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Property Tax Time: Did You Receive Your Appraisal Notice?
Property Tax Time: Did You Receive Your Appraisal Notice?
It's Property Tax Time! Have you received your Appraisal Notice in the mail? We did. Collin Central Appraisal District (Collin CAD) property appraisals notices were sent out earlier this year, then in past years. This earlier mailing date is because of new tax protest filing date, which is May 15th, or 30-days after the appraised value has been delivered via mail.
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families. Here is a list of some of the
Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in the Majority of the US
Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in the Majority of the US
The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report. The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income. The least affordable market for renting was Marin County, CA, just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, where renters spend a staggering 79.5% of average wages on rent, while the
Spotlight Agent of the Month: Logan Lawrence
Spotlight Agent of the Month: Logan Lawrence
Realtor, Logan Lawrence is the Spotlight Agent of the Month for April 2018. When asked about what he enjoys about the North Texas area Logan states that he loves everything about it- including the convenience and vast amount of things to do. Logan is passionate about the needs and goals of his clients, and he specializes in the use of technology and connecting with the first-time home buyer.
Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]
Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall.
Is Family Mortgage Debt Out of Control?
Is Family Mortgage Debt Out of Control?
Some homeowners have recently done a “cash out” refinance and have taken a portion of their increased equity from their house. Others have sold their homes and purchased more expensive homes with larger mortgages. At the same time, first-time buyers have become homeowners and now have mortgage payments for the first time. These developments have caused concern that families might be reaching unsustainable levels of mortgage debt. Some are worried that we may be repeating a behavior that helped precipitate the housing
How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?
How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?
It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C. States in the Midwest came out on top as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average
Rising Prices Help You Build Your Family’s Wealth
Rising Prices Help You Build Your Family’s Wealth
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home this January. If we only look at the projected increase in the price of that home, how much equity will they earn over the next 5 years? Since
The COST of Your Next Home Will Be LESS Than Your Parents’ Home Was
The COST of Your Next Home Will Be LESS Than Your Parents’ Home Was
There is no doubt that the price of a home in most regions of the country is greater now than at any time in history. However, when we look at the cost of a home, it is cheaper to own today than it has been historically. The Difference Between PRICE and COST The price of a home is the dollar amount you and the seller agree to at the time of purchase. The cost of a home is the monthly expense you
Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step
Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing
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