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Top 5 Traits of a Home Buyer

Top 5 Traits of a Home Buyer
FOR HOME BUYERS, TOP 5 TRAITS OF A HOME BUYER

You need to live somewhere. If you can buy a home for around the same amount you would pay in rent, and don’t mind staying put for a while to build equity, becoming a home buyer might be a good decision. You will make a good home buyer if you are:
A buyer who conforms to the market.
If you are the type of buyer who says, “Every home on the market is overpriced; I’m not paying that much,” then you are not conforming to the marketplace. Serious home buyers research the market and have realistic expectations.
A buyer who has savings — enough to put 2 to 3 months of mortgage payments in reserve.
Mortgage lenders want buyers to have a reserve. You should not take every nickel you can rub together and throw it into your home purchase. You will need a small emergency fund.
A buyer who has the resources and time to maintain a home.
Homes require upkeep. You’ll have a lawn to mow, windows to wash, furnace filters to replace, and you may need to tend to minor repairs from time to time.
A buyer who is employed with at least two years on the job.
If you don’t have two years of employment at the same company, then two years in the same field will suffice. Lenders expect to see stability in your employment history.
A buyer who plans to stay in the area.
If your state of residency is uncertain, it’s probably a good idea to skip buying a home. Some buyers who relocate are able to rent out their home, but handling a rental long distance is not always wise. You don’t want to be forced to sell when you don’t have enough equity to pay commissions and the other costs to sell.
If you have all of this then you are more than ready to make the biggest investment in your life.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

Full lust of July 4th activities and  fireworks schedules for Dallas/ Fort Worth area   ( DFW) 

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JULY 3: ADDISON KABOOM TOWN

What: Kaboom Town! celebrates its 30th anniversary with a festival beginning at 5 p.m. Food, music, kid’s activities including rock climbing, giant slide, fun inflatables, sand art, free movie, an obstacle course. The dazzling 30-minute fireworks show is choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. This event is free.
When: Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Addison Circle Park, Dos Equis Main Stage, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX
JULY 4: ARLINGTON HIGHLANDS 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA

Arlington Highlands 4th of July Extravaganza kicks off at 7 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. FYI: The best viewing location is on the east side by Dave & Busters. There is no tailgating or liquor allowed on the parking lots or outside of the restaurants.
When: July 4, 2013; Fun starts at 7 p.m. Dine in one of the fantastic restaurants or bars in the area. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
JULY 4: BEDFORD’S 4TH FEST
What: The City of Bedford will celebrate Independence Day with 4thFEST, a free celebration featuring live music, a variety of themed family-friendly activities, a birthday themed classic car show, yummy festival food and of course, the spectacular fireworks when the sun goes down.
When: Fireworks at 10 p.m. Activities all day long.
4th FEST visitors can also take a dip in Bedford’s Splash Aquatic Center, featuring three unique pools with several water slides, a kids’ play area, umbrella-shaded leisure patios and a cabana party pavilion. Admission is $6.50/adults, $5.50/kids under 18 and free for children two/younger.
Parking and shuttle service are available for $4 (free for children 3 and under) at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM. Limited on-site parking is available for $15 (entrance via Eastbound Harwood) and $10 parking at the Bedford Public Library (proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library).
Cost: Admission to 4th FEST is free. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages (No glass containers).
JULY 4: DENTON – KIWANIS CLUB’S 41ST ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
What: This year Denton County’s event will move to UNT’s beautiful new Apogee Stadium so come on out for live music, followed by an awesome array of fireworks that light up the sky. The event is free, but donations are gladly accepted by our energetic “Bucket Brigade” before, during, and after the show.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk.
July 4: Dallas Arboretum
Spend 4th of July outdoors at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum. On Thursday, July 4th, 2013 the garden will offer complimentary admission to all active and retired military personnel (must have valid ID).
That evening the Dallas Wind Symphony will perform a special patriotic performance on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage. The best patriotic costume will win a 1 night stay in deluxe accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. A limited number of tickets are available online.
Daytime admission is $15/adults, $12/seniors, $10 children ages 12-3 and free for children under 3 and members. Concert ticket prices are $15/adult-members, $25/adult-nonmember, and $10/children ages 12-3.
More information is available at http://ift.tt/NcXazg or by calling 214-515-6500.
JULY 4: DALLAS – FAIR PARK FOURTH
Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July fourth. Throughout the afternoon, music will be performed by the celebratory Razzmajazz Dixieland Band, and at 7 p.m. experience the explosive sound and crazy look of the legendary Texas trio ZZ Top, performed by one of the nation’s top tribute acts, Dallas’ own, Trio Grande, with band members Kraig Parker, Pauley DeFrancisco and Rod Foster.
Admission to the Midway is $5, or complimentary to those who participate in the Dallas Park and Recreation “Dallas 7/4” race (7k/4k) that morning. Approximately 26 exhilarating rides will be available on the Midway. Ride and game costs will vary.
Texas Discovery Gardens will be open extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the annual “Red, White and Butterflies” festivities. Enjoy the gardens, butterflies, crafts and activities all day long for a reduced $1 admission. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will charge a discounted admission of $4 per person after 4:30 p.m. The Fair Park campus of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will have the Nature Building open from noon to 5 p.m. Admission will be $1.00, or free for members.
More live music and access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.
View the fireworks show from inside the Cotton Bowl, on the State Fair of Texas Midway, or from various locations throughout the Fair Park grounds. For more information on Fair Park festivities, including museum information and the “Dallas 7/4 Race,” visit FairPark.org.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX.
Cost: $5.
Parking: $5. Parking for the general public is $5 at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Gates D and E to the Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m.
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JULY 4: FLOWER MOUND’S INDEPENDENCE FEST
Independence Fest is set for July 4, 2014. It’s headlined by KANSAS, which celebrated its 40th year as a band last year, Independence Fest 2014 will be great and parking is FREE.
The day kicks off with the annual Children’s Parade at the LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road, and concludes with a fantastic fireworks finale at around 9:50 p.m. that follows the free concert featuring KANSAS at Bakersfield Park.
Independence Fest 2014 will also host performances by other musical groups including Back in Black and Breaking Southwest; plus a vintage car show presented by Time Machine Car Shows, a showcase of our local businesses, food and drinks for the whole family, and a completely free Kid’s Zone complete with bounce houses, face painting, and more.
The Children’s Parade will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the LISD School Administration Building; with line-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be hot dogs prepared by The Summit Club, Clowns, Bounce Houses, slides, vendors, and more. Please visit the Children’s Page for more information.
All other Independence Fest activities are hosted at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane in Flower Mound, with gates opening at 5 p.m.
When: Wednesday July 4, 2014.
Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX
Don’t bring: No glass, alcohol, or tobacco products may be brought to the park.
Additional information: 972-874-7275.
JULY 3: FARMERS BRANCH – LIBERTY FEST

