What a Houston landlord need to know about having a pet in their rental property

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Hello landlords I have a scenario for you, let’s say you are managing your own rental property and after a few weeks of vacancy you find the perfect tenants. You feel confident about renting your home to them but they say hey, by the way, I have a pet which is a german shepherd. You can meet my dog and you’ll see how well trained and smart the adult german shepherd is.

Would you still rent the property to the tenants?

If you know about dogs you’ll know this dog most probably won’t cause any damages. You also can charge a pet fee, pet deposit and monthly pet rent that seems to be a good deal right?

Here lies the problem. Did you know that your home owner’s insurance can cancel your policy  because this dog lives on the property?

So are you going to deny the qualified applicants just because of their dog?

If your answer was yes. Hold on!! We have a solution for that.

Contact me and let’s discuss these situations in further detail.

 Here at Your Dream Real Estate we take the screening process to the next level by qualifying the clients and their animals (service animals included).

All you need to know about Earnest Money

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In today’s pro talk we will talk about Earnest Money And the role it plays in a real estate transaction.

What is earnest money in a Real Estate Transaction?

Earnest Money is an important part of home buying process.Once the buyer & seller come to a final agreement in a real estate contract,the buyer will deposit an agreed amount as a show of good faith to purchase the property

How much money is enough for Earnest Money?

The amount is normally based on a percentage of the sales price. However, the buyer can elect to pay more in order to make the offer stand out and to increase his/her chances of buying the property under special circumstances.

Who holds the earnest money?

The earnest money does not go the the seller, rather it goes to an escrow agent such as a title company who holds it till the purchase is consummated. The buyer has 3 calendar days to deliver the money. Earnest money will be credited to the buyer at the closing of the transaction

What happens to earnest money if the transaction falls apart?

The earnest money is typically returned to the buyer if the buyer decides to terminate the contract for any reason during what is called the option period. Unfortunately, things may go south after the option period is exhausted and dispute arises over earnest money. At this time, the terms of the contract determines who receive the earnest money. Here is the bottom line: As a buyer, be diligent about your contract deadlines and give proper and timely notice of your intention to cancel the contract. As a seller, you will not automatically get to keep the earnest money if the buyer drops out, but you may be entitled to it when a buyer breaches the terms of the contract & does not complete the purchase.

In closing, whether you are a buyer or a seller in a dispute over earnest money, we will discuss the role of earnest money and other terms of the contract with our clients at the beginning of the process to prevent any unexpected surprises.

End As always, your dream team is committed to providing you with tools, education & excellent care. Think of us as one stop-shop for all your real estate needs. If you liked this video please subscribe, like and follow us on social media and share this video with anyone who can benefit from it.

Neighborhood pros, Introducing Lakes of Bella Terra in Richmond, TX

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Our today’s Neighborhood Pro comes to you from Lakes of Bella terra in Richmond Texas. 

Our mission in this program is to introduce new communities around Houston metro area to you.

Location

Located in the city of Richmond ,Tx, this community is on North of Bellaire blvd, South of Westpark Tollway. The Grand Parkway 99 is on the East and 723 rd is on the West side. Cinco Ranch is on the North side & a few minutes drive to City of fulshear.

Residents, on average, spend 31 minutes getting to work and most frequently by car.

Shopping locations are just off Westpark tollway & Grand Parkway & you will find everything you need just down the road.

Builders

Currently the following Builders are active in this community:

  • Ashton Wood Homes
  • K. Hovnanian Homes
  • Perry Homes
  • Sitterle Homes
  • Chesmar Homes

Schools:

The community is zoned to the popular Lamar Consolidated Independent School District(LCISD) and residents enjoy the benefit of low school taxes & low number of students in class rooms. The followings are the schools for the community:

Elementary: Hubenak elementary

Leaman junior middle school and

Fulshear high school

Amenities:

Lakes of Bella Terra has amazing amenities including:

  • Hiking & biking Trails for your active lifestyle.
  • Resort style pool with backsplash: Fun in the sun. The kids will never want to leave. 
  • Community center: Enjoy a peaceful day, or make memories with friends inside of the community center.
  • Dog park: abundance wide-open spaces for your pet. 
  • Lakes & open spaces: acres of lakes, giving a tranquil, peaceful atmosphere to this lavish community.

