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April 2014

Found 11 blog entries for April 2014.

 

When it comes to high-end homes, there is absolutely none higher than Greenwich, Connecticut's Copper Beech Farm.

 

How high-end are we talking? Well, let’s just say that while some upscale properties might come with their own island, Copper beech comes with two. When the 50-acre property went up for sale last year, the asking price was an astonishing $190 ‒‒ so high that even Forbes Magazine took notice. By the time it sold in April, after a mere 11 months on the market, Copper Beech went for 61 percent of its asking price, $120 million, and still became the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the United States. The closing price tops the $117 million sale of Silicon Valley’s Woodside, which held the record since 2012. Some may

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The first-time buyer is often in for a shock when it comes to getting a mortgage. What seems as if it should be a straightforward process ‒‒ you want to borrow money to buy a house, the bank wants to loan money to qualified buyers, what could be a match made more in heaven, right? ‒‒ can quickly become an overwhelming, confusing mess. Before you apply for a mortgage, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Debt-to-Income

Whether you get your mortgage at all depends largely on your debt-to-income ratio; in other words, the ratio between how much money you make and how much you will have to spend per month on the projected total costs of your house. That includes mortgage payments, property taxes, and insurances. If what you will have to pay in a

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Buying a home with cash is not just for developers who want to buy, fix, and flip a home for profit. In fact, there are several good reasons to buy a home outright with cash if you can. Cash deals benefit you and the buyer by streamlining the process and lowering the risks of financing.

Less Expensive in the Long Run

Cash deals carry far fewer and much lower costs than mortgage financing, which carry interest with payments. If, for example, you took out a mortgage for $100,000, you could by the end of the loan's life wind up paying out $250,000. Cash deals, of course, carry no interest. You write the check, you get the keys, and your house is yours.

A Streamlined Process

Getting a mortgage can be a tricky matter. Some buyers, for example, have

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With spring in the air, the thoughts of many homeowners have turned to their gardens. But with water restrictions still tight in North Texas, you might fear that your garden will wither in the summer sun. Well, perhaps not, if you know how to keep your garden healthy in a drought.

The Restrictions

As of April 2014, the North Texas Municipal Water District still has restrictions for landscape watering at Stage 3. This means you can water only once every two weeks with sprinklers or irrigation systems. Lack of adequate rainfall, declining water levels at NTMWD reservoirs, and the temporary loss of the Lake Texoma raw water

supply due to the zebra mussel infestation are the main reasons we're in Stage 3 and likely will be for the coming months.

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In case you haven't noticed, a lot of new people have moved into the DFW area in the past year or so. More than 100,000 people moved into the region between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the U.S. Census. In fact, the whole area has grown to a whopping 6.8 million residents since 2010, and that means a boom in the housing market that just keeps on booming.

A Good Job Market

Part of the allure for those immigrating to DFW is that the region offers a stable economy and good jobs. In fact, Forbes magazine recently ranked the Dallas-Irving-Plano section of the Metroplex the 13th best place in America to do business and work, and recognized a 2.9 percent growth rate in new jobs here in 2012, the last time the numbers were calculated.

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In the United States, asphalt shingles are the preferred way to protect a home's roof. They're durable, water-resistant, and easy to replace if one goes awry. But metal roofs are an increasingly popular option for those looking to combine strength with energy savings, particularly in hot climes like North Texas.


Wait, Metal Roofs Make it Cooler?

While it may sound backwards ‒‒ especially to anyone who's ever been unlucky enough to put bare skin on a piece of metal that's been sitting out in the sun ‒‒ a properly built, properly installed metal roof could actually save you significant money on your cooling bills. Asphalt shingles soak up and hold onto a lot of heat. Soon enough, this heat migrates throughout the structure and the temperature

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Sundance Square Plaza

 

1. SUNDANCE SQUARE

 

Best known as a former hangout for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sundance Square is now Widely acknowledged as the most exciting downtown area in Texas. Sundance Square is a 35-block entertainment and shopping district that attracts millions of visitors each year and has been just recently remodeled. With world class entertainment at Nearby Bass Performance Hall, and dozens and dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops, Sundance Square is a must see attraction when visitors come to town. A very visible local police and private security force make this one of the safest places in the United States at night.

2. The FT. WORTH ZOO

Opened in 1909, The Ft. Worth Zoo is lauded as one of the Top 10 Zoos in the

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DAllas Texas

A Tourist's Guide Of Things to Do In Dallas

Being the 9th largest city in America, and the 3rd biggest in Texas, it is no wonder there are endless opportunities in Dallas for fun,, shopping, musical vunues of every variety, dining establishments of countless cuisines representing every area on the globe, cultural exhibits, and major sporting events.

Top Ten Attractions In Dallas (From Trip Advisor)

Thousands of reviews and recommendations from Trip Advisor offer up the best attractions for tourists in Dallas.

1. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

2. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

3. Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park Dallas

4. The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository

5. The George W. Bush Presidential Library

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8 year old Caleb Soto, the much heralded point guard from Dallas Texas, will be on hand
with his dad, VIP Realty Broker Richard Soto, when Kentucky takes on Wisconsin in the
Final Four tonight at AT&T Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. With the amazing talent this
youngster has...and make no mistake, he can shoot and pass like a pro already...he will
more than likely be playing in his own final four here about 10 years from now. Watching
tonight's game, which has a decidedly local attraction in Kentucky's prize forward Julius Randall from Plano, will undoubtedly spur young Caleb to work even harder to achieve similar success.

Julius Randle played high school basketball in Plano, a North Dallas suburb, and led
Plano Prestonwood Christian to three TAPPS state

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Almost all people in the past would have unanimously agreed that buying a house is a much better alternative than renting. However, the subprime crisis and economic downturn of the past decade have shaken this wisdom to the very foundation. Now, again the real estate market seems to be reviving and showing a lot of promise. Here are some points that are worth considering in the present scenario, when you want to decide between buying and renting a house.

Is Buying a House a Marvelous Investment

Housing normally shows decent appreciation (besides the housing crisis in 2008), especially since 1975, and the average appreciation has been about four percent per year. Housing is normally a sound investment during robust economies, since it is leveraged

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