REAL ESTATE VIEWS & NEWS

I think I will wait to buy a house
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 04, 2010

I'll wait until the market hits bottom... No one will know when the housing market reaches bottom until it is on its way back up. How low is low enough?I'll wait until prices drop some more. Home prices have actually risen in Dallas over the last 3 m...

How to Prepare for an Open House
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 02, 2010

An open house is one of the easiest ways to show your home to many potential buyers in a short period. Here are some tips for preparing a successful open house presentation.   Instructions Try to schedule an open house around good we...

Setting Clear Expectations
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 02, 2010

Short sales are not for the faint of heart of heart or for the buyer who needs to be in a home in a specific time period.   Short sales are for buyers wanting to buy a home below market value.   The difference between a foreclosure ...

Homebuyers Search Out Smaller Homes
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 01, 2010

Given the sharp turn in our economy and the massive job loss many have experienced, it is little wonder that smaller homes are in vogue. No longer are the days when every family member deserves his or her own private bedroom or bath. (Some of my fami...

Home Maintenance Tips For Fall
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 01, 2010

Animals may have the right idea to hibernate the winter away but as humans we do not get that luxury. Here is a list of maintenance items that need to be take care of around your house before the cold weather sets in… Have...

Dos and Donts for Buyers and Sellers
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 01, 2010

BUYERS Never buy a home without getting it inspected even if it is new construction. If you have to sell to buy. Get your home on the market and get a feel for the traffic before you start looking. Talk to a lender, set your budg...

The Central Texas Hill Country
By Sue Ellett on Oct 24, 2010

The Central Texas Hill Country is an amazing place in which to Live, Work, Play and Invest!With our exceptional and convenient location between three other major Texas Cities ~ Houston, San Antonio & Dallas ~ you will find that the Austin and Hig...

Real Estate Investment Strategies
By Mary Beth Harrison on Oct 22, 2010

Do you have an investment strategy? Most of us at least have a savings account at minimum and many have a 401K from work or an IRA or mutual finds, all of which have been volatile at best this last year. Have you ever considered adding real estate to...

When Bad Financial Times Happen to Good People
By Mary Beth Harrison on Oct 22, 2010

I have recently tried to help several homeowners try to stay in their homes amidst trying financial times.                 Family A has been in their home for 20 years, the...

Make Southlake TX Your Next Destination
By Lisa Ackerson on Oct 15, 2010

Whether you’re coming to visit or considering buying your next home in Southlake, TX I can assure you that there are lots of reasons to be here. From its outstanding location in the heart of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and conveniently l...

Set the Right Price and Sell It on Your Terms
By Jeff Kessler on Oct 12, 2010

Starting with the perfectly obvious, if you want to sell your home, in the Austin Texas Area, you have to set the price. You can set any price you like, and many will tell you to shoot for the moon. You can always come down if you have to. That turns...

Greatest Experience Of My Professional Lifetime
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 29, 2010

The Greatest Experience Of My Professional Lifetime…Teaching about LandOne off the greatest experience of my professional lifetime has been to teach the Realtors Land Institute’s “Land 101” class. For the last seventeen year...

Why You Should Consider Working With A Realtor
By Irene D Lockel on Sep 29, 2010

8 Reasons Why You Should Work With a REALTOR® Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTO...

Tips on Buying Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Why would anyone want to buy Land? It is only the best all-time and longest lasting “Investment” in the world.  Maybe that is why Ted Turner owns over 2 million acres in the U.S. He might know about something that we should learn mor...

Tips On How to Sell Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Land is finite and as our world population ever increases, there is constant demand for its many uses. All Land has one or more potential uses, even if you think it is just holding the earth together. Determining the “Highest and Best Use&rdquo...

It’s Not to Late to Invest in Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Land seems to be the new buzz word floating around currently. I was emailing Gloria Bowen our Executive Director of the Realtors® Land Institute in Chicago. RLI was organization was established in1944 and is charged with educating Realtors® a...

Now is the Time to get off the Fence and Buy Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

 It appears that a lot of people are just setting on the fence, not knowing when and where to get off. Today with market uncertainties and changing laws in Washington has created a lot of anxiety. Real estate has always been one of the best inve...

You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics and not be aware that you are.   The National Association of Realtors® has made it mandatory for all Realtors® to take the Code of E...

93 Plus Potential Land Disclosure Issues
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Anyone involved in a typical Land transaction, leasing, buying or selling may be exposed to 93 plus potential Land issues. For years now I have advocated for need of a “Land Disclosure” form throughout our country. So far only four states...

Great time to buy in Central MA
By Maureen H Brennan on Sep 20, 2010

Today is a great time to be a pre-approved (by lender with letter in hand) buyer in central MA: Lots of listings choices without having to travel to a new area Low fixed interest rates Fewer qualified buyer to compete against Ma...