ebby halliday realtors: TEXAS IS AMONG NATIONS STRONGEST ECONOMIES.... - 10/12/09 05:53 PM
Nation's Strongest EconomiesTexas cities top the listAccording to a study by the Brookings Institution, the five largest metros in Texas were among the strongest economies in the nation during the second quarter of 2009 (S.A. still among top cities, by William Pack, San Antonio Express News, Sept. 15, 2009, and DFW economic, housing markets among top in U.S., analysis finds, by Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 15, 2009). San Antonio was the only city to rank in the top 10 among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas in all four factors used to score cities - employment, unemployment rates, home … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS VETERANS.... - 10/12/09 05:48 PM

ebby halliday realtors: TEXAS PROPERTY TAXES AND PROPERTY APPRAISALS... - 10/12/09 05:38 PM
Property taxes and appraisalsAs a group, Texas REALTORS® work in the public-policy arena to help reduce the state's heavy reliance on property taxes. In 2009 and 2007, we urged passage of appraisal-system reforms in the Texas Legislature to make the process more fair and transparent, and easier for homeowners to contest their property appraisals. In 2006, we led the charge for historic property-tax cuts in a special legislative session. We'll continue to work on your behalf on both these fronts: lowering your property-tax rates and closing loopholes in the appraisal system. After all, it doesn't do much good to lower your … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: MORE ON MOVING TO TEXAS.... - 10/12/09 05:33 PM
Moving to Texas
By the numbers
23,507,783 people (2006 census estimate) reside in Texas. For more demographic data about the Lone Star State, visit the official site of the Census Bureau. 262,017 square miles of land; equal to 7.4% of the total area of the United States, and second only to Alaska for size 4,790 square miles of inland water 367 miles of coastline 801 miles is the longest point from north to south within Texas 733 miles is the state's widest point from east to west 8,749 feet - Guadalupe Peak, the highest elevation 305,951 miles of roadways, more than … (1 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: DRIVE UP APPEAL - 10/06/09 07:22 PM
Drive-up appeal
While your home may be amazing on the inside, it won't help if you can't get a buyer through the front door. The most effective method for attracting buyers is to enhance your property's drive-up appeal. This is a prospective buyer's first impression of your home. Whether you are looking to sell or just want to spruce up your largest investment, here are four quick and easy projects to upgrade your Prosper or Frisco home and yard ...
Trim the edges. When walks and driveways lose their edge, creating a first impression of neglect, it's time to bring out … (1 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: DO I HAVE TO DISCLOSE ?? - 10/06/09 07:20 PM
Do I have to disclose?
Intentionally withholding information about a property when you sell can have serious legal consequences. Talk to your Texas REALTOR® and attorney and make sure you understand your disclosure responsibilities. You don't want to inadvertently leave something out - and then deal with the expense, hassles, and possible legal consequences later. The TAR Seller's Disclosure Notice asks sellers to provide buyers with copies of inspections reports from the past 4 years.
Disclosure also applies to federal laws. For example, those selling homes built before 1978 must provide buyers with specific information regarding lead-based paint.
Don't be afraid to disclose … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: AN INSPECTION IS A GOOD INVESTMENT! - 10/06/09 06:58 PM
An inspection is a good investment
Whether you're buying or selling a home, it's crucial to include a thorough home inspection as part of the process. It's something consumers often overlook because, as we all know, buying or selling a home can get expensive and expenses add up quickly. While it might be tempting to ignore this piece of the puzzle, it's one of those investments that are a real payoff in the end. Here's why:
Consumers can only see so much on pre-owned homes. A home inspection goes beyond the cosmetic to give buyers a clear look at what's behind … (2 comments)

