5 reasons to buy a home in the offseason

Key Takeaways Buying a home in the fall or winter can be a thrifty move for homebuyers because it’s cheaper, sellers are ready, there are fewer choices, the buyer becomes the star and they can get great furniture deals. Spring and summer may be the prime time to purchase real estate, but if your clients…

Dallas suburb named one of the safest cities to raise kids

The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranks Flower Mound as the fifth safest U.S. city to raise kids, but it sure has a funny way of expressing it. In a blog post about the ranking, the council claims that “Flower Mound’s name is probably its finest quality” and that “Flower Mound may not seem remarkable…

5 Smells That Sell Houses

What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a good smell can tempt buyers to a sale. From “green” scents to seasonal scents, discover the right smells for triggering positive emotions and home sales. Clean…

Rent Price on Decline in Dallas, according to this study

Earlier this month, Abodo Apartments released its October rent report, sharing rental price trends from September to October. As the fourth quarter in business begins for real estate companies, Abodo examined trends in the Dallas rental market and the major changes seen throughout the quarter. What happened in the Dallas rental market last quarter? A few key…

Is Going Solar Worth the Cost?

The decision to switch to renewable energy in your home should not be made lightly. While residential solar panels are more popular now than ever before and boast multiple benefits—including savings on electricity bills and a more sustainable home, many homeowners are put off by high solar panel cost. Before taking the leap into solar, researching…

10 Easy Essentials for Outdoor Fall Decorating

Mix Up Gourds Line your stoop or walkway with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of sizes. Try layering and interlacing them with ivy and other greens to get a natural pumpkin-patch look. Display Colorful Mums Mums come in a variety of colors and sizes. Choose one or two colors for a…

Autumn Maintenance Tips

Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood. Lower humidity and…

Dallas and Fort Worth rank among top U.S. markets for housing recovery

As a testament to the region’s healthy economy, both the Dallas and Fort Worth housing markets have fully recovered — and then some — from the price declines they sustained during the Great Recession. A new index from mortgage website HSH.com shows Dallas-Plano-Irving ranks third among the 100 biggest U.S. metro areas for the level of home price recovery…

Storm Damage Inspections: a 5-Step Home Checklist

Every year, nor’easters, hurricanes and other major weather events do plenty of damage to the nation’s homes. Wind and rain can flood basements, wash out foundations and rip shingles from roofs. If you have had a storm like this pass through your area, it’s wise to have a storm damage inspection to check your home for needed repairs. Obvious storm damage,…