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Kevin Cannon with Zach Sams on Working Title RADIO Show

by Christie Cannon

Zach Sams of Kensington Vanguard sat down with Kevin Cannon, Keller Williams Team Leader & owner at The Christie Cannon Team, to talk about up and coming REALTORs in the DFW area and how Kevin's managed to stay on top of the competition in the ever-expanding market in the Metroplex.

Interest Rate Changes can Cost Huge!

by Christie Cannon

The Cost of Waiting to Purchase on Interest Rates

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
  • The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
  • Rates are still low right now. Don’t wait until rates hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!

If you are looking to find out more information about the local North Dallas Real Estate Market, please give us a call.  We would be delighted to answer your real estate questions.  Likewise, we would be happy to refer a quality local lender to answer your mortgage questions!

Christie Cannon | Keller Williams Frisco | 469-951-9588

Christie Cannon Featured on The Working Title Podcast

by Christie Cannon

Christie Cannon was recently featured on The Working Podcast with Zach Sams of Kensington Vanguard.  In case you missed it, please find the entire podcast below and be sure to check out Christie on American Dream TV. 

Zach invites Christie Cannon of the Christie Cannon Team with Keller Williams on to the show to talk about the modular design of her full-suite team and their uncanny ability to cement themselves as one of the top Real Estate teams in the often unpredictable Dallas/ Fort Worth market year after year before digging into her upcoming segment on The American Dream TV and how she'll be filling home sellers in on the secret to selling without spending a dime this Saturday (March 3rd, 2018) at 1pm on TXA 21. For more about Christie and her team, visit

How to Position your North Dallas Home for the Best Price

by Christie Cannon

One of the most common questions every homeowner wants to know is how to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you set yourself up to ensure that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOWER 

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home | Simplifying The Market

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house. gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may think they would make more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

study by Collateral Analytics, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save any money, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.

In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”

The results of the study showed that the differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of similar properties is about 5.5%. Sales in 2017 suggest the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. This will guarantee that you maximize the price you get for your house.  To see what your home might be able to sell for, please click the link below! 

Free Home Price Estimation


Christie Cannon | The Christie Cannon Team | Keller Williams Frisco

469-951-9588 | | 4783 Preston Rd # 300 Frisco TX


Mortgages Getting Easy Again? North Dallas Real Estate

by Christie Cannon

Too Easy to Get a Mortgage?  Is This the Start of a New Bubble?

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | MyKCM

There is little doubt that it is easier to get a home mortgage today than it was last year. The Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), published by the Mortgage Bankers Association, shows that mortgage credit has become more available in each of the last several years. In fact, in just the last year:

  • More buyers are putting less than 20% down to purchase a home
  • The average credit score on closed mortgages is lower
  • More low-down-payment programs have been introduced

This has some people worrying that we are returning to the lax lending standards which led to the boom and bust that real estate experienced ten years ago. Let’s alleviate some of that concern.

The graph below shows the MCAI going back to the boom years of 2004-2005. The higher the graph line, the easier it was to get a mortgage.

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | MyKCM

As you can see, lending standards were much more lenient from 2004 to 2007. Though it has gradually become easier to get a mortgage since 2011, we are nowhere near the lenient standards during the boom.

The Urban Institute also publishes a Home Credit Availability Index (HCAI). According to the Institute, the HCAI:

“Measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default—that is, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan. A higher HCAI indicates … it is easier to get a loan.”

Here is a graph showing their findings:

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? | MyKCM

Again, today’s lending standards are nowhere near the levels of the boom years. As a matter of fact, they are more stringent than they were even before the boom.

Bottom Line

It is getting easier to gain financing for a home purchase. However, we are not seeing the irresponsible lending that caused the housing crisis.

Luxury Home Buying in Frisco & North Texas

by Christie Cannon

Looking to Make a Move Up to a Luxury Home? Now maybe the Time!

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time! | MyKCM

If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.

The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds those searching to purchase these properties in many areas of the country. This means that homes are often staying on the market longer which can eventually lead to a price change.

Those who have a starter or trade-up home to sell will find buyers competing, and often entering bidding wars, to be able to call your house their new home.

The sale of your starter or trade-up house will aid in coming up with a larger down payment for your new luxury home. Even a 5% down payment on a million-dollar home is $50,000.

But not all who are buying luxury properties have a home to sell first.

