Joel Watson - EXP Realty

Joel Watson - EXP Realty “Putting You First!” As an award-winning agent, I would love to help you buy or sell your home. I always stay in touch with clients, negotiate strategically and market effectively.
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Good morning! 🕺 Lets talk DUCT CLEANING! Today, I’m going to share with you some personal research I performed on “DUCT ...
02/06/2020

Good morning! 🕺 Lets talk DUCT CLEANING! Today, I’m going to share with you some personal research I performed on “DUCT CLEANING” - the process of having your heating/air ducts cleaned in your home.

* Note this is NOT professional advice but simply what I’ve learned from researching whether to have this performed in my own home.

Allergy and asthma sufferers are probably the largest contingent of folks who look into duct cleaning. Also, parents who want to make sure their indoor air environment is safe for their kids often look into this. Others may have an unexplainable illness and be willing to consider everything. Most often, the suspected culprit is dust (or more specifically, dust-mites) but sometimes it’s mold or bacteria.

First, there are many $79 duct cleaning offers out there from unscrupulous companies. Their equipment won’t even clean ducts properly. Their main aim is to get in your home to sell you other services and products.

Then there are duct types that can’t really be cleaned. Then there are ducts so old and contaminated the ductwork needs to be ripped out and replaced.

Sometimes there are issues other than dust which can cause problems, especially for allergy sufferers, such as mold & bacteria. Some companies will suggest using a chemical treatment for this. Ask which chemical they want to use and research whether it has harmful effects on humans or pets, as there’s currently no chemical approved for this use by the FDA. There are other methods that may be of benefit, such as a UV-light unit.

Then there are ducts that don’t need to be cleaned but people think they do. In fact, there’s no hard data (yet) that cleaning DUST from ducts helps anyone. The theory is the dust gets trapped in the ducts and doesn’t come out. Note I did not include mold there.

And yes, there is a duct cleaning association (NADCA). Their website was more helpful than most and they certify companies to do this work. I’ve attached a list of the only companies in the Bham area that the association has certified. It is not cheap - at least $400+.

The bottom line is having your ducts cleaned of dust may or may not help allergy sufferers. But if the issue is mold, depending on the type, it can be good to address that by whatever means - and importantly, prevent it from returning. And if you ever choose to have your ducts cleaned, you may want to go with one of the certified companies pictured here and use your favorite HVAC company for everything else.

Have a great day!! 😁

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My company, eXp Realty, is an international, top-ranked brokerage with many industry awards and much recognition, like b...
02/05/2020

My company, eXp Realty, is an international, top-ranked brokerage with many industry awards and much recognition, like being named a Glassdoor Best Place to Work for the third year in a row. We were established in 2010 and now have over 25,000 agents worldwide and over 175 agents in Alabama - and growing.

Of course, none of this would be possible without you, our clients, so thank you for choosing me - and eXp!

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"Zestimates can give you a very general idea about the value of your home or a home you’re considering buying, but they ...
02/05/2020
The Truth About Zillow Zestimates | Blog | HomeKeepr

"Zestimates can give you a very general idea about the value of your home or a home you’re considering buying, but they aren’t appraisals.. If you’ve reached that point where you’re ready to buy or sell a home and want a highly accurate price point to start from, contact your Realtor for a comparative market analysis."

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Do you know how much your home is worth? No, really, do you? Homeowners and buyers across the country often…

Ever wonder why a buyer's agent and listing agent are called "cooperating" agents? Because we cooperate to get your deal...
02/04/2020

Ever wonder why a buyer's agent and listing agent are called "cooperating" agents? Because we cooperate to get your deal done - without compromising your buying or selling position. Also, part of our job is to be an "emotional buffer" between you and the other party if things get sticky. (We stick to facts!) Pictured with me is Paula Eckert, an up-and-coming agent and good friend.

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Message or call me to see this beautiful home today so we can get your offer in! 🔑 🏠
02/02/2020
Joel Watson - EXP Realty

Message or call me to see this beautiful home today so we can get your offer in! 🔑 🏠

COME 👀 IT - FALL IN ❤️ - MAKE AN OFFER BEFORE MONDAY NIGHT! 😲 This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level has custom kitchen cabinets, hardwoods, walk-in closet, circular drive, huge fenced back yard with oversized patio and extra-long parking pad. Off I-459/Edwards Lake Rd. Message or call for more details/showing. Message or call me today for your Sunday showing! 🏠
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COME 👀 IT - FALL IN ❤️ - MAKE AN OFFER BEFORE MONDAY NIGHT! 😲 This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level has custom kitchen cabinet...
02/01/2020
920 Pine Hill Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35235

COME 👀 IT - FALL IN ❤️ - MAKE AN OFFER BEFORE MONDAY NIGHT! 😲 This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level has custom kitchen cabinets, hardwoods, walk-in closet, circular drive, huge fenced back yard with oversized patio and extra-long parking pad. Off I-459/Edwards Lake Rd. Message or call for more details/showing. Message or call me today for your Sunday showing! 🏠
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This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level sits on a flat lot and ha...

