Have you Filed Your Homestead Exemption Yet?
Have you Filed Your Homestead Exemption Yet?

Homestead Exemptions save you money on property taxes and provide protections. Have you filed for yours yet?
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So... Just What Kind of Home Loan Do I Need?
So... Just What Kind of Home Loan Do I Need?

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions of your life. Choosing the right loan is vital.
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Which is better, a Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval?
Which is better, a Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval?

Pre-qualification and pre-approval are common words heard when applying for a mortgage. Whats' the difference?
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What are Closing Costs and How Much Are They?
What are Closing Costs and How Much Are They?

When you close on a home and review the settlement statement, you'll see a list of "closing costs". So what are they?
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What are Mortgage Points and are they Tax Deductible?
What are Mortgage Points and are they Tax Deductible?

When you took out a mortgage to buy your home, did you pay points? You may be eligible for additional tax breaks.
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Top 5 Things First Time Homebuyers Need to Know
Top 5 Things First Time Homebuyers Need to Know

First time homebuyers get a crash course in buying when they get started, but here's the five most important things.
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Would You Have the Home that Buyers Would Want?
Would You Have the Home that Buyers Would Want?

Knowing what appeals to today's homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay big.
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The First Time Homebuyers Guide to Property Taxes
The First Time Homebuyers Guide to Property Taxes

There's nothing quite like purchasing your first home. But make sure you're aware of the property tax implications.
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Valuation Websites are OK but not Perfect
Valuation Websites are OK but not Perfect

Most are automated using public information. For real value though, make sure they're performed by a pro.
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The Ten Biggest Mistakes That Homebuyers Make
The Ten Biggest Mistakes That Homebuyers Make

We always recommend having a Realtor but even if you don't, watch out for these ten biggest mistakes homebuyers make.
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Why Your Home Didn't Sell and What You Can Do About It
Why Your Home Didn't Sell and What You Can Do About It

Your home sat on the market while homes all around you have sold. What went wrong and what do you do now?
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New Home or Used Home? Which is right for You?
New Home or Used Home? Which is right for You?

Whether it's best to buy new or resale depends on the tastes of the buyer, but here's some things to consider.
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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know about MUDs
What Every Homeowner Needs to Know about MUDs

MUD Districts are very common in today's master planned communities, but what do you really know about them?
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The Staging Secrets that Sell Homes Quickly
The Staging Secrets that Sell Homes Quickly

Builders understand how staging properties effect the bottom line, so why would resale homes be any different?
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The Top Four Reasons Your Home Won't Sell
The Top Four Reasons Your Home Won't Sell

Even in the hottest of sellers markets, there's always those properties that don't sell. Here's four reasons why.
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Community and Separate Property Laws in Texas
Community and Separate Property Laws in Texas

Did you know that Texas is a community property state or what that means and what affect it has on your assets?
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What Really Matters in an Property Inspection?
What Really Matters in an Property Inspection?

Home inspections are supposed to give you peace of mind, but can often have the opposite effect. So what's important?
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The Five Biggest Mistakes that Investors Make
The Five Biggest Mistakes that Investors Make

Investing in real estate can be very profitable but only if you run it like a business and avoid these mistakes.
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Learn the Best Ways to Buy Foreclosures in Today's Market
Learn the Best Ways to Buy Foreclosures in Today's Market

Competition is heating up for banked owned properties, so how do you get a leg up when going after foreclosures?
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Minimizing Your Risk When Selling Your Home
Minimizing Your Risk When Selling Your Home

While Realtors are NOT lawyers, they can help to make sure your exposure to lawsuits over home sales are minimized.
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The High Cost of Owning Real Estate in Texas
The High Cost of Owning Real Estate in Texas

As a texas homeowner, you've likely heard about, or more to the point been grudgingly paying inflated taxes for years.
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Dear BuyOwner.com, Thanks for Absolutely Nothing
Dear BuyOwner.com, Thanks for Absolutely Nothing

Late night television is inundated with commercials from BuyOwner.com. One of their client's speaks the truth.
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The Top Five Things that Sell Homes Today
The Top Five Things that Sell Homes Today

Selling a home in today's market is not as simple as simply sticking a sign in the yard and placing a classified ad.
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The Number One Selling Mistake You Can Make
The Number One Selling Mistake You Can Make

Pricing homes too high in the marketplace is the single, worst mistake new homesellers make when listing.
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Why Every Buyer and Seller Needs a Real Estate Professional
Why Every Buyer and Seller Needs a Real Estate Professional

Considering home sales are usually the largest transactions most people make, it makes sense to hire a professional.
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Why Does it Cost Six Percent to Sell a Home?
Why Does it Cost Six Percent to Sell a Home?