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration is set for Wednesday, July 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234.
Come celebrate the day of independence with the Farmers Branch community! Located within the Farmers Branch Historical Park, the celebration includes children’s activities, live music, concessions, and pie eating contest, tours of historical structures and a finale fireworks show! Gates open at 6:30 pm with the fireworks show on at approximately 9:30 pm. Stop by and enjoy the fun!
Parking is located at Metro Square Business Park, 12300 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. Free shuttles are provided to/from parking and entrance.
July 4th WILLIE NELSON’S PICNIC
What: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic is coming back to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Willie takes the Main Stage at 11 p.m. Don’t miss Josh Abbott Band, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham and more.
When: July 4, 2014
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $40/$60 at the gate. This is an indoor / outdoor event located on Rodeo Plaza in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No chairs, umbrellas, pets, coolers.
JULY 4TH FORT WORTH’S FOURTH
What: Fort Worth’s 4th is moving back to its original home. Free music and family activities along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. Activities include live music, a water slide, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, a bounce house, mini golf and an obstacle course. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs for front row seats to Fort Worth’s biggest firework display.
When: July 4, 2014. Gates open 2 p.m. Live music 6-9:30 p.m. from Party Machine, and Larry Gee. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Where: 395 Purcey Street, FW Texas 76102.
Don’t bring: Alcoholic beverages. Vendors will sell beer. Picnic baskets welcome.
JULY 3-4: FORT WORTH SYMPHONY’S “OLD FASHIONED FAMILY FIREWORKS PICNIC”

What: One of Fort Worth’s favorite traditions! Celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion with thrilling marches, heartfelt military salutes and the most spectacular fireworks show in town. These concerts fill quickly, so order your reserved table or general admission lawn tickets today!
JULY 4: FRISCO FREEDOM FEST 2014
When: July 2-4, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks after concert.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107
What: Party in the Plaza will include all the traditional makings of Frisco Freedom Fest beginning at 4 p.m. New this year: a zip line! The Children’s Expo features two Euro bungees, a rock climbing wall and bounce house inflatables. The plaza party also includes a Community Stage, featuring local entertainers, and Hometown Hero Exhibit, showcasing our police and fire departments.
The Taste of Frisco returns with Frisco restaurants will be serving some of their most popular menu items.
JULY 4: GRAND PRAIRIE – LONE STARS AND STRIPES FIREWORKS AT LONE STAR PARK
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2014 Starts 4 p.m. until the fireworks finale at 10 pm.
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
Lone Star Park in conjunction with the City of Grand Prairie will host the annual Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration on Friday, July 4 sponsored by North Texas Ford Dealers and 99.5 The Wolf. The Grandstand gates open at 3:00 p.m. and live racing begins at 5:00 p.m. Kids will enjoy the Family Fun Park featuring bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Incognito will perform between the races on the Courtyard of Champions stage. Following the last race there will be a world-class 20-minute firework display choreographed to music. Members of any branch of the military receive free general admission with a valid military I.D.
One lucky guest will drive off in a brand new 2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Truck on Friday, July 4! Starting Friday, June 20, guests can stop by any participating North Texas Ford Dealership across the Metroplex to pick up their official entry form and two free general admission passes to the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration. Ten (10) finalists will be given a key to try and unlock the truck’s door. The person with the key that unlocks the door will win the truck. Complete list of participating locations and official rules are located at Lone Star Park.com.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:30 a.m. Bar & Book Opens for Simulcast Racing
3:00 p.m. Grandstand Opens for Live Racing
5:00 p.m. First Live Race Approximately
10:00 p.m. Firework Celebration
Where: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. 972-263-RACE
JULY 4TH HURST’S  12TH ANNUAL STARTS AND STRIPES

