezing temperatures are upon us. When temperatures outside are dropping below normal, sometimes we are more concerned with keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our pets warm and don't think much about steps we should be taking to protect our home against these freezing temperatures. The following are some steps that you can take to stay warmer and protect your home:
Keeping warm in your home
Before it begins getting cold, it's a good idea to have your furnace inspected. Make sure your HVAC company fully inspects the heat exchanger for cracks, installs new air filters, ensure your thermostats are working properly, and check that your home is hitting proper temperature differentials.
Inspect fireplaces, and chimneys before using, and have them cleaned if needed.
Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight.
Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows.
Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air....
Posted by Brent Germany on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:34 PMBy Brent Germany / October 10, 20171 Comment
Lucky is the homeowner who has experience with selling a home. First-time sellers have a steep learning curve ahead of them and many obstacles on the road to a successful sale. Although common with first-time sellers, some of these obstacles aren't obvious.
1. Not Preparing the Home for Sale
"Dress your house for success," is probably the best advice for home sellers. Just as you wouldn't attempt to get top dollar for a car without cleaning the interior and detailing the exterior, so it goes with the sale of your home.
Cleaning the house is the first step because, face it, nobody will buy a dirty house. But, here's incentive for you to put on the rubber gloves and drag out the cleaning supplies: Clean houses sell quicker and for more money.
According to a recent survey, commissioned by one of the big real estate companies, a $402 investment in cleaning and decluttering a home realizes a 403 percent return on investment. That is a whopping $2,024 in your pocket at the closing table.
As impatient as you are to move on to the next phase of your life, it is vitally important to get the cleaning, painting, repairs and staging done before the house goes on the market.
2. Not Pricing the Home Realistically
The first few weeks that your house is in the local Multiple Listing Service database are known as the "honeymoon period." This is the time when it will get the most traffic. All the traffic in the world, however, won’t compensate for a too-high price.
Buyers aren't ignorant and neither are their real estate agents. They are well aware of current market values in the areas they are searching and will know that your home is overpriced. In the...