In a Washington Post article, Daryl Judy, an associate broker with Washington Fine Properties, gave some insight into what many millennials are choosing to do:

“Some high-earning millennials save money until they are in their early 30s to buy a place and just skip over that starter-home phase. They’ll stay in an apartment until they can afford to pay for the place they want.”

The best time to sell anything is when demand is high and supply is low. If you are currently in a starter or trade-up house that no longer fits your needs and you are looking to step into a luxury home, now’s the time to list your house for sale and make your dreams come true.


For more information, please contact us at 469-951-9588


Christie Cannon

The Christie Cannon Team

Keller Williams Frisco TX


Hail Storm while Buying a Home - What to do?

by Christie Cannon

What should you as a Buyer under contract be aware of after the hail storm here in North Texas?

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
Keller Williams Frisco | The Christie Cannon Team

4783 Preston Road #300, Frisco, TX 75034

The award winning Real Estate Agents of The Christie Cannon Team with Keller Williams Frisco are here to serve your real estate needs.

Hi, I am Christie Cannon of the Christie Cannon Team at Keller Williams Realty.
I hope that this morning finds you safe & sound after the storms that hit North Texas yesterday evening! Given the chaotic weather events, damaging winds, & potential for large hail over the last 24 hours, I want to speak to about the next steps in the process. 
As a Buyer under-contract & moving towards closing, you may have questions about what effect last night’s storm may have on your closing process & your due diligence prior to purchase. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know some actionable items & some concerns that you should be aware of as you prepare for your new home.
While a seller has a duty to disclose known defects, it is recommended that you don’t rely on this duty as your primary means of diligence. As such, we at the Christie Cannon Team recommend that you immediately have a conversation with your insurance company and look to have the roof on the home you are purchasing inspected by a reputable roofer, as a minimum level of due diligence.
The goal is to ensure that the roof you are purchasing is functioning properly & is insurable by your insurance carrier. In most cases, your insurance carrier will not be inspecting the roof until well after your purchase! That would not be the time to find deficiencies!
It is also possible, should you be financing the property, that your lender may require a “reassessment” from the appraiser. While this may be a necessary step for the mortgage process, an appraiser is not likely qualified to ensure the roof is properly insurable & functioning. 
While both steps have the potential to delay your closing; the steps are critical to ensuring that you are properly prepared for your purchase. Issues of insurability & weather claims are much more easily resolved & handled prior to closing. We always recommend that buyer not close until you are confident in your purchase.
Should you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at the Christie Cannon Team.

Hail Storms & High Winds while Selling - Oh No!

by Christie Cannon

As a Seller here in North TX, the hail last night can certainly create some large concerns. In this video, I discuss some key things to keep in mind!

Christie Cannon | REALTOR
Keller Williams Frisco | The Christie Cannon Team

4783 Preston Road #300, Frisco, TX 75034

The award winning Real Estate Agents of The Christie Cannon Team with Keller Williams Frisco are here to serve your real estate needs.

I hope that this morning finds you safe & sound after the crazy storms that hit North Texas yesterday evening! We have had some rough weather, high winds, & for many of us saw large hail in the last 24 hours.
One of the most common questions I get asked, is how does this affect my disclosure as a seller or even my closing process. I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss our recommendations at The Christie Cannon Team. 
In Texas, sellers have a duty to disclose known defects of a property. Even in the instances where a seller has already provided a written seller’s disclosure to a buyer, it is required that a seller disclose any new information that makes an earlier presentation misleading or untrue. In simple terms, a seller should present any new information to the buyer, and we recommend doing so in writing. Updating your Seller’s Disclosure or providing a written report is a great way to do so.
For a seller under contract, there are several key things to understand after a large weather event.
It is very likely that a buyer’s lender will require the roof/home be “reassessed” by the appraiser to assess the extent of any potential damage. Please be aware, this is may be a requirement for the buyer to get their financing.
Buyers typically will, and should, conduct a final walk-thru to ensure the home is in the condition they contracted & find acceptable. It is very likely, that a buyer after such a weather event, will want to be certain the roof is functioning properly and insurable. As such they will likely seek a roofer to examine the roof & should the roof not be in the original contracted state &/or fail to meet the lender’s underwriter’s criteria for an insurable roof; the buyer will likely seek you repair or file an insurance claim. 
As a seller, this affords you a few options. You can disclose any damage which occurred and wait for a buyer to act – through request or reports from their own roofer or you can take more proactive approach, & have your own insurance adjuster &/or a reputable roofer inspect your property. Taking this approach, you can typically feel confident in the efficacy of the findings & be better prepared for any action required of the results. But do be aware, any findings – especially those that are deficient – must be disclosed to the buyer.
These actions do have the potential to delay closing; however, the inconvenience of a closing delay is much less that have a later issue arise due to undisclosed damage or potential insurability issues after closing. 
Should you have any specific questions about your sale, disclosure, or the next steps – please call or email & we are happy to assist.

