Stephanie Gonzalez's Blog Posts

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October 2017 DFW Home Stats
This information was obtained from 3rd parties. Stephanie Gonzalez & Halo Group Realty, LLC makes no express or implied representation as to the accuracy thereof. All information...

8 Mistakes First Time Home Sellers Make And How To Avoid
Plenty of home sellers consider their places to be coveted properties that others would be lucky to own. But, that hubris can often lead to trouble when it comes to actually landin...

7 Debates FirstTime Homebuyers Face
Buying your first place can be an exciting but often overwhelming experience. From finding "the one" to figuring out how you'll pay for it, you'll face many choices along the road ...

Who Pays The Buyers Agent When You Buy A Home You Might Be Surprised
Do you ever wonder if you need to pay your real estate agent when you buy a home?If not, then how do they make money?Or, do you know they get paidsomehow…but just ar...

4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market
When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller's market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on ...

Fixer Upper Vs MoveIn Ready Which One Is Right For You
When it comes to buying real estate, you want to make sure the property you purchase is the right fit for your needs. For some buyers, purchasing a home that needs some work is the...

June Is National Homeownership Month Heres An Interesting Take On It
Are you aware that June is National Homeownership month? Probably not. Because you're too busy working to afford the home you live in, whether you rent it or own it. Why should...

Should You Buy A Home In Your 20s
Should you buy a home in your 20s?Good question.There's no single, sure-fire answer to it. Okay, there is...if you consider "it depends" to be a solid answer.You can search the Int...

9 Tips For Summer Home Selling
What's the best season in which to sell your home? That depends greatly on who you ask, and where the home is located! If you live on the coast, it's likely that summer is your ide...

6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You PreApproved Before Showing You Homes
Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren't pre-approved for a mortgage? It's not because they're mean, or they don't value your business... it's actually because...

An Open Letter From An Agent To Anyone Considering Selling Their Home
So you're thinking about selling your home? I realize you didn't arrive at this decision lightly, and that you might be nervous or scared. There are so many things that are probabl...

Its Time We Had A Realistic Discussion About Your Homes Value
When you go to sell your house, there’s a good chance you’re not going to agree with what a real estate agent suggests for a list price.It’s one of the most common issues rea...

10 Commandments In Selling Your House
Now that you know the commandments, do you want to know what your property is worth?Find out here for FREE!!!...

3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent WANTS You To Bother Them
Real estate agents hear this all the time...“I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…”...after it is too late.There are t...

What NOT To Do At An Open House
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Should You Pack Your Bags And Buy A Home Down South
Thinking of buying a home? Not so fast there, partner. First, there’s three questions you should ask yourself:What kind of house styles are there?What kind of house should I live...

What All Buyers Need To Know About The Home Appraisal Process
Do you know what a home appraisal is, or why it’s so important for you to have? Many people misunderstand this crucial component of the home buying experience.In a nutshell, an a...

The Ten Commandments Of Buying A Home
Are you jazzed about your upcoming home purchase? Good. But slow down, Turbo! There are a few things you need to know. More specifically, ten things.They’re called “The Ten Com...

Five Problems Most Homeowners Insurance Doesnt Cover
Policies for homeowner's insurance usually take several pages to explain the circumstances that are covered under the policy guidelines. Most homeowners don't bother to take the ti...

Three Factors For Determining Real Estate Comps
Whether you are buying a new home or selling your old one, "comps," or comparable sales, are important. As a seller, they can be used as benchmarks to properly price your house. Th...

Five Ways To Come Up With A Down Payment
Coming up with a hefty down payment can be intimidating, but with a little work and ingenuity you can do it. Here are a few ideas for coming up with the needed cash:1. Down-Payment...

Seven Reasons Why You Need A Real Estate Professional To Help Sell Your House
Eventually almost everyone faces the task of selling their home. During these transitions, many people wonder if they should save some money and list their house for-sale-by-owner ...

Prequalified Versus Preapproved
If you are planning on buying a home in the next year, there are a few things you should do before you start looking: decide on the neighborhood that will provide you with good sch...

Five Ways To Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal
The first long glimpse of a house, as a potential buyer steers toward the curb and then slows to a stop, is a critical moment. It could be an experience of love at first sight or i...

Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination Feds Say
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is making it easier for people with criminal records to find housing.In new guidance, released Monday, HUD tells landlords and home ...

Six Things To Expect From Your Home Inspection
Home inspections aren't just for first-time home buyers and those purchasing foreclosures—really, everyone should know what to expect from their new home before they sign on the ...

The 2016 Housing Market Is Off To A Good Start
Consumer confidence is almost as high as it was pre-recession. Economists predict GDP growth will see a slight year-over-year increase. And private sector job growth has been ste...

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Tips To Avoid Home Closing Delays
When you set a date to close on a home, you'll want to make sure that the closing goes through on the agreed upon date. Delays in closing can have financial consequences. While the...

