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are you ready to own a homeAre You Ready to Own a Home?

This one is all you.  Nobody can make this decision for you.  However, most people in this situation will solicit opinions from friends, family or their spouse.  I always advise buying from a monetary standpoint since you build equity in your property, you may write off the interest on your loan payments and other things around your home and you'll never be paying more on your mortgage than the property was worth when you purchased it...meaning, if you bought the home for $100,000 ten years ago, you will still only be paying a $100,000 mortgage today even if the home is now worth $250,000.  With rent, you'll always be paying market value of a property as it continues to rise in value through the years.

are you ready to buy a homeHowever,

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usual issues on home inspection

A Quick Video Message Before We Get Started

Meet The Usual Suspects of a Home Inspection

Home inspections are both a necessary step to buying a home and are very in-depth.  If you are a first time buyer, I bet you have never looked at home with this kind of attention to detail.  Home inspection reports can be overwhelming.  They average somewhere between 25 to 30 pages.  However, know that your home inspection will cover almost every working system and structural component of the home you are purchasing.  While there are certainly major issues which arise on a home inspection report and should never be ignored, there are often little, pesky items which are noted on almost every inspection report I've ever seen.  

Major issues which

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how to get your home ready to sell

This article is about the "no no's" and "do not's" of listing your home.  If you are considering an upcoming listing, I'm going to give you a comprehensive list of things to avoid, correct and change prior to listing your home for sale.  Some of the things listed below are common sense items you've heard many times.  However, in my ten plus years of real estate experience, I have added a few things of my own.  My best advice and overall theme to this article are the following points - (1) Buyers want turnkey properties and they do NOT want to do work!  (2) If you're too lazy to do the needed work, I can promise you a buyer is not going to do the work.  And, (3) whatever you do, don't use the old line, "I'm not going to change anything because I'm

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Written by Jeff Knox of Knox & Associates with special assistance from Debbie Drummond, a Real Estate Agent who specializes in luxury homes for sale in The Ridges of Summerlin Las Vegas.  Debbie has run PPC ads targeting this area of Las Vegas so she offers her insight into what has and has not worked for her in past PPC experiences.

google adwords ppc for realtors real estate agents

Google Adwords and PPC can be like the Song of the Sirens to Realtors.  For those who aren't familiar with Greek mythology, the Song of the Sirens was a story of beautiful creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.  Adwords can be just as alluring to Realtors looking for instant access to willing buyers and sellers.

PPC means instant

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 homes for sale richardson texas

Richardson Texas is an inner suburb of Dallas conveniently located just south of Plano. The city's nickname is "The Telecom Corridor" for good reason; AT&T, Verizon, Cisco Systems and Samsung are among the telecom firms that maintain a substantial presence in Richardson. Today, over 5,000 businesses operate across the community's 28 square miles.

Highly Rated Community

In 2006, Money magazine ranked Richardson as the 15th best place to live in the United States and the third best place to live in Texas. A 2007 study named Richardson the fifth safest in the state. Business Week's 2009 ranking of its "Best Places to Raise Kids" placed Richardson second in the state. In 2014, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson the 17th best city in which to live in

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home for sale by owner 

In an effort to save money, many people forego listing their property with a Realtor® and instead elect to sell it themselves. This can not only be dangerous, but could actually cost you money in the long run. Why have a Realtor® represent you? Here are nine good reasons.

#1. You can sell your home faster with a Realtor®

sell your home fasterListing your home with an agent is likely to result in a faster sale, since Realtors® are better able to market your property. Real estate agents have access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) databases, which are widely searched by people looking for homes. Your agent may also know of someone who is looking for a home like the one you are selling, and may even be able to secure an offer without advertising it at all.


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issues to avoid on home inspections

Congratulations! You've found your dream home in a great neighborhood. You've been diligent in choosing the right school district and the perfect locale for your commute to work, so why not continue that careful selection process in one of the most critical decisions you will make before you commit to the purchase?

Here are eight important questions to help you select the best home inspector:

1. Are you a member of a professional home inspection organization?

A reputable home inspector will be a member of at least one home inspection organization, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), the American  Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). There are several nation-wide and numerous single-state organizations. Any of those are

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tips for buying a home in a hot market

A Realtor® explains secrets to winning a bidding war

Buyers often face bidding wars for the most coveted real estate properties. To win a bidding war, make sure you prepare with a pre-approval for a mortgage from your preferred lender. Just as you might prepare for an exam, a job interview, a sporting event, a marathon, etc...  be just as prepared when you are fighting for a home you want.  Know your strategy, plan, discuss your limits with your Realtor & lender.  Do your homework and be prepared to do what you say you'll do - no more and no less.  Also, communicate with your Realtor about any concessions you are willing to make as well as whether you will pay up to a certain amount above the appraised value. If you rather stick to a budget,

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Home Inspections

Few people would ever buy a home without viewing it first. After all, any sensible buyer would want to see first hand what they are getting. However, the person who buys a home without a home inspection is doing this without a full knowledge of potential issues.

Inspections are a good idea even for newly built homes that pass construction codes. Home inspections in such cases are an extra layer of protection against construction defects that would otherwise require costly repair work later on.

1) What A Home Inspection Is And Is Not

A home inspection is a visual examination of its structural integrity and its foundation. The inspection includes the roof and walls as well as the home's systems such as the plumbing, various electrical elements,

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buying luxury condo dallas texas

Over the last few years, the luxury condo market in Dallas has performed exceptionally well.  As the region's economy booms and new residents from around the state, the country and the world move to the area luxury condos Dallas, have become more and more popular.  Luxury condo buildings in Dallas include but are not limited to - The W Dallas Residences, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vendome on Turtle Creek, La Tour Condos and The Mayfair Turtle Creek.

Dallas offers world-class properties with incredible amenities, access to exclusive retail and entertainment experience as well as cuisine from around the world.  Of course, Texas is known for its own local BBQ and Tex-Mex cuisine, which you will find in abundance in Dallas.

Pappas Brothers Steakhouse

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