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Blog Archives: September 2010
September 30, 2010

Kenny Chesney Visits Celina High School - Boys of Fall Tribute

Kenny Chesney paid a surprise visit to Celina High School in Celina, TX.  The small town north of McKinney was an inspiration for the video for his hit song Boys of Fall.  Kenny Chesney surprised the high school students and staff during their pep rally, while premiering the Boys of Fall video.   Congratulations Celina High School!   The Boys of Fall - Official Video   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773  
September 28, 2010

TV Real Estate Shows - Effects on Real Estate Industry

There are countless shows that feature home improvement and real estate investing, which attempt to appeal to entrepreneurial viewers. The truth is that many viewers are capable of succeeding in these things but television never really shows how hard the work actually may be. The television cameras do not always show the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making these projects successful and rarely mention the countless complete and total failures that occur along the way. The cameras are also not to keen for showing up at 4 am and ...
September 27, 2010

1 Home Sold to 2 Different Buyers

A series of miscommunications has led to one house being sold to 2 different parties. Now, there is a couple with their first home in court against an investor group to determine who has rightful ownership.  Here is an excerpt of the story: "Douglas Garhartt and Brandon Lively were just settling in to the ocean-view San Clemente townhome they bought in March when suddenly they were faced with the threat of eviction. Less than a week after they closed sale on the condo, it turned out, a small group of investors had purchased ...
September 24, 2010

Don't Forget Your Termite Inspection

Termite damage, no matter how small it may be, is never good for a home. During a real estate inspection, if any termite damage is found, it will affect the outcome of the home. In most cases, the buyer is told that the seller will fix the problem. Treatment for termite damage is generally in the neighborhood of $1,000. Even though the termites will be gone, you have to wonder about the damage to the structure. The last thing you want is to move into a home that you know has been treated for termites, only to find the structure to be in ...
September 23, 2010

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Having a real estate agent to help you out is essential when aiming for a quick and good deal, whether you are buying or selling your home or property. Selling your house is not just about placing a “for sale” sign in your lawn or placing your house in the classified ads. There are many real-estate agents out there, how do you choose the right person? Hold interviews The best way of getting to know an agent is by talking to them personally. You could directly discuss with them what their qualifications, ask about their previous ...
September 21, 2010

Buying an Unfinished Home

Unfinished homes present a great way to save a lot of money and get yourself a new home in the process. If you buy an unfinished home, you can keep your monthly mortgage payment low and also lower your initial investment. You may also be able to buy a larger foundation size as well, which you can easily add on to and save money in the process. Normally, unfinished starter homes leave the upstairs area unfinished. The question here, is just how much equity you want to put into an unfinished area. Sometimes though, an unfinished home may ...
September 20, 2010

1189 Landon - 3 Bedroom Townhome for Rent in Allen ISD - $1550

3 bedrooms, and 2.5 bath townhome for lease in Allen ISD. Fluid floorplan with very large kitchen, formal dining, vaulted ceilings in Family Room. Separate shower stall and garden tub. Low maintenance living. Use of Twin Creeks amenities which includes: pool, tennis, basketball, baseball, hiking, fishing, and much more! Exemplory rated West Allen Schools
September 17, 2010

Tips for the Winter to keep your electric bill down

Tips for the Winter to keep your electric bill down: Turn the thermostat down in winter as much as possible. Lower thermostat when away from home and asleep at night Open curtains or shades on the south and west sides of your house on sunny days during cold weather. Close curtains or shades at night during the winter. Run paddle fans clockwise on low during the winter to circulate air, and counterclockwise during the summer (when in room) to feel cooler. Check ductwork on HVAC system for leaks. Patch ducts with metallic tape or ...
September 16, 2010

Allen ISD Football Schedule

2010 Allen Eagle Football Schedule 8/28 Cedar Hill @SMU W 33-27 9/3 @Justin Northwest W 46-7 9/10 vs Longview W 24-20 9/24 vs Plano 7:30 10/1 @ Lewisville 7:30 10/8 vs Plano East (Homecoming) 7:30 10/15 @ Plano West 7:30 10/22 vs Marcus 7:30 10/29 vs Hebron 7:30 11/5 @ Flower Mound 7:30 For More Sports Schedules: Allen ISD Athletics Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773 ...
September 14, 2010

Rid your house of allergens

Suggestions to protect yourself against common household allergens:   Use special bedding covers and launder sheets and blankets weekly in 130°F water to kill dust mites. You can also tumble dry items first in a hot dryer for 30 to 60 minutes (longer for thick comforters), then washing on hot. Clean drapes, throw pillows, and stuffed animals every few months. Trap dust and prevent it from becoming airborne with electrostatic dusters Scrub and disinfect to prevent mold on bathtubs, tiles, and trash cans with a mildew-removing ...
September 13, 2010

Homebuyer Tax Credit Repayment

Important Information for New Homeowners that claimined the First Time Home Buyers Credit: Nearly half of all Americans who claimed the first-time homebuyer tax credit on their 2009 tax returns will have to repay the government. According to a report from the Inspector General for Tax Administration, released to the public Thursday, about 950,000 of the nearly 1.8 million Americans who claimed the tax credit on their 2009 tax returns will have to return the money. The confusion comes because homebuyers were eligible for two ...
September 10, 2010

Amazing Home for Rent in Allen ISD! - $1450 - 4 bedrooms!

  **REDUCED: $1450 per Month!** 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 * ...
September 09, 2010

Allen ISD New Stadium Ceremony

Allen ISD will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Eagle Stadium at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 at the stadium site.  301 Rivercrest Blvd Allen, TX. Directions to Stadium Site Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
September 08, 2010

Collin County School Wins National Kohl's Contest

A tiny Collin County school is poised to collect $500,000, having finished second in Facebook votes in a national contest sponsored by Kohl's Department Stores. Lucas Christian Academy, with just 276 students but a highly motivated group of parents and staff, received more than 157,000 votes in balloting that ended late Friday. Kohl's Cares, the company's philanthropic program, promised $500,000 each to the 20 schools that got the most votes. Lucas Christian parents and staff took laptops to special events, ...
September 07, 2010

First Time Home Buyer Tips

First time homebuyers often experience blunders when looking for their first home to purchase. To avoid such a frightful experience, which could lead to a loss of time, effort and even worse your money; here are a few common mistakes and how to avoid them. Lack of research When buying your home, go back to the basics: research before proceeding with any kind of purchase. Research is basically asking questions about the house or the property. Examples include: Reasons for putting the property on sale Any problems about the ...
September 04, 2010

Rent To Own Homes

Rent to Own stores have built an empire with rent to own merchandise, however the buyer normally ends up paying double what the merchandise is actually worth. While this may be a great option for those who have bad credit, most of us would prefer to avoid this route. Homes are no exception, especially if you are buying a home on a rent to own basis. Even though rent to own may be good for a short period of time, it proves to be an expensive way for someone to buy something they intend to keep. The agreement is normally for around 15 - 20 ...
September 02, 2010

Preparing to Buy Your Home

There are millions of people looking to a buy home - either now or in the future. Over the last few years, lower interest rates have come along, making it more affordable than ever to buy a home. When most people stop and give it some thought - buying a home makes a lot more sense than renting a home or an apartment. The two biggest expenses you will encounter are closing costs and a down payment. Your down payment will typically range anywhere from 3-15% of the price or the value of the property.It is a good idea to have 20% to ...

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