Our Professional Goals
We strive for excellence and share our services and knowledge with Visitors about our unique real estate market, so they will become well informed Buyers who are empowered to make GREAT DECISIONS and become our happy Lake Neighbors.
We provide the BEST SERVICE and marketing resources possible which makes our Sellers’ properties stand out from the competition and sell in the least amount of time – for a sales price that works well for all.
3D Tour Services
Dollhouse view will help home buyers experience the home like never before, prior to taking one step through the door. With the ability to turn and rotate the home 360… these are not your traditional virtual tours.
The interactive floor plan enables potential home buyers to really get a feel for the layout of the home. Switch from floor to floor or view an overall floor plan of the home. We label each room and annotate special features that you reference, which creates a floor plan that creates excitement.
PKRE3® 3D Spaces help you create an environment that is like actually being there. No more scrolling through still images or poor quality virtual tours – engage more buyers faster by providing potential home buyers with the most amazing real estate purchasing tool!
PKRE3® 3D Spaces are the most immersive way to experience resort homes, whether you’re on a traditional browser or using a virtual reality headset. But with virtual reality, PKRE3® 3D Spaces are that much more immersive and engaging, because viewers get a total sense of presence – the cognitive sense of physically being in a place.
The next-generation immersive 3D Tours presentations that are revolutionizing the way home buyers interact with real estate has arrived at Possum Kingdom Lake! This completely new form of 3D media invites you to explore a place as if you were actually inside the home! Our 3D/360 Spaces are not your traditional virtual tour. Buyers will be blown away with our 3D/360 Spaces and their ability to leverage the very latest in 3D technology which can aid in their process of elimination. It is no longer necessary for Buyers to spend days traveling around our massive lake country looking for their dream escape, when they can explore and discover a true and accurate representation of what is important in the interior of a residential property to the purchaser and their family. This includes the use of space, the traffic flow through the floor plan, and limitless details through superior dimensional accuracy. See the new 3D/360 Space views of only our Exclusive Listings on Realtor.com, LuxuryRealEstate.com, PossumKingdom.com and more. Just look for the 360/3D link on the detail page.
Selling? Things to consider
- Possum Kingdom SPECIALIZED Marketing
Any agent can list a property for sale on the web making the internet a very congested place. Plus, did you know that Possum Kingdom Lake is NOT a searchable city on most national real estate search websites like Zillow because we do not have our own zip code? That’s right, Buyers need to intentionally search for Graford Texas or its zip code to see Possum Kingdom properties on most of these national search websites! But with PKRE® specialized marketing, geared just for Possum Kingdom Lake, your property may be found on more than 800 websites! Our company promotions on many of these national search websites are then geared to cause our clients’ properties to stand out from the crowd.
- Maximum EXPOSURE to Most Likely Buyers
Exposing your lake property to the most likely buyers is essential. Many of the best prospects are beyond the reach of other local agents advertising in the Possum Kingdom area. However, PKRE® advertising and marketing are extensive and we target the markets known to be where the buyers reside.
(Please ask for our 2020 Marketing Plan for details)
- Think About ESSENTIAL Services
Long-distance agents who live more than 30 minutes from the Possum Kingdom area may be closer to many of the buyers but are often not familiar with Possum Kingdom. Providing essential service in a second-home market is very inconvenient for them because of the time required to travel back and forth for countless tasks. Digitalized lockboxes may be convenient for them but they can’t warn anyone that the property’s doors or windows may have been left unsecured or the lights and AC have been left on for weeks at a time. In huge contrast, PKRE® agents are available to help keep sellers’ properties secure and we always accompany buyers. PLUS, we assist all less familiar buyer agents during showings upon their request.
- PROFESSIONAL vs. Relational
Sellers often have family or friends in the real estate business to list their property for sale, but because of distance, real estate expertise, or advertising resources, but unfortunately, this relationship often lacks the abilities required to obtain the highest sales price in the least amount of time on the market. Those valued relationships can also be strained and even damaged when business expectations are not fulfilled.
