JP Piccinini's Blog Posts

NEW CONSTRUCTION IN WEST VILLAGE HASKELLANDCENTRAL

I was headed to West Villiage for an appointment and saw this new construction apartment building.  This is the only time this building will ever be in this state.  Lives will be changed

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7 Tips For Staging Your Home

7 Tips for Staging Your HomeMake your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress

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Britton Homes Joins The Walsh Community

Community OverviewWalsh is located on I-30, just twelve miles west of Fort Worth. This innovative community features the Makerspace at Walsh, Walsh Works that offers flexible workspace for those

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3 Ways To Impress Buyers When Selling

3 ways to impress buyersPeeling paint, a leaky faucet, and dirty dishes in the sink can ruin a buyer's impression of an otherwise appealing house. Here are easy ways to make your property more

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Plano

Plano  Best City for Families, wallethub.com, 2014  Best Suburbs for Education In America, movoto.com, 2014  Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers, wallethub.com, 2014  

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McKinne

McKinney  Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education In America, movoto.com, 2015  Best Place to Live in America, CNN Money magazine, 2014  Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers,

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Frisco Community

District  100 Best Communities for Young People - recognizes outstanding places for youth to live, learn and grow  Best Communities for Music Education – honors districts who

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Headline: Reliable tactics for when the appraisal is lowFew things in the home buying process are more frustrating than having your offer accepted, only to have the appraisal fall below your offer.

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Feb 26 2017 25357 1

FAT TUESDAY – Day Before Ash WednesdayFat Tuesday – Day Before Ash WednesdayFAT TUESDAYThe last day of Carnival and the day before for Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday is the intertwining of a period

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Nat

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY – February 27NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAYWe continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27. These juicy, sweet berries

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NATIONAL HOMEMADE SOUP DAY – February 4thNational Homemade Soup Day – February 4NATIONAL HOMEMADE SOUP DAYNational Homemade Soup Day is observed annually on February 4th.Before the era of modern

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Download Your Home Selling Guide Here

Click the link below to download your FREE Home Selling Guide:http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/sellers/?a=303269

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Download Your Buyers Guide Here

Click the link below for a Buying a home this winter:http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/buyersty/?a=303269

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Print Tools For Homebuyers

OWNING A HOME:  TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR HOMEBUYERS PREPARE TO SHOP FOR A HOME1. Check your credit2. Assess your spending3. Budget for new or changed expenses4. Determine your down

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Top 25 Best School Districts In Texas

The 2017 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education.  

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Tips For Strategic Home Buying In A Buyers Market

There’s nothing more inviting to an aspiring homeowner than a buyer’s market. There’s a strong sense of immediacy and optimism in the name itself: “Buy. Buy. Buy!” But any seasoned

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Five Housing Markets On The Rise In 2017

Five Housing Markets on the Rise in 2017The national housing market has come a long way despite being only several years removed from the mortgage crisis. Part of the reasoning lies in restored

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Freezing Pipes

How to Prevent Freezing PipesYou CAN prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them.

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Doors Need A Fresh Look

Pulls and Knobs Open the Door to a New LookRepair and replace door hardware that makes rooms look dingy and outdated. We’ll show you how door and cabinet pulls, knobs, and hinges can give your

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What Does A Sellers Agent Do

It's the job of the seller's agent to get the best deal for their client. Obviously, getting the most money possible for the sale is one way to measure success, but a good seller's agent will also

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Walsh Community Technology Update

For a price already included in HOA fees, every home, school, and business will come equipped with two gigabit internet speeds. With an upgrade, residents will be able to receive speeds up to 10

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Freezing Weather

FREEZING WEATHER HOME TIPS FROM NATIONS HOME WARRANTY1. Teach every member of your family to locate main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.2. Leave your pool running during freezing

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Post Offer Review

Post-Offer: An OverviewYou've made your offer, and the seller has accepted -- you've reached mutual acceptance. But what comes next, and what do you have to do to close the deal on your home? Here's

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t is crazy to think that we are already starting to see the beginning of the spring rush on the housing market in the Dallas / Plano / Frisco Area, but it is happening!  What does that mean to

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Happy 2017

As the New Year emerges, I am READY!  I was thinking about the fact that I didn't make any specific resolutions this year.  So many people make all of these resolutions to lose weight,

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This Holiday Season

Listing your home this winter? Try these few tips:A Welcoming Curb AppealClear clutter on walkways, trim shrubs and maintain leaves in the yard.  Place a wreath on the door, or seasonal

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Walsh Fort Worth Update

New Homes Starting in the upper $200’sLet me know if you are interested in checking out the new development.  The homes are perched atop rolling hills and meandering valleys, with views of

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Oct 30 2016 25357 1

Spiced Apple SangriaWhy relegate sangria to the summer? Add a little freshness to your holiday season with this fruit and wine concoction. This refreshing white wine version is an easily adaptable

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Holiday Recipes Take 8

Whiskey-Glazed RibsIngredients 4 racks baby back ribs 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ½ teaspoon coriander seeds 11/2 (32-ounce) cans tomato sauce 4 cups light brown sugar 2 cups ketchup 2 cups cider

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Holiday Recipes Take 7

Pasta Primavera Serves: 6Ingredients: 3 c. uncooked penne pasta 1 c. broccoli, diced 1 c. cauliflower, diced 1 c. carrots, diced 1 c. frozen peas 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 clove minced

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Holiday Recipes Take 6

Striped Buffalo Chicken DipWhen you’re hosting a Fourth of July party, you should aim to make everything as patriotic as possible—and this includes the food. Here is an idea for a dip that’s

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Holiday Recipes Take 5

Sweeten the Season with A Classic Cookie Exchange PartyCookies have been a favorite American treat for centuries. So it’s no surprise that cookie exchanges also have been around for almost a

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M Streets Property For Sale

How fun is this listing?!  These types of homes don't pop up very often--call me to check it out!  Walking distance to Greenville Avenue establishments, great school district, the list

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Holiday Recipes Take 4

Inside Out CasserolesCasseroles are considered by many to be the quintessential American comfort food. Take what we love most about casseroles, and switch it up by spooning the ingredients into a

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Top 5 Things Not To Do During The Closing Process

 5 things NOT to do during the closing process:Change your marital statusChange jobsSwitch banks or move money to another institutionPaying off existing accounts unless lender requestsNo

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Holiday Recipes Take 3

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole BitesPut a casual spin on this classic home-cooked meal. Turn a delicious dinner dish into a crowd-pleasing appetizer with these casserole bites.Ingredients: 3

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Holiday Recipes Take 2

Fried Mashed Potato BitesMashed potatoes, in any other context, would stand out for the wrong reasons. But rolled in batter and fried up, they make the perfect finger food. Forget french fries and

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Holiday Recipes Take 1

Meatball BiscuitsSatisfy you and your guests’ hunger with this savory appetizer. Skip the marinara filled crock pot, and wrap up your meatballs in flaky dough.Ingredients: 1 pound ground

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NEW LISTING 1 ACRE EXQUISITE ESTATE CARROLL ISD

 EXQUISITE One Acre+ Estate. A blend of French & Old World charm throughout. This Magnificent home is in the sought after Carroll ISD. The detail & craftsmanship, you need to Come, Look & See

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Upcoming Northeast Tarrant County Events

