Real Estate and Buying Tips from Our Local Experts

Lead-based Paint

By Timothy Clarke on

Homes built prior to 1978 could have lead-based paint. Some mini-blinds may also contain lead. Lead may place children at risk of developing lead poisoning. Sellers of homes built prior to 1978 should use a separate Lead-Based Paint or Lead-Based Paint Hazard Addendum for the contract of sale and you...

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55 and older communities in North Tarrant County

By Lisa Creed on

Let's explore the Active Seniors  living  options in these North Tarrant and Denton County. Search Homes For Sale In Watermere Like thousands of other 'Boomers' you may be looking for a great place to stay active and interactive in a quieter setting but close to everything.  Senior adults are making...

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Desert JuLLS

By JULIE LOVING-SCOTT on

Selling Your Home Often times Sellers are overlooked when it comes to providing information and tips on successfully selling a home. My best advise to a home seller is, chose a REALTOR and not an Agent. A REALTOR hold themselves to a high ethical and service standard. Their goal is...

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DISPELLING REFINANCING MYTHS

By Shawn Long on

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. YOU’RE NOT TOO LATE. For...

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MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

By Shawn Long on

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will...

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

By Shawn Long on

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam...

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UPSIZING YOUR HOME

By Shawn Long on

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home...

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

By Shawn Long on

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to...

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WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

By Shawn Long on

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from...

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TAKE 5: WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

By Shawn Long on

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing...

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What Type of Mortgage is Right for Me?

By Edie Czerniak on

When our parents were buying their first home, there was one way to finance the purchase. You would walk down to the corner bank and asked for a 30 year mortgage. Today the average home owner moves every 5-7 years. Depending on your needs there are a number of mortgage...

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