How Do YOU Cope When The Weather Is Yucky Outdoors?

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How Do YOU Cope When The Weather Is Yucky Outdoors?

Well, we’ve had downright frigid and unpleasant weather several times this winter here in N. Texas (most recently the snow yesterday). How do YOU cope when it’s yucky outdoors? Hot cocoa, a fire, bunny slippers, and jammies? 😉
Read more here: http://goo.gl/4EqFyP

Keep warm, everyone! Keep in touch – give me a shout at any time. I look forward to hearing from YOU!

http://www.JBtheRealtor.com

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Want to tour a beautifully-redone 1920’s craftsman home in just 30 seconds?

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Want to tour a beautifully-redone 1920's craftsman home in just 30 seconds?

What a beautiful listing in Dallas! Read more and see the vid here:
http://goo.gl/5xLLtf

Have an awesome day, and give me a shout any time!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

My next home MUST have…

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My next home MUST have...

Springtime is here, and I know from talking with many of you lately that your thoughts are turning to your next home. That’s awesome! Have you solidified your home’s criteria yet? Well, location and price are huge factors for most people. You want a neighborhood that’s close to work, family, entertainment, recreation, etc. As for price, none of us care to be “house-poor”. That can turn a home into more of a prison.

So, here are some other dream home criteria to consider:
1.) Type of property (single-family, town home, condo, duplex, etc.)
2.) Condition (is a fixer okay or does it need to be 100% updated?)
3.) Features / layout (you might want a 3-car garage to house your motorcycle collection or an open kitchen for entertaining)
4.) Amenities (game room, swimming pool, interior upgrades, outdoor entertaining space, etc.)

Just know that you can scale-back on some of the amenities if needed to keep you purchase within budget, but make sure you’re comfortable with the things that cannot easily be changed about the home. Location is the #1 thing that can’t be changed, so be sure to get that part right.

Have a great day, and happy home shopping to you all!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

Can you still buy a home with $0 down? Yes, it happens every day.

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Do you dream of elbow-room, country air, and a mortgage loan with a ZERO down payment?  Well, the USDA loan program is still alive and kickin’ and offers just that.  It’s specifically offered in outlying, less-populated areas.  The photos below … Continue reading

Still on the fence about selling your home or buying one? The market is shifting.

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Still on the fence about selling your home or buying one? The market is shifting.

Well, what an interesting early 2013 real estate market it’s been so far! Home prices are on the rise in most areas and there aren’t enough homes to go around (classic supply and demand concept), AND mortgage interest rates are STILL at near all-time lows!

What does all of this mean? Well, home sellers who’ve been on the fence about putting their home on the market might should consider making the leap soon (since supply is low and sales prices are on the rise). Home buyers should consider buying now BEFORE the Spring season kicks-in and while mortgage interest rates are still so low.

In several cases, I’m having trouble finding available homes for my buyer clients right now. Do you know anyone who’s considering selling? I need to talk with them, please. 🙂

Have an awesome day out there!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

P.S. Today’s graphic was provided by Bob Paulus of PrimeLending – he gives excellent service to my clients every single day! Thanks for all of your help, Bob!

Good DFW housing news and a sweet poochie!

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Good DFW housing news and a sweet poochie!

A Dallas Morning News article caught my eye while we were walking the Spaniels yesterday morning. So, we had Lucy pose for a pic by the news rack (did you even know that they still sell actual newsPAPERs)? Anyway, the headline: “Housing unusually hot for January”. The article says that D-FW sales jumped almost 25% from a year earlier with prices also on the rise.

Sounds like classic supply and demand to me. 🙂 Looks like we are in for a hoppin’ Spring season in the DFW housing market, huh?

Have a great week!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

P.S.  Here’s a link to the news article:  http://www.dallasnews.com/business/residential-real-estate/20130208-dallas-fort-worth-home-sales-hit-highest-mark-for-a-january-in-six-years.ece

Who ARE today’s home shoppers and buyers?

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Who ARE today's home shoppers and buyers (statistically speaking)?

I sat down this morning over a cup of coffee and reviewed the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS, and I found some of the stats pretty interesting.

For example, 36% of Texas home buyers looked online as a first step in the home buying process, and the typical home buyer in Texas searched for 8 weeks and saw 10 homes before buying (on average). Also, in order to find an Agent to help them, 36 percent of Texas buyers in 2012 used a referral from a friend or family member and 13 percent used an Agent that they had used previously.

Thirty-five percent of buyers in Texas in 2012 were first-time buyers, and 69 percent were married couples. Buyers cited the quality of the neighborhood, convenience to job, and overall affordability of home were the top three factors influencing neighborhood choice.

The bottom-line: although there are lots of online resources to assist buyers with learning more about the home inventory out there and about the home buying process in general, most buyers value the expertise and guidance of a licensed Agent to help them navigate the maze and protect their best interests. 🙂

If YOU have questions, I’m here to help. Have a great weekend!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com