Sherry Campbell
Broker-Owner GRI
Energy Realty

Member Institute of Luxury Home Marketing
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
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Energy Realty is Sherry’s brainstorm to offer a new standard of real estate and relocation in Houston! Having been a top producer for two of the largest real estate companies in the last 8 years, Sherry has always prided herself in her genuine attentiveness to her client’s needs and she is building a team of realtors in her own office to offer the same quality service.

Having lived abroad in both Africa and France, Sherry has experienced the trials of the expatriate life first hand, and she works that insight to her advantage when assisting international clients with buying and selling homes. While her initial success was due to her ability to work with international relocations, her knowledge and expertise quickly earned her a reputation as a skilled Realtor that takes the stress out of buying and selling a home.

Sherry has continued down a path of success by thinking ahead of the curve during a changing real estate market, identifying that the days of realtors sitting back and waiting for homes to sell are over. Her innovation and expertise during a down market allowed her to remain a top producing Realtor during tough times and to move properties and buyers into homes. She continues to stay educated and networks with the top Realtors in Houston to provide top notch service to her clients. Besides earning multiple awards with both RE/MAX and Keller Williams, Sherry obtained her brokers license 4 years ago, is a Graduate of Realtor Institute, Member of Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, member of Greater Houston Home Connection, and a Five Star Award Realtor in 2011.

Her goal is to continue to provide support on both a professional and personal level to all of her clients long after the sale is done!

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What’s Ahead in 2020?

Monday, 06 January 2020 22:53

Happy New Year! While activity slowed down the last 2 weeks of 2019, my phone started ringing on December 26 and showing activity resumed immediately.  If the last week of 2019 is an indication of what we have to look forward to in 2020, this could be a stellar year for home sales, and we could come out of a buyer’s market. It always amazes me that this market can change overnight. While homes lingered on the market for 6 months or longer the latter half of 2019, I have already seen some of these homes go under contract this year. Many sellers chose to change Realtors after their homes did not sell, and I wanted to point out that sometimes, it is the market that needs to change, not the Realtor. The two key factors that Realtors can assist with, and hopefully lead you towards a sale, are Price and Presentation.  If your home does not have any showings, ask your agent to check with other agents with listings in the neighborhood-if their listings do not have showings, then it is a market issue. If other listings have showings, then you and your Realtor need to re-evaluate the price or presentation. It is important to understand that the real estate market is fickle, so both the Seller and their Realtor need to constantly monitor the market and gauge the response from the public once they have settled on a price. What may have started as a reasonable list price could change as other seller’s lower their prices in reaction to the market. A price reduction does not always mean that a house was over-priced to begin with, but it could be that the market (or buyers) did not respond to that price. The Presentation of a property incorporates the photos, staging, and the way a home is marketed.  Presentation is everything that a Realtor does to bring buyers in to see your home. If the home is presented and marketed well, but buyers still aren’t making an offer, it is time to evaluate the price again. There is a saying in the industry, “Every home will send in any market at the right price.” If the market is not accepting a price that you agree with or are willing to sell your home, it may not be the right time to sell your home, so talk to your Realtor about your options. January is a month for paying property taxes, HOA dues, and making New Year’s Resolutions. At Energy Realty, our resolutions for 2020 are as follows: We will continue to invest in technology so that we can offer a seamless real estate experience for all of our clients. We will continue to find new and innovative methods to market homes so that we are always ahead of the curve. We will continue to educate our Realtors so that they are the most knowledgeable and professional Realtors in Houston. We will open a branch office in Katy. Share some of your New Year’s Resolutions on our Facebook or Instagram Page. If buying or selling a house is one of your resolutions, we hope to help you reach that goal. Writer – Sherry Campbell

Where Have All the Buyers Gone

Saturday, 07 December 2019 15:57

A recent article in Houston Agent Magazine headlined “Houston is Heading for a Record-Breaking 2019”, yet for most of our neighborhoods, we are seeing homes lingering on the market. Why does the media always post optimistic articles about the real estate market when prices on homes in established neighborhoods keep dropping and the homes are still not selling? I had to reach deep beyond “Fake News” and a light when off in my head when my father, who is a Realtor in Montana, commented that he read an article that said “We will have an overabundance of Baby Boomers homes in the near future because these are not the type of homes Millennials are looking for.” So what is it that the Millennial, our biggest home-buying segment for 5 years in a row, is looking for? According to an article I found in The Post & Courier online, “Millennials are 52% more likely to buy a multi-family property compared to Generation X and Baby Boomers.” This article also indicated that unlike Generation X, Millennials are not opposed to fixer-uppers; however, due to student loan debt, Millennials tend to purchase in the low $200’s. Where do you find homes in the low $200’s in our neighborhoods beside a multi-family townhome or condominium? The answer is new construction in the suburbs, which is growing at a rate of 30,000 homes per year for the next two years, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. This same article also revealed that since the most recent oil bust, the U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that we are losing over 19,500 residents a year over the last two years compared to a gain of 60,000 residents a year just prior to the bust. So there lies the answer! Homes are selling in the lower price range and existing homes continue to compete with new construction. “After the most recent oil bust, the homebuilding market has shifted toward more moderately priced homes, with the majority of construction activity delivering homes in the $200,000 to $400,000 price range,” the Houston Chronicle article cited. I had to do some digging, but I hope this sheds some light on this market. What does that mean for the homes in our neighborhoods? You either have to lower your price to appeal to the Millennial buyer or fix your home up to appeal to the Generation X buyer. Writer – Sherry Campbell

