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Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017

What You Need To Know Before You Buy In A Planned Community
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A particularly active spring storm season left pockmarked roofs and tumbled fences throughout North Texas this year, including many in my master-planned community, thanks to an EF0 tornado that blew its way through the neighborhood thankfully missing my house - this time. The process of repairs and replacements was as fickle as the tornado itsel...


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How to Let Go of Unwanted Things Youve Inherited
Written By: Jennifer Ott, Houzz

Whether youve inherited a large collection of items or a single bulky piece of furniture, its OK to let it go if you dont need or want it.A dear friend of mine recently inherited a large collection of books. And by large, I mean over 1,000, many of them the bulky hardcover variety. He was, of course, touched by the gift - from a longtime mentor ...


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HOA Assessments Based On Square Footage
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I live in a condo with 150 different units. Our assessments are based on our square footage. Residents can pay a monthly rent for parking spaces, while guests pay by hour to park in the garage.Our assessments are high since we have only have 150 units. The garage loses 90,000 a year. Instead of raising the rates on parking, our board c...


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Probate Home Sales Have Their Own Special Rules
Written By: Bob Hunt

Frequently the real estate that had been owned by a person now deceased is made available for sale through a procedure commonly known as a "probate sale." When this happens a somewhat complex set of rules comes into play, especially, of course, in California.The personal representative of the estate also known as the executor or the administrato...


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Real Estate Is Lucrative For Canadas Taxman
Written By: Jim Adair

The Canada Revenue Agency CRA continues to follow through on the crackdown it announced last year on people who fail to report income from real estate transactions.The agency says that from April 2015 to March 2017, real estate transaction audits found 329.4 million in assessed income that had not been reported. That resulted in more than 17 mil...


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The First-Time Homebuyers Guide To Grown-Up Furniture
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

You just bought your first home. Congratulations: Youre an adult Now its time to fill it up. But if you were planning to pack up those ratty old beanbag chairs and the bed that awakens you with a morning backache and move them to your new place, we have a few suggestions. Its time for a grown-up upgrade. Heres where to start.Invest in the import...


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How To Spice Up Your Bedroom
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Ever notice how you feel especially amorous when youre in a nice hotel with your honey? Everything from the luxury bedding to the clean and orderly nature of the space can add to your desire to get close. You can use some of those ideas as a starting point when creating a sexy bedroom in your own home.DeclutterThe seduction is on. Youre moving t...


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Relaxing Designs For Your Lakefront Backyard
Written By: Realty Times Staff

According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book "Blue Mind," our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it can actually calm us.But water lovers probably donrsquo;t need to be told how >Create a Waterside Sitting AreaTo maximize your time outdoors, create a waterside sit...


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How Green Can You Go? Eco-friendly Solutions For Every Commitment Level
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Its hard to ignore the influence of big oil in Texas. Thirty-five miles to the Southwest of Frisco, TX, this years second-fastest-growing city in the nation and home to thousands of suburban families like my own, whose electric bills climb up into the 300-plus range while cooling their 3,000-square-foot house, Irving-based Exxon is the biggest o...


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The Top-Three Considerations When Starting a Home-Based Business
Written By: Realty Times Staff

If yoursquo;re considering starting a home-based business, youre in good company. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of all businesses are run out of the ownerrsquo;s home.If yoursquo;ve already weighed the pros flexible life>1. Setting Up Your WorkspaceSetting up your home office is priority No. 1 for your home-...


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Enforcing Long Unenforced Rules In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

It may come as little surprise that quite a few homeowner association boards fail miserably in rule enforcement, especially in self managed HOAs. Lets face it, confrontation with neighbors is not something most people look forward to. So when certain members play fast and loose with the rules, these boards turn a blind eye or run for cover. If t...


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Tenants Rights During a Foreclosure
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: My wife and I and our two teen-age children have rented a nice house near the high-school for many years. We have >Answer: Pete, this unfortunately has become a common problem in the past few years. There is always the possibility that you will be asked to leave, but there are some things you should do -- and do immediately.You receive...


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Real Estate Professional Dertrez Pressley Makes Third Generous Donation on Behalf of His Client with the Agent with Heart Program
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Las Vegas, NV June 20th, 2017 -- PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Dertrez Pressley of Simply Vegas Real Estate in Las Vegas, Nevada recently closed a transaction and made a special donation to the Beyond the Dream Foundation on behalf of his client, Adrienne Richmond."...


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When Is A Listing Commission Earned?
Written By: Bob Hunt

Of course, different listing contracts may contain unique or unusual conditions, but, for many years in many parts of the country, listing agreements have held that a commission had been earned if a buyer was procured who made an offer that matched the price and terms specified in the listing agreement, or on other price and terms the seller mig...


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Are You Prepared for Coaching Success?
Written By: PJ Wade

Two demanding forces may be holding real estate professionals back by creating gaps that need attention:If you invest most of each day concentrating on what your clients want, need, and aim to achieve, you can shortchange yourself by overlooking these same gaps in your own lifemdash;professionally and personally.Technology enables you to pack mo...


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7 Top Design Tips for a Small Backyard
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Long to be a land baron, with acres of lush grounds to create the ultimate outdoor paradise? That may be a dream for another time. For now, a smaller space is your reality, but that doesnt mean it cant be amazing. These 7 tricks will help your small yard live large.Dont be scared of treesWhile a towering live oak may not be the right choice for ...


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What To Expect When Visiting Chip And Joanna Gaines Magnolia Market
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Chip and Joanna Gaines havent just taken over the airwaves on their uber-popular HGTV program, Fixer Upper. Theyre taken over the city of Waco with their Magnolia Market at the Silos. Those of us who live in Texas within a few hours drive of Waco can get in the car and be at Magnolia easily to shop and soak in a little of that Gaines magic. But ...


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9 Dishwasher Placement Solutions for Your New Kitchen
Written By: Anne Ellard, Houzz Australia Contributor

Although every kitchen layout is different, there are >Place it next to the sink. As a kitchen designer, I usually recommend that a dishwasher be positioned next to the sink. There are two reasons for this: The first is that it will make plumbing much easier and less costly, and the second is behavioral. People generally use a "scrape, rinse, lo...


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