dallas homes for sale: Time to Sell Your Dallas House? - 10/09/14 01:38 AM
Every homeowner can have all sorts of reasons for selling their Dallas house. Those in the boomer generation can be in one of the traditional phases of retirement (planning, transitioning, initiating) or perhaps in one of the newly-popular phases (postponing, rejecting).
For them and everyone else, the decision about whether to sell the house falls into one of two categories: those triggered by economic pressures -- or all the other reasons. In all cases, being in control of the timing of your house sale will put you in control of the process. That pays off.
Even if the money factor doesn’t rule, … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Security Consciousness Protects Dallas Homes - 10/07/14 01:11 AM
Ahhhh! At the end of a busy day, who doesn’t look forward to the surge of well being that comes with closing the door behind you, finally able to relax now that the world is at bay. Whether living in apartments or homes, everyone deserves that feeling of safety and security. Yet, like most everything else, real security has to be earned.
In the area of home security, we’ve come across both good and bad news. The good: the most recent FBI report shows that the number of burglaries is decreasing across the nation. The bad: burglaries are still responsible for … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: First-Time Home Buying in a Recovering Market - 09/29/14 12:59 AM
 
Many eager first-time homebuyers were sidelined by the worldwide economic recession. It’s hard to commit to any decision – much less such a major one – when you read almost daily that the market is falling or downward pressure continues. Who needs any kind of pressure?
So it’s not surprising that, after such an exceptionally lengthy period of down or nearly flat economic expansion, the optimism that drives sales of all kind has been slow to reappear. But for the home buying public, and especially for first-timers, that hesitation could prove costly if, as it now seems likely, the market is entering its recovery phase. … (2 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Standout Qualities in Dallas Luxury Homes - 09/24/14 02:15 AM
Gracious living in a well-appointed home may evoke visions of price tags in the millions of dollars, but not all true luxury homes in the Dallas area fall into the seven-figure bracket. If you are considering selling your own high-end home, it’s important to consider your target buyer and the criteria most of them bring to their Dallas property search. What for them constitutes the definition of ‘luxury homes’?.
Although many features could be considered as must-haves for the majority of luxury home listings, three criteria in particular are usually included: well-planned and well-tended grounds, high-quality materials, and distinctive amenities – custom features not duplicated elsewhere.
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dallas homes for sale: Making the Most of Your Dallas Virtual Tour - 09/23/14 12:25 AM
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words might a video’s flood of pictures be worth? The scientists at George Washington University approached the topic a few years ago in connection with real estate virtual tour s. To those of us whose profession is helping our clients buy and sell homes in the Dallas, their findings were --to say the least-- interesting:
They arrived at this conclusion: “Adding a virtual tour decreases the expected marketing time by about 20% andincreases the expected sales price by about 2%." I’ve added the italics, but you get the idea: those are some serious stats. Since … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Dallas Home Searchers’ 5-Year Rule - 09/22/14 01:03 AM
Even some veteran renters are looking at today’s housing market and wondering whether it’s time to start your Dallas home search. With prices and mortgage rates as low as they are while rents continue to move higher, the numbers point to home ownership as an ever more obvious choice.
But that’s just the quick, back-of the envelope budget equation: monthly rent vs. mortgage payment less tax savings. If this September finds you at the start of your own Dallas home search, many financial advisors recommend that you also consider another rule of thumb – you should plan to stay in your new home for at least … (1 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Three Features That Aren’t Selling Homes Today! - 09/18/14 01:10 AM
There is no such thing as a ‘universal trend’ when it comes to residential real estate: a quick look through the current Dallas listings will confirm that. At the highest end, the most luxurious features will always attract some homebuyers, just as in the great majority of listings, practical value prevails. But some shifts in priorities do seem to be underway, perhaps because of today’s altered selling environment. Some features that used to help sell listings in Dallas are no longer being emphasized – a sure sign that buyers aren’t asking for them.
For anyone preparing a property for sale, the listings hold clues that … (1 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Dallas Homebuyers Look for Outdoor Space! - 09/17/14 12:43 AM
   
Those of us who focus professionally on our Dallas real estate trends can vouch for it: outdoor living sells! And depending on what life phase their family is in, homebuyers’ choices tend to follow similar lines.
When potential homebuyers come to me, some of the features highest on their “must have” list virtually always have something to do with outdoor space. Young families buying homes, for example, are usually pleased to find a grassy area off the kitchen where their toddlers can toddle. High-profile clients often seek out impressive spaces with great foot-traffic flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Empty-nesters buying homes often come … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Dallas Open Houses Still Sell Homes! - 09/16/14 12:56 AM
In the Age of the Internet (that’s what we’re in the middle of, I’m pretty sure) it is widely held that everything you want to buy is merely a mouse click or two away. It’s sort of like“Alice’s Restaurant”: ‘you can get anything that you want’ – only better, because you don’t even have to ‘walk right in.’
If that were true, selling your local Dallas house would be as simple as turning everything over to your listing agent, watching its picture go up on the Web, and WHOOSH!, it’s sold! Pack up and move!
Of course that’s seldom the way homes get … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Home Prices Climb in Metropolitan Areas - 09/12/14 02:12 AM
According to the National Association of Realtors®, first quarter statistics again point to better home sales figures. This time it was the prices of single family homes that rose in half of the major cities in the United States. Because of the wide differences between regional and state conditions, these figures are never in 100% lockstep, but local Dallas homeowners should be encouraged by the report’s breadth: prices rose in more than twice as many cities as fell.
Of course, rising prices are always good news for homeowners who want to sell their homes; but beyond that, the effect of movement in … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Set the Stage for a Successful Closing on your Dallas Home - 09/05/14 01:50 AM
Surprises can be a lot of fun. Being blindsided when friends throw you a surprise birthday party is a fine example. Getting an unexpectedly large tax return is another. But when you're about to close escrow on a new Dallas home, surprises are the last thing you need.
One of the most important services I provide as your experienced local Dallas real estate agent is to be there to help you sail through the process of a surprise-less closing. Even so, it's important for you to review some basics of the steps we need to accomplish in advance. I consider it ‘surprise insurance’ for … (0 comments)

dallas homes for sale: Dallas Home Buying For Blended Families - 09/04/14 12:46 AM
I don’t know what the true numbers are, but we all know how many of today’s families are the ‘blended’ (Brady Bunch) kind. But when it comes to home buying, working out the living arrangements isn’t going to be as simple as the tidy little squares the Brady Bunch seemed to live inside at the start of the show. You already expect that combining two families into one home will be a challenge on any number of fronts: how could it be anything else?  
But like every Brady episode, there really can be a neat solution and a happy ending. IOW, it … (1 comments)

 
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