What do Baby Boomers REALLY want in their Next Homes?

Retiree 03It’s all about millennials these days. Everything seems to center around these special snowflakes. But what about the original “me” generation? We’re talking about baby boomers, of course. What do these roughly 76 million Americans want when it comes to housing?

Well, they want multicar garages, for one thing. According to a recent survey by national homebuilder PulteGroup, they were the top feature boomers were looking for in a new home, followed by open decks or patios; eat-in kitchens; and a private yard.

About 38% of boomers plan to buy a home within the next three years, according to the report. About 11% expect to purchase a residence within the year.

The survey was of 1,043 folks between the ages of 50 and 65 who plan to buy a home in the next decade.

“Retirement marks a new phase in a baby boomer’s life, and it only seems natural to relocate or move to a new home when transitioning away from their primary career, or from the day-to-day rearing of school-aged children,” Jay Mason, vice president of market intelligence for PulteGroup, said in a statement. “It’s not surprising that the 55+ buyer wants a variety of options and choices in their homes.”

Retiree 02According to the survey, 39% of respondents said the main reason they’re moving is because they want to retire, 33% want to downsize, and 30% want to move to a more desirable location.

“One thing we know about boomers is they are not done yet,” says Amy Lynch, president of Generational Edge, a Nashville, TN–based company that consults with companies on generational differences in employees. “As a group, they are starting encore careers and also going back to school. And they often move to be near their millennial kids, who are having kids.” They also start new families of their own, through divorce or remarriage.

All of these situations may require a move. About 26% of boomers plan to stay in their current cities, but just move to a different home, while 34% want to remain in the state, but in a different city or town. Also, 38% hope to cross state lines.

Their top retirement destination? You guessed it: Florida. It seems you just can’t beat all of that year-round sunshine. The state was followed by fellow warm-weather states Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The cost of living is lower in these states than on the pricier West Coast or in the Northeast.

Grandparents1About 82% of boomers wanted to be someplace affordable, and 74% want to be close to their preferred health care programs.

But boomers don’t want to just pack up and leave their grandchildren. Being close to kids was their top consideration when choosing a new community. They also want to be near the water and park or other green space.

“We are in a period in this country where family life and family connections are very strong,” says Lynch. “There’s a lot of regret among boomers because they worked so many long hours when their kids were young. With grandkids there’s a chance to make up for that.”

by Clare Trapasso, realtor.com

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Eat, Drink & Be Scared at these North Texas Halloween Attractions

Halloween is just around the corner, and North Texas is a great location to get your fright on! If you’re looking for things to do to get you in the spooky mood, try some of these local attractions.

Scare Factor:
1 – Kid Friendly, not scary at all!
2 – A little bit Scary
3 – Super Scary – Yikes!

The Dark Path Haunt, Denton TX
Ages – 13+     Scare Factor: 3 (See warnings/rules on website)

This scary experience takes place outdoors, on an authentic haunted trail in Denton called the Dark Path. Located in the vicinity of the legendary Goatman’s Bridge, you will step right into horror down a winding path through the darkness, lit only by a single lantern to guide you. The area surrounding the Dark path has been home to various murders, suicides, disappearances, seances, ghost sightings and paranormal investigations since 1938. Be prepared!!

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, October 28, 2017
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

A free, family-friendly event held outside, celebrating the fall season and paying homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween, including coffin races, twilight lantern parade, and cirque du horror performance. Fun down to your bones!!

Zombie Safari, Dallas
Ages 8+     Scare Factor: 2

Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive, real-time, first-person shooter experience where you get to shoot without getting shot back. This is a one of a kind adventure and it only happens in October. A true D/FW Zombie Hunt experience.

Zombie Safari is a full service paintball facility during the day and a Zombie Hunting Adventure at Night! Food, Snacks, Drinks, Face-painting, Corn-hole, Giant Jenga, Silly String fight area and other fun stuff to do while you wait.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

All activities are free at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, including the hay bale maze, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch train, picture opportunities, playground and much more! Food vendors (on the weekend only). Pumpkins for sale. Parking charge. Visit website for more details.

