Janet Wingrove's Blog Posts

What's A Homestead Exemption?

If you bought your home last year, did you know that you could apply for a Homestead Exemption with the county you live in? Did you know that a Homestead Exemption helps you save on your

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Strategies for Pricing Your Home in the Winter Months

                       The winter months can be a great time for selling your home. Why you ask? Typically, there is less

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Tips for Listing Your Home in December

                         “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Can you just hear the music? With

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How Transparent Should You Be As A Seller?

Having been a realtor for almost 14 years, there is one thing I know: as a seller you should always be transparent and give full disclosure about the condition of your home. Here are some

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The Top 5 Areas of Your Home To Focus on Before Selling Your Home

               I often get asked about repairs during listing presentations. It’s always best to fix items that you are aware of as it will help

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Buying a Home from Afar

                         The recent pandemic has affected business in many different ways, including real estate.  If you are

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What is the difference between "Under Contract" and "Pending"?

In today’s internet age and ability to shop online, would-be buyers often begin their home buying experience online. Buyers shop on multiple websites with the hope of finding the perfect home,

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How To Present a Good Offer in A Competitive Market

                                 With the real estate market being so tight right now with low inventory, it is

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Video Tour of the Kitchen: Tips on What to Ask Your Agent to Film

            Video tours have become the new normal these days, especially for buyers looking for their next home. It is not uncommon for a buyer to ask their

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Realtor Commission: Who pays for it and what does it include?

It is standard practice that real estate agents get paid a commission upon completion of a transaction. So who pays the commission, and what does it include?1)  Who pays the commission?

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Purchasing Real Estate With Only One Spouse on the Deed

A large part of my real estate business is working with investors and repeat clients. I also have clients that are purchasing second homes for vacation purposes or for rental proceeds. Here is

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Transitioning from Renting to Buying a Home

Quite often, I get asked about transitioning from renting a home to buying a home. Buyers want to know the steps, and what they should be doing in order to make the process the best it can be.

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Things to Consider When Buying a Second Home

Have you considered buying a second home?  Maybe you are thinking about buying a rental property, or a vacation home.  Here are some things to think about before taking that step:1) 

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If You Are a Single Mom, You Can Buy a Home!

Did you know that if you are a single mom, you too can be a homeowner? I have helped many single women get into their own home. With planning, it can be done.1)  Let’s talk

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Most Common FHA Repairs

If you’re a buyer with an FHA loan, there are some common home repairs your lender may require in order to insure financing the loan. The repairs are limited to those repairs that are

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Renovation Mistakes Sellers Make

Clients will typically need to do repairs and or renovations before putting their home on the market, and will sometimes opt to do these items themselves or hire the cheapest contractor. Renovation

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Answers to Five Questions about Buying a Home

1)  What is the value of purchasing a home versus renting, if you don’t know how long you will be in one place? There are many benefits to buying a home versus renting, including tax

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Shopping for a Home Online

Online shopping has become more popular, from shopping for home goods to shopping for a home.  Here are some tips and tools to assist you with online shopping for a home:1)  Connect with a

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Using Video To Market Listings in Today's World of Uncertainty

As we move into this world of uncertainty, we, as agents, need to find creative ways to help our listings get sold.  Let’s talk about some video ideas.1)  Live video.  How about

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Using Your Tax Refund To Buy A House

Millions of individuals will be filing a tax return this year and millions of people will be receiving a refund.  Did you know that the average refund is $2800?  If you are one of the

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How To Prepare For An Open House

One of the questions I get asked about during listing presentations is about Open Houses.  Do they work?  Should you have one?  I say yes.  If done correctly, you can get more

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How to Budget for Homeownership

I often get asked by first time buyers whether I think they can afford a home?  I want to believe that every person has the ability to become a homeowner.  With that goal in mind, it&rsquo

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What is a Homestead Exemption?

If you bought your home last year, did you know that you could apply for a Homestead Exemption with the county you live in?  Did you know that a Homestead Exemption helps you save on your

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Do you need a down payment when buying a home?

One of the questions I get asked quite often is,  "Do you need a down payment to buy a home?"  Here are my thoughts.1)  Down Payments are helpful – When you purchase a,

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Timelines and Deadlines of the Real Estate Contract

When it comes to real estate contracts, there are many details to consider.  One of the most important aspects of the contract is to know the timeline and dates on the contract.  Today, I

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3 Things A Title Company Does During A Real Estate Transaction

One of the most important entities in the home buying and selling process is the Title Company.  This place, you could say, is where all the magic happens.  The Title Company is

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Why Sellers Should Leave the House During Showings

Every seller is curious about the comments potential buyers are making about their house.  It’s exciting to sell your home, but it not a wise idea for a seller to be home during showings.

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Tips To Get You Started Investing in Real Estate

I often get asked about investment properties and how to get started and what to look for in an investment home.  Here are a few tips to get you going:1)  Know your margins - First thing

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Things to Consider When Transitioning From Renting to Buying a Home

Are you currently renting an apartment and would like to buy a home? Here are some items/expenses to take into consideration when prepping to buy your first home.1)  Homeowners Insurance

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4 Things Buyers Should Not Forget to Do Before Buying a Home

Summer selling season is here and I want to make sure you are ready and prepared to buy your next home.  Here are 4 things, I recommend buyers not forget to do before purchasing a home:1) 

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3 Upfront Costs a Buyer Will Want to Know About When Buying a Home

One of the questions that is asked frequently by a first-time buyer is, “What will I need to pay for when I am buying a home?”  Purchasing a home is one of the best investments for

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Six Tips for Buying a Short Term Vacation Rental Property

Considering buying an investment property?  Have you thought of jumping into the vacation rental business?  Here are some tips to help you with your research.Tip 1:  How will you be

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5 Tips For House Hunting This Weekend

In today’s hot San Antonio market, you want to make the most of your time when shopping for a home on the weekends.  You want to be prepared before you venture out to see a list of homes

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7 Tips To Buying A New Home During The Holidays

The countdown to Christmas is on! While looking for a new home might not be on your list, you may want to reconsider. There are plenty of positives to buying a new home during the holiday season:1.

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