Upcoming Northeast Tarrant County Events 10/30: Monster Mash (Southlake)10/30: Hallowine Trail (Grapevine)10/30: Hall

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First Time Home Buy

First-Time Buyers Expected to Return to Housing Market Realtor.com data shows rise in web searches by house hunters who want to buy in 2017. Young buyers could return to the housing market in droves

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2017 Housing Market Prediction

  Per economists:  Strong job growth and population gains will keep Dallas housing market hot in 2017 Strong demand by first time homebuyers and continued strong job growth in North Texas

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Howl 0 Ween Yappy Hour October 26

Bring your mutts, pups and pooches to mingle with friends and family for a howling good time at Sloan & Williams WineryThe event will consist of good wine, live music, fun prizes and raffles,

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Grapevine Veterans Day Parade

Salute military veterans at the Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Grapevine.The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Main and Hudgins Streets and will travel north

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GRAND OPENING APRIL 2017 WALSH DEVELOPMENT

Meet The First Home Builders of WalshThursday, Oct 20, 2016At Walsh, we believe all well-established and long-lasting neighborhoods honor the past and create a unique future for the residents. We

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Buyer IQ Quiz

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Need A Moving Company

    Not just any moving company will do for your move.  Some throw in boxes and other helpful products for a low fee, while others do not have any available. Knowing what to

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Welcome home!  This week I helped two first time home buyers find their forever homes!  They were as different as different could be.  One was a young, successful couple looking for a

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Sellers Market Still

Prices are appreciating in many areas of the country. Until the supply of homes for sale starts to meet the buyer demand, prices will continue to increase. If you are debating listing your home

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Tips To Sell Your Home

Simple changes you can make to increase theodds of selling your home quickly. • Clean house and de-clutter. Rent adumpster and a storage unit to clearyour home of anything andeverything not

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93016 Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates Dip to 10-Week Low DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 Borrowing costs moved lower for home buyers and refinancers this week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped

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What Is A Leak Detection Test

I've lived in my house long enough to where I thought I knew everything about it--and then something happens and I find out I know a lot less than I thought.  Here is some info about leak

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Things To Never Do When Showing Your Home

Selling your house and like the way it looks for staging?...well, just because we like it doesn't mean everyone else will.  Staging a house is important so you can attract as many

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WALSH RANCH UPDATE

BY SANDRA BAKERsabaker@star-telegram.com FORT WORTHOn Wednesday, Aledo school officials will ceremoniously turn dirt to mark the start of construction of an elementary school on the legendary

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You Ask What Is GrapeStomp

It's in Grapevine at Grapefest 2016! http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest/events-venues/grapestomp/ Fast Facts:  So, just how fast can your feet fly at GrapeStomp? Two

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If You Cant Get A Mortgage

In America today, an estimated 250,000 households—who would have had mortgage financing just 20 years ago—are today denied the opportunity to buy a home. This crisis goes straight to the heart

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Parts Of A Buyers Offer

There are many parts of an offer, maybe you probably wouldn't know about without some guidance from your realtor.  Here is a good overview of the major parts.  Please keep in mind, this is

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What Price Should You Offer On A Home

Aaah...the magic question.  The Dallas/Fort Worth market is crazy lazy andhouses are flying off the market, but buyers still want to feel like they are getting a good deal.  How do you

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Home Buying Myths You Should Know About

Everyone is an expect in home buying, right?...  Not so much.  Here are some home buying myths that might help you out in the future.  Have real estate questions or ready to start the

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Are YOU ready to sell or buy a house?  Sometimes it is hard to know when the right time to sell or buy a house would be.  Do I wait for spring when the weather is good and there are a lot

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14767 Homes Sold Yesterday

14,767 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing

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Cheap Curb Appeal Tricks That Offer The Best Selling Returns

It always seems like there is some type of home improvement to be done.  Looking to get the most bang for your buck?  Try some of these tricks.  Want additional tricks or just

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When You Can Deduct Moving Expenses

A deduction is better than no deduction, right?...  Here are some situations when you can deduct moving expenses.  Have other questions about deductions--or anything real estate-related at

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8 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Home Sellers Should Know

Well...the article title says it all.  Interested in more seller tips?  Or even buyer tips?  I'm your girl!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com8

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What Is A Short Sale

What is in the world is a short sale?  You've probably heard the term a number of times--maybe almost so many times that you felt like it was too late to really ask for some clarification?;

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It is not winter yet, but it will be here soon enough.  Or some people would like to think so because it is currently SO hot in the Dallas area!  All that being said, aren't you curious

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Crazy Tips That Will Help You Sell Your House

Trying to sell your house and want to put yourself ahead of the "competition"?  Check out these crazy tips.  Hey, it can't hurt to try, right??  Want assistance selling your house. or

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Vacation Home

Your Vacation Home is Just a Dream AwayPosted in Economist Commentaries, by Amanda Riggs on July 27, 2016Have you ever dreamt about buying a vacation home? The NAR 2016

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Things Sellers Should Know About Comps

Yes, yes, and yes--this info is sooooooooo accurate.  Would you like additional info--I'm your girl!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comWhat Sellers Need to

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Dallas Named One Of The Most Affordable Destinations

Dallas was just listed as one of the most affordable destinations for families!  Ready to move here?!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comDallas deemed one

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Modest Home Upgrades That Will Impress Buyers

Ever walk into someone's house and see something you wish you would've thought to do in your own house?  I feel that way about most of these fun upgrades?  Which is your favorite?... 

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A Homeowners Net Worth Is 45x That Of A Renters

Ummmm...what?!  That stat is crazy!  True, there are exceptions to everything, but this is from a study from the Federal Reserve.  Yes, THE Federal Reserve.  I'd say that's

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How Do You Get The Most Money When Selling Your House

Selling your home can be a tricky process.  Want to two tips on how to get more money when putting your home up for sale?  Here you go...Want more info on the buying or selling process?

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Bad Homebuying Advice You Probably Frequently Hear

Want to hear bad home-buying advice?  Read below.  Want to hear good home-buying advice?  Reach out to me!  www.michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com or www.michelleforemanrealtor

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Carpet Versus Hardwood

Carpet vs. hardwood?  Is what is preferable to you also what is more desirable for resale value?  Below has all of the info!  Have any other real estate-related questions?  www

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DFW Housing Trends

Interested in housing trends?  Here you go!  http://michelleforeman.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail

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10 Home Renovations That Offer The Best And Worst Return On Investment

We often think that all of the money spent on home renovations will come back to us when the property sells--well, that's not always the case.  For some projects, the money you spend might be

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A Great Graph Of The Home Buying Process

The home buying process can get VERY confusing.  So many moving parts, so many people involved that you may not know about.  Basically...confusing.  What is NOT confusing is this

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5 Things To Avoid At Home Depot And Lowes

Home Depot and Lowe's are the best stores ever, right?...I thought so, until I read the below article.  I still love those stores (they are actually some of my favorites!), but I guess there a

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Mortgage Rates Are Low

Mortgage Rates Plunge to 3-Year Lows DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 For the second consecutive week mortgage rates moved lower, and are currently the lowest since May 2013."The 10

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Landscaping Renovations That Will Pay Off

Trying to figure out which home projects are the most bang for your buck?  You've stumbled along the correct blog!  The first impression of a house is VERY important, so it should

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Six Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

