Information About Brokerage Services (IABS)

Today’s quote comes to us from the Informaiton About Brokerage Services form:

“Texas law requires all real estate license holders to give the following information about brokerage services to prospective buyers, tenants, sellers and landlords.”

This form is the beginning of your real estate journey as it explains real estate brokerage services in the state of Texas.

Here is a photo of the Information About Brokerage Services I provide my clients.

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If you would like me to discuss or email you a copy of my Information About Brokerage Services just give me a call/text 281-467-4691, or email me at Scott@ScottCulberson.com.

I am here to help you to…

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST,  I AM Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene.

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SCOTT’S 12 MONTH’S OF CHRISTMAS Trivia Game

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Start off 2019 by playing

SCOTT’S 12 MONTH’S OF CHRISTMAS Trivia Game.

This game runs the first Monday of every month.  Here’s how it works.  I email you a trivia question,  you email me back the correct answer before midnight.  I draw a winner from the correct answers—-It’s multiple choice.  It’s a fun way to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you didn’t get an email from me on January 7th that means I do NOT have a good email for you.

DO YOU WANT TO WIN?

Email me TODAY—-SCOTT@SCOTTCULBERSON.COM and I will make sure you are part of the fun.

Live Life to the Fullest!!!

Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, 281-467-4691, Scott@ScottCulberson.com, 9000 Forest Crossing, The Woodlands, TX 77381

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LIVIN’ LIFE TO THE FULLEST IN 2019

 

Let’s get right to it… If you bought a home in 2018, NOW is the time to file your Texas Homestead Exemption. That’s right January 2019 IS the month to file your Texas Homestead exemption.  If you need helping finding the right paperwork, forgot to file it when you bought your home OR if you want to make sure you have filed your Texas Homestead Exemption—Email me at Scott@ScottCulberson.com I would be glad to help you figure out this great way to save money on your primary residence.

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New for 2019…SCOTT’S 12 MONTH’S OF CHRISTMAS starts on Monday, January 7th.  This game runs the first Monday of every month.  Here’s how it works.  I email you the trivia question,  you email me back your answer before midnight and I pick a winner from the correct answers—-It’s multiple choice, a fun way to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

 

Here’s to Livin’ Life to the Fullest in 2019

Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, 281-467-4691, Scott@ScottCulberson.com, 9000 Forest Crossing, The Woodlands, TX 77381

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What are Your Christmas Traditions

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We are on the downward slide to Christmas.  This is the last full week before Christmas is upon us.  It is time to make sure you have all your Christmas gifts bought, finalize the food and any parties you have coming up.  This is a hectic time but it is also time to roll out your Christmas Traditions.  Is it time for Elf on the Shelf, maybe it’s time to put up your nativity scene, wreath on the door, lights on the house, tree up and decorated.  My sister and her family have a tradition that is new to me it’s call the Three Wisemen.  There are three miniature wisemen that visit her this time of year.  They appear in plain sight and bring a new bible verse each day.  Her children really enjoy seeking out and hearing the new bible verse each day.  For me an my family it’s reading “Santa Clause and the Pigwidgeon”.  I used to read a chapter a night until Christmas Eve but now we read it in one sitting.  Still a great tradition that we all enjoy.  I would love to hear what your traditions are so give me a shot and share, share share.

I’m Scott Culberson and I wish you and yours a

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

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December IS EXCITING

Yes, December is an exciting month with Hanukah, Christmas and the New Year around the corner.  And December is extra exciting to a couple that I just helped sell their home.  The home is located in a suburb of The Woodlands.  Congratulations to Rhonda and George for the sale of their home in Westwood.  It has been my pleasure to be of service to you during every step of your home sale.

If you are in The Woodlands this Sunday, December 9th around the Sterling Ridge area and are looking for your happily ever after home this could be your lucky day.  Drop by and visit me as I am hosting an open house for one of my partners, Cheri Young.

Sunday, December 9th 1:00pm to 4:00pm

82 S Longsford Circle, The Woodlands, Texas 77382

Tuscany style two story home, located on a corner Cul-du-sac, four bedrooms, three and a half bath, game room, resurfaced pool (2017) 3 car oversized garage, with a great little patio off the kitchen/dinning for vino.  Let’s get started on this one, visit me this Sunday maybe I can help you to…

Live Life to the Fullest!!!

If you would like information about buying, selling or have any real estate needs Email me at: SCOTT@SCOTTCULBERSON.com. I look forward to helping you to… LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.

