tyler real estate: Tips for First Time Homebuyers - 01/30/16 09:17 PM
Buying your first home is a big deal . . . not to mention a big investment!
If you are like most it will be the biggest purchase you have ever made. This naturally leads to a mix of emotions including excitement, anticipation and anxiety. While it may be impossible to eliminate the stress that comes from your first home purchase, you can certainly minimize it by going into the situation prepared.
Have A General IdeaOf What You Want
Make sure you have a general idea about the type of property you would like to buy. Regardless of what you can afford, it … (2 comments)

tyler real estate: 6 Habits of Great Listeners - 01/23/16 07:11 AM
Are you a great listener?  One lesson that sticks with me from my social work degree is being a good listener & reading other's body language.
Great listeners do the following:
1. PRACTICE BEING TRULY MINDFUL Being present to hear what the speaker is saying is essential to being a good listener. While most of us know it’s rude to pick up our cell phones to respond to a text or check email while engaging in a conversation, avoiding internal distractions are much more difficult. 
2. TAKE A PAUSE BEFORE RESPONDING In order to avoid awkward silences and gaps in conversation, often we will … (3 comments)

tyler real estate: Smith County Tax Sale - September - 08/31/15 10:24 AM
The 1st Tuesday of the month is here and that translates to tax & trustee sales on the courthouse steps.  
There are a total of 7 properties scheduled to be sold in Smith County (in Tyler, TX) for September 2o15.  Some, all or none could be sold.  The most current list can be found here.
Interested bidders must do their homework prior to bidding as well as educate themselves on Texas law and homestead rules.  You must have cash on hand because financing is NOT an option.
If properties fail to sale at the courthouse steps, they can be added to a "strikeoff" … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: Make Fitness a Priority - 08/09/15 10:40 AM
I've been into fitness and living a "healthier" lifestyle every since my cholesterol was borderline many years ago.  I started jazzercise, then Zumba (became a Zumba Fitness Instructor) and now I work out 3 times a week with a personal trainer plus add cardio or HIIT on my off days.
Sometimes even the most active and healthy people can occasionally have slip ups or struggle through periods where they lose sight of their exercise motivation. Whether it’s due to an injury, life becomes too busy, or a variety of other reasons, losing your drive can be extremely frustrating.
To get back on track … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: Tyler, TX Newest Outdoor Shopping Center - 08/08/15 08:53 AM
If you are a shopper like I am, then you will definitely want to visit Tyler's newest outdoor shopping center:  The Village at Cumberland Park.
The Village at Cumberland Park is a retail, dining and entertainment center that is currently under construction but many stores and establishments are open.  If you have missed your favorite store at Broadway Square Mall, it has probably moved further south to Village at Cumberland Park.
I had the pleasure of visiting the newest restaurant to open Zoe's Kitchen on my birthday (August 5th) this week during their soft opening.  I had dined at a Zoe's Kitchen in Addison and … (1 comments)

tyler real estate: 2801 Yorktown St Tyler, TX 75701 - 05/24/15 08:41 PM
Corporate-owned beauty within walking distance to new Clarkston Elementary
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths                 2926 Sq ft               Built 1965                             $148,500
Get ready to enjoy your summer evenings on your new balcony, porch or patio overlooking a large fenced backyard. This 2 story home is on a large corner and convenient to medical facilities, shopping restaurants, colleges and more.  Driving directions
Click HERE for more details or to schedule your personal showing
(903) 484-4109

tyler real estate: Real Estate and Technology - 12/22/14 09:56 PM
In this day and age, an agent must stay up to date with technology.  Smartphones, cameras, tablets and social media have made our job easier.  
I love the ability to be out of the office and still conduct business with my iPhone.  I have many apps that I use daily:  keynote, docusign, google maps and of course supra ekey.  
What are your go to apps?


tyler real estate: Why I love Selling Real Estate in Tyler, TX - 11/20/14 08:00 PM
This is one of many reasons why I love to sell real estate in Tyler, TX:
We are surrounded by 25 prime sporting lakes offering wonderful opportunities for fishing and boating. Golf enthusiasts will find eight clubs in the immediate area, providing a delightful mix of private and public courses. City of Tyler also offers 25 city parks, with playgrounds, athletic fields, walking and bicycle trails, and many more perks. Tyler State Park offers families 985 acres of woods around a beautiful spring-fed lake. You can boat, swim, picnic, or pitch a tent. … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: REL Band on the Run - 11/20/14 07:45 PM
Looking for a fun activity this weekend?
Robert E. Lee Red Raider Band is having an on the Run 1mile and 5K fun run this Saturday, November 22, 2014.  The run will begin at the REL Band Hall, and wind through beautiful Rose Rudman trail, crossing at Donnybrook and ending at REL's campus.
Event details/schedule:
The 1 mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. On-site registration will end at 7:45 a.m. Parking is available at the REL horseshoe. $25 per runner includes a free Band on the Run t-shirt! families of five and greater … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: Cash for Keys (CFK) - 11/20/14 07:10 PM
As many might know, I specialize in selling foreclosures in the East Texas area (Tyler, Chandler, Lindale, Flint, Ben Wheeler).  I recently received a new REO (foreclosure) listing and had to determine occupancy status.
I visited property on a Saturday and felt like it was currently occupied but couldn't be 100% sure so I decided to go back during the week.  I revisited on a Monday and noticed that it was probably occupied so I knocked on the door and slid the envelope (with the Cash for Keys - CFK info) into the door.  As I was pulling out of the driveway, … (2 comments)

