buying a home: What Makes a House a Home? - 04/27/15 12:12 PM
It's interesting to watch some of my clients go through the move-in process, and begin to personalize and accessorize, putting their touch on their new house. But what is it that makes a house a home? The home itself? The neighborhood? How do you really settle into your new digs to create a place of comfort?
Getting to Know You... I think each story starts with the personality of the home itself. Maybe the home is clean and neat. Maybe a bit difficult and time-intensive. Maybe warm or cold, dark or bright. Getting a sense of the home and what works and … (9 comments)

buying a home: Either Way? You Pay to Have a Home - 02/18/15 02:24 PM
I speak with so many people that are apprehensive about purchasing a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the (massive, very serious) obligation of a mortgage. But I think many forget to realize that, unless you are living with your parents without rent, you are paying for shelter - either your own house note or your landlord’s house note.
Think about it. There are tax incentives to owning a home, which are great little perks when you file yearly. And, if you purchase with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, your ‘housing budget’ is locked over the thirty years by and large … (2 comments)

buying a home: New Priorities - 2014 Housing Predictions in Dallas-Fort Worth - 01/02/14 06:12 PM
Getting yourself in order for the New Year? Maybe that means reflecting on the year passed - what it brought to you, and what you brought in return. Losing weight, quitting that bad habit, picking up a good habit? Did you think about making it a resolution to get your finances and budget in order for homeownership? Or upgrading your homes condition, even moving-up into the home that you've had your eye on?
With a new year comes new opportunity. There are many predictors and expectations, and if we base our activity for this year off of what we experienced in … (2 comments)

buying a home: Thou Shalt Not... - 07/19/12 02:19 PM
Decided to take a break from the Moving Checklist today to share a little tip with you about your financial status and things to avoid when applying for a loan, for those under contract to buy a home.

Thou Shalt Not...
Buy a New CarOpen a Credit CardHave your credit pulled for any reason (furniture, appliances, cell phone, etc)Dispute any liabilities on your credit reportAccept large deposits without a paper trail (gifts, cash on hand, etc)
All of the above could affect your ability to qualify for a home loan, even on the day of closing. Don't learn the hard way! … (3 comments)

buying a home: Do I need a Real Estate Agent to Buy a House? - 08/30/11 09:04 PM
Every so often, it's nice to send a reminder out about the importance of having proper representation when making large financial decisions. Just recently, I learned of two real estate transactions that did not proceed as planned because the Buyers did not have someone to advocate their needs.
So, just in case you were hit by a large boulder and forgot the importance of having a guiding light in the largest monetary purchase you are likely to make in your lifetime, let me remind you. With a real estate agent, Buyer's will receive:
Extensive Needs Analysis : Some form of communication … (51 comments)

buying a home: Do I need a Home Inspection? - 06/01/10 11:18 AM
A home inspection will give you a comprehensive and thorough look at the overall condition of the home. Although an inspection cannot identify every problem, it can uncover problems that should be addressed before buying a house that needs a costly repair.
No, a home inspection is not always required. But at a cost of about $300-$450, it is a wise investment for anyone that is purchasing. A contract that is contingent on a home inspection from a qualified home inspector will benefit from:
Evaluation of the actual physical condition of the building, construction and mechanical systems of the … (2 comments)

buying a home: Open House Sunday 5/30 - 541 Hillcrest Drive, Garland 75040 - 05/27/10 02:46 PM
Open House Sunday, 5-30 -- Updated and Move-In Ready! … (0 comments)

buying a home: What's your Contract Pet Peeve?! - 04/13/10 04:45 PM
Contracts, the promulgated forms, addenda and amendments adopted by entities such as the Texas Real Estate Commission, are worded and structured so that certain Buyer and Seller protections are made a part of a standard agreement and can be amended or updated according to case law and other changes in judicial rulings. Ironically enough, it's got a pretty good capture of most of the items that one might run into in your everyday, run-o-the-mill real estate transaction. That remains true here in the Dallas Metroplex as well.
Within reason, I'm often called upon to be a little more understanding when our … (3 comments)

buying a home: Should I Buy a House Now? - 04/13/10 12:37 PM
Low interest rates this year have lulled the majority of buyers (mainly first-timers) into believing that home loan rates in the 5.50% and lower range are "normal". This is not the case (see credit crisis of the 1980's) and if you are in the position where you need to refinance or are considering buying a home, complacency is not your friend.
Government programs in the housing and interest rate realms are ending in the coming weeks and months. The time to take advantage of these programs is now, people! While there will always be those that believe differently, infinite stimulus for … (2 comments)

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Dallas City Center Realtors

Dallas, TX

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Address: 3100 Monticello, Suite 200, Dallas, TX, 75205

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