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Settlers Glen Subdivision In Waxahachie Tx Considered Proactive - 06/26/11 08:17 PM
Fabulous subdivision with all of the benefits of big city living in a smaller community. Waxahachie is a "best kept secret" of the Southern Dallas area, and a town you need to look into! Via Mike Houston (Real Living Real Estate Group(DFW)): Located just seconds from highway 287, Settler's Glen is placed just 5 minutes from beautiful downtown Waxahachie Texas. Settler's Glen with its 92% owner occupancy continues to steadily grow even in the economic short fall. Settler's Glen has been considered a very desirable place to live due to a portion of residents already being policemen and firemen and has continued to (0 comments)
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you will ever read:
I could not agree more...it is time for everyone to pay heed, pull themselves up and take pride in achieving more and expecting to receive something for nothing, less.
Via Steve Peters, Jr. (Peters Realty): 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. (1 comments)
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Via Mike Houston (Real Living Real Estate Group(DFW)): Facts The current economic stage the United States seems to have enrolled itself within, has pushed citizens to scramble for any and all forms of earning a quick buck. The unemployment rate has increased slowly but inevitably continues to cause more and more problems for our eventual rise back to a obtainable and feasible economic (1 comments)
Your big dreams are impossible. Don't let that stop you. - 06/26/11 01:21 PM
Your big dreams are impossible...don't let that stop you. Yes - that's correct! Dare to dream big, and dare yourself to achieve (even) bigger than the goal you set for yourself. Remember each day to "make it count" and never give up! Via Jon Washburn (ActiveRain Corp): Whether your plan is to become a world class cellist, the #1 Realtor in your city, or to build the first worldwide chain of espresso shops, when you first embark on your journey the path always includes some irrational and impossible steps. Don't let the fact that what you are planning to accomplish is logically impossible (1 comments)
Equifax’s Dirty Little Secret - Credit Bureau - 06/26/11 01:17 PM
Oh my word...just when you think you have heard it all, more information comes to light regarding credit scores and how misleading (even when you pay for the information) the information you receive can be. Listen to this call! Thank you, Mark, for sharing. Via Mark Fidgett - www.NotaPennyDown.com: From now on you may want to reconsider paying $23.95 to Equifax for your credit score. You might be surprised to hear that what you get, may NOT be what you expect. You like me, probably believe that when you pay the additional $23.95 to Equifax, you’re getting the score that lenders rely (1 comments)
Pay it Forward - Hedging in the Heat - 06/26/11 12:36 PM
Thank you for sharing Will...life has so much more meaning when we take the time to help others. Pay it forward, and count your blessings. Via Will Hamm Real Estate in Colorado (Cornerstone Homes Realty/Metro Brokers): Pay it Forward - Hedging in the Heat How do you help a 87 year old man, who is moving to assisted living and wants to sell his home? This past week I took from 7 am until noon to help my wife's uncle who has 6 kids (but only 4 live in the area) trim his over grown brushes with one of his daugthers. He is (1 comments)
Sunday reflection - 06/26/11 12:33 PM
On this beautiful Sunday, I reflect on the words of William Ward Ayer, D.D.
“There is not enough love, obviously, in our religious exercises; we try to buy ourselves into good relationship with God. We bow Him out of our lives in normal things and then think we can ingratiate ourselves by a few religious exercises on Sunday. The attitude seems to be: Lord, I’ll do my part and you do Yours but let’s not become too intimate in the process.”
William Ward Ayer, D.D. was a Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.
Wishing you and (0 comments)
Have a peaceful Sunday - 06/26/11 11:22 AM
I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this beautiful day, and to send a prayer for everyone in Minot, North Dakota...for current information on the City, click here.
The devastating floods have taken their toll, and the Red Cross can use everyone's help. To go to their website, click here.
Please send your prayers, and if you are able - send a donation to assist those affected by this flooding.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Sunday. (2 comments)
What is wealth? I thought I would share this quote from Adam Smith on wealth: “Whatever a person saves from his revenue he adds to his capital, and either employs it himself in maintaining an additional number of productive hands, or enables some person to do so…for a share of profits. As the capital of an individual can be increased only by what he saves…so the capital of a society can be increased only in the same manner.”
