United Real Estate Welcomes Our New Office & Agents – September 2013

Please join us in giving our newest partners a warm United Real Estate Welcome!

New Offices: 

United Real Estate – Louisville, KY – Bonnie Mays, Broker
United Real Estate – Beverly Hills, CA – Annie Chen, Broker
United Real Estate – Pasadena, CA – Annie Chen, Broker

Agents who joined the company in September:

Dallas

Charles Seo
Sairam Kota
Shanda Buckley-Mitchell
Robert Bussman
Wayne Stewart
Joseph Cutcher
Robert Wood
Donald Murray

Chicago

Jessenia Zamarripa
Irma Sotelo
Jennie Ku
Vincent Amato
Tony Torres
Gonzalo Herrera

Washington DC

Bob Parnell
Erin Coleman
Maurice Saylor

Houston

Bob Canady
Jeff Lam
KimShawn Lane
Rebecca Privette
Hena Malkani
Sherrie Dalmanti
Sherron Southworth
Ronald Breaux

Kansas City

Adam Hays
Allison Harmon
Antonio Mendez-Barajas
Christina Mcintosh
Dave Teeman
Edgar Davis
Shivohn Roberts

Philadelphia

Angelo Gaydardzhiev
Terri Friend

Investing in Home Renovations: Five Things Most Buyers Hate

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Remodeling your home can be a great way to boost its value, but only if it’s done right. When it comes to investing in home rennovations, keep future buyers in mind. There are certain features that are considered deal breakers.

Here are some renovations to avoid when fixing up your home:

  • Tinted bathroom fixtures: It’s fine to add some color to your bathroom floor or walls, but don’t choose a colorful toilet, sink or shower. Stick to white or beige instead.
  • Wood paneling: Avoid this retro look at all costs, and replace it if it’s already in your home. Wood paneling gives rooms a dark, stuffy look that buyers don’t like.
  • Popcorn ceilings: This trend used to be highly popular a few decades ago, but it’s no longer a desirable feature. Buyers prefer smooth ceilings.
  • Shag carpets: This 1970s staple has shown up again in the form of area rugs, but don’t invest in unsightly wall-to-wall shag carpeting.
  • Wallpaper: Most buyers prefer painted walls instead of wallpaper, especially if it’s metallic wallpaper or one that has a gaudy design.

Ready to start the selling or staging processContact United Real Estate, and visit our Facebook page for more selling tips.

Houston Real Estate: City Listed Second-Fastest Growth Nationally

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The Houston real estate market is booming. Not only is it the fourth largest city, by population count, in the United States but it has the second highest growth rate, according to the US Census Bureau.

Why are so many people flocking to Houston? Perhaps it is the low unemployment rate or the mild winters. Maybe it is because this city is home to a number of professional sports teams or because the largest medical care facility in the world is located there. Possibly the attraction is the culturally diverse, young population or the world renowned museum district.

It seems likely that the answer is all of the above plus the availability of affordable housing and well rated school districts. Whatever the actual reason for the rapid growth of this city, the fact is that the real estate market is thriving.

If you are considering relocating to Houston or have a property there you want to put on the market, United Real Estate agents are ready to help you. Our national network has an office in Houston and local agents who know the city well.

Contact United Real Estate to find out more about buying or selling Houston real estate.

Cutting Costs: Have You Considered Renting a Room in Your Home?

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Have your heart set on a larger home but worried about the cost? You can take steps to help reduce the financial burden by renting a room in your home, at least on a short-term basis.

If your home has an extra bedroom or other spare room that doesn’t really get much use, consider renting it out to someone for a reasonable rate. You don’t have to worry about ending up with a housemate you don’t really get along with. Instead, you can rent out the room to people who are traveling and need a budget-friendly place to stay during their trip. There are a few reputable websites, including 9flats.com andAirbnb.com, that help vacationers find this type of accommodation. These sites help ensure that you’ll be renting to reliable tenants, and they provide you with insurance at no cost. If you decide on renting a room in your home, keep in mind that you can potentially bring in thousands of extra dollars per year, which can help you afford those mortgage payments.

Need help buying that large house you want or finding the ideal one? Visit United Real Estate and our Facebook page to find an agent.

Text UNITED to 59559 for Updates About Current URE Listings

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Finding the perfect home can be an arduous process. There are so many things to consider, like size, price, neighborhood, proximity to job prospects, just to name a few. Once you have narrowed down the parameters, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to be able to get immediate information about any home that meets your specific needs? The current United Real Estate listings are as close as your cell phone.

United Real Estate has been selling homes since 1925 and now has developed a nationwide network of franchises and agents ready to meet all of your real estate buying or selling needs. We have a long history and have kept up with the times, which offer many innovative technology based services.

