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    Thursday, June 15, 2017   /   by Donnie Keller

    Is A Home Insulation Upgrade Worth The Investment?

    With a trend in ‘going green’ many homeowners have started to invest in more energy efficient appliances, which save money and conserve energy, and have started making other steps toward preserving the environment and spending less money while they’re at it! Most people consider upgrading their insulation in the winter, but if your insulation needs to be upgraded now, doing so can save you money in energy costs in the summer as well by keeping cool air in and hot air out.
    If you’re not quite sure whether or not you should invest in upgrading your insulation, the 
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers a handy formula for calculating the benefits of upgrading.
    Thankfully, I have simplified this formula so that its easy enough for pretty much anyone to use. You’ll have to start by doing a little bit of research online or over the phone to fill in parts of the formula. After that’s done, it just takes a calculator and a few minutes to figur ...

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    Monday, June 12, 2017   /   by Donnie Keller

    Renovating Your Home? Why Not Go Green?

    When it comes to renovating a home there will always be some obstacles to tackle,  When it comes to doing it green it comes with its own set of challenges . But, as with anything, if you know the right information and some forethought it is well worth the extra effort.
    Below you will read some tips and information to get you started on your eco-friendly renovation.
    To begin decide which areas of the home should be remodeled?
    What style would you like to see in the finished product?
    What is the budget for this project?
    Once that has been decided its time to look at how to make it happen in an environmentally conscious way. Most people are not able to afford to make their home completely eco-friendly all at once, so be realistic with the alterations you choose to fit with your current lifestyle
    Be sure to find a contractor that has knowledge and experience in environmentally conscious remodeling. They’ll be able to provide valuable insights on which pr ...

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    Thursday, May 25, 2017   /   by Donnie Keller

    So Your Offer On A Home Was Accepted. Now What?

    Ok, You have been looking at homes and maybe written several offers that weren't accepted but now your offer is accepted.   So now what?  You ask yourself.  How much money do I need before going to close?  What is the timeline?  What are the next steps?  Do we just hang out and coast along until closing?
    Well here are the answers to those questions and more!
    Lets start with the acceptance of the offer.  
    Remember it's not a contract until all parties have signed every document.  Then on that day the "Effective Date" or "Execution Date" is put on the contract and now the offer is a contract between the seller and buyer.  The Realtors, the Title Company people and the Loan Originator are facilitators of the transaction all with the same goal.  Get the transaction closed on time!
    The Execution Date is very important because that is the date all other critical dates are based on.  Such as the Option Perio ...

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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017   /   by Donnie Keller

    Stuff You Don't Know About Fort Worth

    ABOUT FORT WORTH, TX
    Fort Worth is the hub of the North Texas region. Fondly called “the City of Cowboys & Culture” Fort Worth TX is the 5th largest city in Texas and the 17th largest city in the United States. Fort Worth has with 741,206 residents. It is one of the best tourist destinations in Texas, welcoming approximately 6.5 million visitors annually because of the rich tapestry of culture, entertainment, dining, and recreation it offers.
    Many people are buying homes in Fort Worth TX and moving into Fort Worth because of the lower cost of living, affordable homes, the rich cultural scene, world-class school system, and abundance of employment opportunities.
    Communities in Fort Worth have been rated with a high walkability score. Walkability is one of the key factors in the livability of a community. In fact, Fort Worth is the 42nd most walkable large city in the US.
    Compared to Dallas, which has a “big city” feel, Fort Worth has a more ...

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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017   /   by Donnie Keller

    Can I Still Buy a Home in Fort Worth, Texas after a Short Sale?

     
    Your dream of buying a home in Fort Worth, Texas doesn’t have to end when you sell your house through a short sale or lost it to foreclosure. Many distressed homeowners think it is impossible to qualify for a mortgage after a short sale.
    There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for distressed homeowners since they can still qualify for a home loan after the short sale if they want to buy a home in Fort Worth, TX.
     

     
    However, your second chance at homeownership won’t happen that fast. There are still waiting times and qualifications you need to comply with in order to obtain a new home loan.
    Normally, short sellers had to wait at least 2 years after closing the short sale before they can qualify for a new home loan, but the time frame can be sooner or later, depending on the type of loan and the amount of downpayment.
    Here are the different timeframes depending on the type of loan:
     
     

     
    *Shorter Waiting Period for FHA ...

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