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Open houses open doors to buying opportunities, so what could be better than a weekend full of open houses! The 2011 REALTOR Nationwide Open House Weekend is a tremendous opportunity to promote homeownership and the wonderful inventory of homes in your community. Here in North Texas homes, plan to join the campaign, hosted by MetroTex on Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5. Help make this a successful nationwide event and share your Realtor® Association's planned events with the Active Rain community and more.
Happy Wedding in Britain! - 04/28/11 01:39 PM
It may be a little silly to some, but I am looking forward to the Royal Wedding! No, I am not British aristocracy...but a proud American (and descended from Prussian Royalty). Celebrations for all customs that encourage love and loyalty are life affirming, positive steps. In this day and age where so much tradition has fallen by the wayside (and yes, some traditions should be done away with!) I believe that anyone that is staying up to watch the pomp and circumstance that begins (in central standard time) in the wee hours of friday morning, should have a ball and just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. (0 comments)
Although you may have missed the opportunity to own the lovely custom home I had listed at 549 Ten Mile Drive in DeSoto, TX…I have others!
549 Ten Mile Drive - Impossible to find, a basement home in Texas! Don't miss this move-in ready 4 bed, 2.5 bath, with 2 car garage, that backs to woodland views. Big, bright floorplan w living, dining, kitchen and master suite on the 1st floor, 3 big bedrooms and bath downstairs along with the huge unfinished bonus basement rooms with private entry. Alarm system, garage opener, large fenced yard and more. Don't miss this (1 comments)
Prayers for those affected by the storm - 04/28/11 12:43 PM
My prayers to everyone affected by the devastating storms that ripped through the south that included Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia. The fierce storm system spread destruction with tornadoes a mile wide, and has killed at least 214 people in what is being described as the deadliest storm outbreak in nearly 40 years. To all that can offer assistance either in person or through contributions, please contact your local Red Cross for information on how you may help.
It's a new day! - 04/25/11 09:29 AM
It’s a new day, it’s a new week and it’s month end! A stormy weather start in Dallas, but it is kicking off a great week. Our state has been getting some of the much needed rain, and the wildfires are coming under control. Please continue to pray for more rain, low winds and for everyone involved in this effort.
I hope all of you are busy with closings, few headaches on last minute problems that may crop up, and ready to move into a fabulous May. Have a blessed week!
Shenandoah - 04/24/11 10:17 AM
Shenandoah EstatesGorgeous custom home with resort style pool in highly sought after Shenandoah gated estates community. Open floorplan with enormous kitchen offers all of the amenities you are looking for. 4 Bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bath, 3 car garage, exquisite interior finish out and exterior landscaping creates an urban oasis and your private retreat. Cedar Hill $529,900
Living in or relocating to the Great State of Texas? This website provides you the answers you need about our States' parks, lakes, wildlife, hunting and fishing, etc... If you need information on water, for example - look at everything you can research: Water Water FAQs Aquatic Species Conservation Programs Freshwater Inflow Studies of Coastal Areas National Coastal Assessment River Studies Texas Gulf Ecological Management Sites Habitats Lakes Rivers Private Lakes & Ponds Wetlands Bays & Estuaries Seagrasses Artificial Reefs Environmental Concerns Fish Consumption Bans & Advisories Harmful Algal Blooms Kills and Spills Nuisance Vegetation Invasive Species Texas: (0 comments)
HAPPY EASTER! - 04/24/11 09:48 AM
Wishing you and yours a very Blessed Easter. May you be spending it with loved ones, remembering those you have lost, and helping those in need. Be thankful for your blessings, and gracious to those who seek your help or guidance.
This one is a steal! - 04/23/11 12:55 PM
Don't miss this steal...just reduced, move-in ready: 6614 Morning Dew Drive, Midlothian, TX
The jewel of the neighborhood - You will not want to miss this gorgeous 4 bedroom 2 bath home with sparkling diving pool (installed 2009) located in the highly sought after Meadows at Longbranch community! The spacious open floor plan offers a versatile formal dining room (currently used as a second living area), and an expansive family room with raised ceiling and lovely wood burning fireplace. It flows into the oversize light and bright breakfast room and into the enormous kitchen that boasts imported (0 comments)
Ready to move - 04/23/11 10:58 AM
So much to do when you are ready to move, where to start? Visit my website for helpful links on quotes for moving, etc... and advice and checklists to help make your move go smoothly.
