Mandi St. Onge's Blog Posts

9 Colorful Plants that will Thrive on Your Balcony

9 Colorful Plants that will Thrive on Your BalconyWhether you have a large, sun-drenched rooftop terrace atop a high-rise, or a small, shady apartment balcony, it's easy to make the space more

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Texas Suburban Home Revamped with Farmhouse Character

Suburban Home Revamped with Farmhouse CharacterLooking for some farmhouse inspiration? This central Texas couple weren't afraid to tackle household projects, redo those that went bust, and document

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Should I Move or Refinance My Home

The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a

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Sellers Are Ready Now To Enter the Housing Market Safely

One of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for

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Americans Believe Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold

Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a

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Do Not Forget to Budget for Your Closing Costs

When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for

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When it Comes to Selling a House Your Time is Money

Some HighlightsSelling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional

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American Choose Real Estate as The Best Investment

Some HighlightsFor the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans.Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks,

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Summer Fun at Texas State Parks

See where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and more this summer in Texas State Parks! Make reservations for day passes up to 30 days before your visit or for overnight stays

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3 reasons its not too late to refinance your mortgage

3 reasons it’s not too late to refinance your mortgageBy Julian KheelUpdated 2:21 PM EDT, Wed May 12, 2021iStock(CNN) —  If you’re a homeowner who’s been

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Furniture that Saves Space

Furniture That Saves SpaceOne of the biggest furniture trends this year combines style and space-saving together. This article features some pieces are perfect for adding to a space that needs a

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7 Outdoor Living Trends That Will Be Huge in 2021

7 Outdoor Living Trends That Will Be Huge in 2021Whether you're cooking, exercising, or just hanging out, plan to spend more time outside this year as backyards, decks, and patios evolve into

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Is There a Legal Responsibility to Pay for the Care of Elderly Parents

Is There a Legal Responsibility to Pay for the Care of Elderly Parents?With the population aging, the need for financial assistance is increasing for nursing home costs, home health care and

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Five Overlooked Tax Deductions

Five Overlooked Tax DeductionsWho among us wants to pay the IRS more taxes than we have to? ¹While few may raise their hands, Americans regularly overpay because they fail to take tax

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Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert Learn More

Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady

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Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate Throughout the Year of 2021

It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google 

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Saturday Fun Farmer's Markets in DFW

Farmer's Markets in DFWHeading into the weekend and wondering what to do? How about checking out one of DFW's many farmer's markets and picking up some local goodies? Sounds like a perfect way to

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3 Data Points Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is

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You have Refinanced Now What

You've Refinanced, Now What?With historically low interest rates and lack of housing inventory, many homeowners are favoring re-financing over moving. With the process of re-financing comes many

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Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year 2021 into 2022

So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this

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April 2021 Housing Stats at a Glance North Texas

April 2021 Stats at-a-GlanceApril 2021 North Texas real estate stats are out and we’ve got the numbers!We can all feel the heat of the market these days and the active listings on the market

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Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune in the Long Run

Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now

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The Power of Mortgage Pre Approval When Presenting Offers

Some Highlights Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to

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Four Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Their Home Now

The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there&

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Americans Find the Non financial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable

Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While 

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Should I Buy Now or Wait What are Your Thoughts

2.2KSHARES1.8K17124198Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again.Mortgage interest rates are currently

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Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again this Year

At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year. The thinking was that inventory would

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Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year 2021

The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra

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Road Trip! 4 Unique Parks Worth a Drive

Road Trip! 4 Unique Parks Worth a Drive Caddo Lake – Its swamp full of cypress trees, waterlilies, lotus and ancient paddlefish exudes mystery, making this an ideal spot

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Elevate Your Camping: Hammocks

Elevate Your Camping: HammocksImagine camping in your favorite park, stretched out in a hammock, rocking gently as the breeze and birdsong drift by – so relaxing. But do you know the safe way

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This Isn’t a Bubble It’s Simply Lack of Supply

Some HighlightsIn a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market.When

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Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum Through the Year

Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second

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4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House and Win

Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell

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82338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

The financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner

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Grab Fun by the Handlebars

Grab Fun by the HandlebarsCycling in a park means freedom, fresh air and fun. You can go a lot faster and farther on a bike than if you walk, making it the perfect tool for covering distance and

