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According to the National Association of Realtors® Existing Home Sales Report, existing home sales declined for two straight months in December and January. So, whereas winter might have been on

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Millennials, which is the generation comprised of people born from 1980 to 1998, are buying homes at a much lower rate than previous generations in favor of renting or moving back in with their

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Homes Selling At Or Above Asking Price Nearly Triples In 2017

Home price indexes took a major hit after the financial crisis a decade ago, and it took a long time for those prices to recover. But according to a recent report from CoreLogic, it looks like the

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4 Steps To Save For A Mortgage Down Payment

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make. And while a mortgage is obviously a large financial commitment, before you even get to your mortgage, you'll be required to come

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184 Things REALTORs Do To Earn Their Commission

Listed here are 184 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provided by full service real

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October 2017 DFW Home Stats

This information was obtained from 3rd parties. Stephanie Gonzalez & Halo Group Realty, LLC makes no express or implied representation as to the accuracy thereof. All information should be

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8 Mistakes First Time Home Sellers Make And How To Avoid

Plenty of home sellers consider their places to be coveted properties that others would be lucky to own. But, that hubris can often lead to trouble when it comes to actually landing an offer and

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What To Expect When Youre Expecting An Offer On Your Home

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (…an Offer On Your Home)If considering selling a home for the first time, the task can seem as daunting as having your first child (you just don’t know

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Having A Winter Buying Plan

 Having a Winter Buying PlanIf you've been trying to buy a home in a crazy competitive market, I understand your frustration.  You may be thinking, "Screw this, I'm going to rent forever!"

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7 Debates FirstTime Homebuyers Face

Buying your first place can be an exciting but often overwhelming experience. From finding "the one" to figuring out how you'll pay for it, you'll face many choices along the road to home ownership

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Prosper For Sale

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Who Pays The Buyers Agent When You Buy A Home You Might Be Surprised

Do you ever wonder if you need to pay your real estate agent when you buy a home?If not, then how do they make money?Or, do you know they get paidsomehow…but just aren’t sure how

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Frisco

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Just Minutes From Frisco Convenient To Toyota Headquarters And The New Dallas Cowboys Training Facil

As the saying goes (location! location! location!) ...is key when buying a home.  This gorgeous Drees-built home is just minutes from highway 121, and is centrally-located and just minutes to

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4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller's market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the

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2 Minute Drill Components Of A Mortgage Payment

My phone rang a couple weeks back and the gentleman on the other end of my Samsung had this question for me: "Why are the properties on x-site are lower than y-site?"After I explained how

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Updated Texas Farmhouse Style Home For Sale In Coyote Ridge

This updated Texas Farmhouse style home for sale in Coyote Ridge is just waiting for you to call it home.   This SIX bedroom home with FIVE full baths, media and gameroom offers a plethora

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Fixer Upper Vs MoveIn Ready Which One Is Right For You

When it comes to buying real estate, you want to make sure the property you purchase is the right fit for your needs. For some buyers, purchasing a home that needs some work is the ideal situation.

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June Is National Homeownership Month Heres An Interesting Take On It

Are you aware that June is National Homeownership month? Probably not. Because you're too busy working to afford the home you live in, whether you rent it or own it. Why should you care? If you

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Should You Buy A Home In Your 20s

Should you buy a home in your 20s?Good question.There's no single, sure-fire answer to it. Okay, there is...if you consider "it depends" to be a solid answer.You can search the Internet and find as

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5 Easy Do It Yourself Tips To Make Your Home Classier

Updating your home to be more chic - without looking cheap - is completely doable on a budget. If you're looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that

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9 Tips For Summer Home Selling

What's the best season in which to sell your home? That depends greatly on who you ask, and where the home is located! If you live on the coast, it's likely that summer is your ideal time, but if

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Allen Texas Homes For Sale

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6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You PreApproved Before Showing You Homes

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren't pre-approved for a mortgage? It's not because they're mean, or they don't value your business... it's actually because they're looking

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Homes For Sale In Frisco 75033

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52 Weeks To An Organized Home

