The first time I met the owner of 10721 Rathdowney was at the end of March. We stood on his back patio and he was so nervous he couldn’t stop shaking. He had lost his job in Dallas and the tenants he had at this rental property here had trashed the house. He didn’t know what to do and didn’t know who could help.

He needed the money but he didn’t know how to get the tenants to move out and he didn’t know how to sell the house without selling for a low-ball price that he was offered by an investor. Fortunately, he called us before it was too late.

The first thing we did was put a plan together. With our help he negotiated with the tenants so they would vacate the home within 15 days. During that time, we helped the owner get contractors scheduled for new flooring, paint, countertops and landscaping. Although this is more than is normally necessary to sell a home many absentee landlords including this one don’t realize how much damage tenants can do to their property.

While we were waiting for the tenants to move out the owner got a great new job offer in New Mexico and they wanted him to start immediately. We told him to go start the job and we would handle everything from here. As soon as the tenants moved out, we got the contractors in to complete all that work in a matter of a few days.

Once the home was ready, we got it staged with our furniture and on the market. The home was Sold Fast for well over asking price. In the end the owner netted close to an extra $75,000 compared to what an investor was trying to buy the house for before he called us.

Hopefully you don’t have tenants who will trash your house and need this type of extreme makeover. Whether you need this much help or just some make-ready recommendations to get the best price in today’s market call us for similar results at 512-791-7473  or email


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