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Blog Archives: January 2010 — December 2010
December 29, 2010

Protecting Your Plants in the Winter

Plants, trees and shrubbery take a beating during the winter season in Texas. When the temperatures are on a roller coaster from 30 to 80 degrees, your plants need help. The main cause of dying plants throughout the winter months is desiccation.  Desiccation is the drying out of plants and trees. There are several products you can get to prevent this from happening.  Products are called anti-desiccants, available at any local hardware store. There are a few tips when using these products: Choose a day when the temperatures are not ...
December 27, 2010

City of Allen Bulk Trash Removal

If you are trying to get rid of boxes and Christmas leftovers, the bulk trash removal will be December 31, 2010 for City of Allen residents. Allen Trash & Recycling Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
December 24, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Janus Real Estate Group   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773  
December 22, 2010

What is black box picture on real estate signs?

Technological advances are everywhere, including real estate signs.  Real estate agents are using a new item on real estate for sale/for lease signs, websites, marketing materials and more. It is called a QR Code. This black box with scrambled pixels is a resource for you.  By taking a picture of this with your camera phone and letting a QR Code Reader application "read" it, you will be taken to a website, a marketing flyer for the house, a virtual tour of the home you are in front of, etc. To try this out, you can use your phone ...
December 21, 2010

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home for Lease in Plano ISD! $1595

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 separate shower stall. You are ...
December 20, 2010

Holiday Wreathes of Allen

Christmas Wreathes come in so many colors and styles. Decorating your home with whatever makes it feel like your personal touch. Here are a few from around the area:     Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
December 16, 2010

Foreclosure Rates Fall to Lowest Level in 18 Months

"The number of U.S. homes taken back by lenders dropped to the lowest level in 18 months in November, the result of foreclosure freezes enacted by several banks following allegations that evictions were handled improperly. Home repossessions dropped 28 percent from October and 12 percent from November last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. The 67,428 homes lenders took back last month were the fewest since May 2009." ~MSNBC Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
December 15, 2010

Real Estate Investment Risks: Flipping Properties

Flipping properties is one of the most enjoyable types of property investments for many 'hands on' investors. This allows the investor to roll up his or her sleeves and take an active role in creating the masterpiece that will eventually bring in revenue. However, this is also one of the riskier investments, particularly when trying to turn a profit in a buyer's market. The risks are simple but often overlooked and they can have a significant impact on the overall success or failure of the project. First of all, the biggest risk is in ...
December 14, 2010

Real Estate Investment Risks - Rental Property

While a good many millionaires will agree that their fortunes were made in real estate, the honest ones will also tell you that they've probably lost a few fortunes in real estate along the way. This is a risky business and every property purchased doesn't always pan out to become a successful investment. Unfortunately, there are very few one size fits all risks for real estate investing.  Over the coming days we will discuss the various types of real estate investment opportunities and risks involved. Rental Properties First and ...
December 13, 2010

Dallas Christmas Holiday Lights

Happy Holidays!   If you want to get into the Christmas spirit with the cooler temperatures, take a drive around Collin County to explore the Holiday lights.  Here is a map showing several of the main neighborhoods that go all out in their decorating for the holidays. Dallas Christmas Holiday Lights   Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
December 09, 2010

Reverse Mortgage FAQ for your Allen Home

Reverse mortgages are an option for older homeowners to consider if they would like to stop monthly payments on their home. However there is some confusion on what is involved in a reverse mortgage. Here are a few basic guidelines and questions, plus a website that goes into detail on how to get a reverse mortgage. Who qualifies for a reverse mortgage? Homeowners that are aged 62 and older How much money can you get? This will depend on many factors, such as: age of the youngest spouse, interest rates at the time of your loan, ...
December 07, 2010

Donating to Charity Organizations - Tax Deductions

Do your research. Just like any other financial decision, do your research ahead of time to make sure you are donating to a reputable organization that will help the community. Check the charity's tax status. If you itemize, you can deduct your charitable contributions — but only if the charity is tax-exempt. IRS Publication 78 provides a list of charities and non-profits that are eligible for tax-deductible contributions. This year, nearly 265,000 organizations lost their tax exempt status. This means you will not be ...
December 06, 2010

Calculate Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

Once you have made the decision to purchase a home, it is important to have your finances in order before going to tour homes.  While it is best to consult with a mortgage professional, there are resources online that can give you a ball park idea of what to expect before meeting with your financial adviser. Here is a calculator to show what your approximate monthly payment will be and the total amount in interest you will pay over the life of you 15 or 30 year note. Mortgage Payment Calculator   ...
December 02, 2010

Janus Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Jane Joyce

Jane has over 20 years experience in the Real Estate Industry as former co-owner of Royal Dynasty Custom Homes. She currently is an active REALTOR and investor in Collin County. Jane specializes in assisting buyers locate and purchase or lease the home that is best suited to their specific needs. She is skilled in negotiation, transaction coordination and consistently offers personal attention to detail and professional service. Jane is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health, with a ...
November 30, 2010

Repairing Credit Errors

  It is possible to correct errors on your credit report. All you need to know is what your options are and how to go about it. The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows for anyone to dispute the completeness and accuracy of claims and information in your credit file. Here are a few tips to get you going: Dispute Inaccurate Information – Any information on your credit report that is not entirely correct can be disputed with the credit reporting agency. For example, if your credit report states that you are currently delinquent in making ...
November 29, 2010

How Much Does it Cost to Sell Your Home

  With all the talk in the media of the real estate market being a buyers market and the startling statistics on foreclosure rates you may wonder how smart it is to sell your house now. There are several expenses you should be aware of before listing your home, so you are not caught off guard. Sales commission: This is the fee charged by the listing agent and the buyers agent. This is typically between 4 and 6 percent of the total sales price. Closing costs: While not mandatory that the seller pay these fees, it is not uncommon ...
November 26, 2010

Black Friday Shopping in Allen - Pictures with Santa

If you are one of the thousands that will be pounding the pavement for Black Friday, there is fun for the kids too at Village of Allen.  Kids can meet Santa and take pictures with Santa. Plus see the reindeer and interactive Christmas tree. Meet Santa @ Village at Allen Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * 972-765-3773
November 24, 2010

Homeowners Insurance Rate Increase

A change that will affect many homeowners, Farmers Insurance has filed for a 3.9% increase in Homeowner Insurance rates. The rate increase will go into effect in March 2011.  The rate increases effect homeowners with a Texas Family Home Policy or the Farmers Next Generation Homeowners Policy. For policy holders that are not under one of those two policies, they will gradually be switched over.   The rate increase is to help cover cost of claims in Texas, as they have risen.  Many claims come from weather related damages. ...
November 23, 2010

1189 Landon - Townhome For Lease in Allen ISD

We are offering free rent on your first month if you move in by December 31, 2010 on this gorgeous town home now for lease in Twin Creeks Villas in Allen ISD. 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. Separate shower stall and garden tub. Fluid floorplan with very large kitchen, formal dining, vaulted ceilings in Family Room. Low maintenance living. Use of Twin Creeks amenities which includes pool, tennis, basketball, baseball, hiking, fishing, and much more! Exemplory rated West Allen Schools Janus Real Estate Group * Heather Anderson * ...

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