Farmers Branch, TX Real Estate News

By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
CAMPFIRE SAGAS TO BRING LOCAL CHARACTERS TO LIFE The Farmers Branch, TX Historical Park meadow was dark Saturday night, except for the glow of a roaring campfire that served as the stage for some of the community's most colorful characters from days gone by. "Campfire Sagas" were presented Saturday night, July 25, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Farmers Branch, TX Historical Park.  Campfire guests sat around a campfire, ringed with old-time oil lanterns, and listened to costumed actors as they portrayed historical figures from Farmers Branch's past. Guests were provided with dessert, cowboy coffee, lemonade and water.   Want to live in a city that thinks there is more to life?  Then Farmers Branch, TX, is the place to look for a new home.  Not only is there a great Mayor Tim O'Hare, but many...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Farmers Branch, TX, First-time Home Buyers Get an Inspection For all those first-time home buyers in the market now for a home, here's some important information you need to know. RISMEDIA, July 9, 2009-As many consumers are considering buying a house to take advantage of first-time home buyer tax credits, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds them about the importance of getting a professional home inspection. According to the IRS, the first-time home buyer tax credit allows taxpayers who have not owned another principal residence at any time during the three years prior to the date of purchase to deduct the lesser of $8,000 or 10% of the purchasing price of their home if they purchase before Dec. 1, 2009. This has encouraged many young professionals in their 20s and 3...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Mayor's Fitness All-Stars hit Farmers Branch fields this summer June 15, 2009 Mayor Tim O'Hare was joined by 200 Farmers Branch kids for the kickoff for the Mayor's Fitness All-Stars, a new youth fitness initiative to promote healthy living through exercise and eating right. The program will encourage Farmers Branch youth to get out and exercise for at least 60 minutes per day, five days a week. For those reaching this goal, the Mayor will be hosting a field day event in August where all of that exercise will pay off. Kids will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of events, such as 100-yard dash, football throw, timed running of the bases and a timed soccer skills course. The Mayor will present the winners of each event first, second and third place ribbons at the conclusion of...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
EVERYONE INVITED TO FOLLOW FARMERS BRANCH MAYOR TIM O'HARE ON TWITTER Boldly entering into the realm of 21st century social networking as a tool for spreading the good news of Farmers Branch, Mayor Tim O'Hare is now on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.  Anyone with Internet access is invited to follow Mayor O'Hare as he "tweets" on various topics of interest to the citizens of Farmers Branch. Follow him at twitter.com/timothyohare. Want to live in a city that thinks there is more to life?  Then Farmers Branch, TX, is the place to look for a new home.  Not only is there a great Mayor Tim O'Hare, but many other services are also included with your home ownership.  You'll be amazed! Think this is innovative?  There isn't another Mayor in the Dallas Area that has done it.  Mayor Tim O'Hare...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Farmers Branch, TX:  ADOPTABLE DOG OVERPOPULATION LOWERS ADOPTION FEE  FARMERS BRANCH, TX: Homes for Sale and Dogs Too:  Although business has been record-breaking since the opening of the all-new Farmers Branch, TX Animal Adoption Center, the new facility is still very crowded with adoptable dogs. In an effort to find more pets new homes in Farmers Branch, TX, the adoption fee has been lowered to $45 through Saturday, July 11, 2009.  Animal Services staff said the fee includes a current rabies vaccination, spay or neutering and micro-chipping. They added that the Animal Adoption Center also has a fine feline selection as well with cats in all sizes, shapes and colors to choose from. The state-of-the-art Animal Adoption Center is located at 3727 Valley View Lane, just east of the Farmer...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Homes Adopt Streamlined Electronic Functionality Tight economic times don't seem to be dampening the desire to streamline electronic home improvements. According to The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), 2009 looks to be a promising year for electronic home upgrades in the areas of energy efficiency, mobile home management, flat panel display adoption, digital transitioning, and wireless integration.   "Housing prices and new home construction are at an all-time low right now. Instead of trying to sell, many homeowners have turned to retrofitting their homes and investing in comforts that will make their home more enjoyable," said Utz Baldwin, CEO, CEDIA in a recent news release. "The trends and technologies we've identified are upgrades that will enhance hom...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
