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Home Real Estate Market Remains Stable in a Down Economy
Home/real estate pricing remains relatively stable, despite a downturn in the economy and a four-month drop in sales of pre-owned homes in North Texas compared to last year. Local real estate experts Gary Morris of Morris Financial Services, Mary Frances Burleson, president of Ebby Halliday, and Dave... [more]

Low Interest Rates Buoy Home Real Estate Market in Period of Recession
A major force buoying the buyer side of the home real estate market and helping to stabilize home pricing in this recessionary period is the very, very low interest rates on home mortgages. ?You can get a 30-year conforming, which is a mortgage that is less than $300,700 for 5 ? % today... [more]

Home Owner's Insurance Issues
In the Bible, Leviticus chapter 14, are references to mold in homes and directions as to how to clean the house and get rid of the mold, said Texas Insurance Commissioner, Jose Montemayor to a large crowd at the Town Hall Meeting held recently at Hillcrest High School by invitation of State Senator... [more]

Showing the Open House
Freshly baked bread and cut flowers finish the last minute touches to the well appointed home showing. But to get the best deal for your property in Dallas' current home market, homeowners should do their homework before showing off their homes. "Right now, there's just a tremendous amount... [more]

Livable Communities
So important is housing to the American Institute of Architects, that they have established?The Center for Livable Communities and a separate interest group on housing, according to Ronald Skaggs, F.A.I.A., chairman and CEO of HKS Inc., and retired president of the national association of the American... [more]

Selling a Home After Loss of a Job
If the jobless rate is at 5.4%, as reported for Dallas in September: yet that translates into 100% unemployed for you, how should you manage your home mortgage?sell or hold? ?One of the toughest things I ever had to do was explain to a couple that I probably would not be able to... [more]

Junk Fees on a Mortgage Loan
The National Association of Realtors recently issued a warning to realty brokers about charging junk fees over and above their commissions. These extra fees must be accompanied by bona fide services on behalf of the consumers or else brokers may find themselves having problems with the federal... [more]

Planning for Remodeling
The horror stories that frequent many home remodeling projects may stem from the practice of ballpark figuring?relatively short excursions through the house with a consultant to talk about what might be done and then arriving at an estimated cost. ?There?s nothing more dangerous,? said... [more]

Remodeling to Keep Value in Home
Remodeling maximizes the value of a home when it strengthens the home?s harmony of style. If the new addition fulfills the needs of the family and retains the integrity of the property, the remodeled home will most likely achieve its full investment value at the time of resale. On the other... [more]

Reverse Mortgage
The reverse mortgage is having an extended honeymoon with Texas homeowners ever since the first loan took effect in January 2001, when Texas became the last state in the US to offer such lending. During its initial year of operation, the reverse mortgage has been embraced by a steady growing... [more]

Livable Communities
So important is housing to the American Institute of Architects, that they have established?The Center for Livable Communities and a separate interest group on housing, according to Ronald Skaggs, F.A.I.A., chairman and CEO of HKS Inc., and retired president of the national association of the... [more]



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