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Understanding Closing Costs

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Closing costs are fees that are paid as part of a real estate transaction. Because buying a home is a contract between a seller and a buyer, and the property changes hands, there are various costs and several people involved. In most cases, there are four categories of closing costs: Lenders Costs – To obtain a […]

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Understanding Mortgage Interest Rates

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The Federal Reserve Bank has been in the news quite a bit lately. Are they or aren’t they going to reduce rates? While this may have some economic effect, it has little to do with mortgage interest rates. A mortgage interest rate is the rate of interest charged on a home mortgage loan. In most cases, […]

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DFW and Texas Sees Huge Growth!

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Texas’ population boom continues, and our neighbors in the northern part of the state are leading the nation when it comes to growth. The Associated Press reports that the Dallas-Fort Worth area led the country in new residents from 2017 to 2018. The U.S. Census Bureau showed that Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington grew by […]

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WOW! DFW Ranks High Again

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DFW ranks high among U.S. cities with the most $100K-plus jobs available. Dallas-Fort Worth had 8,432 job openings available for the month of May for positions that pay more than $100,000. As Dallas-Fort Worth’s tech sector continues to surge, an onslaught of six-figure salary jobs have come available. According to data analyzed by Ladders Inc., a career […]

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Why We Love Our Jobs

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Last week we had the privilege of sponsoring the 16th Annual Coram Deo Open. Mindy Short and I had a great time at Bridlewood Country Club serving breakfast to the golfers at the tournament. We saw many friends and clients and realized how blessed we are to live in this great community. Coram Deo Academy […]

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Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved? What do they Mean?

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The words “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved” are often bandied about and even sometimes used in the same context. Texas Realtor Magazine provides a couple of good definitions for us to review. Pre-qualifed means that a lender has done an initial review of how much money you might be eligible to borrow. You might provide the lender […]

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Is Flower Mound a Great Place to Live?

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After living in Flower Mound’s Lakeside DFW area for a couple of weeks, Talitha Ledet noticed something was missing from the development: a grocery store. “I was sitting on my balcony one day and thought, ‘I just need a place here that I can walk to and get coffee, milk, eggs or something simple,’” she […]

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DFW Ranks Top for Metro Areas in the US

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If you’re a fan of shopping or sleeping, check this out: Dallas-Fort Worth ranks as one of the top metro areas in the U.S. for construction of retail and hotel properties. In the newly released 2019 Construction Outlook from commercial real estate services company JLL, Dallas-Fort Worth appears at No. 3 among U.S. metro areas […]

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Good News! If you live in Frisco or Flower Mound!

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CNN Money Magazine named Frisco #1 and Flower Mound #16 on the publication’s annual “Best Places to Live List,” which chooses 50 cities from the country to make the prestigious list. Frisco and Flower Mound are the only two Texas cities to make the list. They said Frisco has, “outstanding public schools – with more than […]

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Great News for Rental Property Owners

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Eligibility of Rental Income  If you generate rental property income, that income can also qualify for the new deduction, as long as you can show that your rental operation is part of a trade or business. The IRS has released proposed guidelines that include a bright-line test, or safe harbor, for showing that your rental […]

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