You've probably noticed by reading other blogs, that I love to save a dollar.  Here are six inexpensive tricks to make your home look more expensive.  Want additional tricks?  I'm

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5 Mortgage Mistakes Homeowners Regret Making

The homebuyers process can get confusing--very confusing.  So many moving parts, so many people involved, so many rules--especially when referring to lending.  Here are five mortgage

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Things New Homeowners Waste Money On

The process of moving to somewhere new can get expensive--whether leasing or renting.  Here are expenses new homeowners often waste money on.  Want additional info or tips about anything

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Best Steps To Relist Your House

Previously put your house on the market and it didn't sell?  Ready to relist?  Here's some great relisting info.  I would love to assist you with the process!  www

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Need Mortgage Rates Or To Prequalify

 Are you looking for mortgage rates, or wanting to see if you qualify for a mortgage?  Visit my friend at Cendera Funding, and let him know Sandy Hunt referred you"Buying a home

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4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can AffordBy knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that homeownership will fit in your budget. ReadVisit houselogic.com for more articles

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PRICING YOUR HOME TO SELL

How to Use Comparable Sales to Price Your HomeBefore you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.

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April Trends

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Things You Should Never Say Whens Selling A Home

The real estate market is hot in the DFW area--very hot!  Just because there is a high demand for homes doesn't mean that you shouldn't still take the necessary steps to get your home sold--it

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25 Hacks To Make Your House Look More Stylish

Redecorating can get expensive!  Thank goodness for the below hacks--they can help make your house more stylish, while not putting a huge dent in your pocketbook.  Want more tips? .

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Home Closing Steps

  7 Steps to a Stress-Free Home ClosingThis cheat sheet helps you do your homework, so you know what you’re signing when you close the sale of your home.

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7 Tips for Staging Your HomeMake your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. ReadVisit houselogic.com for more articles like this.Copyright 2016 NATIONAL

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Are You Being Too Picky Of A Homebuyer

I know, I know, nobody wants to hear they are being too picky.  But...sometimes the truth is needed.  And, in this case, the honesty can help you streamline the house hunting

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50 Small Home Upgrades For UNDER ONE DOLLAR

Interested in doing upgrades to your home, but not sure what or if you have the funds?  Here are 50 upgrades you can do to your house for UNDER $1!!  Please feel free to reach out to me at

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How Do I Decide When To Downsize

Trying to decide whether or not to downsize?  The below questions can assist you in making that decision.  Interested in further assistance with downsizing, or actually anything real-

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YES That Many People ARE Moving To DFW Each Day

It is no surprise that DFW is growing--the amount of construction is phenomenal!  What's really phenomenal is the amount of people moving to DFW ON A DAILY BASIS!  Just how many? 

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March Trends

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the

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How To Buy And Sell A House At The Same Time

The process of buying OR selling a house can be stressful enough.  Combine the two?  Well...a little bit more stressful.  You'll need a good agent that is on top of everything. 

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Mar 30 2016 12307 1

How To Prepare for House-HuntingKnow 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

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Difference Between Condos Townhomes Single Family And Patio Homes

I'm sure we can all tell the difference between a single family home and a condo--but what about a condo and a townhome.  That can get a little confusing.  The below descriptions are a

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2016 Predicted to Be Housing’s Golden YearDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2016 Officials from mortgage giant Freddie Mac have made a bold prediction: This year housing starts and home

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Buyers Securing A Loan

How can buyers increase their chances of securing a loan?Knowing that the road ahead is rough, would-be home buyers need to be on their game and get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan. 

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Home Buyers Motivation

      |-AA+AThe Main Motivators Pushing Home Buyers DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, MARCH 01, 2016 One in four home buyers say they want to buy a home because

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Great Time For Dallas Fort Worth Homeowners To Sell

We all read articles about how it's the best time to buy, the best to sell, etc.  Which to believe?...well...I can tell you from experience that most of them are pretty accurate.  I have a

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The Worst Homes For First Time Homebuyers

The home buying process can be stressful--especially for first time home buyers.  You need an agent you can trust and that can be honest.  And one that can clearly explain the process and

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Landscaping Mistakes

Lost at what to do with yard work and landscaping?  A lot of people are!  Sometimes people think anything would be an improvement--but not always.  The below are some landscaping no

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What To Do You When You Are Moving

Selling or sold your house?  Now what?  You've probably had guidance from a number of people on the process and steps...but, once your house is sold...you might have a few questions.Below

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Follows These Tips To Sell Your Home

Spring selling season is upon us!  How do I get my house ready to sell??  Well...following the below tips is a great start.  Need more info or advice?  www.michelleforemanrealtor

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Easy But Sometimes OVERLOOKED Ways To Boost Curb Appeal

First impressions are important when looking at properties.  Sellers have a number of things to worry about, and sometimes overlook some of the below curb appeal boosters.  Have additional

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February Housing Trends

This link contains great info on the February housing market.http://michelleforeman.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/#.VunrdwuBXhk.gmailFeel reach out to me at www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or

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Reasons Appraisals Come In Low

Appraisals, appraisals, appraisals.  They are great when they come in at the value we want it to--and they are a pain when they don't meet value.  They are pretty much out of our control,

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American Commute Longest On Record

Location, location, location.  We hear it all the time, especially in the real estate industry.  Many clients are looking for the magic number of minutes that is acceptable for a commute.

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SAY NO THANKS TO BUYERS REMORSE WITH THESE TIPS

Home buying can be a nerve-wracking process.  There are sooooo many factors involved and decisions to make.  Will you make the correct one?  We all hope so; however, the below list of

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Newsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing

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THURSDAY TIDBITS Pub Sheds Becoming Popular

It seems like people are getting more and more creative with their spaces.  Some I like.  And some I love.  And I love this one.  Check out the fun pics of what people have

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TUESDAY TIPS What Your Appraiser Wishes You Knew

You have a house under contract, whether on the buying or selling side--everything is good to go, right?  NOPE!  There are so many factors to go into getting to the finish line of a

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THURSDAY TIPS Which Type Of Dog Should You Get When Living In An Aparment Townhome Or Condo

Many people like animals as companions, especially dogs.  I LOVE having a dog (or dogs) around, and am able to let my critters run around in the backyard, but many people live in apartments,

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Can Landlords Prohibit Guns

If you've at all watched the news lately, you seen talk of guns--especially in Texas.  What is legal?  What isn't legal?  Well, I'm not a good person to ask about that, but I am a

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Tips For Keeping Safe

Some of the below safety tips may seem like common sense, but they are good reminders.  Looking to move and want a safer neighborhood?  I'm your girl!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com

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TUESDAY TIPS Seller Etiquette Tips

It's a sellers market in DFW right now, so selling a house should be easy--right?  Well...just because it's a sellers market doesn't mean the house will automatically sell.  You not only

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A House With 23 Acres I WANT IT

I focus on real estate in the DFW area; however, I would love to have a vacation house somewhere someday.  Looking for a home in a different city and don't know who to reach out to in

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MONDAY MONDAY House Hunting Checklist

Looking at house after house can get confusing.  Did I like the bathroom in the first one?  Or maybe it was the second?  At some point it all starts to run together.  That's

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MONDAY MOJO No Surprise Here DFW Again Named Top Market

DFW is still booming.  Good news for us that live here!  Interested in moving here?  I can help!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com Forbes names

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SENIOR SATURDAY Are You Putting Off Assisted Living

Determining when to move to an assisted living community, or if to move to one at all, can be a difficult task.  So many decisions to make.  Should I stay in my current living situation?

