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how to make new mommy friends

Written By: Jen Glatz, Realtor®

Moving to a new area can be both overwhelming and intimidating. Throw in a kid…or four…and to some, the task might seem daunting.  If you’re a mom or dad who works outside the home, then you’re in an environment conducive to meeting like-minded people. However, it’s a whole different ballgame if you’re a work-from-home parent or stay-at-home parent. Outside of a work environment where you’re organically socializing with individuals who share a common interest, kids can be the best way to make new friends. Children are naturally friendly, curious creatures.  So, hitch your wagon to your child’s personality and get ready to meet some new friends!

That seems simple enough, and reading it might feel a little

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February 2017 Dallas/Fort Worth real estate market statistics

The new year has brought out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with renewed enthusiasm, excited to buy homes. Home sales may still inevitably start slow in the first half of the year due to low inventory. Continued drops in the number of homes available for sale could push out potential buyers who can't compete for homes selling at higher prices in a lower number of days, especially if mortgage rates continue to increase. North Texas Real Estate Information Systems recently released their monthly housing market report which cited rising home prices and dwindling inventory.

If you can afford it, now is the time to buy! Interest rates are still low, and home prices are still reasonable. They’re rising rapidly, however, with the median sales price jumping

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January 2017 housing market statistics

It looks like Austin’s surrounding areas have caught up to the cities low inventory levels, with Williamson County at 1.8 months of inventory and Hays at 2.5. Not surprisingly, the city of Austin itself sits at the lowest inventory of 1.4 months, making the whole Austin-area an average of around two months. What does this mean for potential homebuyers? It means that even if you’re looking outside of Austin proper, the market is going to be competitive!

First time home buyers searching for homes for sale in Austin might have to expand their search to the south or east where inventory is a bit higher, and prices are a bit lower. There are still great houses available near the city center, but they will cost you. The median home price in Austin right

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 couple moving into home

Congratulations, you’ve found the perfect place to live and can’t wait to settle into your new home. The only thing left to do is - the dreaded move. Packing up your place and relocating to another can be not only tedious and time-consuming, but often expensive! 

However, there are tips and tricks used by the professionals that can make the moving process less of a headache. We asked some of the best in the business what they suggest doing to keep things organized before, during, and after the big move.  

Plan, plan, plan.

Professional organizer Jennifer Lava suggests starting as early as possible in your planning and scheduling. “Keep a master to-do list of all moving-related tasks. Then use your calendar to schedule and plan them out to

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advice from a real estate tax expert

It’s tax time again, which means that most people are gathering their documentation and counting their deductions. However, many people, homeowners, and investment property owners especially, don’t realize that they could be saving much more money than they are currently. Property owners are afforded all sorts of tax breaks and incentives that can sometimes be overlooked by those who are not 'in the know.' In many cases, employing the help of a CPA rather than doing your taxes yourself can garner a much larger tax return. We caught up with Brandon Hall from The Real Estate CPA to learn a little bit more about homeowner tax advantages, investor tax incentives, and why employing a CPA is a smart move. 

 

Now, you might be wondering, why are there

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January 2017 DFW Housing Market Statistics

It’s been an unusually busy winter so far for most real estate professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and the market isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Changes in the market, like continued low inventory and higher competition for homes, haven’t deterred those who are determined to land their dream home. Home sales and prices continue to rise, even as mortgage rates increase.

 

Perhaps we have the area's low unemployment rates (around 3.7%) and improved wages to thank for that. As more people move to the area, many times for a higher paying job, the demand for housing increases. These people, generally speaking, can afford and are willing to shell out the cash for real estate in DFW. They are prepared to compete for homes in

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January 2017 Austin Market Statistics

Surprise, surprise, it looks like our Austin housing market is showing signs of normalization. In fact, many economists predict that our market will begin to correct itself sometime in 2017. The Austin Board of Realtors, in its monthly market statistics press release, reported another record-breaking year for Central Texas home sales in 2017, but concurred that the market is steadying.

 

"The Central Texas housing market is slowly beginning to align with long-term historical trends. Homes are spending more time on the market and the pace of both home sales and price growth is slowing,” said Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®. “This normalization does not necessarily mean a weakening housing market, but a return to

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2016 was a roller coaster of a year, and 2017 is likely to have some surprises in store as well. There are already changes being felt since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and while this change is unlikely to alter the fundamentals of real estate in the US, we expect there will be more. 

There has already been a slight jump in mortgage rates, although many predictions don’t see them rising above five percent. Even so, that increase in percentage points could mean the difference between being able to afford a home and not – especially for millennials and first-time home buyers. Supreme Lending’s John McClellan, in his 2017 Mortgage Forecast, showed how even a couple mortgage points could add hundreds to a monthly payment.

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It’s that time of year again! Time for new homeowners to file for their homestead exemption! If you bought a home in Texas in 2016, you have until April 30th to file for a residential homestead exemption. A homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes. For example, if your home is appraised at $35,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $20,000.

As a homeowner, you may apply for a homestead exemption on your principal residence ONLY. This means the home's owner must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year, and be an individual (not a corporation or

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It’s that time of year again! Time for new homeowners to file for their homestead exemption! If you bought a home in Texas in 2016, you have until April 30th to file for a residential homestead exemption. A homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes. For example, if your home is appraised at $35,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $20,000.

As a homeowner, you may apply for a homestead exemption on your principal residence ONLY. This means the home's owner must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year, and be an individual (not a corporation or

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