5 Benefits to Using a Realtor® in 2020

5 Benefits to Using a Realtor® in 2020

5 Benefits to Using a Realtor® in 2020

“Do I really need to hire a Realtor®?”

“What do they actually do, besides showing homes and arranging paperwork?”

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why it’s truly a benefit to use a Realtor®, you’re not alone! When you hire The Lippincott Team, you can expect to have an easier, smoother transaction and access to the market in Northwest Houston that will be essential to ensuring a positive experience! Check out these 5 benefits to using The Lippincott Team, instead of trying to buy or sell a home on your own.

  1. We Have Expert Market Expertise
    We’re real estate leaders in the Northwest Houston area, and we pride ourselves on our extensive market knowledge. We constantly track past, current, and future trends and note any changes that could affect your home’s potential value. We will list your home at a price point that is attractive to your buyer, but still helps you sell for a strong price.
  2. We’ve Got Great a Network
    Don’t worry about searching out contractors, title companies, appraisers, inspectors, home repair professionals and more on your own. We’ve got an extensive network with the best professionals in their respective fields and we’ll help guide you in the right direction.
  3. Tap Into the MLS
    The Multiple Listing Service is used to list homes and find others on the market. Having your home featured on the MLS increases its exposure and the chance of selling in a timely matter.
  4. We’re Professional Mediators
    Our team will both fight for your best interest and keep your deal from falling through. Negotiations with a buyer or seller directly is difficult; having experienced agents on your side alone is a huge benefit to using a licensed Realtor®.
  5. Don’t Stress Over Paperwork
    When you work with The Lippincott Team, we will reduce and organize the many documents you need to execute your deal. Our efficiency will help save you hours of time and stress!

If it sounds like it could be time to hire a licensed real estate agent to help with your buying or selling transaction, please don’t hesitate to call Northwest Houston’s best team of Realtors® – The Lippincott Team! Call our office at 713-494-1818. We look forward to working with you!

Interest Rate trends in 2019

Interest Rate trends in 2019

The Lippincott Team has been busy all summer long, and we’re continuing to work hard for our wonderful clients as we transition into a bustling fall season. If you’re looking to finance a new home or refinance your current home, now may be the perfect time. Here’s why: mortgage rates recorded their lowest monthly average in over three years last month! According to three top industry forecasts, the trend toward low mortgage rates and increased housing construction will continue for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020. Great news, right?

To help put this into perspective for our buyers, we’ve compared current rates to rates from just one year ago. Mortgage rates are currently about 1.25 percentage points lower – and for the average borrower taking out a $300,000 mortgage, that comes out to be a savings of around $225 on your monthly payment, or around $2,700 per year! These incredible rates will benefit our clients at The Lippincott Team, and our buyers will enjoy considerably more purchasing power in a steadily active Northwest Houston housing market.

We’ve watched rates continue to fall for most of this year, and lower rates have translated into a stronger housing market in our area. We’re excited that both home sales and housing construction are holding steady and the low interest rates will help this trend continue into the coming months.

If you’re interested in buying, selling, or learning more about how you can benefit from the current low interest rates, don’t hesitate to reach out to the exceptional team of REALTORs at The Lippincott Team Keller Williams Platinum in Cypress! We look forward to discussing your options with you. Feel free to call us any time at 713-494-1818, or conveniently reach us by e-mail: amylippincott@gmail.com.

Answering 5 FAQ’s from First-Time Homebuyers

Answering 5 FAQ’s from First-Time Homebuyers

The whole homebuying experience can feel overwhelming – especially if this is your very first purchase! These are the top five questions we hear from first-timers in Houston.

1. “Which loan program is best?”
The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loan program was actually made for first-time buyers. You may have heard a 20% down payment is required to buy a home – not true!

Here are some of the big benefits with the FHA program

  • Only 3.5% down payment required
  • Credit scores as low as 580 may qualify
  • Condos and multi-unit properties are eligible

It’s a good idea to get pre-approved for your loan before you start looking for a house. That way, when you find the right one, you’re not scrambling with paperwork.

[block quote, WP design element] What do you qualify for, and how much can you afford? The Wood Group of Fairway Mortgage was named Houston’s mortgage lender of the year! Get started with their easy online questionnaire.

2. “When is the best time to buy?”
This doesn’t have one single answer. But, the housing market tends to have its seasons.

During the summer months, the market’s hot. Lots of buyers are looking to move into new homes. Kids are out of school, and work is in rhythm. The summer months may be more competitive with other buyers, but there’s generally more properties to choose from, too.

On the other hand, the winter months tend to slow down. Home owners that didn’t sell in the summer may be more flexible with pricing. The downside is that your selection may narrow a bit. An experienced agent with the Lippincott Team can help you see what’s available in your area.

3. “How much lower can I offer below asking price?”

The simple answer: making an offer 10% below asking price is seen as aggressive. It’s not rude, but it’s a significant drop for the seller.

But with seller concessions, your closing speed (and lots of other factors), sellers may be willing to budge a little more. If there’s multiple offers for the same house, the seller may be less prone to budge.