Adam Smith (baptised 16 June 1723 – died 17 July 1790 [OS: 5 June 1723 – 17 July 1790]) (2 comments)
The Loan Process Part 2 5. Escrow At this point, you will find out: The funds needed for closing. The schedule for closing. When the deed will be prepared and mortgage note. When closing and title transfer will occur. 6. Application Checklist To speed up the application process, bring the applicable following items to your loan application appointment. Signed copy of Purchase Agreement plus all Addendums. Tax and Legal description on subject property. Residence addresses for the past two (2) years. Past two years' W-2 statements or 1099’s. Computer generated paycheck stubs for last 30 days. Names, addresses (0 comments)
The Loan Process - Part 1 If you're like most people, you will probably need to secure a mortgage loan for your new house. Application for a home loan can take as little as one week and up to a month, depending on the type of mortgage. Your lender or mortgage broker will be able to give you a better idea of the actual time it will take from application to approval. However, in general, conventional loans are processed more quickly than FHA or VA loans. The following is a step-by-step outline of what to expect during the loan application (2 comments)
Need a cell signal boost? - 06/22/11 03:14 PM
Are you in need of a cell phone signal “boost”? I was experiencing low and no bars in several office locations, and since we Realtors “work on the fly” this was a problem (I know, I know…can you hear me now!?!) I just tried a product that actually does what it says it does - a cellular signal booster.
This product has multiple variations and price points from a hard install in a home or office (attic access, etc…) which I didn’t want to attempt if I didn’t need to. I settled on a mobile version, and am happy to (2 comments)
It's Summer! - 06/21/11 07:28 AM
Welcome to summer, officially - today is the first day and the Dallas area is welcoming it in with a bang! Big summer storms rolled in overnight and are continuing this morning. Although we desperately need the rain, the ferocity of the storm (typical for Dallas...we just have to do everything "big") has, unfortunately, knocked out power for many. And, the roads are presenting hazardous driving in low lying areas with deep ponds of water just waiting for the unsuspecting driver. Have a wonderful week...we are going to (just) be in the high 90's until the weekend. And, we still have (2 comments)
Mortgage markets improved last week as Wall Street managed news on both sides of the economic coin. There were several instances of higher-than-expected inflation – an event that tends to lead rates higher — but weak domestic jobs data and a soft manufacturing report suppressed the damage.
Rates were also held (0 comments)
Increasing the value of your home with bathroom updates - 06/20/11 09:45 AM
Good morning George, Wonderful tips for home Seller's, and useful information (especially the reminder of "clean" and "up-to-date"). Thank you for sharing. Have a great week! Via George Kolar, signaturelistings.com Search and list real estate for free (SignatureListings.com): To increase the value of your home home for sale, one of the best projects to tackle is a bathroom remodel or the addition of a second bathroom. Money spent on a bathroom remodel has a national average return of 90%. The bathroom is seen as a true necessity and potential buyers will be thoroughly impressed with a quality remodel, even one done on a (0 comments)
One of my favorite quotes from Charles M. Schwab: Three men were laying brick. The first was asked: “What are you doing?” He answered: “laying some brick.” The second man was asked: “what are you working for?” He answered: “Five dollars a day.” The third man was asked: “What are you doing?” He answered: “I am helping to build a great cathedral.” Which man are you?
Too many times we get caught up in the “daily grind” and go through the motions of what is needed to be done. Don’t (5 comments)
It’s the start of another gorgeous day here in Dallas, TX…sunny, breezy and we won’t hit 100 degrees today (yeah!) Even better, we have a chance of rain – well, a chance of storms, so hopefully they will turn out to be more rain than storm. Please - no hail, micro bursts or tornados!
Here's a current weather map, courtesy of WFAA.com. You can click here to go directly to their website.
Have a great day, a wonderful week, and a prosperous month!
For information on homes for (0 comments)
Happy Father's Day! - 06/19/11 09:49 AM
I just wanted to send a Happy Father's Day out there to every Father (and pending Father) on this lovely Sunday morning.
We are supposed to hit 102 degrees here in the Dallas area today...much too hot for June.
For those of you who have lost their Father, may your memories bring you fond remembrances and joy.
Have a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week. (2 comments)
Figuring Your Home Buying Budget - 06/18/11 11:38 AM
Figuring Your Home Buying Budget Have you ever shopped for clothes, furniture or gifts without a budget and later found that you had overspent? It's easy to do, especially when looking at homes for sale. Obviously, staying on budget is very important when house hunting. That's why you need a general idea of how much house you can afford. To get a rough estimate of how large a loan you’ll qualify for, do what the lenders do – plug your budget numbers into a basic mortgage calculation formula. Lender Formulas: Lenders typically use one of two formula guidelines; although most will (4 comments)
With all that is in the news about the US economy; as well as, the world economy and countries such as Greece…I thought I would share this quote from Harvey A. Blodgett:
“Thrift and prosperity have gone hand in hand since Abraham’s flocks grew and multiplied. Thrift is not, as many suppose, a self repression. It is self expression, the demonstration of a will and ability to raise one’s self to a higher plane of living. No depression was ever caused by people having too much money in reserve. No human being ever (2 comments)
Flag day 2011 - 06/14/11 07:42 AM
Wonderful post... Let's fly our flag proudly and remember - it does not have to be Flag Day or other Holiday to wave Old Glory...put it up everyday and let's remember what our Great Nation stands for! HAPPY FLAG DAY AMERICA!!! Via Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance): I read a post last night about Flag Day and some of it's history so I thought I would share some of it's history as well. Celebrated every June 14th in the USA, millions of Americans observe Flag Day by waving Old Glory outside their homes and businesses. Veteran's groups and sometimes whole (0 comments)
Congratulations to our Dallas Mavericks, 2011 NBA Champions! Click here to go to the official NBA Dallas Mavericks Website
What an exciting game to watch, back and forth – back and forth between these two power house teams. In the end, though, the Mavericks ruled with Dirk Nowitzki coming back into his own, and Jason Terry leading in points scored.
