The process of buying a home is complicated and involves a number of parties, including the buyer, the seller, the buyer's agent, the listing agent, the escrow officer, the lender, the appraiser, the inspector, and sometimes more. The One to Four Residential Contract is eleven pages long, with many points of negotiation, and that's before adding the various required addenda. But you don't have to do it alone! I'm here to help you navigate the home-buying process, setting timeline and budgeting expectations, helping you find the right home, communicating with all interested parties, making sure that deadlines are met, handling all paperwork related to the contract, and offering advice regarding negotiations.
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Katy, Texas, features a plethora of fun activities for families. Whether you are looking for ways to beat the summer heat or an outdoor space for your littles to burn off some energy, Katy has it all!
Read on to see a great list of indoor and outdoor things to do with kids in Katy, TX.
We love finding places where we can go and not have to worry about our little man bothering other diners. We love places with playgrounds or green spaces, counter serve places are great as there is less time sitting at the table, and patio seating is a definite plus!
Read on to see our favorite Katy-area kid-friendly restaurants.
Are you on the hunt for your first home? Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards homeownership! Buying a home is a significant milestone, but the process can be overwhelming. Don't worry, though. I'm here to help.
Read more to see essential tips and insights to make your house hunting journey a successful and enjoyable one.
Understanding real estate financing is essential whether you're a first-time homebuyer, an investor, or a seasoned professional. Let's explore the various options available to make your property dreams a reality.
Read on to learn about some key financing options you should consider.
It's no secret that I have a sweet tooth and that I love breads. And although I try to limit my carb intake, the array of fantastic bakeries we have here in Katy certainly makes that a difficult endeavor!
See my favorite local bakeries below.
Summer is right around the corner! Here are some ideas to keep your kids busy and help them enhance their skills or learn new skills.
Read on to See my list of summer camps for kids in Katy, TX.
In addition to the myriad of big coffee chains like Starbucks, Katy is also home to a number of independent or smaller chain coffee shops. Never one to turn down a coffee with a friend, there are few coffee shops in Katy that I have not frequented.
Read on to see my favorite Katy coffeehouses.
Buying a pre-existing home and buying a brand new home have many of the same procedures. In both instances, the buyer pays money to show serious interest (earnest money in a transaction on a pre-existing home and a deposit for a new construction home), due diligence occurs (inspections and appraisals), the finances are completed (either a loan is secured or cash is transferred), and final documents are signed at closing with a title company that acts as the third party. However, some things are different, and there are some things you need to know in order to compare the two options.
See my list of pros and cons of buying a new construction home.
When your house is for sale, and you have pets at home, you definitely have to do a balancing act of making sure that your home is available for showings but also that your pets are physically and emotionally safe.
Read on to see what to do with your pets during showings.
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Carolyn Barnes, Your REALTOR® & Katy Expert