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Collin and Denton Counties are Healthiest in Texas!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Collin County and Denton County are two of the healthiest counties in Texas! The annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, which is run by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranks counties within each state based on a variety of health factors and data. The factors measured include health behaviors (exercise, eating habits, etc), clinical care (insurance coverage, number of doctors, etc), and social & economic factors (education level, poverty rate, etc). The program looked at all 243 counties located in Texas for the 2017 Texas County Health Rankings.  

 

When the results came in......Collin County was found to be the healthiest county in all of Texas for the second year in a row! And, Denton County was 3rd out of the 243! Both of these counties promote healthy lifestyles for their residents. Here is how both counties ranked for all the factors:

 

#1 Collin County

Ranked #1 for Health Outcomes

  • #2 for Length of Life
  • #2 for Quality of Life

Ranked #1 for Health Factors

  • #2 for Health Behaviors
  • #1 for Clinical Care
  • #2 for Social & Economic Factors

#3 Denton County

Ranked #3 for Health Outcomes

  • #5 for Length of Life
  • #5 for Quality of Life

Ranked #5 for Health Factors

  • #4 for Health Behaviors
  • #11 for Clinical Care
  • #6 for Social & Economic Factors

 

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of these healthy counties, give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/!

North Texas Housing Market is Booming!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

The recession seems fully behind us when examining the real estate market in North Texas. In fact, according to mortgage firm HSH.com, the Dallas and Fort Worth areas are two of the nation’s home markets that have recovered the most since the recession! This is great news for home buyers and sellers in our area!



Home prices in Dallas and Fort Worth are at their highest ever. Over the past four years, prices have risen over 40%. The prices are now way above what they were at during the peak housing boom prior to the recession.  



Using home price data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, HSH.com created the home price recovery index to see how the markets in the 100 largest metropolitan areas had recovered. Dallas-Plano-Irving came in at the 3rd spot for most recovered housing market. Homes have a current value of 259.58 which is 50.53% above peak value. Fort Worth-Arlington claimed the 6th spot for most recovered. Homes in that area have a current value of 236.49 which is 39.76% above peak value.



North Texas is considered one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets for the year. If you are interested in Buying or Selling in this great market, give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.   

Helpful Tips for Buying or Selling This Spring!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

As the weather warms up and flowers bloom, the real estate market starts to amp up. Whether you are a Buyer or Seller this spring, it is important that you understand the Dallas area market. Working with the Top Realtor in the area can ensure that you find your dream home or sell your current home. Here is some helpful advice as you enter the market this spring!


Spring Sellers!

Sellers should have patience when they enter the market. You do not need to rush to list. Spend some time making your home look its very best so it is attractive to potential buyers. Update curb appeal, improve landscaping, add a fresh coat of paint inside, and declutter. Although there are a lot of buyers in the market in spring, there is also competition from other sellers. Consider making some upgrades that add value to your home to make it stand out from the pack. Ask your realtor for advice for your home to ensure that you get top dollar.


Pricing your home correctly is of the utmost importance. Your home can sit on the market if it is overpriced. Know Your Home's Value so that you can list it at a smart price. When the market is strong, it can be to the benefit of the seller to underprice your home in order to create multiple bids. Your realtor can share their expertise in this area.


 

Spring Buyers!

Work with your realtor to navigate the housing market this spring. We can teach you about the market and ensure that you are fully prepared to buy. Even before you begin your search, have your Financing ready to go. This allows you to know your budget. In addition, it makes you an attractive buyer to sellers as they know you can afford their home when you put in the offer. We will help you prepare all other documents ahead of time so as soon as you find the perfect home, we can help make your dreams a reality!


Spring is a busy time in the market so competition will be heavy. Make yourself stand out from the other buyers by having a larger down payment, being flexible with the settlement date, and allowing for fewer contingencies. Consider sending a personal letter to the seller explaining why you love the home. This personal touch has proven to be very successful for buyers.



If you are interested in buying or selling in the Dallas area this spring, Group Watson is here to help. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.


Texas Recognized As Top State for Well-Being!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Homebuyers looking to relocate to a state that promotes happiness, health, and a strong sense of community should look no further than the great state of Texas! In a report released by Gallup-Healthways, which analyzed American well-being nationally and by each state, Texas was ranked the 10th best state for well-being in the country!

 


The Well-Being Index was determined through 177,192 telephone surveys that were conducted by Gallup throughout the year. Participants were given a scale of 0 to 100 to rank their well-being within the following 5 key areas:

 

  1. Purpose (sense of well-being with job and daily life)

  2. Social (sense of well-being in personal relationships)

  3. Financial (sense of economic well-being)

  4. Community (sense of well-being in the city/town you live)

  5. Physical (sense of physical well-being)

 


Texas came in at the #10 spot overall! AND, it was ranked #1 in the United States for its residents feeling a sense of purpose!  



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With the great economic development, beautiful weather and natural landscape, excellent school systems, and endless amenities, it is no wonder why residents of Texas feel such a sense of well-being. The Dallas area is the perfect spot for homebuyers looking to move to Texas. In fact, Dallas has been named the best place to invest in housing based on all that it has to offer!

 


If you are interested in moving to Dallas, give Group Watson a call today or visit his website at http://www.groupwatson.com/. We will be happy to help you with your home search and help you discover all the reasons why there is no better place to enjoy a life of plentiful well-being!

 


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

Top Reasons to Buy Your New Home This Month!

by Scott and Tammy Watson

February might be better known for its cold weather, romantic holiday, and shorter calendar, but there is something else it should be known for…….a great month to buy a new home! It’s true! Research from Realtor.com shows that February is the ultimate time for buyers. Still not convinced? Check out 3 reasons why experts recommend purchasing your Dallas area home right now!


Interest Rates are Lower.

According to Realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke, interest rates are expected to be half a percent more as the year progresses. This means buyers in the later months will be faced with mortgage rates of almost 5 percent. It makes sense to lock in the lower interest rate now.


Home Prices are Lower.

Realtor.com collected home pricing data over the course of 2 years in 50 of the most populated markets in the United States. It showed that on average January and February home prices were 8.45% lower than those in July and August, the most popular homebuying months. Since the savings in home prices won’t be as large in 2017 as they have been in the past due to the strength of the market last year, it makes sense to take advantage of whatever savings are out there to get the best deal on a new home.


Competition is Lower.

Data shows that January home sales are 47% lower than they are in June. This number reflects that there is less competition amongst buyers. Buyers often enjoy the same amount of inventory on the market but have fewer fellow buyers to contend with. This often results in homes being sold for less than the listing price since sellers are more willing to negotiate.

 


Take advantage of these reasons to Buy a new home this February! Check out our current Homes for Sale to begin your journey. Give Group Watson a call today or visit our website at http://www.groupwatson.com/.

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