As noted by Sekou Smith on the NBA site, “Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, Peja Stojakovic, J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson, Brian Cardinal, Ian Mahinmi and all the rest of the "misfits and cast-offs," as Mavericks general manager (4 comments)
What a game! - 06/10/11 10:43 AM
Wow, what a game last night…it’s hard not to be caught up in “Mavericks Fever” after watching the way the team is playing. I thought that Dirk Nowitzki was amazing for the way he performed with the flu (and a high fever) on Tuesday – but, his performance last night was incredible. Actually, the whole team was incredible; some of the 3-pointers that were being made were outrageous.
So, on they go to the Heat’s home court to try to take the title on Sunday. It should be another exciting game to watch.
As hard as moving is on adults, it is worse on children. Depending on their ages, you can expect everything from tantrums to the silent treatment. Even assurances that they’ll be able to keep up with friends via e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter probably won’t make them feel any better.
While you can involve your children in various facets of the move, in the end, moving is an adult decision. But here are some additional tips to help make things easier.
Get ready for Goodbye Help your children (3 comments)
Helping your Kids through the Move - Part 1 - 06/09/11 10:16 AM
Helping your Kids through the Move (Part 1) As hard as moving is on adults, it is worse on children. Depending on their ages, you can expect everything from tantrums to the silent treatment. Even assurances that they’ll be able to keep up with friends via e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter probably won’t make them feel any better. While you can involve your children in various facets of the move, in the end, moving is an adult decision. But here are some tips to help make things easier. Talk about Moving Explain why and when you’re moving. If possible, let the (2 comments)
Dallas Mavericks - 06/08/11 04:45 PM
Well, I have to admit it…I am catching Mavericks fever (hence, the blue ink). It is pretty incredible that Dallas is host again to another big sporting evemt, and the City is getting much deserved attention. Of course, Mother Nature could cooperate a bit more – I mean snow and ice for the Superbowl and now 99 – 100 degree weather for the playoffs. At least the weather does not affect the roads and traffic for our visiting guests! I do hope that everyone enjoys visiting our great City and has time to tour more than just the American Airlines center. (1 comments)
What does it mean? 1. Something that a person ought to or must do. 2. Moral obligation 3. Service, action, or task assigned to one, especially in military service. 4. A government tax, especially on imports.
George S. Merriam (he was a son of one of the brothers who founded the company which has long published Webster’s Dictionary) has said: “One sound always comes to the ear that is open, it is the steady drumbeat of Duty. No music in it, perhaps-only a dry (0 comments)
I am Here to Help Good Advice from a Realtor® who cares
Despite what everyone else says, buying or selling a home is not the biggest, scariest decision you’ll ever make. But there’s definitely a process, and sometimes a complicated one. As a professional Realtor®, I am able to unravel that process and I am dedicated to smoothing out the complications.
Whether you are buying or selling, I am here to help. You have goals and aspirations. I have expertise and experience. You have dreams. I offer perspective.
Along with my extensive training and additional Designations and Certifications, I (0 comments)
Who knew Wiener was such a big . . . . ? My rant! - 06/06/11 08:47 PM
Thank you Mike...it's time that everyone "wake up" and start paying more attention to what Washington politicians (that means all politicians, not picking on a particular party here) have done to this great nation. Let's stop glorifying sports stars, rock stars and politicians and get back to good old common sense and strong moral values. Via Mike Cooper, Real Estate Agent-Broker, Winchester,VA (Cornerstone Business Group, Inc.): Another politician proved that he really is a big . . . . today, and is anybody really surprised? Anthony Wiener's confession that he is a low life slim ball is just one in many. It's a (1 comments)
Home Maintenance Tips - 06/06/11 10:15 AM
A general check around your home, both inside and out, is important – and regular maintenance will help save you money. Spring/Summer opens the perfect opportunity to have your air conditioning and other mechanical systems checked by a home maintenance professional. Some of these additional tasks listed below can be performed by you as well, so take the time to spruce up your home because it will save you money and time! Loose Objects Check for loose gutters, downspouts, shingles and siding or cracks in the sidewalk and driveway that need repair and cleaning. If shingles are missing, curling, broken or cracked they should be replaced.