Real Estate Market Update!

by Christie Cannon

Looking at buying or selling?  Please let the award winning Christie Cannnon Team of Keller Williams Frisco share with your the experience & service that made them #1 with Keller Williams Realty in the North TX - New Mexico Region.

Please feel free to call with any questions!

Thank you,

Please call or email with any questions!

Christie Cannon
The Christie Cannon Team
Keller Williams Frisco TX
469-951-9588 - Direct

4783 Preston Road #300, Frisco, TX 75034

#1 Keller Williams Agent in the North TX - New Mexico Region in 2016
Voted as one of the BEST Realtors in D Magazine for 2010 – 2016
Voted as a Five Star Professional 2012 -2017 in Texas Monthly Magazine
Named among Best Real Estate Agents in American by Real Trends Magazine
Named as one of the Top 250 Real Estate Teams in America as seen in The Wall Street Journal
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist & Member KW Luxury Homes Division
Global Property Specialist
#1 Keller Williams Frisco Agent 2011-2016
#1 Keller Williams Luxury Agent in North TX

How to File Your Homestead Exemption - It is FREE

by Christie Cannon

If you purchased a home this past year, now is the time to file your homestead exemption (if applicable).   Despite any mail you may receive from a service offering to do this for a fee, paying such a fee is not required.

So what does a Homestead exemption do? 

A homestead exemption removes part of your home’s value from taxation.  The Homestead Exemption also “caps” the taxable market value growth for your home!  It may also afford you certain legal protections from creditors & circumstances arising from the death of a spouse.


How does a homestead exemption work?

For most home owners, they seek an exemption for the possibility of lowering their taxable value.  Simply as an example, if a home were assessed by the county at $200,000, and the home owner received a $20,000 exemption – they would be taxed on $180,000 for their homestead.


Do all homes qualify for an exemption?

No, typically only your primary residence will qualify. The homeowner must be an individual (not a corporation or business entity) and have owned/occupied the home prior to January 1st of the tax year.  For an Over-65 or Disabled exemption,  the Jan 1st requirement is waived.


What homestead exemptions exist?

Any taxing unit, including a city, county, school, or special district, may offer an exemption of up to 20 percent of a home's value (but not less than $5,000). Additional Homestead Exemptions exist for “65 or older” &/or “Dis-abled”, Over-55 Surviving Spouse of a Person Who Received an over 65 Exemption, 100% Disabled Veteran, & Service Connected Disabled Veteran & Surviving Spouses.


What if my home has more than 1 owner?

You may still qualify if you are not the sole owner. For instance, if you own 50% of the property, & otherwise qualify, you may received 50% of the tax benefit.


When is the filing deadline?

BETWEEN JANUARY 1 & APRIL 30…..   and again, it is FREE!


OH NO!  I missed by deadline last year, did I miss my chance?

You may file up to one year from the date the taxes became delinquent!


What is the Homestead Cap?

Your homestead is protected from future appraisal tax-value increases in excess of 10% per year from the date of the last appraisal PLUS the value of any NEW improvements (like an addition, pool, etc).


How do I file?

Filing is done at your local county &/or county assessor’s office. 

Collin County click HERE

Denton County click HERE

Dallas County click HERE


Not sure you filed last year?

You can check in your local county’s tax rolls or simply give the county a call & they will be happy to confirm.


Want to know more?

Collin County & Denton County each have excellent FAQ’s on their websites!


Don’t see your county, check here!


Have additional questions, please let us know!


Christie Cannon  REALTOR

The Christie Cannon Team

Keller Williams Frisco TX

469.951.9588: Mobile

972.215.7747: Office

Voted as one of the BEST Realtors in D Magazine for 2010-2016

Voted as a Five Star Professional 2012-2016 Texas Monthly Magazine

Named among America's Best Real Estate Agents by Real Trends Magazine

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Global Property Specialist

#1 Keller Williams Agent 2011-2016

Top 50 Agents in the Nation / KW


4783 Preston Rd #300 Frisco TX 75034

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