Canned Goods accepted to benefit CCA.

Dan’s Haunted House, Lake Dallas 
Ages – 14+     
Scare Factor: 3 (See Warnings/Rules on website)

The 2017 Theme is “Mokusatsu – Kreep’s Atomic Shadows”. This full feature outdoor walk-through professional haunted attraction features creepy Japanese inspired sets and some of the best live Halloween entertainment actors around. “Listen for the Screams of Terror and you will know you have arrived at One of the Scariest Haunted Attractions in the DFW.”

12th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

Walk under magnificent oaks on graveled paths to meet many of the famous and infamous characters of early Fort Worth as they tell the stories of their lives and times. Twilight tours available. Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society.

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Rosemary’s Rubies October 13th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

 

What a glorious week with cooler weather!  
 
I hope everyone takes full advantage and spends time outdoors.  The Fall temperatures are the perfect time for showing properties, door knocking, and neighborhood canvassing.  Don’t forget about “pop bys”!  We have a private Facebook group that you can join for blitz marketing and pop by ideas.  Now is the perfect time for blitz marketing and our campaign runs through 12/16/17 so be a part of our Facebook group:  KWDMN Blitz Marketing
 
 
Before you canvass and door knock, please make sure it is legal in your area. Several cities require you to get a solicitation permit or “Peddlers” license while another requires you to register with the police and some outlaw it. Many HOA’s and Condo’s don’t allow it.  Always check first!  Also, keep copies of your permits, ID and real estate license (scan them so you have them in your phone).  No need to carry around important paper documents.

Where you can do it, always be prepared to GIVE something useful as an ice breaker. You can hand out information on curb appeal, finance information, PMI reduction information and much more. Some agents hand out local football / soccer schedules in the Fall and flower packets in the Spring. Offers for a Free CMA can be an additional give away.  There are many creative ideas for any budget!
 

 

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Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

 

What is a hydrostatic test?
A hydrostatic test is a way in which pipeline, plumbing, gas cylinders, boilers, and fuel tanks to be tested for strength and leaks.  The testing pressure is always higher than the normal operating pressure of the system.
Is hydrostatic testing a mandatory part of the inspection of a resale of real property?
No, a hydrostatic test is not mandatory in the inspection of a property.
Can a licensed inspector perform a hydrostatic test?
No, only a licensed plumber may perform a hydrostatic test on a system within a home.
If a buyer wishes to have a hydrostatic test performed on a home, what is required for a seller to consent to such a test?
Both TREC forms 20-13 and 30-12, the One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale) and Residential Condominium Contract (Resale), state “Any hydrostatic testing must be separately authorized by Seller in writing.”  Therefore, there must be a separate signed document of authorization by the seller for a hydrostatic test.  Thus, for example, any authorization language in the special provisions of the standard resale contract is not separate consent by the seller.
 
Here is an authorization form that MetroTex provides and can be found on DotLoop:
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Partner Agent Meeting AND Annual Vendor Fair!

This is a Can’t Miss Event!

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11:15 – 1:00 PM

Everyone is Welcome and Lunch is Provided!

We have 28 wonderful vendors and each agent will receive a ticket for all of the drawings.  To raise money for KW Cares, we will be selling additional tickets so you will have MORE chances to WIN MORE PRIZES!

 

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More Training Events This Week!

 

Monday, October 16th 2017 ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ One-on-One Mentoring with ALC* ~ Lori Lesnansky, Missy Phipps, Stephanie Carter

* Stop by Stephanie & Missy’s office door to sign up for a slot!

Tuesday, October 17th 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ Safety Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, October 18th 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ Finance Committee Meeting ~ Brian White 

Thursday, October 19th 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Sarah Bordelon and Rosemary Croney

*Join Sarah and Rosemary for tech tips and an overview of Policies & Procedures.  Not just for new agents.

Friday, October 20th 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ Mass Email Marketing / Follow-up with Gmail ~ Bryan Shanafelt 

 


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What’s the Good News for October?