One of the most common questions Realtors get asked is why does it cost 6% to sell a home. Here's the scoop!
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Buying a New Home?  Bring Your Realtor With You
Buying a New Home? Bring Your Realtor With You

New home buyers often visit model homes on their own. Here's why you should always take your Realtor with you.
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Ten Quick and Effective Ways to Upgrade Your Home
Ten Quick and Effective Ways to Upgrade Your Home

Home improvements don't need to be huge time and money intensive projects. Here's a list of quick upgrades.
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Top Ten Do-It-Yourself Mistakes That Homeowners Make
Top Ten Do-It-Yourself Mistakes That Homeowners Make

Help save yourself some time and headaches by avoiding these common, but oh-so-costly do-it-yourself mistakes.
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Top Tax Deductions For Going Green in Your Home
Top Tax Deductions For Going Green in Your Home

It may have been top of the line when you bought it, but you can get tax breaks for going green with upgrades.
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Dont Miss These Top Property Tax Breaks
Dont Miss These Top Property Tax Breaks

From the mortgage interest deduction to energy tax credits, here are the tax tips you need to save money at tax time.
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Does It Make Sense to Buy Flood Insurance?
Does It Make Sense to Buy Flood Insurance?

Why you should considering buying flood insurance even when you don't live in high-risk FEMA flood areas.
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What to Know Before You Take Your Tenants to Court
What to Know Before You Take Your Tenants to Court

Even if you're in the right, it's easy to lose an eviction case if you don't follow the proper state procedures.
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Has Your Mortgage Payment Recently Gone UP?
Has Your Mortgage Payment Recently Gone UP?

Most of us are on automatic when it comes to paying our mortgages, but do you know why your payment just went up?
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Preparing Your Home for an Property Inspection
Preparing Your Home for an Property Inspection

Making sure your home is in top shape before a property inspection can save you big money in contract negotiations.
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Did Your Property Tax Appraisal Just Skyrocket?
Did Your Property Tax Appraisal Just Skyrocket?

Appraisal districts are notorious for over-valuing properties to boost their tax base. But what can you do about it?
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What You Should NOT Do As a New Homeowner
What You Should NOT Do As a New Homeowner

If you're new to homeownership, you'll definitely want to avoid these easy-to-prevent mistakes that could cost you big.
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Home Upgrades with the Lowest Return on Investment
Home Upgrades with the Lowest Return on Investment

File these six home upgrades under dream fulfillment, not value upgrades. They provide the lowest return on investment.
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Four Signs You're Ready to Buy Your First Home
Four Signs You're Ready to Buy Your First Home

Nearly every homebuyer struggles with finding the "magic moment" to buy. Here's how to know when you're ready.
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Facing Foreclosure?  Try a Home Loan Workout
Facing Foreclosure? Try a Home Loan Workout

Behind on your house payments and foreclosure notices starting to show up? Read on to learn more about your options.
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How To Protest Your Rising Property Taxes
How To Protest Your Rising Property Taxes

Property tax appraisals are arriving in mailboxes and many homeowners are facing big increases. What do you do next?
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The Changing World of the Mortgage Industry
The Changing World of the Mortgage Industry

In the early 90's our world changed bringing down a wall and opening up the world to the new global economy.
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Lessons Learned from Flipping Real Estate
Lessons Learned from Flipping Real Estate

Even the most seasoned investors and agents can make mistakes flipping. Learn from those who have been there.
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When Bad Bad Things Happen to Good People
When Bad Bad Things Happen to Good People

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, setbacks happen. Learn what to do when misfortune finds you.
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What CLUE Reports Mean to You As a Homebuyer
What CLUE Reports Mean to You As a Homebuyer

Most consumers aren't aware of what CLUE reports are, but they can make all the difference when buying a home.
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The Facts and the Fiction About Your Credit
The Facts and the Fiction About Your Credit

As consumers in today's market, credit is an integral part of life. So how do we separate the fact from fiction?
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The Top Twenty Steps to Your Best Real Estate Deal
The Top Twenty Steps to Your Best Real Estate Deal

Buying or selling a deal is complicated. Here's what you need to know to make sure you get the best deal you can.
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The Top Six Questions to Ask Before Signing
The Top Six Questions to Ask Before Signing

You've decided to sell your home using a Realtor. So what questions should you ask before signing on the dotted line?
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Reinvest Your Money or Pay Off Your Debt?
Reinvest Your Money or Pay Off Your Debt?

