‘Tis the Season: 5 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Buy or Sell a Home

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It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months. This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will keep buyers away and that no one is looking over the holidays. Unfortunately, many real estate professionals perpetuate this myth by advising …

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

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No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if disaster strikes. A homeowners insurance …

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

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It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying. When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the …

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

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Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, …

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

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According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2 Following are 10 tips you can use …

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Getting Cozy – Do You Know What the Millennials Are Buying?

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2016 marked the end of an era that began in 2009, when the size of newly built homes increased year after year.  In 2015, the typical new home had 2,689 square feet, but in 2016, the number dropped by about 50 square feet to 2,634, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Association of Home Builders says it’s a …

Spring Home-Buying Season Gets an Early Start

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  We are off to another Seller’s Market in 2017 and an early start to the spring buying season. Home prices continue to climb due to lack of inventory in most areas of DFW.  And we continue to make top ranks in the housing market with Forbes putting DFW area as the number one place for investment in 2017 and REALTOR.com putting …

Agent vs. Consultat vs. Broker, Do You Know The Difference?

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When you hire a real estate professional to help you sell your house or buy your next home, you are actually hiring their broker for the services.  In the State of Texas, the agreement signed for real estate services, is between the broker and the client.  The real estate agent has been given authority by the broker to facilitate the …

CLIENT VS. CUSTOMER – Do You Know The Difference?

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In the world of real estate and specifically in the State of Texas there are some huge differences between being a Client or a Customer when involved in a real estate transaction.  As real estate Agents and REALTORS we must treat all parties with care and honesty, however once someone becomes a client, our obligations and duties to them are expanded …

6 Don’ts After You Apply For A Mortgage

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I learned a long time ago that “common sense is NOT common practice“. This is especially the case during the emotional time that surrounds buying a home, when people tend to do some non-commonsensical things. Here are a few that I’ve seen over the years that have delayed (and even killed) deals: 1.    Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders …