Springtime is the Ideal Time


pansies in front of stone home

 

After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

 

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Williams Trew will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit williamstrew.com.

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


 

Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

 

Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

 

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

 

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

 

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.

 

To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find the right agent for your real estate needs, visit williamstrew.com.

 

 

Top Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we’ve gathered top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

Buyer’s Tips
*  Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, William Trew’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

*  Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.

*  Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

Seller’s Tips
*  Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Williams Trew, it will enjoy exposure on williamstrew.com.

*  Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

*  Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Williams Trew Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Williams Trew’s offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings


 

Among the many benefits of living in Texas is the Lone Star State’s Homestead Exemption law, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.

Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Williams Trew and our respected associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit williamstrew.com.

Pick Your Pumpkins from the Patch


With more breezy mornings and somewhat cooler weather in North Texas, the time is now for iconic fall traditions.

Whether you’re planning a delicious dish or adorning your porch with festive décor, these seasonal spots offer endless options for your perfect pumpkin search.

FORT WORTH

The Green Space Pumpkin Patch
3005 East Belknap Street, Fort Worth
Open: October 1 – 31
Weekdays, by appointment only
Weekend, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Arlington Heights UMC
4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Open: October 11 – 31
Sunday-Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

ALVARADO

Sunset Hill Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch
3400 County Road, 206, Alvarado
Open: October 2 – 31

ARLINGTON

St. John the Apostle UMC Pumpkin Patch
5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington
Open: October 12 – 31

AUBREY

Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
1042 W. Sherman Drive, Suite 201, Aubrey
Open: September 26 – November 8

BEDFORD

Pumpkin Hollow
209 Harwood Road, Bedford
Open: October 2 – 31

CANTON

Canton Pumpkin Patch Yesterland Farm
15410 Interstate 20, Canton
Open: Select dates, September 19 – November 8

CLEBURNE

Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne
Open: September 25 – November 1

DALLAS

Autumn at the Arboretum
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
Open: September 19 – November 1

Green Meadow Petting Farm
6400 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas
Open: October 9 – 31

DFW Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas
Open: September 12 – October 31

St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
9845 McCree Road, Dallas
Open: September 26 – October 31

DENISON

Elves Christmas Tree Farm
601 Harvey Lane, Denison
Open: October 3 – 31

GUNTER

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
15102 TX-289, Gunter
Open: September 26 – November 25

FAIRVIEW

Creekwood Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival
261 Country Club Road, Fairview
Open: October 4 – 31

FLOWER MOUND

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
Open: October 3 – 31

FORNEY

The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch
12600 FM 2932, Forney
Open: October 1 – 31 (while supplies last)

FRISCO

Pumpkins on the Prairie
3521 Main St., Frisco
Open: October 17 – 31

GRAPEVINE

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine
Open: Beginning October 2

MANSFIELD

St. John Youth Ministry
1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield
Open Daily: September 21 – October 31

MCKINNEY

Storybook Ranch
3701 Custer Road, McKinney
Open: September 26 – November 1

MIDLOTHIAN

Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm
1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian
Open: October 3 – November 1

PLANO

Pumpkin Patch on the Corner
3101 Coit Road, Plano
Open: September 28 – October 31

RICHARDSON

Arapaho United Methodist Church
1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Open: October 3 – 31, 2020

ROCKWALL

Blase Family Farm
1232 E. Fork Rd, Rockwall
Open: September 26 – November 1

SOUTHLAKE

The Patch at Southlake
101 E. Highland St., Southlake
Open: September 27 – October 31

STEPHENVILLE

Lone Star Family Farm
4199 U.S. Highway 67, Stephenville
Open: September 26 – November 7

Be sure to visit each pumpkin patch website for specific times, cost and safety information.

Nations Home Warranty Offers Concierge-Style Service


Shot of a mother and son baking together in the kitchen

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, of which Williams Trew is a proud member, are excited to announce a new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, a widely respected Dallas-Fort Worth-based home warranty services provider that has served the North Texas region since 1996. Known for exceptional service, Nations Home Warranty offers concierge service regardless of a home’s price point.

“The Ebby Halliday Companies take pride in continuing to innovate, adding new tools and services that meet agent and market needs and ultimately provide a preeminent experience for our clients,” says Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson. “Adding Nations Home Warranty to our arsenal of tools is exactly the type of service that sets our agents and company apart.”