- TRUST Has To Be Earned
PKRE® are the Trusted Local Experts. We are the ONLY Full-Service, Real Estate Brokerage who has EXCLUSIVELY and SUCCESSFULLY served the Possum Kingdom market area for almost 50 years. Our Possum Kingdom Lake expert agents have assisted several thousand prominent Texans. Our legal record is spotless, and we are proud of our reputation for putting the needs of our clients first! Read what our many clients say about us on Facebook, Google, Zillow etc..
- Teamwork Means HORSE POWER
This works for our clients’ benefit! We are the most experienced team, and we are “boots on the ground”, ready to get the job done for you in the most effective ways. On the national websites, our PKRE® Team buying power causes our clients’ properties to have a preferred placement (where available) plus our PKRE® Team consistently respond to leads in less than two minutes because of our unique PKRE® Team approach to being PK Lake’s FIRST RESPONDERS. In this technological age, placement and response time are major factors for keeping OUR clients’ properties in front of the rest.
- Our Clients' Properties COME FIRST
For many years, our website, PossumKingdom.com, has been the “GO TO” tool for folks wanting to learn all about our lake in addition to finding and buying lakefront property, or property in surrounding areas. Our company website has consistently ranked high in organic search engines like Google. The homes and land listed for sale by PKRE® are shown FIRST in every search result, a feature reserved exclusively for our clients. We send thousands of email alerts to our Possum Kingdom Lake prospective buyers on a weekly basis. We have established strong business relationships with national or global “Partners” whom we have teamed up within our pursuit of exceptional service on our clients’ behalf.
- We Have The SAFE DESTINATION
The Possum Kingdom Lake Welcome Center on Park Road 36, is the destination location for visitors seven days a week. Our PKRE® agents often become the INITIAL CONTACT for many visitors. Since we have PKRE® offices and agents on both sides of the lake, our agents can be available on short notice–which is terrific; for, not only is our lake is remote; it’s huge!
COVID-19 UPDATE: To maintain safety for our Team as well as for others we are temporarily limiting access to the Welcome Center lobby but we are making appointments to personally meet prospective Buyers who must fill out a COVID-19 Questionnaire to determine any health risk. Then during showings we provide face masks and remind prospective Buyers not to touch anything inside.
Buying? Make a great decision
- Why Do You Want To Buy?
Are you ready to get out of the City? Are you tired of paying short term vacation rentals? Have you outgrown your current lake home? Are you looking for an investment portfolio? Are you looking for an income rental property? Would you rather own in a different lake area? Having a clear sense of your reasons for buying will help you choose the right property.
- The Risks of Buying at Possum Kingdom
Property ownership is an excellent investment; whether you are looking for your dream lake home, a rental income property, or to expand your investment portfolio. Owning real estate is one of the least risky ways to build equity or to obtain a greater return on your initial investment.
- Choosing A Buyer's Agent
Buying a property requires making many important financial decisions, understanding complex issues, and completing a lot of paperwork. It helps to have an expert in your corner when undertaking such a large purchase. Our PKRE® can guide you through this process, and also provide you with access to property listings many times before they hit the general market.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing your real estate professional:
- Look for a full-time agent in the POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE AREA– one who has experience completing transactions similar to yours.
- Interview a few agents: Are they familiar with the area in which you are interested?
- Ask how much time the agent will have for you and if they are available at night and on weekends.
- Does the agent return your calls promptly? Time is money when attempting to buy a property.
- Ask for a list of properties they have sold or a list of references.
- Choose an agent who listens attentively to your needs and concerns. Pick an agent, with whom you feel comfortable.
Time To Go Shopping! Once those preparations are out of the way, it is time to find the right property for you.
