Annette Bruen's Blog Posts

Planning Your Move

You have Purchased your new home and now you need to prepare and plan your move. Here is a mapped out process to help keep your stress at bay and you organized.Annette BruenJP & Associates

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Avoid Buyers Remorse By Staying Clear Of These 3 Pitfalls

For most people, purchasing a home is the biggest monetary commitment one makes. Investing in a property that makes financial sense and meets your essential requirements is crucial. Unfortunately,

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3 Tips For A Glamorous Kitchen Update

Who doesn’t dream of a fabulous kitchen remodel? Given the amount of time we spend in the kitchen — prepping, cooking, baking, cleaning, entertaining — we crave a stylish space that draws us,

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See Inside The Cowboys Themed Hotel Driving Business Travelers To Frisco

As Frisco businesses have built up a demand for luxury lodgings, Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts has answered the call with the 16-story, 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel.After nearly two years of

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Understanding Mortgage Closing Costs

Understanding Third-Party Closing CostsWhen closing on a mortgage you, the borrower, will notice a long list of additional fees you will pay at closing.  These can range from hundreds to

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Pre Approved Versus Pre Qualified

Pre-qualification for a loan is a statement from a financial institution that provides a non-binding and approximate estimate of the amount a person is eligible to borrow. It is based

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7 Reasons To Own A Home

Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home. Appreciation. Historically,

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How To Prepare For House Hunting

Know that there’s no “right” time to buy.If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those

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Four Texas Cities Rank On Affordability For First Time Buyers

Buying a home for the first time is an exciting and important milestone for many Americans. As such, first-time home buyers must carefully consider a number of factors — what they want and need

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Bridge View At Chapel Creek Frisco Texas

Located off the North Dallas Tollway and Lebanon this community continues the tradition of Rustic elegance that is standard in Chapel Creek. The Rolling hills of the master planned community

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Why You Should Never Pass On A Home Inspection

When you're trying to make your offer as attractive as possible, skipping the inspection may seem like a good idea. Your Agent will ( or should ) try to convince you this is not a good

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Fifteen Ideas For A Green Home

Ideas to make your home more energy efficient and hopefully reduce your utility costs:1. Location Location, Location: If you buying a new property take a note of which way your home

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Ten Things Not To Do When You Are Buying A House

Buying a Home Represents the largest purchase most people will make. Here are some simple easy to follow tips to help this process go smoother and keep your stress down. Don't change

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The Importance Of Choosing The Right Realtor

Is it time to sell or buy or both? In today’s fast paced, ever changing, highly competitive Real Estate market choosing the right Realtor is a very important decision. Fact of the matter

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Curb Appeal Staging Your Yard

The home's interior often takes the center stage when sprucing up to sell, but your home's exterior gives the first impression when potential buyers arrive. Further a well-appointed backyard may

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The Importance Of Staging Your Home

Your home might be beautiful, immaculate and stylish. Great care has been taken to suit your tastes and it may be highly upgraded with the finest materials and features. But, unless

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Existing Home Sales Continue To Surge

The existing housing market on a national level is as hot as the Texas heat. On the local housing market front: Collin Country currently has a 2.6 months supply, Dallas County has a 2.2

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Who Picks The Title Company

Who gets to pick the title company that will issue the owner policy of title insurance?It depends. If the seller pays for both the owner policy and the lender policy of title insurance, then the

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Frisco Approves City Homestead Exemption

As a 23 year Frisco resident I was waiting to see if this proposed measure would pass. At this past Tuesday meeting the Frisco City Council approved the city’s first-ever

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Millennials Owning A Home May Be About To Get Easier

Some Good News: The country’s largest source of mortgage money, Fannie Mae, soon plans to ease its debt-to-income (DTI) requirements, potentially opening the door to home-purchase for large

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Spotlight Starwood Frisco Texas

Starwood is a master-planned community in Frisco, TX located  with-in the Five Billion Dollar Mile. Starwood boasts over 500 acres of wooded creeks, mature oak trees and gorgeous

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Spotlight Newman Village Frisco Texas

 Newman Village is a unique gated community located just off the North Dallas Tollway in Frisco. With its diverse blend of architectural styles. The European-inspired central plaza

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5 Fabulous North Texas Horse Properties

  Wonderful Horse properties In Little Elm, Aubrey and Pilot Point .... Horse country USA! Far enough out to relax   yet close enough in to DFW for commuters. ;

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Five New Construction Homes That Are Move In Ready Frisco Texas

Five must see homes in Frisco Texas that are new construction and move in ready.  CLICK ON PICTURE for full information about the home.\      Four Bedroom, Three Bath , One

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Frisco July 4th Weekend Happenings

This July Fourth is a five day weekend to many Frisco Residents so with this in mind here is what is going this weekendJune 30th - Parkapalooza -Music and Movie in the Park. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm;

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Frisco Station

Frisco Station  ( Situated in the Five Billion Dollar Mile ) is described as a next-generation, mixed-use development designed around three foundational pillars: Smart, Creative, Healthy.