Says Vice President of Core Services Catherine Sims, “We believe Nations Home Warranty is a great local fit in our market. Partnering with this respected brand is a win-win for our agents and our valued clients.”

Sims says that after working with Jonathan Seem, senior vice president of new channel partnerships, and Julie Jones, vice president of real estate sales for Nations Home Warranty, the direction was clear. “Offering a well-established, well-known and respected second warranty partner that will provide exceptional service to our Associates and their clients is something we really wanted to provide,” she says.

In addition to this new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, the Ebby Halliday Companies proudly partner with American Home Shield to provide home warranty services.

“Our clients always have a choice on the products and services they utilize in their real estate transactions but through these partnerships we’re making it easier than ever to help our agents stand out as the experts in the marketplace,” says Sims.

To learn more about Nations Home Warranty, visit home-warranty.com.

Rapid Close Gets You Home Faster


 

At Williams Trew we’re proud to offer Rapid Close, a seamless signing experience that allows you to electronically sign most closing documents before closing. Rapid Close is offered through our affiliated mortgage company, Prosperity Home Mortgage.

 

With Rapid Close, borrowers can sign all eligible documents electronically prior to closing, leaving you with a limited amount of paperwork to sign at the closing table. Rapid Close saves time, allowing you more time to review documents and ask questions before closing – and gets you to the finish line faster!

 

5 Simple Steps to Rapid Close

Get the Invitation: You’ll receive an email to access your closing package prior to your scheduled closing date.

 

Review Documents: After a quick account setup, you’ll be able to review all of your loan documents prior to the closing date.

 

eSign Documents: On the day of closing, you can electronically sign all eligible documents in advance of your in-person meeting.

 

Documents are Sent: The e-signed documents are then shared with the mortgage consultant and all necessary parties.

 

In-Person Meeting: Sign the remainder of your documents and complete the closing in-person!

 

Contact a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant today to learn more about Rapid Close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is very strong.

To help you navigate the home-buying and selling waters, we polled Williams Trew agents and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

BUYER’S TIPS

Be qualified
Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Prosperity Home Mortgage, Williams Trew’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Prosperity Home Mortgage for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

Act quickly
In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer — other buyers will likely be doing the same.

Offer a compelling price
Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

SELLER’S TIPS

Market to everyone near and far
You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Williams Trew, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on williamstrew.com.

Respond and keep momentum
There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

Don’t be greedy
If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Williams Trew agent will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home inspection and closing process.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

 

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Photo of 3 paint cans with paintbrush

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Top Interior Design Styles, Explained


Whether you’re in the know or have no clue what makes interior design what it is, we have made a serious breakdown of interior design styles. From Minimalism to everyday coastal glamor, we suggest you bookmark this interior design guide for reference when looking for décor inspiration for your home or next project.

 

Muted colors, sparse decor, clean lines, neutral colors

Minimalism – One of the most thoroughly modern interior design styles to consider, people often tend to confuse minimalism with a stark coldness and uncomfortable severity – which is hardly the case at all. In fact, there’s even a warmer take on minimal interior design (warm minimalism) that’s full of no-fuss, clean elegance. Think simplicity, refinement, and a deft hand at sumptuous comfort and functionality. The key here is to keep rooms spare and well-edited with printless fabrications and décor extras that must serve a dual purpose. When thinking of minimal interior design styles trends, think of a modern art gallery or museum as a reference with their pulled together approach to filling a space with the barest of essentials that still feature a lively sense of drama either organic or abstract.

 

Muted tones with accent color, light-colored hardwood floors, living room with staircase in back right-center, natural lighting, spacious

Contemporary – Though people often tend to confuse modern interior design styles with contemporary interior design, there is a difference between the two that makes them unique in and of themselves. Contemporary style is complete of the moment while modern interior design styles can almost mean anything forward-thinking from the ’50s to the early aughts. Contemporary interior design style trends also have more freedom as modern is usually fixed around squared, graphic lines, and a particular take on modernity.

 

Well-lit, Angular ceilings, muted tones with accent colors from decor, tile flooring, floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace

Mid-Century Modern – Probably one of the most prolific interior design styles of all time, mid-century modern borrows from the best of ’50s and 60’s for a clean retro Danish-inspired feel. Simple straight forward silhouettes, organic shapes, quiet fabrications, and an emphasis on functionality are hallmarks of mid-century modern styling. That said, the movement’s minimal bent makes it a great option when looking to update traditional style interior design with ease. Plus, mid-century modern furnishings look great in almost any room and make for great elements when looking to create rich, diverse, interior design styles living room. And as far as interior design styles trends go, this is one fail-proof one we suggest you give a go.