*FOR SALE - SHOWINGS START SATURDAY!*920 Pine Hill Rd off I-459/Edwards Lake Rd. Click below for more details.#joelwatso...
01/30/2020
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*FOR SALE - SHOWINGS START SATURDAY!*
920 Pine Hill Rd off I-459/Edwards Lake Rd. Click below for more details.
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*FOR SALE* This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level has custom kitchen cabinets, hardwoods, walk-in closet, circular drive, huge ...
01/28/2020

*FOR SALE* This beautiful 4br, 2ba 1-level has custom kitchen cabinets, hardwoods, walk-in closet, circular drive, huge fenced back yard with long parking pad. 920 Pine Hill Rd off I-459/Edwards Lake Rd. Showings start SATURDAY! Message or call for more details/showing.

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At a Seller's home while the carpets are being cleaned because they couldn't be here. Do YOU want a full-service, full-t...
01/27/2020

At a Seller's home while the carpets are being cleaned because they couldn't be here. Do YOU want a full-service, full-time Realtor to sell your home? Call or message me today.

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01/26/2020

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Had a BLAST at our eXp Realty event yesterday! Learned new info to better serve my clients and met many other eXp agents...
01/23/2020

Had a BLAST at our eXp Realty event yesterday! Learned new info to better serve my clients and met many other eXp agents. If you’re thinking about getting into real estate, ask me about this company!

Many thanks to Gusty Gulas Group - Exp Realty, X-tra Living at Exp Realty Birmingham - Genny Williams for organizing and to our other speakers and sponsors including Jones-Warren Home Inspection Services!

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HAPPY MLK DAY! “The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choo...
01/20/2020

HAPPY MLK DAY!
“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”
- BELL HOOKS

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01/07/2020

Joel Watson - EXP Realty

01/03/2020
01/01/2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🕺👏🏼🥂
What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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As we ring in 2020, expect to see more of some of these design trends. Can you see a black tub in your near future?#joel...
12/31/2019
Home Design Trends 2020: Here's What We Expect to Be Hot | realtor.com®

As we ring in 2020, expect to see more of some of these design trends. Can you see a black tub in your near future?

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Our design experts spill the details on what they expect to be "in" for 2020, and how you can use these looks to refresh your own home.

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12/31/2019

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In this fast-moving real estate market, obtaining loan pre-approval should be the FIRST thing on a buyer’s checklist. He...
12/30/2019

In this fast-moving real estate market, obtaining loan pre-approval should be the FIRST thing on a buyer’s checklist. Here are just two examples why:

One of my sellers received several offers. Two were loan offers with only pre-qualification letters. (Prequalification means nothing to a seller). The third was a cash offer but the price was much lower than one of the loan offers. But having no confidence at all in either loan offer due to the lack of a pre-approval letter, which offer do you think the seller chose? The lower, cash offer.

Another example: I’ve had buyers who wouldn’t take my advice on getting loan pre-approval first. We look at a few homes and they fall in love with one and they want to buy before they thought they would. Then they finally apply for their loan and instead of being able to afford the $350k home they want, they can only afford $250k. They wasted their time, my time, and several sellers’ time. And sometimes folks find out they can’t get a loan at all.

Please take your Realtor’s advice. We have the knowledge and experience to help you avoid such pitfalls.

Pre-approval increases your purchasing power! Don’t forego this initial, crucial step. Not doing so can waste everyone’s time and cost you that perfect house you really want! 🙀

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12/25/2019

No matter which holiday(s) you celebrate, I hope every day is a day your heart is filled with love, hope, compassion, forgiveness and joy! ❤️

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12/24/2019

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12/19/2019

Still have gift shopping to do? May the odds be forever in your favor.

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📣 If you’re paying cash, we can still find the perfect home and get you moved in by Christmas. Call or message me today....
12/11/2019

📣 If you’re paying cash, we can still find the perfect home and get you moved in by Christmas. Call or message me today. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 🎁

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I hope this day is one that you get to be with those you love, whether that be blood family and/or your chosen family of...
11/28/2019
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I hope this day is one that you get to be with those you love, whether that be blood family and/or your chosen family of friends. I am very grateful for you, my clients and especially those of us who have become friends via real estate. ❤️

Yes, it's December but the Birmingham area market is STILL hot, with sellers selling and buyers buying! Call me today if...
11/21/2019

Yes, it's December but the Birmingham area market is STILL hot, with sellers selling and buyers buying! Call me today if I can help you or someone you know. 🏠
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Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!  🍽 🍷 🍽 🍷 🍽Trying to host a holiday party often feels like an overwhelming b...
11/19/2019

Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving! 🍽 🍷 🍽 🍷 🍽

Trying to host a holiday party often feels like an overwhelming burden. Don't stress! Follow these handy tips so you can happily host a Thanksgiving or holiday party and still find a balance between work and family.

