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By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I got my new REALTOR® Magazine today, and I've just started thumbing through it.  I landed on a chart of "What's Hot" and "What's Not" for current trends.  On the list, there were some no-brainers like the fact that people are liking Earth tones instead of the cold, modern look.  Multiple photos ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Are you thinking of remodeling your home? Consider the return on your investment before remodeling. Not all remodeling projects yield the same return in increasing your home's value.Updating your kitchen and baths is your best remodeling investment, returning a nearly dollar-for-dollar increase i...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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For most people, moving to a new residence is a stressful event. Here are some things you can do to minimize tension and worry when you sell your home:* Choose a real estate agent (REALTOR®) who communicates clearly and frequently, keeping you up to speed on every step of the process.* Price your...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Most buyers and sellers consider moving day a real hassle. Here are some things you can do to make it more manageable:* Cut back on your possessions as you pack. Make separate areas for items to be discarded, sold, or donated to charity.* Label all boxes and color-code them by room, whether you p...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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As you prepare your home for the market, one thing to keep in mind is that you have only one chance to make a first impression. It is absolutely vital that prospective buyers form a good impression of your home--beginning the moment they drive up. You can help create that good first impression by...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Just a reminder that The Woods of SpringCreek is having their annual HOA meeting Tuesday, February 13 at 7:15pm.  It's at Canyon Creek off Renner and North Star.If you are unable to make it, you should fill out the proxy form and send it to Excel Management... or you can drop it off at a neighbor...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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This is great news!I'm not sure this happens in other states, but Texas has a TAX FREE weekend in August every year.  Each year, they modify what is on the list.  The original list was for clothes and school supplies to help parents save some money for the upcoming school year.  There was also a ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Recently, I was in Chicago for a video shoot for a company.  At the end of the interview, they allowed me to make a personal commercial.  I had to quickly think of something to say that didn't sound stupid or scripted.  It took me a couple of minutes, but then I remembered my Mission Statement th...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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The petition to add a Beer and Wine vote to the November election was sucessful!  Richardson has been "dry" for way too long.  Dallas to the south is mostly full wet which means the majority of Dallas can sell Beer, Wine and Liquor.  Plano to the north is "moist" which means it can only sell Beer...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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It seems as though I'm not "allowed" to have a smooth transaction.  I posted a few days ago about a situation where the buyer wants to meet the seller for a final walk through before closing.  Boy did this almost blow up this week.So, the lender had 4 appraisers take a look at the house, and we l...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I represented these Sellers.  We get to closing 6 days late because the buyer's loan all of a sudden was not in a clear to close mode like we were all told.  That was actually ok, because my sellers were buying a new home and we hadn't received the CO yet, which actually came through around 5 pm ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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After you close on a house, you need to change your locks.  You don't actually have to change the actual lock as rekeying a lock is much cheaper, but you never know who has copies of the keys.  If the previous owners didn't change their locks, you could have people from years earlier that still h...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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This is hilarious... did you know that some developers omit the 13th floor of a high rise building??  I had never heard of this before.  There's a new condo conversation going on in Dallas and instead of having a 13th floor for residences, they are putting the pool and workout equipment there to ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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It seems as though mixed-use communities are sprouting up all over the place.  The developers have this plan to make suburban areas more like urban areas so people who move to the suburbs reluctantly can still have the city feel.  It's happening all over Dallas and now they're sprouting one in Ft...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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My seller's are constantly wondering why the showings have slowed down or why there aren't any showings period.  In July, there was a 10% drop in home sales which followed a 5% drop in June.  We currently have 47,391 listings on the market which is about 8% higher than last year!!  WOW!  My view ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I had my first attempt at really helping a seller stage their home this week. Below are some of the before and after pictures. I was unable to utilize the garage for storage, so there is still more furniture in the rooms that I would like, but at least the spaces are shown much better now. What d...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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Within an executed contract, the seller has agreed to sell their home, with no way out of the contract.  That's called Specific Performance, as they must perform their end.  However, the buyer has a way out almost every time as you can just claim something about financing.  Or if they default, th...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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The big joke is to schedule plans to be out of town at least once a quarter because you'll notice your business will pick up right before you leave.  As I was driving out of town on Friday, I had about 15 minutes before I would lose cell reception, and the listing agent calls me to say all terms ...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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I just read about a contest going on in the North Texas area about trying to get people to car pool.  They estimated about 3 million people driving to and from work everyday and 9 out of 10 are driving alone.  The contest is at http://www.tryparkingit.com/.  "Only" 235,512 miles have been saved t...

By Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
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It amazes me how many sellers think they can just get a contract on their house, show up to closing, and get the amount of the sales price at closing.  Many sellers don't understand that they have their own closing costs, just like a buyer.Sellers don't just pay a commission to sell their house. ...

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