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April 22, 2020

Earth Day 50th Anniversary

 

I hope that this email finds you and your family well and safe. Did you know that working in your garden is one of the safest and healthiest ways to socially distance yourself? This Wednesday, April 22nd,  is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day; so with that in mind, I wanted to share with you a few eco-friendly landscaping tips as you dig into your spring projects.

Plant Trees and Shrubs Native to Your Area

Find trees and shrubs that are native to your area. They’ll repel pests and require fewer pesticides. Planting your trees strategically can also help provide shade for your home in the summer and let sunlight in throughout the winter. As a bonus, it will help cut heating and air conditioning costs. 

Conserve Water

Xeriscaping your yard in dry climates is a great way to conserve water. If you don’t xeriscape completely, group plants together that have similar watering needs. If possible, collect rainwater in a rain barrel to water and schedule sprinklers to water early in the morning and late at night to avoid evaporation.

Use Natural Fertilizers

If you like to use fertilizer, look for a natural fertilizer to help turn your grass green. Using compost is a great organic way to fertilize your grass and plants. In addition to helping the lawn, it helps the soil. Also, pull your weeds rather than use weed killers that contain chemicals and pesticides.

Add Mulch

Use mulch around trees and garden beds to help control weeds and conserve water. Organic mulch also helps with healthy root growth and it promotes good soil.

As you’re looking to get outside, think about a little stress relief in your garden. Use these eco-friendly landscaping tips. They’ll help conserve the earth and your budget. Show me your garden tips and reply to this email with a few pictures. If there’s anything I can do to help you or your family, give me a call.

Sascha Chatman

REALTOR®

Chatman Realty Group

​(817) 668-0311

sascha.chatman@kw.com

​http://Chatmanrealtygroup.com

 

April 19, 2020

Fort Worth Housing Market Update- Cornavirus Edition

Buying & Selling During the Coronavirus Outbreak!

Right now the world has kind stood still during the Coronavirus Outbreak and is trying to cope with what to do next.  I for one pray that your family and friends are safe and I know that we will get through this.

 

I've received many questions about how has this virus impacted our real estate market in DFW.  So to that end, I've made some in depth videos for you and your friends to explain whats really going on with our market. Feel free to give me a call or text if you have questions, and or we can schedule a Zoom Call down below. 

 

 

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Selling During Covid 19?

Should you sell your home during the Corona Virus Outbreak?  Are you curious about how much your home is worth?  Is the housing market crashing?  How has changed int he DFW market?  In this video I will be covering how you can sell your home during the Covid 19 Outbreak and still make a profit. Listing your home now   Yes you need to be careful, but you may be surprised by how much misinformation there is out there.  

Buying During Covid 19?

Should you buy a home during the Corona Virus Outbreak?  Are you curious how to buy a home during Covid 19?  What are the rules?  What has changed int he DFW market?  In this video I will be covering how you can buy a home during the Covid 19 Outbreak. There is no reason for you to give up on your dream of home ownership right now because of the Corona Virus outbreak.  Yes you need to be careful, but you can still buy your first home! 


Curious About Buying A New Construction Home Right Now?

Buying a new construction home during the Coronavirus is easier than you think.  Watch the video above to find out why and how you can get an awesome deal right now.!

Tips on Protecting Your Home While Selling!

Tips on Using the Right Team Right Now!

Sascha Chatman

REALTOR®

Chatman Realty Group

(817) 668-0311

sascha.chatman@kw.com

http://Chatmanrealtygroup.com

 


April 17, 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

Sascha Chatman

5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time

With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. The feeling is understandable.

Reason Why It's NOT Likely

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Sascha Chatman

 

Phone: (817) 668-0311

Email: sascha.chatman@kw.com

http://Chatmanrealtygroup.com

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April 15, 2020

10 Ways to Save Money Around the House

I hope you’re enjoying your first few weeks of spring and cool temperatures for now. With the changing of the seasons, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at your home and make tweaks that will help you save money this fall and winter. 


I’m providing a cheat sheet that reveals ten ways you can adjust your habits and make small, affordable household hacks that will lower your utility bills — and in many cases, help the environment. 

 
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April 13, 2020

Edufest 2020 Real Estate Webinar

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You are invited to join us for Edufest 2020 with the Potter's House of Fort Worth.  Every year our wonderful church host a series of Education Seminars to improve our community.  This year we will be presenting the Home Buying & Selling Seminar.  Since we are maintaining Social Distancing, this will be a Zoom meeting.  

 

If you really want to learn the Home Buying & Selling Process or figure out what has changed in our market, then this event is for you.  

 

 

Click the link below to register for the event!   👇🏽

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04/20/2020 10 AM



I have lots of educational videos here 👇🏽

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Free Home Analysis
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Sascha Chatman

REALTOR®

Chatman Realty Group

Office: (817) 668-0311

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March 27, 2020

Fun Activities At Home During Corona Virus Outbreak

I just wanted to send this email to see how you’re doing and share a few activities. As we all practice social distancing, we find ourselves spending more time at home and with our families. I wanted to share with you a few fun ideas that you can do while at home. Whether it’s finding things for your kids to do while you work or a fun activity to do at night, these activities will have everyone smiling. 