Selling a Home, or even the thought of selling a home in this fast-moving North Texas market can strike fear in many.  While the thought of making a large profit can certainly leave

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Spring Cleaning And Home Organization

Spring Cleaning time of the year is here, and it's the perfect time to organize your home. Included in organization are those oh-so-important documents and information that seems to never be at

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The 2 Minute Drill On Loan Types

The home buying process can seem a bit daunting if you don't know where to start. Hell, it can be pretty damn scary when you think about it. The thought of committing a few hundred thousand dollars

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111 Homes For Sale In Frisco

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An Open Letter From An Agent To Anyone Considering Selling Their Home

So you're thinking about selling your home? I realize you didn't arrive at this decision lightly, and that you might be nervous or scared. There are so many things that are probably going through

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Determine How Much Mortgage You Can Afford

4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can AffordBy: G. M. FiliskoPublished: August 20, 2014By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that homeownership will fit in your

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Why Real Estate Agents Ask If Youre Preapproved

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage?If you haven’t, then

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Its Time We Had A Realistic Discussion About Your Homes Value

When you go to sell your house, there’s a good chance you’re not going to agree with what a real estate agent suggests for a list price.It’s one of the most common issues real estate agents

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The Colony Homes For Sale

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The Hottest Updates In Interior Updates Of Homes Under 500k Selling FAST In North Texas

Wondering what the HOTTEST Home Improvements and Interior Updates are in North Texas Right Now?No doubt you can find a number of magazines and websites with articles on the best updates for resale.

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10 Commandments In Selling Your House

Now that you know the commandments, do you want to know what your property is worth?Find out here for!!!

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent WANTS You To Bother Them

Real estate agents hear this all the time...“I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…”...after it is too late.There are times when you

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Wondering Why Your Home Has Not Sold

Are You Wondering Why Your Home Hasn't Sold in this HOT, Seller's Market?! "Why Has My Home Not Sold?!"  There you are...90 days after putting your house on the market...a few potential

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What NOT To Do At An Open House

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Should You Pack Your Bags And Buy A Home Down South

Thinking of buying a home? Not so fast there, partner. First, there’s three questions you should ask yourself:What kind of house styles are there?What kind of house should I live in?Where should I

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Prosper Texas

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What All Buyers Need To Know About The Home Appraisal Process

Do you know what a home appraisal is, or why it’s so important for you to have? Many people misunderstand this crucial component of the home buying experience.In a nutshell, an appraisal is a

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Southlake Homes For Sale

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The Ten Commandments Of Buying A Home

Are you jazzed about your upcoming home purchase? Good. But slow down, Turbo! There are a few things you need to know. More specifically, ten things.They’re called “The Ten Commandments of

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Homes For Sale In Southlake

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Buying Is Now 377 Cheaper Than Renting In The US

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest

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Five Problems Most Homeowners Insurance Doesnt Cover

Policies for homeowner's insurance usually take several pages to explain the circumstances that are covered under the policy guidelines. Most homeowners don't bother to take the time to read through

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Three Factors For Determining Real Estate Comps

Whether you are buying a new home or selling your old one, "comps," or comparable sales, are important. As a seller, they can be used as benchmarks to properly price your house. The last thing you

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10 High Schools In Frisco

I read a statistic that Frisco has grown 3,000% since 1991, has close to 56,000 students enrolled, and is currently building its 10th High School! WOW! I love my Frisco!  CLICK HERE TO READ!

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Five Ways To Come Up With A Down Payment

Coming up with a hefty down payment can be intimidating, but with a little work and ingenuity you can do it. Here are a few ideas for coming up with the needed cash:1. Down-Payment Assistance

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Single Story Home For Sale In Frisco With Pool For 272k

                                                       

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Homes For Sale In The Colony

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Prosper Homes For Sale

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Seven Reasons Why You Need A Real Estate Professional To Help Sell Your House

Eventually almost everyone faces the task of selling their home. During these transitions, many people wonder if they should save some money and list their house for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) instead of

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Relocating To Dallas

I wanted to center my very first blog post around a topic that is near and dear to my own heart: relocating to Dallas!  I moved away from my hometown in Oregon almost a decade ago and have been

