May is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead & HVACs: Chuck Farr’s May 2020 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

Posted by Chuck Farr on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 2:54pm.

May is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead & HVACs: Chuck Farr’s  May 2020 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

Hello again to all of you homeowners, tenants, investors, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the “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 May:

  •       Consider having your property inspected for termites and other wood-destroying insects 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, but May is not too late. Termites work slowly, but they can be devastating over time. You can also ask your bug pro to look for evidence of other wood-destroying insects.
  •       It is property tax assessed-value protest time. Check with your local county appraisal district for updates on potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on schedule guidelines.
  •       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.
  •       A few other random items: [1] Inspect screens and repair any holes to keep flying insects out of the house. [2] Hose off the exterior of your home. [3] Scrub any mildew off the exterior of the house and treat decks for mildew and fungus. [4] Trim any trees or shrubs away from the house (wood-destroying insects use touch points to intrude).

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:

  •       Austin-Area Home Sales Feel Impact of Pandemic; Signs of Optimism Remain
  •       Which Rooms Should Be Counted?
  •       Are You Selling Your Home, Or Just Curious About Value?
  •       Buying a Home on the Dip
  •       Five Ways to Show Courtesy at Showings

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 neighborhoodand I can give you some market data and tips for getting started protesting your property taxes.

View your current Talking Real Estate enewsletter to see what's happening in your local market now.

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