The City of Hurst is proud to present its 12th Annual “Hurst Stars & Stripes” event on Friday, July 4th, 2014 at Hurst Community Park, southwest corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline Roads. This is a free, family-oriented, alcohol-free community event for all ages.
Schedule of Events:
5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Children’s Area
5:30 p.m. Sonny Burgess
6:45 p.m. Vegas Stars
8:00 p.m. Emerald City
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Show
JULY 4: McKINNEY’S “RED WHITE AND BOOM”

Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer.
Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display. Country music singer / songwriter Zane Williams will be on stage to provide live entertainment. WRR will provide ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1.
When: July 4, 2014. Parade 10 a.m. Activities 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Where: McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.
JULY 4: IRVING PATRIOTIC PARADE AND FIREWORKS

Join the City of Irving for the annual two-part celebration of America’s independence. The festivities, which are a tradition for many Irving families, will all take place on Friday, July 4, 2014.
The fun begins with a community parade, featuring entries by community groups and businesses, followed by a reception at Heritage Park. Finish the day with an evening festival, showcasing live music, food, a Fun Zone, and fireworks spectacular.
Admission: is free to each event.
Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun, food and fireworks! The Fun Zone, open from 6 p.m. until sunset, includes inflatable rides, games and attractions for children at no charge. The Main Stage features upbeat live music, while a variety of food vendors offer something for every taste.
Due to road construction and closures, you might want to avoid O’Connor Blvd. From SH 114 exit Riverside Drive and head north for parking; or continue west along the 114 access road to Brazos Drive for additional parking options.
From Spur 348 turn south onto Riverside Drive. Parking is available on the right hand side, or turn right onto the 114 access road to Brazos Drive for additional parking options.
Where: Lake Carolyn is located at 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. The intersection of Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway.
JULY 4: LAKE GRAPEVINE’S 32ND JULY 4THEXTRAVAGANZA

What: 32nd Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Be prepared to be astonished by the fireworks spectacular, which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Grapevine Lake
Road Closure: Roads will be closed down Fairway Drive between State Highway 26 E. and Silveron Blvd. on July 4th. beginning at 9 p.m. and lasting through the duration of the fireworks show. All traffic except for emergency vehicle traffic will be prohibited from traveling along Fairway Drive during this time. Parking along Fairway Drive will be prohibited.
Cost: Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee.
JULY 4: LEWISVILLE – CASTLE HILLS FREEDOM FEST

The 2013 events include the 15th Anniversary of the July 4th Fireworks show. Beginning at dusk, fireworks will light up the night sky. People are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs as good spots along the lake are taken early in the day.
When: Fireworks at dusk/about 9:30 p.m.
Where: 2560 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville, TX 75056
JULY 4: LEWISVILLE “RED WHITE AND LEWISVILLE”
What: Red White & Lewisville Fireworks Display. The spectacular fireworks show will start shortly after dark at approximately 9:30 p.m. The best viewing opportunities will be on the South side of Vista Ridge Mall and along the 121 Bypass.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Around Vista Ridge Mall area
Additional information: 972-219-3401.
JULY 4 LITTLE ELM’S JULY JUBILEE
What: On the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Town of Little Elm will host its Seventh Annual Independence Day Celebration, July Jubilee. This family-oriented celebration will include food/merchandise vendors, live music and the evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014 from 5 p.m. until approximately 11 p.m.
Where: Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado, Little Elm, TX
JULY 4: PLANO’S ALL AMERICAN FOURTH

