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Blog Archives: January 2011
January 27, 2011

Super Bowl XLV Events - Dallas, Texas

As the Super Bowl comes to DFW, there are lots of events around the area for local residents to enjoy outside of the big game. Get ready for a once in a lifetime event in your own backyard! Super Bowl XLV Events - Dallas, Texas Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
January 26, 2011

Home Mortgage Interest Tax Deductions

Now that the end of January is here, its time to start thinking about filing taxes.  For homeowners there is the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. This tax deduction gives you the ability to deduct interest paid in the year on your primary residence or a second home.  The qualifications for this deduction: The loan must be secured directly to the residence. Personal loans do not qualify. Interest on homes beyond your second home do not qualify. You must be personally obligated for repayment of the debt For more information from ...
January 25, 2011

McKinney ISD Hosts Senior Adult Tour

McKinney ISD’s inaugural Senior Adult Tour was so successful that plans already are in the works to bring the program to three new campuses in 2012. “I definitely want to make sure we do this on an annual basis in McKinney ISD,” said Superintendent J.D. Kennedy. The event, which drew 60 seniors age 55 and older to three district campuses on Jan. 25, gave seniors in the community a closer look into a day in the life of a McKinney student. The tour’s purpose was to invite senior citizens to come inside district schools to see how students ...
January 24, 2011

Reasons to Refinance Your Home Mortgage

There are several reasons to consider refinancing your home mortgage other than lowering the monthly payment. Here are a few benefits: If you closed on your home several years ago when adjustable rates were popular, refinancing will give you an opportunity to lock in a fixed rate so you know what to expect every month. You are able to change the length of your mortgage. You can shorten the term to a 15 year (from the popular 30 year term) to decrease the amount of money you will be paying in total interest. If you have several ...
January 20, 2011

Get Healthy Texas - Frisco, Texas

Frisco will have a free family event this Saturday, January 22 at Fieldhouse USA. Fun events include meeting the CBS 11/TXA 21 teams; learn tips to eating smart, starting a fitness regimen, as well as sports clinics on basketball, soccer, martial arts, tennis, and more. There will be a special appearance by Dr. Jim Sears of THE DOCTORS! There will be fun and games for all.  The CBS 11 and TXA 21 teams compete in volleyball, dodgeball, & basketball!! Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773  
January 19, 2011

Competitively Pricing Your Home For Sale

If you are ready to put your home on the market, your best source for determing the asking price is other homes that have sold in your neighborhood.  The ideal comparable sale would be the same model of your home on your street or in your neighborhood that has sold in the past month or two. However, if that is not an option for you there are a few things you can search for to come up with a competitve asking price.  Remember, the original asking price can make the difference in twenty showings in the first week of listing or your ...
January 18, 2011

Texas Mortgage Credit Program

"The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs released $45 million to consumers through its first-time homebuyer program. The Texas Mortgage Credit Program is meant to help reduce a borrower’s tax liability by offering a credit in exchange for taking a certified homebuyer education class. Homebuyers could save up to $2,000 in annual taxes, according to the state." ~From the Dallas Business Journal For More Information: Texas Mortgage Credit Progam Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-37 ...
January 17, 2011

Plano, Texas: A Top Ranked City

#5 – Cities with highest median household income and median resident age less than 35 #12 – Cities with newest houses #28 – Cities with Highest median household income #36- Cities with biggest houses #41 – Best educated cities (highest percentage of bachelor degree holding residents) #58 – Cities with lowest ratio of media house value to median household income #70- Fastest growing cities from 2000-2008   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773  
January 13, 2011

Dallas Low Temperatures: Picture Proof

The freezing temperatures in Dallas left a cool sight: see this picture of a  frozen water fountain!
January 11, 2011

Purchasing an Overseas Home

A majority of us have dreamt of owning an overseas home at home point in time.  Owning a home overseas represents a different way of life, in a sun drenched tropical location that is teaming with activities and plenty of things to see.  If you have been considering buying a home in a foreign land, there are some things you should be aware of. Always keep in mind that real estate.  Not all countries have the same real estate economy, which makes it in your best interest to look into the economy before you buy a home. Legal systems are also ...
January 10, 2011

Snow Day: School Updates

Allen ISD has said it will open at regular scheduled times tomorrow morning- Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Safe travels to all. Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
January 06, 2011

New Years Resolution: Prepare Your Home

The holidays are over, but now we face cold mornings with icy windows. The winter season is here, and  with temperatures said to be in the 30s for the coming week you will want to make sure your house is prepared for the harsher temperatures. 1. Check all window and door seals. Make sure there is no air flow, letting the cold air in and warm air escape.  If there is a draft, the local hardware store sells seals for under $10 that you peel off and stick to the frame. A quick fix to save on your energy bill. 2. Make sure your fireplace ...
January 05, 2011

2825 Tangerine Lane - Home For Lease in Plano ISD

2825 Tangeringe Ln Plano, TX. 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home for lease in Plano ISD! 2,732 square feet for your family to love. This home is a spacious garden home that boasts hardwood floors, ceiling fans throughout, cast stone fireplace, and 2 inch blinds. If you love the entertain family and friends the kitchen will be to your delight: granite countertops, flat electric cooktop, built-in microwave and oven, maple cabinets, recessed lighting, and a kitchen island. The master bathroom provides retreat in a jetted garden tub and ...
January 03, 2011

New Year Resolution Series: The Meaning of January

Happy New Years from the Janus Real Estate Group! In honor of the new year,  this week will be dedicated to resolutions on owning your own home. Janus Real Estate Group and January receive their name from the Roman god of Gateways and Journeys, Janus.  Janus is pictured with one head facing forward and one head facing backwards. It is said that Janus could see the previous year as well as into the upcoming year.  Best of luck in all your new years resolutions! Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773

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