Thursday, November 15, 2012

Two ways to help Texas veterans become homeowners

Texas has several programs in place to help its veterans become homeowners … many of which can be used in addition to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

I refer my clients to these resources from the Texas Association of REALTORS® and help them find out which programs they qualify for:

  • Buyers can search more than 100 housing-related programs in one place, including home improvement loans, housing assistance, and land loans through the Texas Veterans Land Board.
  • Read a thorough explanation of several home-ownership opportunities for Texas veterans, their eligibility requirements, and how they work in conjunction with federal programs.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Murphy Residents & Bulky Trash on October 18

Appliances that use Freon must have proof of its removal

MURPHY, Texas Residents with trash that is too large or bulky for the weekly collection have another opportunity to dispose of this material on Oct. 18 simply by putting it out on the curb, according to Customer Services Manager Candy McQuiston.

“Murphy’s contract with Waste Management includes two bulky trash pickups a year, and the next one is set for Thursday, October 18. Murphy folk need not call to schedule a pickup, but must have their items curbside by 7 a.m. on that day,” she said.

In addition to the early pickup time, the following points are important to remember:
·         All mowers and other motorized yard tools must have all gasoline and oil removed.
·         Any metal placed by the curb should be in pieces no longer than 6 feet.
·         Paint cans with wet paint are not accepted. However, cans with dry, solid paint are acceptable.
·         Appliances, including refrigerators, are accepted. However, appliances with Freon must have it removed by a licensed technician, and the receipt must be taped on the item, otherwise it will not be picked up.
·         Any item with a door must have it removed or securely locked to prevent children or animals from entering it.
·         Brush must be cut into 3- to-4-foot long pieces and no larger than 6 inches in diameter, bundled and tied. The pile should be 4 feet long or less, and 3 feet high or less. Brush should be separated from other trash since it goes to a separate facility.

Items such as concrete, dirt and soil, construction materials, hazardous waste, wet paint, tires and car batteries will not be picked up. Roofing and construction contractors are generally obligated to remove the waste generated by their work, including wooden fence contractors.

“Murphy residents (75094) should consider placing their bulky trash items on the curb on the night before the pickup. That way, there is no danger of missing the trucks, as the trucks will only make one pass through Murphy neighborhoods,” added McQuiston.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Real Estate business Online(
reports that two area shopping centers have been sold in separate transactions.
Texas investor Bo Avery acquired the 123,011-sf Ruisseau Village shopping center at 3303 N. Central Expy. Retail Realty represented the buyer. C-III Realty represented the seller, Wells Fargo Bank.
Nearby, Metropolitan Capital Advisors picked up the 192,267-sf Pitman Corners Shopping Center at the corner of W. 15th St. and Custer Rd. The center is anchored by an Albertsons grocery store.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – Existing home sales in North Texas are up for the eighth straight month.
According to statistics from the Real Estate Center and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, North Texas had an 18 percent increase in pre-owned home sales for the month of August.
The 7,986 single-family home sales represent the largest number of single-month sales since before the recession.
Median sales prices also rose in August, up 8 percent over the same month last year.
Further, the 4.5-month supply of available homes in the area is the shortest inventory in over a decade.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Best Small Towns in America (Murphy, TX got skipped!)

This is neat...
 The fine folks at have picked the best small towns in America.  Murphy didn't make the list?  Oh well.  JTOden Realty sends congrats to the fine Texans in Marfa, who made the list.

Good grief, Key West, FL?  Laguna Beach, CA?  Not really fair competition.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


The Dallas Morning News) reports that By the end of 2011, about 93,000 Dallas-area homeowners were upside down on their mortgages.  They cite CoreLogic DATA for this statistic. This is up one-tenth of a percent from fourth quarter 2010, when the negative equity rate was 12.2%.

However, despite the increase, the negative equity share is better than in 2009, when nearly 30% of Dallas-area homes were not worth the remaining mortgage balance.  Compared to the rest of the country, Dallas is faring better. Nationally, over 22% of homes with a mortgage were in negative (-) equity by the end of 2011, or about 10.7 million properties.

Statewide, Texas has the tenth lowest negative equity rate, with 10.2% of homes valued less than their mortgages. At 61%, Nevada had the highest negative equity rate, followed by Arizona (48%) and Florida (44%).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blast Off 2012 - what to expect in North Texas and Collin County in 2012

Today I am attending a CE program that will forecast economic, political, and legislative issues that will effect Collin County and the North Texas area this year.  I'll be active blogging throughout the event.  I'm sure the list of subscribers will likely overload a server somewhere in India...

8:30 -- Continental Breakfast
9:00 --Oh! Blueberry muffins and coffee, not bad.
9:12 --the MC is funny... Why do event persons think I want to see their computer desktop?

Mark Dotzour, Cheif economist TAMU Real Estate Center, with the economic outlook for 2012.

Home sales should be up 10% in 2012. However, that's improvement from a low position. The government snuck a sales tax (transaction fee) past us. All new houses now have a sales tax at the time of the transaction. Thanks congress. Stupidity. Congress did it to fund two months of payroll tax deductions! Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been the slush fund, the read headed step child, the slave, the scapegoat--the corner prostitute for republicans and democrats. If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac finally die, intrest rates will rise.

Texas is going to double the national job growth whatever that is. But if double a lousy number (due to a crappy congress) may not be impressive. Release sing he US economy depends on four things. Corporate Profits are high but they are sitting on e cash. Our government is devaluing our dollar. Every economic indicator is positive for Texas the LID that's keeping us down is the Fed. The Dodd Frank mortgage laws will fine a lender for a failed mortgage. So lender underwriters are hammering buyers to approve them. THIS IS THE RESULT OF GOVERNMENT REGULATION AND MISMANAGEMENT--BAD POLICY!!!

Folks, there is no free lunch. The low intrest rates we get are artificially low because it helps get them votes. However, your savings account is worthless because theo interest rates are so low. You can't steal your interest rate and make a 12% return on your investments!

No one talks about second mortgages either. If the standard mortgage costs a bank 40% of the loan value. The second mortgage costs you 100% of the loan value! Foreclosing on gillions of dollars of thes mortgages would dissolve many banks. The government is artificially propping this up. It's like a man who is bleeding to death internally, but his doctor keeps advertising that he healthy because after all, you don't see any blood, right?

We are going to sell more houses in Texas this year.
Interest rates are going to stay low.
Home prices are going to stay flat in Texas.

Douglas e. Oldmixon, Admin. from TREC
Industry regulation inside info... Etc., etc...

Dan Kessler, Assistant Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Population growth is rising in DFW and it is still on the rise. Collin county is even more positive. by 2035, Collin County is projected to grow to ten million persons! DFW is the 12th largest economy in the world! He forecasts the growth of the Regional Rail System. The A-Train allows the use of existing rail that was once for freight and other purposes.