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A Guide To Moving To Frisco Texas

The City of Frisco TXOnce Frisco was fields of cotton, corn, and wheat; now it is a robust community filled with beautiful homes, The Star, housing the Dallas Cowboys World

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Edgestone At Legacy Frisco Texas

I have been watching this development and am delighted to introduce to you Edgestone at Legacy, one of Frisco's newest choices for homeowners.Overview: Edgestone at Legacy is a 307-acre

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New Listing In Starwood Located In Frisco Texas

Starwood is a master-planned community in Frisco, TX that is located on over 500 acres of wooded creeks, majestic oak trees and gorgeous hilltop   views.  Starwood was developed

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Tiny But Cozy 3 Ways To Decorate Smaller Spaces To Make Them Feel Much Larger

When decorating a small space, there is a general desire to make the space look and feel larger than it is while also meeting basic functional needs in the room.  For example, there may be a

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3 Reasons To Give Accurate Information On Your Mortgage Application

A mortgage application is typically several pages in length, and it requires you to provide a considerable amount of information about your personal, professional, and financial life.  Some

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3 Strategies That Can Help Minimize Your Stress When Selling And Buying A Home At The Same Time

If you are in the process of simultaneously selling a home and buying a home, you may be in for a very stressful experience.  Selling and buying at the same time for some people has even

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A Few Misconceptions About Mortgage PreQualification

If you are shopping around for mortgages, you have most likely heard about pre-qualification processes – or maybe even received a pre-qualification offer letter in the mail. Some prospective

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3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget To Factor In And What You Can Expect To Pay

If you are in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses plus your monthly income.

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Buying Your First Home Why Choosing A Larger Home Might Make Sense

Buying Your First Home: Why Choosing a Larger Home Might Make SenseIf you are a first-time home buyer on a tight budget, you may be thinking of purchasing a smaller home now, such as a

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The Down Payment Four Great Reasons To Make The Largest Down Payment You Can Afford

If you are looking to purchase a new home, you have probably heard lots of advice about down payments.  About how it is okay to just have a five percent down payment – you

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Selling Your Home In 2015

Selling Your Home in 2015?  Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive Renovations To get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary.  However, some

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Have You Outgrown Your Current Home

Have You Outgrown Your Current Home?  Here Are Five Easy Ways to Tell If It Is Time to UpgradeYour home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream.  However, lately,

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Get Out Of The Renting Rut

Four Excellent Reasons to Buy a Home So You Can Get out of the "Renting Rut" Renting a home is a good option for some, but buying a home just might be the best thing for you.  When you rent

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What Is Debt To Income Ratio

Assessing Your ‘Debt-to-Income Ratio’ and Why This Number Matters When Getting a MortgageIf you in the market to buy a home, you may want to consider shopping for a loan first. Having your

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Pros And Cons Of Using Spare Funds To Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster

The Pros and Cons of Using Spare Funds to Pay Your Mortgage Down FasterA home mortgage payment can be a large or even the largest expense in a person’s budget, and not having this payment any

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She Shed

“She Shed” meets “Man Cave”Everyone knows that a dog is a man’s best friend, but that really goes for both men and women.  Many agree a car is really a man’s best friend and

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Professional Photography Helps Sell Homes

Did You Know?  Professionally Shot Aerial Photos and Videos Can Help You Sell Your Home.Today’s homebuyers are smarter about their buying options than ever before.  They are able to

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Ignore The Bubble Talk

Ignore ‘The Bubble’ Talk – 3 Reasons Why Summer 2015 is an Excellent Time to Buy Real EstateIt is common for those who are interested in buying real estate in the near future to tune into

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Determining A Homes Real Value

Determining a Home's Real Value...One of the biggest challenges facing real estate Buyers, Sellers, and Investors today is evaluating and assessing a property (home) according to accepted real

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3 Reasons Why Your Closing Costs Will Vary

3 Reasons Why Your Closing Costs Will Vary Depending on the Type of Home You Buy Savvy home buyers who are preparing to make a real estate purchase should do their research and understand that

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Selling A Childhood Home

Selling a childhood home can be emotionally stressful and even traumatizing.  This is more than a house; it is a home where years and even decades of memorieshave been made and where lives have

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