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Welcome JPAR Business Development Managers

Welcome JPAR Business Development Managers

JP and I are pleased to announce continued investments in our brokerage with the addition of the “Business Development Manager” roles at JPAR. 

The Business Development Manager role will be accountable in their assigned territories for leading the culture, recruitment, and operations of JP and Associates company-owned offices.  They will be focused on talent attraction & recruitment, coordinating monthly networking events, encouraging weekly mastermind groups inside each office and developing our vetted partner network that serve your office locations.

We are excited and proud to welcome this team.

Kandi Pound

Kandi Pound is the Business Development Manager for JP and Associates REALTORS® in Tarrant, Johnson and Parker Counties. She is a leader with a diverse background including business ownership, working in the legal industry and serving various charity organizations. Kandi believes that people are the key to a company’s success. She strives to hire agents that are looking to take their real estate business to the next level using JPAR’s unique business model and culture. Additionally, Kandi is excited for the opportunity to work with the many JPAR corporate partners and preferred vendors to continue those relationships and cultivate new ones for mutual growth.

Kandi is also a licensed Texas Realtor serving clients in the DFW Metroplex. She is an Arlington, TX native who enjoys traveling with her family, TCU sporting events and watching her daughter grow.

Samantha Willey

Samantha L. Willey will be responsible for the Dallas and Rockwall Counties. She was born and raised in East Texas. Her passions include Real Estate, her team-mates and helping others to be successful.

Samantha started her Real Estate career in 2012, she and her business partner Tiphannie W. Clements have grown the team W Lux Properties Group and have quickly become one of the top producing teams in East Texas. She volunteers a lot of her time to teaching new agents on how to be successful in their real estate careers, and how to grow as professionals. She takes pride in her business, business relationships, and her family.

 

Michele Thomas

Michele serves the San Antonio market. She moved to San Antonio in 2004 with the Air Force and retired from active duty in 2016. She has an extensive background with over 20 years’ experience in Recruiting, HR Management and Development. Michele has a professional certification in Project Management and a degree in Human Resource Management. Her experience in recruiting and training coincides with her passion for people and cultivating relationships. She is a natural at seeking out resources and finding out what others need and want.

Michele focuses on servant leadership and integrates this into her everyday life. She is a member of the Junior League of San Antonio and volunteers with numerous nonprofit charities. Michele embodies integrity, service, and energy. She prides herself on her strong work ethics and commitment to exceed expectations of the agents and business partners in the San Antonio community.

Mike Pritchard

Mike Pritchard will drive our growth in Austin TX. He began his sales career nearly 25 years ago while working in the Telecom Industry before making the transition to Real Estate. With nearly 15 years of Real Estate experience, Mike has had a multi-faceted career specializing in new home construction, home renovation, and residential resale.

Mike has spent that last 7 years of his career helping real estate professionals build highly successful careers. He is an accomplished trainer and mentor having coached and trained over 200 Real Estate professionals in the Austin and Dallas Markets. Mike focuses on helping agents master their craft in an extremely competitive marketplace by using innovative real estate sales and marketing techniques while employing cutting-edge technology allowing agents to build lifelong relationships with their clients. Mike is passionate about helping Real Estate Professionals find an organization in which they can truly succeed. By partnering with JP and Associates Realtors, Mike has found the perfect team to help agents experience exponential growth.

Mike is a Texas native, born and raised in Austin. When not working, Mike enjoys spending time on the water with his two children Finn and Lilly along his partner Jen.

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you’ve lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that’s far from the truth!

Although it’s not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don’t want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That’s a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around.

With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it.

Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season:

1. Serious Buyers – Let’s be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the “trend” of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition – Selling in the fall isn’t something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That’s why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn’t make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor’s house. It also doesn’t devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.
With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale.

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home – Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don’t feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your 1st Home

3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your 1st Home

The real estate market is constantly changing, so of course DO YOUR RESEARCH! DO NOT jump the gun on this one! Unbiased advice from family and peers may be kind, but you are the only one who knows what your needs are when it comes to buying a home.

WHAT MADE YOU CONSIDER OWNING A HOME?

Forget finances for a minute and focus on what made you consider even buying a home in the first place!

·      Is your family expanding?

·      Does your family feel safe?

·      Is there a STELLAR school system in the area so your children can get the education they deserve?

·      How about that unbearable landlord?

WHICH WAY IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET GOING?

DON’T SLEEP ON YOUR DECISION TOO LONG! Home prices are on the rise! Not only are they on their way back up, but these increases are happening monthly.

Don’t believe us? According to Existing Homes Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average price of homes in May 2017 went up 5.8% from last year.

If you wait until next year to buy, you might be scrapping for change in the cushions to say the least! Not only will it cost you more to buy, but you will also need to increase your down payment to account for the higher price of the home.

WHAT IS THE MORTGAGE FORECAST?

The initial process of purchasing your home may seem easy and quick, but THERE IS MORE TOO IT! The ‘long term cost’ of buying a home WILL haunt you if you buy at the wrong time! Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and NAR have projected that mortgage interest rates will DEFINITLEY increase over the next twelve months. The smallest increase in mortgage rates can have a huge impact on a home owner.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you and your family feel it is the right time to buy a home then GO FOR IT! Consider these points when making the final decision.

Don’t forget, this move is FOR YOU!

