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“Lars helped us in find a house about 2 years ago. I have to say he was so amazing to work with. Very attentive to what you are looking for and also very fun to work with. He made the process less stressful. Very good guy. I would and have recommended him to all of our friends.”
“Just moved to TX from CA. The process in TX was a lot more complicated than I am used to. Lars walked me through the process. He was always ready to answer my questions. He was also organized and easy to talk to. I didn’t feel any pressure from him, and he came across very objectively. I guess it’s not usual to find a house to rent quickly, but we were able to find a house and sign on in less than 2 days. I was very happy with my experience with Lars.
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POSTED ON FEBRUARY 7, 2014 BY ANGELA HALL FROM OVERHEAD DOOR – WWW.OVERHEADDOOR.COM
By Suba Iyer Published June 20 2014 FiveCentNickel.com
It’s been exactly one year since my husband and I purchased our first home. As one might expect, we’ve learned a number of valuable lessons this past year. There are plenty of articles full of useful tips for first-time home buyers. I am not going to repeat them. Instead, I will list the lessons I personally learned that I didn’t find covered anywhere else.
Think long-term and think re-sale: Are you planning to have kids? Will you be taking care of elderly relatives? You might be planning to live in your first home for only a few years. In that case, who is your target audience when it comes time to sell the house? If you buy a house in a very bad school district or a house on a very busy street, when you are ready to sell the house, most families with children will be out of your list of potential buyers.
Make a list of items to check: Home-buying is an emotional process. Ideally, you should set aside all your emotions when evaluating a house. Practically, that is impossible. Instead, make a checklist of your must-haves, nice-to-haves and other essentials. Then print copies of this checklist. Every time you visit a house, take the checklist along with you; take photographs so you can cross each item off your list. If you fall in love with the house and your checklist shows that the house has none of your must-haves, it will at least make you pause and think.
Look at ALL the expenses when you are budgeting for the house: When budgeting for the house, don’t stop with principal, interest, taxes and insurance; add in utilities, cost of commuting and upgrades. Call the utility companies that service the house you are considering and ask for an estimate of what the cost will be, whether there are any budget plans available, etc. Will the gas budget for your car go up if you are moving further away from the places you frequently visit? Budget all of these expenses and see if you can still afford the house.
Ask for the homeowners association contract before you make a decision: Our long term plan is to rent out the house, if and when we move away. With this in mind, once we identified the neighborhood we found most desirable, I asked for a copy of the HOA contract after going to an open house in the area. It turned out that none of the houses in that neighborhood could be rented out. If you are buying a house that is part of an HOA, it is absolutely essential to read the HOA contract before you do anything else.
Research grants and other sources of funding: When I was researching our mortgage options, I came across so many grants and funding sources I have never heard of before. I always thought the income limit for qualifying for these types of funding would be very low, but I was pleasantly surprised by the generous income limit on many of the options. There are many different options based on profession (grants for teachers, farmers, etc.) as well as the area of the potential house (whether it’s in a rural area, high-poverty area, etc.) Research all the grants and funding options you are eligible for before you automatically decide you won’t qualify for anything.
Be sure to read your contract before you sign it: A house is probably the largest purchase you will ever make in your life, so make sure you understand the terms of your contract. If you don’t understand any of the terms, ask your mortgage broker and your real estate agent. If they won’t explain the terms clearly to you, fire them; there are enough people who will be more than happy to help you and work for your business.
Learn about the neighborhood demographics: If you are buying a house in a neighborhood full of renters, it only takes a few bad renters or bad landlords to drive the neighborhood down fast. If the neighborhood is full of single people, will you be happy there if you have very young kids?
If you like the view, buy it: Buy the view, not the house. A set of people in our neighborhood are at war with the county for approving a new development next to ours. The reason? There was a wetland and a nice wooded area with a view of snow-peaked mountains from their homes. They bought their homes for that view. Now, within a year of moving in, their view is gone. Unless you own the land between your house and the view, don’t buy a house for the view.
Look beyond the staging: I read about staging while I was researching buying a home, but I never expected the amount of staging a house goes through. The psychology does work; staged houses look far better than houses that are still being occupied. One house we went to had nightstands with lamps on it next to the bed that really increased the appeal of the room. In reality, though, there were no plug points anywhere near the lights. So practically that setup would not have been possible without remodeling. When you are considering a house, mentally try to remove the staging. Pay more attention to the layout of the house and the structure itself. Ugly wallpaper and paint can be easily fixed later.
All the old advice about buying your first home is true. Some examples — have an emergency fund, save for a down payment of 20 percent, get your credit into a better shape and don’t buy more than you can afford. If you need a refresher, here are some good articles: Roadmap for a Successful Relocation, Should You Buy a Home Now?, 11 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers,Renting vs. Buying: The Realities of Home-Ownership, Pay Off Mortgage Early or Invest?
Do you have any tips to offer first-time home buyers? Are there any specific things to consider in the current housing market?
If you like dining for a deal and helping out your community at the same time DFW Restaurant Week is an event you cannot miss. There 125 restaurants participating in DFW Restaurant Week and participants started making their reservations July 14th.
Each year during Restaurant Week — which is actually a series of weeks — three-course (and some four course) dinners are served at well-known restaurants in North Texas for only $35 or $45 per person for dinner, $25 at lunch. This limited-offer deal allows diners to try out a restaurant, or revisit one, for a lower price.
The kicker whilst filling your bellies with amazingly-divine food the purchase of this meal goes to charity to help out 2 north Texas organizations. Twenty percent of the price of each meal is donated to the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope Home.
Restaurant week is Aug. 11-17, though some restaurants begin a week before or continue a week or two after. Preview weekend, Aug. 8-10, is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News‘ entertainment website, GuideLive.com. An additional preview event has been added this year, whisch is TODAY, when a “festive cirque-style evening” in Fair Park will feature the food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants, says a press release. Funk singer Larry g(EE) will perform. Tickets are $50-$95 and are on sale now.
Reservations are required at most restaurants; many are very busy during Restaurant Week and don’t serve full menus. Make your reservations for this fun and filling event!! Below is a link for the list of restaurants participating and where to make your reservations. Bon Appetit!
I’m usually sticking to theDallas area but today we are venturing out to historic downtown Ft. Worth. My husband and I did a little get away out of Dallas and traveled to the far reaches of Ft. Worth for the Colonial! We wanted to splurge on a nice dinner the first night and a couple people recommended Reata. We were also told make sure you have a reservation, which we made! The night we went there was a 2.5 hour wait – SO make your reservations!
We were greeted by the hostess and manager. They asked if this dinner was special occasion and we said oh just a little getaway for ourselves. We were asked to get a drink at the bar while our table was being prepared and was very impressed by the bar! It’s huge and the bartenders are on the spot with their drinks!
When our table was ready we followed the hostess to the table and shortly after the manger came with a complimentary appetizer – The Tenderloin Tamales with Pecan Mash. TO DIE FOR! For our entree I enjoyed the Pork Shank with Chorizo Black-Eyed Pea Hash and Garrett ordered the Steak and Lobster. Every bite was better than the last! Not only was the food amazing but to speak more on the staff, our waitress was efficient, timely, knew the menu backwards and forwards. Now time for the dessert, oh my and when they describe the desserts it is a phenomenal presentation that includes,
-West Texas Pecan Pie.
-Dutch Oven Apple Crisp with Cajeta. Molten Chocolate Cake with Drunken Berries and Vanilla Cream. Creme Brulee.
-Homemade Banana Pudding.
-Seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream.
We ordered the Apple Crisp and Pecan Pie and it was again an amazing choice!This place is a must must do in Ft. Worth!