October 2009

There are 9 blog entries for October 2009.

Backers hope McKinney Avenue camera system will make Uptown safer

02:30 PM CDT on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By DAVID FLICK / The Dallas Morning News
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A system of cameras along McKinney Avenue is being launched Wednesday afternoon, bringing what backers hope will be an added measure of security to residents and workers in the newly bustling Uptown area.

"We don't feel we have a crime problem, but that's why we want the cameras – as a deterrent," said Jim Reagan, CEO of Uptown Dallas Inc.

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He said the cameras would also aid police in solving crimes that do

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Have y'all heard about the new park that will connect Uptown with Downtown? Please click on the link below to take the virtual tour! It is going to be beautiful!

http://theparkdallas.org/VirtualFlyThrough.aspx

The Park will serve as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre deck park will create an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Plans include a performance pavilion, restaurant, jogging trails, a dog park, a children’s playground, a water sculpture, an area for games and much more.

Connectivity is central to The Park's purpose. The Park will promote increased pedestrian, trolley and bicycle use between Uptown,…
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Are you ready to purchase a new home? Do you have questions about the process? Please click on the link below for a step-by-step guide to help you make the right decision! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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Buyers who are considering the purchase of a San Jose condominium should inspect the health of the home owner’s association before they close.

The seller should provide the buyer all financial documents relating to the association in time for an attorney for the buyer to review them before closing.

Here’s some advice from Leonard Baron, professor of finance at San Diego State University, about the information that the seller should consider:

  • Does the association budget include money for operating expenses such as water, lights, elevator maintenance, and landscaping?
  • Is there extra money set aside in a reserve fund for long-term maintenance? If there is an outside reserve study, that should be provided. If not, there should be adequate
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11 Reasons to List a Home During the Holidays


1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays during the weekday!

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons! Plus they have to close before Dec. 31st to

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This is the "Sixth Year" that Suzanne Hunn & Tiffany Debnath of Highrises.com-St. Louis has partnered with Lafayette Senior High School's Junior Air Force ROTC to collect coats & warm clothing during the month of October...

The adults' clothing is distributed to The St. Patrick's Center in the Heart of "The Loft District"... The childrens' clothing is taken to an urban elementary school...

This event has grown each year and the community is so appreciative of each student's involvement...

Suzanne Hunn & Tffany Debnath want to say      "Thank You" to Col. Mike Behrens and the Lafayette High School Junior ROTC for the co-ordinating of this event!

 

 

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RATE/MARKET UPDATE

Rates dipped this week, entering a seventh week of being either down or even. The dip was caused by tame inflation data and a much weaker than expected jobs report showing the economy shed -263k jobs and hit a 9.8% unemployment rate. But the rate dips came before today’s jobs report and rates actually ticked up slightly in late trading.

A big reason is mortgage bond investors selling and taking some of the week’s profits before $78b in Treasury auctions next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, half of which are 10yr and 30yr issues which compete with 30yr mortgage bonds for investor dollars. When mortgage bond prices decrease in a selloff, yields (or rates) rise.

CONFORMING LIMITS & TAX CREDITS

The loan limits that make

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Forecast says Dallas will be one of top 10 home markets for 2009

02:23 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 9, 2009
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
stevebrown@dallasnews.com

Despite continued sale declines, a new forecasts predicts the Dallas area will be one of the top home markets in the country this year.

Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Wichita Falls are also on the list of what are expected to be the 10 top-performing housing markets, according to a report released Wednesday by analysts at Local Market Monitor.

The study indentified home markets where residential values are expected to remain level, did not see a housing boom and have had modest employment declines.

“Home prices in these areas are generally below the US

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Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker get top marks in J.D. Power homebuyer survey

02:12 PM CDT on Thursday, September 17, 2009
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
stevebrown@dallasnews.com

Two residential sales firms with broad operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked tops in a new comparison.

Keller Williams rated highest in homebuyer survey released Thursday by consumer research firm J.D. Power and Associates.

Coldwell Banker placed second in buyer satisfaction but was highest rated by home sellers quizzed for the annual report.

The study rates national brand residential sales firms based on overall satisfaction with the agent, the office and additional services.

Re/Max and Century 21 also performed

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