On Thursday, July 4, 2014 the fun begins at 9 a.m. with the Plano Independence Day Parade. Parade route is down Independence Parkway from 15th Street west to Parkhaven Drive.
At 3 p.m. catch the Plano Symphony Orchestra for Patriotic Pops at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Ticket information is available at http://ift.tt/1rp4qzE.
When: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, east of U.S. 75 on Spring Creek Parkway. Picnic baskets are welcome or purchase items from the vendors on site. Parking is available at Collin College, First United Methodist Church Plano and Plano Centre. Listen to the music carefully selected to play in sequence with the fireworks on KLAK 97.5 FM.
JULY 4 RICHARDSON “FAMILY FOURTH CELEBRATION
What: Sparks will fly at the City of Richardson’s annual “Family 4th Celebration” on July 4, 2014 at Breckinridge Park. This traditional, patriotic salute is free and open to the entire community. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening under the stars!
Concerts:
6:15 Infinite Journey. 8:45 The Richardson Community Band presents it’s annual Patriotic Salute Concert.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. Event hours are 6:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Breckinridge Park is located just south of the intersection of Renner and Brand Roads in northeast Richardson. 972-744-4300.
Cost: Free. Food concessions will be available for purchase for those who wish to buy or supplement their picnic dinner.
JULY 3 SOUTHLAKE STARS AND STRIPES

Southlakes kicks it off on Thursday, July 3, 2014 with family fun, patriotic music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Music will be broadcast on 100.7 FM. Candy Art, Balloon Artists, gourmet food trucks and more.
When: Thursday, July 3, 2014; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Don’t bring: Alcohol, pets. Do bring chairs, blankets.
Shuttles/Parking: Beginning at 4 pm, shuttles will pick up passengers at 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd. and bring them to Town Square.
JULY 4: THE COLONY “LIBERTY BY THE LAKE”
What: The 27th Annual Liberty by the Lake festivities begin at 7:45 a.m. with a one-mile run followed by 5K and 10K runs. The annual parade starts at 10 a.m.
Back again for another year the high flying talents of Lone Star Action Sports – BMX Stunt Show. Performances at 5 pm, 6:30 pm and 8 pm.
The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm on July 4th. The shoot site for the 2014 show will be from the tip of the Stewart Peninsula Golf Course, making Stewart Creek Park the prime viewing area for the show. The fireworks will be shot right over Lake Lewisville, creating a beautiful display of colors. The fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music that will be broadcast at the park and live on 99.9 FM.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony, TX

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COMPARABLE SALES – A GUIDE TO HOME SELLERS
When selling a home selecting the list price is just one of the most difficult in the selling process. Over pricing would entail longer time in the market while under pricing or selling the property lower than its value means a financial loss on your end. These losses could have been gains if only properly planned and thought of. That is why it is essential to have a Realtor or a professional to guide you on this journey. Before you decide the listing price, you need to know everything about the market in your area. Understanding comparables is a great place to start.
1. Eye for an Eye: Analyzing the comps entails some detective work. Obviously, your house isn’t exactly like every other on the block. It can be far better – or far worse. You have to wade through and pick out comps that truly come closest to yours. Then make note of what similar homes have that you don’t and what your house have that the comps lack? Consider these comparisons:
Square footage: This is significant for most buyers. Some will even hunt based on square footage alone. And when it comes to pricing, the bigger the property, the bigger the price tag.
Age and condition: Do you live in a 1910 Victorian? Or is your house practically brand new? Newer homes don’t necessarily command higher prices, or vice versa, but condition relative to age does factor into price. So when you compare your home to others, stay within a five-year range.
Number of bedrooms and baths: How many your home has – and where they’re located – can radically change the price. Like square footage, families often shop for homes based on these numbers.
Amenities: This one’s pretty straightforward: the more perks you have, like walk-in closets, a pool, spa, gourmet kitchen, and so on, the higher the price.
Lot size: Is there room for the buyer to add on to the house or plant a sprawling rose garden in the backyard? The exact acreage of your land correlates to price. When you compare your home to others, stay within .05 acres.
Condition: A tear-down, a fixer-upper, updated, or pristine – where do you fall in the spectrum? The condition of your house can be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker. That’s why you have to pay close attention to other homes’ upgrades to make a fair assessment of how they affect value.
Location: This factor is multi-faceted. It relates not only to your state, city, and neighborhood, but also to where your house sits on the street. Does it face an eyesore or busy intersection? Does it have a view? Does it get nearby freeway noise or sit on the bank of a tranquil lake? Don’t forget to take these location nuances into consideration.
2.  Don’t Look Back (Too Far) – The price of your home today can’t be compared to the selling price of your neighbor’s identical home 6 months ago. This has been a year of quick price increases in most cities. If you’re looking at comps further back than 3 months, dump them. Your house could be worth more.
3.  Go Online and Check Prices – A wealth of information lives online, and it’s accessible with the click of a mouse.
 4. Check Out the Competition in Person – Don’t analyze your comps on paper alone. Get moving! Ask your realtor to recommend homes you should drive by or open houses you should attend. It’s important for you as a home seller to know what’s out there. Find out up close and in person where your home stacks up against the competition.
5.  List vs. Sale Prices – The difference in percentage between list prices and actual sales prices for the homes in your neighborhood speaks volumes about the current real estate climate. This number is a strong indicator of which direction the market is moving and it will suggest how much under – or over – your ideal asking price you can expect to get for your home. Anyone can throw a house on the market at a high price. But the number you want to look at closely is the sale price of the home, which is much more indicative of the actual value.
6.  Know what’s Not Selling – You can learn a lot by observing not only what IS selling nearby, but also what’s NOT selling. Is a home that initially looks like a comp really overpriced for what it offers? How does it compare with your house? What is it lacking that yours isn’t?  Once you identify why it’s not selling at its current price, you can avoid the same mistake when determining your own home’s price tag.