Take out a classic board game for a family game night. Monopoly, Candy Land, and Chutes and Ladders are all fun. 

​​Fun Food Ideas​​​

Hopefully you are prepared to stay home.  If not here are some prep ideas that we put in place just in case.  

Here's a couple of recipes you can do with your kids.  

​Lights. Camera. Action. We all have cameras and the ability to edit videos on our phones. Put your creative hat on and make your own movie with your family playing starring roles.

Card games teach strategy and enhance math skills.  Check out the link to teach your child some classical kids games!

Need quarantined recess ideas?  Click the link above for some fun interactive videos!

Use cardboard or blankets to build forts throughout your home. Use your forts to have a family campout inside.

 

It’s important to stay connected during this tough time. Schedule video calls with friends and family.

​If it’s safe, go outside for a walk or play in your backyard. If it’s nice, get outside or open a window for some fresh air.

 

Use pictures of family members or characters to create a fun scavenger hunt.

I hope that these ideas and tips will help bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones. I would love to hear what you’re doing to keep your family busy while you’re at home.

Sascha Chatman

REALTOR®

Chatman Realty Group

​(817) 668-0311

sascha.chatman@kw.com

​http://Chatmanrealtygroup.com

 

Posted in Corona Virus
Jan. 17, 2020

Chatman Realty Group Newsletter

Sascha Chatman

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage.

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Sascha Chatman

 

Phone: (817) 668-0311

Email: sascha@chatmanrealtygroup.com

http://Chatmanrealtygroup.com

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Jan. 16, 2020

What Money Do You Need Up Front When Looking to Buy a House?

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Now that you are ready to actually go house hunting, I want you to know about what upfront money you need to put the house you want under contract!  


QUICK SUMMARY OF THE MONEY YOU NEED 👇🏽


1.  Option Money:

Option Money is the amount you pay to make take the house off the market and inspect the home.  It's usually $100.  It can be a personal check from you to the seller.  ​​​

2.  Earnest Money:

 

This is the good faith money you are going to put in escrow as part of the contract.  This money goes to the title company and they hold it.  It will be credited as part of your closing cost in the end.  Watch the video below for a further explanation.  

3.  Money For Inspection


​​It's usually $400-$600 ​​Contact Derrick Walls for your inspection:  His number is 817-689-8433​​

 


Here's a quick video on Option Money.  I go into details on how that works.  

Here'a quick video on Earnest Money and why it's so important.

The Texas Real Estate Commission requires me to give you the following information:

Information About Brokerage Services

Free Home Analysis
Free Home Trends Report
Seller's Resources
Buyer's Resources
Latest Magazine

 

Sascha Chatman

REALTOR®

Chatman Realty Group

Office: (817) 668-0311

Cell: 817-668-0311

sascha@chatmanrealtygroup.com
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Nov. 9, 2019

How to Apply For a Homestead Exemption

 

Congratulations on buying your home!  Now let's make sure you save on your taxes.  

 

 

What is a Homestead Exemption?

Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located.   The exemption reduces a homeowner's property tax bill by removing part of the home's value from taxation.   All Texas homeowners may receive a general residence homestead exemption on the value of their property for school taxes upon application.  Other taxing entities may also offer exemptions of some percentage of the home's value.   In addition to the Homestead Exemption, there are exemptions available to homeowners who are over 65 or disabled and require the same application process.

Who Qualifies?

These requirements must be met to receive the exemption:

  1. You must own your home on January 1st of the year for which you are apply
  2. You must reside at the home as your principal residence on January 1st of that year and not claim any other property as a homestead

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption

 

Your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same homestead address.   First, fill our the application specific to your county appraisal district, then mail all of the documents to the appraisal district for your county. 

  1. Go to your country's appraisal district website and download the Residence Homestead Exemption Application (Form 50-114)
  2. Include a copy of your driver's license or identification card.   Your driver's license needs to be from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS), and the address must match the homestead address.

Here is a reference list of most North Texas Counties:

 

Appraisal Districts:

 

Collin County 469-742-9200 www.collincad.org

Dallas County 214-631-0910 www.dallascad.org

Denton County    972-434-2602 www.dentoncad.com

Hunt County 903-454-3510 www.hunt-cad.org

Kaufman County 972-932-6081 www.kaufman-cad.org

Parker 817-596-0077 www.parkercad.org

Rockwall County 972-771-2034 www.rockwallcad.com

Tarrant County    817-284-0024 www.tad.org

Van Zandt County 903-567-6171 www.vanzandtcad.org

Wise County 940-627-3081 www.isouthwestdata.com

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Aug. 30, 2019

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | MyKCM

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying processin a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind, many homes are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives and goals.

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams a true reality.