Where Should You Live In The DFW Metroplex According To D Magazine?

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Well it’s time for the annual D Magazine issue outlining the best suburbs and cities in the Dallas Fort Worth TX Metroplex. No surprise, but the top spot for 2014 goes to Highland Park – but what if your budget is (slightly) lower?  😉  Check-out which areas round-out the rest of the top 10: Parker, Colleyville, University Park, Murphy, Southlake, Trophy Club, Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Allen.

Wondering how your area or North Texas fared? Read more here: http://goo.gl/4IfWgc

Have a great day and keep in touch, DFW!  http://JBtheRealtor.com

Handy-Dandy DFW Food Truck Finder from D Magazine

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Handy-Dandy DFW Food Truck Finder from D Magazine

Food truck mania is still going strong in the Metroplex, and if you’re looking for the latest schedules and events featuring a variety of dining options at fun venues, check out this handy schedule and food truck finder provided by D-Magazine:
http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/food-truck-finder/

Happy semi-outdoor dining, everyone! Add your comments below to sound-off about your favorite local food truck vendors.

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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

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!

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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

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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Where do you think the real estate market is going in 2013?

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Where do you think the real estate market is going in 2013?

Hello, everyone!  Well, according to the National Association of Realtors, 2012 was a super excellent year for home affordability in the U.S. They’re predicting that 2013 will be almost as good. If you didn’t make the leap to home ownership last year, maybe it’s time to do it. Mortgage interest rates are still hovering near all-time lows, and in many areas home prices are beginning to rise. Anyway, here’s a link to the NAR press release:
Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

Food for thought, huh?  I’m here to answer your questions…

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Twelve tips to sell your home quicker and for more moolah!

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Twelve tips to sell your home quicker and for more moolah!

Well, it’s a new year, and if you’ve been thinking of selling your home (to move-up or even to downsize), there are a bunch of factors to consider. Check out this excellent list of tips from TexasRealEstate.com:
http://www.texasrealestate.com/web/1/12/122/archive/twelvetips.cfm

My favorite of the twelve tips? Number 11 says, “Clean and de-clutter—neat, organized houses sell faster than those that look too lived-in.” Guess what? EVERY time I show a client possible homes for them to buy or lease, they ALWAYS choose the cleanest, most tidy one! It never fails.

Looking for advice about how to sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest time, with the least amount of hassle? Give me a shout – it’s what I ENJOY doing every single day!

Have an awesome weekend!

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