Category: sellers

Tax Appraisal Assessed Value Vs. Market Value

As a buyer or seller, you will likely hear two “prices” thrown about: assessed value versus market value. So what’s the difference? While assessed value and market value may seem similar, these numbers can be different—typically assessed value is lower—and they’re used in distinct ways as well. So let’s clear up any confusion so you… Read More »

Texas Homestead Exemptions – Helpful Guide for What You Need To Know To Reduce Your Property Taxes

Filing your Texas homestead exemption is a great way to kick off homeownership since you can significantly reduce the taxes on your home. I’ve assembled all the information you need to know to submit your homestead exemption request to the local appraisal district in your area. Note: If you’ve already filed for exemption, here’s how… Read More »

How To Check Your Homestead Exemption Status

Galveston County Homestead Verification Go to https://actweb.acttax.com/act_webdev/galveston/index.jsp Search for the property by owner name, address, account number Select the property from the search results Next to the Exemptions field, you will see “Exemptions: HOM” if you have homestead exemption. Note: If you see “Exemptions: None” you do not have homestead exemption. Click the link “Exemption… Read More »

The Appraisal Process Explained

When a seller has accepted a buyer’s offer the buyer’s lender will send out an appraiser to make sure the purchase price is in line with the property’s value. Appraisals help guide mortgage terms.The appraised value of a home is an important factor in the loan underwriting process. Although lenders may use the sale price… Read More »

How To Add Curb Appeal

The first impression a buyer gets when seeing your home in person is all about the curb appeal. Don’t send them running away! Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway. Install new, matching locks and… Read More »

How To Attract More Buyers

These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar. Amp up curb appeal.Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from the outside. Something special‒such as big… Read More »

How To Prepare For The Property Photoshoot

With the majority of buyers shopping for homes online, high-resolution slide shows and video tours are a must. Heres how to make your home shine on camera. Understand the camera’s perspective. The camera’s eye is different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement so that even a home that feels comfortable… Read More »