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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
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By Susie Kay, North Dallas Specialist
(Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth)
Midnight Fireworks at Reunion TowerReunion Tower will host a festival with fireworks at midnight. The fireworks show will last eight minutes and include 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects.For more details see the below:http://dallas.culturemap.com/eventdetail/reunion-tower-presents-nye-fireworks/ Party at Red Jacket Night Club Where: Red Jacket Night Club — 3606 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX When: Dec. 31, 2017 — No cover before 10:00 p.m. For more details see the below:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/issanewyear2018-new-years-eve-party-tickets-41015313908 New Year with AC Hotel by Marriott Doors open at 5:00 p.m. No entry fee, but $5 valet 1712 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75201 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ac-lounges-neighborhood-new-years-eve-tickets-41225895764?aff=es2 DART To Offer Free Rides...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
 It is really getting cold here in the Dallas  area and New Year's Eveis going to be downright frigid...      This recipe from Food Network might be just the thing to warm things up! Recipe courtesy Sandra LeeShow: Semi-Homemade Cooking Episode: Turkey DelightTotal Time: 25 minPrep 20 min / Cook 5 minIngredients3 cups apple cider1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed1 teaspoon ground nutmeg1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground cloves8 graham crackers1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2 teaspoons rum extract2 cups non-dairy whipped topping4 whole cinnamon sticks4 shots bourbon whiskeyDirectionsHeat the apple cider in a non-reactive saucepan.In a bowl, combine the softened butter, brown sugar, ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Whip until the but...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
The low inventory trend is changing for the Dallas area, but the available pre-owned homes (resale) remains well below what we need.  November reflected another increase in inventory to challenge the long-running trend:       New construction homes had a slight decrease in their available inventory from 2016:         And although the median price fluctuates month to month, it is exciting to see that the median home price continues to rise for our Dallas Real Estate market in resale homes:       And homes are being listed and sold within a close margin, showing that the pricing is on target for both resale and new construction homes:         Are you ready to search for your new Dallas area Dream Home?     Click the logo to begin!      
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Did you know that Dallas has the largest contiguous Arts District inthe United States?  Whether you live in the Dallas area or you arecoming to visit, here are some "must-see" destinations to add to you list.Click the photo below to go directly to the Dallas Arts District website andplan your visit to one (or more) of the fabulous destinations today!  
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Here in Texas we are very fortunate to have a fabulous and strong Association of Realtors® - TAR / Texas Association of Realtors®.      Their latest victory for our industry is beating back a Troll.  As reported by TAR... TAR wins case that protects you from frivolous patent claims A patent owned by Uber Technologies Inc. that had been used to bring patent-infringement lawsuits against Texas real estate firms has been invalidated, thanks to legal efforts by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.  
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Ho-Ho-Ho – it’s that time of the year and the annual Toys For Tots campaign for the Dallas area is in full swing!As the United States Marine Corps Reserves website states “Because every child deserves a toy at Christmas”.For all of the news and information on the DFW Toys For Tots, visit their website by clicking here.  There are opportunities to host an event, donate, and volunteer – forms are provided on-line to submit your interest.  Sponsors of this wonderful event are also listed and thanked for their participation.  Thank you to the United States Marine Corps (and all of our wonderful branches of service) for their continued dedication to our country.  You are appreciated more than words can convey.  You can also find the link for the DFW Toys For Tots drive on my website www.Lisa...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
The low inventory trend is changing for the Dallas area, but the available pre-owned homes (resale) remains well below what we need.  November reflected another increase in inventory to challenge the long-running trend:       New construction homes had a slight decrease in their available inventory from 2016:         And although the median price fluctuates month to month, it is exciting to see that the median home price continues to rise for our Dallas Real Estate market in resale homes:       And homes are being listed and sold within a close margin, showing that the pricing is on target for both resale and new construction homes:         Are you ready to search for your new Dallas area Dream Home?     Click the logo to begin!      
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By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Nexa Mortgage, NMLS #1660690)
Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and renovation of your home, all in one loan. As a top Dallas Texas Lender, we are help you to create your dream home.The first thing most people want to do when they buy their Dallas Texas home is – “make it theirs”. Renovation requires new carpet, paint, update the kitchen, and bathrooms. But most cases the new home owner often lacks the money to do all that they want to do. The only way to get what they want is to run up high interest credit cards.Service First Renovation Lending has a better way! Add the amount of money you need to renovate your new Dallas Texas home to your low interest 30 year fixed rate mortgage. A renovation m...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
 Holiday entertaining looms large this month, and I havecompany arriving for the weekend...so I went through my trustylist of recipes for something delicious to serve.  Here's anotherdelectable recipe from those fabulous folks at Daisy Brand: Baked Cheese in Flaky PastryPrep Time: 15 MINUTESTime to Table: 30 MINUTES Serves: 6Ingredients  1/2 cup Daisy Cottage Cheese 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 6 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons apricot jam Directions Mix the cottage cheese and the cranberries. Drain the liquid from the cottage cheese mixture by placing in a sieve lined with several layers of paper towels or coffee filters set in a bowl. Cover with more layers of paper towel ...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Normally I am not a plant that boasts...but I have to ask - Am I Gorgeous Or What? I am now proudly displaying my fall foliage for all to see - who(what) am I you may ask?  I am a Crape Myrtle (botanical name Lagerstroemia).  If you are not familiar with Crape Myrtle's, here is a little information from Wikipedia:Lagerstroemia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   Jump to: navigation, search Crape myrtleScientific classificationSpecies Lagerstroemia indica Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Myrtales Family: Lythraceae Genus: LagerstroemiaLinnaeus See text Lagerstroemia /ˌleɪɡərˈstriːmiə/,[1] commonly known as crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the India...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Black Friday shoppingthis is the way to enjoy Black Friday... by Sofa-Surfing the Sales!     I have to take a pass on the whole camping out overnight, or hitting the stores in the wee hours of the morning. Today is for getting my office work completed and starting on Christmas decorations.  The crowds will have to enjoy Black Friday shopping without me!   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many non-retail employers also obser...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
I love finding good recipes, even if I don't have the time to make them.  This one I have tried and it is going to be part of Thanksgiving at my house:Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges Ingredients2 acorn squashSalt1 stick butter1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary1/4 teaspoon chili powderDirectionsPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.Cut the acorn squash in half from top to bottom using a sharp knife. Use a spoon to scrape out the stuff inside. Cut each half into 4 equal wedges, and then place the wedges, skin-side down, in a baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with salt.Combine the butter, brown sugar, salt, rosemary and chili powder in a bowl and mix into a paste. Smear the paste all over the squash.Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then baste with th...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
This is my day 5 entry for Debbie Reynolds wonderful Thanksgiving Contest -12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 ActiveRain Challenge     I am Thankful that I am fortunate enough to be able to share with others.It is a blessing to help those who need a helping hand and Thanksgivingis the perfect time to share.  Our North Texas Food Bank is working tomake every day a better day and they want to help everyone have aHappy Thanksgiving.  On my to-do list today is to donate to their pantry to bolster their supplies during this busy time of the year.I already have my turkey to prepare, along with a myriad of generous donors, others will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving too!               