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Thanksgiving 2018 is in the Books

Thanksgiving 2018 is in the books, so all eyes are on either Christmas or the New Year.  I’ve got my eye on Christmas, so we will stick with that.  A popular Christmas item again this year is the gift of a voice-controlled device.  I know you have seen the ads and in my neck of the woods I have even heard of an electric company giving them away if you switch to their company.  So major players in this technology are currently Amazon and Google.  Apple has a dog in this race, but I haven’t seen much on their products.  I received my first Amazon Echo Dot as a Christmas gift myself two years ago and the things you can do with this device has increased every year.

Here’s the basics on how this device works.  If you already have a device or don’t want the basics,

PLEASE SKIP TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH FOR AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT.

I will be talking about the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot since that’s the one I own.  You download the Amazon Alexa app on your phone or iPad.  Your Echo Dot is not mobile so think of where you might use it the most and plug it into a plug.  Yes, it will work in the same plug that powers your television, your hairdryer or whatever.  You will sync your phone to the echo dot and your echo dot to your internet.  You will need that pesky internet password or passkey.  Getting the internet to connect is the most difficult part in the set up.  I have set up five of these devices so if you need help, give me a shout.

Instead of apps like your phone, the Amazon Alexa devices have SKILLS.  Developers, like myself, create the skills for users.  To turn on a skill you open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone, go to skills, find the one you want to turn on and hit enable.  Skills can be found in twenty-two categories:

Yes, there is a lot you can do, and it all starts with the wake-up word: “Alexa” and then you ask her a question or tell her what you want her to do.  Don’t like the wake-up word, you can change it in your settings on your phone.  You can ask Alexa what time it is, what the weather is, who won the football game, what the news is and so much more.  With the help of an additional device you can have the Echo dot turn on the lights or connect to the speakers of your television.  You can also use the echo dot as an intercom and talk from room to room OR remotely like a phone.

So much you can do, but here is my big announcement I have created not one, not two but THREE Amazon Alexa Skills for real estate.

Real Estate with Scott Culberson

Selling Homes in The Woodlands, Texas

Real Estate Snapshot Lake Windcrest Magnolia, TX

It is so easy to get started.

STEP 1: Go to the skill section, search for one of these skills

STEP 2: click ENABLE.

STEP 3: say out loud “Alexa play my Flash Briefing?” or “Alexa what’s in the news?”

You will then hear a brief introduction and then the skill will play.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts on my Amazon Alexa skills.  Separate from the amazing world of Amazon Alexa is my podcast on ITUNES called Real Estate with Scott Culberson.  This is a free podcast and you do not need an Amazon Alexa device to listen.  Go to ITUNES, click podcast, search, find, click, download.  Super easy.  That’s all for now.  I’m Scott Culberson, broker associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.  I am here to help you and your yours to Live Life to the Fullest.

 

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THANKSGIVING 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

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If you get a chance check out my Thanksgiving 2018 video on Youtube.  In this video I taste test Hershey’s candy cane chocolate bar.  It was yummy, white chocolate with bits of cane cane.  Could this be your newest Thanksgiving tradition?

Speaking of traditions if you are looking to sell you home and you are going into the holiday season you are probably thinking “UH OH WHAT HAVE WE DONE!”

My professional opinion on this is….Celebrate YOUR Holiday, with a few small adjustments.

Lets start outside and work our way in.  Lights, lights, and more lights, if you Clark Griswold your home you definately need to take it down a notch this year.  Lights are good and very festive, but lets make sure that it doesn’t look like we are trying to hurt or burn down a perfectly good home.  Wreath on the front door, garland on the  mailbox, and columns, even a blow up santa all very festive.  As we move inside it comes down to “staging a home for sale 101.”  Nothing smaller than your fist, three items per counter top, and minimal furniture.  So if your holiday decorations don’t fall in line with these rules…this year you need to be celerating a little bit differently.  Tree, yes, fake or real…your choice.  Keep in mind you may need to remove furniture in order for the tree to fit this year, we still want good solid walkways for our potential buyers.  Remember to keep to the rule of a depersonalized home.  This means no photo holiday cards, ornaments or other holiday decorations with photos or names.  Last but not least if you have any holiday joke decorations this is not the year to display them.  Inside jokes only confuse buyer(s).  The buyer(s) will leave your home trying to figure out what that decoration has to do with Christmas instead of thinking about how they can make your home THEIR home.

Don’t forget to set up a showing block with the showing service.  Some buyer(s) may not celebrate the same holidays you do or they maybe they are more focused on buying a house and relocating than celebrating the season.

Selling a home is LIFE ABNORMAL so during the holiday season keep to YOUR traditision, with a few minor adjustments

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving and….

Live LIfe to the Fullest,

Scott

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