Existing-home sales nationwide increased 11.5% in 2013 according to data recently released by the National Association of Realtors.
Closer to home, the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems reports that its MLS sales volume increased 28% in 2013, accompanied by a 10% increase in the number of homes sold.
And, at the Ebby Halliday Companies, sales volume in 2013 increased by 34% over 2012, with a 23% increase in the number of homes sold.
These sales data make it clear that the Dallas / Fort Worth and North Texas real estate market was booming in 2013.
It's also clear that the Ebby Halliday Companies and its sales Associates out-performed the local market in 2013, and the firm expects to continue that trend in 2014.
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4B/2B -- four bedrooms and two bathrooms. "Bedroom" usually means a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition varies in different places. A "full bathroom" is a room with a toilet, a sink and a bathtub. A "three-quarter bathroom" has a toilet, a sink and a shower. A "half bathroom" or powder room has only a toilet and a sink.
assum. fin. -- assumable financing
closing costs -- the entire package of miscellaneous expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when the real estate deal closes. These costs include the brokerage commission, mortgage-related fees, escrow or attorney's settlement charges, transfer taxes, recording fees, title insurance and so on. Closing costs are generally paid through escrow.
CMA -- comparative market analysis or competitive market analysis. A CMA is a report that shows prices of homes that are comparable to a subject home and that were recently sold, are currently on the market or were on the market, but not sold within the listing period.
contingency -- a provision of an agreement that keeps the agreement from being fully legally binding until a certain condition is met. One example is a buyer's contractual right to obtain a professional home inspection before purchasing the home.
dk – deck
expansion pot'l -- expansion potential mean that there's extra space on the lot or the possibility of adding a room or even an upper level, subject to local zoning restrictions.
fab pentrm -- fabulous pentroom, a room on top (but under the roof) that has great views
FDR -- formal dining room
fixture -- anything of value that is permanently attached to or a part of real property. (Real estate is legally called "real property," while movables are called "personal property.") Examples of fixtures include installed wall-to-wall carpeting, light fixtures, window coverings, landscaping and so on. Fixtures are a frequent subject of buyer and seller disputes. When in doubt, get it in writing.
frplc, fplc, FP -- fireplace
gar -- garage (garden is usually abbreviated as "gard.")
grmet kit -- gourmet kitchen
HDW, HWF, Hdwd -- hardwood floors
hi ceils -- high ceilings
in-law potential -- potential for a separate apartment, subject to local zoning restrictions
large E-2 plan -- this is one of several floor plans available in a specific building
listing -- an agreement between a real estate broker and a home owner that allows the broker to market and arrange for the sale of the owner's home. The word "listing" is also used to refer to the for-sale home itself. A home being sold by the owner without a real estate agent isn't a "listing."
lo dues -- low homeowner's association dues. Be sure to find out how "low" the dues are compared to other dues in the area.
lock box -- locked key-holding device affixed to a for-sale home so real estate professionals can gain entry into the home after obtaining permission from the listing agent
lsd pkg. -- leased parking area. May come with additional cost.
MLS -- Multiple Listing Service. An MLS is an organization that collects, compiles and distributes information about homes listed for sale by its members, who are real estate brokers. Membership isn't open to the general public, although selected MLS data may be sold to real estate listings Web sites. MLS's are local or regional. There is no MLS covering the whole country.
pot'l – potential
pvt -- private
pwdr rm -- half bathroom or powder room
REALTOR® -- a real estate broker or sales associate who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Like me! :) *NOTE: Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.
title insurance -- an insurance policy that protects a lender's or owner's interest in real property from assorted types of unexpected or fraudulent claims of ownership. It's customary for the buyer to pay for the lender's title insurance policy.
upr -- upper floor
vw, vu, vws, vus -- view(s)
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FHA changes will take effect 04/01/2013!
For any clients putting down less than 10% the MI (mortgage insurance) factor will be 1.35% and will remain on the loan for the life of the loan.
For all case numbers ordered after June 3rd, 2013 the MI will stay on the loan for the life of the loan. A loan can close after June 3rd, 2013 and not have the MI remain on the loan for the life of the loan as long as the case number has been ordered before June 3rd.
RULE OF THUMB:
· You have until March 29th, 2013 to have your loan submitted, with a valid contract to underwriting, to avoid the increase in MI.
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Due to the mortgage crisis that our country faced over the last several years, there are continually more and more foreclosure properties that are being put up for sale everywhere you turn. Of course, this can be very tempting for homebuyers as people can sometimes get properties for 30% or even less on the dollar.
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- Is this neighborhood a desirable location and how are crime rates?
- What schools would be available for my kids or future buyers?
- Were there any other foreclosures or investor sales that could negatively affect the future value of my home?
- How long do I plan on living there and how could that affect things?
- What type of appreciation should I expect?
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