Best Time to Buy a Remodeled Flood Home

Saturday, 09 November 2019 11:08

Over two years after Harvey devastated communities in Houston, we are still struggling to sell homes that flooded. Despite the fact that even the Texas Real Estate Commission has revised seller’s disclosures to differentiate the homes that flooded from the “release of a reservoir” and homes that flooded from a “natural flood event”, a large percentage of buyers are still hesitant to buy these homes. It is important to remind buyers of the following when it holds true: 1) These homes never flooded before. 2) These homes flooded after 50” of rain and the release of not one but TWO reservoirs. 3) when professionally remediated, these homes can be restored. Buyers often ask me, “How do we know what is behind the walls and if the seller remodeled correctly?” I always respond with, “How do you know what is behind the walls of any home in Houston, including new construction?” Now more than ever, it is important to be diligent with inspections including checking the following inspections: Structural and Mechanical Underground Plumbing or Hydrostatic Tests Foundation Inspections Mold Inspections The silver lining after Harvey is homes that were old and outdated have now been modernized with more on-trend finishes and open floor plans, so when you find a home that has been remodeled well, it is a great opportunity to buy in these flooded neighborhoods.  Many of these homes are priced 10%-20% below pre-flood value, despite the fact that they are in like-new condition. Please be careful because there are some remodeled flood homes that are not done well. Ask questions about the remodel and permits when applicable. A good Realtor can guide you through this process. No two homes are created equal and some of these flooded homes were remodeled with poor finishes and workmanship. The neighborhoods in the Energy Corridor have so much to offer and as the memory of Harvey fades, the location and quality of living that you can find in these locations will far outweigh the risks. Prices will come back, it is just a question of how soon! Stay tuned for neighborhood videos coming soon on the Energy Realty website that highlights why these neighborhoods are a great place to live. Writer – Sherry Campbell

Houston Home Sales Sizzle in August

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 16:33

Houston home sales were hot through August, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. Low interest rates continue to encourage home buying in prices ranging up to $750,000, but homes priced above $750,000 slowed compared to the rest of the market. Despite this good news, most home prices continued to soften, so we will probably see home values in 2019 end lower than 2018. The other good news is that I feel that our market has finally hit bottom. It has been two years since Harvey devastated many Houston neighborhoods, and we are also seeing oil companies heat up the hiring in Houston again as oil prices stabilize. The Houston housing market typically follows the oil market by 6-12 months. I think home values will start to go up again in 2019! If you are just now choosing to put your home on the market for sale this Fall, you could see some good results. When you read the article below about mortgage rates, 30 year mortgage rates have consistently remained under 4%, so the Fall market could be the second best time to sell a home besides the Spring. Vacations are over, schools are in session, and many home buyers hope to take advantage of the Texas Homestead Exemption by the beginning of the year. We continue to assist homeowners in flooded neighborhoods as well, and although these homes typically sell below pre-flood value, at least they are selling again! Many flooded homeowners are choosing to Lease their homes until their home values go up again, and with oil companies hiring again, many of these homes are leasing. Despite the rumor, most oil companies are allowing rentals in previously flooded homes. We are still in a Buyer’s Market, so remember that buyers have the upper hand with more inventory to choose from so we see two things happening: 1) buyers like to negotiate 2) buyers are looking for homes that are move in ready. Every house will sell in any given market at the right price! The question you will need to discuss with your Realtor is what that price is and if you are willing to sell at that price. A professional Realtor should be able to give you a realistic idea of what your home will sell for in this market.