If you can have a good grasp on the comparable sales in your area, you will be ahead of the game. If you take the time to see exactly what has sold, for how much and why, you can use this to your advantage not just when selling your home but also when planning to buy one.

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TOP 10 BIGGEST MISTAKES IN BUYING A HOUSE

Are you ready to take a chance and get the opportunity to own your dream house you envisioned all your life? This might be your first time but it does not mean there will be no bumps ahead. A lot of people fall for the same pitfall whether it’s a cheap or a lavish home and in the current market, with houses selling within days — even hours — of being listed, buyers are prone to committing the mistake of buying without thinking.  Buying a home is a commitment. Impulse shopping is never recommended specially when buying a house.  As a first time buyer it’s better to do your homework and do yourself a favor, spare yourself the headache. Here are the top 10 biggest mistakes in buying a house.
You didn’t set a budget
Buy a home that’s way out of your price range and you could well derail your ability to fund other important items such as retirement savings, your kids’ education — not to mention an entertainment budget.
Mortgage brokers will tell you how much you can borrow. But that amount may not be what you can afford to pay, said Eric Tyson, co-author of “Home Buying for Dummies.”
“What if you have a lot of kids or you like to travel a lot?” he said. “You’ve got to ask ‘How is this housing purchase going to affect our monthly spending?’ You have to look at all of your monthly expenditures.”
Experts say your total monthly debts, including your mortgage, should not exceed 36 percent of your income before taxes.
You picked the wrong mortgage
These days, many home buyers are rushing to secure a mortgage as fast as possible without fully exploring their options. That’s because sellers often only consider bids from individuals who have been pre-approved for a loan. A word of advice… Pick your financing package with care.
First-time home buyers may qualify for a program through Fannie Mae (800 732-6643) that requires lower down payments and easier qualification limits than standard loans.
You picked the wrong community
Some places are just flat-out expensive, and you’ll probably have to search for a location that’s affordable. That doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest locale.
If you don’t like the location you’ll be unhappy. What’s more, you’ll probably have a hard time selling your property if the community isn’t good. Ask around and read the local papers to know how the community is faring economically, what the major issues are, how many resources it offers.
Don’t neglect the schools. Gather such data as test scores, statistics on the percentage of kids who graduate and go to college, the student/teacher ratio and so on. Talk to parents and students to get the inside scoop.
You didn’t know what homes really cost
The best way to determine if you’re getting a fair deal is by comparing the cost of the home you’re interested in with similar homes in an area. You can do this easily by having your Realtor provide you with a CMA (that’s short for Comparable Market Analysis). A CMA lists such things as addresses of recently sold homes, prices, date sold, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and — ideally — such things as the home’s condition, its size and extra features.
You used a bad real estate agent
Don’t make buying a home more difficult by choosing the wrong agent. You want a buyer’s agent who works for you and understands your needs and financial limitations.
References from friends can help you find a good pro. Interview three, and ask to see their activity lists, which reveal every property the agent sold (or whose clients bought) in the past year. Look at sales prices. Make sure the agent has significant experience in the area where you want to live and the price range that you’re looking for.
You never went back to check on the neighborhood
If you’re like most homebuyers, you probably spend many weekends looking for a new dwelling. But what happens to the neighborhood on weekdays or after dark? Is the house that’s “convenient to town” sitting on a main thoroughfare that fills up with cars come commute time?
The only way to answer these questions is to go back and see what the neighborhood is like at various times of the day and week. Do your neighbors spend weekends with the stereo blaring? You want to know as much about the neighborhood as possible before you buy.
You forgot to consider resale
It’s easy when you’re house hunting to forget what it’s going to be like to sell your home down the road. But as you tour homes, put yourself in the perspective of the sellers. You may be drawn to a home that has quirky features or no closets or just one, tiny bathroom (You can use armoires. Share showers.) But others may not be as enthusiastic. When you buy, think about the day it comes time to sell.
You bought the most expensive home on the block
It’s wonderful when you find your dream house, but if it’s the most expensive home on the block you could have a problem. Quite simply, your neighbors’ lower home values will dampen yours. Remember, people who buy a $500,000 home usually want to be surrounded by other $500,000 homes, not tiny $100,000 bungalows. Steer clear of homes that cost 50 percent more than neighboring dwellings.
You didn’t do an inspection
Bottom line: you should never buy a home without having it inspected. After all, you don’t want to learn that you’ve bought a house that’s filled with termites or has a frazzled electrical system. If you’re building a new home, an inspection can ensure that all the work has been finished properly.
Home inspections typically run $300 to $600 and usually include a check of a home’s heating and air condition systems, plumbing and electrical works, roof, walls, foundation/structure, drainage, the garage and basement.
What’s frequently not covered? Termite, radon, asbestos, mold and lead inspections. Don’t rely on inspectors to hire other pros to check for these items.  Most home inspectors will describe what they do and what they don’t do. It might be a good idea to ask what standards they work to.
Underground heating oil storage tanks also should be inspected before you buy since leaking tanks cause huge environmental, legal and financial problems. (A seller’s disclosure statement should reveal if there’s an underground tank on the property.) The Environmental Protection Agency has tank guidelines for homeowners — plus contacts at state Department of Environmental Protection offices — so you can find pros to help.
Use recommendations from friends or go to the American Society of Home Inspectors for a list of inspectors in your area.
You forgot about closing costs
Think it’s bad to pay tax when you eat out? Wait until you’re paying closing costs, which can run 2 to 5 percent of the home’s purchase price.

