Q. I’m planning to rent my home. How can I find quality renters?

A. Obviously, you want renters who will treat your home as if it were their own.
Here are some tips I’ve learned from clients who have rented their homes.

  • If you are renting to the public, you are subject to state and federal landlord/tenant laws. Learn about the Fair Housing Act and other relevant information on the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s website.

  • Find a good rental application and lease (try a site like and make sure they comply with the laws of your state. Add in any special stipulations you might require.

  • Target your advertising to the renters you want to attract (e.g. singles...

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Secrets For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar With or Without A Real Estate Agent

How To Sell Your Home For The Most Money The Market Will Pay, AND On Your Terms And Time Frame…
There’s No Such Thing As “Luck” In Real Estate!
Dear Homeowner,

Do you remember the good old days, when anyone could sell their home at any time and make thousands…perhaps tens of thousands in profit?

Maybe you do or don’t. But I do.

Even though today’s financing programs make it easier than ever to buy a home, times have changed. Buyers are more sophisticated. They’re more discriminating in what they buy. And they’re more skeptical.

Today, they have information sources...

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How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Here’s A Guide To Avoid Costly Problems And Sell Your Home For Every Bit Of Its Worth In The Least Amount Of Time…
How To Sell Your Home For The Most Money
The Market Will Pay!

Dear Home Seller:

The decision to place your home on the market can involve a number of stresses and strains. Many home sales are motivated by circumstances outside your control: Job relocation, family problems, financial issues, divorce, and more. Others are related to family issues: The need for a bigger home, a better neighborhood, schools, etc.

Whether you’ve lived in your home two years or 20, you know it’s not just a shelter, or even anothe...

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Home Seller’s Guide To Moneymaking Fix-Ups

Here’s An Informative Guide To Help You Realize The Most Profit From Your Home, And Avoid Costly Repair Rip-Offs.
“Homes That Sell The Fastest,
Also Sell For The Most Money”

Dear Friend,

Do you see that quote above? Whether you know it or not, it’s true. Very true!

There’s a little-known dynamic in real estate that can dramatically affect the successful, top dollar sale of your home. See…that statement all boils down to the fact that…

The Elements That Motivate A Fast Home Sale…
Are The Same Elements That Sell Homes For Top Dollar

Each year thousands of homeowners needlessly lose thousands of dollars w...

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Q. What improvements should I make before I put my house on the market?

A. That depends on multiple factors, including your budget, when you plan to sell, the overall housing market and the other homes in your neighborhood. You’ll want to do some research and talk to a real estate professional. However, here are some basic improvements that usually pay off:

  • Fresh interior paint. Neutral colors will appeal to more buyers.

  • Improved curb appeal. Consider new exterior paint, landscaping work or adding a deck or covered patio.

  • Kitchen upgrades. A total kitchen remodel can be costly. You can enhance the look of the space by replacing the countertops and cabinets.

  • Bathroom improvements. In lieu of...

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44 Moneymaking Tips For Preparing Your Home To Sell

Here’s A Quick And Easy Checklist Of Inexpensive Ways To Make Buyers Instantly Attracted To Your Home…

The Way You Live In A Home And The Way You Sell A Home Are TWO Very Different Things!

Dear Homeowner,

Each year thousands of homeowners unnecessarily lose money when they sell their homes. They don’t lose money because someone took advantage of them. And they don’t lose money because it wasn’t “marketed” well.

Even Seasoned Homeowners Lose Thousands of Dollars
Because They Didn’t Know About The Important Factors
That Influence The Value Of Their Homes

If you desire to sell your home for top dollar, ...

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Fact – Approximately 90% of homes are sold by Realtors® vs. 10% by owner.

Why do Realtors® generate more qualified buyers?

Let’s examine –

Relocating Buyer –
This type of buyer generally wants to work with reputable Realtors®. These buyers usually have a limited amount of time to find a home and searching home ads in the paper or making phone calls would be time consuming. While these buyers are highly qualified to buy, they are moving into an unfamiliar area and generally prefer to utilize experts that can show them as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. The Relocation buyer is one of the best buyers since they are highly qualifie...

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Now that you know the benefits of Dodge Team Properties vast experience and extensive marketing plan, let’s explore the two important factors that YOU will control during the home selling process.

First – Pricing your home correctly is extremely important in receiving TOP DOLLAR for your property. Approximately 50% of properties do not sell. WHY? Simply put, over pricing a home can have a devastating impact on what you walk away with, in your pocket, after the sale of your property. Once a property enters into a cycle of price reductions questions begin to arise; for instance, “What’s wrong with the property?” or “I wonder how low they will continue to go?&...

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If you are interviewing other Realtors® ask them these important 20 questions. You should assume the agent is full-time, and is a member in good standing of The National Association of Realtors.

1. How long have you been selling real estate? Dodge Team Properties has been selling in Travis and Hays County since 2002.

2. How many homes do you sell a year? Dodge Team Properties averages 45 annually vs. 2 by the average agent.

3. How many homes have you sold in your career? Dodge Team Properties has represented over 400 families since 2002.

4. What is your average time on the market versus the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)? Dodge Team properties sell on average 45 days faster!

5. What is your a...

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Q. Is it important to test for radon in my house?

A. Yes. Radon is a gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water that gets into the air you breathe. You can’t see, smell or taste it, but it can get into any type of building and it’s found all over the U.S. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health.

The U.S. Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency recommend that all homes be tested. You can test your home yourself by ordering a test kit from the National Safety Council ( or some home improvement stores.

If you prefer, or if you are buying or selling a home, you can hire a qualified ...

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