Archive for April, 2010



24
Apr
10

Today was great! Fantastic new buyer!

Worked all afternoon with my new buyer – just home from Germany with the US Army! We visited Yowell Ranch and consulted with Amra A. there for quite a while. Its going to be an amazing new neighborhood in Killeen with a community building, pool, walking trails and park! One of a kind in the Killeen area- and the floorplans that are offered are just beautiful! I think my buyer decided on the 3140SF Retama which is one of the model homes there- both of us were IN LOVE with it as soon as we walked through.

We did tour some resales as well- and a couple other new construction- but I have to say- for the money – Centex Homes /Pulte is offering a super deal! I am expecting my buyer to contract tomorrow once he has a chance to look over the upgrade sheets this evening- his new house would be done and ready in October! I love finding great deals for my buyers!!

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24
Apr
10

Weekend? What is this word??

Realtors know no weekends…haha! I always have to look at a calendar to see what day of the week it is…my “normal work week” is a thing of the past- for several years now.

I am meeting with a nice family from Germany today- they are here for the week and looking to buy a home. I haven’t had much time to get to know them yet- since this was a last-minute referral from another agent. I am assuming they are in the Army and are now returning to the Fort Hood area after a tour. We will be looking at homes in our median price range – so hopefully we will see some good ones! Hoping that they will like the new Centex neighborhood that has the community park and walking trails.

If anyone is needing real estate assistance in the Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights Texas area – please give me a call (254) 291-6826 or visit me online at www.PaulaSOLDit.com

23
Apr
10

Welcome Jodie Nobles & Jeff Jenkinson! Our newest agents!

Deciding to embark on a career where you know there will be times that are really skinny…is quite a courageous move. But this job is about passion and a drive to help others achieve a dream- the dream of homeownership. The rewards are so much more than a paycheck.  I remember when I made the leap- and wow it was one of great faith for sure. I was so lucky to be surrounded by unselfish and giving people who took me under their wings and not only became my mentors (Barbara, Bunny & Sandra) but also became 3 of my very dearest friends and I love them so much. That was 7 years ago- and I am ready to return the favor by “paying it forward.” Texas Heritage Real Estate has just welcomed 2 brand new licensed agents to our family. Jeff Jenkinson about a month ago- and just today Jodie Nobles passed her exam and by Monday will be a fully licensed agent and Realtor! I hope to be able to pass on the knowledge and experiences that I have been taught and learned through my own trials, errors & successes to these 2 great people who I know are going to make amazing careers in real estate for themselves. Texas Heritage Real Estate has an impeccable reputation for superb service to our clients as well as highly ethical practices when dealing with our peers-  and Jodie and Jeff are going to continue to help us -while in turn we will always be there to help them. Congratulations to Jodie Nobles for her hard work and determination in passing her exam today!!! Welcome to real estate in Killeen!!

22
Apr
10

Too slow… and someone else is getting paid :(

I was going back through my To Do list- making sure that all my recent leads were contacted. Ran across one that I had called but never actually spoke to yet- and somehow a second call to them fell through the cracks. They had inquired on a specific home (not my listing- but found it on my IDX from my website). The buyer answered today when I called- and when I asked her if she still needed information on the house- she was thrilled to tell me that she was already under contract for THAT house! I was thrilled for her- honestly…and told her congratulations and best of luck with her transaction. But, had I been a little quicker to make that 2nd call- it would be ME helping her buy that house! I am usually good about making my calls- and following up- but this will make me even more diligent about it.

22
Apr
10

House Shopping & Prospecting

Back out today to see a few more houses with my buyer who is home from Iraq. Bumping up the price range a little so he can see what a few more dollars will afford him. Hoping to have in under contract by the weekend and on his way to collecting a big $8000 check from our gov!

Lots of follow-up on prospecting to do this afternoon- those little “text for information” signs we are using on our listings are AMAZING! We get probably 2-5 calls a day on each one. I am still trying to figure out the best way to prospect with those- without intruding too badly by calling.(We get a call log with phone number from each text) Going to try the Yahoo Messenger feature that allows texting from your computer. If that doesn’t work- its back to calling again.

2 new buyer referrals came in last night from an agent in town that is going “listing only” -she and I worked out a nice referral agreement and the leads have been spilling in like crazy! Will be working all weekend  with those- so it looks like there’s good potential to have 3 under contract by Sunday!!

Anyone needing referral assistance for a buyer relocating to the Killeen, Harker Height, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove areas in Texas, please give me a call at (254) 291-6826 or visit my website at www.PaulaSOLDit.com

21
Apr
10

CLOSING today! Then “me” time :)

Congratultations to the Bishop family- they will be closing on their new home this afternoon. I began helping the Bishops about 3 months ago while they were still in Alaska with the US Army. With the assistance of their parents helping them – we looked at homes, sent pictures to them, got inspections done & negotiated a great deal for them!! They have an adorable house now and hopefully will be my clients forever!!

After closing- I am having some ME time! I try to make sure to treat myself now and then so I can always offer a happy face and good attitude to my clients. I LOVE my work and LOVE my clients- and I am so thankful that this job affords me the time and means to treat myself and others whenever I can.

If you are in need of real estate assistance relocating to the Killeen, Fort  Hood, Harker Heights Texas areas from anywhere in the world! Please contact me about how I can help you!  (254) 291-6826 or www.PaulaSOLDit.com

20
Apr
10

Counter offers and New Buyer!

Working on a counter offer to the neighbor’s deal today…not sure the “middle” is reachable by these 2 parties- but I will give it my best shot! I think these negotiations have a ways to go before everyone can agree. There is sometimes a misconception when buyers make offers to For Sale By Owners…and that is that they can begin negotiations by deducting the amount of the “commission they are saving” – from the sales price. FSBO’s are no more open to this idea than paying the commission in the first place. unfortunately this impass can kill the deal in some cases. I am going to try to prevent that this time.

A new buyer that I have been working with online for a few weeks finally arrived today! Welcome to Killeen Mr. Bodensteiner! I will be putting together a list of homes that match his criteria and scheduling to get him out looking tomorrow. It would be our goal to have him contracted ASAP in light of the tax credit deadline approaching- and also considering he is staying with friends until he can move into his new home here. Thanks for the great prequalification from Cara Latham at US Bank Home Mortgage in Harker Heights! Anyone needing loan help- especially first timers wanting to use the VA Loan program- Cara is a fabulous loan consultant! You can reach her at (254) 368-2166 or email her at cara.latham@usbank.com – Check our her website at http://mtg.usbank.com/cgi_mtg/cfm/MyHome.cfm?LoanOfficerURL=cara_latham 

There is still time to contract before the deadline on the $8000 tax credit program! Call me today! (254) 291-6826