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Selling a home today means much more than sticking a sign in your yard. It means pricing the home at a price that will cause it to sell. You may think your home is better than the 3 bedroom house down the street because your carpet is nicer or you have a concrete drive and they have black top. Maybe your bedrooms are each 6 inches bigger, and yes, people really do say things like that. The truth is that regardless of what your perspective is, it is the buyer’s opinion that matters and no longer yours.

Buyers today are knowledgeable about what is on the market and what the current prices are. They are looking at homes every day and they not only know what they are looking for, but what to expect at a certain price point. They also lack the emotional attachment that you have to your home. If you are serious about selling your home, and not just listing it, look at the list below for a few pointers.

  • Take down the family photos. You want the buyer to picture their belongings in your home and not have to battle with your personal memories for a place there.
  • De-clutter your closets. When shopping for a home buyers want to be able to imagine all their possessions will fit nicely, and if yours don’t the assumption will be that theirs won’t either.
  • Make the yard as appealing as possible. I’m not suggesting you hire a landscaper, but make sure the leaves are raked, the trim is nice, and you have trimmed the shrubbery. Statistics have proven that if the buyer likes the outside then they have a very good chance of liking the inside as well.
  • If an agent calls to show your home you need to leave. When sellers are present they feel as if they are intruding and need to rush out. If you want them to buy your home you need to make it as available as possible.
  • Don’t require your agent to be there for all showings. This limits the time that your home is open to other agents because your agent is working with other clients too. If you require your agent to be present you may be setting yourself up to losing the perfect buyer for your home. (This does not apply to extenuating circumstances.)

If you now feel you are ready to sell your home, and not just list it, begin the process of looking for the right agent to get the job done! Of course, you are welcome to call me so I can show you just how hard I will work to sell your home!


How Serious Are You?

You just found THE perfect house. It has exactly what you have been looking for and is in the neighborhood you have always wanted to live in.

You call the agent and she asks you to make an offer and wants to know how much money you can put down on the property. You have already told her you have $10,000 set aside to cover the down payment and closing costs. Now is the time to decide just how serious you are about buying this home.

You tell the agent you want to offer X number of dollars for the home and that you want to put down $500. She tells you that you should put more money down on the home if you are serious.

Here’s why more money down is better:

  1. You are showing the seller that you are ready right now to buy the home.
  2. More money down with a lower offer is many times more acceptable to agents and sellers because it lets them know you mean business.
  3. It shows you in a more favorable financial light. What this means is that if you have more money down people will assume you have a better chance of your loan going to closing than the other person’s loan.
  4. If the seller gets the same offer with less money down they will probably accept your offer first.
  5. It’s completely refundable if your offer isn’t the accepted offer, so you lose nothing.

So what kind of deposit should you put down? Everyone you know told you $500 was acceptable. In today’s real estate market it’s really not. You should consider putting $5000 down on the home you want. If you need any more reason, just consider how you’ll feel if someone else gets THE home.


New Listing – 5503 Carlee Court in Killeen Texas

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$199,900.00 – The Amazing Upgrades Will Leave You Speechless!

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 2008
Subdivision: Duran Addition
Lot Size: .2 Acres
Garage Size: 2 Car
School District: Killeen Independent
Square Footage: 2000
Agent Name: Paula Raymond
Broker: Texas Heritage Real Estate
MLS #: 160083
Price: $199,900.00
Additional Pricing Information: Seller can assist buyer with closing costs on an acceptable offer.
5503 Carlee Court
Killeen, TX 76543

Amazing Duran Home tucked away on a corner lot in North Killeen.

ALL of the gorgeous upgrades will leave you speechless!

Granite, stainless appliances and custom cabinets in the roomy kitchen make a chefs dreams come true.

Exquisite tile throughout all living
areas and bathrooms. Upgraded carpeting in all four bedrooms. Windows have custom casings & moldings.

Adorable built in nook at the front entry for coats. Built in sink and prep area on back patio.

All this and more- you must see it to truly appreciate it!

Range/Oven, Dishwasher, Sink Disposal, Free Standing Gas Range, Stainless Steel Appliances, Eat-in Kitchen, Granite Counter Tops, Tile Back Splash, Custom Casings, Custom Molding, Custom Cabinets, Upgraded Bathrooms, Exquisite Tile Floors, Plush, Upgraded Carpet, Leaded Glass Front Door, Impressive Details Throughout, Fenced Yard, Grass Lawn, Outdoor Prep Area, Built In Sink

Paula Raymond
(254) 291-6826

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Choosing the Right Buyers Agent

You got your loan pre-approved and you’ve been window shopping for weeks before you had it. The houses that interest you the most are still on the market, and all the agents you called to get the information from have all been sending you emails about the homes on the market in your price range.

