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NEW LISTING! 1026 Coachlight Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 48301609

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on May 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

NEW LISTING! 1026 Coachlight Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 48301609

Beautiful and completely updated home NEVER flooded! Our updates are NOT because this property got a Harvey make over! Step into your new home with huge family room that leads to kitchen and breakfast area all open to your own private paradise backyard with completely renovated sparkling pool and still a huge yard to play and entertain! Master suite downstairs with three more big rooms upstairs. Gorgeous wood tile throughout first and second floors and all new tile in bathrooms. Eco friendly double pane windows, freshly painted inside and out in 2017 and 2018. Professional new landscaping front and back yards in 2017.

HAR Link:  https://www.har.com/1026-coachlight-drive/sale_48301609

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in or around Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

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Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park, Uncategorized on February 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000, and you’ll recover 67% of that cost come selling time.

Despite the big price tag, you’ll be glad you upgraded. In fact, homeowners polled for the “Report” gave their kitchen redo a Joy Score of 9.8 — a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest.

If you can’t afford the entire remodel all at once, complete the work in these five budget-saving stages.

Stage One: Start with a Complete Design Plan

Your plan should be comprehensive and detailed — everything from the location of the refrigerator to which direction the cabinet doors will open to whether you need a spice drawer.

To save time (and money) during tear-out and construction, plan on using your existing walls and kitchen configuration. That’ll keep plumbing and electrical systems mostly intact, and you won’t have the added expense — and mess — of tearing out walls.

Joseph Feinberg, vice president of Allied Kitchen and Bath in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recommends hiring a professional designer, such as an architect or a certified kitchen designer, who can make sure the details of your plans are complete. You’ll pay about 10% of the total project for a pro designer, but you’ll save a whole bunch of headaches that would likely cost as much — or more — to fix. Plus, a pro is likely to offer smart solutions you hadn’t thought of.

For a nominal fee, you also can get design help from a major home improvement store. However, you’ll be expected to purchase some of your cabinets and appliances from that store.

  • Cost: professional designer: $5,800 (10% of total)
  • Key strategies: Once your plans are set, you can hold onto them until you’re ready to remodel.
  • Time frame: 3 to 6 months

Stage Two: Order the Cabinets, Appliances, and Lighting Fixtures

Cabinets and appliances are the biggest investments in your kitchen remodeling project. If you’re remodeling in stages, you can order them any time after the plans are complete and store them in a garage (away from moisture) or in a spare room until you’re ready to pull the trigger on the installation.

Remember that it may take four to six weeks from the day you order them for your cabinets to be delivered.

Related: How to Choose Stock Cabinets for Your Kitchen

If you can’t afford all new appliances, keep your old ones for now — but plan to buy either the same sizes, or choose larger sizes and design your cabinets around those larger measurements. You can replace appliances as budget permits later on.

The same goes for your lighting fixtures: If you can live with your old ones for now, you’ll save money by reusing them.

You’ll have to decide about flooring, too — one of the trickier decisions to make because it also affects how and when you install cabinets.

You’ll need to know if your old flooring runs underneath your cabinets, or if the flooring butts up against the cabinet sides and toe kicks. If the flooring runs underneath, you’ll have some leeway for new cabinet configurations — just be sure the old flooring will cover any newly exposed floor areas. Here are points to remember:

  • Keep old flooring for cost savings. This works if your new cabinets match your old layout, so that the new cabinets fit exactly into the old flooring configuration. If the existing flooring runs underneath your cabinets and covers all flooring area, then any new cabinet configuration will be fine.
  • Keep your old flooring for now and cover it or replace it later. Again, this works if your cabinet configuration is identical to the old layout.

However, if you plan to cover your old flooring or tear it out and replace it at some point in the future, remember that your new flooring might raise the height of your floor, effectively lowering your cabinet height.

For thin new floor coverings, such as vinyl and linoleum, the change is imperceptible. For thicker floorings, such as wood and tile, you might want to take into account the change in floor height by installing your new cabinets on shims.

  • Cost: cabinets: $16,000 (27% of total); appliances and lighting fixtures: $8,500 (15% of total); vinyl flooring: $1,000 (2% of total)
  • Key strategy: Keep old appliances, lighting fixtures, and flooring and use them until you can afford new ones.
  • Time frame: 2 to 3 weeks

Stage Three: Gut the Kitchen and Do the Electrical and Plumbing Work

Here’s where the remodel gets messy. Old cabinetry and appliances are removed, and walls may have to be opened up for new electrical circuits. Keep in close contact with your contractor during this stage so you can answer questions and clear up any problems quickly. A major kitchen remodel can take six to 10 weeks, depending on how extensive the project is.

