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Nov. 15, 2018

Morning Success Fuel with The Ruse Bros! 004

Wake up…Wake up…Wake up!!!!!

 

It’s time to get the mind right with your daily dose of success fuel!!!!

 

Today’s message is about not giving up on your dreams just three feet from gold!

 

There once was a man who had the gold fever so he staked out his claim, headed west and started digging. After endless hours of sweat, blood and tears, the man found a vein of gold ore. He covered up his find and returned home to raise the money for the machinery that he needed to bring the ore to surface.

When he finally raised enough money, he anxiously retuned to the site to make his fortune. 

 

Things started well and before long he had enough wealth to clear his debts and was extremely excited because everything from here onward would be profit. 

 

Suddenly out of bad luck or mis calculations the vein of gold stopped. The man kept digging and digging but found nothing. After a while the man grew extremely frustrated and called it quits. He sold off his machinery to a local junk man for a few hundred dollars and went home disappointed that his dream of becoming a wealthy gold miner was all but lost. 

 

The junk man who bought the machinery decided to call in a mining engineer to check the mine and see if there was any gold left for the taking. After a few calculations the engineer found that the vein of gold picked back up three feet from where the miner stopped digging. The junk man and the engineer ended up making millions of dollars while the original miner abandoned his dreams of becoming rich. 

 

Moral of the story, whenever you feel like quitting on your dreams, remember you might just be three feet from gold.   

 

So, I ask you this question, where in your life have you stopped digging three feet from gold? 

 

Were all put on this planet to achieve success, so stop listening to the negativity that brings us down in life. Only by digging three more feet without quitting can we overcome any obstacles that stands in our way.  

 

So, shake off that morning negativity, quit listening to the naysayers and get out there and set your day on fire! 

 

Remember you are the captain of your ship, only you can control your destiny, no one will do it for you so GO GET SOME!!! 

 

 

The Ruse Bros! 

Nov. 14, 2018

Real Talk Real Estate Episode 003

Here are Five more inexpensive Home improvement tips that you will want to make sure you do before selling your home! 

 

If you’re looking to fix up your home before you sell, or just want a change of scenery here are five more inexpensive home improvement tips that make a big difference and add that wow factor without costing you an arm and a leg! 

 

Tip # 1 

 

Change out the light fixtures. Lighting is very important in a home and most home owners want space with more than enough light. A simple way to add enough light is to clean your light fixtures. 

 

Tip # 2 

 

Window maintenance, clean your windows inside and out. You will also want to clean your mini blinds; dusty mini blinds are not just a hot bed for allergens to breed but are not attractive to a potential home buyer. 

 

Tip # 3 

 

Make your doors pop, clean or paint your room doors and make sure your entry doors give off that first big impression. To do this you can add new door knobs, replace squeaky hinges and add a fresh coat of paint. 

 

Tip # 4 

 

Keep free from clutter, a decluttered organized home stands out to a potential buyer. Always make sure your home looks open by arranging furniture in a way that looks welcoming. If you have too much furniture in your home then the rooms can appear smaller than they look which may turn off potential home buyers. 

 

Tip # 5 

 

Add accent colors to your home, Neutral colors on the walls is the best way to market a home. Adding pops of bold colors can give your home life, so any couch pillows, wall hangings, mantle décor and inexpensive splashes of colorful character can have a memorable impression on a potential home buyer       

 

Thanks for reading our post, here at Top Notch Properties we will always recommend you get with an Expert Real Estate Advisor when it comes to selling or purchasing real estate. Until next time, have an awesome week and make sure you check out our next blog post for more tips and tricks when it comes to all your real estate needs! 

 

The Ruse Bros!   

Nov. 14, 2018

Morning Success Fuel with The Ruse Bros! 003

Wake up…Wake up…Wake up!!!!!

 

It’s time to get the mind right with your daily dose of success fuel!!!!

 

Today’s message is about building monuments with the stones that are thrown at you by haters and naysayers! 

 

Great people build monuments in life with the stones that people throw at them! 

 

Dogs don’t bark at parked cars, the vehicles that are moving is what stirs up the dog! 

 

This is also true about achievement, if you are willing to step out from the herd, the herd is going to get angry because it calls them out on their sedated average standards in life. They know that they should be doing great things, but they don’t have the courage to do what you’re doing by building your monument of success. 

 

The easiest thing for them to do is poke fun and try to pull you back down in order to validate their mediocracy in life. 

 

To many people spend too much time trying to tear down what others are building rather than build their own monuments. 

 

So, I ask you this question, are you building monuments with the stones that are thrown at you or are you throwing the stones at others who are building great things?  