Relocation Activity Picks Up

Thursday, 08 August 2019 12:21

Relocation Activity Picks Up While oil prices have dropped in the last week, oil companies seem to be hiring and taking on new projects because we have seen more foreign nationals relocate to Houston in the last month than we have seen in two years. Energy Realty opened for business during the peak of oil prices, and during that time, 30% of our business was with foreign nationals. After oil prices plummeted in 2014, we felt the impact with a downturn in relocation clients and home prices followed that downturn. The real estate market typically follows oil prices by 6-12 months, and we are starting to see that activity point the market in the right direction.  Although 3 years ago $50 a barrel was not a good sign for Houston, today oil companies are producing oil more efficiently and are still profitable in this range. It’s about time that this real estate market starts to normalize because it has been as unpredictable as oil prices for the last three years. Our relocation agents are receiving multiple clients arriving with oil companies and oil service companies every week, and the word is that most companies are hiring and relocating by the 100’s. Although I reported in May that clients relocating to Houston would potentially purchase homes rather than lease, we have seen a shift to high end leases again, with budgets in the range of $3000-$8000 per month to lease executive homes with pools.  If your home flooded and has been remodeled well, a lease may be the best option until home prices rebound from the last three years, but be prepared to make sure your home is modern in order to attract these executive renters. Read the article below about how remodeled flood homes have started to sell below pre-flood values and suppressed the values of non-flood homes. This will hold true with rental properties that have not been modernized. Our international team of Realtors specializes in relocation and will be ready to turn this market around as more foreign nationals arrive to Houston.

Harvey and HGTV Have Impacted Home Sales

Thursday, 11 July 2019 07:04

We are officially under a storm watch going into the weekend, and the homeowners who have just started to recover from Harvey, are probably holding their breath over the potential threat of a hurricane entering the Gulf. Communities that flooded from Harvey are still recovering from the financial blow to home values, and surrounding homes that didn’t flood have felt the impact as well. How did Harvey change our market in Houston? Flooded homes in established neighborhoods have been remodeled to look like new, or in some cases remodeled poorly by investors that wanted to turn the house for a quick profit. After sitting on the market for over a year in some cases, some investors have now let these homes go back to the lenders, and although they are not in a “foreclosed” state, the prices are being slashed for a quick sale. If you have a home in the same area that didn’t flood but you have not remodeled, how do you compete with a fully remodeled home that is priced 10-20% less? Buyer’s expectations have changed in this market, and they are looking for homes that are not only remodeled on trend but floor plans that are more open. Many homes in established neighborhoods have not been remodeled, and it is becoming a struggle to sell these homes to today’s buyer. There are some areas that are an exception to the rule, like homes in Spring Branch that are built in the 1960s and 1970s yet are still highly sought after for the schools. Harvey isn’t the only event that shifted buyer’s expectations-HGTV has created the image of the dream home that every buyer is looking for. Today’s trend of the dream home is open and neutral with wood floors and white cabinets. Buyers expect bathrooms and kitchens to be updated, and surprisingly, that includes the secondary bathrooms. Today’s buyer is not giving the seller any slack! Selling a home today is like selling a car–make it look like new, or the buyers will think your home is worth a lot less. Energy Realty agents are equipped to guide you and offer advice as well as contractor options to help you sell your home for the best price. Read the attached article what buyers want in a home as well as an update on mortgage rates. It is a great time to buy a home in Houston with low-interest rates and increasing inventory.

Houston Real Estate Market Heats Up!

Thursday, 13 June 2019 17:12

The Houston real estate market seems to be following the temperatures and heating up as we swing into the summer season! I hope everyone is seeing the signs of increased activity and more homes going under contract at a faster pace than we saw in the last 6 months. I know that every Realtor I speak to seems to be busy. At Energy Realty, we have seen more business than we have seen in 2 years. Yes, it is still a buyer’s market in most areas, unless your home is priced under $250,000, but remember, the real estate market follows the oil market within 6-12 months, and we are still in that window. While oil prices did take a dip the last few weeks, companies seem to be doing more hiring than laying off, and many of the employees being relocated to Houston are coming in on a local package with little to no housing allowances. This could continue to impact the rental inventory, but boost home sales as people relocating to Houston turn to a home purchase in lieu of a rental. Summer is the season to move as many families like to settle in before school starts again in August, so if you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time to list! With 30-year mortgage rates hovering under 4%, it is a great time to buy as well. If you are trying to sell, don’t be shocked if the value of your home is less than what it was worth 3 years ago, because we have seen values drop in the last 3 years. Every real estate market is cyclical, like the stock market, and we have been in a down cycle for 3 years. The good news is that we should see prices start to go up by the end of the year. Always hire a professional that will be up front and evaluate the market with an honest approach rather than someone who is just trying to put a sign in your yard. 