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Prepping Your Home For Sale So That Your Listing Photos POP

Prepping your home for sale has many components, professional photos being one of them.  When considering selling a home, you want the photo to compel the potential buyers to like what they see

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400 Seis Lagos Trail In Lucas Texas

Just Listed-$499,000400 Seis Lagos Trail in Lucas, TX 75098http://melissa.haloagent.com/property/37-13384736-400-Seis-Lagos-Trail-Lucas-TX-75098 Better than new! Gorgeous 2-year old home with 4

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Homes For Sale In The Frisco Area

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2436 Dorrington Drive In Dallas Texas

http://www.DorringtonDrive.comBeautiful East Dallas location, relaxed people with a convenience not just to White Rock Lake, but Lake Ray Hubbard, Downtown Dallas, Being seconds from I-30 and

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Prequalified Versus Preapproved

If you are planning on buying a home in the next year, there are a few things you should do before you start looking: decide on the neighborhood that will provide you with good schools and a

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Five Ways To Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal

The first long glimpse of a house, as a potential buyer steers toward the curb and then slows to a stop, is a critical moment. It could be an experience of love at first sight or immediate dislike

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Weekly Featured Lake Front Home In Mckinney

Mckinney, TX was voted the #1 Best Place to live for many reasons.  Of course, most of us are aware of the exemplary-rated, blue-ribbon winning schools, the great amenities of Stonebridge Ranch

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Bubble Trouble

"Are we in a Real-Estate Bubble"?  I have heard that question at least a dozen times in the past few years with our market's soaring sales prices and appraisal rates.  (One of my clients

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The Storms In Texas Are Upon Us

Texas weather is bipolar. Straight up, no lie.Thanks for tuning in! See you next week...But seriously, our weather is something else.  In the Dallas area, we can get the full gauntlet of what

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12 Inexpensive Tricks To Instantly Boost Your Homes Quality And Appearance

Boosting curb appeal is a great way to increase the appearance and quality of your home.  Undo to popular belief, you DO NOT have to spend a fortune (quite the contrary!) on updating

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Tax Deductions For Home Flippers

If you're like many of us after filing taxes, you're wondering what you can do to take advantage of more deductions next year and how to lower your income-taxes.  If you already own a home and

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Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination Feds Say

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is making it easier for people with criminal records to find housing.In new guidance, released Monday, HUD tells landlords and home sellers that

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Six Things To Expect From Your Home Inspection

Home inspections aren't just for first-time home buyers and those purchasing foreclosures—really, everyone should know what to expect from their new home before they sign on the dotted line.

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Opening Day

There is something about the sound of a bat hitting a ball that I just love!  Whether it is a youth baseball game, my favorite college team playing, or my beloved Texas Rangers, spring time

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How To Get Rid Of Pesky Bugs

Spring is here—and, along with it, plenty of bugs. Granted, most of the insects in and around your house are more creepy than dangerous, but some can spread serious diseases. One

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McKinney Homes For Sale

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Buyers Agents Working For You Free Of Charge

Home buyers should always have their own agent. Buyer agents work to negotiate the best terms and price for the buyer. Best of all, the buyer agent’s services are free to the buyer.Most

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The 2016 Housing Market Is Off To A Good Start

Consumer confidence is almost as high as it was pre-recession. Economists predict GDP growth will see a slight year-over-year increase. And private sector job growth has been steady for the past

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It Is That Time Of Year Again

9 Easy Mistakes Homeowners Make On Their TaxesBy: G. M. FiliskoPublished: January 12, 2016Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction

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Who Wants Murphy Back

SPRING TRAINING NOTEBOOK - It's possible the Rangers may seek to sign a free agent outfielder to fill the void left by the injured Josh Hamilton. Among the remaining, unsigned, free agents are

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How Wet Will 2016 Be

Well, we had a very mild winter and the rain is starting again.  I know all of us are asking, will it rain as much as it did last spring?  I remember hearing that the Farmer's Almanac