 

Were all put on this planet to achieve success, so stop listening to the negativity that brings us down in life. Only by stepping away from the herd can we overcome any obstacles that stands in our way.  

 

So, shake off that morning negativity, quit listening to the naysayers and get out there and set your day on fire! 

 

Remember you are the captain of your ship, only you can control your destiny, no one will do it for you so GO GET SOME!!! 

 

 

The Ruse Bros! 

Nov. 13, 2018

Morning Success Fuel with The Ruse Bros! 002

Wake up…Wake up…Wake up!!!!!

 

It’s time to get the mind right with your daily dose of success fuel!!!!

 

Today’s message is about the fisherman and his crab bucket! 

 

Once there was a man walking on the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf. As the man drew closer he noticed that the fisherman’s bait bucket was full of crabs. He asked the fisherman why he did not cover the bait bucket with a lid so the crabs could not escape. 

 

The fisherman smiled and replied, “You don’t understand, if there is one crab in the bucket, it will surly crawl out very quickly and escape its doom.” “If there are many crabs in the bucket, and one crab decides to escape, the other crabs will grab ahold of it and pull it back down so it shares the same fate as the rest of them.” 

 

So is true with people, if one person tries to do something different, improve themselves, escape their current situation, or dream big dreams, other people will try to drag them down to share the same fate. 

 

The moral of the story is to ignore the crabs in your life. You must do what is right for you!!!

 

Win or lose, succeed or fail, you will never have the same fate as the crabs that try to bring you down in life. 

 

So, I ask you this question, who are the crabs currently bringing you down?  

 

Were all put on this planet to achieve success, so stop listening to the negativity that brings us down in life. Only by getting rid of the crabs in life can we overcome any obstacles that stands in our way.  

 

So, shake off that morning negativity, quit listening to the naysayers and get out there and set your day on fire! 

 

Remember you are the captain of your ship, only you can control your destiny, no one will do it for you so GO GET SOME!!! 

 

 

The Ruse Bros! 

Nov. 12, 2018

Real Talk Real Estate Episode 002

Five inexpensive Home improvement tips that you will want to make sure you do before selling your home! 

 

If you’re looking to fix up your home before you sell, or just want a change of scenery here are five inexpensive home improvement tips that make a big difference and add that wow factor without costing you an arm and a leg! 

 

Tip # 1 

 

Change up your kitchen, the kitchen is key to selling any home and unfortunately this can mean big bucks. To save you some cash, you can update cabinets drawer handles, add new light fixtures, add a new back splash to the kitchen sink area, and even give your cabinets a new look by replacing or re-staining the doors or drawer fronts. 

 

 

 

 

Tip # 2 

 

Modernize your bathroom by replacing toilet seats, changing out the sink and bathroom drawer handles, deep cleaning or re-grouting bathroom tile, and finally adding a coat of paint to the walls. If the flooring is a big issue, you might want to think about replacing it. 

 

Tip # 3 

 

Flooring, for carpet you will want to rent a carpet cleaner to clean any stains that may appear on the surface. For a cheaper cost on the bathroom, kitchen, and entry way floors, adding vinyl will do the trick just fine. For final touch ups on the flooring, adding an area rug can give your flooring a touch of color and character.   

 

Tip # 4 

 

You need to make sure your walls are clean. Adding a fresh coat of paint can add value to your home as well as making the inside appear new.

 

Tip # 5 

 

After you have given your walls a new paint job, you’re going to want to add new plate and socket covers. Most to the time old plate and socket covers turn yellow due to age, this can be an eye sore to a potential buyer entering your home for the first time. 

 

Thanks for reading our post, here at Top Notch Properties we will always recommend you get with an Expert Real Estate Advisor when it comes to selling or purchasing real estate. Until next time, have an awesome week and make sure you check out our next blog post for more tips and tricks when it comes to all your real estate needs! 

 

The Ruse Bros!   

Nov. 12, 2018

Morning Success Fuel with The Ruse Bros! 001

Wake up…Wake up…Wake up!!!!!

 

It’s time to get the mind right with your daily dose of success fuel!!!!

 

Today’s message is all about the burning desire that is found deep inside every individual! 

 

A long time ago a great warrior faced a life or death situation in which made it necessary for him to make a decision to ensure his success on the battle field. He was about to send his army to face an enemy whose solders outnumbered his own. He loaded his men onto ships and set sail for enemy territory.  As they set anchor on the treacherous battle field, he ordered his men to then burn the ships that had carried them to enemy lines. Addressing his men before the battle, “Do you see those ships going up in smoke?” “We cannot leave these shores alive unless we win or die!” 

 

 

To make a long story short, he and his men came out victorious, not only did they win the battle, they won the war!