Simply go to "tools and links" and "relocation" for valuable tips.
Have a HAPPY EASTER!!! (0 comments)
Traveling Texas - 04/23/11 10:52 AM
Are you traveling the great State of Texas this holiday weekend? Or, maybe planning a fun road trip this summer to see the sites that our fabulous state has to offer? Here are some helpful links to assist you in your planning:
http://www.texashighways.com/ A great online resource of Texas
"Texas - It's like a whole other country" Office of the Governor's site for tourism: http://www.travel.state.tx.us/default.aspx
Don't miss the chance to visit our great state! (0 comments)
What is PITI? - 04/23/11 10:45 AM
New buyers have so many questions to be answered for their home loan, and a common question that comes up before they begin working with a qualified lender is What is PITI? Monthly housing payment (PITI)This is your total Principal and Interest, Tax and Insurance (PITI) payment per month. This includes your principal, interest, real estate taxes, hazard insurance, association dues or fees and principal mortgage insurance (PMI). Maximum monthly payment (PITI) is calculated by taking the lower of these two calculations: Monthly Income X 28% = monthly PITI Monthly Income X 36% - Other loan payments = monthly PITI (0 comments)
Texas pray for rain - 04/23/11 10:36 AM
Although some people might take exception to Texas Governor Rick Perry's prayer request for rain to help the wild fires that continue to wreak havoc on many Texas communities, I remain joined in prayer with everyone of both religious and spiritual natures. Prayers are given to ease the suffering of the loss of the firefighters who gave their lives, and for the emotional toll this type of devastation takes on all involved.
S & P outlook - 04/19/11 09:59 AM
In reviewing the S & P (Standard & Poor's) website, the following headline was posted:
"AAA/A-1+' Rating On United States of America Affirmed; Outlook Revised To Negative"
As our Nation's debt continues to escalate, this is one more indication that we are not moving in the right direction to correct the problem we are all faced with. An excerpt from the article: We believe there is a material risk that U.S. policymakers might not reach an agreement on how to address medium- and long-term budgetary challenges by 2013; if an agreement is not reached and meaningful implementation is not (0 comments)
Great Potential!Big open floor plan with tons of potential. Home boasts 4 bedrooms, formal dining and living rooms plus a gameroom. The private master retreat is on the first floor and offers a master bath with separate shower, dual vanities and a huge closet. Great kitchen with tile flooring is open to living area with a lovely fireplace...well maintained neighborhood near walking trail. This home is a short sale and needs some cosmetic work. Cedar Hill $104,900
Today's word of the day - Groan - 04/17/11 03:08 PM
This might be more apt for monday morning, but by this evening many of us may be ready to...Groan.... To utter a deep, prolonged sound indicative of pain, grief, or vexation. Sounds apropos for the ending of a weekend and the start of a new day (LOL) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and may you enjoy a wonderful week, a blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday. (1 comments)
What a beautiful Sunday - 04/17/11 02:54 PM
Just counting my blessings, and wishing everyone multiple blessings as well on this beautiful Sunday in Dallas. Gorgeous weather, no storms and visiting with family - what more could you ask for. Remember to take the time to smell the roses, be thankful for all you have, and offer a prayer for those who are struggling. (2 comments)
Arlington TX home for sale - 04/17/11 02:51 PM
Updated 2-story near Lake Arlington at 5908 Derek St offers 4 big bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths and a 2 car rear entry garage. Interior updates include neutral paint, the master bath with elegant oil rubbed bath and sink fixtures and ceiling fans. You will love the imported slab granite counters in the bright eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and views to the landscaped and fenced back yard. The upstairs master retreat boasts a private balcony and a lovely bath that offers a separate jetted tub and shower with dual vanities. New composition roof in process of installation. This one won't (0 comments)
5908 Derek St Arlington TX - 04/17/11 02:47 PM
