buying a home: This Week in Lending - 06/13/11 09:17 AM
While mortgage rates reached a new low for the year during the middle of the week, they ended nearly unchanged. It was a light week for economic data, and demand for the Treasury auctions was close to average, so investors had little reason to alter their outlooks. Economic growth during the first half of the year has been slower than expected, and the consensus economic outlook is for just a modest pick up in growth later in the year, with continued low inflation. This week's Beige Book confirmed that economic growth is moderate in most regions with few inflationary pressures. In … (1 comments)

buying a home: This Week in Lending - 05/31/11 08:27 AM
Many factors were favorable for mortgage rates this week. Weaker than expected economic data, strong results for the Treasury auctions, and renewed concerns about weaker European countries all helped mortgage rates end the week at the lowest levels of the year. All of the major economic data released during the week was weaker than expected. First quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic growth, was unchanged at 1.8%. Most investors expected the figures to be revised higher to at least 2.0%. April Durable Orders fell 4% from March, which was the largest monthly decline since October 2010. Weekly … (1 comments)

buying a home: You Do Your Job and I'll Do Mine! - 05/26/11 10:54 AM
Being in Real Estate for nearly 9 years, I've seen the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the good, the bad and the ugly!  When the market is hot, EVERYONE wants to be a Real Estate agent; when it's down, everyone is jumping ship.  When the market is good, you want to focus on marketing yourself as a Real Estate professional to remind the consumer that no, not every agent is the same.  I, personally, get excited when the market isn't at it's best because it weeds out all the agents who get their license for fun and don't really … (5 comments)

buying a home: How do you expect to survive.. - 05/17/11 09:29 AM
much less thrive in this business, when you can't even answer the phone??

Granted, I understand in real estate, especially now as we're in Spring and heading into Summer, we as agents get busy and can't always answer the phone.  We're in meetings, showing houses, in the middle of negotiations, etc.  But what's the excuse for not returning a phone call?  If your seller or buyer only knew!
I called 5 listings agents yesterday, "Hi, I have someone who is potentially interested in your listing located at xyz but he has a couple of questions; can you give me a call … (7 comments)

buying a home: This Week in Lending - 05/11/11 06:26 AM

Weaker than expected data helped mortgage rates improve for most of the week, but Friday's Employment report then surprised to the upside, causing mortgage rates to give back some of the improvement. In the end, as they have for each of the last few weeks, mortgage rates finished the week a little lower.Against a consensus forecast of 185K, the economy added 244K jobs in April. Revisions to data from prior months added another 46K jobs. The private sector added 268K jobs, which was the highest level since February 2006, and the gains were broad-based across a range of sectors. The … (0 comments)

buying a home: Back on the Market with BEAUTIFUL Handscraped Hardwoods Added to the Living!! Little Forest Hills in Dallas TX! ~Offered at $349,000 - 04/11/11 09:58 AM
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buying a home: Interest Rates are "Movin' on up...!" - 04/11/11 06:50 AM

With little other economic news, inflation concerns weighed on mortgage rates this week. Despite rising commodity prices, Fed officials appear to be in no rush to tighten monetary policy. Investors, worried about the risk of higher inflation, pushed mortgage rates a little higher.While the ECB (European Central Bank) and China raised rates this week to fight inflation, US Fed officials continued to downplay the risks. According to the Fed Minutes released this week and in recent statements, the majority of Fed officials maintain the view that higher commodity prices are unlikely to raise future inflation expectations. These officials expect the … (2 comments)

buying a home: The Truth.. Plain & Simple - 04/06/11 09:41 AM
Pricing Misconceptions
It is not only important, but IMPERATIVE to price your property properly - at competitive market value at the BEGINNING of the listing agreement.  Historically, the FIRST offer is typically the BEST offer you will receive.  And furthermore, here are six matters Buyers simply do not care about:


It is important to remember that the value of your property is determined by what a BUYER is willing to pay, and what a SELLER is willing to accept in today's market.
Buyers make their pricing decision based on comparing your property to other properties that SOLD in your area. 
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buying a home: LET'S MAKE A DEAL !!! Just Dropped to $275,000 -> This is an ESTATE & the kiddos are ready to move it!! - 04/06/11 08:40 AM
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buying a home: COMING SOON to a Home Near You ... PRICE CHANGE !!! Now listed @ $599,000 - 03/29/11 09:38 AM
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buying a home: Short Sale.. an Oxymoron..!?? - 03/29/11 07:10 AM


