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The process of making an offer to purchase a home should be something you've started in the background well before you get serious about making an offer on a possible house to buy.

Let's face it before you get serious; you've most likely done a lot of online research and consulted with a market expert (or at least that's what you should have been doing).  You may have gone to some open houses or kicked some tires on some homes, but you most likely weren't ready until you've decided a few things.  The most important deciding factors of where most people choose to live are things like area, neighborhood, price range, school district, number of bedrooms, amenities in the home and community, and other things you "must have" in a new home.

As a

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tips for buying a home

REALTORS® SHARE THE BEST TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME

This article is a guide for things you need to know to negotiate a better deal on a piece of property.  There are specific tips, tricks and negotiation tools only the best REALTORS® know.  Here is a glimpse of what makes some individual REALTORS® shine during negotiations.

Neither the top REALTORS® nor the smartest buyers wing it in negotiations.  Below are the best tips to learn how to get a seller to take less money for their home.  And, these tips work!

IF YOU KNOW NOTHING ELSE ABOUT HOME SELLERS, KNOW THIS...

Psychology plays a HUGE roll in the negotiation of properties in real estate, and sellers are proud of their homes.  In fact, Duke University did a study on how we, as humans, price

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what do homeowners association dues cover

Here's What Homeowner Association Dues Cover in Condos & Neighborhoods

HOA dues are a prevalent part of home ownership in Dallas-Fort Worth.  There are generally what I call three levels of Homeowner Association Dues.  The three levels are made up of the condo HOAs; the townhome homeowners association dues; and, the single-detached subdivision HOAs.  The adage of "you get what you pay for" rings true in Homeowner Association Dues.

What Do Condo HOA Dues Cover?

Condo Homeowner Association dues are almost always the most expensive of the three.  They are usually the most costly because condos offer the most amenities for their HOA dues.  With everything under one roof, condo residents generally pay for standard amenities like a pool, fitness

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How to Protect Yourself & Your Family During a Real Estate Transaction:

For most people, the purchase of a home is the most significant financial transaction they will ever make.  That said, the very first thing a buyer needs to do is make sure they are protecting themselves and their family.  The following is a list of things I highly recommend every homebuyer know when it comes to purchasing a property in Texas.

1) DON'T OVERPAY - HERE'S HOW TO GET ACCURATE PRICING DATA

The State of Texas is what is called a non-disclosure state. Being a non-disclosure state means home valuations from websites like Zillow, Trulia & Realtor.com are often wildly inaccurate. The sale price of a property is ONLY disclosed on the professional MLS and not

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what does active option contract mean

Real Estate Statuses in Texas - Tricky Terms Explained!

The status of real estate in Texas can sometimes be a tricky thing, especially if you don't use these terms very often.  Some of the most confusing terms: Active Option Contract; Kick Out; Contingent; Backup; and, Pending (just to name a few).  Some of these status terms mean that you can still buy the house.  Unfortunately, other terms mean the house is no longer available.  By the way, these terms come from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) which is the platform used to display these listings.  Each MLS is owned by the local REALTOR® association.

In this article, I'm going to break down the real estate status meanings into simple language so that, hopefully, the next time you see "Active

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best ways to negotiate on a house

#1 - Do your Homework

Know Your Market

Price is obviously the first thing which comes to mind when we talk about negotiations on a home.  However, in order get the very best deal possible, you need first to know the fair market value of a home.  Texas is what is called a non-disclosure state.  The sale prices of homes in Texas are not displayed to the public and are only disclosed to the local MLS (assuming the property was listed on MLS).  The only way to get the correct sale price of a property is through an agent who has access to the MLS.  If the home was never listed on MLS, nobody, including Realtors, will know the sale's price of the property.

Having a good idea of the current, fair market value of a property is the initial step in any

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living in east dallas

Buyers who are looking to live in an area that offers a low-key lifestyle with big city amenities nearby are often drawn to East Dallas.  Residents of area also enjoy the eclectic and locally owned shops and restaurants.  The East Dallas neighborhoods are an older, established area of Dallas.  As such, the vibe of the area will be older and include some of Dallas' most popular areas to live like the M Streets, Lakewood, White Rock Lake, Casa Linda, and other areas.

If you live in East Dallas you'll enjoy short commute times to areas such as downtown, Love Field, SMU, Mockingbird Station, the Park Cities, U.S. 75 (Central Expressway), and the North Dallas Tollway.  You'll also enjoy mature trees, lush landscaping, quiet streets and a ton of local

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how to find the best realtor

A Guide to Finding The Right REALTOR®

Selling and buying a house can be a stressful process, but finding the best Realtors doesn't have to be a difficult task. If you follow the guidelines that a growing number of savvy home sellers are adhering to, you too can find an agent that will sell your house for the maximum amount of money possible.

Key Takeaways For How to Find a Good REALTOR®

  • The best REALTOR® isn't necessarily a friend or family member
  • The cheapest Real Estate Agent may not actually save you money in the end
  • Just because a REALTOR® agrees with your list price doesn't make them the best
  • Be careful of the self-proclaimed "Local Expert" REALTOR®
  • The best REALTORS® aren't hard to reach
  • Top Real Estate Agents
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how to make an offer on a home

You've found the perfect house — the one that is just the right size and condition for your needs and your family, that's located in the ideal neighborhood and that sits within your price range. The next step: Submitting an offer.

If you've never made an offer on a house before, taking the plunge can feel a bit overwhelming. You're not alone -- nearly 34 percent of all home purchases last year in Texas were first-time home buyers. Your real estate broker can answer every question you have, but it can be reassuring to understand the process from start to finish. Let's start by explaining the process and answering some of the most common questions about making an offer on a house.

When Should You Submit an Offer?

In hot real estate markets, it

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living in lakewood - dallas tx

Situated on the eastern side of the city, the Lakewood area in Dallas is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods because of her historic charm and friendly residents. In fact, Lakewood real estate was ranked 9th in the nation among “big city neighborhoods” by CNN Money Magazine in 2013. From its scenic beauty to her nearly-ideal location, Lakewood is one area that is attractive to nearly everyone.

Lakewood is one of the more established neighborhoods in Dallas, consisting primarily of the real estate and homes in Lakewood dating back to the early 1900s. These well-maintained residences include a number of Tudor-style mansions and estate properties containing sprawling, well-manicured front lawns. There are also a number of single-family

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