Should You Buy a House on Contract or Rent to Own?

Should You Buy a House on Contract or Rent to Own?

A common question we hear is “Do you think this seller would sell me their house on contract?” Or another version of this same question, “Is this house available to rent to own?” If you’ve ever bought a home you know there are several different options to PAY for the home. One way is to purchase the home […]

How to Buy a House with Cash Down Payment

How to Buy a House with Cash Down Payment

How to buy a house with cash for your down payment.   In this video, I’ll explain exactly how you can use cash to buy a house. And, even if you’re getting a loan but have a large cash down payment – you’ll want to know what to do. So, let’s say you have mattress […]

Real Estate Appraisals: What Can Go Wrong

Real Estate Appraisals: What Can Go Wrong

  In real estate, there’s never any guarantees. That rule of thumb applies to real estate appraisals too! In this video we cover some options that both sellers and buyers can consider in the event a real estate appraisal doesn’t appraise for the agreed upon purchase price. If you’re buying or selling a house, you […]

Don’t Forget to File for Your Homestead Exemption

Don’t Forget to File for Your Homestead Exemption

This was a Facebook Live to remind everyone to file for their Homestead Exemption by the end of June. Dallas county residents apply online. UPDATE: Polk County residents: You can apply in person downtown at 111 Court Ave, Room 195. OR brand new to Polk county you can apply online following instructions here.

The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage. […]

Should You Sell Your House During the Holiday Season?

If you’ve ever had your house for sale in the late fall/early winter (or thought about selling then) you’ve probably wondered – should you sell your house during the holiday season? Some real estate agents would give you the 5 reasons why your house will sell better/faster/for-more-money/etc with an emphatic YES, sell during the holidays. […]

Finding the Perfect House is Like a Total Eclipse

Finding the Perfect House is Like a Total Eclipse

Millions of people are excited about the total solar eclipse. Have you ever heard the term “if the stars all lined up…” to describe the perfect scenario? That’s exactly what’s happening. The sun, the moon, and the earth are all in a line. It’s a pretty rare event. And in some areas, they line up so perfectly, that the […]

My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

In April, many homeowners received a letter from the assessor’s office that their home value had increased significantly. Naturally, this real estate assessment is used by the count when figuring property taxes.  Here’s a question I received from a client: I received a 2017 Real Estate Assessment Roll and the value of my land went […]

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying: Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center: “In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time […]

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

When you’re selling your house and have taken time to clean, pick up, and clear all your counters so a buyer can tour your home – you probably want to know what they thought about your house, right? Actually, you probably want them to make an offer! But, if they don’t make an offer, it’s […]