- Take Full Advantage of an Agent's Knowledge
Get to know the lake neighborhoods or subdivisions, which interest you. Your local expert agent should be well informed enough to explain the different restrictions and “personality” of each lake neighborhood. Several communities are gated and access is restricted for security purposes so allow your agent to drive you around to get a feel for what it would be like to own a property in the different areas. Your local expert should also send you information on new listings in the different communities.
- The Smart Way to Narrow Your Search
Save time and stay safe. Select a few properties that interest you the most and contact a PKRE® Agent to send you Virtual Tours to visit them online. Ask your real estate agent about the potential long term resale value of the properties you are considering. After narrowing down the choices even further schedule an appointment to come see only your favorites.
- Time to Buy
Once you have picked out the property you want to purchase, we are here to help you make an offer that the Seller will accept. A good Agent will investigate the potential costs and expenses associated with the new property. Our goal is to help you draft your offer in a way that gives you the advantage over another offer.
- Escrow Inspections and Appraisals
The Initial Agreement and Deposit. An effective agreement is a legal arrangement between a potential Purchaser and the property’s Seller. Some important tips to keep in mind to streamline the process:
- Keep written records of everything. For the sake of clarity, it will be extremely useful to never make verbal agreements especially counter-offers. PKRE® Agents always transcribe your offer into writing and through easy electronic signatures by email make it easy for both parties. We will assist you in drafting all the paperwork for your purchase and make sure that you have copies of everything.
- Stick to the schedule. Now that you have chosen your offer, you and the Seller will be given a timeline to mark every stage in the process of closing the real estate contract. Meeting the requirements on time ensures a smoother flow of negotiations so that each party involved is not in breach of their agreements. During the process, we will keep you constantly updated, so you will always be prepared for the next step.
- A Title Company will be selected as a closing agent. The closing agent will hold the deposit in escrow and will research the complete recorded history of the property to ensure that the title is free and clear of encumbrances by the date of closing and that all new encumbrances are properly added to the title.
- How to Hold Title. You may wish to consult an attorney or tax advisor on the best way to hold the title. Different methods of holding title have different legal, estate, and tax implications, especially when selling or upon the death of the titleholder.
Once your offer is accepted by the Seller, you will need to have a licensed Property Inspector inspect the property within the time frame that was agreed upon in the effective contract to purchase. You may elect to have different Inspectors inspect the property if you wish to obtain professional opinions from Inspectors who specialize in a specific area (eg. roof, HVAC, structure). PKRE® has a list of reputable Inspectors which have assisted previous Clients. Our goal is to discover any condition of the property which was previously unknown. Depending on the outcome of these inspections, one of two things may happen:
- Either each milestone is successfully closed and the contingencies will be removed, bringing you one step closer to the close, or
- The Buyer, after reviewing the property and the papers, requests a renegotiation of the terms of the contract (usually the price).
- Property Insurance
If you are obtaining a loan, you will be required by your lender to purchase a certain amount of insurance on the property. The value will depend on the lending institution and the purchase price of the property. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year on homeowners insurance by shopping around for insurance. You can also save money with these tips;
- Consider a higher deductible. Increasing your deductible by just a few hundred dollars can make a big difference in your premium.
- Ask your insurance agent about discounts. You may be able to get a lower premium if your home has safety features such as dead-bolt locks, smoke detectors, an alarm system, storm shutters, or fire-retardant roofing materials. Persons over 55 years of age or long-term customers may also be offered discounts.
- Insure your house NOT the land under it. After a disaster, the land is still there. If you do not subtract the value of the land when deciding how much homeowner’s insurance to buy, you will pay more than you should.
We will be happy to recommend experienced knowledgeable insurance agents for every property type.
- Final Walk-Through
Closing Day –
If you have come this far, then this means that it is almost time for congratulations, but not yet. Do not forget to tie up these loose ends:
- Final Walk-Through Inspection.
