Even in a strong seller’s market, a homebuyer might hear the words, “Make me an offer.”
For a nicely appointed home that is well priced, this can be a surprise. Being invited to write an offer can often give the buyer pause. Most buyers will immediately wonder if something is wrong with the home. Did they miss something that is causing the home to take longer to sell?
While it could be that something is wrong with the home, it most likely just demonstrates the seller’s readiness to move. It could be that they have found another home or are motivated by a relocation, but it might also be that they are tired of keeping the home show-ready and are just anxious to be done with it.
In this situation, it’s important for the homebuyer to listen to their agent. A buyer who hears, “Make me an offer,” often assumes this is an invitation to write a low-ball offer. The assumption is that the seller will take any offer just to get the home sold. The buyer thinks they’ve probably got this one in the bag!
The buyer’s agent will be able to add context to the situation and provide reasonable suggestions for price and terms. Even when invited to write an offer, home sellers will not discount their home if there is no need to do so, and sending an offer below market value might insult the seller and prevent a counter-offer or acceptance—causing the buyer to miss out on a desirable home.
Buying and selling real estate is emotional on both sides. Serious buyers and sellers are both eager to find the right deal, but foolish bargains are rare. When hearing, “Make me an offer,” the best move is to consider the home and then rely on the advice of the buyer’s agent about the next steps.
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Make a Plan
Get out a notebook, your calendar, and a pen and brainstorm Thanksgiving. Start thinking about a menu, figure out when you need to go shopping, and contemplate what prep can be done on what days.
Enlist Guests to Help By Bringing Something
Everyone loves to taste new items. This will give a variety and more food to go around.
Another option is to delegate an entire course to a guest, like appetizers, drinks, or dessert.
Make Your Menu
Now that you know what the guests are bringing, you can begin planning your own shopping, prep, and cooking.
Stick With What You Know
If you're hosting Thanksgiving, you know your guests expect to see, like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. If you want a little variety here are a few sides that might be a hit.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Pomegranate
Make a Grocery List
Organize your shopping list the way the store is laid out: produce, meat, dairy, canned goods, grains, baking, and snacks.
Get Your Serving Dishes Ready
Pull out all of the necessary serving dishes and utensils, too, and make sure they are ready to go.
Schedule Food Prep
Tasks like chopping vegetables and baking pies can be done a day or two ahead of time. Whatever you can do ahead without sacrificing quality, do it. It'll save you time, effort, and stress on meal day.
Inventory place settings, linens, the room around the table, and chairs. Do you have enough for the number of guests you're expecting? Double-check your serving dishes too.
Are you going to set up a separate area for soda, water, and wine? Since you'll be busy on Thanksgiving day, it might make sense to let your guests help themselves. It makes sense to set up a beverage station.
There's no need to go overboard. Plan your table decor, flowers, candles, and mini gourds.
Make a Thanksgiving Day Timeline
Include, at a minimum, the following elements: breakfast, appetizers, sit-down dinner, and dessert.
Chances are it will not as perfect as you have planned. With a few early organization tips, you will feel more at ease and in control.
Most of the country is experiencing a very tight real estate market. Inventory levels are historically low, perhaps owing to the concern of strangers traipsing through the home during this time.
Additionally, because most people are staying home, they have been able to focus on their property and how it fits into their lifestyle, emphasizing the need to right-size their environment. With properly-priced homes moving quickly off the market, homebuyers are frustrated.
For those who can be flexible with their timing, new construction offers an appealing alternative to the resale market. New construction offers the buyer a fresh, blank canvas on which to create their perfect home. In any market, this can be appealing, but when resale inventory is low, this is even more attractive. Yet, new construction is more than modern floor plans and beautiful finishes.
Before buying new construction, it’s important to ask a few questions first:
•How long will the property take to build, and what possible delays could affect that time frame? How does that timeline fit in with selling your current home or finding interim housing?
•Is your completion date affected by the sale or occupancy of other units or phases?
•What is included in the base unit and what are the additional costs for custom add-on options?
•What are the HOA (homeowner’s association) fees and what do they cover?
In addition, it’s important to understand the exact location of the new home and any planned developments or improvements which could affect the home in the future – road noise, parking or traffic congestion, view, etc.
For those trying to compete in this resale seller’s market, it could be time to buy new. Developers are offering some great incentives in this climate, and it can be a great alternative for those with a little time to wait.
Contact me today if you want to consider new construction. There are new build homes available now. We also have builders you can connect with. Always have your buyer's agent working with you and the builder.
