All Blog Entries by Karli Jaenike

There are currently 233 blog entries published by Karli Jaenike.

water damage to a house

When inspecting a prospective new home, it’s important to keep an eye out for warning signs that the house has irreparable issues. While there are common warning signs of a bad deal, there are also a variety of ‘sneaky issues’ that can fly relatively under the radar.

We asked our agents what they tell their clients to look out for when searching for a new property. What they came back with was advice on not only physical issues in a home but also common things to avoid during the home buying process.

Your agent should be educating you on the following pitfalls, but just in case they aren’t, here are our top 10 things to avoid when purchasing a home.

 

1. Don’t compromise because of a time crunch. Avoid making compromises due to a time

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mowing the lawn

Texas Summers can get downright miserable, upwards of 100 degrees and humid. It’s not uncommon to see lawns suffering in the dead of summer, especially during times of drought. While we’ve been pretty lucky with the amount of rain received lately, it’s never a bad idea to begin preparing your lawn early for the harsh summer ahead. We caught up with lawn care expert Jake Hill from LawnStarter Lawn Care, who shared his tips and best practices for keeping a healthy lawn all year round. 

 

Summer lawn care begins in the spring. Jake advises that about once every other year, homeowners should aerate their lawn to alleviate soil compaction and thus allow their lawn to breathe. “Just like a person – grass needs air, food, and water to survive (and the

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 May 2017 Dallas/Fort Worth Housing Market Statistics

The nation's employment landscape and wages have both improved over the last few years, allowing for more people to become homeowners. Low interest rates have added to the mix, making it one of the best times to purchase a home in recent history.

When the economy is in good working order, as it is now, it creates opportunities in residential real estate and right now is a potentially lucrative time to sell a home. Houses that show well and are priced correctly have been selling quickly, often at higher prices than asking.

In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this is no different. According to North Texas Real Estate Information System's monthly market statistics recently released, new listings were up in the North Texas region 1.2 percent to 13,240.

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May 2017 Housing Market Update

Single-family home sales increased throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in April, according to the April 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® commented, "After a slow beginning to the year, increases in single-family home sales, homes on the market, and housing inventory across the region in April 2017 indicate that the Central Texas housing market is ramping up for a strong summer selling season.”

Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 3.2 percent year-over-year in April 2017 to 2,640 home sales. In the city of Austin, single-family home sales rose 2.2 percent annually to 827 home

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millennials financial planning

As more millennials graduate college and begin to plan out their lives, buying a house seems like the logical next step to many. However, saving up for a mortgage down payment, as well as planning out future spending habits have left some younger buyers hesitant, and many don’t know where to start when it comes to owning a home. Deciding whether or not to buy, as well as how to save once you do decide to buy can be frustrating and scary. 

Planning out your financial situation and saving up for a down payment are key. While there are some ways to put in less than the recommended 20 percent for a down payment, such as an FHA loan, investing that full 20 percent or more can have a significant impact on your monthly payments, as well as take some of

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gourmet margaritas with lime and orange

 

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and you know what that means. Tacos and margaritas galore! There are ton of places around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to get delicious Mexican food and dance the cumbia, but for this article, we’re focusing on those delicious, salty, tangy, tequila-filled margaritas!

 

So where do you find the best in the Metro? We’ve got you covered!

 

1. Joe T Garcia’s (Fort Worth) – Joe’s is famous for their outdoor seating and family-style dinner. For Cinco de Mayo, ordering a pitcher of margaritas and relaxing on their massive outdoor patio is a must. Guests can enjoy their authentic Tex-Mex offerings and listen to the live mariachi band that often plays. For those in Fort Worth looking for a more authentic

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April 2017 Austin Housing Market Statistics

Single-family home sales declined across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and increased in the city of Austin in March, according to the March 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS. Analyzing a growing disparity in market conditions among housing price classes, the report underscored the need for policies that create additional housing capacity to meet the market demand and a broader range of housing types throughout the region.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS® commented, “Growing disparities in housing market conditions at all levels of pricing represent an urgent and immediate need to fill the 'missing middle' in the region’s housing stock.

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home improvements that add property value

When preparing to sell your home, or simply trying to give it a facelift, it’s common to wonder what updates will provide the most return on investment. Which improvements or additions will add to your home's property value and equity? After all, if you’re going to put in the money to improve your home, you will want to know that your efforts could provide a return in the long run.

It’s smart to be thinking about the future equity of your home, and these are questions our agents here at HomeCity get asked a lot. There is no one, go to upgrade that will work in every situation and with every budget. However, here are some of our top suggestions – straight from the experts themselves!

Upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms. Remodeling the kitchen and

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Written By: Katie Bassett

 homeowners association fees

Gated communities with sparkling swimming pools and band new gym equipment. Walking trails, playscapes, and community events. Amenities like these are desired by many and found in condominiums, townhomes or planned developments across the country. While services vary based on where you live, one thing will be forever present if you are looking for a community home – a homeowner association (HOA) fee. A monthly or annual payment in return for the upkeep of a property, the HOA fee might cover some of the finer things in life like an exotic landscaping, a clean pool or a new gym.

Conflicting opinions run rampant regarding HOA fees, but trends over the past decade indicate a steady incline, which is alarming to everyone

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March 2017 DFW Housing Market Update

Demand for housing has remained strong throughout the country, but particularly so in the DFW area. Low supply, as usual, has been making for an incredibly competitive atmosphere for those hoping to buy homes. Home prices have continued to rise, and the low inventory is causing affordability issues for first time home buyers and those looking for more affordable housing options.

Even with the affordability crunch, demand continues to outpace supply, making it a seller’s market. In fact, experts argue that this could be the best time to list a home on the market all year! Zillow recently released a report that narrowed down the best time to sell in multiple metro areas across the US. Dallas-Fort Worth’s ideal time frame to sell is listed as May 1 –

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