Relocation Companies and Picking a Realtor®

Relocating can be stressful, expensive and time consuming. Many companies provide relocation assistance.  Relocation companies specialize in managing the logistics of your move.  One key factor in making your move a success is your happiness in your new location by finding the right neighborhood for your family. Typically, your relocation company has contracts with various real estate brokers in theRead More

Buying a Home Vs. Renting A Home

To Buy or To Rent, That IS the Question The NYTimes recently published a story, “Rent or Buy?  The Math is Changing.”   This is a very enlightening view nationally with NY and CA housing prices.  They point out in NY, San Francisco and Los Angeles, buying a homes is a perilous investment.  They note “a lot of theseRead More

2015 DFW Area Property Tax Rates

The following table provides 2015 property tax rates for Dallas Fort Worth area cities and towns.  Often, it will be said that “blah blah city has really high taxes, don’t move there.”  This is misleading as the tax rates are very similar.  The appraised value (purchase price) can vary substantially from one location to another on an identicalRead More

California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, 7-year study says

Roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years, and Dallas-Fort Worth has been a prime beneficiary of the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment. That’s the conclusion of study by Joseph Vranich, a site selection consultant and president of Irvine, California-based Spectrum Location Solutions. Of the 9,000 businesses thatRead More

Preapproval and Why It’s Important

You’ve been searching online for just the right home, cruising neighborhoods looking for the “that’s it!” house and picturing yourself on your shady new porch. You know there’s plenty to do before you get to the really serious house hunting, but it’s hard to resist. Hang on, you’re almost there. You’ve got to have one thing in handRead More