Updated 2-story near Lake Arlington at 5908 Derek St offers 4 big bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths and a 2 car rear entry garage. Interior updates include neutral paint, the master bath with elegant oil rubbed bath and sink fixtures and ceiling fans. You will love the imported slab granite counters in the bright eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and views to the landscaped and fenced back yard. The upstairs master retreat boasts a private balcony and a lovely bath that offers a separate jetted tub and shower with dual vanities. New composition roof in process of installation. This one won't (1 comments)
Cedar Hill TX Homes - 04/14/11 08:53 AM
Living in Cedar Hill A Premier City Cedar Hill is a Premier City with distinctive character where families and businesses can flourish in a safe and clean environment.As the “Hill country of the metroplex,” Cedar Hill offers unique topography and our community enjoys many natural amenities like Lake Joe Pool and beautiful, family-friendly parks.Successful retailers have made Cedar Hill a major shopping, dining and entertainment center for southwest Dallas county and surrounding areas. (1 comments)
Duncanville ... the only place where you can experience small town Texas and still take advantage of everything Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer. Situated just minutes from downtown Dallas and 20 minutes from Fort Worth, Duncanville provides you with the perfect touch of seclusion yet instant access to quality DFW businesses and attractions at the same time.Whether it is business or pleasure, you can get where you need to go ... quickly and conveniently.Conveniently located along I-20 and Higway 67, Duncanville is easily accessible to major interstate and highway systems in (0 comments)
Real Living Real Estate Group- Midlothian, Texas - 04/14/11 08:35 AM
All of the professional agents involved with Real Living Real Estate Group are thrilled with the new technology platforms and enhancements that continue to be rolled out. Visit our sites and see how easy it is to search for homes and other pertinent information about real estate and the communities you are interested in. Via Mike Houston (Real Living Real Estate Group(DFW)): Real Living Real Estate Group is proud to announce that our parent company has launched a new National Website, Realliving.com . It is a consumer focused website that provides a large home search area. The site offers community information. Consumers (0 comments)
Foreclosure sales in Texas - 04/14/11 08:27 AM
According to the published Texas Realtor for March 2011, "Foreclosure sales not as big a market in Texas as in most other states".
Did you know that according to RealtyTrac, 57% of homes sold in Nevada in 2010 were foreclosure sales? And that Arizona hit the 50% mark? By comparison, foreclosure sales represented 13% of sales in Texas and the national average of foreclosure sales was 26%. In addition, the average foreclosure sales price for our great state was 27% lower than the average non-foreclosure price. Overall, even in states with the highest percentages of foreclosure sales, the numbers are (0 comments)
Don't miss this steal of a deal in Argyle TX - 04/13/11 04:06 PM
Incredible doesn't begin to describe this 6 (or 7) bedroom, 6.5 bath luxury estate with an Old World stone and brick exterior that boasts exquisite finishing touches throughout the home. There is room for all at 8621 Normandy Way, and the floorplan offers perfect versatility for intimate gatherings or grand scale entertaining with multiple living and dining areas, and recreation rooms that include a huge "sports bar" arena with a sunken theater and addtitional playroom that can be a 7th bedroom. The vacation style backyard features a gorgeous pool w spa, slide & rock waterfall, and large covered patio with a (0 comments)
6614 Morning Dew Drive Midlothian TX - 04/12/11 10:17 AM
Sparkling Diving Pool!The jewel of the neighborhood - You will not want to miss this gorgeous 4 bedroom 2 bath home with sparkling diving pool (installed 2009) located in the highly sought after Meadows at Longbranch community! The spacious open floor plan offers a versatile formal dining room (currently used as a second living area), and an expansive family room with raised ceiling and lovely wood burning fireplace. It flows into the oversize light and bright breakfast room and into the enormous kitchen that boasts imported slab granite counters and breakfast bar, upgraded smooth surface electric cooktop with built-in microwave and (2 comments)
after much anticipation, the day has arrived! - 04/12/11 08:54 AM