Demographic:

Lakes of bella terra is in 77406 zipcode which is an affluent area with a middle age population in Richmond, Texas.

It is family friendly with medium population density. The total population of 77406 zip code is 35,563 and 89% of homes are owner occupied. 43% of people living in this area have attended college.

Another interesting fact is the median age is 37 with an average household income of $124 k.

The easy access, convenient location, tax rate of 3.344%, top rated schools, and home prices as low as $240,000 and as high as $1.5 m, makes this community an ideal future residence for you and your family.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this show & if you think this is your desired part of Houston metro area to call home,contact us for a private tour. Our presentation will continue in different parts of town.We ask for your feedback and we want to know what areas of Houston you are interested in. 

We are committed to providing you with useful information and excellent care. Consider us a one stop shop for all your real estate needs. 

Do I need a Realtor when buying a new construction?

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Some buyers do not believe in using a Realtor services to buy a new construction. We are here to discuss some important things that you should know.

The Builder’s representative will take care of me.
If you are thinking that the builder’s salesperson will take care of everything, you may consider some facts. The salesperson represents the builder’s interest. Builders use their own contract which may not be easy to understand. The salesperson may not highlight pros & cons of a particular model home.A Realtor is able to back you up and navigate you through this preliminary stage and assist you with your purchase with confidence. Most importantly, our service is free of charge when a buyer hire us.
How frustrating it may be if you are a first time home buyer and your home is being built from the ground up! Did you know there are 11 stages from start to finish the home, A good Realtor will keep you updated at every stage.

Another reason why hiring a Realtor to help you is our special relationship with them. Reputable builders love to work with realtors. They realize the value of working with Realtors. We are a good source of business for them. We are the first to know about their new products, promotions,and any other updates. They understand our expectations and the importance of caring for our clients.

I can negotiate myself
Some say they can negotiate with the builder and there is no need for a Realtor. We say why not have extra leverage with having a Realtor on your side. Our negotiation with builders are done behind the scenes and on your behalf. Builders most of the time accept our terms & give us concessions we ask for. We must also mention that good builders will not discount the price of the house by the commission that is owed to realtors.That is under their marketing budget which can not offset the price of the home you are buying.

You don’t know what you don’t know.
Realtors have gone through lots of homes & transactions. We look at things from a different angle in a home you are buying. Home buying gets emotional at times and we do our best to keep you focus on features that are most desirable & make economic sense. We want you to receive the maximum out of your investment.

And last but not least, the big prize is here.
Here is the best part for having a Realtor on your team. Some of us out there will reward you by sharing a portion of our commission toward your closing cost when is needed. We become your own concierge exclusively working for you.

Whether you are in Houston, Katy, Richmond, Fulshear, Sugar Land, Missouri City, The Woodlands, Spring, Humble, Pasadena, Pearland or Fresno contact us to get more details and get the home buying started.

First step to start your home buying process in Houston Texas

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First step to start your home buying process in Houston Texas

Today’s Pro Talk is about the first step buyers need to take to purchase a home. We recommend that you have an idea of your purchasing power  and how much of a home you can afford. You need to apply for a loan with a financial institution to find out how much money you will receive as a loan. Having a letter from a lender with a predetermined loan amount, will help you not to waste your time looking at homes which will not fit your budget.

There are two such letters provided by the lenders, pre-qualification and pre-approval. We will explain the difference between Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval letter.

Getting pre-qualified for a loan is a very easy process. You provide the lender approximate income, the amount of debt you have, your work information, and any other details from your credit history. The lender uses this information to calculate how much money you are eligible to receive.

The pre-approval letter is more involved than pre-qualification process. The reason being, you will have to fill out a loan application and provide necessary documentation. The lender will examine and verify your financial situation including your credit report, your employment history,and your income and decide how much you can borrow and what rate to offer you.

Benefit of pr-eapproval letter: It not only provides you with peace of mind  and more certainty to borrow money but also increases your purchasing power. As an experienced Realtors,We don’t recommend to use pre-qualification letter as a tool to start the buying process.

As part of our services, we have access to lenders with different loan products and we can recommend one to you depending on your financial needs  and situation.