 Farmers Branch, TX, Homes for Sale:  Finding the Perfect Neighborhood Give Farmers Branch, TX a Look A home is not an island.  When you are looking for a home for sale, you need to do your home work. The surrounding neighborhood in Farmers Branch, TX is just as important because it can have a big impact on your lifestyle -- safety, available amenities, and convenience all play their part, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  And you can find the right Farmers Branch, TX neighborhood by getting information direct from the best sources -- rather than from second hand and often incomplete data bases professing to offer you one stop shopping for all your neighborhood needs. ·  Make a list of the activities -- movies, health clubs, churches -- you engage in regularly an...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Why Is It So Difficult to Get A Home Loan?  It seems like every day someone is asking about why it is so hard to get a real estate loan. Just two years ago anyone, and I mean anyone, could get a loan to buy a house or condo. Well, the times have changed and rules from the lenders have changed right along with the times. For now we will not explore the cause of this change, only the new requirements. Keep in mind though that these will change over time as well, hopefully to a more moderated middle ground but only time will tell. For those looking to get qualified in this tough market, please note the criteria below: Fico Scores. These must be better than average (600+), and when the credit report is run there must be no Bankruptcy (BK), and likely no "collections" of accounts will be all...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Seller's Home Appeal for Today's Market (Part 4) Thinking of putting your home up for sale?  After years of hearing from successful sellers that they didn't have to do a thing to get their home ready to sell, they now need to understand how they can stand out from their competition.  Here is Part 4 of a handy list to help sellers determine if some features in their home might need some attention. ·  Limit yard ornaments to a favored few. Excess ornaments can make yards look busy and buyers might want them included in a purchase contract. ·  Paint and refresh yard lights, flagpoles, mailboxes, window boxes, fences and trellis. Don't forget the swing set or play equipment. ·  Replace broken bricks on terraces, cracked concrete patios and steps. ·  Restore screens on porches and lanai's. D...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Seller's Home Appeal for Today's Market (Part 3) Thinking of putting your home up for sale?  After years of hearing from successful sellers that they didn't have to do a thing to get their home ready to sell, they now need to understand how they can stand out from their competition.  Here is Part 3 of a handy list to help sellers determine if some features in their home might need some attention. ·  Freshen-up closets with closet organizers to maximize storage space and paint a neutral, washable color. Make sure buyers can see the back of all closets and cupboards. Lighting is an often overlooked feature in closets, but buyers will always turn on lights when viewing a closet, big or small. Thinning closets, cabinets, basements, attics and garages will also help your storage spaces look ...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Seller's Home Appeal for Today's Market (Part 2) Thinking of putting your home up for sale?  After years of hearing from successful sellers that they didn't have to do a thing to get their home ready to sell, they now need to understand how they can stand out from their competition. Here is Part 2 of a handy list to help sellers determine if some features in their home might need some attention. ·  Make sure there is balanced lighting in every room for dusk and evening showings. Dimmers help set the right tone. ·  Polish and wax hardwood floors to brighten and blend an old finish. ·  Clean every surface until it shimmers and shines. Clean can seal a deal. Don't forget the windows. ·  Purchase the best quality carpet pad which can make any new carpeting "cushy," and home buyers love cush...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Seller's Home Appeal for Today's Market Thinking of putting your home up for sale?  After years of hearing from successful sellers that they didn't have to do a thing to get their home ready to sell, they now need to understand how they can stand out from their competition. Here is Part 1 of a handy list to help sellers determine if some features in their home might need some attention. ·  Test all door and cabinet knobs. Replace mismatched or inexpensive hardware for a quick update. Buyers rarely can get beyond a knob that comes off in their hand as they attempt to use a door. ·  Take the time to paint walls, trim and ceilings. Keep adjoining rooms in one color palette, which will make your home appear larger. Clean up spills from messy painters. Hire professionals to paint mullions on...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Farmers Branch, TX, has it's own animal adoption center.  So buying a home for sale and living in Farmers Branch, TX ensures that you can have a dog that will get the American Kennel Club Training Program.  Dogs and their owners are invited to participate.  Farmers Branch, TX, is that rare community the cares for all whether it be dogs, cats, or other kinds of pets.  The City of Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center is hosting a new five-week American Kennel Club®(AKC) training program geared towards dogs and their owners, beginning July 11, 2009, at 9 a.m.  The cost of the course is $35 for Farmers Branch resients and $50 for non-residents.  The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy & CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Program rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies a...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Brookhaven Country Club Since 1957, Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, TX has been providing a "home away from home" for the entire family. The Club offers a wide array of activities for members of all ages, across many different venues. Want to own a home on the Brookhaven CC golf course? There are plenty of homes for sale from which to choose as Brookhaven CC has three golf courses. There are currently 13 homes for sale on the golf course.  