A mortgage lender should provide you with a specific estimate of what costs will be. But keep in mind they include such things as origination (points) on a loan, escrow fees, title and homeowners insurance, legal costs, property taxes, fees to record your need deed and notary fees.

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN DALLAS FORT WORTH TX JUNE 27 -29, 2014

CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN
FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDEN
MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES
JUNE 27, 2014
MUSIC OF THE EAGLES
JUNE 28, 2014
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
JUNE 29, 2014
MAGNOLIA MOTOR LOUNGE PRESENTS: BRANDON RHYDER
MAGNOLIA MOTOR LOUNGE – FORT WORTH
JUNE 29, 2014
Friday Night Drags Fort Worth
Friday, 06/27/2014
Where:  Texas Motor Speedway             
Phone:  817-215-8500    
DESCRIPTION
Your Friday nights just got hotter at Texas Motor Speedway! Friday Night Drags is heads up, street style drag racing. Racing is held on the one-eighth-mile pit road and the events are open to any automobile and any driver. Gates open nightly at 6:00 p.m. Drag Racing or Show-N-Shine entry fee is $20. Spectator entry is $7 at gate 6. Parking is free outside gate 6 in the PSL lot or $20 for infield parking. BYOC – bring your own cooler, just remember no glass!
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist Exhibit Fort Worth
Saturday, 06/14/2014 thru Sunday, 09/07/2014
Where:  Amon Carter Museum of American Art               
DESCRIPTION
This summer, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the traveling exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the artist’s paintings in two decades. Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this 40-year survey includes works from each period of Archibald John Motley Jr.’s (1891—1981) career. The exhibition is on view at the Amon Carter from June 14 through September 7, 2014; admission is free.
Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his hometown of Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure and are infused with the rhythms and colors of jazz. His portraits are voyeuristic examinations of race, gender and sexuality. Also included in the exhibition are his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racial stereotypes.
The artist was born in New Orleans and lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century in a predominately white neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side, a few miles from the city’s growing black community known as “Bronzeville.” At the onset of the Harlem Renaissance—a time of cultural efflorescence for African-Americans in the 1920s—Motley reveled in painting Chicago’s black community during the city’s own cultural renaissance. Motley carefully constructed portraits that depict Chicago’s African-American elites, but he also incorporated scenes of recently disembarked migrants from the South and other communities commonly overlooked.
The artist’s incisive portraits and energetic genre scenes garnered accolades from art critics, launching a productive career. In 1929, after studying at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, Motley received a Guggenheim Fellowship, funding a year of study in France. During this time he created Blues, a colorful, rhythm-inflected painting of Jazz Age Paris and several canvases that vividly capture the pulse and tempo of “la vie bohème.” Similar in spirit to his Chicago paintings, these Parisian canvases thematically and pictorially extended the geographical boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance, depicting an African diaspora in Paris’s meandering streets and congested cabarets. His bold approach to painting also marked his visits to Mexico in the 1950s. Motley’s work from this period includes satirical, embellished scenes of country life.
LEGO® Castle Adventure Fort Worth
Saturday, 05/24/2014 thru Saturday, 09/13/2014
Where:  American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum 
DESCRIPTION
Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in LEGO® Castle Adventure! In this exhibit kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time – LEGO bricks.
Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology:
The Exhibition Fort Worth
Saturday, 03/08/2014 thru Sunday, 08/10/2014
Where:  Fort Worth Museum of Science & History          
DESCRIPTION
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, opening March 8, 2014, uses the Indiana Jones™ film series as both a starting point and a backdrop for an exciting and entertaining introduction to the real science of field archaeology. Showcasing items from four different collections, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is far more than a static display of movie props. Museum-goers learn how archaeology has changed from the mid-20th century, when Indy’s adventures took place, until the present day.

