realtors in prosper: RAISING ROOFS IN PROSPER TEXAS !! - 11/09/09 01:22 PM
Builders think they’ve found sweet spot
RAISING ROOFS: Luxury home builders have found success in a sagging housing market by building in the upscale Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas and the city of Prosper.   In a North Texas housing market where starts are off a third from last year’s pace, mortgage lenders are cutting staff, Realtors are competing aggressively for a contracting number of sales and the number of foreclosures is the only thing on the rise, the first sign of hope — be it however modest — has emerged.
Houses in the $250,000 to $300,000 price range … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: WHY LIVE IN PROSPER TEXAS?? WHY NOT ?? - 11/05/09 05:27 AM
MOST PEOPLE long for a residential setting far removed from the town and their frenzied work environment. They want to go home to a place where they can kick back, relax, enjoy the fresh air and take in the sounds of nature, not the din of traffic rumbling in the distance. That place is Prosper. While the town is quickly evolving from its rural roots, its small town sensibility has not been lost. It pervades every neighborhood - from the historic residential areas that have existed for decades to the fabulous new developments boasting homes in excess of $1 million. Shopping, … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: Moving to TEXAS - 10/12/09 05:29 PM
Moving to Texas
Congratulations and welcome to the Lone Star State. Texans are friendly people. In fact, our name comes from the Caddo Indian word tejas, which means friend. We are very proud of our state - and you will be, too. There's an old saying among naturalized Texans, "I wasn't born in Texas, but at least I got here as fast as I could."
Texas' size is matched only by its diversity - people of different cultures coexist and several different industries flourish. You'll also find a variety of food, music, languages, entertainment, employment opportunities, professional sports, and outdoor activities.

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: COMING TO YOUR SENSES - 10/06/09 07:02 PM
Coming to your senses
The more you do to prepare your home for market, the more money you can expect to pocket at the closing table. First impressions are critical to selling a home for the right price, and improving the sensory appeal is just one way you can stage your home to sell. Here are a few things you can do to capture the most interest in your property:
Hire a professional cleaning crew to come in and make your home sparkle. Make sure to get your windows cleaned inside and out, too. Shine up your appliances, especially if they … (1 comments)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: PECAN TREES PROVIDE SHADE AND CLUES - 10/06/09 06:45 PM
Pecan trees provide shade and clues
The shade of a big pecan tree in the yard can be a wonderful attraction when you're looking for a home. But it might also provide you with some troubling clues about the property's past...and future.
Pecan trees love water and often grow in or near flood prone areas. Ask the seller whether the property has ever flooded or if it is located in a flood hazard zone.
One of the surveyor's jobs is to determine if the property is located in the 100-year Special Flood Hazard zone as designated by the U.S. Department of … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: FINDING AND KEEPING THAT TOP NOTCH REALTOR - 10/06/09 06:42 PM
Finding and keeping that top-notch REALTOR®
When searching for a REALTOR® online, CONTACT TONYA PEEK AND TIFFANY SHARKEY FOR ALL YOUR NORTH DALLAS REAL ESTATE NEEDS 972-977-2254.There are some suggestions to help you find that true professional who will make all the difference for you:
Does the Web site offer adequate information about listed properties? Is it updated often? Are the agent and/or broker's office contact information readily available? E-mail the agent/office and request specific information. You should expect a response within 24 hours. Once an online relationship is established, request via e-mail that the agent call you or call the agent/office … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: 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)

realtors in prosper: SHOWING RESTRICTIONS PUT ON SHOWINGS BY SELLERS ????? - 09/30/09 07:10 PM
Sometimes, I'm actually amazed by showing restrictions
I am primarily a listing agent, and certainly understand there are times when restrictions are necessary due to special circumstances such as a baby, home schooling, elderly or sick occupants, etc. However, if a home is difficult is to show, you may find that your pool of buyers is considerably smaller, simply due to scheduling conflicts or incompatibilities.
Real life example: One morning, I was scheduling showings for a couple of potential buyers. I selected the properties and called the showing service to set up times to show them. For one vacant property, I … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: THE NEXT LEVEL OF CLEAN..... - 09/30/09 07:06 PM
The next level of clean
Aside from the necessary intrusions, the most inconvenient aspect of having your house on the market may well be keeping the house in showing condition.
Making a good impression on buyers is very important. It's not a huge leap for a potential buyer to equate a cluttered or dirty house with poor maintenance of the overall structure, systems, and appliances. Whether accurate or not, this can or result in a lower offer than the home might otherwise bring ... or worse, discourage an offer altogether.
Getting rid of clutter and keeping up with the constant cleaning … (0 comments)

realtors in prosper: TWELVE TIPS TO SELL YOUR HOME...... - 09/30/09 07:03 PM
Twelve tips to sell your home
There are few things more frustrating to a seller than a home that sits on the market. It's stressful to keep a house in showing condition, and not selling can cost you lots of money.
Use these tips as a quick guide to better your chances at selling your house in a timely fashion.
Sit down with your Texas REALTOR® and evaluate your listing price. Visit open houses in your neighborhood. Are similar homes priced lower? An overpriced home is destined to sit on the market too long. Do whatever it takes to be away … (1 comments)

realtors in prosper: YOU DO NOT NEED 20% DOWN TO BUY A HOME - 09/27/09 06:14 PM
You don't need 20% down to buy a home
According to a survey by Fannie Mae, 44% of all adults believe you need a 20% downpayment to purchase a home. That's simply not true. There are a variety of lenders who offer low-interest mortgages to qualified buyers that require a downpayment as low as 3% of the purchase price. There are also downpayment and closing cost assistance programs available to Texans. Contact your Texas REALTORS TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK 214-356-4472 for more information.


Tiffany & Tonya Sharkey

Peek Group

Prosper, TX

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Address: P.O. Box 1327 , Prosper, TX, 75078

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