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SELLING? THREE TIPS TO PREPARE

If you are in the market planning to put your home on the market, then consider THREE things that could help. NO 1 REPAIRS If there are things you knew needed repair but kept postponing, then now is a time to repair them. For example, it could be water dripping at the faucet, commode, faulty

NORTH TEXAS 2020 – HOUSING MARKET PREDICTIONS

PRICE APPRECIATION – Prices of homes will likely appreciate between 2 to 5% INTEREST RATE – Best case scenario for a 30-year mortgage will 3.25%, and the worst-case scenario will be 4%. These are historically near the lower range. DEMAND – North Texas will experience continued demand for housing due to job-related relocation. Though the

MAKE YOUR GARAGE SMART

The advent of SMART devices has allowed homeowners an opportunity to leverage “apps” to control and monitor many elements of one’s home. One of the most often used equipment is the garage door. While newer garage door openers have built-in capability to be controlled by app many garage doors in use do not have that

IS YOUR STATE ISSUED DRIVER LICENSE REAL ID COMPLIANT?

The US Congress passed legislation call REAL ID ACT in 2005 that requires states to implement uniform standards for the issuance and production of state-issues driver licenses and identification cards. Beginning October 1, 2020, REAL ID-compliant cards will be accepted as a form of identification to access federal facilities or at airports for domestic travel.

GOING ON VACATION? TOP 7 HOME SAFETY TIPS

If you are a homeowner and going on a vacation for more than a couple days, you have to plan for things like how to handle mail deliveries, tending to pets, watering plants, who has access to the property, safety, and maintenance of the home itself. Top SEVEN tips! 1) Mail Deliveries – Visit the

Did you do a final walk-through?

Your dream to move is only days away, and you are very excited. Rightfully so as you searched for many homes, made an offer, went through the process of applying for the mortgage, etc., There is one crucial process right before closing called buyers’ final walkthrough. What is the buyers’ final walkthrough? As the name

PURCHASED PROPERTY IN 2019? SELLER MAY OWE YOU MONEY!

If you purchased property in 2019, you might be able to get money from the seller for their portion of the property taxes. Counties in the state of Texas finalize and mailed out the final property tax bill in October. When properties are purchased, the title companies and the lender use the certified property tax

Plumbing & P-Trap

One of the modern invention that is simple yet powerful is a p-trap. As the schematic indicates, it is shaped like alphabet U and commonly seen under sinks, toilets, etc. The wastewater drains through the sink and flows through the p-trap into the sewer line. The decomposition of solids in the wastewater release gas that

HVAC: Refrigerant R22 and the impact of phase out

R22 is a commonly used refrigerant that has been used in the HVAC system manufactured before 2010. R22 is considered an ozone-depleting substance and therefore regulated by the EPA. Per the EPA, as of Jan 1, 2020, the US will stop manufacturing R22 and prohibit the installation of new appliances that require the use of

PASSIVE INCOME: Would investing in rental properties an option?

Rental properties are a high investment class for those considering passive income. These are regarded as passive income as one has the option to continue full-time employment while managing these assets with a minimal time commitment. What is the investment model? Consider purchasing a single-family residential at $200K with a 25% downpayment; the monthly P.I.T.I.