October 2014

Found 4 blog entries for October 2014.

Every homeowner can have all sorts of reasons for selling their Dallas house. Those in the boomer generation can be in one of the traditional phases of retirement (planning, transitioning, initiating) or perhaps in one of the newly-popular phases (postponing, rejecting).

For them and everyone else, the decision about whether to sell the house falls into one of two categories: those triggered by economic pressures -- or all the other reasons. In all cases, being in control of the timing of your house sale will put you in control of the process. That pays off.

Even if the money factor doesn’t rule, it’s vital to first do some hard-nosed dollars-and-cents calculations before putting your house on the market. Find out what a realistic listing price

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Ahhhh! At the end of a busy day, who doesn’t look forward to the surge of well being that comes with closing the door behind you, finally able to relax now that the world is at bay. Whether living in apartments or homes, everyone deserves that feeling of safety and security. Yet, like most everything else, real security has to be earned.

In the area of home security, we’ve come across both good and bad news. The good: the most recent FBI report shows that the number of burglaries is decreasing across the nation. The bad: burglaries are still responsible for 23% of property crimes, and total losses for those were estimated at more than $15,000,000,000. That’s billion. Fortunately, a few very simple actions can reduce the chances that any of our local

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As moving time approaches, most internal stress meters start twitching around the time we have to figure out how many cartons it’s going to take. A cross-town move is one thing -- sometimes you can even handle it yourself (with the help of bribable friends and relatives, of course).

But suppose you have just accepted a new job promotion in the Dallas area. Of course, you’re immediately excited by the adventurous prospect of relocating. But suppose the area you're moving too is located in a new zip code – and maybe even a new state. Your move up the professional ladder could also mean spending a lot more time and money on the move itself…and once here, the demands of your new position will double your need to pay attention to business.

Fear not:

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 The mortgage industry has changed substantially since 2007, when the opportunities for “house flipping” as an investment strategy were widespread. Today, for investors seeking to take advantage of short sales and foreclosures in the Dallas area, those changes are especially meaningful. One of the aftereffects of the subprime mortgage meltdown is the way banks now treat mortgage lending. Every banking organization has developed new approaches for handling foreclosures and short sales, but in the non-distressed portions of their loan portfolios, other changes have become evident, too.

Banks have grown increasingly reticent to lend to investors with multiple properties on their books -- even when the potential buyer has enough cash to pay a significant

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