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THURSDAY TIPS Do You Stay Or Go When Renovating A House

Home renovations are fun!  Well, they are after they are finished.  The "during" phase can get a little less than ideal.  Should you stay in the house while renovations occur, or

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM The Wrong Way To Look At Houses

A lot of people think looking for a house is simple.  And, if I'm being honest, I may have thought the same thing before I got into the industry.  Oops...little did I know how horribly

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SENIOR SUNDAY Hidden Costs Of Family Caregiving

Caregiving can be incredibly challenging on family members.  We want the best for them, but what is the best?  Everyone seems to have a different opinion.  What is great for one may

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TAX TUESDAY How The Garland Tornadoes Affect This Years Property Values

Garland was hit hard by tornadoes in recent weeks, and unfortunately a lot of people were affected.  The timing of the storms came right before property values were assessed--meaning, many

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MONDAY MOJO Why It Is Not Always Best To Pay Off Your Mortgage

Have a mortgage, and try to pay it off as possible?  I did also.  I always assumed that less debt meant more in my pocket in the long run...until I read the below article.  Housing

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY 2016 Fun Facts

2016 is here!  Just another year, right?...Not exactly.  Here are a few fun facts that makes 2016 a little different than other year.  Making 2016 your year for a home move?  I

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THURSDAY TIPS House Resolutions To Start The New Year Off Right

Have you made a 2016 resolution yet?   Ummmm...me neither.  Yet.  What I have made is a decision to "fix up" my house, a little bit at a time.  Here are seven tips you can

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Why Mardi Gras Season Starts TODAY

I LOVE Mardi Gras!  Love, love, love!  I grew up in Louisiana, so that could be where my love for it began.  Today is the first day of Mardi Gras season!  Time for king cakes,

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TAX TUESDAY Property Tax Rate Calculator

We all received our property tax bills a few months ago, but are you concerned how much it will go up in property values continue to rise?  The below link contains a property tax estimator that

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MONDAY MOJO Time To Save Money With A Homestead Exemption

Taxes can sometimes creep up on you and get a little pricey.  Good thing there is a homestead exemption that can assist with lowering the amount.  What is this homestead exemption, and how

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Owning A Home

The CFPB’s Owning a Home website provides a full suite of online tools and resources for prospective home buyers. The site empowers homebuyers with an interactive guide to the process of buying a

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MORTGAGE MONDAY How To Choose Correct Mortgage Company

So many lenders out there--which to choose?  So many realtors out there--who do I use?  Hint:  ME!  :)  There are so many moving parts when it comes to purchasing a house.

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SENIOR SUNDAY Beat High Costs Of Assisted Living

Senior livings costs get EXPENSIVE!  Plus, a lot of times it is overwhelming to figure out where and when to make the move.  Feel free to reach out with any questions, I previously worked

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FUN FACT FRIDAY Christmas Story Edition

Been watching "A Christmas Story" all day today?  I would usually say I am also, but...I can't stop watching "Four Christmases"--constant laughter on my end.  Which movie are you watching

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TAX THURSDAY Year End Tax Tips

The year is almost over--how did that happen?!?!  Getting a little nervous about taxes?  Here are some quick year end tax tips.   And don't forget about house deductions. 

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Last Minute Christmas DIY Gifts

It's almost Christmas!  Still need gifts for someone?  Yep, me too.  Someone stop unexpectedly with a gift for you and you didn't have one for them?  Yep, me too.  Here are

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TUESDAY TIPS How To Properly Dispose Of A Tree

I LOVE a holiday season!  The parties, everyone's mood seems to be happier, the gifts (did I say that?...it is kind of fun to open them, right?...), the decorations...oh, the decorations.

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MORTGAGE MONDAY How Will Interest Rate Increase Affect Mortgage

You've probably seen on some type of news outlet that there has been an interest rate increase.  Well...what does that actually mean?  The below article is great at explaining!  Need

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM How To Decide If A Neighborhood Or Property Is More Important

Yes, yes, and yes!  I love this article!  I get asked all of the time whether buyers should focus on finding something in a neighborhood they like, or focus on finding a house they like,

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TUESDAY TIPS Remodeling Tips

Remodeling is hard, hopefully these tips help!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com.  The 8-Step Guide to Remodeling Your

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MORTGAGE MONDAY What Happens If You Cant Pay Your Mortgage

Money is tight sometimes, but some bills don't care and still need to be paid.  Mortgage?  Yep, that's one of them.  Rules and options are always changing, but here are some options.

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SENIOR SUNDAY Senior Discounts

The age of a "senior" varies depending on the person asked, but after looking at some of these discounts...well, may I please be considered a senior?!?!  Sometimes there are housing benefits to

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY Fort Worth Edition

Time for Friday Fun Facts--I LOVE fun facts!  Intrigued about FW?  I can be your resource!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com.   FUN FACTS

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Coming In 2016

WALSHCOMMUNITY COMING 2016.Walsh will be a 7,200-acre community on Interstate 20 about 14 miles west of downtown Fort Worth. It eventually could have more than 15,000 homes.Contact me for more

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY Uptown Dallas Evolvement

The city of Dallas is constantly changing.  New restaurants, new stores, new NEIGHBORHOODS!  It is crazy to think that Uptown barely existed not too long ago.  Looking for a new, hot

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TUESDAY TIPS Simple DIY Maintenance Tips

By now you've probably realized how thrifty (cheap...) I am.  So, of course I love a home tip where I can save money.  And I'm sharing some in case you do also!  Don't feel like doing

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MORTGAGE MONDAY How Is A Mortgage Rate Determined

I work with lenders in the Dallas area all of the time...and carry a mortgage myself...AND I still get confused!  It is best to let a lender discuss all options with you, especially since laws

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SENIOR SOURCE SATURDAY What Is Assisted Living

Senior living is sometimes a taboo phrase.  It seems sooooooooo far off from our current age, right?...Not really for most people.  There are different levels of senior living and the&

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FUN FACT FRIDAY Dallas Streets And Where Their Names Came From

The more I dig into these Friday fun facts, the more I want to learn.  I didn't know there was so much I didn't know!  The below are some fun tidbits about how some of Dallas' most

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TAX TALK THURSDAY What Are Property Taxes And Where Does The Money Go

I just received my property tax bill.  Womp womp.  I know it helps out something...but exactly what, I wasn't really sure.  I can across this article and it definitely helps explain

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TUESDAY TIPS Frugal Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Anybody out there as thrifty (cheap...) as I am?  I'm always up for saving money and found these winter tips I wanted to pass along.  House too cold and ready to just get a new one? 