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Do not be Fooled by the Real Estate Headlines

Don’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April, May, and June). The data will most likely show eye-popping

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Planning to Move How Can you Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Home

This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great

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How Long Does it Take to Save for a Down Payment

One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to

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Home Where the Heart Is

Some HighlightsThere’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year.The vast majority of homeowners say they

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Estate Planning The Need to Know

Estate Planning: The Need to KnowAs people get older, so do their parents. Yet many adult children know little about their parents' assets. In fact, only 30% of adult children have an ongoing dialog

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Volunteering in Retirement

Volunteering in Retirement"This generation got no destination to holdWe are volunteers of America""Volunteers" by Jefferson Airplane*Those of a certain age will recall these Jefferson

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How Virtual Currency Transactions Affect Your Tax Situation

How Virtual Currency Transactions Affect Your Tax SituationVirtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies, have gone mainstream. For example, you can use Bitcoin to buy a Tesla, or you can

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Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum Why

Some HighlightsIf your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home that

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Four Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Will Not Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure

There has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there could potentially

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Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes Heres Why

Over the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the biggest things many of us are

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Dallas County had a spike in March home sales

Dallas County had a spike in March home salesSteve Brown, The Dallas Morning News  US travel restrictions state by state during Covid-19Michigan lawmaker dropped governor's name during DUI

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The March 2021 DFW area real estate statistics are in and we’ve got the numbers

The March 2021 DFW area real estate statistics are in and we’ve got the numbers! Our stats infographics include a year over year comparison and area highlights for single family homes and

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STATE FAIR OF TEXAS, UNITED WAY DALLAS’ SOUTHERN DALLAS THRIVES AND COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS ANNOUNCE PILOT PARTNERSHIP WITH GOODR

The State Fair of Texas, United Way Dallas’ Southern Dallas Thrives, and Communities Foundation of Texas are excited to announce a pilot partnership with Atlanta-based, Goodr. In an effort to

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Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home and Not Look Back

As vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past year. Some households are focusing their efforts on

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GETTING FLOWER BEDS IN SHAPE FOR SPRING

GETTING FLOWER BEDS IN SHAPE FOR SPRINGWhat a winter it has been. We don’t see ice and snow very often here in Texas, but when we do and if not taken care of properly, the aftermath on our

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Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Road Trip Guide

Most native Texans have probably heard this before — “If you want to see bluebonnets, take a trip to Ennis, Texas.” But why Ennis? In 1997, the Texas State Legislature

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LOCAL LIFE IN DALLAS AND DFW

 FOODWhat could be better than going out and enjoying the spring weather at a food festival? Saturday, April 24, support your local community and check out Fort Worth Taco & Margarita

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Second-quarter 2021 housing trends Buyer competition intensifies

The spring homebuying season is here, and the trends that prevailed throughout 2020 remain in place to keep the housing market ultra-competitive.Limited housing supply and low (but rising) mortgage

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THE WINNERS OF THE VIRTUAL TEXAS THEME COOKIE DECORATING CONTEST

THE WINNERS OF THE VIRTUAL TEXAS THEME COOKIE DECORATING CONTESTBy J HASS | March 17, 2021Posted in: Creative Arts, Food.THE OVEN TIMER HAS RUNG AND THE CONTESTANTS HAVE

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Which housing market is the hottest in Texas — Dallas or Austin?

Which housing market is the hottest in Texas — Dallas or Austin?There’s no question that the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market is jalapeño hot. But for a taste of a housing market

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5 Best Bluebonnet Fields for Family Photographs in Plano Frisco and McKinney

It’s that time of year again — bluebonnets are back and sprouting up all across Texas. And it’s almost an innate tradition for all Texans to get their photo taken amid the blue sea

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Latest Jobs Report What Does It Mean for You and the Housing Market

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675

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Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership in 2021

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the

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Don not Sell on Your Own Just Because It is a Sellers Market

In a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted

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Spring housing market forecast record purchase volume

Spring housing market forecast: record purchase volumeMBA says a meaningful jump in the supply of newly built homes will be keyThe sun is shining as I write this today and the forecast is for warmer

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23 Things Every First Time Homebuyer Should Know

23 Things Every First-Time Homebuyer Should KnowYou’re about to make the biggest investment in your life — so do your homework and learn about bidding strategies, down payment options,

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51 Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas To Show Off Your Style

51 Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas To Show Off Your StyleWhat’s left to choose when redoing your kitchen? Don’t forget about the backsplash, which is equally important to your design.