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You Say I Cant Do What

During the past several years, I've had more and more single or divorced females contacting me to buy a home.  Buying a home can be a daunting process for the first-time buyer, much less for

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What To Eat The Donut Kitchen

Who doesn't love donuts?  I mean, they are little round, fluffy, sweet breakfast treats that make you feel good inside!  And there is a spot in McKinney, TX that you need to check out to

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Features That Will Help You Raise Your Homes Future Sales Price

If you’re like many people, you’re forward-thinking when it comes to considering your home’s resale.  You’re likely wondering what improvements to your home can help you sell it for

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Wondering Why Your Home Hasnt Sold

"Why Has My Home Not Sold?!"  There you are...90 days after putting your home on the market...a few potential "new" homes picked out...and not only not a single offer in sight, but slowings

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Beautiful New Construction Home In Lake Front Community On Lake Ray Hubbard In North Texas

A new construction home in the gated community of Chandler's Landing in Rockwall is this week's featured Lake-Front Landing.  (This particular home doesn't have a lake-front lot, but it IS

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Frisco Homes For Sale

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6 Tips For Choosing The Best Offer For Your Home

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your HomeBy: G. M. FiliskoHave a plan for reviewing purchase offers so you don't let the best slip through your fingers.You’ve worked hard to get your

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2015 Holiday Events In North Texas

Looking to get in on the holiday spirit?!  Check out the list of holiday events in North Texas / Collin County and surrounding areas below: 

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Homes For Sale In McKinney

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How To Avoid Buyers Remorse

Buyers Remorse--that feeling of anxiety or regret that you made the wrong decision, exists in most every sale.  We all question our own buying choices and that little voice is always.

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How To Clean Up After Thanksgiving In Half The Time

How to Clean Up After Thanksgiving in Half the TimeBy: Lisa Kaplan GordonPublished: November 1, 2012The Pilgrims were on to something when they planned a Thanksgiving potluck; here are other

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A Lake Front Single Story Fixer Upper In Rockwall You Do NOT Want To Miss

This week's featured lake-front listing is a handyman's dream in Chandler's Landing in Rockwall, TX!  This rare, single-story 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo on Lake Ray Hubbard is listed by

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A Lake Front Home In Collin County Under 300k You Do NOT Want To Miss

If you're looking for one heck of a deal on a lake-front home in Collin Collin, look no further than 13860 County Road 550 in Farmersville!  Listed by the fabulous Jane Clark of

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What To Do NOW To Prep Your Home To Sell This Summer

Selling a Home this Summer?  Here's Your Simple "Get Ready" Check-List!Curb appeal in selling a home counts for a lot, as well all know.  However, do you know what "curb-appeal"

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How To Make A Medicore School Great In A Year

For home buyers with kids, settling in a good school districtis a must, right? Not according to Jacqueline Edelberg. In 2006, when she wasdeciding where to send her child to school, Edelberg checked

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Why Realtors Ask For Preapproval Letters Prior To Showing Homes

Requesting a buyer to send over a preapproval letter prior to showing property (or even meeting) these days is not an uncommon practice.  It shouldn't be taken as an insult to your

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For Sale In Frisco

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Should You Buy A Home If You Are Single

"Should I Buy a Home if I'm Single?"-Even if not spoken aloud, this is a question in the mind of many who are not married and considering embarking on a house-hunt.  As a Realtor in DFW, I have

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Is Your HOME Making You Depressed

Does Your Home Make You Depressed?As funny or odd as those words may sound, the place you invest the majority of your time in, ultimately your home, could heavily impact your mood and overall well

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How To KNOW If A Potential Real Estate Investment Is Good Or Bad

Oftentimes, people begin investing in Real Estate because it is less volatile than say...investing in the stock market, a "safe" investment, if you will.  Before jumping on the "safe-investment

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See Whats For Sale In Southlake

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How Much Money Does It Take To Buy A Home

"How much money does it take to buy a home these days" should be the question..No doubt the home-buying process  has been thrown upside down in this fast-paced seller's market.  

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Move Over Chicago Experts Predict Dallas To Be The 3 Metro In US In 25 Years

The Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex is now experiencing a net gain of one million people every six years.   Along with the explosion of the exurbs (towns north of the suburbs), the in-town

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Top 10 Stupid Staging Ideas

Not all home staging is created equally. Staging Darwinism is real and only the smart survive. Below we countdown the top 10 “stoopidest” home staging ideas.#10. “Bake cookies right before

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McKinney House Rush 2015

McKINNEY - Median new home prices in North Texas are running about $285,000 — but sharp increases in land and construction costs in the DFW area are pushing new home costs above $300,000 in many

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Tips To Avoid Home Closing Delays

When you set a date to close on a home, you'll want to make sure that the closing goes through on the agreed upon date. Delays in closing can have financial consequences. While there may be no

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Why Being Organized Saves You Money

Why Being Organized Saves You MoneyBy: Jennifer NelsonFind out how big a bite being disorganized takes out of your bottom line.Americans waste almost an hour each day looking for misplaced.

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Buy A Home In One Year If You Have Horrible Credit And Zero Savings Right Now

Buying a home is called "The American Dream" for a reason=everyone dreams of owning their own home.  For some, this dream may seem like something that will never materialize due to 1) not

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Owners Overvalue Homes By Larger Margin

For the seventh consecutive month, the gap has widened between what home owners say their home is worth compared to what appraisers say, according to Quicken Loans’ August 2015 Home Price

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Featured Lake Front Home In Denton County With 4 Car Garage

https://northtexaslakefronthomes.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/timberlake-bath.jpgIf a lake house in Denton County is what you're after, don't miss this week's featured listing! A true get-away, this

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Find Your Frisco Dream Home

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Home Inspections

Congratulations! Your offer has been accepted buy the seller and you are now in the option period.  You know, the few days you have to opt out of a deal for something you find??  The house

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San Francisco and Dallas usually don’t share a lot of top spot time in business surveys.Related CoreLogic report: Dallas still tops for home price gains Are North Texas home values higher near a

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Jerry Jones Development Company To Start New 700M Masterplanned Community

Frisco-based Blue Star Land Co. is getting ready to start construction on its 1,000-acre master-planned community that will bring 1,800 homes to Prosper.Blue Star is an affiliated development

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Being A Buyer In A Sellers Market

With homes moving in a days (hours in some cases), you may be asking yourself, "How DOES a buyer buy a home in this sellers market of low-inventory?".  With Realtors competing to get to the new

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Another Lake Front Bargain Under 350k In Texas

This week's featured lake-front bargain sits on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett.  A STEAL at under $350k for this lake-front oasis with direct lake access!!  Listed by William Zieglar of

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One Of This Seasons Hottest Trends In Homes

Trends in homes come and go, but one thing is for sure-there is certainly a lot of popularity in one of this season's features-ceilings!  This once-neglected area has gotten a lot of fame

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Moon Gardens

Our North Texas climate often makes it difficult to get out and enjoy our landscapes in the hot summer months.Why not extend the time you have to enjoy the outdoors by creating a moon

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Firsttime Buyers Increase Home Sales Climb Nationwide

First-time buyers represented 32 percent of the market in May, a 2 percent increase from April and a 5 percent increase from a year ago. First-time buyers haven't had this much of a presence in the

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Understanding The Earnest Money Deposit

An earnest money deposit is a check that's handed over with an offer to purchase a home. It's a "good faith" deposit, showing that the buyer is serious about buying a home and is ready to move

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Weekly Featured Lake Front Bargain

This week's lake-front bargain home is on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall. This lake-front home is a steal at only $350k for this home with a water view in North Texas!  3600 sf of

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Lake Front Vacation Property For Sale Under 200k In Collin County

Lavon Shores home for SaleThis week's featured lake front home in Collin County is a beautiful little 3-bedroom in Lavon Shores.  If you're looking for a home for sale on Lake Lavon, or

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Homes For Sale In Frisco

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DFW Apartment Leasing Construction And Rents Jump In Second Quarter

North Texas apartment leasing more than doubled in the second quarter from the first three months of 2015.Related More lofts and apartments coming to Shops at Park Lane Planned Victory Park

