dallas real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: Lending Tools Bridge Dallas Foreclosure Opportunities - 10/01/14 01:31 AM
The mortgage industry has changed substantially since 2007, when the opportunities for “house flipping” as an investment strategy were widespread. Today, for investors seeking to take advantage of short sales and foreclosures in the Dallas area, those changes are especially meaningful. One of the aftereffects of the subprime mortgage meltdown is the way banks now treat mortgage lending. Every banking organization has developed new approaches for handling foreclosures and short sales, but in the non-distressed portions of their loan portfolios, other changes have become evident, too.
Banks have grown increasingly reticent to lend to investors with multiple properties on their books -- even … (0 comments)

dallas real estate: 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 real estate: Advantages of Advance Home Inspections - 09/26/14 01:11 AM
When the time nears to sell your Dallas home, one extra bit of due diligence can pay off in the most meaningful way: helping you to get the best return on your investment. It’s not a requirement that every listing agent may suggest, but particularly if yours is an older home, it is one you should consider: ordering an advance inspection.
Ordering your own advance inspection, like the proverbial ‘stitch in time,’ can alert you to deferred maintenance items that might conk out just as you’re preparing a big showing. Things do have a remarkable tendency to cause trouble at the most inconvenient … (0 comments)

dallas real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: Pools Make Dallas Home Listings Shine - 09/19/14 01:34 AM
At last! To the joy of every child (and most adults) you know, your DFW home has aswimming pool! Whether you just bought the property or have recently installed a pool yourself, this is a feature that’s not only a pleasure to look at, but also a true centerpiece -- a magnet for socializing and relaxing throughout the hot summer months.
 Pro 1: Boost Your Property's Value
In today's super-competitive housing market, it’s good to stand out from the crowd. Whether you add your property to the local Dallas home listings next week or plan to do so in the future, a pool will boost its … (2 comments)

dallas real estate: 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 real estate: Git-R-Done! Hiring the Right Dallas Contractor - 09/15/14 01:19 AM
We have all heard horror stories about what can happen when people hire the wrong contractor. “It took three times as long as it should have!” “They wound up charging me half again what they said it would cost!” “They never even called me back!”
 Those kinds of tales can be enough to keep you from even considering starting any of the home improvement projects you may have been thinking about for this Summer. But that doesn’t need to happen – and it shouldn’t happen: protecting and improving your real estate investment is too important to your financial future. Sometimes the difference between … (1 comments)

dallas real estate: Dallas Buyers Attracted to Luxury Homes - 09/10/14 02:12 AM
When the Dallas real estate market undergoes the kind of wide changes we’ve seen recently, you would expect changes in how prospective buyers approach their choices. No surprise there.
With lending tight and larger deposits often being sought by lenders, many of this summers Dallas homebuyers are seeking ‘move-in ready’ properties…homes that require little or no out-of-pocket cash before moving in. That growing segment of the buying public has grown weary of bargain-hunting, are tired of viewing REO’s and short sales -- and just want to be able to settle into their new Dallas home as-is. They want a bottom line cost that's nailed down.
Automatically qualified to … (0 comments)

dallas real estate: 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 real estate: 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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