During this stage, haul your refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven to another room — near the laundry or the garage, for example — so you’ve got the means to cook meals. Feinberg suggests tackling this stage in the summer, when you can easily grill and eat outside. That’ll reduce the temptation to eat at restaurants, and will help keep your day-to-day costs under control.

  • Cost: $14,500 for tear-out and installation of new plumbing and electrical (25% of total)
  • Key strategies: Encourage your contractor to expedite the tear-out and installation of new systems. Plan a makeshift kitchen while the work is progressing. Schedule this work for summer when you can grill and eat outside.
  • Time frame: 6 to 10 weeks

Stage Four: Install Cabinets, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, and Fixtures

If you’ve done your homework and bought key components in advance, you should roll through this phase. You’ve now got a (mostly) finished kitchen.

A high-end countertop and backsplash can be a sizable sum of money. If you can’t quite swing it, put down a temporary top, such as painted marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. Later, you can upgrade to granite, tile, solid surface, or marble.

  • Cost: $12,000 (21% of total)
  • Key strategy: Install an inexpensive countertop; upgrade when you’re able.
  • Time frame: 1 to 2 weeks

Final Phases: Upgrade if Necessary

Replace the inexpensive countertop, pull up the laminate flooring, and put in tile or hardwood, or buy that new refrigerator you wanted but couldn’t afford during the remodel. (Just make sure it fits in the space!)

By: Gretchen Roberts

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Fielding a Lowball Purchase Offer on Your Home

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on January 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm

You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You’re excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer is much lower than your asking price. How should you respond? Set aside your emotions, focus on the facts, and prepare a counteroffer that keeps the buyers involved in the deal.

Check your emotions.

A purchase offer, even a very low one, means someone wants to purchase your home. Unless the offer is laughably low, it deserves a cordial response, whether that’s a counteroffer or an outright rejection. Remain calm and discuss with your real estate agent the many ways you can respond to a lowball purchase offer.

Counter the purchase offer.

Unless you’ve received multiple purchase offers, the best response is to counter the low offer with a price and terms you’re willing to accept. Some buyers make a low offer because they think that’s customary, they’re afraid they’ll overpay, or they want to test your limits.

A counteroffer signals that you’re willing to negotiate. One strategy for your counteroffer is to lower your price, but remove any concessions such as seller assistance with closing costs, or features such as kitchen appliances that you’d like to take with you.

Consider the terms.

Price is paramount for most buyers and sellers, but it’s not the only deal point. A low purchase offer might make sense if the contingencies are reasonable, the closing date meets your needs, and the buyer is preapproved for a mortgage. Consider what terms you might change in a counteroffer to make the deal work.

Review your comps.

Ask your real estate agent whether any homes that are comparable to yours (known as “comps”) have been sold or put on the market since your home was listed for sale. If those new comps are at lower prices, you might have to lower your price to match them if you want to sell.

Consider the buyer’s comps.

Buyers sometimes attach comps to a low offer to try to convince the seller to accept a lower purchase offer. Take a look at those comps. Are the homes similar to yours? If so, your asking price might be unrealistic. If not, you might want to include in your counteroffer information about those homes and your own comps that justify your asking price.

If the buyers don’t include comps to justify their low purchase offer, have your real estate agent ask the buyers’ agent for those comps.

Get the agents together.

If the purchase offer is too low to counter, but you don’t have a better option, ask your real estate agent to call the buyer’s agent and try to narrow the price gap so that a counteroffer would make sense. Also, ask your real estate agent whether the buyer (or buyer’s agent) has a reputation for lowball purchase offers. If that’s the case, you might feel freer to reject the offer.

Don’t signal desperation.

Buyers are sensitive to signs that a seller may be receptive to a low purchase offer. If your home is vacant or your home’s listing describes you as a “motivated” seller, you’re signaling you’re open to a low offer.

If you can remedy the situation, maybe by renting furniture or asking your agent not to mention in your home listing that you’re motivated, the next purchase offer you get might be more to your liking.

