The Home Appraisal – What To Do When It Comes In Too Low

If you are a potential home buyer seeking a mortgage, you will need a home appraisal to close the deal on the home you want to bid on. Before financing the mortgage, the lender will want to make sure that the loan size isn’t more than the house’s fair market value. The lender will hire an appraiser to provide…

5 Acceptable Down Payment Options For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is an exciting time, but it can bring about some new challenges. One of the biggest challenges many homebuyers face is securing a down payment. Unless you qualify for a loan that offers a no  down payment option, such as a VA home loan for military veterans, you may be required to put down a certain…

How To Move Forward After An Unsuccessful Offer On Your Dream Home

House hunting can be a really fun experience, as long as you don’t allow yourself to get too attached to the outcome when you’re ready to make an offer. It’s incredibly disheartening when you make an offer on your dream home that gets rejected. An unsuccessful offer doesn’t have to be the end of the world. It just means you…

How Property Taxes Impact Your Budget When Shopping For A New Home

The excitement of shopping for a new home can be exhilarating. You’ve been preparing financially for this investment you are about to make. However, something not everyone realizes is how your future home’s property taxes can impact the budget you set for the cost of your home. It’s important to talk to your realtor and do the research on school…

Support Your Local Small Businesses To Find Unique Gifts For The Holidays

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is known for an abundance of shopping destinations! With everything from large shopping centers to small boutiques, you can find something for everyone on your holiday gift list. You will also find some very unique gifts created by artists and crafters. And when you shop at the small local businesses, you are doing much more than…

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…

Buying A House Out Of State? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Life is full of changes. Some changes can be exciting and adventurous, such as relocating out of state! Perhaps you landed a new job or promotion or want to move closer to family. Or maybe you are just looking to start over in a new location that appeals to your lifestyle. Whether you are buying your first home or selling…

How To Grow Your Own Food With Container Gardens And Raised Beds

Summertime is just around the corner! It’s time for those fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs to make their appearance in your local farmer’s markets and produce stands! But, if you can’t get enough of these delightful healthy greens, why not grow your own garden this year? Container gardens and raised beds are an attractive and easy way to grow…

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…