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Do You Want To Be Part Of The Luxury Community Growth In DFW?

The luxury community is on the move in DFW!  The population of Texas continues to explode in 2021 as people move in from out of state. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex grew by nearly 2% last year, increasing the Texas population more than any other state in the U.S. What’s interesting is that the DFW real estate market also shows…

What Is MLS And How Do You Use It To Find Your Dream Home?

Have you ever wondered how real estate agents get the inside scoop about home listings that just hit the market before anyone else? It’s almost as if real estate agents have a secret tool that gives them first-hand knowledge about home listings. Sure, some of that power is their networking skills, where they may hear about a home listing right…

Should You Put In A Swimming Pool As A Return On Investment?

Texas summers are HOT! For those who live in Texas, swimming pools are not just a luxury but practically a necessity. If you own a swimming pool, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the sun while keeping cool. If you have children, a pool can provide hours of summer fun while getting them outside and helping to…

Summer Activities That Everyone Will Enjoy

Summer is just around the corner! It’s time for the kids to take a break from school and enjoy those warm, sunny days! While summer is a time for family fun and relaxation, those months out of school can be boring for some children. Many parents are still working from home, so it’s important to keep the children occupied with…

Want To Buy A Second Home At Your Dream Vacation Destination?

Spring is here, and it’s prime time to plan your summer vacation! If you have a favorite vacation spot that you visit often enough, why not buy a second home there?Where are your dreams calling you to visit this year? Are you longing for a sunny beach or majestic mountains? Perhaps you want to get away to a desert oasis…

What Do Spring Breaks Look Like In Our Future?

Spring breaks have taken place since the 1930’s.  It’s hard to believe that it’s almost one year since the US went under lockdown in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We knew very little about the virus.  It was a time when winter was wrapping up its chilly last days, and Spring was about to bring its blooming flowers…

Three of the Smartest Ways To Secure a Home

Your home, and the belongings inside and outside, are your most costly investment.  There are many ways you can secure a home.  Most importantly, you want to do all that you can to protect your home and keep your family safe. Learning how to burglar-proof your home is something that you should not put off. There are many affordable home…

How To Bring Families Together In A Multigenerational Home

Family is everything.  We spend our entire lives being cared for and caring for our family.  Now more than ever, middle-aged Americans find themselves a part of what’s known as the “sandwich generation.”   As a result, a multigenerational home is necessary when faced with caring for children while simultaneously caring for aging parents.  Several factors may include health issues,…

How to Make the Best Use of Home Office and Learning Space

As a result of the pandemic, more people than ever are working remotely from home.  This has created a demand for the ideal work space design.  To add to the challenge, there is now a demand for homeschool learning space.  Big corporations are realizing the cost savings and acquiring the technology to allow employees to work remotely while supervising children…

How To Get Prepared To List Your Home

Are you thinking of putting your home up for sale?  Perhaps this is the first time you will list your home, or the first time in many years, and you aren’t sure what to expect.  This checklist will have you prepared to get your house ready to sell. 1.  Start preparing your home to sell by addressing your finances. Call…

Your Summer Landscape And How To Boost It

Summer is officially here! You may want to consider curb appeal and how your summer landscape can add value to your home. Landscaping and gardening is often a project that many people enjoy working on during this season. Your landscape is a large part of the first impression that homebuyers experience, so you’ll want your summer landscaping and gardens to…

Understanding Foreclosures

It is an unfortunate commentary, but when economic activity declines and housing activity decreases, more real property enters the foreclosure process. High interest rates and creative financing arrangements are also contributing factors. When prices are rapidly accelerating during a real estate “bonanza”, many people go to any lengths available to get into the market through investments in vacation homes, rental…

Common Ways of Holding Title

How Should I Take Ownership of the Property I am Buying? Real property can be incredibly valuable and the question of how parties can take ownership of their property is important. The form of ownership taken — the vesting of title — will determine who may sign various documents involving the property and future rights of the parties to the…

Mello-Roos

In purchasing your new home, your future monthly payments will be made up of principal, interest, real property taxes, and insurance. But what is the tax for the Community Facilities District, otherwise known as a Mello-Roos District? The Land Title Association (LTA) has answered some of the most commonly asked questions about the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act. What is a…

Mechanic’s Liens

The Mechanics’ Lien law provides special protection to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and suppliers who furnish labor or materials to repair, remodel or build your home. If any of these people are not paid for the services or materials they have provided, your home may be subject to a mechanics’ lien and eventual sale in a legal proceeding to enforce the…

Condominium and PUD Ownership

Builders, in an effort to combat the dual problem of an increasing population and a declining availability of prime land, are increasingly turning to common interest developments (CIDs) as a means to maximize land use and offer homebuyers convenient, affordable housing. The two most common forms of common interest developments in many states are Condominiums and Planned Unit Developments, often…

5 Key Steps to File Your 2020 Tax Return

KISS* and Get a Refund To file your 2020 tax return, you can still file on Tax Day, April 15th, but it is best not to wait until the last minute if you can help it. Uncle Sam just began processing tax returns on January 27th. But, that’s no reason to stress. It comes and goes every year and wealways…