Short Sales - Increase the Odds of Closing with Experienced Professionals
A short sale is when a homeowner is trying to sell the home "short" of foreclosure, and the term "short sale" is extremely misleading and, really, is anything but that! They take time and can be very frustrating. And, only a small number even close. According to an August 2010 article in Bankrate.com, 1 in 5 offers turn into short sale closings. 20%!??  With numbers like that, it makes you wonder why even bother??  But, for those who are patient and have their ducks in a row, a short sale, … (7 comments)

buying a home: A Modern Home for Your Growing Modern Family !!! ~Offered @ $449,000 - 03/28/11 08:49 AM
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buying a home: If you've never failed.. you will never succeed !! - 03/24/11 10:01 AM
What is success to you and how do you acheive said success? In my opinion, success can really be anything. If you put your mind towards something and acheive the end result you had hoped for, that would be a success. Or, as the dictionary defines it, "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors." But there has to be a beginning point and then footsteps towards acheiving it, right!? To truly be successful in anything you do you must first determine what you're planning to do, decide the steps you will need to take, undergo pertinent, comprehensive training, and … (4 comments)

buying a home: $51,000 Price Reduction on this Preston Hollow Beauty !!! ~Now Offered at $1,449,000 - 03/24/11 06:42 AM
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buying a home: Asking my ActiveRain friends for a little advice !!! - 03/23/11 10:38 AM

I will be the first to tell you that I absolutely, not by any means know everything.  I have been in this industry for nearly 9 years and I still come across something new and learn something new almost every single day. 
 Well.. I have this new client and I'm not quite sure what to make of it just yet.  I'm somewhere between - "this could really be great and huge for my business," and, "this is a complete waste of my time."  He is an investor looking to buy, no surprise here, incredible deals.  Here's the kicker, though, he … (6 comments)

buying a home: When it rains, it pours... - 03/22/11 11:07 AM
But I dance in the rain!! ;)

I know this industry can be a roller coaster in which when it's good, it's GREAT!!! and when it's bad, it can be really bad.  But I think it's important to keep in mind why we're in Real Estate - why we get up every morning, work our rear-ends off for 12, 14, sometimes 20 hours, and at the end of the day, may or may not get paid.  I personally love what I do!!  I love the excitement of working hard for my clients and seeing the look of joy on their faces … (3 comments)

buying a home: All Work and No Play - NO WAY !!! - 03/03/11 05:41 AM
My office is doing something fun today I thought I'd share.  As I'm sure you've heard, Keller Williams Realty is all about "Culture."  The whole idea of "sharing and caring" as to unite this company as one "family" as oppose to 80,000 individual units.  I think this is oh so important when choosing an office.  I like the feeling that my fellow agent is my co-worker, my friend - not my enemy.  We welcome eachother into this company and do what we can to assist others in achieving success in this crazy industry.  We learn that if we work together to … (1 comments)

buying a home: Back on the Market with INCREDIBLE Updates !!! ~Offered at $449,000 - 02/28/11 12:08 PM
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buying a home: New Listing in Prestigious Lakewood Heights in East Dallas!!! ~Offered at $599,000 - 02/28/11 11:57 AM
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buying a home: You can put lipstick on a pig..... - 01/19/11 08:40 AM

but guess what.. at the end of the day, it's still a pig!
Everyone knows that it is a GREAT time to buy; historically low interest rates on top of all-time low home prices on top of an incredible inventory = IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS! 
BUT, with this being said, I think it's now, more than ever, so incredibly important to advise our clients to get that home inspection.  Yes, it is an upfront cost but trust me, it's better to spend $500 on a home you don't purchase than to spend 10's if not 100's of thousands of dollars in repairs. 
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Britney Elizondo, Your Dallas Home Buying Specialist :: 940.453.5308 (Keller Williams Realty)

Britney Elizondo

Your Dallas Home Buying Specialist :: 940.453.5308

Dallas, TX

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