Why Pay More For a Premium Lot?

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When you build a new home there must be a lot for construction.  That’s basic.  How much does the lot cost?  I’ve heard buyers say their lot was included with the purchase of their home.  Nope. Not true.  Never, ever.  The cost may be minimal, but there is a cost.   Why would you pay more  – or less – for a specific lot?

!) The View – Water, city, mountain, park, golf course – these are a few examples of lot views that would command a premium price.   Is there a landfill, factory, or what would be considered a nuisance across the street?  No premium!

2) Traffic – A busy road behind or in front of your lot would decrease the value of your property.  The lot is cheaper.  Homes are usually more difficult to sell when built on a busy thoroughfare.  Sometimes builders offset the location by increasing the lot size as well as setting a lower price.

3) Proximity – Is your site near the park or pool?  The value of a lot so located depends upon your preferences.  Many people don’t want to live next to high traffic areas and a pool in summer is definitely high traffic in Texas.  Others are thrilled with the convenience.  Personal preference plays an important role in the home buying process.  In a neighborhood, proximity to the pool or park may or may not be considered valuable. Depends on the neighborhood involved.   Just remember the same feature you fall in love with may not be desirable to others when you put your home on the market in a few years.  Continue reading Why Pay More For a Premium Lot?

The Many Seasons of Texas – Turkey, Deer, Duck, Dove…

 

Everyone has a favorite season…mine is Spring.  It’s too short but I’ll take it as I get it.  The air is fresher after a stale winter of heated spaces and heavy clothes, wind burned faces and chapped lips.  The sun is cheery on new green grass and the birds are hopping with excitement to see insects working their way to the surface again.

My Mother loved summer and gardening.  Dad lived for deer, duck and dove seasons.  If it needed a license, stamp or permit, Dad would hunt – or catch – it.  He sometimes spiced it up a bit by a weekend of fishing or a couple of days in the woods hunting rabbits or squirrels.

But make no mistake, deer season found him trekking through the cold, peering around trees or perched in a deer stand patiently stalking his quarry.  Dad might come home after a few days with an 8-point buck and an amazing story of the hunt.  Or he’d come home empty-handed.  With a more amazing story.  Deer are cunning and evasive creatures, after all.

Our family is like any other.  We have football fans, gardeners and fishermen, hunters and baseball junkies, water sports enthusiasts and naturalists.  Are you aware there’s a chachalaca season?  (in Texas – of course – specifically, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties, Nov. 3, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2019.)

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Chachalaca prefer to run along larger limbs through the treetops or scurry through interior branches while feeding on leaves, berries, and seeds. Birds feed in loose flocks of 4-6 in number and tend to select the ripest fruits available, therefore they are often observed feeding in precarious positions, including upside-down.

 

 

There’s true variety in Texas – football, baseball, Spring, Winter, Summer, duck, turkey, and of course, the allergy seasons (Mountain Cedar, Spring Trees, Summer Grasses, and Ragweed/Pigweed).  Grab your gear, your license, allergy meds and go!  Oh, but here’s the beauty of it – you can multitask.  Combine any of these with selling or buying a home!  I’ll work around your schedule.  Real estate season never closes!  It’s a great time to buy or sell a home in North Texas.

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