Our automated information system can be easily accessed from your mobile device. All you need to do is text UNITED to 59559 and everything you need to know about the listed properties is available to you.

To learn more about accessing the current United Real Estate listings from your mobile device, visit the URE Facebook page.

 

Financial Considerations: Four Things Not to Do After a Loan Preapproval

A loan pre-approval is an important step in the home buying process. It shows how much of a loan you can realistically afford, based on your credit rating, income and expenses.

Keep in mind that there are certain things to do after a loan pre-approval to boost your chances of getting a final approval. These include:

  • Don’t apply for new credit: Since your lender will do another credit check before approving your loan, don’t do anything that will negatively affect your credit rating. Applying for new credit means that your score will take a hit.
  • Don’t pay off all your debt: You could be using up money that you might need for your new house. Also, closing credit cards can lower your credit score.
  • Don’t co-sign loans: These factor into your debt-to-income ratio and affect your credit score. Avoid co-signing any loans, including car and student loans.
  • Don’t change jobs: This can cause delays with the lender because they’ll need to verify your employment.

Now that you know a few things to do after a loan pre-approval, are you ready to get started with the home buying processVisit United Real Estate and our Facebook page to locate an agent.

United Real Estate Locations: We’re Located in Ten Major Cities

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Selling real estate can be a great way to make a living, especially if you are part of a large, nationally integrated real estate network that can provide you with the support and connections you need to succeed. United Real Estate agents have the benefit of just such a network.

Based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1925, there are now United Real Estate locations in many large cities across the nation and more are coming soon. Each location, and all the agents that work there, have access to the company’s proven marketing programs and their innovative technology based services.

Most often, real estate can be sold best by people who really know an area and the types of people who live in it. If you live in or close to any of the markets served by United Real Estate, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, MO, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Beverly Hills and Pasadena, you can enjoy the benefits of being part of a nationally recognized real estate company while staying close to home and selling in the area you know best.

For specific information about United Real Estate locations or the benefits enjoyed by their agents, check out the United Real Estate Facebook page.

Planning on Selling in 2015? Start Investing in Landscaping Now

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If your 2015 plans include selling your home, it’s time to start getting it ready. This might seem a bit early, but it’s actually a good time for investing in landscaping.

Having some shade trees, shrubs, bushes and flowers around gives your home’s value a major boost. Since some of these, especially trees, take a long time to fully grow, it’s best to plant them as soon as possible. A landscaper can provide advice on which types of greenery to include. Having impressive landscaping improves your home’s curb appeal and gives it some functional value as well, such as providing more shade.

Investing in landscaping isn’t the only thing you should do to get your house ready to sell. Here are a couple more tips:

  • Minor kitchen renovations, such as putting a new finish on your cabinets, increase your home’s value. You’ll also recoup most of the cost.
  • Keeping your lawn healthy goes hand in hand with having beautiful landscaping. Mow and water it regularly, and consider laying down new sod or seed if your lawn’s in bad shape.

Need more advice on boosting your home’s resale value? Stop by United Real Estate and visit our Facebook page.

Buying Your First House? Get an Official Free Credit Report

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Having enough money for a down payment set aside is just one of the financial concerns involved in buying your first house. You’ll also need to make sure your credit is in good shape to boost your chances of getting approved for a mortgage.

You can check your credit by ordering a free credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting companies, which are Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. The report shows your address, how much you owe on different debts and if you’ve filed for bankruptcy or been sued by a creditor. When you apply for a home loan, the lender will use this information to determine if your loan should be approved. Order your free report from the credit reporting companies online at annualcreditreport.com. This is the only legitimate website to place orders through for your free annual report. Avoid going to other sites that claim to offer the same thing because they often turn out to be scams.

Once you’ve checked your credit, we can help you get started on buying your first house. Visit United Real Estate and stop by our Facebook page to learn more.

United Positioned Among Fastest Growing Real Estate Franchises

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When it comes to building a career in real estate, being part of a successful franchise can open many doors. As one of the fastest growing real estate franchises, United Real Estate offers agents plenty of opportunities to further their career.

United Real Estate started in 2011 and has expanded considerably in the past two years. We’ve experienced an impressive 3,000 percent sales increase, after jumping from 29 transactions through July 2011 to 1,121 transactions between January and July 2013. This is largely due to our network of talented agents in our franchise offices throughout the country. We now run real estate offices in major cities, including Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Houston and Dallas, as well as several smaller cities. The main factors that draw real estate agents to our company are our 100 percent commission policy and our extensive training and marketing tools. We’re anticipating continued growth and success as more agents join our franchise.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of joining one of the fastest growing real estate franchises? Visit United Real Estate for more information, and stop by our Facebook page.