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Blog Archives: August 2010
August 31, 2010

Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

It is very important that you find a realtor who will listen to your needs and wishes and act accordingly. The right realtor for your needs can mean all the difference in the world between a successful and easy transaction. Below are some important points to notice when selecting a realtor that will meet your needs. Does the real estate agent listen to your needs? This is important as it will save you both a lot of time and money in the process of finding the perfect. Does he or she ask questions and provide appropriate ...
August 30, 2010

Determine Your Listing Price

When it comes to buying a home, most potential buyers will use the listing price as the number one factor to determine the homes that they look at.  Even though you and a realtor may determine the asking price, the buyer will determine the selling price.  If the price is too high, most buyers won’t give it a second thought - which is why you want to determine the listing price carefully. Setting the right listing price will also attract more potential buyers to your home right off the bat.  You’ll also notice an increase in response ...
August 27, 2010

Like Model Home - For Sale or Lease! - 1169 Landon - $1695

LIKE MODEL HOME--Wide plank hardwoods throughout bottom level, Floating Island, 3 cm Granite in Kitchen, Cherry Cabinets Throughout.   Mirrored Dining Wall, Welcoming Paint & Accents, Plantation Shutters, Upgraded Ceiling Fans with remotes, 3-M Window Tent, Radiant Barrier Decking, upgraded insulation.   Come see this phenomenally well kept property!   Tenant gets use of Twin Creeks Amenities Included!
August 26, 2010

Real Estate Scams to Look Out For

Real-estate is among the industries who are stepping up with their online with nearly 84% beginning their home search online. A common online scam is with false web classified ads. Some of the homes listed on online ad sites are posted far below the actual sale price or they are homes posted that are not truly for sale. How do you identify such scams? Here are some examples: • A person claiming to be out of the country. • Dealing only with wire transfers or money gram • Requiring money before showing you the home   Some ...
August 25, 2010

What is a Eco-Friendly House?

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, more homes are becoming environmental-friendly due to its numerous benefits. What are these benefits? • Lower Utility Bills - Greener homes use less energy which means less money on bills. The price of fuel has constantly increased over the past years. Studies show about 15 to 20% of house energy can be lost because of poor construction. • Healthier air quality - Indoor air is two to five times more polluted compared with outdoor air. Using home materials that produce better air quality are ...
August 24, 2010

Why do you need an appraisal?

Planning to sell your home but not sure about its market value? Getting your home and property appraised would help you get an idea about your property’s value. However, the appraised value should not be confused with comparative market analysis (CMAs). The appraised value is the only value honored by banks whenever they are planning to loan money. Appraisal reports are actually very detailed. They include details of the property, the status of the real-estate market where the house is located, flawed characteristics of the ...
August 23, 2010

Real Estate Negotiations

Negotiations in real-estate deals is all about compromising and agreeing in order to close a transaction.  The negotiator should know the needs of the client.  Legal knowledge is important, since the negotiator should be able to identify the legal processes that could be done to achieve the client's needs.  Negotiators are usually real-estate lawyers, although real-estate agents can also negotiate for their clients. To get successful negotiation results, it is important to be informed, prepared and set realistic goals.  Your agent can ...
August 20, 2010

Texas Tax Free Weekend, August 20-22, 2010

This weekend, August 20-22, 2010 is the annual Tax Free Weekend for Back to School shopping. The following is a list of items that are included in the program: Binders Book bags Calculators Cellophane tape Blackboard chalk Compasses Composition books Crayons Erasers Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila Glue, paste and paste sticks Highlighters Index cards Index card boxes Legal pads Lunch boxes Markers Notebooks Paper Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes Pencil ...
August 19, 2010

What Do You Do When Your Home Isn't Selling

When you sell your home, the process is almost like going to a job interview. Selling a home involves presentation, which is one of the key factors that determine the outcome. Although this may sound a bit weird, presentation is a way of life in the world of real estate. Buyers in today’s market look for good presentation – many basing their final decisions on it.   If you have a garage, be sure to go though and clean out your garage before listing your home. Chances are that you store things in your garage, which can easily pile up over ...
August 18, 2010

Why Should You Get a Home Inspection

Is an Inspection Really Necessary? The long and short answer to that question is absolutely and I will do my best to explain exactly why this is so. A real estate inspection is the act of having a qualified (and in many states, licensed) professional take a look around the property you are considering and informing you of obvious and potential damage or problems with the property. This is not something you want your uncle Bob doing, unless of course, good old uncle Bob has had the training and experience to know what to look ...
August 17, 2010

Does Staging a Home Really Work?

There is something to be said about a neat and tidy house when you are sorting through house after house looking for the perfect home for you and your family. This is something that should be kept in mind when selling either a personal home or an investment property. There are a few other things you should keep in mind when it comes to selling real estate. One of those things is that staging sells homes.   Seriously, there is something cold about an empty house. It could be painted impeccably and meet every possible standard a family has ...
August 16, 2010

Property Fraud Alert - Collin County

Collin County has a new - free - online tool for its residents to protect their identy and property:  Property Fraud Alert. The purpose of the notification system is to help prevent people from filing fraudulent land records with the County Clerk, making it look like they own your home or business property. "Scam artists pick a house to steal, maybe a rental property.  They then assume the homeowner's identity using any information they can find on the homeowner, create fake ID’s, forge signatures and notarizations, and ...
August 12, 2010

Cheap Ideas to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

We all know the economy is tough, but sometimes you want a new look. You dont have to spend thousands of dollars to update, modernize and give a new look to your kitchen. Here are a few, do it yourself, weekend projects for a fresh kitchen. Update Your Backsplash- There are two options: grout and tile or a new peel and stick tile that goes directly on a clean wall. Check your local hardware store for this quick one day home project. Refurnish Your Appliances - Home Depot and Lowe's sell appliance paint or stainless steel paint....
August 11, 2010

Frisco ISD Incorporates Art into School Lesson Plans

Exceperts from Teachers incorporate Frisco art into lesson plans by Jessica Rush: "Artwork around the city has become part of Frisco’s culture and identity, and Frisco ISD is working to even further integrate the unique art elements into the curriculum for students. This week, a group of elementary and secondary school representatives met with Frisco’s Public Art manager, Richard Oldham, to fine tune lesson plans that will integrate the city’s art collection with the school district’s curriculum for the upcoming school year. The ...
August 06, 2010

Do It Yourself Home Repairs vs Hiring a Professional

Its easy to get lost in the bliss of owning your new home, but there are the technical concerns that come with many pre owned homes. During your contract, you will have an inspection performed on the house. This provides you a great guideline for problems you will need to tackle once you move in.  Television shows have sprouted up on small projects you can do at home—giving lots of inspiration for Saturday projects.  But the most important part of this will be deciding what you are capable of fixing yourself and when you should hire a ...
August 04, 2010

721 Fairlawn - 4 Bedroom Rental Available in Allen ISD!! - $1695

Nice 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2900 square feet property for lease in East Allen. Kitchen opens up to the living area which has a nice view of the big backyard. This property feels like a culd-a-sac lot with plenty of yard space. Downstairs provides plenty of room. Second living area could be used a study, media, or extra game room. All beds located on 2nd level. Master and Bed #2 are very large with bed 3 and 4 providing adequate space. Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773  
August 03, 2010

Texas Electric Usage: Air Conditioner BTU Calculator

A problem many new home owners don't think about until a month after move in, is the increased electricity bill that will come with the hundreds of extra square footage of living area. This handy calculator will give you a gauge of what to expect, especially important in Texas summer months. Air Conditioner BTU Calculator Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773

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