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More Buyers Want Space For Mom And Dad

As the pandemic continues, more home buyers are looking for properties that can house their older family members. The goal for these buyers is to keep their aging family members out of senior

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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low Again

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit its 11th record of the year this week, averaging 2.80%—the lowest rate ever recorded by Freddie Mac.“Mortgage rates remain very low, providing homeowners

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Student Loans Versus Mortgages

According to the Brookings Institute, about 42 million Americans (one in eight) have a student loan, totaling about $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Only 30 percent of Bachelor’s degree

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Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

Having a pet, no matter how old, is a lot like having a toddler around. You’re constantly having to make sure it’s not going to put itself in harm’s way by doing something unexpected, like

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Virtual Home Staging Tips

Virtual home tours and showings are increasingly popular in real estate. They allow prospective home buyers to view the property on their own time, reducing unnecessary contact and helping them

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Whether you’re shopping for your first home or your fifth, it’s easy to overlook some key factors when you’re oohing and awing at pretty finishes or distracted by easy to change decor that

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Time To Build An Indoor Play Space

Play is important for kids. It’s especially important for kids to have active play as a part of their routines, since it builds imagination, physical coordination and other important developmental

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Basic Tools For Homeowners

When you own your own home, there are a lot of small repairs and similar tasks that you’ll have to do at some point. You may also want to tackle some DIY projects or make some changes around the

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How To Support Non Essential Home Pros

There has been a lot of focus in recent weeks on “essential” workers in our economy. In most places, this includes at least portions of the construction industry as well as a few other types of

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Staying Connected With Modern Tech

The world we live in is significantly different than the world we knew just a year ago. Around the world, people face self-isolation and quarantine as we attempt to stop the spread of the virus that

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12 Virtual Activities While Practicing Social Distancing

In light of the current events, we figured y’all might need some extra ideas to keep the kiddos busy! Here are some virtual offerings we found:There are a number of world famous museums offering

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Top Repairs To Tackle Before Listing Your Home

  When you put your home on the market, you obviously want to get as much as you can for the property. A lot of things can affect your home’s value, including many items that are largely

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What Is A Fiduciary

What Is A Fiduciary?Whether you are pursuing a property or selling one you currently own, it is important to know the responsibilities of your Realtor during the process. Your agent is there not

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Are Smart Homes Here To Stay

There’s been quite a bit of hype about smart homes in recent years. These aren’t the top-to-bottom smart homes that were envisioned by science fiction for years, of course. Those were houses

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Lauren Burden Reviews And Testimonials

Did You Know?Over 70% of our business comes from clients who are repeat and/or referral customers. We believe word-of-mouth advertising is what consumers trust the most when deciding who they will

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Decking Your Halls

For some, holiday decorating comes naturally. They truly enjoy shopping and placing everything in just the right spot. For others, it can be a bit overwhelming. So many options, so much stuff in the

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How Accurate Are AVMs

Websites everywhere are offering “free home values” online in an instant, but what information are they using, and are they reliable? Let’s begin with the basics. Automated Valuation

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What To Do When Disaster Strikes At Home

We never wish for our home to be damaged by a storm, or fire, or flood. Nature can be unpredictable however, so sometimes unfortunately, it happens. After all family members and pets are out of

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Home Maintenance For Fall

                It’s officially autumn in Texas, even if it doesn’t quite feel any different yet. It’s coming. It

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Tips To Beat The Heat While You DIY

When you’re a DIYer, it’s not unusual to have a variety of projects to work on over the summer. Some projects require warm temperatures and long days to get everything done, while others just

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Outdoor Fireplaces Your Need To Know Get Started Guide

Adding an outdoor fireplace can be a great way to liven up your backyard or patio area. Not only do outdoor fireplaces provide a unique visual aesthetic, they can also serve a functional purpose.

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Robo Lawnmowers Like A Roomba For Your Lawn

Robotics and automation have changed the way that a number of things work in the home. You may not realize that you can automate tasks outside of the home as well. Though they have not received as

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Rent Vs Own

Deciding where to live is tough enough, but you also have to decide whether to purchase your own home or rent on top of that! There are advantages and disadvantages to each, making the decision that

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Cleaning Household Appliances

When the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven, this page of advice for cleaning

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DFW Relocation Guide

                Are you planning a move to the Dallas-Fort Worth- Denton metroplex area? Moving to a new city can be nerve

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Time To Sell Your Home But Not Sure Who To Call First

                You’ve just accepted that out-of-town job offer, realized your family has outgrown your home, or decided

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All About IBuyers

                Did you receive a flyer in the mail recently with an unsolicited offer to buy your home? Was it from a

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How To Drain Your Water Heater

Of all the things that civilization has brought us, including sliced bread, hot water may be the very best. It’s certainly up there, without a doubt. So, it would follow that if you really

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Mortgage Loan Types Explained

                Did you know that 20% of the purchase price is not the minimum down payment required for all mortgage loan

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Secure Your Home During Holiday Travel

                During the holidays, many people travel away from home to visit family, enjoy time off work and school, or

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Personalize Your New Home

                There are many advantages to purchasing a new home. Warranties on every appliance, the latest energy

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Home Warranty Plans

                When purchasing a home, most home buyers are advised to request a one-year home warranty plan (also called

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Fall Home Maintenance

                It’s officially autumn in Texas, even if it doesn’t quite feel any different yet. It’s coming. It

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DFW Schools Made The Grade

                Last year our state legislature agreed on a new ratings system for Texas schools, assigning scores for

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Staycation Ideas In DFW

                Still trying to figure out how to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts? Time is running out!

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GroupWatson First Time Home Buyers Guide

                Buying a home can be an overwhelming process for even the most experienced shoppers. For a new home buyer

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Whats Coming Up In Frisco Prosper

Restaurants Panera Bread – Gates of Prosper restaurant with drive-through approved, timeframe TBD Retail 99 Ranch Market – Asian supermarket to open later in 2018 near Preston and Warren in

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Keller Williams Realty Dallas Preston Road Culture

…We’re more than GREAT Real Estate Agents!At Keller Williams Realty, we do more than sell real estate. We have a core set of values and seek to collaborate and improve the places we live. The

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Do You Think That All White Kitchens On Their Way Out In 2018

White Kitchen Fatigue?Are homeowners growing tired of the all-white kitchen? Some design experts believe so. White kitchens have been popular over the past few years, but Houzz editor and writer

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Fixer Upper Vs Move In 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 ideal situation.

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