Dunkin Donuts is a perfect company to look at on its market revival. Just a few short years back, they were almost non-existent and neighborhood stores had closed. Now they have taken advantage of the coffee frenzy and reinvented themselves. A good lesson for everyone to pay attention to! Via Cindy Edwards CRS GRI PMN Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate): Dunkin Donuts opened it's doors on Sunset Road in Johnson City Tennessee this morning at 6am. The first 100 visitors were welcomed with gift certificates , free coffee and donuts! This is the first Donkin Donuts in Johnson City and the residents of (3 comments)
Hey Rainmaker....Is Money Pouring From The Sky??? - 04/12/11 08:50 AM
Good morning Barbara, and thank you for the great Rainmaker blog - I couldn't agree with you more, nothing comes to those who wait. Make things happen, and you can only make things happen by DOING what needs to be done each and every day. Have a great week and blog, blog, blog! Via Barbara Todaro (RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma): After reading a post by Lenn Harley this morning "Why do we blog day after day?" it inspired me share my thoughts. Most of us have the Rainmaker status on ActiveRain. Have you thought about the meaning of that word? A (3 comments)
It's a great day in Texas - 04/12/11 08:44 AM
Incredible spring time weather is here, and after Monday morning's early storms it is a blessing. Prayers go out to everyone affected by the winds, hail and lighting that damaged so many homes and businesses. Wishing all a wonderful week, I hope you find time to enjoy family and friends, and that your endeavors prove fruitfu (and hopefully, profitable!) (0 comments)
Venus Home for Sale - 100% Financing Available - 04/11/11 11:31 AM
Don't let your Buyer miss this great opportunity - so much home for the money, and that (almost impossible to find) financing availability. Take the time to show this home today! Via Mike Houston (Real Living Real Estate Group(DFW)): Venus Tx Home for Sale - 100% Financing Available 150 Lonestar Venus Texas Rural living at its best,Great Location, 4 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, oversized kitchen, large dining area, 3 living areas, large storage shed, community pool, playground, swings.
This home is a rare find. Priced to sell. If you need to get pre approved from a mortgage lender click this link. It will connect (0 comments)
Stormy night in Texas! - 04/11/11 11:28 AM
Spring storm weather is upon us...and they pack a punch! In the wee hours of the morning the majority of the Dallas Metroplex was hit with thunder, lightning, hail and winds up to 80mph. So much for a peaceful night of sleep! (0 comments)
1616 Westridge Dr Plano TX - 04/11/11 11:26 AM
Updated to perfection! Just move in and relax...nothing left to do in this gorgeous Plano home but enjoy! Large open rooms flow nicely for entertaining family and friends with the formal living and dining rooms. The family chef will love the updated kitchen that boasts modern cabinets with cool neutral tones, soapstone counters with custom apron front sink and the big secondary dining area that opens to the bright oversize family room with cozy wood burning fireplace. The split bedroom floorplan provides privacy for the spacious master suite that boasts two closets. There is a cute Jack-n-Jill bathroom for the secondary (2 comments)
What a beautiful day in Dallas - 04/10/11 09:53 AM
Although it is supposed to be Spring, it really feels like summer here in Dallas. High 80's to 90 degrees and it is only April. Our bluebonnets are in full swing and gorgeous as always...but, we need some rain! Enjoy your Sunday and have a blessed day. (1 comments)
It's Time To Buy Again - 04/08/11 07:01 AM
The market is turning and consumers are finally hearing that "It's time to Buy Again". Fortune magazine is not the only source stating the facts consumers need to hear, and the momentum is building! Via Deborah Grimaldi (Re/Max 1st Choice): 'It's Time to Buy Again,' says Fortune
"After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing," proclaims Fortune magazine, one of the world's premier business publications, in its April cover story. The article, headlined "The Return of Real Estate," explains that several market forces have created a more promising outlook for the industry. (2 comments)
TGIF - 04/08/11 06:46 AM
Thank goodness it is friday! That still sounds good, even if you work weekends like many of us do. So I want to wish everyone a great day and an even better weekend. Find time for yourself, family and friends and do something frivolous just because you want to! (2 comments)
I am mad as... - 04/07/11 05:39 PM