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Challenging a Property Tax Assessment

Challenging a Property Tax AssessmentOne of the more significant expenses associated with home ownership is property taxes. Yet most homeowners pay their tax bill without checking whether the

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DOL Suspends Changes to Trump Era Labor Regulations

DOL Suspends Changes to Trump-Era Labor RegulationsThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken action on the criteria for determining independent contractor status, rescinding

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Buyer Competition Is Great News for Sellers Right Now

Some HighlightsWith so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast.According to the

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There is No Reason To Panic Over Todays Lending Standards

Today, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of

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Homeownership is it Still Considered Part of the American Dream

Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes:“The idea of a place of one

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How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Home Buying Budget

Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it

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What Does It Means To Be in a Sellers Market

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the

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Texas Housing Insight – January 2021 Summary

Texas Housing Insight – January 2021 SummaryMarch 24, 2021 by Republic Titlewith no comment Real Estate ArticlesResourcesStatsTotal Texas housing sales kicked off the year

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February 2021 DFW Area Real Estate Market Report Stats

If your are interested in know what the market is doing in your area.  Be sure to contact me directly to learn more, below are some quick housing states from the close of last month.  I am

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What are the Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market

Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or

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Why You Should Think About Sellers Listing Prices Like an Auctions Reserve Price

For generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That

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What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage in These Times

According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans reached 753 in February. As lending standards&

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Should We Fear the Surge in Cash Out Refinances Occurring Now

Freddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains that the dollar amount of cash-out refinances was

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What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Todays Recovering Economy 2021

Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and

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HOW TO GET READY FOR RETIREMENT ITS NOT LONG AWAY

HOW TO GET READY FOR RETIREMENTFor most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial

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Americans See Major Home Equity Gains in 2020 and 2021

Some HighlightsToday’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country.If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your equity may be a

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To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You List

When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for

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Whats the Strongest Tailwind to Todays Recovering Economy

Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and

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How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home Today and Always

Today’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively low number of available homes. As a

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What Is the number 1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership Always

There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder that leads to

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Californians Could Ruin Texas—But Not the Way You Might Think

Californians Could Ruin Texas—But Not the Way You Might ThinkLone Star State leaders have worried about transplants importing West Coast values and politics here. But they’ve largely

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Answers to Your Questions about Social Security Retirement Benefits

Answers to Your Questions about Social Security Retirement BenefitsFor years, people have questioned the long-term viability of the Social Security system. In June of 2016, the Social Security

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5 Best Collin County Parks for Parents of Young Kids

As the weather warms up and the pandemic slows down, Collin County parents and their kids want to venture outdoors. But after spending so much time indoors, it’s hard to remember which

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How Has COVID19 Impacted Use of Smart Home Products

A year into COVID-19, and it's safe to say we've changed how we live, work, play, learn and, well, just about everything. But we've also changed how we operate -- literally! A recent Homes.com

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How to Be a Competitive Buyer in Todays Housing Market

Some HighlightsWith so few houses for sale today, it’s important to be prepared when you’re ready to buy a home.Meeting with your lender early, knowing your must

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Will the Housing Market Bloom this Spring 2021

Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced

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6 Simple Graphs Proving this Housing Market is Nothing Like Last Time

Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best

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How Upset Should you Be about a 3% Mortgage Rate

Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day

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5 Reasons to Sell you House this Spring

When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the

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5 Benefits of Working in Retirement

5 Benefits of Working in RetirementIn the past, retirement has been portrayed as an ending, a grand exit from your years in the workplace. But the rules are shifting. Labor force participation

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When Should You Take Social Security Benefits

When Should You Take Social Security Benefits?If you're nearing retirement, you've likely paid into the Social Security system your entire career. It's only fitting that you finally cash in on