No one has told you anything about choosing an agent or how to deal with the 20 agents that call and email you daily. What next? Now you have to decide which agent will be the best for you. Here are some things to consider when choosing your agent.

Do you feel comfortable with this agent? You have to be comfortable when working with someone as you will be discussing your finances to a certain extent and will be resistant to that if you are not comfortable.

  • Has this agent been sending you properties that you feel will truly fit what you are looking for, or do you feel they are always targeting a higher price range than you specified?
  • Is it easy to reach this agent? You need to be able to get in contact with your agent. Good communication is urgent for a smooth closing when you decide on a home to purchase.
  • Do you feel the agent is knowledgeable in the area you are going to buy a home in?
  • Is this someone you like or just someone that was recommended? The right agent for your parents or best friend may be great for them, but not so much for you.

Choosing the right agent now will save you many headaches and heart breaks when looking for your new home. When you choose the right agent for you, you have already put yourself one step closer to finding the home of your dreams.


Killeen Texas First Time Home Buyers!

So happy to report that I was able to help a first time home buyer couple- with their first purchase! They had lost hope- after having a tough time getting prequalified- and finding the right house in their price range. We were able to find them a lender who works with a local Killeen Texas bond program for down payment assistance- and then a seller who was willing to pay all their closing costs, upfront inspection AND appraisal! Because of the affordable market in the Killeen – Fort Hood area – they are buying a 3 bedroom 2 bath house WITH a pool for $76,000!! I am so happy for them!!

It was meant to be! They are so happy- and these are the deals that make me feel like a good Realtor. Even though I make the least money on them- at the end of the day- these are my favorite ones.

Congratulations to the Moore Family!! You will be HOME SWEET HOME very soon!!

Thinking of moving to  or investing in the Killeen Texas real estate market? Great homes for sale here in this Fort Hood area – let me know how I can help you! Texas Heritage Real Estate


Beautifully maintained home in popular Hymesa Estates

Beautifully maintained home in popular Hymesa Estates
4311 Kit Carson, Killeen, TX 76542
Picture of House Beautifully maintained, elegant home in the popular neighborhood of Hymesa Estates in Killeen.

A built in BBQ grill in the large back yard, surrounded by a wood privacy fence. Just imagine the summer fun!

This home boasts both a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen with a breakfast nook. There is plenty of counter space, and an abundance of cupboard space for all of your gadgets.

The master bedroom is large enough for a king size bed, and master bathroom is fit for a king as well!

This well-maintained has lots of curb appeal, including a large, lush front yard, beautiful brick and shade from the trees. Drive by and see for yourself!

Seller is motivated, and all offers will be considered.

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Paula Raymond

Dir 254-554-3342

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Property Amenities
– Range/Oven
– Sink Disposal
– Full Refrigerator
– Dishwasher
– Fireplace
– Patio
– Grass Lawn
– Yard
– Fenced Yard
– Tool Shed
– Tile floor
– Living room
– Breakfast nook
– Laundry area – garage

Foreclosure Homes for Sale in Killeen Texas

In searching for buyers lately- for homes for sale in Killeen Texas …wow I have ran across some GEMS!

There are several very nice foreclosures on our market right now- and some are virtually “move in ready!” I have seen many single family homes in our first time buyer range of around $80K to $120K – and that put them right in the middle of the competition of homes for sale in Killeen.

Typically the sellers of these foreclosures will pay for surveys, title policies and sometimes even the home warranty. It all depends on the asset manager handling the seller’s side of the deal. We have even been able to negotiate for buyer closing costs and concession in some cases.

Homes are generally priced according to their condition- so if in good shape – you might not find them as deeply discounted as ones needing a substantial amount of repair. For instance, an investment buyer picked up a home in a typical $110K – $120K neighborhood the other day for $75K! It needed about $12K in repair work- but if you can do math- its not hard to see he got a great deal! This particular home would not have worked for someone trying to use VA or FHA financing-  but those deals are out there too.

Here is today’s link ofForeclosure Homes for sale in Killeen Texas;

Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to see more information on these or any other homes for sale in Killeen Texasor the surrounding areas of Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Nolanville, Fort Hood. I can set you (as an agent or buyer) up on an automatic update of foreclosure homes or multi-family homes for our ENTIRE MLS! Contact me on the web at or my cell (254) 291-6826

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