…But This House is SO DATED!

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...But This House is SO DATED!

What happens when you find a great house in a super location but it’s DATED? You nab it! Read more here: http://goo.gl/zagQFv

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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

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

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!

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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…

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com

Home sweet home – what does that mean to you?

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Home sweet home - what does that mean to you?

My wife and I moved and downsized a couple of months ago, and I now have a new-found appreciation for what my clients endure when they buy or sell their home and make a move. It’s both EXCITING and STRESSFUL!  😀

Anyway, although we love our new place, I realized that it just didn’t feel 100% like ‘home sweet home’ to me yet. The reason?  I hadn’t unpacked our vintage vinyl LP collection and player.  Here’s a photo of the final result – it’s playing an album by Bread right now, and NOW this place truly feels like home!

The equipment?  A Technics SL-3200 Direct Drive Turntable (from approx 1980 – I bought it a couple of years ago on eBay), and a Kenwood KR-3090 Stereo Receiver (from approx 1979 – my wife’s had it since high school). Great vintage sound!

What are some of the things that make YOUR home feel like it’s truly home to you? I’d enjoy hearing from you…

http://www.johnbrooks-realtor.com