I am mad as heck (sorry, can't put the other word in my blog!) and I can't take it anymore. Whew, I feel better - thank you for letting me vent. Nothing in particular, just one of those days! But life is good, we are all blessed and problems are far outweighed by the good things. Have a great evening! (2 comments)
Updated to perfection in Plano - 04/07/11 05:24 PM
Updated to perfection! 1616 Westridge Drive, Plano, TX Just move in and relax...nothing left to do in this gorgeous home but enjoy! Large open rooms flow nicely for entertaining family and friends with the formal living and dining rooms. The family chef will love the updated kitchen that boasts modern cabinets with cool neutral tones, soapstone counters with custom apron front sink and the big secondary dining area that opens to the bright oversize family room with cozy wood burning fireplace. The split bedroom floorplan provides privacy for the spacious master suite that boasts two closets. There is a cute (0 comments)
1616 Westridge Drive Plano TX - 04/07/11 05:20 PM
Updated to perfection T 1616 Westridge Drive, Plano, TX!Just move in and relax...nothing left to do in this gorgeous home but enjoy! Large open rooms flow nicely for entertaining family and friends with the formal living and dining rooms. The family chef will love the updated kitchen that boasts modern cabinets with cool neutral tones, soapstone counters with custom apron front sink and the big secondary dining area that opens to the bright oversize family room with cozy wood burning fireplace. The split bedroom floorplan provides privacy for the spacious master suite that boasts two closets. There is a cute Jack-n-Jill (0 comments)
Midlothian Tx Open House 1070 Mount Zion - Home For Sale - March 13, 2011 - 04/06/11 06:09 PM
I have previewed this home and it is a "Best Buy"...it offers a great country feel but provides city amenities nearby. Don't let your buyer miss out on this incredible opportunity to own their dream home! Via Mike Houston (Real Living Real Estate Group(DFW)): OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2011 TIME 1-3 PM
APPROX 4.85 ACRES, HORSE BARN, OVER 4000 SQ FT HOME, 5 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, GOURMET KITCHEN, BUILT IN REFRIGERATOR, MULTI LEVELS, 3 CAR GARAGE, CUL DE SAC, TWO STORY HOME, GAME ROOM, GREAT COVERED PATIOS OVERLOOKING THE POOL AND TREES, LOTS OF BUILT INS, Home Priced at $450,000.00 Come (1 comments)
Say a prayer - 04/06/11 06:03 PM
As we go through each day, remember to count your blessings...I try not to let ridiculous problems get to me, as I know what a real problem is - a family member passing, a young child battling cancer, an elderly loved one that no longer knows your name. Take the time each day to take a deep breath and be thankful for every blessing you have been given. (3 comments)
Spruce up that yard - 04/06/11 05:56 PM
Spring is here and it is time to spruce up that yard and wow the buyers with great the curb appeal. After all if you can't get a buyer in the front door, it's hard to sell them your home. Quick tips? Trim the shrubs, clip the low hanging tree limbs, plant some colorful flowers and make sure your house numbers are visible and your entry is swept and clean...who wants to dodge spider webs, or worse! (1 comments)
Texas Real Estate - 04/06/11 05:51 PM
Well, Texas was last in and will be first out of this real estate downturn. Our homes never had the overinflated values that many communities experienced across the country, but we have taken a hit on home values and it will take time to recover those losses...but we are seeing a trend up, while many cities are still in a downward spiral. (0 comments)
Calling all Real Living Real Estate Agents - 04/06/11 05:47 PM
If you have not discovered it yet, please go to our new Group! Join today and share your valuable insights, questions and more at Real Living Real Estate - it is open to all Brokers and Realtors in the Real Living Real Estate companies (everywhere). Look forward to hearing from you and networking! (0 comments)
Yes the rules have officially changed. - 04/06/11 05:39 PM
Another law put in place as the politicians continue to "fix" the industry...makes you wonder if anyone writing these rules has ever actually worked in mortgage lending, real estate or even banking. Common sense "has left the building" or at least, Washington DC. Via Matt Brady (Primary Residential Mortgage Inc): Yesterday afternoon, the Court denied the NAMB and NAIHP appeals that were the basis to stay the implementation of the new Federal Reserve rules on loan officer compensation, and ordered that it be dissolved. Not only is this really bad news for Mortgage Brokers, it really does nothing to help buyers. It will (0 comments)
