Metroplex traffic – how much extra time do you allow for urgent trips these days?

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As Traffic Jams Worsen, Commuters Allowing Extra Time for Urgent Trips

Howdy!  According to this article by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, there’s a concept called the Planning Time Index (PTI): “a measure of travel reliability, illustrates the amount of extra time needed to arrive on time for higher priority events, such as an airline departure, just-in-time shipments, medical appointments or especially important social commitments.”

Have you found yourself arriving at your destination 20 or 30 minutes ahead of schedule sometimes (because you planned ahead and allowed for major traffic delays which didn’t end up being as severe)? I sure have…

Interesting article – check it out and you’ll add new concepts and terminology to your conversations this week.  🙂  Drive safely out there! More people are moving to the Metroplex area every single day, so all of us are going to need just a little bit more patience and TIME to get where we are going!

Have a productive week!

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Are you a Quitter? Me? Yes, I sure am…

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Are you a Quitter? Me? Yes, I sure am...

A book that helped revolutionize my thinking back in about 2010 or 2011 is Quitter by Jon Acuff (he’s a speaker and author who’s on staff at Dave Ramsey’s organization). In this simple, practical, and profound book, Jon’s basic encouragement is to fall in “like” with a job you don’t love while you spend your spare time working on a plan to ultimately pursue your passion in life full-time.

How many of us postpone our dreams day after day for the “security” of a J.O.B. only to discover one day that we are downsized, rightsized, or at the very least, not actually following our calling?

If you’re interested in a resource that can help you hold-on to where you are and have a good attitude about it, while simultaneously encouraging you to come up with a workable plan to ultimately follow your passion, Quitter is awesome!

Have an awesome week being faithful where you currently are in life, but don’t be afraid to believe in a brighter future, too. Do enough dreaming followed by planning and action, and you could shortly be livin’ the dream!  Me?  I’m a professed quitter and proud of it.  🙂

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Just turn left at the Tater Junction restaurant in Aurora (Texas)…

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Just turn left at the Tater Junction restaurant in Aurora (Texas)...

One thing that I love about the real estate biz is that it’s NEVER dull! It’s refreshing to get out of the city from time to time, and I was overdue for a road trip to the country. So, last Friday I traveled to a town that I’d never heard of before to preview a home for some out-of-state buyers. The home is located outside of Aurora, TX which is a “suburb” of Boyd (northwest of Fort Worth).

To get to the home that I was previewing, my GPS “lady” should have said, “turn left at the Tater Junction restaurant”, because that’s exactly what I did. 🙂

I sure enjoyed my brief visit to the countryside, and the buyers were very appreciative of the photos and video of the property that I uploaded for their review.

NEXT TIME, I’m going to stop-in and actually have a bite to eat at the Junction!

What are your favorite tiny towns (even if they’re NOT in Texas?  😉

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Why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas?

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Why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas?

The amazing weather in Dallas yesterday prompted me to head out on an evening run with our Spaniels (Lucy and Swayze), from South Side to West End. We stopped to nab this pic along the way, thoroughly enjoying the near 70 degree January day!

I began thinking of the varied cultures, art, architecture, and of course, things to do here in Big D. For example, have you been to Klyde Warren Park yet? It’s an open-air urban park built over the top of Woodall Rogers Freeway, and it officially opened just a few weeks ago. On a super-nice day like today, you’ll find superb people-watching, art, green space, food trucks, an outdoor library, and even a small dog park! I highly recommend it.

So, why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas? See above. 😉 Great people, weather, and, yes, lots of cool stuff to do!

What is your favorite attraction in Big D?

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A fire was spotted in my house (which actually made my day)!

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A fire was spotted in my house (which actually made my day)!

Have you ever been working on a long, multi-part project, only to arrive at the last 5% of to-do items feeling a bit weary (as if you’re NEVER going to actually finish)? Well, that’s how I felt earlier this week when our home in Fort Worth was ALMOST ready for the tenants to move in, but the gas fireplace wouldn’t ignite. One call to “my” amazing technician, Daryl, and it was fixed pronto! What a relief – and it wasn’t even an expensive fix. He absolutely made my day when he sent me this photo of it actually WORKING!

So, a fire being spotted in my house? Well, it was a very GOOD thing in this case!  🙂

I know that I say this a lot, but PLEASE reach-out to your Agent or a trusted friend / associate for repair technician and contractor referrals. As Agents, it’s part of our job to maintain those connections and relationships for you.

Have a refreshing weekend, everyone!

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Building wealth? Buy and HOLD is a proven strategy in real estate

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Building wealth? Buy and HOLD is a proven strategy in real estate

All of us have been placed on hold during a phone call at one time or another, but most of us don’t find that particularly fulfilling or fun. However, as the latest book in the Millionaire Real Estate Investor series outlines, buying and HOLDing real estate in order to build wealth can be fulfilling and even a little bit of fun, too. The subtitle for this book is “How to Find, Buy and Rent Houses for Wealth”. That just about covers it.

If you’re ready to get started with real estate investing or even if you’ve been at it for a while now, I encourage you to read this one.  It’s written in a very practical, down-to-earth style with tips about how to select a location for your investments, how to determine if a property is a good deal, how to manage your cash flow, etc. I’ve read a bunch of real estate investing books, and this one is one of my absolute favorites!

Start the new year by joining me in reading HOLD over the next few weeks, and let me know what you think of it. BTW, I’m currently reading it on Nook, but it’s perfectly fine with me if you choose to enjoy it on Kindle or even good ol’ paper.  😉

Happy investing in 2013 – wishing you much success out there – make this your best year so far!

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It’s awesome when a plan comes together!

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It's awesome when a plan comes together!

As 2012 draws to a close, I was just thinking about some of my favorite success stories from the year, and THIS is definitely one of them. With a cat, a dog, and a baby on the way, first-time buyers Brian and Randi had the maturity and patience to wait for their “just-right” home. They worked hard for months to diligently save-up the needed funds for their down payment. Then, they found a GREAT home situated in a super school district, and their monthly payment is barely more than their rent had been!

In my line of work, it is SO satisfying when a plan comes together, and I know that they’ll be happy raising their family in their new home for years to come.

I’m proud of them – they set their goal and WENT FOR IT. Where are YOU going in 2013?

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P.S.  Special thanks goes to Bob Paulus of PrimeLending for helping make Brian and Randi’s transaction go so smoothly!