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  Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 34,187 Texas properties during the third quarter, a 4 percent increase from the previous quarter and up 15 percent from the third quarter of 2009, according to the latest RealtyTrac® U.S. Foreclo...
  The last time borrowers could get rates this low, every television was black and white and Americans liked Ike. Thirty-year fixed mortgages slipped to 4.27 percent last week, the lowest on records dating back to 1971, from 4.32 percent last week.  A drop in interest on 15-year loans to 3.72 per...
  NTREIS MLS Area Housing Activity ReportCompiled for North Texas Real Estate Information System Current Month Summary for: September 2010 Property Type Sales % ChangeYear Ago DollarVolume % ChangeYear Ago AveragePrice % ChangeYear Ago Single Family 4,704 -22% $911,291,808 -18% $193,727 5% Condos...
New Home Builders are cutting prices in communities across the Dallas Metroplex! New planned communities in Collin County just North of Hwy 121 and in the Allen School District have several builders that are offering many incentives to homebuyers that close before November 30th. One homebuilder ...
  Many sellers don’t realize just how important the first few weeks their home in on the market can be. The first impression of their home to potential buyers and Realtors representing those buyers must be a positive one! Why is this time so essential? Realtors who are working with buyers don’t h...
  The unemployment rate for the state of Texas dropped from 8.3% to 8.1% in September of 2010 according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Since January of 2010, the unemployment rate has been at least 8% in Texas.  The last reported unemployment figure for Dallas Fort Worth was 8.4% in August. T...
The climate of the real estate industry is changing. In the old days, less than 20 years ago, all real estate agents worked for the seller, and even agents working with the buyers did so in the seller's best interest. But things have changed. New laws and regulations are in place so that today, ...
Summary: A relatively common scam is when a so-called credit repair company claims it can give you brand new credit and wipe your credit history clean. Falling for this scam can do tremendous long-term damage to yourself and your credit. Getting a new social security number to clear your crediti...
A Short sale is the sale of a property by a financially insolvent homeowner who is facing foreclosure for less than the value of the outstanding loan. If a homeowner is interested in pursuing a short sale with their lender they will need to have the lender's consent and approval.   · The lender a...

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