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North Texas’ sprawl sprang from pro-growth policies

North Texas’ sprawl sprang from pro-growth policies | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
A developer-friendly environment, good highways and open terrain have contributed to the region’s steady outward push.
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Right up 287 towards Wise County - growth IS on the way. Good and bad??????

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Small Space Solutions | Remodels & Upgrades | This Old House

Small Space Solutions | Remodels & Upgrades | This Old House | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Ideas for small rooms and spaces, including bungalows, studio apartments, powder rooms, galley kitchens, crawlspace storage, and more

Via Carlton Holloway
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Great ideas.

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Ebby Halliday Turns 102

Ebby Halliday Turns 102 | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
 Surrounded by hundreds of friends and real estate associates, Ebby Halliday celebrated her 102nd birthday at Southfork Ranch. She's credited for opening doors for business and women in the North Texas real estat...

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WHAT an amazing women! God Bless you Ebby!

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How can programs for first time home buyers in Texas fulfill your dreams?

How can programs for first time home buyers in Texas fulfill your dreams? | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it

Most people dream of owning a home of their own. There are several factors like your monthly income, savings and budgeting that are considered before purchasing a new home.


Via Darrick Ethien, Kaye Davis
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It is SO very important to have a reputable LOCAL lender. They KNOW the area and can tell exactly what programs are available in the area your are wanting to purchase in. NOT ALL programs are available in ALL Counties. If you are beginning the process but don't have a lender OR REALTOR, give me a call and I will help you take that next step.

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Kaye Davis's curator insight, September 17, 2014 4:30 PM

A well-informed buyer is a happier and more successful buyer.

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The Cost of Being a Real Estate Agent

The Cost of Being a Real Estate Agent | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
I remember when I first considered getting my real estate license. I had no idea exactly what I was...
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I am a REALTOR because I LOVE IT! But in case you were wondering, keeping my license and doing what I love IS NOT CHEAP!

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It's Final: News Corp Acquires Realtor.com®

r BaMedia giant News Corp has officially completed its acquisition of Move, Inc., firming up its stake in the online real estate arena and tying its name to the REALTOR® brand.

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Not sure YET if this is a good or bad thing. Waiting for the jury to come in.

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How can I create a household inventory for insurance purposes? - HowStuffWorks

How can I create a household inventory for insurance purposes? - HowStuffWorks | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Keep meaning to create a home inventory for insurance? Don't wait until it's too late. Learn how to create a home inventory for insurance purposes.
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Great information to have. Don't wait until its too late.

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103 CR-3470, Paradise, TX | For Sale | Powered by Postlets

103 CR-3470, Paradise, TX | For Sale | Powered by Postlets | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
This 3 Beds 2.5 Baths Single Family House is For Sale at $385,000.
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Awesome place in Paradise! Contact me to hear about the Buyer's bonus on this one IF purchased before the end of the year.

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Texas escapes real estate downturn with its reputation intact

Texas escapes real estate downturn with its reputation intact | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Texas maintains its reputation as an economic and real estate powerhouse. So what's behind its success? Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher weighs in.

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Troy Corman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 7:44 AM

I wasn't born it Texas but I got here as fast as I could!

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Housing Outlook 2014: 10 Predictions From The Experts

Housing Outlook 2014: 10 Predictions From The Experts | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
The 2013 housing market was all about recovery. Here's what the experts expect in 2014.

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:43 AM

Here are ten things housing experts expect to see in 2014:


1. More homes will be available
2. Mortgage rates will rise
3. Mortgages will be easier to get
4. Home prices will rise 3%
5. Fewer homeowners will be underwater
6. Affordability will decline
7. Ownership will decline
8. Americans will move
9. Foreclosures will fade
10. Home buying process less crazed


During the bust, investors bought as many as one out of every five homes in America, according to Redfin. The perfect storm of increased inventory, higher prices, and fewer foreclosures means that investors are stepping out of the buying market, giving way for regular folks.


Add to that the loosening credit rules, and the housing buy market begins to look more normal. “All in all, more inventory, less competition from investors, and more mortgage credit should all make the buying process less frenzied than in 2013,” says Kolko of Trulia

Sandy Blanton's curator insight, December 29, 2013 10:16 AM

Interesting. 

Mike Jurecka's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:12 AM

Great article. Check it out....

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AL man 'lucky to be alive' after attack by pet deer

AL man 'lucky to be alive' after attack by pet deer | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Some animal lovers may see it as a good idea to care for stray deer, but state wildlife officials are warning Alabamians of the dangers of having deer as pets after a man was attacked.

