New Adventure

May 17, 2016 Posted by: Kim Martin

A new adventure starts today! My husband has joined me in my real estate career and today is our first “official” day as a real estate team. He always traveled with me to my showings and performed a lot of the behind the scenes duties. Last November he began his real estate classes. Then a couple of weeks ago he passed the Texas and National exams. Now, he can actually talk about the property with all of our customers and engage in activities with me. I am so excited about […]

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For Sale By Owner

April 10, 2016 Posted by: Kim Martin

For sale by owner, let me introduce myself. I am Kim Martin, REALTOR with Ramsey Realty Group and I specialize in the listing and selling of homes in our community. I’m sure you have a good reason for selling your house yourself and I respect your decision. If you would like some information to assist you with pricing and comparables, I would be happy to drop off a neighborhood market analysis for you to review. This analysis will give you a good idea of what’s currently on the market and […]

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The Main Reason to Use a Real Estate Professional when Selling Your House

March 17, 2016 Posted by: Kim Martin

The Main Reason to Use a Real Estate Professional when Selling Your House Every homeowner hopes to accomplish five goals when selling their home: Sell it for the best price Sell it within a predetermined time Sell it with the least amount of hassles Close on the sale the same day they move into their new home The fifth reason is the most obvious and the most important: They want to make sure it sells. In order to dramatically increase the chances that the house sells, a homeowner should list […]

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Does your list of New Year’s resolutions

January 24, 2016 Posted by: Kim Martin

6 reasons to contact a REALTOR® in 2016 Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include real estate-related goals? One way to ensure you achieve them is to work with a professional. So, if one of these situations arises, be sure to reach out to a Texas REALTOR®. Kim Johnson is a Longview REALTOR, working for clients not only in Longview but the surrounding areas. You think you’re ready to buy a home. A Texas REALTOR® can walk you through the process and ensure you get answers to your first-time-homebuyer questions. You’re considering selling […]

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Signing a Buyer Representation Form with a REALTOR

November 9, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Why is my brother asking me to sign this document? My brother, who’s a real estate broker, asked me to sign a buyer-representation agreement before he helps me find a house. I trust him completely. Why do I need to sign some paper? The short answer: Signing a Buyer Representation Form with a REALTOR  protects both of you. The buyer representation agreement spells out many aspects of a broker-client relationship, including how he will be compensated, your agreement to work exclusively with him, and his agreement to help you find […]

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Homes for Sale

October 29, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Homes for sale in the current market are moving at a steady pace in our local East Texas area. Yes, we have experienced a bit of ups and downs with our oilfield industry and other businesses experiencing layoffs. However, the overall number of serious buyers has not decreased over 2015. Longview and the surrounding area is now experiencing a growth in upcoming jobs and housing. Our area is soon to have new supermarkets, restaurants, retail facilities, and several new housing developments are currently underway. With all of this growth comes an […]

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Repairs sellers should make when selling their home

October 21, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Repairs sellers should make when selling their home can sometimes be a hassle. However, we all want the best price possible for our home. Here are a few tips on minor repairs that will help sell your home and should not show up on the home inspection report. 1. Replace Toilet Fill Valves…Cost is approximately $20-100. 2. Repair a Leaky Faucet…Cost is approximately $5-300. 3. Replace Ceiling Fans…Cost is approximately $54-500. 4. Repair any damaged drywall..Cost is approximately $25 and up 5. Caulk around sinks, tubs, showers, windows, and other […]

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Buying a New Home in the East Texas Area

October 17, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Buying a New Home in the East Texas Area is easier than one might think. Often, buyers wonder what is the first step I need to take in order to purchase a home. Basically there are 8 steps. 1. Decide to buy. 2. Hire a Realtor. 3. Obtain financing with a reputable lender. 4. Find your home. 5. Make an offer. 6. Perform due diligence. 7. Closing on your home. 8. Protecting your investment. These steps are available in detail under the BUYERS tab on my website, www.homesinlongviewtexas.com. As a […]

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Longview and the East Texas Area Real Estate is on the Move

October 14, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Longview and the East Texas Area Real Estate is on the move! Some people have a tendency to believe the last few months of the year is not a great time to put your house on the market….WRONG! In the past 7 days our office has 20 new listings and 4 of those are my new listings. I sell homes all over the East Texas area including Longview, Gilmer, Tatum, Henderson and all adjacent areas. According to the National Association of Realtors, home sales remain at a healthy level of […]

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An Easy Way to Lower the Cost of Homeownership

October 13, 2015 Posted by: Kim Martin

Texas property owners scored several victories during the most recent session of the Texas Legislature. I think the biggest of these victories is landmark legislation that could lower your property tax and prevent a tax on real estate sales-important if you ever buy or sell property. I say “could” because the legislation approved by the Texas Legislature puts the decision to approve these historic measures in the hands of the voters. That’s right. Proposition 1 on your November 3 ballot, if passed, will lower the cost of homeownership. Proposition 1 […]

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