By: Marcie Geffner

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LEASE LISTING! 1214 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 38555945

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Terry Hershey Park on January 19, 2018 at 8:50 pm

NEW LEASE LISTING! 1214 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 38555945

Beautiful updated one story in heart of Energy Corridor. Huge living room with new wood tile flooring with custom built in bookshelves opens to kitchen with granite tops and tons on cabinets. Family room with picture sliding glass doors lead to peaceful backyard retreat. Remodeled bathrooms and master retreat with two large walk in closets. Walking distance to Barbara Bush Elementary and John Paul, Terry Hershey Hike and Bike Trails.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1214-forest-home-drive/rent_38555945

If you are interested in leasing, buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 2138 Glen Knoll Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55682693

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on January 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm

NEW LISTING! 2138 Glen Knoll Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 55682693

One story beauty move in ready on peaceful quiet street! Open flowing floor plan wraps around sunny interior atrium with new flooring to bring in plenty of natural light. Huge kitchen and breakfast room is a chefs dream with gas range, new dishwasher and LaViatera Quartz counter tops leads to spacious dining with wood flooring that opens to living area with soaring ceilings, cozy fireplace and big picture windows great for entertaining or family time. Relax and unwind in your master retreat with jetted tub and huge walk in closet. Fresh interior paint, all new carpet with upgraded Stainmaster cushion, 2 Entire new AC system’s plus AC mini split. Never flooded!

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2138-glen-knoll-drive/sale_55682693

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

FOR SALE! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 12928940

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on November 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

FOR SALE! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 12928940

Updated home stayed totally dry in Harvey! Open flowing floor plan with beautiful wood laminate and tile throughout first floor has soaring ceilings, French doors and tons of double pane windows make this home light and bright! Chef’s kitchen with gas stove and granite counter tops open to family room that leads to shady covered patio perfect for entertaining or family fun. Master retreat downstairs with French doors to backyard retreat. Three spacious rooms upstairs with one over sized room great for game, media or study.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2110-hickory-lawn-drive/sale_12928940

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 14218 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 24831115

In Buying a Home, Environmentmentally Friendly Homes, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on October 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm

NEW LISTING! 14218 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 24831115

One story beauty completely remodeled. Step into your spacious living room with high-grade wood laminate and wall of windows for plenty of natural light. Dining area has courtyard views opens to kitchen with granite countertops and new Stainless Steel appliances. Huge flexible room with peaceful backyard view, perfect for study or a third bedroom. Remodeled master retreat with built ins and walk-in closet. Environmentally friendly landscaped front and backyard retreat with nice shady trees and patio. New Air Handler and inside pipes replaced. Never flooded. In Houston’s Energy Corridor. Walking distance to beautiful Terry Hershey Hike and Bike Trails.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/14218-sandfield-drive/sale_24831115

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15701949

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on September 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

NEW LISTING! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15701949

Updated home stayed totally dry in Harvey! Open flowing floor plan with beautiful wood laminate and tile throughout first floor has soaring ceilings, French doors and tons of double pane windows make this home light and bright! Chef’s kitchen with gas stove and granite counter tops open to family room that leads to shady covered patio perfect for entertaining or family fun. Master retreat downstairs with French doors to backyard retreat. Three spacious rooms upstairs with one over sized room great for game, media or study.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2110-hickory-lawn-dr/sale_15701949

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

NEW LISTING! 14214 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3149726

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on June 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

NEW LISTING! 14214 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3149726

Beautifully updated one story. Kitchen with new cabinets, stainless steel LG appliances, granite countertops and Boos block island opens to huge living area with tons of windows for plenty of light. Beautiful wood laminate throughout – NO carpet! Living, kitchen and spacious master retreat all open to nice big backyard and covered patio. Master and guest bathroom fully remodeled. New Lennox air conditioner and furnace in 2015, new electric panel, PEX plumbing and privacy fence. See full upgrades list. Walking distance to Barbara Bush, John Paul & Terry Hershey Park.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/14214-sandfield-drive/sale_3149726

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

WOW! Great Price! 1007 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 80794468

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on May 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

WOW! Great Price! 1007 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 80794468

Beautifully remodeled one story in desirable Energy Corridor neighborhood. Huge family and dining area lead to private covered patio. Stunning Chefs kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and marble tops. All bathrooms remodeled. Plus Bonus room! New exterior/interior paint hardiboard, Low-E windows, new tile, carpet and custom cabinets throughout. Steps from pool/playground/tennis courts and Terry Hershey park trails. Excellent schools Barbara Bush, John Paul and Village are all near. Please see full list of upgrades online.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1007-forest-home-drive/sale_80794468

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .