Dallas home rental costs inch higher

Local rent increases below national average. The cost of renting a house continues to climb. But the rent increases in the Dallas area are less than in a lot of U.S. markets. Nationwide single-family rental cots were up 3% in August from a year ago, according to a new report from CoreLogic. That’s well ahead…

9 unreasonable repair requests your buyers should skip

Sellers are far more likely to agree to a $300 credit, than replace 30 $10 items, so use saftey or failure of an expensive system as your guide. Most buyers and sellers understand that buying and selling a home requires negotiation. You give a little here, and they concede a bit there. But what do you…

Cost of Gutter Guards: Are They Worth It?

Gutter guards are products that address the very reason this season is called “fall.” Besides tumbling temperatures, it’s the time of year when beautiful fall foliage assembles into a rotted rooftop mess, clogging gutters from coast to coast. Whether you clean your gutters yourself, or invest in one of the many types of gutter guards,…

110 super scary home inspector nightmare photos

After seeing these real-life home inspector photos (and picking your jaw up off of the floor), you’ll wonder what these homeowners were thinking. Click or swipe through to see the full list. Adjustable Support Column Adjustable support columns like this with steel supporting pins should only be used as temporary support columns, according to an American Society…

Dallas housing is still too hot, Wall Street analysts warn

D-FW home prices are overvalued by 10% to 14%, according to Fitch Ratings. Still overvalued — that’s the latest assessment of the Dallas housing market by one of Wall Street’s big ratings firms. Dallas-Fort Worth home prices are 10% to 14% ahead of where they should be, according to the latest report by Fitch Ratings….

The 50 biggest regrets first-time homebuyers have

The biggest regrets first-time homebuyers have… It’s easy to overlook some of these small yet very important things when you’re excited about buying a house—but you’ll regret it later. Future Development When you have a specific house in mind, think about potential developments. For example: If the home is near a busy road, will there…

5 Designers on Trends They’re Seeing Now

Designers around the country share the home design materials and colors their clients are asking for. Home design trends seem to spring up from anywhere. Sure, geographic location sometimes dictates what’s popular. After all, what works for a home in Arkansas might not translate to a lakeside home in Washington. But often what’s happening on…

D-FW home prices rise while values fall in some California neighborhoods

Dallas-Fort Worth topped other major Texas cities in a new home price comparison. Median home values in the D-FW area were up 5.1% year-over-year in Zillow’s July comparison. Nationwide values increased by 5.2% during the same period. Home price gains in North Texas topped appreciation in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. But the rate of…

Home Buying Tips: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

Even in the best of circumstances, home buying or selling is stressful, and some of the biggest potential deal-breakers lurk in the time right before the sale closes. Home buying stress can be easily avoided, however, with the following five home buying tips. Home Buying Tip #1 – Home inspection results Today’s home purchase contracts typically…