tyler real estate: How to Make Symbols with Keyboard - 04/27/13 11:54 PM
Just in case you EVER need to use symbols when you're not using your iDevice . . .
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tyler real estate: KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS THAT WILL SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE - 04/20/13 03:56 PM
In real estate, Time is of the Essence!  So, here's  a few keyboard shortcuts that can save you time & simplify your life.  
1. Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copy the highlighted text or selected item.
2. Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Paste the text or object that's in the clipboard.
3. Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.
 4. Ctrl + F Open the Find in … (3 comments)

tyler real estate: REL Life Skills Annual Plant Sale - 02/24/13 08:33 PM
Life Skills is having their annual plant sale March 1, 2013 at the Robert E. Lee High School Greenhouse.  Life skills students have worked hard throughout the year planting seeds and growing plants.
The greenhouse is located off of Donnybrook near the soccer field.  Please come by and support the program that teaches students with special needs job skills, work ethics and importance of nature.  Both annuals are perennials are available to beautify your spring garden.
For more information, contact Susan Stubblefield at Susan.Stubblefield@TylerISD.org.


tyler real estate: 224 Half St Lindale, TX 75771 - NEW HUD Listing - 01/11/13 01:44 PM
Hard to find brick home in Lindale ISD for under $85,000.  Enjoy three bedrooms, 2 baths and a 1 car garage and 1189 sq ft of living space in this government-owned home that was built in 2001.  Asking $81,000.  Time sensitive.  Must have pre-qual letter to place a bid.


tyler real estate: Last chance to submit application for Independent Foreclosure Review - 12/30/12 01:25 PM
***Last chance to submit an application - DECEMBER 31, 2012.***
If your primary residence was involved in a foreclosure process between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010, you may qualify for a free Independent Foreclosure Review.
Click link to check eligibility & submit a request for review form online.  All requests for review forms must be completed online or postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2012.



tyler real estate: TIPSY TOW SERVICE FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE - 12/30/12 01:10 AM
AAA Texas is offering its free Tipsy Tow service during the New Year’s Eve holiday from 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, to help remove drinking drivers from the road.
Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-AAA-HELP or 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow home of up to 10 miles.
Callers simply tell AAA Texas operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA Texas-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched.
This free service is unique in that it … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: New Year's Eve Happenings in Tyler, TX - 12/29/12 12:26 AM
How are you bringing in the 2013? Many restaurants in Tyler are offering NYE packages.
Lago del Pino - $75 Per person and VIP package available
Admission  Music by L.C. Rocks  Party Favors  Light Appetizers  Midnight Champagne Toast  Late Night Breakfast Buffet  Firework Show! Cork Food & Drink - $57 per person (extra for wine pairing) Click here for Four course meal choices
The Cascades of Tyler - $40 Members; $50 Non-members
DJ, Dancing & Party Favors  Heavy Hors d'ouevres & cash bar Midnight buffet & champagne toast Whatever you decide to do, do so responsibily!!  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! … (0 comments)

tyler real estate: TX State Railroad presents The Polar Express 2012 - 12/17/12 09:18 PM
The Polar Express is back!
Grab the kiddos all clad in their PJs & read along on the train on your way to the North Pole.  Greet Santa, sing some carols and enjoy hot cocoa.
Children tickets start at $20 so don't miss the train.  Dec. 7-23 & 26-29.


tyler real estate: Google Maps is Back as an iPhone App - YAY! - 12/17/12 08:59 PM
5 days ago, I became a happier REO agent because Google Maps is back!!
As a busy REO agent, I relied heavily on my Google Map app to get me to my hard to find destinations when my navigation system seemed to fail until Apple deleted the wonderful app and replaced it with their knockoff version.
It seems that I am not the only one that is happy about the relaunch.  Within 48 hours of being released, Google Maps was downloaded 100 million times per a Google + post from Jeff Huber, SVP of GEO & commerce at Google.
I highly … (2 comments)

tyler real estate: Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association (TASCA) Open House - 12/17/12 10:30 AM
Looking for food, fun, or fellowship during the holidays? You're invited to attend an Open House at(TASCA) from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, December 21.
Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association (TASCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to meeting the social and personal needs of the growing population of senior citizens in the Tyler area and surrounding communities. Currently 390 members strong and growing at the rate of 10-15 new members per month!
Location: Tyler Area Senior Citizens Center 10495 CR 2167 Whitehouse TX 75791 US
Phone: (903) 871-3217