REAL ESTATE VIEWS & NEWS

What is The Best Way to Find a House to Buy
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 11, 2011

There are several ways to go about looking for your dream home. Just go to the internet and Google "homes for sale and your city and state." You will find more listings than you could search in a lifetime. Should you use a Realtor or try to do it you...

Helpful Real Estate Facts
By Larry Thomas on Feb 08, 2011

Any loan not guaranteed or subsidized by the government or it's agencies is called a conventional loan. With a conventional loan the lenders use as a standard an 80% loan to value ( LTV ) which after the buyers good credit has been established is con...

How to Find A Good Realtor – Questions to Ask
By Mary Beth Harrison on Feb 08, 2011

You found your perfect home and now you are ready to write an offer. You feel like you looked at 100 houses to find the perfect one…now what? Your Realtor should provide you with as much information as she can find about the house. Stats on comp...

Knock That Contract Out
By Mary Beth Harrison on Jan 25, 2011

What does it mean to “knock out a contract”? A seller can accept a contract to sell their home with a variety of conditions attached and one of those is a contingency for the sale of the buyers’ home. In other words, the buyer must sell their curre...

Repair Negotiations
By Mary Beth Harrison on Jan 24, 2011

Trying to negotiate repairs after the buyer does inspections can be daunting. From the sellers point of view they have lived in this home for "X" number of years and it is hard to hear that their "baby" is not perfect. From the buyers point of view t...

What Can I Expect At Closing
By Mary Beth Harrison on Jan 21, 2011

You made it through the loan process; who thought they would ask for so much information, and now finally the day has come… you are going to be a homeowner. In Texas the closing takes place at a Title Company. In other states the closing takes ...

We Had The House Inspected Now What
By Mary Beth Harrison on Jan 19, 2011

First and most important, you should never buy a house without having it inspected, even new construction. The only exception might be if you are going to tear the house down. You might ask why spend the money to do an inspection on new construction?...

365 Days of Dallas TX
By Mary Beth Harrison on Jan 06, 2011

Welcome to 365 days of Dallas TX. As a Dallas Native I wanted to provide an outlet to share everything entertaining and fun that is happening in Dallas and the surrounding areas. And let me tell you , the activities are varied and endless. You will ...

Why Own Rental Property
By Mary Beth Harrison on Dec 27, 2010

Given the current economic climate I think rental property will be a viable investment for many years. Due to job loss, medical issues, bad financial decisions, divorce etc. people will have credit issues for a long time. Foreclosures and bankrup...

Central Florida First Time Buyers
By William Spivey on Dec 16, 2010

I heard a snippet of an old Bob Dylan song on the radio the other day, "the times... they are... a changin". This has never been more true of the available programs to assist First Time Buyers in the Central Florida marketplace. Options include SHIP ...

Home Inspection
By Mary Beth Harrison on Dec 15, 2010

Why should I get my house inspected?   Home inspections are usually used for a new home purchase but there good reasons to have a home inspection every 5 years. We check our cars, our bodies, our——— but after most of us purch...

It Is All About the Small Stuff
By Mary Beth Harrison on Dec 14, 2010

It's all about the small stuff... Maintaining your home is not an option. It does not take long for neglect to add up. If you take care of the small stuff as it comes up then the job will not get overwhelming. Change your HVAC filter at least...

If You Are Thinking About Selling
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 13, 2010

Concerned About Curb Appeal? You should be!  The exterior appeal (or lack thereof) of your home, business or investment property could determine how quickly it sells and for how much.  Studies have shown that many Buyers will not ...

I Can Sell My Home By Myself
By Mary Beth Harrison on Dec 09, 2010

I can sell my home by myself…   Any one can do anything they put their mind to but the bigger question is why? Why would you want to put yourself through that? Why would you open your home to people you don't know? Why would you le...

Tips for Home Buyers Part III
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 02, 2010

Once you are “In Contract”…necessary next steps. Time is of The Essence!!  In fact, many contracts state just this.  The aforementioned statement means that there are numerous deadlines dictated and specif...

Tips for Home Buyers Part II
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

Are you ready to submit an offer on the Home of your Dreams?? 1)  Make sure you have all the facts!!  Assuming you are working with a Real Estate Professional (and you should be) they should automatically be prepared to run a CMA ...

Tips for Home Buyers Part I
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

1)  Before you even start looking at possibilities it is wise to speak with a Lender to get "pre-qualified".  This is typically a free call and can save you hundreds of dollars later!  If you are randomly looking at ho...

Get Your Tax Credit
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

Time to Tackle Energy-Saving Home Improvements... If you have a need to replace roof, Heating/cooling, windows, etc... why not take advantage of the tax credit?  Not only should it assist in the reduction of your ever climbing utility bi...

21 Ideas to Make Your Home More Saleable
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

1. Always look at a home from the Buyer’s point of view. Be objective and be honest.2. Create a spacious feeling, at least while showing the house. All doors must be open all the way. 3. Disguise unsightly views. No dark, heavy drapes. Use...

10 Steps to Help You Sell Your Home Part II
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

Lighten up at night. Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights -- both inside and out -- when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.Avoid crowded scenes. Potential buyers often f...