Month: July 2010

“What’s the Good” for July

At our office we like to stay positive and look at all the good things going on in the market.  Especially in such difficult economic times, it’s important to remember that there’s plenty of good out in the world – and plenty in Real Estate too!  Check out our “Good News” for July:

– Dallas was ranked the #7 most recession-proof city

– Texas ranked the #1 state for business according to CNBC

– Beginning October 2010, Lewisville HS is remodeling, including adding thousands of square feet to their campus

For all July’s North Dallas “Good News” from Flower Mound KW, go here.

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July Training

Be sure to check out the great things going on at Keller Williams Dallas Metro North!  We’ve got a full month worth of honing our skills to help you!  Don’t forget to check out our website.

Training Calendar – July

HOAs Influencing Real Estate Market?

Homeowner Associations are on the firing line as pre-legislature politics gets underway.  Most people understand the need and share the desire for restrictions on what can be done in, around, and to a home in a subdivision.  However, recent news stories about the abuse of power by some HOAs have certainly made this a hot topic.  These days we find most buyers are educated and do desire to review the covenants, rules and restrictions of a neighborhood before closing on a home.  In an interesting twist, with the ever changing conditions in the mortgage market, several of the largest lenders are now requiring HOAs to carry $1,000,000 liability policies…..up from a norm of $250,000.  This is slowing down closings and certainly changing the expenses of Homeowner Associations everywhere.

As the laws, rules and procedures governing Homeowner Associations in Texas continue to change, be sure you stay aware and alert for changes that matter to you and your neighbors….and if you are a Realtor, to your career!

Win With Foreclosures

All eyes continue to be on real estate and with interest rates low, there are many people considering real estate as a large part of their future investment portfolio.  Keller Williams leads the way in helping their agents provide expert service to their clients, makes it easy for agents to lead generate, remains at the forefront of agent education and expertise….and now they are doing it again.  If you are a Keller Williams agent, be sure you check out the tool kit called “Winning With Foreclosures.”  It contains a great presentation along with detailed ideas for having a terrific seminar for your sphere and those interested parties in your area.  It seems everyone today is interested in knowing about foreclosures or short sales and the possibility of making a great buy…..if you’re an agent with KW, why not take advantage of that?  If you’re a possible investor, why not call on the best in the business & in the area & in the investment segment of the market – call one of our trained KW agents today.

Upgrades & Updates Good For Office Too!

As Realtors, we talk regularly with our clients about updates and upgrades that would benefit them in the sale of their home.  Well, now it’s our turn!  Today, the architects are in our building measuring so they can complete our As-Built sketches showing how our space is used today – this is step one in our wonderful remodel process!  We are upgrading, updating and expanding to give our agents the very best work space & technology possible.

It reminds me of the great Remodel Magazine Cost vs. Value survey that is done annually to show which remodel projects pay off the best in each region of the country.  Consistently, kitchen and bath upgrades are the best investments in a home…………and we believe technology & shared work space will pay off for our office!  If you haven’t seen the Remodel Magazine survey results for 2009-2010, check out this website for all of the great detailed information:

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2009/costvsvalue/national.aspx

The Best Web Presence for Your Home Listing!

You can now find homes listed by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North on even more websites, with even better information.  Check out the #1 real estate web site in the world – Realtor.com – and notice that every KW Dallas Metro North listing is enhanced with additional photos and great info.

You will not miss one home shopper who visits Trulia.com; AOL real estate; Google maps; hotpads.com; zillow.com; homes.com; military.com; cyberhomes.com; HGTV’s Front Door and literally hundreds more!  Listing with Keller Williams Dallas Metro North increases the traffic that is exposed to your property for sale….it’s just that simple.