Finalize your guest list
Sometimes guests can be wishy-washy. Make sure you've got a solid idea of how many people will be attending your dinner so you can plan to have enough food. It's Kiki okay if a few people have to cancel last minute or if someone wants to bring a plus one later, but try not to stray too far from this final guest list as you prepare.

Check your kitchen equipment
If you don't usually cook a lot, you'll want to make sure you have all of the necessary equipment for Thanksgiving dinner. Don't forget to check to make sure it all still works! There's nothing worse than finding out your ancient food processor isn't up to the task on Thanksgiving day.

Decide on your menu
Write down what dishes you want to cook yourself. Make sure there's a good balance between dishes you need to cook in the oven and dishes that can be made on the stove-top. Your oven will be a precious commodity come Thanksgiving day, so make sure that not every side dish needs last minute oven time. Find some dishes you can serve cold or at room temperature. It's also a good idea to incorporate some dishes that can be made ahead, so you don't have to cook everything the day of.

Make two shopping lists & shop early!
Once you've finalized your menu, make two lists of items you'll need to buy. One list will be for things you can buy now. Include any ingredients that will last a week or more before Thanksgiving. The second list will be for your final trip a little bit before the big day. Include more fragile items that expire faster.

Prep ahead of time.
Throughout the week leading up to the party, prep and store as much food as possible.

Buy pre-made appetizers and desserts.
The star of a holiday meal isn't in the appetizers or desserts – it's the main meal, so save your energy for that. You can also ask people to bring an appetizer or dessert.

Delegate tasks to guests
If you're having a potluck style Thanksgiving, make sure you've finalized who is bringing what dish. If you've got indecisive guests, try assigning them types of dishes and let them get creative. For example, tell a guest you need them to do dessert or a casserole, but let them decide what kind. You don't want to have a Thanksgiving where everyone brings cups and ice!

Have your dishes and cutlery ready.
Before the party, pull out all the dishes, serving bowls, cutlery, etc. Clean and organize them, and have them ready to go so you aren't scrambling last-minute to find the serving spoons.

Set up stations.
Have an area for drinks, trash and recycling bins, and even consider having a buffet set up so people can serve themselves.

Hire a housecleaner.
Having help cleaning before and after the party will save you an enormous amount of time and energy.

Follow these tips and enjoy the holidays!

Sources: The Kitchn,The Spruce Eats, Cooking Light

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Gas station Thai. Can’t be beat. Good fuel for an afternoon listing appointment. Looking to sell? The market’s still hot...
11/15/2019

Gas station Thai. Can’t be beat. Good fuel for an afternoon listing appointment. Looking to sell? The market’s still hot. Message me. 😁
Blue Pacific At Hoover Foodmart
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In this fast-moving market, obtaining loan pre-approval should be the FIRST thing on a buyer’s checklist. Here’s an exam...
11/11/2019

In this fast-moving market, obtaining loan pre-approval should be the FIRST thing on a buyer’s checklist. Here’s an example why:

One of my sellers received several offers. Two were loan offers with only pre-qualification letters. (Prequalification means nothing to a seller). The third was a cash offer. Having no confidence at all in either loan offer due to the lack of a pre-approval letter, which offer do you think the seller chose?

Pre-approval increases your purchasing power! And it sometimes means a win over a cash offer. Don’t forego this crucial step. Not doing so can waste your time and cost you losing that perfect house you really want! 🙀

NEW TOWNHOME LISTING!! 680 Idlewild Circle in historic GLEN IRIS! 2BR/2.5BA, $159,900. Minutes from UAB, I-65, 31, 280. ...
11/09/2019
680 Idlewild Circle, Birmingham, AL 35205 - Homesnap

NEW TOWNHOME LISTING!! 680 Idlewild Circle in historic GLEN IRIS! 2BR/2.5BA, $159,900. Minutes from UAB, I-65, 31, 280. These units rarely come on the market, so call or msg me today if interested! 😲

680 Idlewild Circle is currently listed at $159,900 on Homesnap. View 30 photos of this 2 bed, 2+ bath, 1657 Sq Ft townhouse in Birmingham, AL.