4. “Is buying more cost-efficient than renting?”

In general, yes! Texas is a great place to become a homeowner.

When you pay rent, your landlord has to make a little profit. When you rent, you’re never getting that money back. When you buy, you have the opportunity to sell later. Your monthly payments when owning a house can easily match or fall below the cost of renting.

Check out this step-by-step guide to find out if buying a house is worth it for you.

5. “What are the ingredients in a good property?”

1. Structure

When you’re buying a home for your family, the property needs to be structurally sound. That means the foundation, roof, and “bones” of the house are in good shape, and are set to last. A professional third-party inspector makes a checklist to ensure your new home is good to go.

2. Location

When new offices and centers for entertainment are built around your house, your property value goes up. Texas is a very fast-growing state – good news for new homebuyers.

3. Schools, crime, similar comps

The quality of schools will affect how much you’ll be able to sell your home for later. Crime statistics are also another thing families look out for before buying. Take a look at how homes similar to the ones you’re interested in have increased in value over time. That may give you an idea of what to expect after a few years.

4. Your own preferences!

Are you close enough to the places most important to you? Does the floorplan accommodate your living situation? Stats and data are important to pay attention to, but remember that you’re living in your investment!

We’re Seeing Red in 2019!

We’re Seeing Red in 2019!

Move over, “Orange is the New Black” … red is officially the new green for The Lippincott Team! This month, we announced our biggest change yet: we’ve officially moved from Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene to our new broker, Keller Williams Platinum! We are so grateful for the time we spent with Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene and will continue holding the great people there in the highest regard, but we are so excited for our future with Keller Williams Platinum! We look forward to taking all of our amazing families, friends, and clients on this new journey with us.

Keller Williams Platinum in Northwest Houston serves as the real estate broker for more than 242 real estate agents in the greater Houston area, and is focused on agent development and growth through extensive training and classes. Our team has evaluated the benefits that this transition will bring to The Lippincott Team extensively, and we are thrilled to begin taking advantage of the team building system within the Keller Williams model!

As always, we will continue to serve the Cypress community and surrounding areas with the love, support and care that you’ve come to expect from our team. This community is our community, and we’re excited to pour our new resources into the neighborhoods we live in. Thank you so much for your continued well wishes and support! If you’re interested in listing with The Lippincott Team – Keller Williams Platinum this spring, don’t hesitate to call us at 713-494-1818. We look forward to working with you!

Living the Dream: The Lippincott Team and American Dream TV

Living the Dream: The Lippincott Team and American Dream TV

You’ve probably seen some expertly produced clips being shared on our social media pages recently. Maybe you’re wondering exactly who The American Dream is, what they’re about and how The Lippincott Team got involved with The American Dream. Read on… we’re answering those questions and more in this blog!

The American Dream TV is a nationally aired television show currently streaming on Amazon, Roku, Apple TV, and YouTube. There are over 30 million users on those platforms on a daily basis, and The American Dream TV show itself nets between 8-10 million views per month on those platforms!

Out of 40,000+ licensed REALTORs in the greater Houston area, The American Dream chose The Lippincott Team to fill one of ten available slots, specifically representing the Cypress area. We were eager to take advantage of this opportunity and graciously became a Power Player representing the greater Houston area for The American Dream. This opportunity not only provides our agency exposure, but more importantly, it provides exposure for our listings too!

The partnership between American Dream TV and The Lippincott Team provides our agency a couple of really unique opportunities that no other agency in Cypress can provide. Through American Dream, we have the ability to showcase the amazing people, communities, and events in Houston on a national scale, like our most recent clip filmed at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For our clients, this partnership provides gained exposure and faster sales and closings for our listings. Can you imagine seeing YOUR home listed on a television show that airs nationally? When you list your home with The Lippincott Team, that can be your reality!

We are eager to grow our networking model through this new partnership and look forward to great things to come in 2019 with The American Dream. If you’d like more information about listing with us, call our office at 713-494-1818 today!

New Year, New Home!

New Year, New Home!

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2019, most of us begin to think about goals we’d like to achieve in the new year. While we can’t help you cut back on fast food or make it to the gym more often, we can most definitely help you make your next move!

If you’re in the market to buy this year, The Lippincott Team proudly boasts some of the hottest properties on the market in the most desired subdivisions and neighborhoods in Northwest Houston! You can browse through our current listings here. Our team of friendly, experienced agents are ready to show you the property of your dreams and we’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home in 2019.

If you’re looking to sell your home in the new year, there’s no time like the present! January is an excellent time to list your property because people looking for a new home now tend to fall into the ‘serious buyer’ category. Typically, we tend to find that more homes are sold with less viewings during this time. While spring is traditionally a very popular time to list your home, the market is more congested. Let the Lippincott Team list your property now and we’ll market your home to stand out from the crowd!

We wish you good health, prosperity, and best wishes sticking with those New Year resolutions! If moving tops that list for you in 2019, The Lippincott Team would be delighted to help you. Store our number in your phone and give us a call when you’re ready! 713-494-8818