1-MercerCrossingMapMercer Crossing Development to open in Farmers Branch. A $1 billion mixed-use development in Farmers Branch is bringing hundreds of homes/apartments and is planned for more than 3,000 residents.  The 370-acre Mercer Crossing development is on the north side of LBJ Freeway near Luna Road.  Mercer Crossing will include 93 acres of urban commerce and 174 acres of residential single-family homes; built by six premier builders, M/I Homes, First Texas Homes, Beazer Homes, Megatel Homes, Oakdale Homes, and Siena Homes.   The first 30 homes should be starting in November 2017, and there are a total of 660 home lots, with larger home lots being around the lake.  Houses in the development will start at price of more than $300,000.  All of the lots have been sold to builders, and the builders have committed over $10 million in earnest money. Centurion American has also sold land to Coppell-based apartment developer Western Rim Properties for 1,250 apartments, of a total 2,500 apartments planned.

2-Amazon.com4North Texas communities partnering to entice Amazon.com to the Metroplex. The Dallas & Fort Worth Chambers are working together to bundle area pitches into a combined, regional pitch which must be turned into Amazon before the October 19th deadline.  The 2 chambers are coordinating the north Texas effort to entice Amazon’s 2nd headquarters location to the DFW area.   HQ2 is expected to create more than 50,000 jobs and represent a direct $5 billion dollar investment into the local economy.  More than 12 North Texas cities, with 30 – 50 specific site proposals, made the internal deadline to be included in the regional pitch.  Lewisville has 2 development sites being proposed:  Castle Hills on the eastern edge of Lewisville is one of the areas to make a pitch and the 2nd location proposed by Lewisville is undisclosed, but thought to be in the southwestern portion of the city (Vista Ridge Mall site which was recently sold at auction?) Allen proposed 2 sites, one being included in a project there called The Strand.  Frisco is submitting at least 6 site proposals along the Tollway.  Dallas is submitting 4 including one put forth by the Texas Bullet Train group which would have them locate in the Cedars area of Dallas and help to create a super economy between Dallas and Houston. Fort Worth suggests 8 sites including on the banks of the Trinity River in Ft Worth.  Plano is pitching 6 possible sites including their historic downtown.  McKinney has a proposal, Arlington and Irving met the deadline as well.  Carrollton sent in 2 sites and Grapevine sent in a site proposal including land owned by DFW Airport.  Denton submitted 3 site proposals – one north, one south and one in downtown Denton.

3-Retire4Texas ranks as one of 2018 Best Places to Retire; Dallas is 11th in Nation! In U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Places to Retire in the United States, released on 10/02/17, the Lone Star state comes out smelling like a yellow rose. Six of the top 12 cities on the new top 100 list are in Texas, with Dallas coming in 11th in the nation.  The ranking measures included housing affordability, the job market, health care, retiree taxes and overall happiness.  Sarasota, FL showed up as the best place to retire in America and San Antonio came in at #1 in Texas, #3 in the nation.

4-Southwest1Southwest adds Boeing 737 to fleet, increasing area coverage and reducing emissions. On Oct. 1, 2017 , Southwest flew its inaugural flight on its new plane – the Boeing 737 Max.   Southwest is now one of the country’s largest domestic airlines, carrying more than 124 million paying passengers in 2016 and adding international flights to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  Looking at Southwest’s new 737 Max, it can be hard to distinguish it from its predecessor, the 737-800.  The Max has updated winglets and larger engines, but its dimensions are nearly the same. Inside, the Max has the same blue-clad interior, approximately 30 additional seats and the galleys have been updated.  Southwest is expected to have 9 of the new aircraft in service by year end 2017 and 36 total by year end 2018. In 10 years, Southwest could have as many as 391 of the aircraft, a figure that represents more than half of the carrier’s current fleet size of about 700 aircraft.  The aircraft’s engines burn an estimated 14% less fuel than the previous generation of 737s, helping Southwest save on its second largest operating expense while cutting down emissions.  Perhaps most important is the 500 nautical miles of additional range Southwest says the jet will provide, which will increase the routes that are possible operationally and profitably.

