April is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead & HVACs: Chuck Farr’s April 2019 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter
Hello again to all of you home owners, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the all-new-and-improved “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Spring is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during April:
- Consider having your property inspected for termites if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and April are the annual termite swarming season.
- It’s property tax assessed-value protest time. Check your paperwork; you may have only until May 15 to file.
- If you bought property last year, don’t forget to apply for your homestead property-tax exemption and any other exemptions with your county if you have not already.
- Get your HVAC serviced. Consider setting up a spring and fall annual contract to protect your investment in energy survival.
- Finally, have someone inspect your roof for cracked, loose, balding, or missing shingles—and clean gutters, if needed, and make sure downspouts drain away from your foundation.
If you have questions or need more details on these items, feel free to email, text, or call me.
Here is the Talking Real Estate enewsletter with always-on links to trends in national, regional, and Austin area real-estate market news. You will also see some handy articles about home buying & selling, home maintenance, taxes, and other topics.
In this issue:
- Make Your Small Home Inviting
- Moving with Teens
- Updating Your Home’s Wiring
- What to Expect with Low Down Payment Loans
I often get asked about current market conditions, whether now is a good time to buy or sell, or “what are home prices like in my area?” These questions are best answered with statistics because the real estate market is constantly in a state of flux. If you need more detailed information about your own neighborhood or home, just let me know. I'm happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood—and I can give you some market data and tips for getting started protesting your property taxes.
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