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MORTGAGE MONDAY Why Do Mortgages Get Sold

Mortgages are usually long-term.  20 years.  30 years.  Then why do we pay to one company one month...and then sometimes another company another month?  The below article

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY History Of Dallas

So much growth in Dallas in such a "short" period of time!  Want to move here?  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com.History of DallasWhile Dallas is

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Doggy Diary

So I have to tell you...we had a really big storm the other morning, and the wind blew our fence down!  It's AWESOME!  We get to run all over 2/3 of an acre worth of yard, and our neighbor

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM 1 BILLION Dollar Development In DFW

No words are needed for this news--check out the pics!  A $1 BILLION development coming to DFW!  Just imagine how land values are that there will shoot up--want it get in early, www

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TUESDAY TIPS Winter Home Decorating Ideas

Here are some winter home décor tips--for Dallas or anywhere else.  Need a decorator?  I know some great ones!  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com

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MORTGAGE MONDAY How Much Of A Downpayment Should I Put Down

The question everyone asks...how much down payment do I need?  So many scenarios, but which is the correct one?  Every situation is different, and I'm sure that's the exact answer you were

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SENIOR SOURCE SUNDAY 10 Questions To Ask An Eldercare Attorney

Aging has its positives.  And negatives.  Our entire adult life is spent making our own life decisions--well, because we are adults.  That's why it is so hard to know that at

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY History Of Deep Ellum In Dallas

By now you know I LOVE a fun fact, or a little history about areas I frequent but have not known the history of.  Guess what...here is some info about Deep Ellum!  It is a little lengthy,

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TAX TALK THURSDAY Capital Gains Info For Dallas Or Anywhere Else In The US

This rising market is great for us in Dallas--especially those that purchased low and are selling high.  Selling high sometimes brings up the topic of taxes...yikes!  Well, it may not be

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Dallas Is Near The Top For Building Wealth

Whoohoo, Dallas is one of the best places to build wealth!  Time to move here if you aren't already here!  Want to be one of those people that is building wealth?  We know the real

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TUESDAY TIPS How To Winterize Your Home Even In Dallas Where It Doesnt Always Snow

Did I get a slight chill?  Is it cold outside?  Well, it is to me.  I am the most cold-natured person.  Anything under 85 degrees requires full ski gear or else I'm miserable.

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MORTGAGE MONDAY How Do I Choose A Lender

The home buying process can be stressful enough with all of the decisions to be made.  ADULT decisions to be made.  Those somehow seem a little more significant.  :)  Hopefully

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My Dad The Realtor

Hi.  My name is Sable, and I'm a black lab. Mom and Dad rescued me through Astasia's Angels Animal Rescue.  My dad...he's a Realtor, and as far as I'm concerned, he's the best

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY East Dallas And How It Became East Dallas

Times change and we know that East Dallas is now more than just the area mentioned below, but it is fun to see how areas first developed--especially in the East Dallas area, where it is now one of

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TEXAS TALK THURSDAY Texas Job Info

Do economic forecasts interest you?  Well...me neither.  :)  But, they are very important in many ways...and especially to real estate.  Healthy jobs and an influx of jobs just

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Dallas Has A New Deep Ellum Property

Deep Ellum is again on the rise!  Literally...a high rise.  Below is info on just one of the new properties in the Deep Ellum area.Work starts on Deep Ellum apartment tower  ;

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TUESDAY TIPS These Items Are Dragging Down Your Home Value

"I'll fix that item one day."  "It is a sellers market in Dallas, the new buyers can deal with it."  "It is not that big of a deal."  I hear these comments almost daily...and

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MORTGAGE MONDAY What Is A Mortgage Broker

If you read last week's blog of "What is a Mortgage," found here:  http://michelleforeman.jphomesforsale.com/blog/MORTGAGE+MONDAY+What+Is+A+Mortgage, you learned what a mortgage is...now here

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Hmmmmm WHY Do We Have Daylight Savings

Yes, I know we have daylight savings.  The clock on my phone tells me.  The clock in my car tells me.  As do many others items.  I've been told 100x times why we "celebrate"

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Big D Halloween 2015

Growing up in Dallas, I learned early that we Dallasites love to be scared, and what better time that this weekend!?  It's not often (this will be the second in 20 years) that Halloween falls

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY Dallas Texas Edition

I LOVE a fun fact, don't you??  These were taken from the Dallas Visitor Center website, they are such a great resource for almost anything Dallas.  Except for real estate, I'm your

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TEXAS TALK THURSDAY Texas Ranks 2nd In Us For Relocation Activity

And...more good news for Texas!Texas ranked second in US for relocation activity and out-of-state migration in 2014Texas Association of REALTORS® releases 2015 Texas Relocation Report ;

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM Increase In Dallas Area Home Prices

DALLAS AREA HOME PRICES STILL RISINGWell, surprise, surprise...Dallas real estate is still booming.  Home prices are up 8.9% from a year ago.  The below article by the Dallas Morning News

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TUESDAY TIPS 4 Things Not To Do If You Want To Sell Your House

Want to Sell Your Property? Don’t Do These 4 Things  If you put your property up for sale, you're looking to sell...right?...  Some owners unknowingly decrease the likelihood of their

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MORTGAGE MONDAY What Is A Mortgage

Mortgage Basics: What Is a Mortgage?  We all talk about mortgages, especially when discussing real estate, but a lot of people just know it is a bill or something they pay,

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FUN FACTS FRIDAY Real Estate Edition

Hope you enjoy these fun facts!  As always, feel free to reach out at www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com for any real estate needs.11 amazing real estate facts

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Inconsistency In Appraisals

Appraisals can be tricky...and inconsistent.  There are many reasons why, including the reasons listed below...More than one in three appraisals contain inconsistent property ratingsPlatinum

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MORTGAGE MONDAY Recent Changes To The Mortgage Process

Mortgage Monday!  Recent mortgage process changes are nicely summed up by the below article. How the mortgage process just changedBy Kathryn Vasel @KathrynVasel It just got a

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DFW Ranks As Top Area For 2016 Real Estate

Dallas-Fort Worth is the No. 1-ranked commercial real estate market to watch based on investment, development and homebuilding prospects, according to a study conducted by researchers at

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Instant Home Makeovers

Not every home makeover has to be a major project that lasts days, weeks, or even months. There are a ton of quick touch-ups and fixes that can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your

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HOA

Headline: How do HOAs work?When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other

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5 Home Repairs To Budget For

You’re going to have to do some regular repairs and maintenance on your home—it’s just a fact of home ownership. So that you’re not caught unprepared, it’s a good idea to keep a budget and

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Aug 23 2015

In a real estate deal, you can ask for anything. While the other party doesn’t have to agree to your request, everything is negotiable … even items that don’t usually stay with a property.;

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August 21 2015

08/21/2015 | Author: Summer MandellMany people get misinformation about the homebuying process. Don’t let false rumors like these keep you from buying your own property: “You can’t buy

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Items Your Mortgage Lender Will Need To Process Your Home Loan

Rates are low again!! Prepare.. by checking off the list of items below that your mortgage lender will need to process your home loan:W-2 FormsPay Stubs Tax ReturnsBank StatementsProof of

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Aug 11 2015 12307 1

homeMortgage Rates Plunge to 3.75%, Lowest Level Since MayZillowAug 5th

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The American Dream

 Simplifying The MarketSome Highlights:Existing Home Sales are 9.2% higher than just one year ago.Home Prices are 7.9% higher than last year this time.The $250-500K price range leads the way

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Jul 8 2015 12307 1

 There has been much conversation regarding the lack of first time home buyers in today’s real estate market. However, three recent reports seem to suggest that they are now

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Dallas Ft Worth Is One Of The Top Ten Markets Powered By Serious Job Creation Mojo

Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TXEmployment growth, 2011–2014: 2.9%Median home price growth, 2011–2014: 8.2%Median list price in May: $278,000Median list price growth, May 2015 vs. May 2014:.