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An introduction to Renovation Loans

By | Buyers, Energy Corridor, Fulshear, Houston, Katy, Memorial, Pasadena, Pearland, Richmond, Spring, Sugar Land, Westchase | No Comments

In today’s Pro talk we introduce you to renovation loan.
You have seen lots of homes and finally you find one that fits all your needs but some areas of the house needs updating. Perhaps is the kitchen overhaul or the bathrooms updating. You have to decide whether you want to pass it up because of repairs or proceed with the purchase.

Well Joady Rubin with Certainty home loans will provide a solution to renovating your project.
This type of loan is easy to obtain. You will close the loan upfront and you will do the renovations after you close on the loan. The loan process consist of purchase price plus your renovation budget. This loan is based on the finished home with renovation done. This allows you to build some equity and be able to enjoy the home in the neighborhood you like and with the features you like to have.

Represented by a Houston Realtor.

Thanks for watching another episode of our Pro talk show. Renovation loan is the perfect solution for your project.

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Property Management Houston – Application – Your Assurance

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Houston property management Houston, TXProperty Management Houston Tenant Application Screening Process

As a reliable property management firm for the Houston area, Your Dream Real Estate’s innovative tools and strategic marketing is designed to 1) showcase your property and 2) attract the most desirable tenants.

Houston Best Property Management Tenant Screening

With Your Dream Real Estate, a property management firm in Houston, our screening process includes:

  • Conducting background checks
  • Pulling credit reports
  • Investigating criminal backgrounds
  • Determining a history of eviction, broken leases or foreclosures
  • Checking employment and income

Integrity Property Management Assures Best Tenant Placement for Houston Properties

Integrity in our Houston property management practice means that our property managers will communicate with the property owner regularly, so that they are up to date on every detail of their property.

Since our professional property management services include conducting periodic inspections of the Houston properties that we manage, there are two specific instances in which we tell potential tenants not to apply:

  • If a tenant is not okay with us periodically stopping by and taking interior pictures.
  • If they are not okay with us placing a key box on the property during the last 30 days of the property lease agreement to show the home. Your Dream Real Estate’s lease agreement is very specific that we will be marketing and showing the home prior to the current lease termination.

Houston Professional Property Management Business Relationships

As Texas licensed real estate agents in the state of Texas, our Houston property management services represent the property owner first and foremost. As property managers, we are the landlord. The tenant and landlord relationship is a business relationship.

Our reliable property management communication is open 24/7 for tenants and a businesslike and courteous attitude is expected. Anyone who is disrespectful, or in general, displays an attitude during the showing, or application process, may mean that we deny the application. See our complete application process and screening criteria at (https://yourdreamre.com/agents/)

Houston’s Best Property Management is FFHA and FCRA Compliance

Your Dream Real Estate Property Management is in full compliance with FFHA, Federal Fair Housing Act, and FCRA, Fair Credit Reporting Act. Your Dream Real Estate, a property management company in Houston, is also in full compliance with all state and local fair housing laws.

Full Houston Property Management Application Criteria

Please download and read carefully our full property management application process. We also highly encourage applicants to view the property prior to applying. Click here for our Houston Property Management application.

Your Dream Real Estate Houston Property Management looks forward to a professional business relationship with both tenants and owners for Katy, Houston, Energy Corridor, Spring, Westchase, Memorial, Richmond, Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, Fulshear, and beyond! Contact us for all your owner or tenant needs.

What happens when tenant stops paying the rent?

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What happens when tenant stops paying the rent? Advise from Houston Property Manager

You have two options, Number one, be the nice guy and let the tenants enjoy your property for free. But what about the expenses that still need to be paid.

Option number 2, make the right decision, get your property back in the shortest amount of time and put a stop to your losses.

It is important to take action right away. Even if the tenant is asking for more time, you need to send the right notices on time.

A professional property management company, knows when and how to deliver the right notices to save you time and money.

Here at Your Dream Real Estate, we send the notices at no additional charge, just this simple action, will save you time as well as money. Because an attorney will charge for each notice they send.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Hire Property Management Services in Houston

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A local, Houston professional property management company can be one of your greatest assets, next to the actual properties that are managed on your behalf. To select a reliable property management service, you need to research professional property management companies. Preferably, property management services should be local to your Katy, Houston, Energy Corridor, Spring, Westchase, Memorial, Richmond, Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, Fulshear, or other Texas community.

