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Buying A Home: Do You Know The Lingo?

by Christie Cannon


Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.
  • To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear when buying a home.
  • The best way to ensure your home-buying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
Dallas-Fort Worth is again near the top of a shopping list for commercial property investors — behind only Los Angeles in a new survey. For the third year in a row, commercial real estate firm CBRE ranked D-FW second nationally in its survey of property investors. Houston also made the top 10.

Investors said industrial and warehouse buildings and apartments were their most targeted properties for 2019.


"We are seeing unprecedented investor interest for industrial and logistics properties in Dallas-Fort Worth coming not only from U.S. investors but also global capital from Asia, primarily Singapore, Europe, and the Middle East," Randy Baird, CBRE executive vice president of Industrial & Logistics, said in the report. "D-FW is capturing the interest of all forms of capital because we are at a central point in the U.S. supply chain, we have a pro-business environment with a low cost of doing business, and we have nation-leading population growth. 
"Investors are attracted not only by the current market fundamentals, which are stronger than ever but by the long-term view that D-FW and Texas as a whole will continue to outpace the country in population and job growth, translating to long-term asset appreciation.  "Only 1 in 10 of the investors CBRE polled said they planned to acquire office buildings this year. And only 9 percent said they were shopping for retail properties.  While 98 percent of the real estate industry execs CBRE surveyed said they planned to make property acquisitions this year, more investors indicated they would be more cautious in their buys."Pricing is at or near the previous peak for most asset types in prime locations, so investors are seeking yield in secondary markets and alternative asset types," said Chris Ludeman, Global President of Capital Markets for CBRE.  CBRE surveyed investors in November and December for the annual report. 
 After Los Angeles and D-FW, the real estate markets that investors are most hot on are Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta.  When asked to list their top concerns for the real estate market this year, investors most often mentioned a global economic shock, rising interest rates and a property price bubble.  CBRE's annual investor poll is just the latest industry snapshot in which D-FW won high marks. Last fall, the Urban Land Institute and PriceWaterhouse Coopers identified D-FW as the top market for 2019 real estate investment and development activity.

Frisco Accepting Donations for Project Warm Us

by Christie Cannon

Project Warm Us is a great way for members of the community to give some much needed warmth to the homeless in the Dallas, TX area.

Donate your new or gently used items - coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, blankets, scarves, hats, gloves, shoes, socks(new only).  Donations are being accepted between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Frisco Square Management Office, 8874 Coleman Blvd., next door to Dimples Cupcake Factory.  To learn more, click here...

Frisco Community Parade 2014

by Christie Cannon

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10 am.

Frisco will be hosting it's annual Community Parade.  Attractions include Frisco Police and Fire vehicles, Frisco fire clowns, homecoming/forthcoming royalty of high schools, team mascots, representatives of Frisco’s professional sports teams, and floats and marchers from various civic and youth groups.  Come out and enjoy everything the parade has to offer!  More details can be found here.

Thank you Texas Monthly Magazine - 5 Star Professional Award

by Christie Cannon

Thank you to our wonderful clients, awesome staff, & buyer agents for their part in The Christie Cannon Team being selected again as a 5-Star Professional & featured in Texas Monthly Magazine for the 3rd year in a row!  I truly appreciate the confidence our clients place in us and am thrilled by the dedication of my staff & team in ensuring that we continue to provide the highest level of service.

- Christie Cannon - 469-951-9588  - - 

I Don’t Always Find a House I Like, but When I Do …..

by Christie Cannon

“Why is it….

By now we have all experienced it… House Today, Gone Tomorrow!  But why so fast?...  Sometimes the answer is obvious – the home is priced well, staged, well marketed, in a desirable area, low inventory, priced below FHA limits,… etc & thus moves quickly.   BUT what about that home that is 112 days on the market, you finally go look at it… make your offer & BOOM – multiple offers, or worse… the seller just accepted another offer!   That (my friends) is a whole other level of frustration… how odd that no-one bought it for all that time, until (seemingly) “we” get interested.  So why is it?

