Dallas, TX Real Estate News

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Real Estate Investing for Television News AnchorsBy Bill CherryMeet me on the web at www.billcherrybroker.com            One of my friends is a television news anchor here in Dallas.  She recently told me that her next career is going to be as a real estate investor.              "Got any advice for me?" she asked.            Well, with all of the thirty minute infomercials that are on radio and TV here in Dallas, and for the most part hawked by local real estate and mortgage loan sales people, it's not hard for her to wonder if by not joining up with them, she's missing her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.             The answer is, "She's not!"            My daddy told me at least fifty years ago that there was only one way investing in real estate that made sense for the common...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
 Trinity Episcopal Church, GalvestonFounded in 1857Churches Have Been Doing Their Best to Mask Financial Troubles  By Bill CherryMeet me on the web at www.billcherrybroker.com While there's reason to question whether it's academically theological, one rather consistent message Western religions infer in their teachings boils down to this: Don't worry about It.  As long as we pray about It, we can leave It in God's hands, and everything will be alright.Many find it troubling to drive by their city's old churches, some ornate and opulent, others designed and built to be clean, pristine and sturdy, and to realize that for years those buildings have been decaying.  Each one began as a congruent vision by a handful of people who somehow were able to take that vision and persuade others to su...
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By Joseph Cannella, GRI,CNS
(J.C. Ryan Realty)
Your REALTOR®Joseph Cannella May 2007 Copyright 2007 Realty TimesAll Rights Reserved.Rates Drift Lower      In Freddie Mac's results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.16% for the week ending April 26, 2007, down slightly from last week when it averaged 6.17%. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.58%.       "Recent economic data releases showing weaker existing home sales in March, coupled with lower consumer confidence in April, caused the market to pause and reevaluate the potential growth of the Mortgage RatesSource: Realty TimesU.S. averages as of April 26, 2007:30 yr. fixed:   6.16%15 yr. fixed:   5.87%1 yr. adj:        5.43%economy ...
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By Jeffrey Peairs
(Diligent Roofing, Inc.)
With the wild weather in Texas the last few weeks, we have seen quite a bit of hail this April in the DFW area.  Your clients should have their roof checked for storm damage immediately.  Hail can cause significant damage to roofs, gutters, and siding.  You will need an expert to identify the damage and let you know what needs to be addressed with insurance.Many times people think their roof is fine because they aren't experiencing any leaks, but they can still have major hail damage without seeing immediate leaks.  You will want to make sure this damage is taken care of promptly to prevent it from slowing down the sale of the property or impacting the sale price. CONTACT YOUR DALLAS ROOFING EXPERTS FOR A FREE STORM DAMAGE INSPECTION TODAY! DILIGENT ROOFING, INC.Your Storm Damage Specia...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
 What a house,WOW! Open Floorplan with several unique features throughout. There are three bedrooms and 2 full baths with two Living areas and two Dining areas.  Many Big Ticket Updates: New Sewer Line, Gas line, AC, Furnace, HWH, Paint, Decor lights, & Fans. Features include Hardwoods, Storm Windows, Tile Counters in Kitchen w Island, Built in Breakfast Table (can be removed), Kitchen & Bath with Italian Tile, many Closets and Shevles. Wood under carpet in the Family Room. Wood Deck, great for entertaining! Attic Fan, Vinyl siding... Click HERE for the Visual Tour!Remember, I can show you any listing property in the Dallas area, including Richardson, Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, and many other surrounding areas.  Please don't hesitate to call me today and make this hous...
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By Jeffrey Peairs
(Diligent Roofing, Inc.)
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
What a fabulous house!!  This house is in sound mechanical & structual condition, but you'll need to bring your decorating & updating ideas with you to make it your home. We'll even give you $5k to start with! There are 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 car garage, and backs to Creek for privacy!  The master and one bedroom are downstairs.Features include: newer appliances & corian counters, elevated nook with bay window and view of Mature Trees and Creek, Sautillo & tile floors, wood paneling in the Living room with a floor to ceiling brick WBFP, Balcony off the GameRoom with WetBar, Double Shower with Jetted Tub, Double Vanities and Double Closets in the Master. Through the garage, you'll find a separate exercise room & workshop that are vented for AC.  The house has 3 AC units so it's defi...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
According to a recent report, nearly 82% of potential buyers use the Internet to refine their home search. Broker Web sites let buyers browse by house size, style, area, and price.Because many buyers look only at those homes within their price range, it's important to accurately price your home for the market. The higher a home's price above market, the fewer the number of interested buyers, and the longer it will take to sell.The key to selling your home quickly at the greatest return is to price it at market value right from the start. A fairly priced home will capitalize on the flurry of buyer interest a home enjoys during its first few weeks on the market. Plus, you're wanting to SELL your house, not just LIST your house, right?Please don't hesitate to call or email me if I can answ...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
I have found from experience that the activity during the first two weeks a home is on the market tends to predict how long it will take to sell. Potential buyers eagerly jump on new homes on the market.I am an ASP, Accredited Staging Professional. This means that I've taken the classes to become certified in better helping my sellers STAGE® their homes in order to help them sell faster and for higher dollar.Here are some "STAGING®" tips you might find helpful:* Keep your home in "show shape." Make sure that beds are made, dishes are in the dishwasher or put away, everything is picked up, and the kitchen and bathrooms sparkle. Let your counter space show, so put things away.* Decorate with fresh flowers. Many home sellers use potted flowering plants that last much longer than cut flower...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
The report for the end of the year finally came out... or it's that I just checked my mail at my office and it was there.These numbers are for 2006 DFW "Single Family Home" sale, which means it does NOT include condos, but it DOES include townhomes.Number of Sales: 92,452 which is a 3% increase over last yearAverage Price: $194,125  which is a 3% increase over last yearMedian Price: $148,000 which is a 2% increase over last yearActive Listings: 44,389 which is a 7% increase over last yearOur average prices are still significally below the national average.  And with a median price much lower than the average price, that shows you that many more homes are being sold in the lower-end price range than the higher end.