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
The weather is going to mild today in Dallas, TX and perfect for the annual Veterans Day Parade.  The Dallas Veterans Day Parade Committee is a subsidiary of the Greater Dallas Veterans Foundation. The membership consists of veteran organization representatives, civic leaders, and members of the active and reserve military components."...We salute those who are serving, those who have served and thosewho have made the ultimate sacrifice..." Click the photo below for information on the Dallas Veterans Day Parade and support our Heroes!   Once again I went in search of “freebies” for Veterans, as so many restaurants and other businesses are honoring our heroes with specials to thank them for their service this Veterans Day. I want to thank Military.com for posting this wonderful list with...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
What can I say?  I love eggnog and I love coffee...and since I have been known to splash eggnog into my coffee, this recipe may have been written just for me (LOL).  Thank you to Bed, Bath and Beyond for their Holiday Your Way series where I found this.  If you haven't been to the Bed, Bath and Beyond website, I highly recommend checking it out to find all things festive.So here is a twist on eggnog that might make you rethink eggnog...both chocolaty and coffee flavors that everyone will love, and the alcohol is optional!  Overview: Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 8 4oz servings   Ingredients: 1 quart eggnog 2 tablespoons instant espresso 3 tablespoons hot cocoa mix 1/4 cup each Kahlua and Godiva liqueur, optional 1 cup whipped cream Nutmeg for sprinkling Instructions: In a pitcher mix: th...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
You see that thing up there?  How many of them do you suppose you have in your wallet? If you've had yours for several years, you probably got them when the Prime Rate was no less than 4%, but actually probably a bit more. The average interest rate you agreed to pay for use of your credit cards approached 19%. So the bank issuing the card had a 60 basis point spread.  For every dollar you charged, to pay it back at the end of a year cost you $1.19. The bank made 15 cents of that. But since the Recession of 2008, banks have paid less than 1% for money they borrow from the Fed.  Were your credit card rates lowered to, say, 16%? By retaining this enormous "spread gift," the credit card companies have been able to take greater risks, issuing cards and for maximum borrowing amounts that they...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Many wonder what the day in a life is like for a Dallas area Realtor®...okay, maybe not "many", but surely - some?     Seriously, though, a real estate professional's life is much the same as any busy business professional.  We all have to manage juggling multiple tasks to a successful fruition.  Every morning we wake up and face our to-do list (written or otherwise) with a few what-ifs sprinkled in.  Time management is a key component to a day ending with a smile and not a frown (or worse).  Our negotiating and contract skills are on demand constantly and we practice patience at a transcendental level as we have been known to manage wildlife, unleashed pets and the occasional screaming toddler. On any given day or during any given week, we are: Touring properties Negotiating offers Man...
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By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
The low inventory trend is changing for the Dallas area, but the available pre-owned homes (resale) remains well below what we need.  September reflected another increase in inventory to challenge the long-running trend:      New construction homes had a decrease in their available inventory from 2016:        And although the median price fluctuates month to month, it is exciting to see that the median home price continues to rise for our Dallas Real Estate market in resale homes:       And homes are being listed and sold within a close margin, showing that the pricing is on target for both resale and new construction homes:         Are you ready to search for your new Dallas area Dream Home?     Click the logo to begin!      
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
 Programa de Asistencia para Compradores de Vivienda de Dallas "Ofreciendo programas de vivienda que fortalecen comunidades"El Departamento de Vivienda y Revitalización de la Ciudad de Dallas, ofrece una variedad de programas para asistir a sus residentes y así, fortalecer sus comunidades. Las metas del departamento son incrementar las oportunidades para familias de bajos ingresos y convertirse en propietarios de una vivienda; preservar el inventario de viviendas ocupadas por propietarios y propiedades para alquiler; incrementar la disponibilidad de viviendas accesibles; y apoyar los esfuerzos de preservación y revitalización de comunidades. Desde 1991, el comprador de la ciudad de Dal-las Programa de Asistencia (DHAP) ha pro-porcionado un programa para familias que compran viviendas d...
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