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PLACES TO GO SHOPPING IN DALLAS FORT WORTH TX


Pendery’s
1407 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4111
PHONE: (817) 924-3434
(800) 533-1870
HOURS: 
        Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM
                   Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Description
Pendery’s offers only the finest chilies, spices and herbs available and a great selection of kitchenware’s and garden items.
Central Market and Café On The Run Fort Worth
4651 W. Freeway #100
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 377-9307
Fax: (817) 377-9531
Description
Central Market is a destination for people who are passionate about food, offering prep-less produce and chef-prepared meals. There are many fresh grab-and-go options, as well as plenty of delicious selections in the cafe.
M. L. Leddy’s
2455 N. Main
Fort Worth, TX 76106
PHONE: (817) 624-3149
Description
Since 1922, M.L. Leddy’s has created custom, handmade boots, saddles, clothing, belts, buckles and much more for discriminating customers all over the world. The company’s line of men and women’s Western-influenced clothing and famed Vaquero boots are available in the showroom.
Justin Outlet Boot Store
717 W. Vickery
Fort Worth, TX 76104
PHONE: (817) 885-8089
(817) 885-8089
Description
Authentic Western boots for the whole family at factory closeout prices! Justin Boots enjoys a solid global reputation, especially with real cowboys. And, since the company is headquartered in Fort Worth you can visit their factory outlet store for great savings on over 15,000 pairs of Western boots, work boots and casuals. Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted.
Wrare
2955 Crockett Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 885-8881
Description
In this vintage/industrial-chic space, you’ll find an eclectic selection of gifts and home décor items, from oatmeal soap to metal chandeliers.

Ernest Tub Record Shop
140 E Exchange Avenue # 135
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 624-8449
Description

This record shop has been filling country music fans’ need for over 60 years with records, tapes, CDs, videos and memorabilia of country music past and present.
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets
2950 West Interstate 20
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
PHONE: (972) 602-8383
Description
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is the newest outlet shopping center in North Texas. Offering over 110 designer and brand names including Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers, Columbia Sportswear, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Guess, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion Brand Jeans and more at a savings of 25% to 65% off every day.
NorthPark Center
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
PHONE: (214) 363-7441
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Hours:  Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Description
This upscale shopping mall is one of the best in Dallas. From Herve Leger to H&M, NorthPark Center offers a variety of high-end shopping to more affordable options. After you finish shopping, head over to happy hour at one of several restaurants and bistros located inside the mall. On weekends, parking can be a bit of an issue. However, the shopping experience you get at NorthPark Center is well worth it.
The Shops at Park Lane
8070 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 365-0222
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Hours: Varies by store
Description
After shopping at NorthPark Center, head across Central Expressway to The Shops at Park Lane. The Shops at Park Lane offer an outdoor mall shopping experience. With stores like Nordstrom’s Rack and Old Navy, you can find great deals on adult and children’s apparel. For all your outdoor and sports needs, visit Dicks Sporting Goods. In addition to shopping for apparel and sporting goods, you can also fulfill your grocery list at Whole Foods Market.

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Just Listed!
by Wayne Salmans
Catalyst Real Estate Experts
Immaculate 4 Bedroom Single Story Home in Woods of Spring Creek.

Homes for sale under $300,000 in Dallas


Rare opportunity to live in Woods of Spring Creek.  
Immaculate single story home with mature trees and 
big fenced yard. Home features 4 large bedrooms with 
big closets, an open floor plan, 2 living rooms, dining
room, tall ceilings, custom plantation blinds, pull out 
drawers in the kitchen cabinets, extra wide 2 car garage, 
covered porch, gas fireplace, HUGE attic space. Located 
in the Plano School District. No HOA fees.  