Via ItHappensinAlabama
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Remember(!!!) they may look needy and hungry but they are WILD ANIMALS and can fend for themselves! They can be VERY DANGEROUS!

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ItHappensinAlabama's curator insight, November 9, 2013 1:16 PM

Yes, Alabama has some of the most beautiful wildlife in the world, but we do want to remind you that they are Wild and their #1 instinct is survival. We have helped baby oppossums, birds and squirells. What orphaned animals have you helped?

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listing - 132 Private Road 2692, Alvord TX 76225

listing - 132 Private Road 2692, Alvord TX 76225 | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
132 Private Road 2692, Alvord TX 76225 listing
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listing - 1307 S Stratton St, Decatur TX 76234

listing - 1307 S Stratton St, Decatur TX 76234 | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
1307 S Stratton St, Decatur TX 76234 listing
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New Listing in Decatur, TX 3/2/2 listed at $148,000. Gorgeous corner lot with mature trees and manicured lawn. Well established area and a great house. call to see this one today

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How a Dubai-based investor will develop a $700M project in Frisco - Dallas Business Journal

How a Dubai-based investor will develop a $700M project in Frisco - Dallas Business Journal | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Dubai-based Invest Group Overseas is developing its master plan for The Gate — a $700 million, 41-acre project — which is a pilot development for the group, which hopes to develop more projects in the United States in the future.

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NAR's RPR database scores more listings from deep in the heart of Texas

NAR's RPR database scores more listings from deep in the heart of Texas | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
National property database Realtors Property Resource has signed a licensing deal with Dallas-based multiple listing service North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc., giving it access to listing data for one of the nation's biggest housing markets.

Via John M. Holland
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Don't know how I feel about this. I will study on it.

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Last-Minute Closing Changes to Get Difficult

Last-Minute Closing Changes to Get Difficult | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Be prepared for some big changes to mortgage forms that take effect Aug. 1, which could make any changes that occur three days prior to closing much more challenging to complete without risking a dela
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Just what we needed! More ways to discourage buyers.

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10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers for 2015 - Fox Business

10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers for 2015 - Fox Business | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Buying or selling a home means major planning. Follow our strategy for the best results.

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Kaye Davis's curator insight, January 5, 2015 3:08 PM

Major planning is required to sell or buy. Read this helpful strategy.

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Use it for FREE

Use it for FREE | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
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Here's a helpful little thing to put inside your listing files or anything you want to make a hand written daily note on.

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Best Season to Buy a Home

Knowing when it's an optimal time to start your search for a house can help increase your chances of finding the right home at the right price.
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Is this YOUR season? Give me a call and lets get started!

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Check Your Homeowners Policy

Check Your Homeowners Policy | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Does it make sense for you to add extra coverage like earthquake or flood?
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Don't wait until AFTER you need coverage. Make sure you are covered now.

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Texas business climate draws major corporate relocations

Texas business climate draws major corporate relocations | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Attracting corporate relocations has always been one of Texas’ strong suits...

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John M. Holland's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:30 AM

Texas has drawn 24 corporate relocations from outside the state in 2012 and so far in 2013. That compares to 16 relocations in 2010 and 2011 combined.

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Texas No Longer Highest Homeowners Insurance

Texas No Longer Highest Homeowners Insurance | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Texas No Longer Highest Homeowners Insurance -
Just reading one of my insurance journals and read this tidbit of FYI:


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2014 ushers in 5% mortgage rates

2014 ushers in 5% mortgage rates | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
With 2014 right around the corner, the housing market will have to embrace a lot more than just an onslaught of new housing regulations, with Freddie Mac predicting that rates will likely touch 5% by the end of the new year.
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Photo Manipulation, Draw A Line - ARMLS Blog

Photo Manipulation, Draw A Line - ARMLS Blog | North Texas Listings & Information | Scoop.it
Something isn’t right here! Can you spot what’s wrong in this front exterior photo? Is the photo acceptable to you, did they cross the line? Comment below if you’ve figured it out. If you’re stumped, click here for a video hint.
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I, personally & professionally, DO NOT believe in photshopping or manipulating the pictures of a house at all! The buyer is going to see the "TRUTH" when they come preview the property, so take the best pictures of what you are listing. DON'T put yourself in a situation of being misleading. I know, for ME, my license are too important to take that type of chance!

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