North Texas Housing Market remains strong

Keller Williams Dallas Metro North presents the September 2017 Market Reports, Courtesy of Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) and Greater Lewisville Area Realtors® (GLAR). How is your market doing?

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Rosemary’s Rubies October 6th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

I am sending out my email earlier than usual today to give everyone a reminder notice of today’s Wine Down at Lawyer’s Title beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Our office will be attending this special Open House event so please join us between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  See invitation below and hope to see everyone there!
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If you haven’t seen our Game of Homes video, you should watch it.  This is greatness!  To view, click here:
 
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Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

 

When can an agent say they “sold” a property in an advertisement?
 
Any agent who worked with the seller or the buyer in a transaction that resulted in the sale of a property may correctly state in an advertisement that they “sold” the property.  If the license holder did not participate in that specific transaction, he/she cannot state or imply that his/her actions resulted in the sale of that property.  An example of a misleading advertisement of this nature would be if a license holder sent out “Just Sold” postcards with his/her contact information and a picture of a recently sold property that he/she did not help to sell.  He/She didn’t state that he/she sold it but a consumer reading the card could surely and reasonably imply an erroneous claim of involvement. Another potential example of a misleading advertisement is a license holder who included a list of “Recently Sold Homes” in his/her advertisement that included many properties where he/she had no role in the transaction, but he/she failed to make it clear in the ad which, if any, of those transactions he/she was involved in.  Under Texas law, a license holder may not “create a misleading impression” in their advertisement.*
 
*Source:  TREC FAQs

 

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Creating Outstanding Realtors for Excellence –  is a fast track program to provide agents with the foundation needed to launch their business, and get off to a fast, exciting start in real estate!

This 90 minute orientation class covers how, what, when and where details necessary to get your Real Estate business started with Dallas Metro North.  You will be introduced to “Path to Success“. Path to Success is your first 100 days business guide.

Cinda Knight, Productivity Coach, facilitates this class and program.  If you have questions about the CORE program, Cinda’s email is cinda@kw.com.

If you want to build your profit share tree, this is also an excellent recruiting tool for you so come & check it out!

 

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Monday, October 9th 2017 ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ One-on-One Mentoring with ALC* ~ Lori Lesnansky, Missy Phipps, Stephanie Carter

* Stop by Stephanie & Missy’s office door to sign up for a slot! 

Wednesday, October 11th 2017 ~ 12:00-1:15 ~ ALC Meeting

Thursday, October 12th 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Sarah Bordelon and Rosemary Croney

*Join Sarah and Rosemary for tech tips and an overview of Policies & Procedures.  Not just for new agents.

Thursday, October 12th 2017 ~ 12:00-1:00 ~ Culture Committee Meeting ~ Beth Brake

 


 

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Little Elm and Flower Mound ranked in “Best Small Cities for Families” List

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Little Elm and Flower Mound ranked in the top 10 in a recent NerdWallet.com analysis of the “Best Small Cities for Families” list. Options considered were affordability, growth and prosperity, and family-friendliness.

Key takeaways from the study were:

  1. Some of the best are in Texas! Four of the 10 top cities were located in the Lone Star State – suburbs of either Dallas or Austin.
  2. The top places are close to big cities. Nine of the 10 top cities were suburbs.
  3. Rapid population growth was a key factor. The top 10 cities named in the analysis grew four times as fast as other cities. No argument there – Flower Mound is growing quickly!
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Little Elm, ranked #2, was the fastest growing city in the top 10, and the fourth fastest growing place in the analysis of all cities. The population increased 47% from 2010 to 2015. It’s also the second most affordable city in the top 10, with a median home value of $167,200 … ranked 559 out of 944 cities studied.

Flower Mound, ranked #7, rates among the best for family-friendliness. 44% of the families in residence have kids. The town has the cheapest median home value (about$280,000) of any of the cities with the highest 40 median annual household incomes. Put simply, your money will get you more house in Flower Mound than in many other places in the analysis.

To see the study in its entirety, visit NerdWallet.com

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