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Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Premier Group
Here’s a scary statistic: The Dallas area has more than 25 major haunted houses while Houston has three and Phoenix has four. “Dallas is one of the best markets in the country for haunted houses,” said Steve Kopelman, co-owner of Thrillvania in Terrell, one of the largest destination haunted hou...
It depends on what type of loan you are looking for, and how much money you have. Each applicant has scores from 3 different credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. Lenders are not looking for the average score. They take the score that is numerically in the middle of the 2 others for...
  In an ideal situation, a Comparative Market Analysis should reflect sales of similar properties that have closed within 90 days within a small geographic area around the property. (In a subdivision, it'd be other homes in the subdivision. In a rural area, it might take properties up to 5 miles ...
The recent recession and slow recovery has wreaked havoc on businesses and households throughout Dallas TX, alike. But there is progress being made in North Texas. Pending sales increased for the second consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors and their latest Pending ...
They comprise only a small share of homebuyers in the U.S., but more and more foreign buyers are coming to America for the homeownership piece of the dream. More than a quarter of Realtors, 28 percent, reported working with at least one international client in the past year, up from 23 percent du...
In Dallas, TX the unemployed are getting loans and they might not have to pay all the money back. HUD is offering bridge loans to people who are out of work and have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. Earlier this week, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a...
Buying a home in Dallas, TX is perhaps the most arduous, expensive and, ultimately, valuable acquisition you'll ever complete Just one mistake could mean disaster - could be the worst mistake you'll ever make. In order to avoid titanic trip ups during such a trying transaction, sug...
The recent news of "robo-signing" (signing off on foreclosures without reviewing and verifying the information in the documents) has chilled the rapid pace of foreclosures... at least for now. JPMorgan Chase has frozen foreclosures in about half the country due to the paperwork fiasco. "It didn't...
It's goes against accepted ethics, but there are those who prey upon the weak and desperate in today's housing market. If you find yourself upside down on your loan, facing default and foreclosure, then beware. There may be those lurking nearby, waiting for a chance to take advantage of your vuln...

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