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

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Seeking your dream home this year? Go for it…

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Seeking your dream home this year? Go for it...

I can definitely tell you that this year is shaping-up to be strong for real estate in DFW. As I’ve discussed with several of you lately, this Jan/Feb has felt more like a Spring/Summer market here!

As such, I want to be sure that you have resources to guide you along the way to your dream home this year. Realtor.com has provided a handy downloadable guide which expands upon the following 5 steps:
1.) Prepare like a pro. Make your list of “Must-Have’s” for your next home.
2.) Know what you can afford. There’ve been lots of changes in the mortgage lending industry over the past few years.  I can connect you with a truly knowledgeable mortgage professional.
3.) Take your search on-the-go. There are some excellent apps out there for your phone or tablet. BTW, Realtor.com has a great app!
4.) Find the right partner. Connect with an agent who’ll seek win-win solutions and always puts your interests ahead of their own.
5.) Make an attractive offer. In a competitive seller’s market, I can advise you on some of the best ways to present yourself as a bonafide buyer.

So, hop on it – go for it – just do it, etc.! 😉 I’m here for you all day, every day when questions arise. Let me know what you’re thinking, and we will make a plan to help you get to your dream home this year!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

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!

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

What’s driving the rising demand for rental housing?

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What's driving the rising demand for rental housing?

According to recent information published by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the rental housing market is expected to remain strong for the next two decades. This is good news for real estate investors and homeowners alike. The four key groups driving the rising demand are outlined in the graphic above. They are Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers, Former Homeowners, and Recent Immigrants. For details about their study, click here.

If you’ve been considering jumping into the real estate investing world (or converting an existing home of yours into a rental), let me know. There are some amazing books and resources out there to give you a jump start. Contact me any time – I like to help!

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

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Ten steps to home ownership

Since I’m currently working with several first-time homebuyers, I thought it would be good to provide a link to some excellent online material from National Association of Realtors and Realtor.com.  This link will connect you with Step 1 of the 10 Steps to Home Ownership – “Are You Ready?”.  From there, you can read all ten steps.  Home ownership is a big step, so being equipped with info and enlisting the advice of a Realtor go a long way toward making it a positive experience.

Thanks for reading!  Have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day…