Many home-sellers come to a crossroads when deciding what they should do with the proceeds from a home sale.
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The Top Eleven Ways to Damage Your Credit
The Top Eleven Ways to Damage Your Credit

Protecting your credit should be a class taught in high school. Here's a list of the top eleven ways to damage your credit.
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How You Can Get a Mortgage in Your Pajamas
How You Can Get a Mortgage in Your Pajamas

Getting a mortgage loan used to involve all day appointments at a bank. Nowadays, you can find one in your pajamas.
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Why Everyone Should Have a Homestead Exemption
Why Everyone Should Have a Homestead Exemption

One of the greatest advantages of owning a home is the homestead exemption. But just what does it do for you?
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Why Every Homeowner Needs Title Insurance?
Why Every Homeowner Needs Title Insurance?

During any transaction Title Insurance aways comes up, but most people have no idea what it is or what it is used for.
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How to Effectively Negotiate Closing Costs
How to Effectively Negotiate Closing Costs

The price and closing date are not the only negotiable items in a contract. Closing costs can be negotiated as well.
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How the Lowest Mortgage Rate Can COST You!
How the Lowest Mortgage Rate Can COST You!

Focusing entirely on shopping for the lowest interest rate can sometimes end up costing you more in the long run.
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Building a New Home?  Take Your Realtor With You
Building a New Home? Take Your Realtor With You

We hear this one all the time. If I'm buying a new home, do I need the services of a professional real estate agent?
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The Math Involved When Flipping Houses for Profit
The Math Involved When Flipping Houses for Profit

HGTV makes flipping houses look so easy don't they? Make sure you understand the math involved so you don't lose big.
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Check out that Neighborhood Before You Buy
Check out that Neighborhood Before You Buy

The home itself is not the only thing buyers should be inspecting. Knowing the neighborhood is just as important.
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How to Compete Effetively with All Cash Offers
How to Compete Effetively with All Cash Offers

All cash offers in real estate transactions have become very common. Here's how you can compete with them.
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Can Selling as a Short Sale Save My Credit?
Can Selling as a Short Sale Save My Credit?

Selling your home, even if just breaking even, is still better than foreclosure. Can you qualify for a short sale?
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How to Avoid the Most Common Buying Mistakes
How to Avoid the Most Common Buying Mistakes

The time has come to claim your piece of the American dream and buy a home. Here's some common mistakes to avoid.
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How to Improve Your Loan Approval Chances
How to Improve Your Loan Approval Chances

Home Loan approvals are often insanely stressful. Here's how you can improve your chances for approval.
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Are You CLUE'd into your Homeowner's Insurance?
Are You CLUE'd into your Homeowner's Insurance?

CLUE reports are to your home what credit reports are to your credit rating. Do you know what yours says?
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Should I Sell My Home During the Holidays?
Should I Sell My Home During the Holidays?

Homeowners often think the end of the year is a terrible time to try to sell, but the truth is that it's anything but.
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What to do When Bad Credit Marries Good Credit
What to do When Bad Credit Marries Good Credit

Mr. Wonderful meets Ms. Perfect, and are looking to get married and buy. But what happens when one has credit issues?
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Selling Your Home in a Sea of Foreclosures
Selling Your Home in a Sea of Foreclosures

You need to sell your home as quickly as possible and for top dollar, but how when the market is foreclosure driven?
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Seven Landscaping Mistakes That Wreck Curb Appeal
Seven Landscaping Mistakes That Wreck Curb Appeal

Don't let badly designed or maintained landscaping wreck your home's curb appeal. Here are pitfalls to avoid.
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10 Staging Tips to Make Your House Stand Out
10 Staging Tips to Make Your House Stand Out

Staging your home, or making it look it's best, should be step number one for to putting your home on the market.
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Don't Miss These Important Home Tax Deductions
Don't Miss These Important Home Tax Deductions

From mortgage interest to property tax deductions, here are the tax tips you need to get a jump on your returns.
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Flood Insurance Rates Going Up?  Here's What to Do
Flood Insurance Rates Going Up? Here's What to Do

If you live where floods happen, you may see an increase on your next flood insurance bill.
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