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First Time Homebuyers Article From TAR

A money-saving tip 70% of homebuyers don’t know about04/17/2015 | Author: Marty KramerHow would you feel if you got home from the grocery store and found a $3 coupon on your kitchen table for the

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Luxury Hotel Coming To Lake Grapevine

Biz Beat BlogLuxury hotel and conference center coming to Lake GrapevineSteve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.comPublished: May 5, 2015 6:26 am11CommentThe 12-story Pearl on the

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12 Things To Do In Southlake Texas

12 Things to do in Southlake1. Shop SouthlakeOffering both world-renowned retailers and one-of-a-kind boutique stores, Southlake has something for every savvy shopper. With nearly 260 amazing retail

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Main Street Fest In Grapevine

May 15, 16 and 17, 2015The 31st Annual Main Street Fest - A Craft Brew Experience, presented by Bank of the West, opens Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and admission is free until 5 p.m. Festival hours

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Dallasarea Home Prices Soar

Dallas-area home prices are up 8.6 percent in the latest nationwide comparison from a year ago.Home prices in Dallas grew at about twice the national rate of 4.2 percent in February compared to a

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10 Step To Buying A House

10-Step Guide to Buying a HouseAre You Ready to Become a Homeowner?Whether you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time or you’re a repeat buyer, buying a house is a financial and emotional

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Ten Steps To Become A Homeowner

Are You Ready to Become a Homeowner?Whether you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time or you’re a repeat buyer, buying a house is a financial and emotional decision that requires the

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How To Win A Multiple Offer Situation

How to Win a Multiple Offer Situation1.  Be realisticA winning offer will likely be at or above asking priceBe ready to be creative in your offer to make it appealing to the seller2.  

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Outdoor Bedroom

Did you see it? That orb of light in the sky yesterday peaked out and actually took some time to warm the Earth! If you are like me, it got you excited about the potential of expanding your

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Should I Be Represented By An Agent For New Construction

All too often I hear of people walking into a builders model without an agent.    Sure, you can negotiate on your own, but do you truly know what to do in a transaction?  Reasons to

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Home Sweet Home Found

I read this article recently that led me to consider my own home shopping experience:"I LOVE MY HOUSE!" I have heard my husband shout this expression from various rooms for the last decade that

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A Return To Robust Numbers In New Construction For 2015 According To NAHB

Looks like Build baby Build will be in full effect in 2015. I am not surprised to see this report from the NAHB. Banks have eased lending on builders and buyers, while FHA has reduced PMI

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4086 Forest Park Lane Frisco MLS 13057742

JUST LISTED!   STUNNING Shaddock Home in gated Shaddock Creek Estates. This house is truly amazing!   The owners did not hold back on upgrades!  The entire house is fitted with

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4617 Lathem Dr Frisco Texas 75034

Just Listed! MLS #13052279 Fantastic 1 story open floor plan by Holiday Homes.   Barely 3 years old!   Well maintained and upgraded by original owner. 3 bedroom, 2 bath,

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Single Mothers

One of my Desires                                                   ;

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GARAGE To Paint Or Not To Paint

I have contemplated painting our garage floor... who doesn't like the thought of a showroom looking garage??     Here is what my research has found: Pros: Spills are easy to

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Fall Home Maintanance

Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, it's time to get your house ready for the cold months!   Spending the time and a little bit of money now can definitely save you BIG in the future!

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New Home For Christmas

New Home For Christmas                                                  

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A Neighborhood For My Kids To Play OUTSIDE

Do you ever find yourself saying "When I was a kid... we played outside until the street lights came on!"   I know I have said this over the years!       For most of us...

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Personal Safety

I attended a great class today about personal safety!    It is always good to be aware of what is going on around to avoid finding yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.  ;

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Call Me If

There are so many realtors in the Dallas Fort Worth area, what makes me so different?? I want people to call me for several reasons.                  

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5 Things That Creates Referral Business

One of the best inexpensive ways to grow a business is by client referrals..     I believe there are at least 5 things that we have to possess in order to get more referrals from our

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CHEAP And Easy Ways To Update Your House

 Remodeling can cost a fortune!  If you are on a budget, there are some smaller things you can do without breaking the bank.     Kitchen-    ;&

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The Day Will Come

Have you ever asked yourself this question? When will my day come?         Anyone who has big dreams and aspirations have to confront the question of when will my day come.

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Agent Versus For Sale By Owner

Have you ever thought of selling your own house?    On the surface it sounds like a great way to save a few bucks since you don’t have to pay an agent.   BUT, what does

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Team Work

Teamwork is the best work!The days of the one man band are long gone.                                    

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First Day Of School

As our children set off on their first day of school today, I ponder over how much free time parents all over the metroplex now have!        Some of us go to an office to work.

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Woodbridge Golf Community

If you live in Woodbridge already, you know the secret.  What a fantastic community, filled with a plethora of housing options, from homes for first-time buyers to dream homes you never want to

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Why Frisco Schools Rock

New to the North Dallas area?    Concerned about getting in the best schools around?  While there are MANY great districts in the area, Frisco ISD definitely has top notch schools!

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When It Seems Like Nothing Is Working

Sometimes it seems like nothing is working for us in regards to the dreams and goals that we are pursuing in life. There are 4 anchors that I believe we need to have in order for us not to

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Success Starts With A Decision To Succeed

Success starts with a decision to succeed!If you are going to succeed at anything; you have to first make up in your mind that you will succeed.Success is more of a mind set than it is an golden

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One Life To Live

One life to Live                                                   

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Price Reduced In Wylie

Price Just Reduced!!! Now ONLY $243,325! A BEAUTIFUL 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 3 Car Garage 2,936 sq ft home in Wylie, TX! NO HOA!... It has a large open concept kitchen that flows into to the living area

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The 3 Enemies Of Success

The 3 enemies of Success1. Fear- Sometimes it's not the fear to begin but the fear to continue. In other words some people are afraid of success, the pressure, the responsibility of success, the

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A Smile A Day

A Smile A DayHave you ever heard the old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, I believe a smile a day can keep discouragement and depression away. There are so many people going

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4th Of July Uncle Sam Crispy Treat Cake Recipe

Ingredients:8 cups miniature marshmallows 1/2 cup butter, cubed12 cups crisp rice cereal2-1/2 cups shortening 3 cups confectioners' sugar 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 jars (7

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Best Places To Watch Fireworks In DFW

When it comes to Independence Day celebrations in Dallas-Fort Worth, area residents get their choice of some of the nation’s most notable Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country. The best

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Serving From The Heart

Serving from the Heart Why do I long to represent buyers and sellers?Why am I even in the Real Estate business?Why am I here on earth period?Why am I always trying to help someone?The answer is

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Open House In Corinth TX

Beautiful, Move In Ready Home! Sparkling swimming Pool. Open floor plan. Large family room has a fireplace and opens to kitchen and breakfast. Kitchen has 42" cabinets and plenty of counter

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3 Things Every Buyer Need To Have Before Choosing A Home

3 Things that every buyer need to have before choosing a home1. Inner Peace- A particular home must speak peace to their soul!Peace to their values, Peace to their children.2. Neighborhood of-