- More of a formality than anything else, the final inspection takes place a day before, or the day of the closing. You will visit the property to verify that all is in working order, everything is the same as when you last viewed the property, that there are no extra items left behind, and that everything included in your purchase is still at the property. If you can not make the final inspection our PKRE® Agents can make a virtual walk-thru with you, provided there is reception in that area.
The closing agent will furnish all parties involved with a settlement statement, which summarizes and details the financial transactions enacted in the process. You and the seller(s) will sign this statement, as well as the closing agent, certifying its accuracy. If you are obtaining financing, you will have to sign all the pertinent documentation required by the lending institution. If you are unable to attend the scheduled closing, arrangements can be made depending on the circumstances and the notice that we receive. If you are bringing funds to the transaction, you can elect to either have the funds wired electronically into the closing agent’s escrow account or bring a certified bank check to the closing in the amount specified on the settlement statement. The seller should arrange to have all property keys and any other important information for you at the closing so that you may receive these items at this time.
What Our Customers Are Saying
If you’re looking for a friendly, well-organized, hardworking agent to buy or sell a home, we highly recommend Judy Smith. Judy was our realtor when we relocated from out of state. From our first meeting over the phone, Judy was attentive to our needs, proactive in gathering a detailed list of musts we were looking for in a new home, and emailed listings to us even before our first visit to Nebraska. She worked diligently during our house hunting visit and showed us homes she knew fit our criteria. She worked hard in negotiating a fair deal with the sellers and securing a closing date that met our needs We were truly pleased with our entire experience working with Judy.
Judy went above and beyond to help my husband and I, we moved here from Oklahoma and did not know the area, she got us into a area that we loved then four years later she helped us again to purchase some land to build on and just recently helped us find some rental properties, very impressed with her knowledge in all areas. If you want someone who knows the market you have found the right person!
We moved out of state and only had one day to look for a new house. Judy designed the day perfectly, and we saw everything we needed and wanted to see to make a decision. The negotiations went great for us, considering the difficult seller we were working with. Judy made sure we got the best deal. She was always easy to get ahold of and discuss any concerns we had. She’s up to date on everything, including all the technology that made doing paperwork from another state a breeze. Would definitely recommend Judy Smith to anyone needing an excellent agent!
Judy Smith is an experienced and very effective agent. She understands the market very well, and is well-connected throughout the area. She helped sell our unique property which included a large house, baseball field, outbuilding and acreage. She created a very nice brochure which reflected the quality of the property and used state-of-the-art technology to develop a 3-D visual tour. Potential buyers appreciated her genuine and approachable style. My husband and I highly recommend Judy’s services.
Judy came on recommendation from our listing agent from our previous home when we moved to the area. We couldn’t have been more pleased. Judy was readily available by phone and email, is knowledgeable about the market and has more business contacts than I have friends and family. Judy was able to point out issues with houses on walk through that we weren’t as keen to notice that affected home valuation and future resale. When we were out of town and saw a house for sale we might like, Judy walked through the home on facetime with us to give us a better idea if we wanted to place an offer. She really was adept at catching on to our likes/dislikes and was able to recommend areas we had not thought of. When it came time to make a deal Judy’s experience and negotiating skills helped take pressure off us and we definitely didn’t feel pushed to make a deal. We had some concerns about the house we were bidding on but Judy was able to use her local contacts to get contractors at the house in addition to the home inspector to make sure we were protected. I’ll fully admit that I’m picky, sometimes bull headed and obsessive about certain home details. Judy navigated my personality quirks with ease. My wife and I would recommend her hands down and had a very positive experience.
Judy was absolutely amazing to work with! She went over and above the call of duty searching for our dream home and would not let us settle. I appreciated her tremendous work ethic, responding to my messages in the wee hours of the night and early morning to help us meet our deadline. You could not ask for a more knowledge, committed and genuine partner. She loves what she does and it is obvious in her service to others. Thanks Judy…after several months…we still love walking in the door of our home and you made this happen! The Adams’
Judy has great marketing skills, and knows her real estate market well. She was very available and helpful. She does a good job of matching buyers with appropriate properties
Judy got us an offer for asking price within 2 hours of listing our home! She is fantastic and so easy to work with! Her knowledge of real estate, the market and staging was incredible. We highly recommend her!!