Firsttime Buyers Increase Home Sales Climb Nationwide
First-time buyers represented 32 percent of the market in May, a 2 percent increase from April and a 5 percent increase from a year ago. First-time buyers haven't had this much of ...

3 Things To Consider Before Accepting A Cash Offer
The cash buyer outranks the financed buyer because there is a lower chance of the deal falling through and because, typically, a cash buyer can close faster than a financed buyer. ...

Home Taxes DFW
It appears almost all the taxes on homesteads are being raised the maximum 10% Texas law allows. So if you live in an average $250,000 home your tax assessments are being raised by...

What To Look For In A Property Essential Buyers Checklist
Everyone has their own wish list of the elements that make up an ideal property. Some features are must-haves; others are merely bonuses that boost a property's appeal. The problem...

5 Things Mortgage Lenders Like To See
Job StabilityThe lender needs to see signs of stability. Don't make any sudden changes in your employment if you're planning to apply for a mortgage soon―stay at your job for wel...

What Americans Want In A Home The Housing Satisfaction Gap
In a recent survey conducted by the Demand Institute, 10,000 households were asked if their current homes met their lists of must-haves. The survey found that many homeowners are g...

Lower Mortgage Insurance May Bring More New Homebuyers
The Federal Housing Administration announced in January that it would reduce its annual mortgage insurance premiums by half a percentage point―dropping it from 1.35 percent to 0....

Homestead Exemption 2015 Deadline
New Homeowners. Don’t forget to file your Texas Homestead Exemptions for 2015. Upon the purchase of a new home, you are eligible to file for a Texas Homestead Exemption whic...

A Loan With A Down Payment Option As Low As 3 Percent
In December, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac launched Home Possible Advantage, a program that makes it possible for buyers to purchase a home with a smaller down payment. Through the pr...

Buying A Home Get The Most For Your Money
Purchasing a residence could be a nerve-wracking encounter. Read, as well as adhere to, the advice in this article so you could have a pain-free experience when purchasing your hom...

More Curb Appeal
Freshen up the outside of your home with these 3 easy tips: 1. Clean the gutters. It’s easier to scoop up the leaves and debris in your gutters when the stuff is wet, so pul...

Positive Signs From The Housing Market
The national housing market is continuing to stabilize. According to Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), half of the markets across the country are showing positive ...

National Home Sales Reach Yearly High
With 5.17 million units sold, September set the highest sales pace so far this year, though sales were still 1.7 percent below September 2013. The Midwest was the only region to ex...

Fewer Cash Investors Distressed Home Sales Decline
Distressed homes accounted for only eight percent of all home sales in August. Six percent of sales were foreclosures, while only two percent were short sales. This is the second...

4 Tips To Compete With Cash Buyers
Although all-cash sales have been steadily declining, cash sales still make up a significant piece of the market. Cash buyers—those who don't need any bank or other financing—a...

National Home Prices Climb Monthly Sales Increase
For the twenty-eighth consecutive month, home prices have increased year-over-year. June's median existing-home price reached $223,300, a climb of 4.3 percent from a year ago. Th...

Checklist For Submitting An Offer To Buy A House
Finding the house of your dreams is only the first step towards becoming a homeowner. Once you've located the perfect home, you need to make an offer to buy it. This is not as si...

5 Good Reasons To Buy A Home Instead Of Rent
Many people are hesitant to lock themselves into a mortgage or to put all of their savings into a down payment. Committing to living in one place for a long time might also seem ...

Why Home Sellers Need An Agent To Price Their Home
A quick internet search will reveal dozens of Automated Valuation Modeling (AVM) sites that promise to tell you how much your home is worth. These AVMs use statistical ...

4 Signs Of A Sellers Market
Around the nation, the number of homes listed for sale is down and buyers are left chasing after a shrinking supply of decent real estate. Basic economics tells us that if the tr...

Three Steps To Clearing Your Clutter After Cleaning
When cleaning the attic, de-cluttering the garage, or emptying the storage locker, you may find yourself thinking "what should I do with all of this stuff?" While tossing your ex...

Plano Has New School Programs
Did you know that Plano ISD has a new high school program?The programs are known as Academy Programs and are offered by Plano ISD for students interested in health care, global/int...

National Sales Data 2013 In Review
National Sales Data: 2013 in ReviewThe 2013 housing market ended on both a positive and a negative; while existing-home sales rose slightly from November to December by 1.0 perce...

National Home Prices Continue To Rise
Median home prices are showing strong year-over-year growth. Annual prices reached the highest rate in the past eight years in November, when the national median existing-home p...

More Seller Leads To You
Did you know you can choose to purchase additional pay per click leads that can go directly to you only.  Just scroll down to the left side of your dashboard and you'll see a ...


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