These homes range in price from $269,900 to $519,000.  It a great time to buy one of the homes for sale on the golf course with the low interest rates avaiable. Back to Brookhaven Country Club Over the past five years, Brookhaven Country Club has been consistently ranked in the top ten country clubs in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex for f...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Buying a Home in Farmers Branch, TX Puts You in a Very Convenient Place "Farmers Branch is a truly unique community. With a wide range of housing options, recreation and education opportunities and a location that makes us an ideal location for employment and transportation, Farmers Branch has been one of the best-kept secrets in the Dallas area. But the secret is getting out..." - Tim O'Hare, Mayor Bordered by four major arteries, Farmers Branch, TX is located in the center of the Dallas Metroplex. Buying homes for sale in Farmers Branch, TX puts you less than fifteen minutes from both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field Airport, Farmers Branch, TX offers twelve hotel properties with over 2,000 rooms for your leisure and meeting needs.  There are currently 85 single-...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
It's the SWEET SPOT right now in the housing market in Farmers Branch, TX. Home prices at their lowest in years Low interest rates for mortgages Tax credits for first-time home buyers Tax freeze on tear-down and rebuilds The affordability of a home hasn't been this high in a long, long time.  Even though home prices in Farmers Branch, TX may continue to fall until the market has absorbed the backlog of homes for sale, interest rates will not stay as low as they are now.  In fact, interest rates have already started climbing.  Now is the time to buy a home for sale!  Don't wait for prices to fall any farther in Farmers Branch, TX. When interest rates are climbing they will more than offset the $10,000 price reduction you might get from a Farmers Branch, TX seller.  So consider your month...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
The City of Farmers Branch, TX just passed the Residential Incentive Grant Program which will freeze taxes on real estate in the city for seven years.  This program is available to persons who own and occupy a one family detached residence who agree to demolish the existing residence and to construct a new residence at the same location. Farmers Branch is encouraging the redevelopment of existing residential properties with new, higher value, one-family detached residential structures. The first owner occupant of the new residence within 24 months of completion of construction will be entitled to a seven year freeze on their City of Farmers Branch property taxes.  Here's an example given to me by the Mayor of Farmers Branch, TX.  Buy a home for $250,000; tear it down and build a new hom...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Farmers Branch, TX has a special advantage with the First-Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit.  Would you believe that you can buy a home in the Dallas area that is on a golf course and a lake as a first-time home buyer?  In Farmers Branch, TX you certainly can. Farmers Branch, TX has a 8,180 single family homes including duplexes and townhomes.  Homes for sale are priced in all price ranges.  Contact me for more information on homes in Farmers Branch, TX. Just be sure that you understand the benefits available as a first time home buyer before you make that offer.  Here's a brief summary of the requirements. Do You Qualify? You must purchase a home between January 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009. To qualify as a "first-time home buyer" you may not have owned a residence during previous three yea...
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By Dr. Joyce Benoit Benoit, The PhD of Dallas Area Real Estate
(United Real Estate Dallas)
Farmers Branch, TX homes for sale are being sold so fast it is amazing.  Just in the month of May already 24 homes have sold and another 14 homes pending a sale.  What's happened?  This small community with 27,750 residents has a median age of 37.  The median household income is $50,745.  This could be pent up demand to sell because Farmers Branch, TX home sales slowed last September 2008 as did the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Homes for sale in Farmers Branch, TX averaged over 100 days on the market. The sudden surge in sales in Farmers Branch, TX could be because of the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit.  Farmers Branch, TX is a great location for first-time home buyers.  The affordability of a home in Farmers Branch, TX is very reasonable.  Sales could also be impr...
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By Randal Newhouse
(Texas Premier Realty)
Cambridge Crossing Townhomes in the North Dallas Design District. This city does not have much to do with farming anymore. In fact, it is right in the middle of one of the most exciting metropolitan cities in the world - the Dallas Metroplex.This exciting new urban living location offers easy access to numerous area attractions, including world class shopping at the Dallas Galleria, sporting events, theater, tennis and golf clubs, fitness centers, museums, and within blocks of over 200 restaurants sure to satisfy every taste and budget. We are within minutes of DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field, and the largest corporate airport in the U.S., Addison Airport. Cambridge Crossing is conveniently located just off I-635 (LBJ) and the Dallas North Tollway, just west of the Dallas G...
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