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Residential Pools are High Risk of VGB Safety Noncompliance Tom Tracy, TREC Professional Inspector (#23433), Blue Sky Home Inspections, CCAR Affiliate Committee Member As summer approaches and swimsuits start to make their way out of storage it is time to start thinking about pool safety. Texas regularly leads the nation as having one of the highest…

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Investing Your Money Wisely First Requires an Investment of Your Time Sarah Kerr, Future Financial Securities, LLC, CCAR Affiliate Committee Member Do you have a 401k? If so, did you know…   You are being charged fees you may not know about in your retirement plan? Yes/No You may not understand the extent of the fees…

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PIDs, PUDs, and MUDs, Oh My! Suggested for you:MUD, SUD, PUD, PID, TIRZ Video Resource.  ______________________________________________________________ Melissa Condensa (NMLS 1149324), Guild Mortgage, CCAR REALTOR®/Lender Committee Member  Everyone is likely familiar with PUDs (Planned Unit Developments), so let’s focus on the other two: PIDs and MUDs. What are PIDs and MUDs? They are both mechanisms developers…

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Where Does That Inspection Report Go? Lee Warren (NMLS 0536180) – Prospect Inspectors,  CCAR Affiliate Committee Member  After an inspection is performed, often times the inspector will go over the findings with the potential buyer to let them know about all of the deficiencies that the inspector observed during the course of the inspection. By…

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Good News: Cash Buyers Are NOT your Only Option for Distressed Properties Dawn Ferreiro (NMLS 1048123), Great Western Home Loans,  Member of CCAR’s REALTOR®/Lender Committee Unfortunately, distressed or extremely outdated properties are a common conundrum in the real estate industry. Often times when this occurs the sellers believe their only option is finding a cash…

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When to Advise Clients to Look Beyond the Mortgage Rate By Jake Perry (NMLS 231682), Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Member of CCAR’s REALTOR®/Lender Committee Mortgage interest rates and rate changes are a huge topic of conversation with consumers who are actively looking for a new home, as well as those considering looking for a home.…

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A New Year With New Challenges: A Lender’s Look at The Year Ahead By Alexandra Swan (NMLS 117371), Willowbend Mortgage, Member of CCAR’s REALTOR®/Lender Committee Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that the holidays have come and gone and a new year is upon us. Both the REALTOR® and Lender communities experienced challenges in 2018,…

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Giving Thanks: An Optimistic Overview of Market Conditions By Alexandra Swan (NMLS 117371), Willow Bend Mortgage, and member of CCAR’s Realtor/Lender Committee Give thanks! Here in DFW, we in the real estate community (and all related industries) have a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving season. And while a cooling market and rising interest rates may seem…

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Phased Inspections: A Crucial Step in the Purchase of a New Home Build By Lee Warren, Prospect Inspectors, Inc. (License #8411), and member of CCAR’s Affiliate Committee It has become obvious in the last few years that the DFW Metroplex is growing in vast numbers. With this substantial growth, there is also the inevitable demand for new…

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