REAL ESTATE VIEWS & NEWS

The Best Time of the Year to Live in Dallas TX
By Mary Beth Harrison on Apr 27, 2011

This my favorite time of year to live in Texas…Spring. Everywhere you look trees are flowering, bushes are blooming and flowers are poking their heads out. As I drive down a street in Unviversiry Park I can see Dogwood trees, red buds, pear trees and...

Develop Your Best Land Transaction Skills
By Lou Jewell ALC on Apr 22, 2011

North Carolina Association of Realtors® “Insight” Magazine April – June 2011, Vol. 90 No. 2 I say it all the time: “All REALTORS® are educated and trained to sell homes, but not all REALTORS® are educated and trained to sell land, farms or ranche...

Summer Camps in the Dallas Fort Worth Area
By Mary Beth Harrison on Apr 20, 2011

Soon hot weather will be here, school will be out, and the kids will be itching for something fun to do! DFW is full of exciting camps for all sorts of interests that will make the kids excited to get outside, be active, and have some fun. Here is ...

Top 10 Credit Do NOTS During Loan Process
By Mary Beth Harrison on Apr 11, 2011

1. DON’T DO ANYTHING THAT WILL CAUSE A RED FLAG TO BE RAISED BY THE SCORING SYSTEM. This would include adding new accounts, co-signing on a loan, changing your name or address, with the bureaus. The less activity on your reports during the loan proc...

Investors Beware
By Mary Beth Harrison on Apr 06, 2011

Many real estate investors have tried to "beat the system" while getting a loan to purchase an investment property. Interest rates for a non-owner occupied home are higher than an end-user or a person who intends to live in the home. Up until now ...

But I Was Not Going To But My Spouse On The Loan
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 30, 2011

When a couple decides to buy a home and applies for a loan the first step is to have a mortgage company run your credit. Maybe the husband works and the wife does not, or both of you work but his credit is not great. You want to try to get the loan o...

It Is Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 28, 2011

…or your lender, they get the final say about whether you actually get the loan you have applied for. You have found your home, successfully navigated the home buying and loan process, and you have signed all of the forms needed at closing to purc...

What Is a Short Sale
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 25, 2011

The current economic climate has given us some new words and short sales is one of them. A short sale is a precursor to foreclosure and occurs when a homeowner can no longer afford to pay their mortgage. Before the lender forecloses, or takes the hou...

How to Protest Your Property Tax Evaluation
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 23, 2011

HOW TO PROTEST YOUR PROPERTY TAX EVALUATION It’s tax time and because I am not from the government, I am here to help if you need to protest your property’s appraised value and suggest HOW to file a protest should you decide to do so. Some guide...

I Can Sell My House By Myself
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 18, 2011

Why should I use a Realtor to sell my house; why not do it myself? First and maybe most important, everytime you do not answer your phone your home is no longer on the market. A Realtor brings consistency to marketing your home, they are availab...

Your Credit Score is Everything
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 16, 2011

You want to buy a house, maybe your first or your 5th, it does not matter, the rules are the same. If you need to get a loan to buy the house you are going to have to have your credit checked. The higher your credit score the easier it will be to get...

The American Dream
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 09, 2011

One of the greatest freedoms in our country is the right to buy, sell and own private property. Often referred to as “The American Dream,” a home is usually the largest financial investment you will make in your lifetime. Because of its importance, l...

Different Neighborhood For Different Needs
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 07, 2011

If it were just a matter of finding a house anyone could do it; there are certainly enough to choose from. But finding a home that meets your lifestyle is another issue. Life is an experience and your home choice should fit in with that expectation. ...

Tacos Tacos Tacos It Is A Hot Topic in Dallas
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 04, 2011

What's better than a good ol' taco? It's great for a snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dates, parties, and so much more!!! What's even better is that the best and tastiest tacos are right here in Dallas! Here are our 5 Favorite taco joints. Rus...

Condo Townhome What Is The Difference
By Mary Beth Harrison on Mar 02, 2011

The level of ownership is what changes between a condo and a townhome. When you own a condo you only own the walls once you enter your unit. When you own a townhome you own the sky above you and the ground below you; much like owning a home. In both ...

Spring Break Camps in the Dallas Area
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 28, 2011

Discovery Camp Keep the momentum going during Spring Break with a fun filled week of learning, crafts, and games. The Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park will be having an awesome Spring Break Camp from March 14th-18th for Kindergardener-4th ...

What Is A Fair Price For This Home
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 23, 2011

That has become the prize winning question of the year. There are many ways to determine sales price for a home. A Realtor can pull comparable sales in your neighborhood and compare your home to those sold in the last 4-6 months. You can look at surr...

Should I Improve My Home Or Sell It As Is
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 21, 2011

Seller's are always asking that question. Can I sell my house as is or should I paint and replace carpet or update bathrooms and kitchens? I suggest you walk through your home with the eye of a potential buyer. I can assure you if an item bugs yo...

I Have Interviewed 3 Realtors
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 18, 2011

If you do not have a prior relationship with a Realtor it would be a good idea to interview a few before you decide to list your home for sale. Things to consider: * Professionalism * Knowledge of your neighborhood * Knowledge of the transa...

What Stays and What Goes
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 16, 2011

You have found that perfect house, love everything about it, especially the drapes all over the house and that wonderful pot holder hanging over the cooktop, the unique mirror in the powder bath, the shelf over the toilet, that fabulous fireplace scr...