Once pre-approved, don't do anything to change your credit report
Once you're pre-approved, do not buy anything on credit, or even let anybody do an inquiry on your credit until you close your new home; many lenders re-check customers' credit before funding. An inquiry is recorded on your credit history when somebody checks your credit, like a car dealership. It lowers your score, and can cause a loan to be denied if you're marginally approved. An actual credit purchase also raises your back-end ratio, which is even more dangerous. Talk to your loan officer before you consider making any credit purchase.CONTACT … (5 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: RISK V/S REWARD- PAYOFF DEPENDS ON WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS - 10/06/09 06:48 PM
Risk vs. reward: Payoff depends on what the client wants
Whether you're buying or selling a home, putting yourself in the shoes of those involved with the property-either as homeowner or prospective homeowner-can go a long way toward real estate success. For example, if a buyer isn't pre-approved, they're passing on that risk to the seller.
If a property is in great condition, the long-term risks of the buyer are minimized-and they should expect to pay a higher price because they're taking less risk on a property. The same goes for properties that have been pre-inspected. If the seller fixes repairs … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: TAKE AN IMPROMPTU VISIT - 10/06/09 06:39 PM
Take an impromptu visit
When you begin narrowing your selection or you find that you've fallen head-over-heels in love with a certain house, visit the neighborhood in the evening or on a weekend.
Take a casual stroll around the block, observing other houses in the area. Are they well kept? How many have for-sale signs out front?
Talk to the people who live in the area. These are not only the people most familiar with the area, but also your potential neighbors.
Take a test drive from the house to your workplace during rush hours to get a feel for traffic. … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: PROTECT YOURSELF ! - 09/30/09 07:22 PM
Protect yourself
While it's certainly not common, there are reports of sellers' possessions disappearing during a showing. When you list your house and are expecting potential buyers, it's wise to take steps that protect your belongings and, more importantly, your privacy.
Most people secure their diamonds, gold, and grandmother's pearls, but even so, jewelry remains the most commonly stolen item from open houses or showings. Firearms and prescription medicine are the second and third most common items that disappear, both of which can cause problems for you.
Evaluate your situation. Consider all the personal effects you have in your built-in drawers, … (1 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: LANDSCAPING COUNTS !!!! - 09/30/09 07:19 PM
Landscaping counts
When you're selling your house, you obviously want it to stand out. A reasonably easy and relatively inexpensive way to accomplish this may be to invest a little work in the landscaping and the yard.
We're not talking about a major horticultural overhaul, although studies show that such work does add value to the home. We're talking about simply adding some color and making the outside of the house much more attractive and memorable. Strategically placed plants and flowers can really enhance your property's appearance. Also, if it's not overdone, a well-maintained yard and garden appear to require less … (1 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: DISAPPEAR.... - 09/30/09 07:13 PM
When your house is on the market, it's important to be flexible with your showing times. Part of that flexibility is having the capacity to disappear when an agent brings potential buyers to look at your house-it's just better if you can leave the house while prospective buyers browse.
You want the buyers to feel comfortable in the house. No matter how accommodating you are, most people will feel like they're intruding on your privacy if you are present when they are trying to evaluate your home and compare it to the others they've seen. Because of this, they're less … (1 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: GET A CLUE.... - 09/27/09 06:12 PM
Get a CLUE
If you are considering buying a home, ask the owner to provide you with the CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) report of the home. CLUEs contain the insurance claim history of the property and can help you determine some of the problems that the house may have.CONTACT TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK 214-356-4472 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CLUE REPORTS.

ebby halliday realtors: MAKE IT IN WRITING... - 09/27/09 06:10 PM
Make it in writing
If you're ready to make an offer on a house, be sure to put everything in writing. Offers usually include proposed purchase price, concessions, earnest money, and more. There may also be several items to address in addenda to the contract. Your Texas REALTORS TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK 214-356-4472 to help you determine which forms to use and how to fill them out to be clear about your offer to buy the property

ebby halliday realtors: DEFINE YOUR SEARCH... - 09/27/09 06:08 PM
Define your search
Before taking that first step in the homebuying process, consider several important pre-purchase decisions, including what type of home, location, size, and neighborhood works best for you. Defining your search from the get-go will alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the homebuying process.CONTACT TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK AT 972-977-2254 AND USE THE WEBSITE SHARKEYPEEKGROUP.COM TO SEARCH FOR AVAILABLE HOMES IN YOUR AREA.

ebby halliday realtors: CAN A POOL ADD TO THE RESALE VALUE?? - 09/27/09 06:06 PM
Can a pool add to the resale value?
Contrary to popular belief, swimming pools often do not add significant value to a home. In fact, some families even avoid purchasing a home with a pool because of the well-publicized safety issues concerning young children and/or pets. Consequently, owning a house with a pool in the back may reduce the number of potential buyers when you try to resell. If you want a pool, do so for yourself. Don't look at it as a way to boost your property's resale value.CONTACT TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK FOR ALL YOUR POOL/RESALE RELATED QUESTIONS … (3 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: THE RIGHT SCHOOL... - 09/27/09 06:01 PM
The right school
If you have young kids, buying a home near top schools is almost certainly a priority for you. But even if you don't have school-age kids, you may still want to make sure you buy a home in a neighborhood with good schools. Why? The resale value of your home may depend on it.  The areas that we work Prosper, Frisco & McKinney have many schools that are rated exemplary. 
There are several resources you can turn to for good information. You can find several online rankings by performing an Internet search. You can also access rating information … (0 comments)

ebby halliday realtors: Prosper Real Estate Pro's The Sharkey Peek Group 972-977-2254 - 09/24/09 06:50 PM

The Sharkey Peek Group.  Tiffany & Tonya will help you with all your needs.


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Prosper, TX

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