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Dallas Home Price Gains Are Highest In The Nation

The Dallas-area is still topping the rest of the country when it comes to home price increases.Related North Texas median home prices soar above $200,000 for first time Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth

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Home Sales In North Texas Hit Record In June With More Than 10000 Houses Sold

North Texas home sales jumped by 12 percent in June, with a record number of properties changing hands.Related Dallas home price gains are highest in the nation Dallas home prices up 8.8 percent

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2015 Fireworks Displays In North Texas

4th of July 2015 is upon us.  No doubt you are looking for the best fireworks displays in North Texas, or the best place to watch fireworks this year as you celebrate Independence Day!

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3 Things To Consider Before Accepting A Cash Offer

The cash buyer outranks the financed buyer because there is a lower chance of the deal falling through and because, typically, a cash buyer can close faster than a financed buyer. These are

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The Difference Between Market Value Appraised Value And Taxed Value

Home Value.  The thought and understanding behind what makes up a home's value confuses many-especially with so many different terms that seem to relatively have the same (but different!)

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Get Your Home Sold In 2015

7 Tips for Staging Your HomeBy: G. M. FiliskoMake your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on

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How To Use Comparable Sales To Price Your Home

By: Carl VogelBefore you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.How much can you sell your home for? Probably about

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Sharp Drop In DallasFort Worth Home Starts Means Less Choice For Buyers

A sharp drop in first-quarter home starts has dimmed hopes of easing the Dallas-Fort Worth housing crunch.Builders cut back on home starts by more than 20 percent in the first three months of 2015,

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DFW Housing Market Rated Hottest In The Nation By Realtorcom

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has the hottest housing market in the country, according to a new report by Realtor.com.Analysts rated the top markets in April based on demand for housing and how long it

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North Texas Median Home Prices Soar Above 200000 For First Time

This spring’s scorching home market has propelled median house sales prices in North Texas above $200,000 for the first time.In April, home sales prices in the area were up 14 percent to a record

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DFW Home Prices Rise 101 Percent In First Quarter According To Realtors

 Dallas-Fort Worth home prices increased by 10.1 percent in the first quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors year-over-year price comparison.The D-FW area’s price increase

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New Report Many Millennials Choose Ability To Move Over Homeownership

High student debt and financing challenges are the reasons most often given for low homeownership rates among young Americans.Related Homeownership in Dallas area falls as millennials balk at

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North Texas Home Prices Sales Set New Records In May

North Texas home prices rose by 14 percent in May from a year earlier. (Steve Brown)North Texas home prices jumped by 14 percent in May – one of the largest year-over-year gains ever for the

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Runaway North Texas Home Prices Spark Fears Of Another Price Bubble

With Dallas-Fort Worth home prices at the highest point ever, don’t be surprised if you hear more chatter about the potential for a housing bubble.But analysts are less sure that is what’s going

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Multimilliondollar Homes Selling Like Hautecakes In Dallas Area

Five Dallas-area homes are now listed for sale at $20 million or more – the largest number of such elite properties to hit the market.“You don’t see this many at once, and all of these houses

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Down Payment Assistance And Where To Find It

Down-payment assistance ...when we hear those words, most of us think of the individuals in the poverty-level who may be scraping by at $35,000 per year. This is just not the case.  There

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Top 10 Tips To Keep Your Dogs Healthy In Hot Weather

Photo by Jayme Dukart | www.jdpetphotography.net - Article by https://positively.com/dog-wellness/dog-safety/hot-weather-tips/ Be cool.  Dogs can easily suffer from heat

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Home Taxes DFW

It appears almost all the taxes on homesteads are being raised the maximum 10% Texas law allows. So if you live in an average $250,000 home your tax assessments are being raised by $25,000. If your

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Texas Lake Levels FULL

Take a look at the area Texas lake levels this morning...at the end of last summer, who would have thought that this would be true?  In DFW we have 2 area lakes that are not full...and they are

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7 Landscaping Mistakes That Wreck Curb Appeal

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Down Payment Assistance

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Esta Pensando En Comprar Una Casa

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