 

 

You see my friends, every person that wins in business or life must be willing to burn their ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one make sure they maintain the state of mind called the burning desire to win! 

 

 

So, I ask you this question, what’s your burning desire in life? 

 

Were all put on this planet to achieve success, so stop listening to the negativity that brings us down in life. Only by finding our burning desire in life can we overcome any obstacles that stands in our way.  

 

 

So, shake off that morning negativity, quit listening to the naysayers and get out and set your day on fire! 

 

Remember you are the captain of your ship, only you can control your destiny, no one will do it for you so GO GET SOME!!! 

 

 

The Ruse Bros! 

Nov. 5, 2018

Four Tips to divide your home during a divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, times can be tough, so here are four tips on how to divide your home in a divorce situation. 

Tip # 1 

 

Many financial advisors and real estate attorneys recommend that you sell the property and divide the profits because it’s the simplest and least messiest way to solve the problem. If you and your ex find that you can still get along this may be your best option. Both parties should be happy with the sell, but it all depends on current market conditions. In a down market your home may sit costing you both time and money, so you might want to consider moving out and leasing your property until the market gets hot again. 

 

Tip # 2 

 

You can always buy the other person out or get bought out by your ex. If you choose this option you will want to make sure the buyout terms are fair and accurate with current market conditions. Make sure you hire a professional appraiser to appraise the property so you can get an accurate price for your home. Always remember that there is no actual sell involved with the home, so if the buyout figure does not sound right, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. 

 

Tip # 3 

 

You can do a delayed buyout. This is basically the same thing as a buyout, but you purposely delay it because you or your ex are not in a position to buy each other out. In this case the person who stays in the home continues to pay the monthly mortgage until they are financially ready to buy the ex out. 

 

Tip # 4 

 

You can divide the property in two. Believe it or not there are some ex couples that choose to be roommates if the house can’t sell and neither can afford to live elsewhere until the home is sold. Yes, this option can be a very complicated one, but nobody said divorce was easy. 

 

Thanks for reading our post, here at Top Notch Properties we will always recommend you get with an expert advisor when it comes to selling or purchasing real estate. Until next time, have an awesome week and make sure you check out our next blog for more tips and tricks when it comes to all your real estate needs. 

 

The Ruse Bros. 

Oct. 4, 2018

Top Notch Properties To Partner With Billy Alt

Breaking: Top Notch Properties Partners With Billy Alts 700 Credit Repair

Special Announcement

 

After many years of helping homeowners achieve their dreams of home ownership I kept stumbling upon the one thing that kept holding many people back from buying a home. Their credit! I finally got it.

After banging my head against rocks for years trying to figure out how I could help all these people I ran across someone who is now a great friend and business partner.

I have been a part of a Mastermind Group of individuals who are constantly challenging the status quo. About a Year ago my good friend Ryan Stewman and Jay Kinder introduced me someone who is now a special friend. When I met Billy I knew a found someone with a huge heart. I also knew he could also help prospective clients achieve the American Dream.

I have heard countless testimonials from all the people he has helped get from very low scores to the point where they were able to achieve the Dream of Home Ownership. I knew at this point after hearing all of the success stories I had to reach out to him and create a business partnership so he could do the same for my prospective clients!

Billy and I have teamed up to create a exclusive portal for Top Notch Properties prospective clients. There is not a better feeling in the world than knowing soon I will be able to help more first time home buyers.

I want to leave you with this! I know its hard but, I want you to reach out and raise your hand! If this is something you want for your family and yourself. Stop procrastinating! This is the first step of putting yourself in a position to achieve the American Dream.

Click The Link Below To Setup A No Obligation, No Cost Credit Consultation provided by Top Notch Properties & Billy Alt of 700 Credit Repair.

 

Im Ready To Raise My Hand

Oct. 2, 2018

End of 3rd Quarter '18 Market Update

Inventory Levels Sky Rocket!

Taylor,TX Residential Real Estate Market Update

 

The Taylor,TX Real Estate Market has been on a great 8 Year Run! The amount of wealth the Real Estate market has created for the average home owner in Taylor the last 8 years can be summed up as historical. During the period from January of 2011 until today the price per square foot has DOUBLED! This has given Taylor homeowners a huge increase in net worth. Buying a home in 2011 as you can see was a very wise investment! Homes in the North Park subdivision (KB Homes) were selling for a mere $65,000. Look below to see just how far we have come in 8 years. It appears Taylor,TX homeowners finally caught wind of how much money they could make by selling their home as we will cover in the next section. As you can see below the average home is selling now for an average of $121 per square foot. Recently homes have been listed as high as $150+ per square foot.