Judy goes above and beyond to help sell or buy your next house. She is great to work with. Her knowledge in real estate is second to none. She even helped us get our house “in order” to sell by suggesting craft people. You won’t be disappointed in choosing her as your top notch realtor.
Judy Smith is a very knowledgeable and experienced realtor. She has a great personality. Judy sold our house in two months. The working process was very smooth. We were very fortunate to have Judy Smith as our realtor.
Judy Smith and her husband Dave were a great team. The complete process of the purchase of our new home was by far the smoothest we have experienced. My wife and I have moved quite a few times in our marriage. Judy was at the top of her game, and would with out a doubt I would recommend her to everyone.
“My Husband and I purchased a home on Possum Kingdom Lake in August 2019 with the help of our Real Estate Agent, April Keeter. We worked with April for a number of years looking for a home that best suited our family. Regardless of the prolonged time frame, April was always willing to look for the perfect property. Never having owned lake property, we were novices about the priorities of owning at the lake and April was very patient about teaching us and showing us the importance of these issues. She answered all our questions and made herself available to guide us through the purchasing process and closing. We both felt April had our best interest at heart….compassion over commission.
April is very knowledgeable and extremely professional and it was a pleasure to work with her. We will recommend her to friends and family or anyone making a real estate purchase. We most certainly will use April again for any of our real estate dealings.”
Maggie Burgess is an outstanding Realtor. From our long distance communication, to the very informative trip of the east and west side of PK Lake, and the knowledgeable tours of the homes we were viewing, we were so impressed with her knowledge and integrity. I would have no problem purchasing property from Maggie, either in person or via long distance. We felt that Maggie was looking out for our best interests and wanted us to be happy. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS REALTOR
“April Keeter was fantastic to work with. This is the 2nd property I’ve purchase with April. She responds promptly and goes out of her way to help with any anything extra. I went into contract on the house sight unseen. April was kind enough to be present for an electrician and hvac professional to come by and give an estimate while I was still living out of state before the option period ended. She is professional, hard working and dedicated. She cares. I highly recommend April to my friends and family.”
Maggie Burgess was amazing!!! She is an area expert, and also a great person to be around and true joy. We came in for two weekends, and she had our visits arranged perfectly. We love our new lake house, and Maggie is invited anytime!
I have worked with Keith Hanssen for several years. He kept me informed of the status of the real estate on a regular basis and I trusted him for advice when an offer was made. I would certainly recommend Keith.
“My husband and I began a home search in Graham and we were lucky enough to be put in contact with Misty Shook. We were impressed how hard she worked at finding and arranging for the showings. We decided to build our new home instead of purchasing, however if the time comes for us to purchase, we will definitely be contacting Misty again. Thank you Misty for all your hard work. We appreciate you so much!!”
Maggie Burgess had expert knowledge of the area, was quick to assess our property goals and negotiated a successful purchase on a marquee property using creative offer strategy that beat out competing offers. When we signed the deal, Maggie was with us all the way providing measurements as we are not local, providing vendor contacts to maintain the property and helped us above and beyond the scope of a realtor. If you want to buy at Possum Kingdom, you will be a leg up if you use Maggie. She treated us like family.
Keith Hanssen did a great job of representing us in a down market for lake front property. He was easy to work with and helped us move items from the property which we had owned for 29 years. Keith Hanssen’s the man at PK Lake. He knows everyone and knows how to get anything done. He even helped us sell our boat. I couldn’t give a higher recommendation!
Vee Hanssen listed our lake place on Westside of PK and one of her teammates found us a buyer in under 60 days. That’s pretty good considering we had been trying to get it sold for two years. She used a different approach to marketing it that worked. Vee stays in touch and is now our friend.