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New MLS Rule Change

The MLS Advisory Group and Board of Directors has approved an MLS rule change that would prohibit listing Participants from entering or submitting title company information into the MLS, such as in the remarks section. There have been many recent reports by brokers who have received fraudulent emails from someone posing as the title rep for […]


How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts

A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.  The trouble and confusion sometimes comes when the real estate professional asks a few home stagers to “bid” or present a proposal on their vacant […]


Helping Clients Who’ve Inherited a House

Buying and selling real estate can be an emotionally-charged venture, especially when it involves property that belonged to a family member who’s recently passed away. It’s up to the real estate professional to provide guidance to clients who are making important decisions regarding what’s usually the biggest asset in an estate—the home. But it’s not […]


Growth and affordability: Is DFW the next Los Angeles?

With a constantly flow of corporate relocations, it’s no secret that North Texas is expanding rapidly. And with an influx of California companies and residents, the region is seeing similar growth to one of its rival cities on the West Coast. According to research from the JLL DFW Research team, Dallas-Fort Worth is seeing a level of […]


No Regrets: 4 Ways to Find the Right Neighborhood

Know what you want—then find it. House hunters tend to focus on, well, the house. Extra bedrooms, an updated kitchen, a dreamy patio—these things may boost your future happiness while you’re at home, but what about when you walk out the front door? It’s easy to forget to evaluate the whole neighborhood during a home […]


Mortgage Rates Tick Down as More Home Buyers Choose to Wait It Out

Interest rates for home loans ticked down as simmering trade tensions kept investors flocking to the safety of bonds, even as evidence mounts that more would-be home buyers may be giving up. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.60% in the Aug. 9 week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, down one basis point. The 15-year fixed-rate […]


Texas Housing Insight – July 2018

Texas Housing Insight July 2018 Summary Texas housing sales rebounded 3.8 percent, reaching a record level 29,456 homes sold through a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) after a sluggish first half of the year. The recently wavering $200,000-$300,000 price range accounted for most of the improvement. Housing demand strengthened across the price spectrum amid the state’s […]


One Big Reason Millennials Are Buying Homes? For Their Dogs

Millennials are now leading the pack of home buyers, and what’s one incentive driving them to take the mortgage plunge? Their dogs. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage found that 33 percent of millennial home buyers’ decision to buy a home was driven chiefly by their dog. Furry friends outranked wedding bells (25 percent […]


New Construction Home Prices Increased 3.2% in Second Quarter

Second-quarter 2018 new construction metrics compared to second quarter 2017: 22.3% of newly built homes sold above their list price, down from 24.8%. For the past seven quarters, the percentage of new construction homes that sold above list has been declining. For existing homes, the percentage sold above list has been increasing over the same […]



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