TOWNHOME COMING SOON: 680 Idlewild Circle in historic GLEN IRIS!2BR/2.5BA, $159,900. Minutes from UAB, I-65, 31, 280. Sh...
11/05/2019

TOWNHOME COMING SOON: 680 Idlewild Circle in historic GLEN IRIS!
2BR/2.5BA, $159,900. Minutes from UAB, I-65, 31, 280. Showings start Friday afternoon (pics online then). These units rarely come on the market, so call or msg me today if interested! 😲
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10/31/2019

It’s the scariest Halloween ever!
Have fun and be safe. 😁 🕺 🧛‍♂️
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10/30/2019

It’s the scariest Halloween ever!
Have fun and be safe. 😁
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Post-workout lunch with mom at Dale's Southern Grill. Mmmm!- Mortgage rates remain near 3-year lows. If you’re consideri...
10/28/2019

Post-workout lunch with mom at Dale's Southern Grill. Mmmm!

- Mortgage rates remain near 3-year lows. If you’re considering buying, now is a terrific time to seize the opportunity before its gone. And there are still homes for sale that didn’t sell in Summer. So if you’re looking for a fixer-upper, Fall and Winter are the best times to get a deal!

Out in this GREAT weather ready to show YOU some homes! Interest rates are incredibly low and now’s the time to get a de...
10/18/2019

Out in this GREAT weather ready to show YOU some homes! Interest rates are incredibly low and now’s the time to get a deal on a home that didn’t sell in Summer. Call or message me and have a great day! 🏚

(Also, referrals are the lifeline of my business. If you know of anyone looking to buy or sell, please send them my way. I’ll take great care of them. Thank you!)

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The best few weeks of the year to buy a home are here! Call me. #joelwatsonrealtor #puttingyoufirst
09/24/2019
The "Black Friday" of Homebuying is Almost Here - Sep 19, 2019

The best few weeks of the year to buy a home are here! Call me.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Many homebuyers may be ready to give up on their home search for the year, but the best time to buy a home in 2019 is the week of September 22, during which shoppers will find less competition, more price reductions and more inventory to choose fro...

Need a bigger place so your pooch can have their own couch? Call me. #joelwatsonrealtor #puttingyoufirst
09/07/2019

Need a bigger place so your pooch can have their own couch? Call me.

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09/05/2019

Coming Wednesday!
1-bedroom condo on Hanover Cir in historic Highland district. Main level, security gate, park in front of your door, pool, workout room, clubhouse, coin laundry. $59,900! You won’t find a better value in the area. Stay tuned for pics! 🏠

Please please please don’t pay attention to a ZIllow “Zestimate”.  They are almost always inaccurate. I’ll gladly give y...
09/03/2019

Please please please don’t pay attention to a ZIllow “Zestimate”. They are almost always inaccurate. I’ll gladly give you my professional, hyper-localized opinion of what you’re home is worth - at no charge or commitment to list with me. 😁

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Joel Watson is a Birmingham-area native and award-winning Realtor with years of experience helping sellers and buyers in the Birmingham metro area. At age six his wish was to become a firefighter. Little did he know his future would not involve saving homes and people - but selling homes and saving people time and money.

Joel was taught if you want something, you have to work hard for it. At age ten, he already showed signs of being a helper by assisting at his grandmother’s ceramics shop. Joel had fun creating sale signs and interacting with customers. It brought him joy to help them find the perfect treasure for their home. The same happiness and satisfaction he found helping others then is what motivates him to provide superior service to his clients now.

Joel earned a Bachelor of Science from UAB in Psychology and Sociology. As the years went by, he worked his way from computer salesman to customer service rep to advertising specialist to law clerk - never wavering in his resolve to become the best version of himself with each career move.

When Joel started in real estate, his aspiration was to become the best agent he could be for his clients. He knew real estate would not be an easy career, but he welcomed the challenge. He commits himself daily to providing his clients with the best full-service real estate experience in town. He has already earned numerous accolades, including:

- Innovative Marketeer Award, 2018 - 1st Tier Top Agent, October 2018 - 1st Tier Top Agent, July 2018 - Top Agent Hoover office 1st Half 2017 - 1st Tier Top Agent, May 2017 - 2nd Tier Top Agent, June 2017 - 2nd Tier Top Agent, March 2017 - Innovative Marketeer Award, 2016

What Joel’s clients and associates are saying:

"This is a guy who knows marketing, contracts & negotiations. Highly suggested." - Rita K

"Amazing level of service. Incredible negotiator." - Crawford M

"I got my home at a price I was happy with, so I’d highly recommend him!" - Luke D

"He draws on multiple cutting-edge resources and his own expertise to provide quick answers and sound judgment. He will give you his full personal attention as he guides you through the process." - Bron S

"He was enthusiastic and willing to work around my schedule. He showed me properties around the area, which he knew well, and was completely professional." - Brian G

Joel lives in Hoover and in his free time enjoys exercise, meditation, dining out, plays, movies, live music and art events. He is a volunteer member at several local non-profit organizations including Steel City Men’s Chorus, Shambhala Meditation Center and C-3 (Caring, Conscious Community).

Do you want an agent who puts YOU first? For your no-obligation consultation, call or text Joel today at 205-354-5584.

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