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Is Now a Good Time to Sell My House

Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to

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How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring 2021

Some HighlightsWith so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast.That means it’s a great time to sell if you’re

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Home Prices What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year 2021

The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the

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How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today, in this Market

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated. You may have to take personal

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What Are the Benefits of a 20 Percent Down Payment

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many

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Prepping your Pets for a Move

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVEYour moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry

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JANUARY 2021 DFW HOUSING MARKET REPORT

The January 2021 DFW area real estate statistics are in and we’ve got the numbers! Our stats infographics include a year over year comparison and area highlights for single family

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It Is A Seller's Market, What Does It Mean?

Some HighlightsOver the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.With homes selling twice as fast as they did

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Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year of Not?

If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s

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How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have In The Market?

The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing

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Where Have All the Houses Gone To?

In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners

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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What does It Means for You

We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is

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Texas Relocation Report 2020

Texas ranked second in the nation for relocation activity in 2019, according to the 2021 edition of the Texas Relocation Report released today by Texas REALTORS®, which analyzes the

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Home Mortgage Rates by Decade All Time Low

Some HighlightsMortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a great time to buy a home.Locking in a low

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Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue throughout 2021?

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise.

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The Three Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life

There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased

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Millennials Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home??

In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often

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3 Ways You Will Win When You Buy a Home This Year.

There are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, having a home of

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Priority Tasks for When You Move Into Your Home

PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE INMoving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun,

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Is This The Year You Switch from Renting to Buying?

Renting vs. Buying – Is this your year? by Republic Titlewith no comment Real Estate ArticlesResourcesNew year, new house?  Could this be the year you finally buy a

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CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FROM YOUR HOME FOR YOUR PETS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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47% of New Buyers are Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today

Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard

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The Luxury Home Market is Attracting Buyers in 2021

As more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In their most recent Luxury Market Report,

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6 Benefits to Homeownership Right Now

Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe

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3 Reason's Why Were Not in A Housing Bubble

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble

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Why Fall in Love with Homeownership?

Some HighlightsHomeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community.Your home is something to be proud of and is uniquely yours, so you can

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Want to Build Wealth Why Not Buy a Home This Year?

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and

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Express Offers Certified Agent What Does That Mean?

Express Offers allows home sellers to request an offer online and then work with a local eXp Realty agent to submit it to a number of institutional buyers who are interested in purchasing homes in a

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Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical

Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a home.Agents help you understand key steps, like choosing upgrades and

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision .

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to

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6 Tech Trends That Could Reshape the Retail Sector

© John Cameron/Unsplash6 Tech Trends That Could Reshape the Retail SectorAt CES 2021, retailers spotlight how they are evolving to serve the changing customer.ShareU.S. retailers faced a

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Dallas-Area Home Price Gains Show No Sign of Slowing

North Texas prices are up by the most since 2017 in Case-Shiller index.Dallas-area home prices rose by the greatest amount in more than three years in a closely watched national comparison of the 20

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Top 10 Design Trends for 2021 That Real Estate Agents Have Observed their Clients Adopt or Request.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has altered the way we work and school, home owners have had to alter their home environment to adjust. Here are the top 10 design trends for 2021 that

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2021 kicks off with record low inventory and rising home prices, foreshadowing a competitive home-buying season

2021 kicks off with record low inventory and rising home prices, foreshadowing a competitive home-buying seasonSANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2021 -- If January provides any insight into what to

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2020's Existing home Sales Attain A 14-Year Peak

© Kheng Guan Toh - AdobeStock2020's Existing-home Sales Attain 14-Year PeakShareExisting-home sales in 2020 surged to the highest level in 14 years, landing 22% higher than a year ago, the

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5 Valuable Tax Credits for 2020 Individual Returns

5 Valuable Tax Credits for 2020 Individual ReturnsIndividuals who are eligible for federal income tax credits can significantly lower their tax obligations. It's important to differentiate

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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home in TEXAS?

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low

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Want to Build Wealth, Buy a Home This Year?

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and

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Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice But the Best Is Better

Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect AdviceAs we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to

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What Is An eClosing And How Does It Work?

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