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Neli Spurrell Spears & Co. Real Estate (214) 597-8751
721 S Austin St. ROCKPORT, TX 78382 MLS #: R134081A
This Texas coast charmer is for the Rockport weekender and the home grown full-timer alike with coastal living in mind! Upstairs covered deck with water views of Aransas Bay and breathtaking sunrises! Convenient located a block or two from artsy downtown shops, marina, kayaking, bay fishing, birding and more. Coastal colors inside and out, beautiful open living and 2 bedrooms first level with master upper level with sitting area & office nook. Vinyl plank wood style flooring through the house with lots of windows for breeze and light recently remodeled. Kitchen with custom farm sink and island! Double covered parking or place to put your boat with a laundry room & storage. Fully fenced backyard with adorable wildlife garden, she-shed and sunshade covered patio to watch the hummingbirds, entertain or relax! This lovely place will steal your heart!
Call me today! NELIDA SPURRELL (NELI) REALTOR®
SPEARS & CO. REAL ESTATE
Rockport TX 78382
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101 Pebble Creek Dr ROCKPORT, TX 78382
Desirable end unit with the best views of the green belt in the Country Club Square gated community! Enjoy your cup coffee while bird watching from your relaxing & quiet private patio-garden! Many upgrades you wish for.... All windows with electric roll down storm shutters, built-in shelves & fireplace in the living room, tile floors through the house, lots of cabinets & pantry in the kitchen with easy direct access to the 2 car garage with laundry sink! Every room comes with views of the outdoors! Both bathrooms beautifully updated & large doors for handicap accessible. Huge owner's suite & bathroom with duo sinks, tiled shower and amazing closet! Second bedroom with beautiful Murphy bed to easily accommodate your home office for extra guests. All appliances convey!Community offers 2 pools, clubhouse and convenient location to shops and restaurants to both Rockport and Fulton! Walk-through virtual tour coming soon!
NELIDA SPURRELL (NELI) REALTOR®
SPEARS & CO. REAL ESTATE
Rockport TX 78382
Fall season ahead, hopefully cooler weather is on its way and we will be able enjoy the great outdoors, work in the garden for the soul as well to improve our home’s curb appeal!
Even our well known HummerBird Festival in September is cancelled (virtual presentations available at https://www.rockport-fulton.org/HB )which celebrates our hummingbirds migration through our region, thousands of them, I won't be doing our 'Monarch butterfly presentation' this year, but we still excited as our public gardens and my own are full with our little birds!
If you know me, I LOVE spending some time sprucing up the garden for autumn and getting it ready for the winter 'resting' time!
My basic Fall tips for any gardening expert level are:
1- Pull up weeds, dig out your extra plants (share share) and mulch mulch mulch!
2- Re-ajust the watering if it's in any automatic system and repair any leaks.
3- Prep for the first freeze ahead, making sure your garden covers and protected areas to move pots and plants if needed, autodoors faulcet covers ready and clean up the shed.
4- For fun and curb appeal, think outside the box, adding some hardscape, water features, and fall-winter collor pots into your front yard!
5- Fall is a great time to plan perennials and trees... so that plant's roots have the winter to do their thing and come up strong and blooming in the Spring and have all the pollinators and migratory birds happy!.... If you do vegetable gardening, choose 'cool' varieties now to harvest in the Winter.
Talking plants....Here some of my favorite things ( native and well adapted) to plant this fall, so I have it beautiful next spring for pollinators & birds as well as nice blooming curb appeal (some of these works for many regions of Texas):
Ground covers and shrubs:
Mist flowers (padre island, crucita, Greg's mist, etc)
Milkweed ( tropical and any native for your area)
Texas Lantana (red-orange)
Salvias and sage (many varieties)
American beauty berry
Texas Star Hibiscus
Medium to largeTrees:
Oak trees (live oak first choice for me)
Happy Fall to y'all and don't forget to call me if you need any garden tips or thinking about to sell or buy your next garden (home)!!!!
BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY! 732 S Pearl St ROCKPORT, TX 78382 - ANTONY'S BY THE SEA
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An amazing opportunities as your own B&B known as ANTONY'S BY THE
SEA, multiple long term rentals or AirBnB...not to say can be your new
residence in Rockport! Main house plus 2 cottages & efficiency
apartment, it's neighbor to Zachary Taylor Park & historic site,
located blocks from downtown Historic District and ARANSAS
BAY. Beautiful settings w/ majestic wind swept oak trees, gazebo &
outdoor garden rooms for sitting and water features. The unique mid
century main house has two suites and two bedrooms & guest bath,
extensive living space to entertain, including stone fireplace and
gorgeous wood cabinets & built ins in the kitchen. The gardens and
the covered lanai leads you to the one bedroom cottage with the 1949
charm, as well as an efficient apartment & laundry-storage facility.
The 2 bedroom cottage very private from the views. An outdoor shower
& in-ground POOL for our good old hot Texas days! Have your own
paradise in the charming Texas Riviera! Walk-through video available.
MLS #: Z133666A
Neli Spurrell, REALTOR®
Spears & Co Real Estate
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