BROKERED BY:  RE/MAX ADVANTAGE, SCOTT K. SMITH

BROKERED  BY

 RE/MAX ADVANTAGE

TWO VERY IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS


Brokerage: 

RE/MAX Advantage 

Scott K. Smith, Broker

1990 Justin Road, Suite A

Highland Village, TX  75077

Marilyn Tarver, REALTOR®,

GRI® Designation (Graduate REALTOR INSTITUTE)

GREEN Designation issued by:  National Association of Realtors (NAR)   Member of the Green REsource Council

ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative)

New Construction Specialist
 marilyn.tarver@remax.net

  (469) 396-5226 direct 

  (972) 317-9586 office  

TOP PERFORMER 2019/2020/2021 

ABOUT  ME

As a REALTOR® in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, I have a  passion for helping individuals and families find the perfect home or sell one with memories and personal historyFrom diverse client-facing positions within Fortune 500 Companies to a 12 year flight attendant career,  I am equipped with the knowledge and "know-how” to provide you with an outstanding customer service experience.  I have a caring spirit and excited to help others whether interacting with someone just looking for more information or those ready to walk hand-in-hand navigating the homebuying or selling process.

I know the local community, both as an agent and a neighbor, and will help guide you through the nuances of our local market. With access to top listings, a worldwide network, exceptional marketing strategies and cutting-edge technology, I work hard to make your real estate experience memorable and enjoyable.  


LIKE A DOG WITH A BONE, I GO HARD FOR MY CLIENTS!

 


  



  AWARDED THE FIVE STAR REAL ESTATE AGENT AWARD 2019


HOW WE FIND THE WINNERS:

 

 Homebuyers are asked to evaluate real estate agents with whom they have worked and     evaluate them based upon ten criteria. Recent homebuyers may evaluate up to two real   estate agents in order to measure the experience associated with the purchase and sale side   of a move. Self-nominations are not accepted.



  We’re excited to recognize Marilyn Tarver for her outstanding contribution to RE/MAX Advantage team. This customer focused agent always brings a great energy and desire to help others wherever she goes. Marilyn was born and raised in Dallas, TX and is the grandmother of six and mom of two, Roderick and Nikole. She enjoys cooking, baking and her vegetable garden. She considers herself a “foodie”.

Marilyn has built her Real Estate career since 2017 and loves how she can always experience something new. She is grateful for her clients and all the referrals she has received and says “I like to help people meet their goals”. As a former flight attendant, Marilyn has learned to relate with all types of people. She believes in accepting people for who they are and always bring something positive into each situation. Marilyn has traveled the world including trips to Europe, Asia and Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is one of her very favorite spots. She has seen so much beauty and is known for her great stories. She is also excited to be part of the "Keep Mesquite Beautiful" committee initiative where she is able to share knowledge gained by earning a GREEN®  Designation with her community and clients.


We are privileged to have this exceptional professional represent our team in such a great way.   


DESIGNATIONS EARNED

I am able to help clients make informed choices about the resource efficiency and performance of the home they live in, sell, and buy. With this tool, I have a comprehensive understanding of how homes with green features should be marketed differently than traditional homes. I am so excited to have sold two energy resourceful homes in the last quarter of 2020; and to share what I have learned with my former and future clients and also my community!

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation

is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly

with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.


What You Gain

Valuable real estate education that elevates skills and knowledge in the

eyes of home buyers.


Ongoing specialized information, program and updates that keep you knowledgeable on the issue and trends

facing home buyers.


Access to members-only publications, marketing tools

and resources



  In today's competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate.  

BUSINESS INNOVATORS RADIO INTERVIEW

Marilyn Tarver - Highland Village RE/MAX Realtor Demystifies the First time Home-buying Process

HAVE QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, OR CONCERNS?

  (469) 396-5226 PHONE


SALES 2022

REPRESENTING SELLERS:

5 BEDS/3 BATHS w/GAMEROOM

CORINTH, TX

(GUYER HIGH SCHOOL)

SOLD =  3/3/2022


SALES  2021  (Another year of Covid-19)

MULTIPLE OFFERS!

REPRESENTED SELLER: 


PREDICTED TO BE A SHORT SALE! 

UNDER CONTRACT IN 2 DAYS WITH MULTIPLE OFFERS OVER ASKING PRICE!  RICHARDSON, TX

SOLD = APRIL 21, 2021  


REPRESENTED SELLERS: Located in the Grayhawk subdivision in Frisco, Texas. 

