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Renting has many disadvantages: increasing rents, difficulty having repairs done right, lack of privacy and control over your own living space. The most important disadvantage, however, is the fact that none of the money you spend on rent every year is generating any return on investment for your family. Many Read more…


Credit Score-Based House Purchase Options

Ok, so you are tired of renting. But what should be your next step? Should you rent-to-own? Or buy using seller financing? Or apply for a mortgage? Or keep renting? What do all those terms mean? Which one is better for you? Nothing is absolute, but we can set some Read more…


3 Ways to Save on Your Mortgage

March 2033, by Elena Garrett Many home shoppers experience sticker shock at the cost of home mortgages in 2023. Elena and Melissa Condensa from Guild Mortgage go over a few recent changes to home loans that may help home buyers to stay within their budget while everyone else scrambles. A Read more…


Changes to Conventional Loan Costs – March 2023

By Elena Garrett Starting in April 2023, it may cost many home loan borrowers even more money to use conventional loans. Elena and Melissa Condensa from Guild Mortgage discuss the changes and what they mean for people’s home-buying plans in 2023. A short overview of the discussion: For borrowers with Read more…


The best time to sell a home in 2023 will be BEFORE June

By Elena Garrett, February 23, 2023 Families looking to sell their homes in 2023 are strongly advised to get ready for the sale before June due to the increasing turbulence in the market. The DFW home market is going through quite a bit of turbulence. If you are planning to Read more…


JANUARY 2022 – DFW HOME MARKET UPDATE

February 21, 2023 – by Elena Garrett, Realtor and 72Sold Area Director We continue to observe as the trends in the DFW housing market is starting to look a bit more bullish for the home sellers, while still leaving room for the buyers to find a good deal on prices Read more…


March-April 2023 – DFW home builders’ promotions end!

Act now to secure DFW home builder promotions that could save you hundreds of dollars in monthly payments and thousands of dollars during the purchase! Until the end of April 2023, home buyers looking to buy new construction homes can benefit from the following generous incentives: the special promotional rate Read more…


December 2022 – DFW Home Market Update

January 22, 2023 – by Elena Garrett, Realtor and 72Sold Area Director As I mentioned in my previous update, the trends in home buyers’ shopping behavior are starting to normalize and become more predictable. IMPORTANT: For the past 6 months, the home market in the DFW has undergone DRASTIC changes. Read more…


November 2022 – DFW Market Update

December 10, 2022 – by Elena Garrett, Realtor and 72Sold Area Director As DFW buyers and sellers are adjusting to the new reality of higher interest rates, new trends in home buyers’ shopping behavior are starting to normalize and become more predictable. IMPORTANT: For the past 6 months, the home Read more…


Do not sign another lease until you read this: The hidden costs of renting

Any rent vs. own calculator can show you the obvious short-term costs of renting that are easy to see and calculate. There are also a number of hidden and delayed costs that are much harder to estimate in a spreadsheet, but that over time can compound to become very noticeable and detrimental to the family’s financial growth.


July 2022 – DFW Market Update

Aug 20, 2022 As DFW buyers and sellers are adjusting to the new reality of higher interest rates, a new trend is starting to set in. There are fewer buyers shopping for homes, but those who are in the market at the moment are making offers quickly (possibly rushing to Read more…


June 2022 – DFW Housing Market Update

As DFW buyers and sellers are adjusting to the new reality of higher interest rates, a new trend is starting to set in. There are fewer buyers shopping for homes, but those who are in the market at the moment are making offers quickly (possibly rushing to lock in the current rates before they go up again). The overall number of homes for sale is similar to last year’s volume, but the number of showings per house is down significantly from the same month last year.