State of The Market

Beginning this January the Taylor Residential Real Estate Market started seeing a increase in the number of active listings. Taylor,TX homeowners got smart and decided it was time to cash in. We currently are sitting at 77 Actives listings which, marks our highest level since October of 2015. Nationwide there has been a shortage of housing inventory that has kept prices rising. Buyers have demanded more inventory and more choices. Homeowners were having serious trouble in January of this year finding a home to meet their needs. The ability to negotiate with the seller was almost impossible due to the fact buyer really had no where to turn. This appears to be no longer the case.  See the graph below to see just how far we have come with our inventory in 10 months!

 

2018 Taylor Active Listings

Rising Inventory Levels

With inventory levels coming up considerably. It appears sellers are now having to negotiate the sell of their home by more than $4,000 on average. This leads me to think prices are currently only trending in one direction. Supply and demand states the more we have of something the less it should be worth. Only time will tell! One can only shake famous Magic 8 Ball to find out what is going to happen.

It just so happens this time when I shook it says "Outlook Is Not So Good" for homeowners. Taylor only had 14 homes sell in the month of September! With inventory stacking up and only 14 homes sold last month we appear to be trending the wrong way! Only time will tell if the current pace is seasonal or we really are trending the wrong direction. Give it another shake at another time and a different result may pop up. Remember, Real Estate is always good for someone! 

It's Time To Buy

 Right now if your in the market to buy a home, it is a great time! Sellers have more competition now than they have had since October of 2015. Buyers should also take note we are sitting at what appears to be then end of sub 5% interest rates. Taylor home buyers are still eligible for USDA home loans. These loans require Zero Down Payment! Do not wait to buy if you are considering it because the market could be just experiencing some seasonality. Historically speaking September and October are the slowest times of the year for the Taylor Housing Market.

If you are in the market and would like our expertise when it comes to the home buying process give us a call! We will be happy to sit down with you FREE OF CHARGE and explain our SMART HOME BUYING STRATEGY. There is never any pressure or obligation to buy!

Also expect to pay us nothing for our knowledge and expertise when it comes to buying your new home! We get paid by the SELLER!

 

FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW IF YOU ARE READY LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SMART HOME BUYING STRATEGY!

REMEMBER OUR SERVICES COST YOU NOTHING WHEN BUYING!

Posted in Market Updates
July 10, 2018

Taylor Texas Market Update

Taylor,TX Real Estate Market Slowing Down?

Taylor Housing Market Slowing Down?

Summer is nearing its peak and it appears the Taylor real estate market could potentially have hit its peak as well! Or Not? This is the topic of conversation today among many agents in the area. While Hutto, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Jarrell markets remain strong with sellers only having to give up 1% or less of their list price. The same can not be said for homes in Taylor. The Taylor market is showing signs a price ceiling has been met. From June 1st until today (July 10th) 72 price reductions have taken place on 39 different properties! This means we are seeing sellers having to drop the price of their home multiple times to encourage foot traffic. 

During this same time period 42 homes went from being active on the market to accepting offers (Pending Contract). A ugly stat is 29% or 12 homes failed to stay under contract and ultimately went back on the market. One must ask themselves why is this happening?  Perhaps the buyers just had buyers remorse and decided to back out, or could not come to terms with the sellers after inspections took place, or the dreaded appraisal could have killed the transaction. As a seller knowing your home is crucial to the selling process. Having an Expert Advisor go over all potential hidden landmines is always your best bet before listing. This is also the reason we at Top Notch Properties advise all of our clients to complete a pre-inspection and be 100% transparent with any potential buyers. This also helps our clients to negotiate from a position of strength. The last thing you as a seller want is to have to always be on the defense!

So the real question is, are we actually seeing a slow down in the Taylor market? Right now it appears as sellers and agents are simply not pricing homes according to todays market absorption rates and relying too heavily on CMA's (Past Data). The increase in the amount of inventory without substantial increase in demand along with 72 recent price reductions indicate sellers and agents are indeed OVERPRICING their homes!

There are over 100 different variables in the home buying / selling process. The number one mismanaged variable is the agent you choose to work with. Choosing the wrong agent to represent you could result in catastrophic consequences costing you 10's of 1,000's of Dollars in unnecessary expenses. These cost the majority of the time are hidden to the naked eye. For example, did you know just the lender you choose could save you or cost you THOUSANDS of dollars! Understanding these variables an educating our clients about them is a must for our Expert Advisors. For more information about all the variables of the home buying / selling process contact a Top Notch Expert Advisor today!

 

Published By:

Brad Robbins, Broker / Owner

Top Notch Properties

Direct - 512.269.5278

Posted in Market Updates