3000 square feet of awesomeness!  4/3/2 plus media and game room.

SOLD = JUNE 25, 2021


Turn key beautiful Meritage home, The Lakeview, with gorgeous stone & brick façade. Roof October 2020. Pergola & matching 8 foot board on board privacy fence. Huge open game room with shelving and storage. Lots of natural light, and a tile fireplace. Furnished Media Room complete with 92 inch screen, and two leather reclining loveseats. First floor office, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, abundant cabinetry, AquaEdge Clean Water System, refrigerator with bottom freezer conveying if wanted. Utility room and walk in pantry. Two attics; vents installed and one completely finished with lighting and shelves. Great walkability, close to new PGA Headquarters, shopping & restaurants. Freshly painted.

Offer accepted 8 hours after hitting the market!  Multiple Offers.


REPRESENTED BUYER

Two bedroom, two bath Half Duplex in Arlington, TX with an awesome private yard!  Won in multiple offer situation!

   SOLD = JUNE 30, 2021  


REPRESENTED BUYERS:

Gorgeous David Weekley home in

Forney, TX. Four beds/three baths.

SOLD = JULY 16, 2021


REPRESENTED SELLERS:

Four beds, three baths on a corner

lot in DeSoto.  Lots of upgrades, gorgeous lawn,

and a beautiful established neighborhood.

SOLD =  SEPTEMBER 7, 2021


REPRESENTED SELLER:

Five beds, three baths with gameroom.  3564 sf of open concept lower-level, and

backyard with a shower, multiple decks and 

hot tub. 

SOLD = DECEMBER 16, 2021


REPRESENTED BUYER:

Two beds/two baths Condo with garage.  Smart layout, great location. 

Close to Downtown, Uptown and Deep Ellum.  Great walkability!

SOLD = DECEMBER 17, 2021


SALES 2020 

 In Spite of Covid-19

REPRESENTED BUYERS

  SOLD 10/26/2020  

NEW CONSTRUCTION LENAR HOME

FORNEY, TX

2 BEDS/2 BATHS

     


REPRESENTED BUYERS

SOLD 7/28/2020

FULL STRUCTURE FOR OFFICE BEHIND HOME

GARLAND, TX

3 BEDS/2 BATHS

REPRESENTED BUYERS

SOLD 6/22/2020

NEW CONSTRUCTION FIRST TEXAS HOME

FORNEY, TX

4 BEDS/3.1 BATHS

REPRESENTED BUYERS:

SOLD: 12/29/2020

NEW CONSTRUCTION BLOOMFIELD HOME  MESQUITE, TX  

4 BEDS/2.1 BATHS

Energy Efficiency:16+ SEER AC, Ceiling Fans, Double Pane Windows, Energy Star Appliances, Gas Water Heater, Insulated Doors, Low E Windows, Programmable Thermostat  

Three-car garage, enlarged primary bedroom, open concept common areas

Upgraded Chef's kitchen, extra countertops, gas cooktop, beautiful and plentiful cabinetry.


REPRESENTED SELLER:

SOLD FEBRUARY 26, 2020

5 BEDS/2.1 BATHS IN MESQUITE, TX

  REPRESENTED BUYER:  

SOLD FEBRUARY 26, 2020

5 BEDS/4 BATHS  IN SUNNYVALE, TX

REPRESENTED BUYERS:

SOLD 8/31/2020

4 BEDS/2 BATHS IN FORNEY, TX

  REPRESENTED SELLER:

SOLD 10/13/2020

4 BEDS/2/1 BATHS IN CARROLLTON, TX

 REPRESENTED BUYERS:

SOLD 10/08/2020

3 BEDS/2 BATHS


SALES 2019

SOLD 2/28/2019

ROCKWALL, TX

SOLD 3/12/2019

CORSICANA, TX

12 ACRES

SOLD 5/28/2019

ENNIS, TX 

SOLD 5/31/2019

2.74 ACRES MESQUITE, TX


SOLD 4/30/2019

MESQUITE, TX

SOLD 7/1/2019

ROCKWALL, TX


SOLD 7/25/2019

REPRESENTED SELLER:

BALCH SPRINGS, TX

3 BEDS/2 BATHS


REPRESENTED BUYERS:

  HEARTLAND, TX 

FIVE BEDS/3 BATHS 

SOLD 8/19/2019



REPRESENTED BUYERS:

MESQUITE, TX

FOUR BEDS/2.1 BATHS
SOLD
8/27/2019



SOLD 9/12/2019

REPRESENTED BUYERS

KERENS, TX

3 BEDS/2BATHS

SIX ACRES

SOLD 11/01/2019


REPRESENTED BUYERS:

GREENVILLE, TX

10 ACRES

4 BEDS/3 BATHS 


SOLD 11/05/2019


REPRESENTED BUYERS:

DALLAS, TX

2 BEDS/1 BATH 

ISLAND HOME IN UPSTATE NY    

CEDAR HILL, TX

RICHARDSON, TX    

RICHARDSON, TX

My client wants her son to grown up around lots of animals.

I found just the right place! 

12 Acres a stones-throw from the third largest lake in Texas!



Found just the right place to Home-School the kids. (see next picture)    

HAPPY CLIENTS, HAPPY REALTOR!  EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS!  CHECK!

The most mannerable, cutest kids 

IT'S BEEN A GREAT DAY!  Toast to being Closed and Funded!

Backdrop:  Richland-Chambers

Lake.

SOLD  5/30/2019  1707 Mesquite Valley Road, Mesquite, TX  75181   2.74 Acres  $159,900

2.74 Acres of Residential Land.  Close proximity to I80, I635, and I20 and 15 miles from Downtown Dallas.   

Water, Electricity, Gas and accessible.  Must go septic. 

Owner has Survey and Platted Easement Info.

Owner has Engineering  Site Documents for a 3500 sf home.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE BUILT!

This one started with a Residential Lease when the Lindley's relocated here from South Texas.  When they were ready to purchase guess who they called?

It took us awhile to find just the right home.  I have plenty of patience!

SOLD LISTINGS 2018

REPRESENTATED SELLERS:

25.97 Acres of Unimproved Land in Bivins, TX

REPRESENTED BUYERS:

3 Bedroom 2 Bath + Den Home in Mesquite, TX

REPRESENTED SELLERS;

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Half-Duplex in Flower Mound, TX

I ASSIST WITH RESIDENTIAL LEASES TOO!  THESE ARE A FEW. 

LANTANA, TX

5 BEDROOMS

4 BATHS

3675 sf

FRISCO, TX

5 BEDROOMS

5 BATHS

3312 sf

FRISCO, TX

3 BEDROOMS

2 BATHS

1765 sf

MESQUITE, TX

3 BEDROOMS

2 BATHS

1928 sf

PLANO

3 BEDS/2.1 BATHS

PLANO

3 BEDS/2/BATHS

KELLER, TX

3 BEDS/2/BATHS

KELLER, TX (REAR)

SEVEN REASONS TO WORK WITH  A REALTOR ®

  1.  ETHICAL TREATMENT

Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®'s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.





2.  AN EXPERT GUIDE

Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there's a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.




 3.  INFORMATION AND OPINIONS

REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don't know much about but may suit your needs better than you'd thought.


4.  EXPANDED SEARCH POWER

Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.

5.  NEGOTIATION KNOWLEDGE

There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.

6.  UP-TO-DATE EXPERIENCE

Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you've done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career

7.  A REALTOR IS YOUR ROCK DURING STRESSFUL MOMENTS

A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. For most people property represents the biggest purchase they'll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective third party, helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you

SEVEN REASONS TO PURCHASE A HOME

1.  TAX BENEFITS



The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, property taxes, and some of the costs involved in  purchasing the home.




5. PREDICTABILITY


Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don't rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the mortgage longer.  However, property taxes and insurance costs may increase.









2.  APPRECIATION


Median single-family existing home sale prices have increased on average 5.2% each year from 1972 - 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  Values are still up 7.0% on a cumulative basis. 

 


6.  FREEDOM


The home belongs to you!  You are able to decorate any way you want and choose the types or upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle!


3.  EQUITY



Money paid for rent is money that you will never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.      





7.  STABILITY


Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community.  It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity.





 



 

4.  SAVINGS


Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan.  When you sell, you can generally take up to $250K ($500K for a married couple) as capital gain without owing any federal income tax. 

Tips, reminders and To Do's                                    City Department Information

City Departments, Water Utility Service, Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Health Department, Human Resources, Sanitation, Streets, etc.