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Is The Dream House A Thing Of The Past

Is The Dream House A Thing Of The Past

We have talked a lot about the shortage of homes on the market.  The other issue that a shortage of houses raises is that buyers may have to “settle” for a nice house, and may not be able to get the “house of their dreams.”  The first step in the process is always to find out from a mortgage lender how much you can qualify.   Next, of that amount, figure out how much you truly feel comfortable with paying.  Just because you can qualify for a million dollar home, does not mean that you have to buy a home at that price.  The payments, taxes, and insurance are with you for a long time, and you should definitely feel that you are paying a “comfortable amount.”  When I first moved to the area, I was told I could afford a home twice as pricey as what I bought.  But I only needed a one story, nice home for my wife and I, so why should I pay for more??

Next, and this is the point of this blog, you need to figure out what is most important to you.  Is it the size of the yard?  The size of the house?  The school district?  Parks?  Walking trails?  Neighborhood amenities?  So sit down, take a pad and a pen, and write down all of the tings that you really want in a house.  Then, put them into rank order of preference.  What are the most important things to you.  You should have at least five items that make the list.  Then, we can start the hunt.  Let’s look at it realistically.  Most people want at least a three bedroom two bath.  So that is almost a given.  But what is more important, is do you want your space in the living areas or do you want bigger bedrooms?  Do you want a big living room?  Do you need or want a separate dining room?  Some people think that dining rooms are a waste of footage, so are you one of those people?  Or do you want to have a separate room for big family gatherings, or parties with friends?  Do you spend most of your time watching television or outside?  Do you want a nice big covered patio with lots of shade?  Do you want a community pool to cool off in on hot summer days?  Once you have that list, then we can look at the absolutes.  One or two things that you just have to have.  A big master bedroom is important to some people.  A fireplace is important to others.  A big kitchen with all the best appliances is important to still more.  That one or two item list will help you to make your selection even easier, because you can quickly eliminate houses that just don’t have that.  Then, you can move down the list for the other four or five other things that are nice to have.  I would love to have a three car garage, but seeing as they are not that common in the price range I was willing to pay, I knocked that criteria off my list pretty fast.  But I knew I wanted a nice sized master bedroom, so that was a key factor in my search.

I can help you with your list, because I can tell you about common features of homes that you may not think of:  some people love vaulted ceilings, but do you know they are harder to heat?  If you want a pool, but don’t want to pay for the maintenance, maybe a community with a pool is a good alternative.  I can be there as your consultant to help you sort through the needs and the wants, and see if there are ways to get what you want, without having to pay too much for it.

I have attached a short article about Needs vs Wants in a home.  I hope you find it helpful:  https://goo.gl/MseF8u

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How Much Do I Need To Make To Buy A House In Austin

How Much Do I Need To Make To Buy A House In Austin

The median home price in Austin according to the Austin Board of Realtors is just over $308,000, based on a 20% down payment.  In order to afford a home in that price range, a buyer needs an income of roughly $70,000.  We are ranked number 25 most expensive of the 50 most populous cities in America.  While it is possible to find an occasional bargain under $300,000 in the Austin proper area, they are highly sought after, often bought by investors for cash, and almost always part of a multiple offer scenario.  So for the home buyer that wants to buy under $300,000, I recommend being very patient, and working with a Realtor that can get you listings before they come on the market.

If you put less money down, the payment goes up by about $10 for every $1,000 you put down.  The debt ratios vary by the type of loan that you are getting.  I work with competitive loan officers who can loan money based on higher debt ratios because they are working with mortgage investors, rather than a bank; banks have to answer to shareholders and therefore they have higher standards for debt ratios.  Banks have to be more cautious because they do not want to have to explain to the shareholder why their foreclosure rates are so high.  Mortgage lenders, such as the lenders that I work with, get loans from competitive sources and are more willing to take higher risks.  I always suggest that before you start looking for a home, you speak with a lender and get your financing approved.  Get a payment you feel comfortable with; don’t forget, you have a life to live, so don’t spend all your money on your house payment.  Attached I have an article that talks about the income needed for a home purchase.  There are some great links in the article as well.  http://bit.ly/2xghPTK

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Serious Shortage Of Available Houses Means More Money For Sellers

Serious Shortage Of Available Houses Means More Money For Sellers

The median home price in Austin according to the Austin Board of Realtors is just over $308,000, based on a 20% down payment.  In order to afford a home in that price range, a buyer needs an income of roughly $70,000.  We are ranked number 25 most expensive of the 50 most populous cities in America.

While it is possible to find an occasional bargain under $300,000 in the Austin proper area, they are highly sought after, often bought by investors for cash, and almost always part of a multiple offer scenario.  So for the home buyer that wants to buy under $300,000, I recommend being very patient, and working with a Realtor that can get you listings before they come on the market.

If you put less money down, the payment goes up by about $10 for every $1,000 you put down.  The debt ratios vary by the type of loan that you are getting.  I work with competitive loan officers who can loan money based on higher debt ratios because they are working with mortgage investors, rather than a bank; banks have to answer to shareholders and therefore they have higher standards for debt ratios.  Banks have to be more cautious because they do not want to have to explain to the shareholder why their foreclosure rates are so high.  Mortgage lenders, such as the lenders that I work with, get loans from competitive sources and are more willing to take higher risks.  I always suggest that before you start looking for a home, you speak with a lender and get your financing approved.

Get a payment you feel comfortable with; don’t forget, you have a life to live, so don’t spend all your money on your house payment.  Attached I have an article that talks about the income needed for a home purchase.  There are some great links in the article as well.  http://bit.ly/2xghPTK

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