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Lasagne Cups

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The 4 Laws Of Communication

There are 4 laws of communication that will help our communication to be effective with others.1. When- Always ask "is this a good time to talk"...2. Where- The place where communication takes place

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Find Free Money Legally Owed To You

Want free money??? I would like to show you how to search for free money that is legally owed to you!! Click this page http://www.unclaimed.org/ and it will take you to the official government

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Mediterranean Style Homes In DFW

Inspired by the seaside villas of the Renaissance era, Mediterranean house plans take their primary design cues from romantic Italian and Spanish architecture.  A perennial favorite in

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Come Home To Savannah Texas

Savannah is an impressive community that’s full of style – and luxurious amenities. The 20,000-square-foot clubhouse features a ballroom, library, kitchen, café, weight room, sauna,

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The Search For The Perfect West Plano Listing Agent

No matter what triggers your decision to sell, a crucial next step for every homeowner is selecting the West Plano listing agent who will bring in the best results. If you don’t already have a

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West Plano Home Values And The Outdoor Kitchen Idea

With summer weather upon us and West Plano home values on the rise, it’s natural to follow the urge to get going on outdoor-oriented improvement projects. One of my (and my buyers’) favorite

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When Luxury Homes In West Plano Attract A Crowd

Like most other parts of the real estate market, luxury homes in West Plano are expected to show a rise in demand going forward. Certain luxury homes have inherently superior marketability:

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3516 Butterfield Trail McKinney SOLD

Just SOLD in 7 days! For More Than List Price!3516 Butterfield Trail located in McKinney, Texas in Craig Ranch has just sold.  It is in the beautiful subdivision of Craig Ranch North

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Selling Your Home In West Plano This Summer

The graduations are just finishing up, most summer getaway are booked, and with the end of June soon to be coming our way, many homeowners may be thinking more about holiday weekends and BBQs

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5712 Plumtree Drive Dallas Texas

JP Piccinini has sold 5712 Plumtree Drive in Far North Dallas, TX on June 10, 2013.  This property is conveniently located about 15 minutes from the shops at legacy in Plano, 20 minutes from

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West Plano Homeowners Welcome UpwardPointing Arrow

For local homeowners watching property values rise and fall, surprises aren’t necessarily welcome. Surprises come in two flavors where real estate is concerned (and the previous decade

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West Plano Luxury Home Listings Springtime Romance

Ah, spring is truly in the air…the traditional time when people can fall in love at first sight! I’ll try not to dampen those springtime spirits too much, but for anyone currently looking

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9 Simple Tips for Selling Your House

You don't need to invest tons of money in renovation and remodeling to sell your home. With a bit of time, energy, and a few minor changes you can give your house mass-market appeal. We identified

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Top Mistakes For West Plano Sellers to Avoid

Disclosure Signatures Disclosing material facts that might affect your West Plano property’s value is a fair obligation that’s understood by everyone. Yet properly disclosing all

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Housing Market Not Really Yoked to Wall Street

Even though the West Plano housing market looks as certain to rise as the spring shoots, behind that optimism is the perennial question about whether another “dip” is coming — a

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Smooth Relocating Depends on Thoughtful Preparation

Most everyone with any relocating experience should recognize ‘the moment.’ No matter how much advance thought and elbow grease you’ve put in, that’s the moving day moment

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JP and Associates REALTORs Golfing Team Takes First

What an amazing day for golf. Perfect weather, friends, and a great cause was more than enough to get the JP and Associates REALTORS Golfing team assembled and out on the links at Stonebriar Country

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5 Reasons to Move to Frisco TX

If you’re thinking about making a move, Frisco, TX, should be high on your list of cities to consider. Here’s why: 1. Great schools. The Frisco Independent School District

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5 CRIME questions to ask when buying

The list of question every buyer asks about the various properties during a house hunt is relatively predictable.  How many bedrooms does it have? Baths? Square footage? What are the HOA dues?

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Five simple bathroom renovations that add value

Every time you walk into your bathroom, you stub your toe on a chipped tile and knock your knee into the cabinet door that never shuts. Instead of letting the swear words fly each morning, how about

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Paloma Creek Search Listings NOW

Paloma Creek  by Text-Enhance href=http://www.palomacreek.com/>offers a perfect combination of lifestyle, location, and amenities for a refreshing escape from ordinary living. Ideally

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Search For Homes in Little Elm Texas

Search Homes For Sale in Little Elm Texas! $0-$150,000                         $350,000-$450,000 $150,000-$275,000      

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Plano Texas Ranked Top City for Young Professionals

Plano ranked 18th on the Happiest Places for Young Professionals list. That’s one spot ahead of Miami and one behind New York. Los Angeles came in at number one. New York, Miami and Los

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Top Five Mistakes of First a Time Homebuyer

Rising rents, low interest rates and bargain home prices have many local residents jumping into homeownership these days. But first-time home buyers in particular should be aware that purchasing

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What kind of credit are lenders looking for?

As you most likely know, credit scores can range from 300 to 850, depending on the credit bureau. Each lender has its own guidelines, or rules which determine the ideal score, and a score of 720 or

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The Hot Frisco Market

For those living in Frisco, Texas, now is most certainly the time to sell your home. The Frisco real estate market has caught wind from its final quarter in 2011 and built up the last year and is

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Frisco TX a GREAT place to live

Frisco is an affluent city in Collin and Denton counties in Texas and a rapidly growing suburb of Dallas. As of January 1st, 2013, the city had a Population

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11 things every well-designed kitchen needs

Updating your kitchen? We asked designer Mick De Giulio — who designed his first kitchen when he was 19 and has 3,000 projects under his belt — to give us a list of what he thinks are

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Five biggest myths about credit scores

When one year ends and another begins, it’s hard not to look ahead and strive to do better. And when it comes to credit, we’re definitely creatures of habit. We resolve to spend less,

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Tracy Weseman Joins JP and Associates REALTORS

JP & Associates REALTORS is happy to announce the addition of Tracy Weseman as our new Vice President of Recruiting and Business Development.  Mr. Weseman is responsible for spearheading

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The pros and cons of re-re-refinancing

Veera Veeraraghavan has kept a close watch on the fluctuating interest rates for home mortgages, and this year it paid off. When he bought his house in 2009, his 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 5

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Dominion at Panther Creek Homes For Sale Frisco

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Holiday Tipping Guide 2012

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Plano is known for their annual Hot Air Balloon festival, but something else is Hot about Plano - to no surprise it’s the business climate and job growth. Texas has done extremely well in the

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Goldman Sachs' Gupta Gets Two Years

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No Property Tax Increase For Eighth Consecutive Years

Rowlett Budget approved. After two Public Hearings held on August 21 and September 4, the FY 2013 budget was formally adopted on September 18 at the City Council Meeting and goes into effect October

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Ron Mason REO Expert Joins JP and Associates

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London mayor gets stuck on zip line

LONDON (AP) - Some are calling it the best moment at the Olympics so far: London Mayor Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire. Crowds who gathered at a London park to watch the games on live screens and

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Calculated Deal for Ryan Dempster by Texas Rangers

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'The Fonz' heads to Broadway this fall

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Plano ISD students perform better on STAAR test

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Local shop celebrates National Ice Cream Day

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Myth About 3.8% Tax on Real Estate Sales

Myth About 3.8% Tax on all Real Estate Sales Will Not Die... A false rumor about a transfer tax on all real estate sales is once again making the rounds on the Internet and in e-mails. The

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Irving Tx To Host Judo Jr. Championships

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Taxpayers paying for New TV show “Dallas” filming?