Just winding down - 04/05/11 06:35 PM
Just winding down....not! Busy day, busy week, but it is all good. Buyer's are coming out (with their pre-approval letters in hand!) and it looks like our market is on an upswing. Great home buys throughout the Dallas Metroplex as Seller's are pricing their properties right and buyer's are listening to their agents advice. (1 comments)
Price reduced in Midlothian TX - 04/05/11 06:24 PM
WOW - don't let your buyer's miss this "Best Buy" in Midlothian, TX.... Brandi Ridge Beauty!Another stunning home by Legendary Homes...this lovely four bedroom, three bath home is graced with a brick and stone exterior, lovely landscaping, and boasts a tranquil front porch to welcome you in. The grand two-story foyer features extensive architectural details that include art niches, iron balustrade accents and unique room aesthetics. The expansive formal dining room shows its versatility as it is currently used as a third living area, but you will appreciate its banquet size proportions and soaring ceiling. The large study offers ample space (1 comments)
FHA Requirements: Mortgage Insurance - 04/05/11 10:10 AM
Ever an on-going situation, and most buyers in this market must have mortgage insurance if they are putting less than 20% down on their home purchase.
Updates on mortgage insurance: ---------------------------------- Mortgage insurance is a policy that protects lenders against losses that result from defaults on home mortgages. FHA requirements include mortgage insurance primarily for borrowers making a down payment of less than 20 percent. Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium The monthly payment for an average loan in the FHA portfolio will increase by approximately $30 due to the increase in the annual MIP. The change impacts new loans (1 comments)
Stormy monday in Texas! - 04/04/11 09:49 AM
The old saying is so true...if you don't like the weather in Texas just wait and it will change before you know it! Lightning, thunder and hail - oh my! This week may have kicked off on a rough note, but the rest of the forecast is looking good. Enjoy your Spring! (1 comments)
What’s a Short Sale - 04/04/11 09:46 AM
Great, useful information as so many consumers still have no idea what a Short Sale is and how they can benefit from it when needed. Via Judy Chapman (Koenig & Strey Real Living): Try Googling What is a Short Sale, and you’ll get over 6 millions links to informative websites. So it’s no wonder many homeowners are confused about Short Sales, what they are and what they have to offer. With so much information and misinformation floating around, it’s easy not to know which end is up, and no wonder. From all the hoopla, you probably surmise a Short Sale is something good (1 comments)
BACK ON THE MARKET and waiting for the perfect buyer! Reduced to sell AS-IS, this ready for you to finish sophisticated contemporary golf course estate home has incredible views. Grand entry, open living with 2 story great room & dramatic fireplace, gourmet kitchen with imported granite counters contrasted by custom dark wood cabinetry, large breakfast room. Formal dining. Master retreat with spa bath and huge closet. 4 or 5 beds,5.5 baths, gameroom, media, exercise, study & bonus room. ALL OFFERS ARE SUBJECT TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT APPROVAL & MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE BUYERS AGENT, CONTACT LISTING AGENT FOR MORE (1 comments)
Spring is in the air - 04/02/11 04:30 PM
And the Texas Bluebonnets are popping! We are experiencing an unseasonably warm spring here in the Dallas area, tomorrow's temperature is supposed to hit 90. The warm weather is bringing the buyers out, and showings and offers have increased...here's hoping your area is (or will be soon) doing the same! (2 comments)
What is a CO...are you kidding me? - 04/01/11 11:34 AM
I know what you are thinking...are you kidding me? Believe it or not, I actually had that question posed to me from a Realtor that is working with new construction and/or incomplete construction home sales as a Buyer's agent. How can a professional in this industry not know or understand what a Certificate of Occupancy is and present themselves as an "expert" in this type of home sale negotiation? This and other deficiencies can be solved by on-going education and being with a Broker that ensures their licensed agents actually are "experts" in a field before they advertise that way. (3 comments)
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