Market Shows Big Improvement in First Quarter

Thursday, 04 April 2019 11:29

The first quarter of 2019 flew by, and it seemed to fly especially fast, as our office has seen more activity than we had in the last 2 years!  Our office just closed 97 transactions in 3 months. If the trend continues for the rest of this year, all indicators are that our real estate market is bouncing back from a 3 year downturn. It’s about time Houston!                 Following a mini crash at the end of 2018, oil prices are rebounding again and staying in a profitable range of $60 per barrel, so we are also seeing more relocation activity than we have seen in the last 3 years.  However, according to members of the Houston Relocation Network Group that we are part of, relocation clients are increasingly moving towards a home purchase rather than a lease. This could cause the higher end rental market to stay stagnant or continue to drop if the trend continues.                 I am happy to report that we continue to Lease homes that are in new and updated condition, but I would approach this market with caution and not only insure that rental properties are in good condition, but also make sure they are priced well.                 While activity is picking up, we still have a lot of inventory due to a slow 2018, so we are still in Buyer’s market with over 6 months supply of inventory. Prices may continue to drop as homes that have been on the market for a long time struggle to find the right buyer, and the demand for remodeled homes that are ready to move in will continue to be higher than the fixer upper.                 The silver lining behind Harvey is that flooded homes are being remodeled to look like new, but this will be tough competition for the homes that did not remodel because not only are the homes like new, they are also priced lower.                 It is a great time to purchase a home with lots of inventory and lower interest rates. Please read the article below about mortage rates dropping to the lowest rate in a year.

I Love Venezuela Foundation

Thursday, 04 April 2019 08:09

  “We have so many Venezuelan friends and neighbors in the Energy Corridor, and our hearts go out to them as their country suffers,” said Sherry Campbell, owner and broker of Energy Realty. “We also have five Venezuelan agents, so we are personally connected.”    Energy Realty intends to continue to raise money for I Love Venezuela throughout the year by donating a portion of sales to the foundation. The foundation was selected because of it’s widespread reach in Venezuela and it’s affiliation with the United Nations. As stated on their website, their mission is to “Create and channel resources to non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) that contribute to the well-being, human development and social transformation in Venezuela.”   “I know the founder of I Love Venezuela, Santi Chumaceiro, and they have provided so much aid to Venezuela in the form of education, health, and social development,” said Soraya Goode, Realtor at Energy Realty. In order to bring awareness to the crisis in Venezuela, Soraya Goode and her fellow Venezuelan agents intend to have a strong presence at the Energy Corridor International Festival with food provided by Pastelitos, artisanal products from Venezuela, and entertainment.  The owner of Pastelitos, JR Criollo is originally from Venezuela and opened his restaurant on Eldridge Parkway in 2011. He serves a unique blend of Latin and Venezuelan flavors, but specializes in the Venezuelan pastelito, “a hand crafted pastry filled with savory ingredients”. The pastelito will be  just one of many Venezuelan products that can be sampled on April 27. “We had a strong turnout of support from the community at the Art is An Outdoor Market and collected a lot of donations for the children of Venezuela on March 23,” Soraya added. “We expect to raise even more aid at the International Festival.” Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and the Energy Corridor is one of Houston’s most diverse communities. Please join us in celebrating all of our cultural differences and join Energy Realty in their effort to help Venezuela. You can also go online to ilovevenezuela.org to make donations directly online.

Sometimes Smaller is Better

Thursday, 07 March 2019 14:03

We were recently introduced to a new Home Warranty company with amazing technology and a different concept for keeping home repairs from sky rocketing, and as a real estate Broker I was not only excited to introduce this to my clients, I was excited to sign up myself. However, in less than 30 days as I logged online to set up a home warranty for a client, I found out that this company had been gobbled up by a larger home repair company! What started as a vision to offer better hands on service for home warranties, ended with a huge payout. Doesn’t it seem like all the small companies are being taken over by the large companies and limiting our options?  Amazon is the largest retail internet site in the world, but they continue to add services and gobble up smaller companies.  Will we become a world where all of our shopping is done on Amazon? The same thing seems to be happening in real estate as some of the largest real estate companies in the world acquire or merge with the small boutiques. Energy Realty is a small boutique with only 25 agents, and we are all about full hands on professional service. In a world that is being taken over by the corporate giants, I hope to remain the small fish so that we can continue to cater to the needs of our clients. Technology is great and is making our lives easier in many ways, but we are losing the personal touch through technology.  What happened to the days of calling a company and having a live person answer the phone?  Why do we need to go through a litany of recorded options over the phone or internet before we can get a live person to finally answer our questions? Many of the large companies no longer give you an option to speak to a live person and expect you to find your answers on their website “Help” section. When dealing with someone’s largest investment, I feel that we accomplish so much more with personal interaction, not only through the negotiations process, but also to help give our clients the comfort and ease they need when buying or selling a home. Admittedly, I am an online shopper, and Amazon is a go to site, but when I am looking for service, I want to work with a company that treats me like an individual and not a number.  In the end, quality is more important than quantity. Thank you for letting me ramble on this month about corporate take over’s. I promise to give you my views on the market again next month.

 

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