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By Art Haffey
(Ebby Halliday Realtors)
For a while the percentage of existing homes sold, that were foreclosures was running about 30%, for most of 2006. But in Nov. the percentage in DeSoto went to over 65%, followed by Lancaster with 60%. In Dec. 2006, DeSoto, Lancaster, Cedar Hill all had over  50%, Duncanville with over 40%. This has got to affect existing homes sales and prices.
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By Judy McCutchin
(Dallas Homes Inc.)
Well maybe I have lost my mind or maybe I am just brilliant, you decide.Why do people think I have lost my mind? Well simply because I am giving away for FREE a BAR OF SOLID GOLD!That's right I said I am giving it away, a FREE BAR OF SOLID GOLD! I have not chosen the recipient yet so now is your chance to win. Visit the contest page to view complete details and contest rules. You will be surprised how easy it is to win. I am sure you are sitting there thinking what is the catch right? Well there isn't one. It is simple really anyone who conducts business with me, or refers someone to conduct business with me has a chance to win. So now you are probably saying I am not in the market to buy or sell a home, well that is ok there is another way you can win. One of the lenders I work with wh...
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By Dusty Irving
(My Texas Home Real Estate)
If fun and excitement is what you are looking for Dallas is the place to find it. Dallas is home to The NBA Dallas Mavericks and the NHL Dallas Stars. Both teams play at the American Airlines Center located in Victory Park at 2500 Victory Ave. Just north of Dallas' Central Business District and The West End, Dallas' Nationally Recognized Entertainment District. Come and Cheer On the Mavs and the Stars!Dusty IrvingUnited Country Real EstateFort Worth, Texas 
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By Jerold and Terry Smith, Plano Texas Real Estate
(Common name, Uncommon service - Smith & Smith Realty, LLC )
A couple days ago in the Dallas Morning News on the front page of the business section is the title. Dallas - FW housing sales fall 5%, big bold and only part of the picture, compared to the rest of the nation where in some areas 30-40% declines are looming. We should feel lucky we are in a normal, healthy, not an out of control market. We are a state to watch for 2007, high growth potential and people are moving here...look closely at year to date numbers below. Overall North Texas Market: Dec 06 for Single Family:  Sales down 5% from year ago, Dollar volume down 4% from year ago, Average price up 2% from a year ago. YTD for Single Family:  Sales up 3% from year ago, Dollar Volume up 7% from year ago, Average price up 3% from year ago. Pending Sales are up 6% from year ago, New listing...
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By Ken Stampe, iBrandPlan
(iBrandPlan.com - Grow your e-Profile & Brand)
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website at HomebuyerCoaches.com to help promote the homebuyer education seminars we host in Dallas, TX. The site initially is designed to promote and inform potential attendees of class dates and times and allow for easier registration for the FREE Home Buyer Education Event.Eventually, we hope the website will be a place that past attendees continue to visit for informaiton, to ask questions and to share their stories on buying a home. "We chose a blog format instead of a static webpage format to promote more opportunity for discussion and exchange of information", according to Ken Stampe. Attendees to the Home Buyer Education Seminars are given an overview of the home buying process and home financing process which should prepare them t...
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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
(Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com)
These brand new license plates are now being offered in Texas for $30 (in addition to regular registration fees).  I'm definitely getting one.  However, for another $40, you can customize the 5 letters. I need help trying to figure out something catchy that wouldn't already be taken. I assume REL8R is already taken, though I'll still try for it.  Does anyone have any other ideas for 5 letters relating to real estate??
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By Mark Kukla, All you need to know about real estate
(RE/MAX DFW Associates)
In an ever increasing and complex real estate marketplace, The Real Estate Wizard has done it again and has helped a record setting amount of families sell their homes in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex again this month!
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By Mark Kukla, All you need to know about real estate
(RE/MAX DFW Associates)
In an ever increasing and complex real estate marketplace, The Real Estate Wizard has done it again and has helped a record setting amount of families sell their homes in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex again this month!
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By Mark Kukla, All you need to know about real estate
(RE/MAX DFW Associates)
In an ever increasing and complex real estate marketplace, The Real Estate Wizard has done it again and has helped a record setting amount of families sell their homes in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex again this month!
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By Lillianne Echevarria
(Your Pad | Real Estate Services)
I remember a listing that was on the market for a very long time. Although I had previewed the property, my client did not want to see it because he had the idea, like many others, that a house that has been on the market for a long time, "has to have issues". After we depleted the existing inventory not finding what he wanted, I once again reminded him of this property. He agreed to see it this time. I knew he would like it! Like I had expected, he fell instantly in love with it! It had been freshly painted, had beautiful hardwood floors and was in move in condition. It needed some minor work but he could live with it and decided to make an offer right then and there. Upon further investigation, I found out that the original owner passed away and the family member who was trying to sel...
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