Great location, great neighborhood and top rated schools!
Offered at $274,900
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WHAT TO DO IN DALLAS FORT WORTH THIS WEEKEND – JUNE 20 TO 22, 2014


Friday Night Drags Fort Worth
WHEN: Friday, 06/20/2014
Where:  Texas Motor Speedway       
Phone:  817-215-8500            
Description of Event:
Your Friday nights just got hotter at Texas Motor Speedway! Friday Night Drags is heads up, street style drag racing. Racing is held on the one-eighth-mile pit road and the events are open to any automobile and any driver. Gates open nightly at 6:00 p.m. Drag Racing or Show-N-Shine entry fee is $20. Spectator entry is $7 at gate 6. Parking is free outside gate 6 in the PSL lot or $20 for infield parking. BYOC – bring your own cooler, just remember no glass!
Way out Wineries
Summertime Cook-Off Road Trip June 20-22 Go Hog Wild!
June 20, 2014 (Fri) – June 22, 2014 (Sun) from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thirteen Wineries in the Heart of Texas Wine Country 677 CR 430
Bend, Lampasas, Burleson, Comanche, San Saba, Granbury, TX 76824
Phone: 512-565-2718
Take a culinary tour to thirteen Way Out Wineries in the Heart of Texas Wine Country.  Winery “Chefs” will compete for the coveted winner’s trophy and YOU are the judge!  Each ticket holder will pick up a souvenir tasting glass at the first winery stop.  Then get complimentary wine tastings at each winery and sample the winery’s entry in the great Summertime Cook-Off.  The mystery ingredient for this year’s fierce competition is Pork Butt!  At your last winery stop vote for your favorite, then check facebook and twitter for the results.  Buy tickets early as this event sold out last year. Don’t be disappointed! Tickets at http://ift.tt/1lRBxnC
New:  Win a guided wild hog hunt!  Enter the drawing at each winery for multiple chances to win this exciting wild hog hunt in San Saba County courtesy of Regan Kirk and Chris Turner, experienced hunt guides.  The more wineries you visit the more chances you have to win.  Winner announced after the event. Ticket holders only.
Participating wineries are: Alamosa Wine Cellars and Fiesta Winery, Bend; Barking Rocks and Pemberton** Winery, Granbury; Bluff Dale Winery, Bluff Dale, Brennan Vineyards, Comanche; Lost Oak and Sunset Winery, Burleson; Pillar Bluff and Texas Legato, Lampasas, Rising Star Vineyards, Salado*; and Wedding Oak Winery, San Saba and Red Wing Dove** Winery, Hamilton ** New to the Way Out Wineries *Rising Star location is not open
 Dallas Indie Festival Dallas
WHEN: Saturday, 06/21/2014 thru Sunday, 06/22/2014
Where:  Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E.Lawther Drive  
Description of Event:
Come experience the 2014 Dallas Indie Film Festival featuring the best of emerging and experienced filmmakers, fine artists, and musicians. In addition to a full schedule of short and feature-length films, live music, food trucks, and artist’s booths.
Dallas Indie Festival combines film, art and music during the stretch of the festival. Dallas Indie Festival will launch a huge multi-genre festival at White Rock Lake. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit. Some of the categories are: Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Jewelry, Metalwork, and Digital, Sculpture, Fashion and Wood. The event will be set against the backdrop of the beautiful shoreline of White Rock Lake.
Deep Ellum Spring Outdoor Market
Date of Event June 21, 2014 – June 21, 2014
Event Location: Downtown Dallas
2800 block of Main St. between Malcolm X and Crowdus
Dallas, TX 75226
Description of Event: Shop local! All vendors are from within 150 miles from DFW. Features live music and food trucks! Hours: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Dallas Antique and Coll. Show
Date of Event: June 21, 2014 – June 22, 2014
Event Location: Dallas Fair Park, Dallas, TX 75210
Description of Event:
Dallas Antiques and Collectibles Market will be held on June 21-22, 2014. This monthly market originated in January 1995 and has grown to be one of the finest and most respected antique and collectible markets in the United States. Featuring more than 85,000 square feet filled with antiques and collectibles dealers from across the United States and Europe, this market is visited by thousands of eager-to-buy customers and collectors each month. Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Original Ft Worth Gun Show
Date of Event: June 21, 2014 – June 22, 2014
Event Location:  Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
3401 Burnett Tandy
Ft Worth, TX 76107
Description of Event:
Show will be held on June 21 – June 22, 2014. Come and see us at the Will Rogers center. With over 1,200 TABLES, this is one of Fort Worth’s BIGGEST Gun Show! Public Invited to Buy, Sell, or Trade. Hours: Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Blue Moon Psychic and Holistic Fair Dallas, TX
Date of Event:  June 22, 2014
Event Location: Double Tree Hotel
4099 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75244
Description of Event:
Psychic Fair will be held on June 22, 2014. Live entertainment. Featuring local artists. Entertainment services are: Harp, Native American flute and acoustic guitar performers. Hand embroidered scarves, shawls, shirts, tops, bags, evening purses, cell phone purses, coin purses, all very ethnic and very Indian, and colorful. Also, have ethnic Indian Jewelry, coasters, and fancy gift bags and much more. Hours: 12pm-6pm

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