 

Simple style, medium brown hardwood floors, large window for natural lighting, simple furniture, muted tones

Traditional – When it comes to interior design styles, almost everything is rooted in traditional interior design ideas, and for good reason. That said, you can make traditional style interior design all your own by incorporating pieces that speak to your personality and lifestyle while making a statement. 

 

Coastal – There’s something novel and reassuring about an edited mix of coastal and beach house elements bringing a room together. Coastal interior design notes feature light, bright, and airy environs often dreamed up in vibrant neutrals to soak up the sun’s rays. Common coastal color palettes include shades of light blues, greens, and corals, and sometimes wooden or whicker-type furniture inspired by the ocean along with an array of creams and neutrals for a relaxed yet elegant finish. 

 

Care-free, accent wall of dark teal green, relaxed chairs and pillows, mix of colors, houseplants,

Bohemian – One of the most timeless and endlessly popular interior design styles out there is bohemian décor. This style represents care and fuss-free freedom that’s unquestionably heady and intoxicating. Boasting a globally inspired comfortable mix of exotic finds and vintage and antique furnishings sourced from passionate flea-market treks and travels, the eclectic style also touches on hints of everyday glamor via crystal extras, beaded fabrications, jewel tones, and overall relaxed mood. If you’re already blessed with a varied array of distinct furnishings and admire the idea of beautifully rendered juxtapositions, this may just be the perfect interior design style living room to consider.

 

Concrete floors, metal accents, exposed lighting, metal pipig used for decor and furnishings, garage door style windows, metal grsting in kitchen for cabinets, wood accents

Industrial – As the name evokes an urban vibe with warehouse and factory elements thrown in the mix, it should come as no surprise that industrial interior design practices lend a clean, somewhat masculine, and minimal spirit to any room. Think a neutral color scheme, reclaimed machinery, moody hues, raw woods, and unfinished metals, and ultimately, statement-making throwbacks with a slight steampunk feel. That said, we wouldn’t recommend going industrial when considering the best interior design styles for small houses as this is one aesthetic that calls for plenty of breathing room to take in the often oversized machinery inspired elements. However, you can inject small doses of the design movement when looking at industrial interior design styles living room by incorporating raw metal decorative extras that stay on a bookshelf here, or in a small nook there.

 

Large open living room that flows to kitchen, open cabinetry so as to see the contents, large windows, animal-skin-esque rugs, large wooden accent beams with wood accents in windows and kitchen, off whites and dark greens for accent, tile flooring

Farmhouse – If warmth, practicality, comfort, and a relaxed approach to pull together design are on your agenda, modern farmhouse décor is a great option to consider. Warm and inviting, modern farmhouse takes its cues from the provincial for the ultimate mix of high & low contrasts that works beautifully especially for a growing family. Think rustic country elements updated for the now with a rich mix industrial, minimal, and Scandinavian touches for unique spaces that take full advantage of every architectural hallmark – flawed or not.

 

Rich brown color palette, leather furniture, antle chandelier, hardwood floows, open living space into kitchen and dining, large wooden beams in ceiling, catherdral ceilings, large windows, think, sturdy wooden furniture

Modern Country/Rustic – Modern Country, or Rustic, features dynamic layers of the rugged and the organic for a warm, and comforting take on interior design classics. From exposed beams to cherished industrial finds, the look is elevated yet au natural. Taking inspiration from the outdoors and a combination of farmhouse and industrial interior design styles, rustic décor places an emphasis on natural and weathered finishes, raw wood, stone, and leather, with unexpected touches and an overall sophisticated bent. That said, we’re all for modern interior design styles that combine various elements to create a beautifully realized, one-of-a-kind room.

 

Rich jewel tones, various patterns through out, large window, spacious, white walls for colors accents from furniture and decor

Art Deco – If your taste veers towards the ornate and jewel-like, this 1920’s design style throwback might just be your best option. Art deco interior design instantly evokes opulence; elegant, glamorous, and sleek, this style was popularized as the epitome of chic in the 1920s.