Preparing for Closing costs Typically, closing costs are approximately 8 percent of the sales price. There are fees such as insurance on the title to your home, taxes, transfer costs, attorney fees (if necessary) and hazard insurance along with the Realtor® commission. You may also be required to prepay an up-front reserve account of tax and insurance payments to ensure that there are sufficient funds in your account to meet these obligations when they are due. In some cases, the seller will agree to pay closing costs — that is one of those negotiable details. Here’s the day you’ve been waiting (1 comments)
Closing details on buying your home - 06/06/11 09:07 AM
Closing and Final Details Closing is the Day You’ve been Waiting For - Buyer As your Real Estate Sales Professional, I will accompany you to settlement, which will be led by a closing agent – typically a title company representative. He or she will complete the transaction by assuring that all parts of the contract have been performed. You won't see any cash exchange hands; rather, you'll be busy signing a number of important closing documents. A good closing agent will explain each one to you as you go along. At your closing: Title and mortgage liens are properly recorded. (0 comments)
Motivational Monday: Don't wait for something to happen. Make it happen! - 06/06/11 09:02 AM
Great blog, and a great way to "kick off" the week. I agree whole-heartedly with Wanda and practice her guidelines regularly (as you can see by my designations and board affiliations!). Stay current! Via Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - St. George, Utah Realtor® (Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374): Motivational Monday: Don't wait for something to happen. Make it happen!
Our industry is changing faster than some of us are able to keep up. What better way to re-energize your career than by opening your mind to improving your base knowledge?
Learn to do REOs & Short Sales Obtain a (3 comments)
Buying a Home that Fits your Lifestyle You’d think the easiest thing in the world would be deciding what house to buy. After all, who knows you better than you? You know exactly what you want, right? Well, sometimes. The truth is that most people only have an idea of what they want – the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of the kitchen and garage, and maybe the yard. Things tend to get a little murkier when you mix in neighborhoods and schools, commutes to work and distance to ball fields and retail shops. Fortunately, I have the (0 comments)
Should I Buy a Condo or a Single Family Home? Looking for a place to call your own but without some of the traditional hassles of home ownership – like yard work? Then you may want to consider purchasing a condominium. Condos are popular for a number of reasons including size, location, shared amenities and limited maintenance responsibilities. They’re the perfect transition between hassle-free renting and a single-family home with a yard. How do you know if the condo lifestyle is right for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Do you want to own a home, (1 comments)
Green Cleaning - 06/05/11 11:10 AM
Green Cleaning If you think you’re breathing fresher air in your home than outside, guess again: Real Living Sales Professionals say many homeowners are unaware of the fact that levels of pollutants floating around indoors can be anywhere from two to more than 100 times higher than outdoors, according to the U.S. EPA. Indoor pollution is due in large part to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that evaporate from home decorating and cleaning products. But don’t panic, Real Living Sales Professionals offer several simple green-cleaning steps you can take to ensure you and your family are breathing quality air in your home: Large and (2 comments)
A Prayer for those still rebuilding - 06/05/11 10:39 AM
It is a beautiful day here in the Dallas area, and sunny skies abound across the great State of Texas! But, please remember all of those who have suffered through recent storms and are still working to rebuild their shattered lives, loved ones lost, homes destroyed. On this lovely Sunday, please send a prayer for those in need. And, if you are able, visit the American Red Cross site to see how you can help those that need it most.
In your communities you can also give of your time or donations to the food banks, shelters, etc... May you (0 comments)
Do you need a Real Estate Agent with Relocation Expertise? When you're moving away to a completely new area, a corporate relocation specialist can help cut your stress and anxiety immeasurably. Corporate relocation specialists, such as myself, understand that there's much much more to a big move than packing your belongings and filing a change of address form with the post office. We have an elevated level of expertise, as well as special experience and perspective, that most real estate agents simply can't provide to relocating homeowners. Just a few of the skills an experienced relocation specialist can provide include: (2 comments)
Competition - 06/05/11 09:02 AM
Government and bureaucratic control or private competition…words to consider: Maybe Roger W. Babson says it best: “Does anyone believe for one moment that the progress we have made would have been possible under bureaucratic control of any government. This country was founded upon the principle of the regulation of private effort, of making rules for the game, and under that system alone can we look for the same success in the future which has been ours in the past. Our position today is the direct result of the free play among our people of private competitive effort.”
Competition is, after (0 comments)
Gorgeous Argyle, TX Estate! - 06/02/11 09:29 AM
You do not want to miss this incredible estate in highly sought after Argyle, Texas! 8621 Normandy Way, Argyle, TX 76226
Additional information about this home:
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, 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 (0 comments)
8621 Normandy Way, Argyle, TX - 06/01/11 08:46 AM
Don't miss this steal of a deal in Argyle TX (edit/delete) 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 (2 comments)
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