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Triple Murder Kills the Deal!

Funny, story…not funny ha ha, but funny weird. I was showing a couple this house in Castroville, TX and the listing agent wanted to show us around, and as we are making small talk he says, “Hey did you read the Sellers Disclosure”? I said “no” and he said, “Oh well there was a Triple Murder here in this house about 7 years ago. Oh and a suicide too, because the killer killed himself”. I say, “are you kidding me”? “No, no, just wanted to let you know”. My client comes down the hall and says, did you just say Triple Murder? Yes that’s right. My client say’s “We’re Out!”. We gathered up and left, needless to say they are still looking for their dream home. But if you would like a house where 3 people were killed and 1 committed suicide, let me know. There are people living there now, however I don’t know why they are moving, but I have some pretty good guesses. So as not to leave you hanging on what had happened there, you can go to this link and read the awful tragedy that happened at that house.
http://lubbockonline.com/stories/041505/sta_041505042.shtml

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Dear Sellers “Get a Home Inspection Before you Sell”

If you are contemplating selling your home or already have it on the market, go ahead and pay the money to get your home inspected.  You and your REALTOR have worked really hard to get the offer on the table and then comes the Home Inspection report with a laundry list of problems you didn’t know about.  Nothing will kill a deal faster than a lengthy list of issues that need to be repaired.  Even a bunch of small items can turn off some buyers and you end up losing the deal.  In the Texas Hill Country you can have an average size home inspected for about $300.  A lot of my sellers say, “well the buyer should pay for the inspection”, and they will when the time comes, but believe me that $300 buys a lot of piecBandera Real Estate Home Inspectione of mind.   

After you get the inspection report you can fix that leaky faucet, sticking door, broken electrical outlet or whatever other problems the inspector finds and believe me they will find things you weren’t aware of.  By knowing the problems upfront, you may have just saved yourself the heartbreak of a deal gone south due to surprises you weren’t expecting.  Most all buyers are going to get the home inspected, but if you’ve already had an inspection done, then there shouldn’t be any surprises when they do theirs.  Remember though, the items you are aware of now, due to the inspection, that you opted not to fix need to go on your Home Owners Disclosure.  Its easier to address these issues up front than to try to negotiate them away later.  You may find items that you aren’t willing to fix and you can reflect that in the price upfront instead of having to renegotiate the price or the repairs later.  Think about it, once you have accepted their offer they are in a much stronger negotiating position later to demand either a decrease in the selling price to off-set the repairs, or a less than amicable deal for you in paying for the repairs.  This is a lose/lose position for you the seller.  Instead, bargain from a position of strength because you have either addressed the outstanding issues in your sellers disclosure, or you fixed them after your home inspection.

Good Luck and Good Selling Larry Wood                     http://www.BanderaTexasRealEstate.com

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Marketing property in The Texas Hill Country

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Bandera River Ranch

The Bandera River Ranch subdivision is a small acreage residential community nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country located approximately 4 miles south of Bandera off Hwy 16, and approximately 30 minutes from San Antonio.
This community was developed between 1972 -1977 and consists of 800 acres of beautiful country home sites ranging from 1/2 to 5 acre lots; some lots overlook the Medina River, Privilege Creek Bluff or back up to private ranches, many with a gorgeous view.
Currently there are 255 single family residential homes with custom homes continuing to be built on a regular basis.
This community offers to its members many fine amenities including:  swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, playground, picnic areas, and park sites on the Medina River.

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Bandera, TX was founded in 1853 as a cypress shingle camp, and site of a Mormon colony established 1854. One of the oldest Polish communities in the U.S. An authentic Western town surrounded both by working and guest ranches. Horseback riding available plus swimming in resort pools or clear Hill Country lakes and rivers. Fine year-round fishing; hunting in seasons for wild turkey and white-tailed deer; camping, hiking, rodeos, horse races, two 18 hole golf courses and country western dances.
Visit the Bandera Home Owners website at http://www.banderariverranch.com/ for more information about the neighborhood.

If you’re interested in moving to the Texas Hill Country, let me know and I will do everything I can to help you find your piece of Texas Paradise.” Larry Wood

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Bandera River Ranch just off of Hwy 16 South

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