allen real estate: Record Low Interest Rates - 11/05/10 04:33 AM
 
The last time borrowers could get rates this low, every television was black and white and Americans liked Ike.
Thirty-year fixed mortgages slipped to 4.27 percent last week, the lowest on records dating back to 1971, from 4.32 percent last week.  A drop in interest on 15-year loans to 3.72 percent from 3.75 percent, meanwhile, was the lowest on records dating back to 1991. Freddie Mac also reported that the five-year adjustable-rate mortgage fell to 3.47 percent from 3.52 percent last week, and the one-year ARM dropped to 3.40 percent this week from 3.48 percent.
 
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allen real estate: Housing Activity for North Texas - 11/01/10 03:58 AM
 
NTREIS MLS Area Housing Activity ReportCompiled for North Texas Real Estate Information System
Current Month Summary for: September 2010
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allen real estate: New Home Builders are SLASHING Prices! - 10/29/10 03:53 AM
New Home Builders are cutting prices in communities across the Dallas Metroplex! New planned communities in Collin County just North of Hwy 121 and in the Allen School District have several builders that are offering many incentives to homebuyers that close before November 30th. One homebuilder in the much desired Allen School District is offering unbelievable pricing on two remaining completed homes.
McKinney has an abundance of new home builders from almost every price point and the incentives to buy before the end of the year are incredible! One closeout community in the Southwest corner of McKinney is offering Closing Cost up … (0 comments)

allen real estate: Information about putting your home on the Market! - 10/28/10 10:12 AM
 
Many sellers don’t realize just how important the first few weeks their home in on the market can be. The first impression of their home to potential buyers and Realtors representing those buyers must be a positive one!
Why is this time so essential? Realtors who are working with buyers don’t have the time to remember all the inventory on the market, and as new homes are listed they will get more attention than homes that have been on the market awhile and are at the point of dropping their prices, unless the prices are being dropped so low … (0 comments)

allen real estate: Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1% in September 2010 - 10/26/10 10:51 AM
 
The unemployment rate for the state of Texas dropped from 8.3% to 8.1% in September of 2010 according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.
Since January of 2010, the unemployment rate has been at least 8% in Texas.  The last reported unemployment figure for Dallas Fort Worth was 8.4% in August.
The good news is that both DFW and Texas continue to outperform the United States in employment.  The unemployment rate for the United States remained unchanged at 9.6% in September.
Some other good news from the comptroller’s report:
JOBS:
Texas non farm employment increased by 3.700 jobs in September.  Since last September, … (0 comments)

allen real estate: Make sure you’re represented at Closing. - 10/25/10 06:44 AM
The climate of the real estate industry is changing. In the old days, less than 20 years ago, all real estate agents worked for the seller, and even agents working with the buyers did so in the seller's best interest. But things have changed. New laws and regulations are in place so that today, buyers can work with any Realtor of their choice and pay for their own representative via the transaction proceeds. Yet, many fail to take advantage of having their own representative help them through the arduous home buying process.
According to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR,) four out of … (3 comments)

allen real estate: BEWARE of buying new credit history - SCAM ALERT... - 10/20/10 01:46 PM

Summary: A relatively common scam is when a so-called credit repair company claims it can give you brand new credit and wipe your credit history clean. Falling for this scam can do tremendous long-term damage to yourself and your credit. Getting a new social security number to clear your creditis not possible.
Q: A friend of mine heard you on the radio talking about how companies can change your Social Security Number and fix your credit. Can you explain this to me in detail?
A: I was talking about a relatively common scam in which a so-called credit repair company claims it can give you brand new credit, … (1 comments)

allen real estate: Dallas Real Estate Outlook: Pending Sales Rise - 10/12/10 11:16 AM
The recent recession and slow recovery has wreaked havoc on businesses and households throughout Dallas TX, alike. But there is progress being made in North Texas. Pending sales increased for the second consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors and their latest Pending Home Sales Index.
Pending sales rose 4.3 percent, and were up in all regions except the Northeast, which saw a 2.9 percent decline.  "Attractive affordability conditions from very low mortgage interest rates appear to be bringing buyers back to the market."However, the pace of a home sales recovery still depends more on job creation and an … (0 comments)

 
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