The following questions are designed to help guide your process and to help you make a wise decision in your choice of reliable property management services. There’s nothing worse than bad property management. But a great rental management company will result in more money, less risk and much less stress.

Are their property management services local to Katy, Houston, Energy Corridor, Spring, Westchase, Memorial, Richmond, Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, Fulshear, or your specific Texas community.

 It’s important that property managers are local to your community. It provides a connection and offers a sense of community pride and the type of tenants best suited for your real estate.

Does the company leadership own rental properties themselves?

A professional property management team will be active investors themselves. If not, they will not have a clear understanding to know what is needed to excel in your rental market area. They should be able to feel your pain and know everything a landlord needs to deal with to provide reliable property management service.
Are they members of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM)?

Being a member of a large rental property association such as NARPM means the property management company takes their business seriously. NARPM sets a high standard of excellence in rental property services of professionalism, fair housing practices, and business ethics.

How does the rental management company handle their property maintenance? Do they have local property maintenance team?

It is important to know up front, how they handle their property maintenance. If maintenance for the property is needed, how do they address maintenance issues. And if property maintenance occurs, do they charge anything on top of the actual repair?

Ask about all the fees and expenses for their property management services, including repairs.

Some rental management companies charge a percentage of the rent, some charge a flat fee. Time and effort that a property manager spends on each property, doesn’t change with the rent amount, so why charge more when doing the same thing?

Additional questions to ask as you research a rental management company:

When you contact the property management services, who answers the call? Is it the sales person or someone who is involved in day to day tasks? Does the company use the best property management services software, technology, social media and other strategic advertising and marketing?

Communication is indispensable between owners, tenants, and the property manager. Having great software for communication, tenant screening, streamlining applications and approvals, record keeping, and accounting, is vital for a professional property management company.

Your Dream Home Real Estate Property Management Services in Houston, Katy, Houston, Energy Corridor, Spring, Westchase, Memorial, Richmond, Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena, Fulshear and beyond

With Your Dream Home Real Estate property management services, you, and your tenants, can expect superior, first rate rental management. Through the years, we have learned from our successes and failures in property management services. Through these experiences, we have built a successful professional property management business model helping owners with rental management, whether it is one property or 50 properties.

  • Your Dream Home Real Estate management services offers you peace of mind for your rental property management needs. We are active and local in both the Houston and surrounding areas and Austin communities as investors as well as managing rental residential properties.
  • Your Dream Home Real Estate stays on top of your property maintenance needs. By conducting regular property inspections, we will be able to make recommendations on preventative property maintenance which will cut down on the risk of expensive emergency property maintenance repairs.
  • Your Dream Home Real Estate has a flat fee property management model for our real estate management services. Whether the property rents for $800 or $2,000 monthly, there are no complicated percentages to calculate.
  • Your Dream Home Real Estate property management team communicates regularly with you through monthly reports that are emailed as well as available through our owner website portal. Part of our property management services include a web portal for both owners and tenants, so we can be reached 24/7.

Your Dream Real Estate is a family-owned, professional property management and realty company based in Houston, Texas. Contact any member of our team directly by email or phone. We’ll be happy to meet with you.

Flood Insurance Misconceptions in Texas

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Today’s Pro Talk is about flood insurance misconceptions.

Since 1978, the NFIP( National Flood Insurance Program) has paid nearly $50 billion for flood insurance claims and related costs. Don’t be a victim.
Here are some misconceptions about flood insurance you need to know:

  1.  your homeowners’s policy does not cover flood related issues. They are two different policies.
  2. Flood insurance is an affordable investment. Imagine a few dollars you spend now to protect your home against all flood related cost which could add up to thousands of dollars, not to mention your irreplaceable belongings, something to think about.
  3. No need for flood insurance with history of no flooding. This does not hold true anymore. In fact, 25% of all claims paid are loses due to homes locate in the neighborhoods effected by flood in the low-to-moderate risk which probably never flooded before.
  4. Is the flood insurance required by mortgage companies? While that is true at times, most companies only demand homeowner to carry a flood policy if they live in a special flood hazard area. You can not afford not to be covered.