#helpfulinfo    #cityservices     #utilities      #visitor      #residents      #mayor      #citycouncil    #311Services    #moving #newhome    #ticketsandbonds    #citycalendars

PREPARE FOR YOUR MOVE

  • UPDATE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AT (www.usps.com) OR FILL OUT A CHANGE-OF-ADDRESS AT THE LOCAL POST OFFICE
  • CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS WITH IMPORTANT SERVICE PROVIDERS (Banks, credit card companies)
  • CREATE A LIST OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL NEED YOUR NEW ADDRESS (Email or Call)
  • CONTACT THE UTILITY COMPANIES.  MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE MOVE AND ARRANGE FOR NEW SERVICE.   YOUR REALTOR CAN HELP YOU IF THE SERVICE PROVIDER CHANGES
  • UPDATE AND CHECK YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE
  • UNPLUG, DISASSEMBLE, AND CLEAN ALL APPLIANCES (This makes them easier to pack and move)
  • IF YOU ARE MOVING TO A HOA (Home Owners Association) PROPERTY, CHECK TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY RESTRICTIONS (Elevator or Parking) WHILE MOVING
  • MARK AND LABEL YOUR BOXES APPROPRIATELY.  ("OPEN FIRST", "IMPORTANT DOCS", "MUST "HAVES""BATHROOM STUFF", "BEDDING")
  • IF YOU ARE RELOCATING,  SEPARATE ALL IMPORTANT  DOCUMENTS, ie. (DOCTOR/DENTIST RECORDS, VET RECORDS, CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS RECORDS)
  •  FOR SAFETY PURPOSES, SEND AN EMAIL OF YOUR DRIVING ROUTE TO FAMILY 



MORE CITY INFORMATION TO COME 

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN TEXAS HOMEOWNERS SHOULD LEAVE THE STOVE?

READY TO SELL?

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

The most important step in getting your home sold is pricing it correctly.  There are many factors in making that decision.  Market Research is necessary, but also being open to suggestions from your Realtor is paramount.  The homes interior and exterior condition, interior updates, systems age (water heater, HVAC), and the age and condition of the roof must be factored into the sales price to get the best and highest return and fastest closing.

Note:  When having an Open House, put away all jewelry, identification, prescription medication, wallets and purses.  Personal items of value should never be accessible. 

SELLING MY HOME

  • What Can I Do To Make My Home More Attractive To Buyers? 
  • Are There Any Inexpensive Updates I Can Make?
  • What Do Buyers Notice Most When They Are Shopping?

   

Making Your Home More Attractive


Making your home buyer friendly is very important.  This means allowing the buyer the ability to visualize themselves and their furnishings in your space.  There are certain things you can do to make this easier for them.

  • Freshen up the paint.  Stick with neutral colors.
  • Another inexpensive improvement is light and electrical switchplates.  They vary from the very simple to the extravagant, but tattered, worn or dirty ones stick out!
  • If the carpet is bad, it is very difficult to ignore.  Pet stains, and bad flooring is a tough sell.  My free tip to landlords: Never replace carpet with carpet; use laminate or ceramic tile instead .  This saves you from the possibility of replacing the carpet every new tenant or pricing low because of its condition.
  • Old bathroom hardware can be a relatively inexpensive upgrade.  Replacing old toilets, faucets, and upgrading lighting can totally transform a bathroom. Make sure that the tile and glass are clean.
  • Curb appeal is the initial focal point of your home.  Lawncare is a must when your home is on the market.  Keep shrubs trimmed, lawn manicured, and plant a few flowers if possible.
  • If you are occupying the property, de-clutter and keep the home showing ready (beds made, bathrooms clean, toilet seats down, no dishes in sink, counters clear).  
  • Prepare for the photoshoot.  The camera magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement.  A home that feels comfortable in person can look cluttered online and in photos.
  • Removing one or two pieces of furniture from each room, even just for the shoot, can make your space look larger on screen.
  • Try to include a healthy plant in each room; the camera loves greenery.
  • Buyers who liked what they saw online expect to see the same home in person.
  • Be open to allowing an Open House.   A well-planned event will stir interest and bring in new buyers..

What Buyers Say To Realtors When Shopping


  1. OMG, that paint is horrible!  Every bedroom is a different color.  I simply can not work with this paint and I do not want to paint right away!    

