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Considering Selling your North Texas Home this Holiday Season?

by Christie Cannon
7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season | MyKCM

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.

Here are seven great reasons not to wait:

  1. Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
  2. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
  3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
  4. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
  5. There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season | MyKCM

  1. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream home during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
  2. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge reaching new heights in 2018, which will lessen the demand for your house.

Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.

Inventory v/s Demand Creates Luxurious Opportunity for Buyers

by Christie Cannon

Shifting Inventory in North TX Creates Opportunity.

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update | MyKCM

Six months ago, we reported that the mismatch between the type of inventory of homes for sale and the demand of buyers in the US was causing the formation of two markets.

In the starter and trade-up home categories, there were significantly more buyers than there were homes for sale, causing a seller’s market. In the premium, or luxury, home categories, the opposite was true as there was a surplus of these homes compared to the buyers that were out searching for their dream homes, which created a buyer’s market.

According to the National Association of Realtors latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of existing homes for sale in today’s market is at a 4.2-month supply. Inventory is now 6.5% lower than this time last year, marking the 27th consecutive month of year-over-year decreases.

Looking at the latest report from Trulia, we can see that not much has changed, and in fact, recent natural disasters across the country have made inventory conditions even more dire.

Trulia’s market mismatch score measures the search interest of buyers against the category of homes that are available on the market. For example: “if 60% of buyers are searching for starter homes but only 40% of listings are starter homes, [the] market mismatch score for starter homes would be 20.”

The results of their latest analysis are detailed in the chart below.

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update | MyKCM

Nationally, buyers are searching for starter and trade-up homes and are coming up short with the listings available, which is leading to a highly competitive seller’s market in these categories.

Premium homebuyers, on the other hand, have the best chance of less competition and more inventory of listings in their price range with a 14.7-point surplus, which is creating more of a buyer’s market.

Real estate is local. If you are thinking about buying OR selling this fall, contact us to discuss the exact market conditions in your specific area.

 

Christie Cannon

The Christie Cannon Team

Keller Williams Frisco TX

469-951-9588

www.ChristieCannon.com

Thinking About Buying in North Texas | Know your Credit Score!

by Christie Cannon

Considering Buying? Learn Your Credit Score!

Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score | MyKCM

Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you are to start the home buying process.

Make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct any mistakes. The higher your credit score, the more likely you will be to receive a better interest rate for your mortgage, which will translate into more ‘home for your money.'

Many potential buyers believe that they need a 750 FICO® Score or higher to be able to purchase a home. The truth is that according to Ellie Mae’s Origination Report, over 53% of loans were approved with a FICO® score under 750 last month!

Here are some tips for improving your credit score:

  • Make payments, including rent, credit cards, and car loans, on time.
  • Keep your spending to no more than 30% of your limit on credit cards.
  • Pay down high-balance credit cards to lower balances, and consider balance transfers to free up credit.
  • Check for errors on your credit report and work toward fixing them.
  • Shop for mortgage rates within a 30-day period — too many spread-out inquiries can lower your score.
  • Work with a credit counselor or a lender to improve your score.

Once you know your score, your next step will be finding a lender and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Doing this will ensure that you know your budget before you start looking for your dream home.

 

If you are looking some great resources in finding a local lender to assist you, please feel free to give us a call!

 

Christie Cannon

REALTOR

The Christie Cannon Team

Keller Williams Frisco

469-951-9588

www.christiecannon.com

 

The Christie Cannon Team was Named to the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents List

The Christie Cannon Team was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of  REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. The individuals ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 73 transaction sides and an average sales volume of almost $37 million. Teams ranked in America’s Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 144 sides and an average sales volume of almost $61 million. This ensures that only the best of the best are included on the prestigious list.

The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8.6 transaction in 2016 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” said Murray. “To say that Christie Cannon is an exceptional sales professional is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”

“We are also pleased that two of the nation’s most prominent online real estate websites, Trulia® and Zillow®, have partnered with REAL Trends to bring a superior level of customer exposure of these sales agents’ performance,” Murray added.

Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online at http://www.americasbestre.com.

The Christie Cannon Team | Keller Williams Frisco TX | www.christiecannon.com

4783 Preston Rd #300 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
http://www.christiecannon.com/
469-951-9588
972-215-7747

4783 Preston Road #300, Frisco, TX 75034
469-951-9588

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
http://www.christiecannon.com/
469-951-9588
972-215-7747

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
http://www.christiecannon.com/

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

The Best Time of Year to Purchase?

by Christie Cannon

When is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

Finance news website, The Nerd Wallet, recently published an article extolling the virtues of purchasing your home in January!  So how, how does January really stack up as the best month to buy a home in Dallas?  

Based on the latest REALTOR.com reporting, the Dallas, TX market while down 2 spots, remains number 4 in the nation’s Hottest Real Estate Markets. 

Rank
(January)

20 Hottest Markets

Rank
(December)

Rank Change

1

San Francisco, CA

1

0

2

San Jose, CA

4

2

3

Vallejo, CA

3

0

4

Dallas, TX

2

-2

5

San Diego, CA

5

0

6

Sacramento, CA

9

3

7

Yuba City, CA

11

4

8

Denver, CO

6

-2

9

Stockton, CA

7

-2

10

Fesno, CA

13

3

11

Oxnard, CA

15

4

12

Columbus, OH

8

-4

13

Colorado Springs, CO

14

1

14

Nashville, TN

18

4

15

Detroit, MI

10

-5

16

Modesto, CA

20

4

17

Los Angeles, CA

17

0

18

Tampa, FL

23

5

19

Santa Rosa, CA

12

-7

20

Fort Wayne, IN

16

-4

Based on REALTOR.com’s 2014 & 2015 combined data, buyer’s typically pay a premium in summer & enjoy a dip in prices in the winter.  Their data estimates up to a 2% historical premium.  In a recent article in the Dallas Business Journal, Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies, offered that the data suggests that while the “Best Time” may not be restricted to one month, a great deal of data does suggest the early spring is a great time to be looking.  So what are some of the reasons that support buyers star their hunting season sooner rather than later?

  • Competition may be lower – According to NerdWallet, over the last 2-years, while the inventory may be down 21%, buyer traffic is down over 40%
  • Prices are expected to rise, especially in new homes
  • Mortgage rates are expected to rise – as interest rates rise, buying power decreases
So while "the best time to buyer" may not strictly be in January, certainly early spring has many factors that may support an early start to your home buying process!

For more information on Dallas Business Journal’s take on this subject, please click HERE.

CHRISTIE CANNON  REALTOR

The Christie Cannon Team

Keller Williams Frisco

469-951-9588: Mobile

 

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

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

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

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

#1 Keller Williams Agent 2011-2016

Top 100 Agents in the Nation / KW

 

4783 Preston Rd #300, Frisco, TX 75034

 

 

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!

https://www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/county-directory/

 

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

More Details on Legacy West in Plano

by Christie Cannon

As the first residents move in, Plano’s luxury multi-use development project at Legacy West. continues to announce some amazing shopping & restaurants.

With over 5,000 parking spaces, 425,000 SqFt of retail, hotels, apartments, residential luxury tower - the Windrose Tower, & the Villas at Legacy West with Britton Homes, Legacy West is on track to be the largest mixed use development in North Texas – as such, we anxiously have awaited to hear who will be joining the project!  When the March 2nd Grand Opening occurs, what can we expect – see the below list for retailers & restaurants!  Click HERE for the latest Dallas News article on Legacy West's offerings!

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