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Amazing Toll Brothers Home For Sale In Flower Mound, Texas!


Amazing Toll Brothers Home For Sale In Flower Mound, Texas!


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$474,000
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3 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 4,304 sqft
Lot: 0.49 acre(s)
Location
5317 Townsend Drive
Flower Mound, TX 75028
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Gone To Texas…

Gone To Texas

Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, but North Dakota was the fastest-growing state, according to Census Bureau population estimates released today.

North Dakota’s population climbed by 2.17 percent, nearly three times faster than the nation as a whole. Following it was the District of Columbia (2.15 percent), Texas (1.67 percent), Wyoming (1.60 percent), Utah (1.45 percent) and Nevada (1.43 percent).

The United States population increased by 2.3 million from 2011 to 2012, to 313.9 million for an overall growth rate of 0.75 percent.

In the year ending July 1, Texas added the most people (427,400), followed by California (357,500), Florida (235,300), Georgia (107,500) and North Carolina (101,000). Those five states accounted for more than half of the nation’s total growth.

California remained the most populous state, with a population of 38 million. Rounding out the top five were Texas (26.1 million), New York (19.6 million), Florida (19.3 million) and Illinois (12.9 million).

The only states to lose population were Rhode Island (-354 or -0.03 percent) and Vermont (-581 or -0.09 percent).

Since the 2010 Census, Texas has experienced a 3.6 percent growth rate, adding the most people (913,642) for a total population of 26,059,203.

North Dakota was also the fastest growing over the two-year period with a 4 percent growth rate, adding 27,037 people for a total of 699,628.

California added the second most people (787,474), followed by Florida (514,878), Georgia (232,282) and North Carolina (216,602).

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/12/20/4498954/texas-gains-more-in-population.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

Source: BY STEVE CAMPBELL
sfcampbell@star-telegram.com

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Holiday Home for Sale

When you look at your holiday calendars you may find the months already overloaded with seasonal obligations — shopping, entertaining, children’s pageants, charity work, decorating the house, and so much more. If you are also trying to sell your home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area during the holidays, you are under extra pressure to keep your home in “showtime” condition. And that could be the last thing you need before the holiday spirit is broken.

It is understandable why you would be tempted to take your home off the market during the holidays. Better to just pack it in and start fresh in January, right?

Not exactly. Top-selling REALTORS® say taking your home off the market during the Christmas season is a mistake. Jennie Ling, a vice president of Virginia Cook REALTORS® and the number one sales person in her company for almost every one of her more than 35 years in the real estate business, says ”The holidays are my best-selling period. Why? Because most people take off work sometime during the season. The husband and wife are both off and want to see houses. I showed homes on New Year’s Day last year. I like the holidays because the buyers have more time, and they can look at homes together.”

Before you take your home off the market, consider the following points:

Although buyer activity may appear to slow down, the buyers who are actively looking during the holidays are that much more serious. Ling believes the home market is no more affected at Christmas than during other “busy” period. If that were so, the market would shut down throughout the year as families concentrate on spring weddings, June graduations, summer vacations, and autumn back-to-school activities.

Many buyers deliberately choose to shop for a home after the busy spring and summer rush. They know that it will be easier to look, and that negotiations will be less stressful. They may not have children, or they may have grown children, so moving to accommodate the school year isn’t a consideration. Finding the right home at the right price, however, is.

Relocating families often don’t have a choice in when they can leave for their new destination. Although 68 percent of transferring families have children, many families have to transfer during the middle of the school year. These families are that much more motivated to get their families settled in either before the January semester begins, or to arrange for the move during spring break in March. If you sign a contract by New Year’s Eve, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

At Christmastime, our culture focuses on family and the home. Preparing for the indoor activities of winter is one of the most enjoyable periods of family life. Allowing buyers to view your home during this most hospitable of seasons lets them better picture their own family life in the attractive environment you have created.

With reduced inventories and motivated buyers, you will have all the members of the MLS on your team. You may find you have more showings than you would if you marketed your home during a busier time of the year.

If you do get a contract, you can arrange the terms to suit your needs. If moving during the holidays isn’t an option, you can put in the closing date of your choice. “Most people can close 30 to 60 days after a contract is written, so there is plenty of time,” Ling says. “Possession and closings are are very negotiable.”

If, after reading this article, you feel the timing may be right to try and sell your Nashville home during this holiday season, then let’s talk, weigh out the pros and cons and see if selling your home during the holidays would be good for you!