It is important to understand that often the very same market factors that “drove” you to that particular home are driving other buyers.  It isn’t hard to surmise that buyers are looking for the best home at the best price – but to see how that may play out in a home that seems more “market stale” than others, picture this same 112 “days on market” home for the last 100 days as having strong competition in surrounding homes. One with an award winning media room, one on a greenbelt, one almost new, one with massive updates, perhaps one a little less functionally obsolete, or maybe a few just priced less – all of these fall under contract, one after the other - until POOF, the 112 “days on market” house’s time has come. This isn’t to take away from the 112 “days on market” house, but simply to reflect that as competition falls off the market, simply due to scarcity of the inventory, the desirability of the 112 day home increases (this is especially true if new listings to the market continue to have price increases) - driving you & the other buyers towards the same home.

Even knowing this…. it still doesn’t make it feel any less like a conspiracy.

Stay "searching" my friends,

- Christie Cannon  -  469-951-9588  -

Frisco's MLS March Market Numbers!

by Christie Cannon

The MLS just released the preliminary Frisco numbers for March 2014 & WOW!

  • March-to-March listing down -21.3%
  • Year-to-Date listings down -13%
  • March-to-March closed sales down -12.8%
  • Year-to-Date closed down -3.6%
  • March-to-March Listing Under Contract down -25.2%
  • Year-to-Date Listings Under Contract down -12.5%
  • March-to-March Days on Market UP +0.7% = 51 days.
  • Year-to-Date Days on Market down -12.9%
  • Month’s Supply of Inventory down 32.9% to 1.5 months supply
  • YTD Price is up +12.5% Average & +16.5% Median Sales Prices
  • Percent of Original List Price Received YTD is 96.4%

A couple of things that stand out to me…

  1. WOW – inventory is low!
  2. See #1
  3. The huge discrepancy between March-to-March numbers v/s the YTD may be explained by not only changes in market but also (to a degree):
    1. March numbers include some estimates/projections
    2. Weather factors were big this spring – which often affects buying cycles (moving them sooner &/or later in a year)
    3. More purchases are occurring outside of the MLS – New Builds, some “Hip Pocket Listings”, etc
    4. ** While a 1.5 months supply of homes clearly indicates a strong seller’s market, dare I say, there are still some sellers who may be over estimating their home’s position in the market or the market’s strength – which is reflected in an average sale with a Percent of Original List Price as 96.4%, which does NOT reflect seller paid concessions – and an increased number of days on market (I am proud to say that The Christie Cannon Team averaged 20 Days on Market with over 98% of Original List Price).

Have questions on how this market may affect you or your family's real estate goals?  Have questions about how your city, area, or neighborhood is doing?

Please feel free to call or email with questions!

-          Christie Cannon  -  469-951-9588  -

Insights from Highland Homes' VP of Market Trends

by Christie Cannon

Recently, Highland Homes' blog featured a Q&A with Highland's VP of Architecture & Market Trends, Gonzalo Romero (with whom my clients & I have had the pleasure of working).  It offers an interesting insight in to the latest trends & designs in new home constructions.  

You can find Mr Romero's comments & thoughts here

- thanks, Christie Cannon

Tis the Season - for Protesting your Property Tax Value

by Christie Cannon

The season is almost upon us.... property tax protest season!  So what do you do when that envelope arrives & your value went sky high?  You do have the opportunity & option to contest/protest your tax value.  Despite what some may lead you to believe, it is not a terribly difficult process.

While counties do have variations, tax protests start about May 1st.  While most counties offer easy steps & explanations to the process, the how & why a value was derived still leaves many of us wondering.  

Once again Texas A&M's Real Estate Center  has come to the rescue in this month's Tierra Grande, offering a wonderful article on the detai ls of the Property Tax Protest & Appeal!

You can find the article on their website -

Need help or have questions about the comps for your home (from Jan 1st time)? - please feel free to give me a call...

- Christie Cannon

What's up in Frisco ?!? - Frisco EDC Update

by Christie Cannon

The Frisco Economic Development Council - - offered a wonderful presentation to the Heritage Green HOA earlier this month.

For anyone getting to know Frisco - or just looking for an update on the information that you have, it is a great place to start!

You can find their presentation here - Heritage Green HOA - Frisco EDC - it is an excellent source of some of the newest developments, demographics, & growth!

Thanks - Christie Cannon - 469-951-9588

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