We tell buyers to not let the paint color on the walls distract them from the mission!  Honestly, that is much easier said than done.  My advice:  Keep it simple with a single neutral color in every room with white trim.   Also remember, a fresh coat of paint is one of the most appreciated and least expensive home improvements.

                 

          2.  What is that smell?  I'll bet there were pets here.  I smell a cat!  How will I get rid of that cigarette smoke odor?


A few very sensitive subjects are cigarette smoke, lingering food and pet odors.  These are a few hurdles that a savvy REALTOR® will take under consideration when discussing with you. 


            3. Will they switch out the carpet or                 repair the flooring?   

 No matter how lovely the home, if the flooring is old or badly worn or stained, the buyer is going to want a concession.  If possible, repair or replace before selling.  It will pay off in the end and make your home much more attractive to buyers.

               4.  Are there any major repairs that                 need to be done?  How old is the                      roof HVAC and water heater?  Have                  there been any foundation problems or repairs?   


A savy REALTOR® will ensure  those answers are readily available to buyers!   Your home will be shown by several Agents with their clients.  Making certain they have access to the same accurate data speeds up responses to their prospective clients and to the offer process.        

 

Ready To Buy?  Where Do I Start?

Where Do I Start? 

Next Steps

  • Preapproval Letter 
  • Find A Trusted Professional   
  • Automated Home Search

What Do I Need In Order To Start Looking At Homes?  

Before actively viewing homes it is vital to have obtained a Preapproval Letter.  This document from a lender will show how much mortgage you have been approved to borrow.  This letter is  documented evidence that shows both Realtors and sellers that you are serious in your pursuit of a property.  Ask plenty of questions and make sure you understand the home loan process.   I am also able to refer you to a group of fantastic lenders, and in my opinion, some of the best title companies. 


Find A Trusted Professional  (Look No Further)


The Next Step Is Calling Me @ (469) 396-5226

How Does An Automated Home Search Work?

  • I will have a conversation with you regarding exactly what you are looking for in a home. 
  • Think ahead about sales price, number of bedrooms/baths/garage, square footage and even zip code to be filtered to meet your criteria. 
  •  Develop your wish list in order of importance; (most to least).
  • Active properties that meet specifications will be emailed to you along with a picture of the structure and interior.



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NO RED TAPE, NO HIDDEN FEES, NO CATCH!

Your job is to help others. Our job is to help you. From your first day on the job through retirement, when you're ready to consider buying, selling or refinancing a home we will help you get it done and save you money.


HOMES FOR HEROES HAS SAVED 24,923 HEROES $39,548,361
 

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CERTIFIED HOME PARTNERS AGENT

Rent It Today, Own It Tomorrow!

Discover a new path to owning.



If you’re not yet ready to buy a home now,
but will be soon,(MARILYN TARVER) and Home Partners of America have a great new option for you.


As a Certified Home Partners Agent, she will be able to explain the program to you and answer any questions.  Give Marilyn a call today at (469) 396-5226!


INTERESTED IN DOING BUSINESS WITH ME? I AM HERE FOR YOU!

FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND WE ARE ON OUR WAY! 

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WHAT KIND OF DOCS ARE NEEDED FOR AN ASSISTANCE ANIMAL?

Question

I manage a property with a no-pets policy.  The landlord decided to lease to a hearing-imparied tenant who is requesting an assistance dog who happens to be a pit bull.  The Homeowners insurance policy prohibits "vicious" breeds, including pit bulls.  What happens in this situation?

The Texas Workforce Commissions' Civil Rights Division says that reasonable documentation has to be from a reliable party; a support group, caseworker, someone who has knowledge of the disability and the need for the disability-related accommodation.  It can also be from a doctor, therapists or a marriage counselor.

What if another tenant files a complaint?  Generally the landlord must grant a reasonable accommodation unless it imposes an undue financial or administrative burden on a housing provider's operations.  According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, if a housing provider's insurance carrier would cancel the insurance policy, substantially increase the costs of the policy, or adversely change the policy terms because of the presence of a certain breed of dog or animal, HUD will find that this imposes an undue financial and administrative burden.  However, because the HUD investigator will research this if a complaint is filed, the landlord should find out whether comparable insurance is available without the restriction before denying the request.

TEXAS REALTOR, November 2018 edition