Source: http://nativenashvillehomes.com

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Rent Prices Continue to Rise Faster than Asking Prices

Rent prices are climbing faster than asking prices and are rising in metros where asking prices are falling, according to a report from Trulia.

Year-over-year, nationwide rent prices were up 5.1 percent in October, while asking prices were up 2.9 percent during the same period when including foreclosures.
Out of the top 25 rental markets in the United States, Houston led with a 16.5 percent yearly increase. Miami and Oakland took the next two spots with a 10 percent gain in rent prices, Trulia reported.
Denver was ranked number 4 with a 9.4 percent increase and Seattle fifth for its 8.8 percent improvement.
Chicago, which saw a 5.3 percent yearly dip in asking prices in October, still experienced a 7.7 percent gain in rent prices during the same one-year period.
Asking prices also fell in Albuquerque, dropping 2.2 percent, but rent prices moved up by 3.1 percent.
The trend was reversed in Las Vegas, where asking prices were up 10.9 percent from October 2011, while rent prices moved downward by 1.8 percent. In Memphis, rent prices were also down, falling 0.6 percent, yet asking prices increased 7.1 percent over a one-year period.
Overall, most metros saw rent prices and asking prices increase. Out of the 100 largest metros, 69 took part in the yearly gain in asking prices.
“In markets like Denver, San Francisco, and Oakland, where prices and rents are both rising, higher prices mean higher down payments, but rising rents make it harder to save enough,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist, in a release.
When tracking asking price increases among metros, Phoenix led with a reported 24.9 percent yearly gain. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida ranked second with a 15.7 percent increase, followed by San Jose (12.7 percent); Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan (11.8 percent); and West Palm Beach, Florida (11.3 percent).
“Home prices are climbing in most local markets and in eight of the eleven swing states,” Kolko added. “Rising prices have taken pressure off the presidential candidates from having to come up with detailed plans to help the housing market, and that’s a big reason why they haven’t focused on housing in the 2012 campaign.”
Trulia’s findings are based on the for-sale homes and rentals listed by the company.

Source: Esther Cho DSNEWS

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How to Keep Your Home Remodeling Budget in Check

Whether individuals are planning on putting up their house for sale or are simply trying to make it more comfortable and modern, home remodels can be a large undertaking. To help make costs more manageable, most homeowners develop a budget that allows them to make their homes more beautiful without going into debt. It’s easy to stray away from a remodeling budget and wind up spending more than initially planned. To avoid financial setbacks, individuals should familiarize themselves with the most common mistakes and the best ways to avoid them.

Failing to comparison shop

Visiting the nearest home improvement store or furniture factory is certainly one of the most convenient and time-effective ways to begin a remodel project. However, it may not be the most affordable. Remodels can be expensive, depending on the type of update, the materials being used and the size of the home. For this reason, shopping around and examining different types of materials can help save owners between hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Owners should also not hesitate to look at large warehouses and outlets that may have the same materials they are looking for at a more affordable price. Lastly, individuals should speak with a professional about the quality, durability and shelf-life of various materials before making a decision on which to use. They may initially feel like they are getting a top-quality, durable product, but find that another material is actually stronger and more affordable.

Hiring the cheapest contractor

Most homeowners want to save money on contractor costs, but hiring the contractor that offers the cheapest rates without doing background research can backfire. Homeowners should ask for references, examine a contractor’s background and speak with several potential contracting companies before making a decision. This can help owners avoid hiring a professional that does poor work and being forced to pay more to have the job corrected. Learn more about finding the right contractor.

Splurging on new furniture

Replacing furniture after remodeling a room can be as costly as the remodel itself. However, there are other options to giving a room a fresh look that don’t involve tossing old furniture. If owners like the size and shape of their current couches and chairs, it can be more cost-effective to have them reupholstered with new materials. Consumers can also save money by selling items they plan to toss at a yard sale, and using the proceeds to purchase new items, MSN Real Estate reports.

Source: Coldwell Banker LLC

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Located in the gorgeous gated community of Vilamoura in Flower Mound, Texas!


Located in the gorgeous gated community of Vilamoura of Flower Mound, Texas!


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$809,000
Single Family Home
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3 Bedrooms
5 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 4,300 sqft
Location
3701 Valencia Court
Flower Mound, TX 75022
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Must See Affordable Flower Mound Home For Sale In Northshore Village Area!


Wonderful home in the Villages of Northshore of Flower Mound, Texas!


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$289,900
Single Family Home
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5 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 3,143 sqft
Lot: 8,712 sqft
Location
2800 Heather Wood Drive
Flower Mound, TX 75022
USA
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