Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

Wife, Mother, REO Team Leader & Sales Manager for the BEST REAL ESTATE AGENTS in Bryan/College Station! Century 21 Beal, Inc. continues to provide the highest quality training and service in the Brazos Valley and it is an honor to be affiliated with this company!

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Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Running your own business in Aggieland is as simple as…

real-estate-licenseRunning your own business and becoming a Realtor is as simple as getting your real estate license.  NOT!  Getting your real estate license in Texas is only the beginning.  While the license allows you a multitude of freedoms to be your own boss, choose the hours your work and determine your own destiny but being a Realtor takes more.  First – find a Broker that is a member of the National Association of Realtors.  Choose a broker that has  years of experience and is willing to help their agents, provides support and education and has the reputation you want your name tied to.

Want to know more about becoming a Realtor in Bryan/College Station? Give us a call and we’ll help you get started and maybe even offer a discount to get your license.

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CENTURY 21 Recognizes Jeffrey Leatherwood as the #6 Top Producing Agent in the United States

Jeff Leatherwood 2015College Station, Tx (Grassroots Newswire) March 2015 — Jeffrey Leatherwood, a sales associate with CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc., was recently named a the #6 top producing sales associates in the nation. Leatherwood was ranked #6 for sales production/closed transactions among the nation’s top producers.

“It is with great dedication, knowledge and commitment to quality service that Jeffrey has so duly earned this recognition.  Jeffrey is a leader and innovator in the real estate industry and an asset to homebuyers and sellers in the College Station community,” said broker/owner Michael Beal. 
Leatherwood consistently receives top awards from CENTURY 21 for his outstanding sales volume and customer service.  And, he is always willing to help his clients and fellow agents achieve their goals by sharing his knowledge and expertise.

“To be recognized among such talented and motivated sales professionals is truly an honor. Bryan/College Station is a great market. I appreciate my family, friends, clients and co-workers. THANK YOU ALL!” said Jeffrey Leatherwood

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2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value: Less is More

Smaller replacement projects, particularly those that enhance curb appeal, remain the most cost effective way for sellers to improve value.
With home price gains slowing in most parts of the country, sellers will be looking for ways to get top dollar for their listing. Cleaning and staging make a big difference. But for some sellers–such as investors seeking to bring a property up to neighborhood standards before the sale–remodeling work may be the ticket.
As the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report makes clear, large-scale jobs aren’t likely to return sellers their full cost. But there are improvements worth doing in anticipation of an upcoming sale. Some will return almost 100 percent of their cost. Others may not have as great a payback, but they can  improve their market position of the property in relation to the competition. (Think about the impact of beautiful kitchen photos on online home shoppers.) In addition, several pricier projects can provide owners with a few years of enjoyment while still offering a decent payback down the road.
As a general rule:
  • Simpler, lower cost projects tend to return greater value. The national average cost for a steel door replacement was $1,230, for example.  That’s the least  expensive project on the list, and it ranks highest on the payback scale, returning 101.80 percent nationally on average. In fact, in 43 of the 102 markets surveyed, Realtors said the new door would recoup more than 100 percent of its cost. Other projects expected to top 100 percent payback in multiple markets: the midrange wood window replacement, and the minor kitchen remodel. Notice a pattern? With the exception of the kitchen job, they’re all replacement projects. In general, replacements cost less and provide a bigger payback than remodels or additions.
  • First impressions are important The replacements that offer the greatest payback are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door. Siding replacement also provides great value at resale–particularly this year’s one new project, manufactured stone veneer, which is expected to recoup 92.2 percent of its cost nationally on average.
  • Kitchens still offer the most  remodeling bang for the buck. The only remodeling job breaking into the top 10 in terms of payback is the minor kitchen remodel with a national average cost of $19,226 and a national average payback of 79.3 percent.
  • Expect bigger payoffs in the West. In addition to reporting national averages, Remodeling magazine breaks down Cost vs. Value data by Census region. In the Pacific region–which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington–six projects are expected to top 100 percent payback. The nearest competitor is the East South Central region–Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee–where two projects are expected to top 100 percent payback.
Top 5 Projects Nationally in Terms of Cost Recouped:
  1. Entry door replacement (101.8%)
  2. Manufactured stone veneer (92.2%)
  3. Garage door replacement (88.5%)
  4. Siding replacement, fiber cement (84.3%)
  5. Garage door replacement (82.5%)- upscale
Just how much sellers can expect to recoup from home improvements depends on the job and the region of the country they live in. There are also factors that vary from house to house and sale to sale, such as what updates are typical for the neighborhood, the quality of the work, and how important the improvement is to a particular  buyer. And while you can’t apply  this data directly to any specific house or neighborhood, you can use Cost vs. Value Report as a starting point in discussions with buyers and sellers about the cost and value of remodeling.

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Cartus Company Outbound Achievement Award

Congratulations to Century 21 Beal for achieving the Cartus Company Outbound Achievement Award for 2014!

The Outbound Achievement Award is a symbol of our company’s dedication and persistence in generating outbound referrals and is earned by only an elite group of Century 21 companies.
Our superior level of production is a critical contributor toward the goal of the Century 21 System to be the global leader in real estate transactions. This is a true reflective of Century 21 Agents: Smarter. Bolder. Faster.

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The 10 Commandments of Buying a Home

Thou shall not change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job

Thou shall not buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it!)

Thou shall not use charge cards excessively or let your accounts fall behind

Thou shall not spend your money you have set aside for closing

Thou shall not omit debts or liabilities from your loan application

Thou shall not buy furniture

Thou shall not originate any inquires onto your credit

Thou shall not make large deposits without first checking with your loan officer

Thou shall not change bank accounts

Thou shall not co-sign on a loan for anyone

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