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JP and Associates REALTORs new Map Search

The JP and Associates REALTORS company website has just gotten even better for its web visitors, clients and REALTORs. The company website www.jphomesforsale.com now is boosted by an amazing map

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JP Piccinini Earns National Luxury Home

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Rowlett Library Summer Fun for Kids

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JP and Associates REALTORS welcomes Trang Cao

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When moving to Frisco, you will find that this community has a lot to offer its residence.  If you like baseball, concerts, soccer, or just going shopping, Frisco can accommodate your every.

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Travel Agents vs Do It Yourself Travel Booking

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Blog by Luc LaRose: NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. stocks were lower for a fifth day Thursday, as investors continued to fret about Greece's future in the eurozone. The Dow Jones industrial average

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BOA Relocates Owners Doing Short Sales

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JP and Associates REALTORs welcomes Dixon Wong

We are very pleased to announce the addition of another very talented REALTOR to our growing Associates list. Dixon Wong licensed REALTOR in the State of Texas has chosen to join JP and Associates

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I have been driving by Bayou Jacks Cajun Grill in Roanoke, Texas for a long time now without paying much attention, but now that I am looking for new places to try it sort of jumped out at me.  

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Today's Denton County adventure took me to a place I've driven by a hundered times.  Tierney's Cafe & Tavern was recommended to me by some very good friends.  I was familiar with

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Who needs the French Riviera when you have Lake Ray Hubbard? The peaceful sight of the many sail boats just before sunset on a pleasant spring afternoon is a sight to be enjoyed. As I traveled

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Pizza Napoletana Comes to Frisco

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By Philip Postel - Adobe Title, LLC  Earth Day, April 22nd You’ve seen it in commercials, heard it on the radio, and have witnessed the countless efforts all around you to ‘Go

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Community Property States DID YOU KNOW

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They say the best way to prevent the mind from deteriorating is to challenge yourself and continue to learn. Well, here we go. When I retired from computer management in 2004, I guess I thought

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Piranha Killer Sushi Flower Mound

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The Who, Where, and What Boy, do I have some valuable info for you realtors; compliments of Texas Realtor Magazine (April 2012 Issue). As you very well know, an essential quality of a real estate

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Published on April 9th, 2012 Written by: The KCM Crew   I received this article the other day and had to share this with everyone.  In any business situation, people do business with

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FHA Delays Implementation of Collection Payoff Rule

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Does FHA require appliances to be replaced

Does FHA require a missing range/oven to be replaced?   FHA does not require a range, or other appliances.  However the appraiser should determine functionality and if not working or

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Hidden Cove Park is a full service Marina located on the Eastern shore of the 29,700 acre Lake Lewisville in The Colony, Texas. Currently Hidden Cove Park provides excellent

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Adobe Title in Dallas TX

Adobe Title, LLC is a large independent title company, has offices all over Dallas, Fort-Worth Texas. As an independent Texas Title Insurance Company, they directly serve you, their

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Ranesa Bodine Joins JP and Associates REALTORs

We are happy to announce a new addition to our company. Licensed Texas REALTOR Ranesa Bodine has joined JP and Associates REALTORs, and will service clients primarily in Denton and Collin Counties.

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To handle the large influx of clients looking to lease a home versus purchasing one JP and Associates REALTORs has launched a team of REALTORs dedicated to servicing lease clients. While the company

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Greatness in Randy Smith New Book

Trust me. I have met many people in my life. After all my business is to meet people. However very few people like Randy Smith - coach, author, instructor, and REALTOR. Randy is in a class

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Amy Bond Joins JP and Associates REALTORs

We are pleased to announce a great addition to our real estate company - Amy Bond licensed REALTOR in the State of Texas with years of experience in the underwriting and closing business has joined

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JP and Associates REALTORs Augmented Reality App

Ever wonder what's for sale in the neighborhood? Or what the home down the street was selling for? Or homes for sale within a radius of your kids school? Sure you have. If have ever bought a home

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We are ALWAYS receiving calls from buyers looking for foreclosures deals in Frisco. Fact is foreclosure listings in Frisco are hard to find. Frisco is not an area that has a large number of

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Just sold here in Frisco. This Lakes of Preston Vineyards home located at 11364 Blanchard Drive in Frisco belongs to a new home owner. What makes Lakes of Preston Vineyards a great community is

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Rodrigo Sotomayor Joins JP and Associates REALTORs

We are pleased to announce the addition of Rodrigo Sotomayor to the JP and Associates Realtors team. He brings years of real estate sales experience and new home construction to the company. His

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What makes Plano one of the most sought after towns in the United States? Oh...and also one of the safest? Its neighborhoods like Sheperds Glen I say. Where else can you buy a luxurious 4000 sqft

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FHA Guidelines for New Homes

FHA is implementing new guidelines for buyer purchasing a brand new home or building a home and doing an FHA loan (loan amount less than $278K). An FHA requires a minimum of 3.5% downpayment but

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Where to see Christmas Lights this Year

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HGTV My First Place Coming to Dallas Texas

Well if you are like an HGTV junky like my wife you know well the show My First Place that airs on HGTV. JP and Associates REALTORs has been approached to help film the show so we are looking for

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Changes to Texas Homestead Exemption Rules

Please take a note effective Sept 1 Texas has made effective these changes to the documents required to file a homestead exemption for your home. Effective September 1, 2011, in order to qualify

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Lets face it. No one really is from Frisco Texas. Especially this guy with a last name Piccinini. However for a community like Frisco to have grown 600% in the last ten years and gone from a pure

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Texas leads improving Real Estate Markets

According to the National Association of Home Builders Texas is the leader in improving real estate markets, but the big picture is that overall the Nation seems to be recovering by adding more

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With the cooler fall weather approaching the Dallas-Fort Worth area, homeowners should do some maintenance to prepare their homes.  A good place to start is around exterior doors and windows

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Testimonials From Past Clients of JP Piccinini

My wife and I had the chance to work with one of the best in the business, during an extremely active housing market in North Dallas.  If you are looking for one of the best agents in the

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Frisco is known for its sought after school district, family environment and shopping, but lets not forget real estate values. One of the main factors people move to Frisco Texas is real estate

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Well...shame on me for not knowing Frisco was on Level three water restrictions as of TODAY. How in the world could I have missed the very promiscuous sign posted at the entrance of my nhood 

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Volunteering for Clothe a Child Campaign in Frisco

It was an early Saturday morning for some of the REALTORs at JP and Associates REALTORS as they helped out at the Kohl's in Frisco by volunteering for the local Clothe a Child Campaign. The Clothe

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Glenridge Estates in Plano a Great Townhome Community in Plano

Last month'sJP and Associates REALTORsclient success story really belongs to a seller I personally helped that owned a home in Glenridge Estates in Plano, Texas. We listed the home on September 10th

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If you are planning to move to Frisco, TX in the near future, you should educate yourself on the locations of parks in the area.  Frisco has over 36 different parks spread out across the

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Costco Opens Up in Frisco Texas

I guess the 600% growth in about a decade gets enough National attention for Frisco that we Friscans can now add Costco to the long list of shopping venues for our growing families. I am excited for

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